Felicity Koerber's bean to bar chocolate shop on Galveston's historic Strand is bringing in plenty of customers - in part due to the notoriety of the recent murder of one of her assistants, which she managed to solve. Things seem to be taking a turn for the better. Her new assistant, Mateo, even gets along with Carmen, the shop's barista turned pastry chef. Felicity thinks she's learning to cope with change - right up until one of her friends gets engaged. Everyone's expecting her to ask Logan, her former bodyguard, to be her plus one. But even the thought of asking out someone else still makes her feel disloyal to her late husband's memory -- so maybe she hasn't moved on from her husband's death as much as she thought.
Felicity isn't planning to contact Logan any time soon. Only, Felicity finds ANOTHER body right outside her shop - making it two murders at Greetings and Felicitations in as many months. That night, Mateo disappears, leaving Felicity to take care of his pet octopus. The police believe that Mateo committed the murder, but Felicity is convinced that, despite the mounting evidence, something more is going on, and Mateo may actually be in trouble.
When Logan assumes that he's going to help Felicity investigate, she realizes she's going to have to spend time with him - whether she's ready to really talk to him or not. Can Felicity find out what happened to Mateo, unmask a killer, and throw an engagement party all at the same time?
Amber Royer’s 70% Dark Intentions
Felicity Koerber is a widow. She use to be a physical
therapist but she now owns and runs the Bean to Bar
Chocolate Shop located in Galveston, Texas on their
Coming to the shop, Felicity discovers a dead body
outside the shop. Who is he and why was he
murdered outside her shop?
Her new assistant, Mateo is missing. Was he involved
in the murder? Or was he kidnapped or is he dead?
Felicity decides she must investigate the happenings.
She believes in her heart that Mateo is alive. What
will she discover?
This story addresses current social issues:
smuggling, drug struggles, animal poaching,
kidnapping and murder.
I enjoyed meeting Clive, the octopus. I also enjoyed
watching the sea turtles hatch and run into the ocean.
I learned about care of the octopus and the care put
into the sea turtle hatches.
Plus I learned a lot about making chocolate from
beans to a variety of products….a mouthwatering
array!! Dark chocolate being my favorite.
The characters were diverse in personalities, cultures
and they all had interesting and intriguing backstories.
This is book # 2 in the Bean to Bar Mystery series. It
is the first book in the series I have read. The author
combines the past with the present effortlessly.
I volunteered to read 70% Dark Intentions. Thanks to
the author via Cozy Mystery Review Crew. My opinion
is voluntary and my own.
A Highly Recommended Read!!!