Series: True Confections Mystery #1
Published by Berkley on February 7, 2023
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
About Six Sweets Under
Six Sweets Under is the debut book in a cozy culinary mystery series. After a successful acting career in Hollywood, Becca’s moved back to her hometown of Larch Haven, CT to work in the family’s chocolate shop and reconnect with friends and family.
Life is great – tourist season is bringing lots of business to the shop and her boyfriend is visiting soon. But then Archie, the town curmudgeon, is murdered. And Becca’s grandfather is a top suspect. Becca needs to clear his name ASAP so she enlists her bestie, Dizzy, the town’s librarian to figure it out.
My thoughts about Six Sweets Under
I loved the setting. Larch Haven is described as a miniature Venice, Italy with its system of canals and bridges. People get around by walking, biking, or taking to the water in kayaks, Jon boats, and gondolas. Who wouldn’t want to visit a small town with chocolate and gondolas? Larch Haven has that small-town feel where everyone knows your name and your secrets and has no trouble weighing in on your personal life. Especially the Gossip Grannies who embellish when the truth isn’t sensational enough.
Becca felt relatable – wanting a successful career but longing for the warmth and comfort of home and family.
Her friendship with Dizzy sounds like the perfect ride-or-die relationship. And the romance vibes with her old friend Sawyer, who’s a cop now, were definitely there.
You get all of the delicious descriptions of chocolates that you could want and even some recipes.
Lots of diversity – Latinx, Filipino, queer – worked in the story with a natural feel – a very realistic feeling.
The puzzle was intriguing with lots of murder suspects and motives with no clear answers until the end.
Special shout out to Becca’s cats, Binx and Truffles, and their awesome-sounding catio.
Six Sweets Under is a perfect light read with delicious descriptions, an engaging cast of characters, and a challenging puzzle of a whodunit.
Thank you Berkley for the ARC.