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Dark Chocolate Demise by Jenn McKinlay picks up where Sugar and Iced left off, with Mel’s being estranged from the love of her life, Joe Delora, older brother of Mel’s partner, Angie. Joe is taking on a huge mob boss, Frank Tucci, until now untouchable in his position as Assistant District Attorney, and he fears for Mel’s safety if he is known to be still associated with her. Then one night Mel, Angie, and Tate, Angie’s fiance and the women’s partner in the Fairy Take Cupcake Shop, go to the Old Town Zombie Walk. Angie and Tate go dressed as a zombie bride and groom. Next to their cupcake van the cupcake team has a coffin they use for attention and advertising. After going off to check out the zombie walk, the trio returns to the van only to discover a body dressed as a zombie bride inside the coffin!
Given the location of the body in the coffin next to the cupcake van and the similarity of the dead woman’s costume to Angie’s, everyone feels concerned that Angie may have been the target. The fear is that someone related to Frank Tucci may have targeted Angie to get to Joe, and this leads Angie’s and Mel’s friends and Angie’s brothers to set guard around the women, something both women resist.
This book was enjoyable, but it would not be a good book for someone to begin the series with. It spends a significant amount of time dealing with the angst that Mel goes through as she worries about her relationship with Joe. That got a little tiresome, along with the frequent fighting by Mel to keep from having someone guard her. If you already enjoy the series, then you are likely to enjoy this book, but for anyone who is not already into the series, I’d recommend trying an earlier book.
I do highly love the narration of Susan Boyce. She continues to bring this series to life and makes it highly enjoyable. I suspect I would not have enjoyed this book as much as I did without Boyce’s performance.
So for this book, I give a split rating. If you have not read the other books, it has a 2 star rating. But if you have been reading the series and enjoying the lives of Mel, Angie, Tate, and Joe, along with with other cupcake team members, then I give the book 4 stars.
Another good book in the series except that Mel, gets a bit irritating with her marriage issues
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