Thursday, February 16, 2012

Blog Tour: Hot Chocolate by Dawn Greenfield Ireland (Review and Book Giveaway!)

Cozy Mystery

Artistic Origins, Inc.


Release Date:
October 2011

The Story...

Madge, Dorothea and Lila Mae Alcott are middle-aged sisters who are heiresses to the Alcott Chocolate empire. When Dorothea can no longer care for their 92 year-old father, the sisters decide to fire his nurse, Bambi, and place him in an assisted living care facility where he can get all the care he needs.

Bambi Chaline is a blonde bombshell who worked for the Alcott’s for years and is more than happy when they give her a severance package along with excellent references. However, her husband, Jimmy Ray, isn’t quite so happy and hires a lawyer on behalf of his wife. Their lawyer files a lawsuit against the Alcotts for wrongful termination. Jimmy Ray smells a huge settlement, while Bambi is dismayed by the case.

Jimmy Ray is livid when the court throws the case out, but Bambi isn’t upset at all. As the Alcotts celebrate their success, Jimmy Ray doesn’t return home from his bowling alley. The Alcotts become the prime suspect in his disappearance.

My Review...

It was a nice change of pace to have characters in their 50’s. Sometimes I want to read about people closer to my own age then characters in their 20’s. I tend to be able to better identify with older characters. Plus, it made me feel as if I was reading a humorous Agatha Christie book.

I never read anything by Dawn Greenfield Ireland before, but she definitely knows how to write mysteries the way I like them. The story is filled with twists, turns and eccentric characters that are essential in writing a cozy mystery. It’s fast-paced and keeps the readers on their toes. There are also some giggles and a dash of romance thrown into the mix. At the end, she includes some yummy recipes that are featured in the book. Suddenly I’m in desperate need of a hot chocolate with some marshmallow fluff.

This book is delicious!

FTC Disclosure: The author provided me with a copy of this book to review for the blog tour. This did not influence my thoughts and opinions in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.


Would you like to win a copy of this book for your very own? Dawn Greenfield Ireland is providing one ebook copy of her book (International participants included!)

All you have to do is add a comment to this post with this info:

1) A valid email address.
2) The format of the ebook you prefer.
3) For one extra entry - What is your favorite type of chocolate?

That's it! Really easy. The giveaway will end on February 24th at midnight, est.

Check out the next stops on the tour...

Cheryl’s Book NookFeb. 16 Interview
Cheryl’s Book NookFeb. 17 Review
Books & Beyond Feb 20 Review
Books & Beyond Feb. 21 Interview and Giveaway
WV StitcherFeb. 22Review
Curling Up By The Fire Feb 23 Review
Curling Up By The Fire Feb. 24 Author Guest Post and Giveaway
Book Loving MommyFeb 27 Review
Book Loving MommyFeb. 28 Author Guest Post
To Read, Perchance to Dream Feb 28 Review
To Read, Perchance to Dream Feb. 29 Interview and Giveaway

For Reading Challenges:

A To Z Reading Challenge
2012 ARC Reading Challenge
Where are you reading? challenge
2012 EBook Reading Challenge
Cruisin' Through the Cozies Reading Challenge
Merely Mystery Reading Challenge


  1. I just recently read a reviews on this book and I have it on my wishlist! Thanks for the opportunity to win it. I would love to have a kindle copy.
    My fave. chocolate is white chocolate. Love it.

    lag110 at mchsi dot com

  2. Hello Yvonne,

    Thanks for the wonderful review of my wickedly funny Hot Chocolate. More fun is on the way with book 2: Bitter Chocolate. It's in the works. Vote for your favorite character on my website.


    Dawn Ireland

  3. I can picture a nurse named Bambi even without a description---what fun! I would like a kindle copy of the bood if I win.

    My favorite chocolate is dark chocolate--with orange essence.

  4. Thanks again for taking part in the tour. I'm so glad you enjoyed it!

  5. This sounds like an enjoyable book. Thanks for the opportunity.
    I would like a copy for KOBO

  6. This sounds like a cozy novel. Your review, Yvonne, makes me want to buy it. Thanks, i have a Kobo, so would like that format. Thanks for the opportunity to win.


  7. This sounds like a great choice for the cozy mystery book group I run in the UK. We've read and enjoyed a few books with a foodie theme. I'd love a kindle copy.


  8. Read ebooks on the Nook... epub?? And I love dark chocolate... mostly do the 60%, but have had even darker. Not sure I want to publish my email address here... so will give you my secondary one, that I still check daily...


  9. Chocolate, oh my! Milk chocolate; See's chocolate by brand! I visualize eating a whole box of chocolate while on my Kindle. Oh, what fun!

  10. What could be better than a book about chocolate? And a contest that ends on my birthday (not that I'd ever hint, no, not me).

    I read on my iPad so iBooks or Kindle format is good.

    Dark chocolate is the best!


  11. Hot Chocolate sounds like a great book! I read on my iPad so a Kindle version would be nice. My favorite kind of chocolate is any kind See's Candy makes. Yum.


  12. I would love to read Hot Chocolate. My email address is My favorite chocolate is dark semi sweet chocolate and as much as I love it made into items like truffles or cocoa I think I like it best when I just open it and eat it.

  13. I'd love to win a copy!

    I love milk chocolate, as for my favorite, it changes frequently but you could never go wrong with chocolate covered caramels or almond roca

    Oh, the hot chocolate on the cruise ship was yummy!

  14. This is my first entry for a free book and I hope it's a lucky one. I'd love to read Hot Chocolate in the Kindle edition. My email address is As far as my favorite chocolate, I'm not discriminatory! I'd never turn down any of them.

  15. This sounds wonderfully cozy! My email address is and my favorite is dark chocolate, add in some salted caramel and I will follow you to the ends of the earth.

  16. I'd love a copy for my nook. I love any kind of chocolate when it's paired with coconut.

    sdryburgh at hotmail dot com

  17. my email address is I love any kind of chocolate with nuts!! Says something about me i'm sure. I have a nook so that would be great, it sounds like a book i would love to read.