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Hot Chocolate Series
Hot Chocolate Series
Welcome to the Alcott Family Adventures Cozy Mystery Series set in Houston's River Oaks.
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Book 1: Hot Chocolate

Meet the middle-aged, eccentric Alcott sisters: Madge, Lila Mae and Dorothea, heiresses to the Alcott Chocolate fortune and mavens of Houston’s elite River Oaks. ​ Madge ambushes Lila Mae with Dorothea’s manipulative plea: she can’t care for Bernie, their 92-year-old father, any longer. Lila Mae explodes in a hissy fit—she had warned Dorothea years ago that they should put Bernie in an assisted living center. ​ Robert, Lila Mae’s astrologer, warns of impending problems and he’s rarely wrong. ​ The sisters call a meeting with Walter Branson, their solicitor. They discuss Bernie’s nurse Bambi Chaline, a blonde bombshell who looks more like a hooker than a nurse. The sisters fear that Bambi has her sights on being the next Mrs. Alcott and the need to separate her from their father is at critical mass.

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Hot Chocolate is a semi-finalist in the Scripmatix Pilot Season 2024 (TV series episodes), 1/25/2024

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Book 2: Bitter Chocolate

The characters you loved in Hot Chocolate are back with more escapades of life in Houston’s wealthy River Oaks in Book 2, Bitter Chocolate. Lila Mae is in a tizzy over the Chocolate Ball – a huge event that she and her sisters, Dorothea and Madge, host every year. But due to unusual circumstances, Dorothea and Madge dump everything in Lila Mae’s lap. If it weren’t for Julian Gillespie of Event Is King, the Chocolate Ball would have melted. Bernie, the Alcott sisters’ 92-year old father, decides he wants his Bentley back. The sisters and Bambi are horrified. They hire Joseph’s cousin Chewie as Bernie’s new chauffeur. ​ Wolfram, Lila Mae’s new astrologer, gives clues of things to come. This leaves Lila Mae and her sidekick Amelia with brows furrowed.

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Book 3: Spicy Chocolate

Everyone croons over Dorothea’s twins, and Bambi’s baby in Lila Mae’s dining room. Louie jumps up and barks, waking the babies. Lila Mae and Amelia look to see who arrived—everyone was already accounted for. A young Hispanic woman gets out of a cab, with luggage. She sashays to the kitchen door and waves at Amelia and Lila Mae. Amelia opens the door and the woman barges in. She’s Chiquita, one of Uncle Tito’s nieces. She was sent to train for Amelia’s job. Everyone is flustered. Why would Uncle Tito send Chiquita? Was Amelia going to quit? Lila Mae is freaked out. Amelia’s only thoughts are, “am I dying or getting fired?” And who’s this chubby-cheeked, middle-aged, cigar-smoking Dougie Vey character that Dr. Victor Tic’s daughter shows up with, all glam and glitter, after being gone for nearly a year? Victor and wife Jeffie Ann had a falling-out with Luna over gambling debts.

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Book 4: Nutty Chocolate

Lila Mae and the girls are busy planning Bernie’s 93rd birthday party. For an old geezer, it doesn’t appear that he is slowing down anytime soon. Expect Bambi to clobber him a time or two, and for Chewie to keep him in line. The chocolate factory has Pearl Hicks making the news, and you’ll meet Miranda Shoo, artist extraordinaire!  While things are all lovey-dovey with several of our favorite people, there’s a mighty unrest among the clan—a lot of flux with old jobs and businesses. Risks are weighed and taken. Henry walks in on an unethical situation with a client and her soon-to-be ex-husband’s attorney. He has harsh words with his law firm over the incident. One of his law partners ends up dead. All fingers point to Henry. This is the second time the Divine household has been subjected to a murder investigation. Dorothea and Joseph are strung out on raw nerves with the accusations, all the while with the twins teething and screaming in stereo. And speaking of Joseph, he’s about to make some major changes… after he recovers. Chance has to tiptoe through the murder investigation, or move to a temporary location until Henry’s name is cleared. Help comes in from the most peculiar and unexpected sources, which has Chance, Stacy, and Uncle Tito raising their eyebrows to their hairlines. Bambi has a string of luck no one ever expected, thanks to Jimmy Ray Chaline. There’s one thing the Alcott family stands for: solidarity! They will sort this murder out and clear Henry’s name.

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