Charity Penn, owner of The Chocolate Box, a gourmet chocolate shop in the heart of the quirky Camellia Beach community, has found a secret ingredient:
So Sweet...
A rare chocolate bean with a flavor unmatched anywhere in the world.
And Deadly.
But whenever she cooks up her treats, disaster and murder follow.
Copyright 2018
September 12, 2017
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ISBN: 978-1683312918

BOOK  1: Asking for Truffle

When Charity Penn receives a letter saying she won a trip to Camellia Beach, South Carolina complete with free cooking lessons at the town's seaside chocolate shop, the Chocolate Box, she's immediately skeptical. She never entered the contest. Her former prep school friend offers to look into the phony prize―only to end up drowned in a vat of chocolate.

Struck with guilt, Penn heads to the southern beach town to investigate why he was killed. But as wary as she is of the locals, she finds herself lured into their eccentric vibe, letting her defenses melt away and even learning the art of crafting delicious chocolates. That is, until delight turns bittersweet as she steps straight into the midst of a deadly plot to destroy the seaside town. Now, only Penn's quick thinking and a mysterious cask of rare chocolate can save the town she's learning to love.

Rich and decadent, Asking for Truffle, the first in a new cozy series by Dorothy St. James, is sure to be a delectable read for fans of JoAnna Carl and Joanne Fluke
Praise for Asking For Truffle
"The first in a new series for St. James features an appealingly reflective heroine and a varied roster of suspects." ~ Kirkus Reviews

"compulsively readable...readers will cheer Penn every step of the way." ~ Publishers Weekly

"I couldn't put the book down… I highly recommend Asking for Truffle as your go-to book for a great September read." ~ MyShelf

"Dorothy St. James has crafted a delicious concoction of murder and mayhem in her debut title ASKING FOR TRUFFLE. The spunky heroine, Penn, makes a refreshingly no nonsense amateur sleuth, working to discover who murdered her longtime friend while taking on the delicious task of learning how to make artisan chocolates with her adorable dog Stella at her side. I enjoyed every bite." ~ Jenn McKinlay, NYT bestselling author of CARAMEL CRUSH"

"Asking for Truffle is a splendid twist on the cozy, offering a complex heroine, a coastal town full of secrets, and surprises around every corner. A heady delight for chocolate lovers and an enticing beginning to a new mystery series. I look forward to many more installments from St. James and her heroine, Penn." ~ Bailey Cates, author of the New York Times Bestselling Magical Bakery Mysteries.

"Asking for Truffle is the first in the Southern Chocolate Shop Mystery for Dorothy St. James and a splendid one it is! An easy reading cozy mystery that keeps you hooked from page one with delicious characters and a delightful story." ~ Fresh Fiction
BOOK  2: Playing with Bonbon Fire

Chocolate shop owner, Charity Penn is at it again-cooking up chocolate treats while trying to keep everyone in the quirky seaside town of Camellia Beach safe.

A threatening note, a dead musician, and decades of secrets put the town's first beach music festival and its band members in grave danger.

With help from her meddling half-sister and a new flavor of chocolate sweets to ignite the senses, Penn follows the shifting tide of evidence to uncover a forty-year-old secret.

Don't miss the next exciting Southern Chocolate Shop Mystery , Playing with Bonbon Fire Coming March 13, 2018
March 13, 2018
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ISBN: 978-1683314684