A Shot in the 80% Dark – Book Blitz and Review

Bean to Bar Mysteries, Book 4

Cozy Mystery / Culinary Mystery /Woman Sleuth
Publisher: Golden Tip Press
Date of Publication: July 15, 2022
Number of Pages: 285 pages
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Felicity Koerber’s bean to bar chocolate shop is thriving. Despite everything she’s been through with the murders she’s helped solve, Felicity is ready to take on new challenges. So when a local museum offers her a contract to create a chocolate replica of a gigantic sailing ship sculpture for a gala celebrating Galveston’s history, she jumps at the chance to combine chocolate-crafting with art.

The project is fun – right up until there’s not just one but two dead artists on the scene, and Felicity has to change gears back to detective. Logan, Felicity’s business partner and previous bodyguard, and Arlo, Felicity’s ex who is now the cop investigating the case, are split on which victim they think was actually the intended one. Felicity may have to take some chances, both emotionally and in luring out a killer, to determine the truth.
Can she find out how Galveston’s history relates to the murders, unmask a killer, and prepare 2,000 chocolate desserts for the gala all at the same time?
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Book Review Main
There is no dog in Amber Royer’s next Bean to Bar Mystery Series. But she treats readers to a parrot instead who is aptly named Renoir. Her cozy murder mystery series continues with A Shot in the 80% Dark with the fourth book in this series.
What I adore about Amber Royer’s writing style is how she showcases a strong woman, who is still dealing with her hang-ups, especially over her love life, and always in this mix is a murder or two.
Felicity, the book’s main character gets involved in yet another murder mystery, this time of two people. The murders mysteriously occur in an art museum. Finding out who and why quickly becomes a top priority for Felicity. Yes, Royer sets up Felicity to be a murder magnet, as well as a chocolate maker.
Then Royer throws in a love triangle between Felicity and the two men in her life, Logan, and Arlo. Felicity is still finding out where her heart lies with these two in book four.
I read the first Bean to Bar Mystery, Grand Openings Can Be Murder, and the third book Out of Temper, but not the second book. I can say now after reading this book readers are not likely to be as lost in the continuing storyline. Enough details are given in each book that you are not lost and maybe it will pique your interest to read the rest of the books in this series.
Barnacles! Thanks, Amber for giving me the knowledge I did not know! Barnacles are arthropods related to lobsters and crabs. Who knew this?
Royer’s books are the perfect weekend escapism. She has a way with words intertwining a fabulous, fast story around murder, chocolate, and yes, this time a parrot. Check out not only this book but this series, if you love stories with strong women, chocolate, a hint of a love story, and a steadfast mystery. They are only getting better!
Now I’m off to find some delicious chocolate.
Note: This book review is something quite special. It is number 150 for Lone Star Literary Life. Thank you, Lone Star for this fantabulous book journey that has opened my reading world to Texas authors and remarkable, memorable stories. 

Amber Royer writes the Chocoverse comic telenovela-style foodie-inspired space opera series and the Bean to Bar Mysteries. She is also the author of Story Like a Journalist: a Workbook for Novelists, which boils down her writing knowledge into an actionable plan involving over 100 worksheets to build a comprehensive story plan for your novel. She also teaches creative writing and is an author coach.

Amber and her husband live in the DFW Area, where you can often find them hiking or taking landscape/architecture/wildlife photographs. If you are very nice to Amber, she might make you cupcakes. Chocolate cupcakes, of course! Amber blogs about creative writing technique and all things chocolate.
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