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Chocolate Dipped Death

(A Candy Shop Mystery #2)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  639 ratings  ·  51 reviews
When poisoned bon-bons end the life of a town trouble-maker, candy shop owner Abby Shaw finds herself trapped in an extremely sticky situation.
Mass Market Paperback, 254 pages
Published March 7th 2006 by Berkley
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Aug 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Nice second book to the series, this time with a murder occurring when Abby is holding the annual candy contest at Divinity. The victim was pretty easy to guess although I didn't get the culprit at all. I liked the recipes in the back and the French toast one sounds pretty good. #readforkimberly
Jun 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Abby Shaw is a former corporate lawyer who trades in her stressful career and cheating husband or a quieter life in Paradise, Colorado when her Aunt Grace dies and leaves to her the Divinity Candy Shop. Mean girl turned trophy wife Savannah has returned to Paradise and most people are not too happy to have her back - including Abby. When Savannah enters the 10th Annual Confectionary Competition things turn from sweet to sour pretty quickly. Savannah never has a chance at winning though because s ...more
Andrea Guy
Dec 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is the 2nd book in the Candy Store Mysteries series. It is a fabulous cozy mystery. It has everything you've come to expect from this kind of book; a spunky heroine, a boyfriend in some area of law enforcement, an absolutely adorable pet, a shop of some sort and a dead body. (You mustn't forget the dead body!!)

What I loved about Abby is that she has a little of what readers love about Stephanie Plum, but she's not quite the Hot Mess, that Steph is. She has problems in her life; her family,
Sep 06, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
This book had its ups and downs for me.  I loved the candy shop setting, but wish there were more description of the candy making (this is one of my favorite aspects of culinary mysteries).  There were some fun descriptions of the store, but maybe I need to go back to the first book to really get an imagine of what it looked like. I really like Abby a lot and how she takes no BS from her family, but I still can't really connect with her and she remains kind of a mystery to me.  We know pieces of ...more
Sep 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Abby is keeping her Aunt’s tradition by holding Divinity’s annual candy contest. She didn’t count on one of the contestants dying. Abby also never expects her cousin to be a suspect in a murder investigation. Abby’s investigation of the murder uncovers secrets of several people, family, and acquaintances alike. Will one of those secrets help her find the murderer?
This is the second book in the Candy Shop Mystery series. I read the first book a long time ago and remember liking it. I did have so
Jan 17, 2020 rated it liked it
A cute fast reading cozy.
Genevieve Bomes
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book in the Candy Shop Mystery series and a girl who no one liked when she was in school is back to compete in the candy competition at Divinity. Abby is worried her cousin will be blamed and when a box of chocolates from her store were found to have poisoned her she sets out to help the police find out who dun it.
Another great story line and the mystery will keep you guessing. The relationships of Abby's family and friends are so real that you feel like you know them. A great
Sarah Adamson
Feb 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
The second in the candy shop mystery series.
I didn't enjoy this book as much as some of the others in the series. The main character got whiny and irritating, and I wanted to sit her down with an ice pack and a cup of coffee and tell her to pull herself together.
Overall however the mystery was good and had plenty of twists and turns although I did work out the murderer fairly early on. The other characters were believable and the story was of interest.
Jun 23, 2020 rated it it was ok
More like 2.5. Pretty standard cozy mystery. I did find the characters a bit melodramatic (more so than in many other series from this genre). Some of their reactions to things were just way too far over the top for me. I wouldn't avoid this series in the future, but I also won't be seeking it out.
Jennifer Collins
Killer was predictable, but I love 'who did it's.'
Nonetheless, well written.
And it made me very hungry with all of its yummy food referencing 😂
Mar 07, 2019 rated it liked it
A good candy mystery read (pun interned)
Tabby Kat
May 14, 2008 rated it liked it
The Annual Confectionary Competition has become a staple of winter in the small town of Paradise, Colorado. Abby Shaw is doing her best to carry on the tradition. As the new owner of the candy shop Divinity, it is her responsibility to run the weekend. Things are running okay until Savannah Horne arrives.

Savannah hasn't been in town since high school, but memories are long in Paradise. When she was here, she made life miserable for everyone. Twenty years later, Abby thinks that Savannah might h
Jan 28, 2011 rated it liked it
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Jul 22, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: library
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Jul 18, 2012 rated it liked it
I am enjoying this series set in Colorado and a candy store.

Savannah has returned to Paradise to help her sister settle their mother's estate. She is married to an up and coming guy who has just accepted a new job in New York. Everyone remembers Savannah from school and the feelings of hate are still rampant. Evie accuses Savannah of cheating during the Confectionary Competition when she wins first prize. Abby tries to smooth things over but makes little progress.

Abby finds Savannah's body behi
Nov 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
In Book two of the series, Abby is hosting the yearly 3 day Confectionary Competition. Her hopes for a smooth going are ruined when the much hated Savannah Horne shows up and wins the first night of the tasting. Savannah hasn't been in town for 20 years, but when she lived there, she hurt almost everyone in some way, so when she ends up dead, there are plenty of suspects.

When Abby's cousin, Karen is a suspect, she can't leave the sleuthing to the police alone, and goes in search of the real kil
Maria (Ri)
I definitely enjoyed this second book of the Candy Shop Mystery series better than the first, Candy Apple Dead. It is much faster pace and carries a little more intrigue and drama. The ending felt a little rushed though, and I had to read the last few pages a second time because I felt like I was missing some information. Turns out I wasn't; it just wasn't all there. I would have liked a few more answers in the end, but I can appreciate that not everything was tied up in a too tight package like ...more
Feb 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mysteries, 2011
I liked this cozy. Sammi Carter has a dry sense of humor that shines through this book. There were suspect aplenty but I did guess the murderer fairly early. There were great recipes in the back of the book but I would have liked more glimpses into chocolate candy making.

I loved the main character, Abby Shaw. When questioned why she would give up being a corporate attorney to run a candy shop, I loved her answer. You will need to read the book to find out what her retort was. There seemed a litt
Apr 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
I liked this second entry in the Candy Shop Mystery series.
I've read the first one and found Abby, the protagonist, likable and believable as far as characters go. She doesn't do stupid things and she thinks logically.
Set against the backdrop of a candy store is interesting; recipes for candies mentioned in the book are provided at the end of the book.
Would I seek out other books in this series?
Yes. :)
Apr 23, 2010 rated it liked it
2nd in the candy shop series...better than the first, although I didn't like the end. How dumb can one chick be to go after a murderer? I know its a small town but are cops that clueless not to check into what someone reports, especially since it involved a death they are investigating??

I do like the slight romantic aspect between the main character and the cop, Jawarski. Looking forward to it developing in future books.
Jamie Brooks
Sep 09, 2012 rated it liked it
I liked this second installment a little less than I did the first. I felt like the story surrounding Savannah was a little too complicated. I know we are supposed to be guessing who the murderer was, but it was like the author was trying really hard to lead us on a confusing wild goose chase. Also when you find out who the murder is it is kind of anticlimactic because supposedly Savannah uncovered all these lies.....but then none of those lies were told to the reader.
Feb 21, 2009 rated it it was ok
Yep, I didn't like this one much better then the first one. There is just something about the main character that drives me nuts! One thing I do like is that her dating the detective is more realistic than most stories I've read. That is about all I like about this series. I do not plan to read anymore!
A cute, cozy mystery set for the most part in a candy shop. The owner, Abby Shaw, continues her aunt's tradition of hosting a candy-making competition. When a former classmate returns to town and takes first place during the first night of competition, many people are very displeased, and someone is displeased enough to commit murder. Delicious candy recipes are also included.
Mark Baker
Mar 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, 2006
Abby is running her first Confectionary Competition. It's a struggle even before Savannah returns to town and is murdered. Again, the pacing wasn't quite what it could have been, but I love the characters.

Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
May 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I read Choco. Dip. Death at the end of 5th grade. It was around testing and it filled my time. It was just as good as the first but the trill of read it was more... locked up due to over excitement the first day of finding it.
I love a good cozy mystery series. This time it's candy! And who doesn't love candy. Abby is a funny, likeable character with just a bit of ditz. This mystery was straightforwards and typical of a cozy - it was very fun. 4 stars.
Aug 11, 2013 rated it liked it
I liked this one better than the first one. I think the characters were more developed, and I never would have guessed who the killer was- well at least not until Abby found out who the killer was..on to the next book!
Dec 22, 2007 rated it liked it
A fairly straight cosy narrative, but generally pretty enjoyable.
Mar 20, 2008 rated it really liked it
I liked this better than the first one in the series.
Cindi (cheesygiraffe)
Apr 02, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2008-read
Sending this as a rabck to CdnBlueRose.
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Sammi Carter is the multi-published, award-winning author of the popular Candy Shop mystery series featuring amateur sleuth Abby Shaw. Sammi Carter is the pseudonym of Sherry Lewis.

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