This funny and quick-paced series keeps getting better. Single mother Hayley juggles writing a column for the local paper, raising two teenagers, traversing the dating scene — and tracking down killers. Readers will be thoroughly entertained by the laugh-out-loud moments of Hayley’s antics accompanied by her two best friends, Mona and Liddy. Every chapter is engaging and the series is a great mix of mystery and personal mayhem. Recipes are included!

Hayley feels sorry for Bessie Winthrop who can’t seem to catch a break. Living in a house full of cats, Bessie is trying to launch a chocolate business, but the unsanitary conditions of her kitchen are leading to cat hair-filled chocolates. Hayley is saddened when Bessie is found dead in her kitchen from an apparent heart attack. Later when Hayley bites into one of Bessie’s chocolates and finds an ominous note predicting her death, she becomes the only one in town who believes Bessie’s death was a homicide. Can Hayley convince the authorities and uncover the chocolatier’s killer before a murderer silences her for good? (KENSINGTON, Jan., 352 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed by: 
Sandra Martin