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Felicity Koerber is finally getting her life together.  She has a fiancé, her bean to bar chocolate shop on Galveston’s historic Strand has become a gathering spot for the community, and she is ready to embrace whatever the future holds.  She’s ready for another launch party – despite the disaster at her grand opening, when she’d first gotten involved with solving a murder.  And this time she’s embracing her status as a sleuth.  She’s hosting a murder mystery weekend to celebrate the new Mystery Flavor line of craft chocolate bars.  She’s held a contest to choose the attendees, who will all stay at her aunt’s flip hotel and enjoy the island.  It’s all supposed to be perfectly random – only, Felicity starts to uncover connections between her guests.  When one of them winds up murdered, Felicity has to keep her aunt from becoming the main suspect.

The killer is very clearly calling Felicity out, leaving clues that mean little to anyone other than her.  But that doesn’t narrow down the suspect pool.  Her guests are there because they love the true crime podcast she’s been featured on.  And she can’t decide whether the killer wants her to catch them – or just wants to taunt her.

Meanwhile, Felicity is also playing host to her future in-laws and discovers that her fiancé’s sister, who is also a cop, is very competitive.  Can Felicity hold her own and make a good impression, while keeping her business together and her aunt out of jail?  And can Felicity solve it in time to protect the people she cares about from becoming additional victims?   

Satchmo the retired police dog turned therapy dog returns to help her sniff out a few clues, and one of the guests brings along a ferret named Cheeseburger, who keeps showing up in the most unexpected places.


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The combination of mystery and chocolate is even more delicious in Amber Royer’s latest book, ‘A Chocolate is Announced,’ part of the Bean to Bar Mysteries series. The story unfolds with Aunt Naomi pushing ahead with hotel renovations to increase her profits before selling. Meanwhile, Felicity’s engagement with Logan allows him to showcase his creativity in the chocolate side of the business. Together, they organize a murder mystery weekend highlighting his delectable chocolate bars.

Past connections are revealed as the ‘randomly’ selected participants for the mystery weekend arrive. Ted, a man with a dubious history, is found dead in his locked hotel room. The hotel is locked down, and tensions rise as Felicity takes it upon herself to investigate to keep her aunt from becoming a suspect. The killer sets a chilling ultimatum—only four people are allowed to leave and return to the property, and everyone will die.

As suspicions and tension escalate among the suspects forced to interact with each other in the close quarters of the hotel, Felicity also grapples with concerns about fitting into Logan’s family when his parents offer to buy a house for the engaged couple. Despite not choosing Arlo, Felicity finds them working well together during the investigation. Amber Royer masterfully weaves a fast-paced mystery with exciting story threads and misleading clues that lead to an unexpected but perfect ending.

Fans of Amber Royer will appreciate the captivating storytelling in ‘A Chocolate is Announced’ and eagerly anticipate the next addition to the series. While maintaining consistent characters and chocolate foundations, each story is a perfect recipe for an unforgettable page-turning experience. No one should miss this fabulous summer read.


Amber Royer writes the Chocoverse comic telenovela-style foodie-inspired space opera series, and the Bean to Bar Mysteries. 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 at




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    2 replies to "A CHOCOLATE IS ANNOUNCED"

    • Amber Royer

      Thank you for such a kind review!

      • RoxBurkey

        Hi Amber, thank you for stopping by. Your series so so good I know readers will love this and all the other books.

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