Contrary to what most people think, my life as an event planner is not an endless string of parties. Sometimes I bristle a bit when people think all I do is plan weddings and parties. For instance, last night I finished up a Pharmaceutical Packaging Trade Show. There were some heavy partiers in the crowd, but it’s not quite the same as planning a gala or a wedding.
I live in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, in nodding distance of Washington, DC. Old Town has a quaint historic charm that I love. But Washington is the big draw for conventions.
I’ve been taking it easy this morning, now that the trade show has wrapped up. I even strolled around my garden with a mug of hot tea in hand when I let out my dog, Daisy. It’s a perfect summer day. Not too humid or hot yet. When I reluctantly returned to the house, Daisy ran to the front door and pawed at it, making me wonder if someone stood on the other side.
When I cracked the door a bit, all I found was a small, red box. I picked it up, looking for the person who had left it. There wasn’t a soul in sight.
I took it inside and opened it to find chocolates. Beautiful chocolates. No two were alike. Milk chocolate, dark chocolate, some had white chocolate drizzled across the tops. They were gorgeous. Like little brown gems.
They had to be from Alex, the guy I’ve been dating on and off. I called to thank him, but he denied any knowledge of the chocolates. When I hung up, I took a closer look. No store logo. No enclosure card. Nothing.
It didn’t sound like something my ex-husband Mars would do. He likes to get credit for thoughtful gestures. Still, I phoned him to see if he had left them. Nope.
The next job looming on my horizon was the 60th Anniversary of Amore Chocolates. Someone from Amore might have left it as a gift, but their boxes looked different.
It was odd that the box didn’t bear a logo or a note. Maybe it was some kind of promotion for Célébration du Chocolate, the new store that was about to open in Old Town. Maybe they wanted to create a buzz about the mysterious chocolates appearing on doorsteps?
In any event, I wasn’t about to eat the unidentified chocolates – no matter how delicious they looked!
But someone tries the luscious chocolates! Find out what happens in The Diva Steals A Chocolate Kiss.
You can read more about Sophie in The Diva Steals A Chocolate Kiss, the 9th book in the “Domestic Diva” mystery series, published by Berkley Prime Crime. The first book in the series is The Diva Runs Out of Thyme.
About The Diva Steals A Chocolate Kiss
Domestic Diva Sophie Winston is in charge of the sweetest event in Old Town this summer. Amore Chocolates is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary with a chocolate tasting at the mansion of the company’s CEO, Joe Merano—and Sophie is running the show. With cookies, candy, and five kinds of chocolate cake, it’s a chocolate lover’s dream! But when Joe goes missing, the celebration becomes bittersweet. And when Sophie discovers the body of a competing chocolatier in the guesthouse, the event turns downright deadly.
As if that wasn’t enough, Sophie’s been receiving daily boxes of sweet treats. After ruling out her new beau and her exes, Sophie wonders if someone’s trying to send her a message—and if she’s next on a chocoholic’s hit list.
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About the author
New York Times Bestselling author Krista Davis’s 9th Domestic Diva Mystery, The Diva Steals A Chocolate Kiss, is in bookstores now. She also writes a mystery series set on dog and cat-friendly Wagtail Mountain. The 3rd book, Murder Most Howl, will be released December 1st. Like her characters, Krista has a soft spot for cats, dogs, and sweets. She lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia with three dogs and two cats.
BIG NEWS: The Diva Steals A Chocolate Kiss is #16 on the New York Time Bestsellers List – June 21, 2015.