A Shot in the 80% Dark by Amber Royer

 


A SHOT IN THE 80% DARK
Bean to Bar Mysteries, Book 4
by
AMBER ROYER

Cozy Mystery / Culinary Mystery /Woman Sleuth 
Publisher: Golden Tip Press
Date of Publication: July 15, 2022
Number of Pages: 285 pages

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Felicity Koerber’s bean to bar chocolate shop is thriving. Despite everything she’s been through with the murders she’s helped solve, Felicity is ready to take on new challenges. So when a local museum offers her a contract to create a chocolate replica of a gigantic sailing ship sculpture for a gala celebrating Galveston’s history, she jumps at the chance to combine chocolate-crafting with art.

The project is fun – right up until there’s not just one but two dead artists on the scene, and Felicity has to change gears back to detective. Logan, Felicity’s business partner and previous bodyguard, and Arlo, Felicity’s ex who is now the cop investigating the case, are split on which victim they think was actually the intended one. Felicity may have to take some chances, both emotionally and in luring out a killer, to determine the truth.

Can she find out how Galveston’s history relates to the murders, unmask a killer, and prepare 2,000 chocolate desserts for the gala all at the same time?

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Amber Royer writes the Chocoverse comic telenovela-style foodie-inspired space opera series and the Bean to Bar Mysteries. She is also the author of Story Like a Journalist: a Workbook for Novelists, which boils down her writing knowledge into an actionable plan involving over 100 worksheets to build a comprehensive story plan for your novel. She also teaches creative writing and is an author coach. 

Amber and her husband live in the DFW Area, where you can often find them hiking or taking landscape/architecture/wildlife photographs. If you are very nice to Amber, she might make you cupcakes. Chocolate cupcakes, of course! Amber blogs about creative writing technique and all things chocolate.


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Thank you to the author for providing a review copy of A Shot in the 80% Dark.

Although this is book four in a series, I did not have a problem reading it as a standalone story. Felicity is co-owner of a chocolate shop on Galveston Island, Texas. She has two big problems: she's a murder magnet and she’s got two men hot on her trail. Logan is the dangerous sexy type and Arlo, her first boyfriend, is now a local cop. When Felicity gets the contract for a museum gig, things are looking good for her business until two of the artists are killed in a single attack. If the museum cancels the benefit, Felicity stands to lose a lot of money, she needs to solve the murder.

It was fun reading a book set in Galveston as I have spent countless days on the island. I laughed when I saw the name of my hometown of Friendswood, Texas mentioned. Reader beware: this book could be dangerous to your waistline as it will leave you craving your favorite chocolate goodies. I loved learning about chocolate, the process of making edible treats from the raw ingredients and the finished products.

The murder in this book is very complicated with a huge cast of characters, including a talking cockatoo named Renoir. The list of suspects and their motives is rather lengthy and I admit there were times when I lost track of who was who. I was not able to guess the murderer, but the pirate treasure plot was engaging and the resolution satisfactory. I did not really care for the love triangle between Felicity and her two suitors, but others may enjoy this romantic trope. 

My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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  1. Ooh! Galveston-set & a pirate treasure sub-plot? I am IN! Thanks for a great review!

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