Friday, August 31, 2012

Theft by Chocolate [Paperback]

I've finished "Theft by Chocolate" by Luba Lesychyn.

Product Description

Mystery, Mayans and Mayhem: looking for chocolate, love and an international art thief in all the wrong places. Chocolate addict Kalena Boyko wasn’t prepared for this. Heading to work at Canada’s largest museum as an administrator, she hoped for quiet and uninterrupted access to her secret chocolate stash.

Instead she’s assigned to manage the high-profile Treasures of the Maya exhibition with her loathed former boss Richard Pritchard. With no warning, her life is turned inside out and propelled into warp speed as she stumbles across an insider plot that could jeopardize the exhibit and the reputation of the museum. After hearing about a recent botched theft at the museum and an unsolved jewel heist in the past from security guard and amateur sleuth Marco Zeffirelli, Kalena becomes suspicious of Richard and is convinced he’s planning to sabotage the Treasures of the Maya exhibition. Her suspicions, and the appearance of the mysterious but charming Geoffrey Ogden from the London office, don’t help her concentration. The Treasures of the Maya seem cursed as problem after problem arises, including the disappearance of a key artefact - the world’s oldest piece of chocolate ...

About the Author

Soon after finishing her graduate studies in history, Luba landed on the doorstep of Canada’s largest museum, the Royal Ontario Museum where she worked for more than 20 years. Moving from positions in the education and programs departments to the museum’s consulting branch, she concluded her career in the office that managed the museum’s recent controversial architectural renovation. After leaving the museum, Luba worked for several years in an administrative and research capacity for a private museum consulting firm with offices in Toronto and London. She currently works in the educational sector and teaches yoga in her home town of Toronto. Theft by Chocolate is Luba’s debut novel though she has been amusing people with her writing since the age of eight. Her love of chocolate precedes this age and she has been in and out of chocolate rehab for most of her adult life. When not writing or looking for her next chocolate fix, Luba can be found in dance classes, trekking to remote waterfalls in the mountain rain forest in Puerto Rico, running through the streets of Paris or any other number of calorie-burning activities that help offset her chocolate intake.

Product Details
Paperback: 346 pages
Publisher: Attica Books (June 21, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1908002395
ISBN-13: 978-1908002396

My Review:

I highly recommend this book if you enjoy a funny well written cozy mystery with a likeable heroine who is a chocoholic.

Chocoholic administrator Kalena Boyko is headed to work at one of Canada's largest museum hoping to have an interrupted quiet and unlimited access to her secret chocolate stash.

Instead she is assigned to work with Richard Pritchard her former boss to manage the high profile Treasures of the Maya exhibit.  One day she stumbles onto an insider plot that will jeopardize the exhibit and the museum's reputation.  She becomes suspicious of Richard and that he is planning to sabotage the Treasures of Maya exhibit after learning about an attempted theft at the museum and a jewel heist from security guard Marco Zeffirelli.

I really enjoyed reading the description of Toronto and London and it made you feel like you were right there with Kalena and crew.  Both Kalena and I have an obsession with chocolate and I found some that I need to try out after reading this book.   I also enjoyed the love triangle between Kalena, Marco and Geoffey.

I hope there are future books with Kalena and crew!


Thanks Attica Books and Carissa for sending me this book to review, greatly appreciated!

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