Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Review: Death By Chocolate

Death by Chocolate (Killer Confections, book 1) Death By Chocolate by Julie Anne Lindsey
Ruby Russell has reached her limit. When she discovers her hipster husband has a dirty little secret, she whips him up a Viagra-infused-chocolate mousse punishment, but in the morning, her husband’s a stiff.
Armed with a lifetime of crime show reruns and Arsenic and Old Lace on DVD, Ruby and her best friend Charlotte try to lay low until after Ruby’s son’s wedding, but a nosy therapist, meddling minister and local news reporter are making it very difficult to get away with murder.

My Review:
This was a good book, nothing at all as I expected it to be, since I didn't read the blurb before reading the book.  It was well written and quite the page turner!  
The story follows Ruby, a housewife who went a bit mad and had a small stint in a mental hospital following her son's decision to go across the country to college.  She and best friend Charlotte become partners in crime, so to speak.  At first, the "accident" with Ruby's husband almost made me feel sorry for her, she certainly didn't mean to kill him.  Then the cracks in both of their sanities become more and more apparent when the community is rocked with more mysterious deaths.  Add to Ruby's already unstable mental state the fact that her beloved son announces he's getting married and she's sent over the edge.  "Oh what a tangled web we weave..."  
I have to say, Ruby so reminded me of a viciously more insane version of Jane Fonda in the movie Monster-In-Law.  Although the book itself didn't harbor much humor, the scenes playing in my head and the reminder of the character of that movie, gave it a bit of humor for me.  It's almost scary, though, to think there may be people that unstable and capable running around among our very neighborhoods! 
I give this book 4 stars...

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