My name is Coco and I’m the star 1 of the Chocolate Covered Mystery series. I’ve become something of a minor celebrity in the town of West Riverdale, Maryland, and not just because I happen to be in the right place at the right time.2 I helped solve the first murder mystery this town has seen in decades.
My days start with me leaving my secret sleeping location that everyone in town wonders about.3 I like to be mysterious. Then I complete my tour of duty. I stop at Chocolates and Chapters where Human #1, who arrives early, feeds me.4 She needs something to do besides make chocolate.
Then I head over to the diner, where Human #2 feeds me. For some reason, she calls me Lentil.5 And then I wait patiently for the Knit Wits Yarn Store to open, where Human #3 feeds me. And later, down to the library, where the younger humans feed me.
The rest of the day is filled with adventures too numerous to mention here, but believe me, my life is awesome.6
I know my Human #1 worries about where I sleep, and it seems like no one has told her that I’m perfectly comfortable on a porch with a wonderful cat bed.7 It’s right by a little hole in the house siding where the heat or air conditioning escapes, keeping me quite comfortable.
I sometimes hear people wondering where I came from. I’ll never admit that I had another town quite similar to West Riverdale, but decided to go on a quest8 to explore what else was “out there.” And guess what I found? Another small town! I guess I’m a small town cat at heart. Just like my humans.
Something is going on with me because I can’t stop the urge to go “inside.”9 I haven’t liked “inside” for many years. But now all I want to do is curl up by someone’s fireplace and sleep. And sometimes I do, but as soon as I can, I get back outside to complete my rounds.
Those food bowls won’t empty themselves.10
You can read more about Coco and her adventures in Truffled to Death, the second book in the “Chocolate Covered” mystery series, published by Berkley Prime Crime. The first book in the series is Death Is Like a Box of Chocolates.
About Truffled To Death
Hoping to sweeten sales for their shop, Chocolates and Chapters, Michelle and Erica host a reception highlighting a new museum display of ancient Mayan pottery curated by Erica’s former mentor, Professor Addison Moody. The evening has a few hiccups, but the ladies soon smooth things over with ample servings of wine and chocolate.
Yet with the sweet comes the bitter. The very next day, the antiquities from the reception are discovered missing. The professor accuses Erica of having sticky fingers, claiming she wants revenge on him. And she’s only in more trouble after he’s found stabbed to death with one of the artifacts. Now Michelle must help Erica track down the real killer before someone else finds themselves in less than mint condition.
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About the author
Kathy Aarons is the author of Truffled to Death, the second book in the Chocolate Covered Mystery series by Berkley Prime Crime. Death is Like a Box of Chocolates, the first book in the series, was a national bestseller and was named a Top Book of 2014 by the San Diego Union Tribune.
Research for the series was such a hardship: sampling chocolate, making chocolate, sampling more chocolate, and hanging out in bookstores.
After growing up in rural Pennsylvania and attending Carnegie Mellon University, Kathy built a career in public relations in New York City. She now lives in San Diego with her husband and two daughters where she wakes up far too early, and is currently obsessed with the Broadway Idiot documentary, finding the perfect cup of coffee, and Dallmann’s Sea Salt Caramels.
1 No, she’s not. Okay, maybe she is.
2 More like the wrong place at the wrong time.
3 This is true.
4 Michelle Serrano, Chocolatier. She’d love to know she’s called Human #1.
5 Coco would not like to find out why.
6 It includes lots of naps in strange places to sleep off the food coma.
7 Michelle knows.
8 For more food.
9 This is quite strange.