Wednesday, May 18, 2016

My Nails and My Book Review - Death is Like a Box of Chocolates by Kathy Aarons

**Nothing to Disclose**

Title: Death is Like a Box of Chocolates
Author: Kathy Aarons
Series: Chocolate Covered Mystery #1
Goodreads Summary: Whether it’s to satisfy a craving for chocolate or pick up the hottest new bestseller, the locals in charming West Riverdale, Maryland, are heading to Chocolates and Chapters, where everything sold is to die for…

Best friends Michelle Serrano and Erica Russell are celebrating the sweet rewards of their combined bookstore and chocolate shop by hosting the Great Fudge Cook-off during the town’s Memorial Day weekend Arts Festival. But success turns bittersweet when Main Street’s portrait photographer is found dead in their store, poisoned by Michelle’s signature truffles.

As suspicion mounts against Michelle, her sales begin to crumble and her career seems whipped. With Erica by her side, Michelle must pick through an assortment of suspects before the future of their dream store melts away…

My Review: Books and chocolate – is there a better combination? There are two chocolate recipes at the end of the book, but I wish there were recipes for all of the chocolates she mentions. I thought Michelle was unique as a main character – a bit snobby and a bit blunt, especially compared to Erica. The story itself moved along at a nice pace, but towards the end it did drag a little bit.

My Manicure: For this manicure, I was inspired by - what else - a box of chocolates. My base color is Ever After Polish The Good Stuff (from the Let it Settle duo). I used OPI I'm Not Really a Waitress for the "ribbon" on the accent nails, and Sinful Colors Snow Me White for the "chocolate drizzle" over the other nails.


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