Six Sweets Under (True Confections Mystery #1) by Sarah Fox #bookreview #mystery

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Title: Six Sweets Under

Author: Sarah Fox

Publisher: Berkley

Publication Date: February 7, 2023

Page Count: 303

My rating: 4 stars

About the book:

In a cute new culinary cozy from USA Today bestselling author Sarah Fox, budding chocolatier Becca Ransom must solve a murder before she meets a sticky end.

Former actress Becca Ransom lived her dream in Hollywood for seven years before returning to her hometown of Larch Haven, known as the Venice of North America. The Vermont town has canals instead of roads, gondolas instead of cars, and charming cottages plucked from the pages of a fairy tale. It’s also where Becca is pursuing her newest passion as a chocolatier at True Confections, the chocolate shop owned by her grandparents, Lolly and Pops.
While Becca’s testing new flavors and reconnecting with old friends, the town is gearing up for the annual Gondola Races, popular with both residents and tourists, with one exception. Local curmudgeon Archie Smith wants nothing more than to keep tourists away from Larch Haven. He’s determined to derail this year’s event and does his best to stir up trouble for the organizers, including Becca’s grandfather.

Following a heated argument with Pops, Archie is found floating face-down in the canal, and Pops finds himself in hot water as one of the top suspects. Becca’s determined to clear her grandfather’s name, but when the case heats up, she could be facing a sticky end.

Six Sweets Under by Sarah Fox is the first book in the new cozy True Confections Mystery series. As with most cozy mystery series Six Sweets Under does contain it’s own mystery that is solved within the book so it can be read as a standalone novel. There will be some character development that will carry over from book to book though for those following from the beginning.

Becca Ransom always wanted to be an actress and for seven years she lived that dream in Hollywood. Becca decided to give up that life and return to her hometown of Larch Haven, Vermont missing the charming little city known as the Venice of the USA. Becca has decided to try on a new career that follows in her grandparents footsteps and becomes a chocolatier at True Confections, her grandparents shop.

Becca is just beginning work with her grandparents, Lolly and Pops, when the annual Gondola Races is gearing up to take place. The event has always been hugely popular and plenty of tourists attend each year which one local resident, Archie Smith, doesn’t want to see happen. What Becca never expected though was Archie would be found murdered and Pops would be the top suspect so Becca vows to find what really happened.

Six Sweets Under is not the first cozy mystery I’ve read by Sarah Fox even though it’s the first in the True Confections Mystery series so I wasn’t surprised to find myself enjoying this book. The setting was a completely charming town that was immediately brought to life as I imagined floating down the canals and who doens’t love chocolate?? After enjoying getting to know these characters too I’ll certainly be looking forward to returning to Larch Haven in the next adventure.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

Find this book online:

Goodreads  /  Amazon

About the author:

Sarah Fox was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, where she developed a love for mysteries at a young age. When not writing novels or working as a legal writer, she is often reading her way through a stack of books or spending time outdoors with her English Springer Spaniel.


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