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The Chocolate Debacle

by Karen Winters Schwartz

Six months after her husband dies, fifty-eight-year-old Florence Loughton falls in love. She falls in love the moment that Hector stretches out his tiny little neck and licks at the smooth tan skin of her face.

She soon forms an unlikely bond with twenty-six-year-old Trey Barkley, Hector's dog walker. Trey doesn't seem to mind that he walks dogs for a living or that he still lives with his parents, but when his whole world is set on end by a brief chocolate bar encounter, leading to his arrest for a murder he may or may not have committed—threatening his livelihood, his freedom, and the sanity he's worked so hard to maintain—he minds.

He minds very much—especially considering that it's the murder of his only real friend: Mrs. Florence Loughton. Detective Seth Wooley is initially confident in his quick arrest of the crazy-ass dog walker. Every clue indicates that Trey Barkley is the murderer. Easy—except Seth just can't seem to shake the fact that sometimes things are just too damn easy.

The Chocolate Debacle is a captivating story where two lonely people come together and form an odd friendship that comes to an abrupt and troubling end on the day Flo dies.


"A must read."
Lisa Rojany Buccieri,
publisher and editor in chief of New York Journal of Books
"Superbly crafted."
David Kaczynski,
executive director of Karma Triyana Dharmachakra Buddhist monastery and brother of Theodore Kaczynski, a.k.a. the Unabomber
"Tells a very real story."
Xavier Amador,
author of the international bestseller I Am Not Sick, I Donít Need Help!
"More than a mystery novel."
Mary Giliberti,
executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness


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