Tart of Darkness by Denise Swanson

June 22, 2018     Elle     ,

Tart of Darkness by Denise SwansonTart of Darkness by Denise Swanson
Publication Date: April 1, 2018
Series: A Chef-to-Go Mystery #1
Published by Sourcebooks Genres: Cozy Mystery
Pages: 352
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher

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My Rating : four-half-stars

Right when Dani thinks she’s hit a dead-end in her career, she unexpectedly inherits an enormous old house in a quaint college town. This gives her the perfect opportunity to pursue her true passion—cooking! So Dani opens Chef-to-Go, preparing delicious, ready-made meals for hungry students attending the nearby university, as well as providing personal chef services and catering events for the local community. To help support her new business, she opens her home to a few students, renting them rooms and becoming almost like a big sister figure in their lives.

But just as Dani is relishing her sweet new life, the friend of one of her boarders is murdered, and Dani becomes one of the primary suspects! She’ll have to scramble to clear her name and save her business before the killer reappears—perhaps to silence the new chef forever.

Tart of Darkness is the first book in a brand new culinary mystery series from Denise Swanson (bestselling author of the Scrumble River series). This is a series you don't want to miss.

Tart of Darkness is the first book in an all new cozy mystery series by Denise Swanson. This is a culinary cozy where the heroine has opened a catering business that prepares meals for couples, parties, and lunch options for those who don’t like to cook. It’s a charming story with a fantastic set of characters, an interesting and enjoyable plot, and a “who-dun-it” that I couldn’t figure out until it was revealed. 

Cozy mystery fans are going to really enjoy this novel especially if you have enjoyed the authors previous books and series. I am fairly new to her work and have read a few books but I know that I am going to be HOOKED on this series. I love culinary mysteries with amateur sleuths who love to cook so it’s right up my alley. Plus, the heroine is someone I could see myself befriending so it’d an added bonus. 

In this book, we meet Dani. After catering to a spoiled rich girls party she finds herself in the cross hairs of a murder investigation. Who would have killed the sorority sister who had a lot going for her future? I guess it COULD have been anyone because she wasn’t the nicest person and has a lot of bad blood with many. This is why Dani has to team up with former police officer (the sexy Spencer) and a few of her college housemates to find the killer before one of them is falsely arrested! 

Go on a hunt with Dani and her crew in this delectable and endearing new cozy. I very much recommend it to the cozy sleuths out there and anyone else looking for a fun and lighthearted read.


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