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bean to bar mysteries

the newest sleuth in galveston just wants to make chocolate

In book 1 you get

Hungry From all the Chocolate

An Amateur Sleuth Rebuilding Her Life

An Adorable Bunny

A Surfer Girl Baking Assistant

Social Media Addiction

Historic Galveston Island

Cajun Culture

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Book Club and Zoom Author Visit Information

Grand openings can be murder book trailer

An Idyllic Chocolate Shop. An island with dramatic weather. And a murder.

Welcome to Greetings and Felicitations! It is Felicity Koerber’s bean to bar chocolate factory/shop – and her refuge from the pain in her past. When she returned home to open it, she never imagined she’d be solving a murder – but now she will have to, to save her business’s reputation and avoid being framed as a killer.

Felicity Koerber has had a rough year. She’s moving back to Galveston Island and opening a bean to bar chocolate factory, fulfilling a dream she and her late husband, Kevin, had shared. Craft chocolate means a chance to travel the world, meeting with farmers and bringing back beans she can turn into little blocks of happiness, right close to home and family.

She thinks trouble has walked into her carefully re-built world when puddle-jump pilot Logan Hanlon shows up at her grand opening to order custom chocolates. Then one of her employees drops dead at the party, and Felicity’s one-who-got-away ex-boyfriend – who’s now a cop – thinks Felicity is a suspect. As the murder victim’s life becomes more and more of a mystery, Felicity realizes that if she’s going to clear her name in time to save her business, she might need Logan’s help. Though she’s not sure if she’s ready to let anyone into her life – even if it is to protect her from being the killer’s next victim.

For Felicity, Galveston is all about history, and a love-hate relationship with the ocean, which keeps threatening to deliver another hurricane – right into the middle of her investigation. Can she figure it out before all the clues get washed away?

Cozy mystery with a little sweet romance…and a lot of chocolate.
FIRST IN A NEW SERIES

The author of the Chocoverse science fiction series brings you a brand new adventure inspired by real-life chocolate makers.

“With as many unpredictable twists and turns as the hurricane approaching Galveston, Grand Openings Can Be Murder is an intriguing cozy mystery set in a new chocolate shop along the island’s historic Strand. Readers will love learning about the bean-to-bar chocolate-making process while the store’s owner, Felicity, pursues truth, justice, and the perfect chocolate bar.” — Diane Kelly, Award-winning author of the Death & Taxes, Paw Enforcement, House Flipper, and Busted mystery series.

If you love chocolate-and who doesn’t-then you’ll love GRAND OPENINGS CAN BE MURDER. Heartwarming and suspenseful in the same breath, chock full of compelling characters and great plot twists, this book will leave you wanting more. I can’t wait for the next Felicity Koerber mystery! — Harry Hunsicker, former executive vice president of the Mystery Writers of America and the author of THE DEVIL’s COUNTRY.

“Set inside the fascinating world of bean-to-bar chocolate, Grand Openings Can be Murder will satisfy your craving for a delicious mystery, flavorful characters, and a smart and sassy sleuth.” — Rebecca Adler, author of The Taste of Texas mystery series.

In book 2 you get

Hungry From all the Chocolate

A Hotel Renovation Project

An Adorable Bunny

A Surfer Girl Baking Assistant

Social Media Addiction

Mischievous Pet Octopus

Cajun Culture

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Book Club and Zoom Author Visit Information

70% dark intentions book trailer

An Idyllic Chocolate Shop. An island with endangered species. And a murder.

Felicity Koerber’s bean to bar chocolate shop on Galveston’s historic Strand is bringing in plenty of customers – in part due to the notoriety of the recent murder of one of her assistants, which she managed to solve. Things seem to be taking a turn for the better. Her new assistant, Mateo, even gets along with Carmen, the shop’s barista turned pastry chef. Felicity thinks she’s learning to cope with change – right up until one of her friends gets engaged. Everyone’s expecting her to ask Logan, her former bodyguard, to be her plus one. But even the thought of asking out someone else still makes her feel disloyal to her late husband’s memory — so maybe she hasn’t moved on from her husband’s death as much as she thought.

Felicity isn’t planning to contact Logan any time soon. Only, Felicity finds ANOTHER body right outside her shop – making it two murders at Greetings and Felicitations in as many months. That night, Mateo disappears, leaving Felicity to take care of his pet octopus. The police believe that Mateo committed the murder, but Felicity is convinced that, despite the mounting evidence, something more is going on, and Mateo may actually be in trouble.

When Logan assumes that he’s going to help Felicity investigate, she realizes she’s going to have to spend time with him – whether she’s ready to really talk to him or not. Can Felicity find out what happened to Mateo, unmask a killer, and throw an engagement party all at the same time?

“Royer has concocted a sweetly dark confection with 70% DARK INTENSIONS, the second serving in her Bean to Bar Mysteries series. She serves up intrigue (and a dash of romance) with a mix of dastardly villains, a likable heroine, and a quirky cast of supporting characters, including Clive, the octopus. Throw in illegal animal trafficking, clues galore that only Felicity can solve, and all things chocolate, and you’ll read this yummy treat late into the night.” –Amy Shojai, author of September Day & Shadow pet-centric thrillers.

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My science fiction trilogy supposes that chocolate has become the most important thing in the universe, and I learned so much about real-world craft chocolate makers while researching and publicizing those books, that I decided to write a cozy with a bean to bar chocolate maker as a sleuth. I mean think about it. To succeed as a chocolate maker, a person has to be ingenuitive, sometimes building machines from scratch when the machine to suit their needs doesn’t exist, or needs to be repaired or modified. A lot of chocolate makers start out experimenting in their kitchens, winnowing their cacao beans with a hairdryer outdoors, so the husks can just blow away. They’re adventurous, many of them traveling to the country of origin to work directly with farmers to make purchasing deals. They’re creative, with excellent palates, as making chocolate has much in common with being a winemaker or a coffee roaster. More than anything, the chocolate makers I have met are generous with their time and expertise. I’ve had people take the time to show me around their factory, explain how certain aspects of chocolate making work — once chocolate maker even consulted on this series, reading parts of the manuscript and answering the questions I didn’t even know to ask.

Felicity’s fictional shop is in Galveston Texas, a ferry ride away from my hometown. I located it on the Historic Strand, to give her interesting architecture and a central view of going-ons with my fictionalized small business community. Galveston has always been one of my favorite places to spend time, from the beach to the state park, it’s a great place to photograph birds and other wildlife. And there is so much history related to the island to explore. Felicity lives with her aunt, who is a house-flipper specializing in rejuvenating neglected Victorian homes (did I mention I love architecture?). There is an extremely sweet romance triangle that will sort itself out over the course of the series.

I have often been told my books make people hungry, and with the Cajun food references plus all the chocolate, this one should be no exception.

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Highlighted Reviews

books a plenty

On Grand Openings Can Be Murder: “ Chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate comes together in this solid start to a new cozy series. ”

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forgotten winds

On Grand Openings Can Be Murder: “Grand Openings Can Be Murder by Texas author Amber Royer combines my love of Galveston, chocolate, and the suspense of living through a hurricane.”

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missus gonzo

On Grand Openings Can Be Murder: “It is difficult to put into words why Felicity quickly won my heart. Maybe it is because she is clearly talented, smart, and beautiful, yet is self deprecating and just a wonderfully kind human being.”

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my reading journey

On Grand Openings Can Be Murder: “One of the best new series I’ve read! Amber Royer brings the reader a mystery that keeps you guessing and turning the pages.”

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