*I received an ARC copy of this book from Netgalley which I voluntarily wrote an honest review for. The expected publication date is September 12, 2017.
Book one in the new Southern Chocolate Shop Mystery series. This is a really good book. Meet Charity Penn (she prefers to be called Penn) who grew up the as the shuffled around bastard child of a really rich family. This entitled her to a trust fund (that she cannot touch without approval) but not much else to be honest. Due to this most of the people she meets are after her money making it hard to ever trust anyone so when she gets a letter saying she one free chocolate making classes in a contest she never entered she sends her best friend to check it out. The only problem is that he turns up dead. When the local cops accuse him of being a drug dealer she feels compelled to travel south to clear his name if she can. After she gets there she also visits the chocolate shop and against her better judgement she takes the cooking classes. When the owner of the shop dies she leaves the shop to Penn against her family's wishes. this means Penn has to decide if she will stay or go while trying to solve a murder that puts her in danger at the same time. There are some really interesting characters in this book and the descriptions of the chocolate had me drooling. The dog had me laughing and shaking my head the same time since he is constantly so mean. That creep cat seems to set the little dog right making me curious about future cohabitation for the two of them. This is a great new mystery series making it a must read. I really enjoyed so it gets 4/5 stars and I am really looking forward to book two in the series.