Chocolate and Miss Seeton. Two of my favorite things, and they come together in this book.
The pretentious artist Antony Scarlett has outraged many with his unusual art endeavors, quite a few involving chocolate and/or other edibles. Miss Seeton even goes to his latest showing and tries to find the art in Scarlet’s work. But her stalwart sweet nature and patience are pushed a bridge too far by Scarlet’s latest plan.
His grand scheme involves chocolate–a lot of it–and Miss Seeton’s cottage, which he proposes to purchase. His plan: turn the cottage into a life-sized, ultimately disposable chocolate mold by flooding it with chocolate, letting it harden, then removing the cottage to reveal its chocolate Doppelganger.
Not surprisingly, Miss Seeton says no. She is obliged to say it repeatedly as Mr. Scarlet is determined not to be deterred from his scheme.
Other elements of the story involve the sad fate of several worthy elderly residents, and a fraudulent construction scheme. Add a beautiful redhead, Tina Holloway, herself a (truly) talented artist whose beauty catches the eye of young Nigel Colveden.
It’s odd, though. With all these great elements, for me the book goes wrong somewhere. I’ve read all the Miss Seeton books in the series, and have been enthusiastic about them. But I’m sorry, I didn’t like how this one ended. For all that chocolate, and notwithstanding the title, the ending is bittersweet at best.
My thanks to author, publisher, and NetGalley for providing an advance copy to read and review.