Sunday, January 28, 2018

Another Excuse for Chocolate

By Cora Chevalier
Macrame Murder
Cora Crafts Mysteries
By Mollie Cox Bryan

The dreaded “V” Day is coming up. You know what I mean, right? 
This will be my first Valentine’s Day with my new boyfriend, Adrian.  I’m glad I have a Valentine this year, but at the same time, I really sort of hate the holiday and I feel like there’s a lot of pressure on me to find exactly the right thing for him. You know, I need to strike a balance between  letting him know I really like him and not scaring him off. I don’t think he’s a commitment-phobe. But I don’t want to take any chances.
I'm torn between making him his favorite chocolate chip cookies or buying him a book that I know he's been wanting. And the other day I saw this beautiful cashmere scar that would match his green eyes. So I'm mulling all of this over. 
I’ve never really cared for a one-day display of love and affection, where people are expecting grand things from their partners. I like to do little things through the year. I find it has more meaning when you just surprise your partner with something thoughtful whenever it strikes your fancy. Besides, everybody knows it’s just a made-up holiday.

But at the same time, I can’t help but wonder what Adrian will give me. Not that I expect anything expensive, or really anything at all. But still. A box of good chocolate would be welcomed! You know me, I’m always looking for chocolate! Isn’t everybody?

Mollie Cox Bryan writes cozy mysteries with edge and romances with slow, sweet burn. She’s just published the third book in her new Cora Crafts Mystery Series: Macrame Murder. The first book in the series, Death Among the Doilies,  was selected as "Fresh Fiction Not to Miss" and was a  finalist for the Daphne du Maurier Award. The second book, No Charm Intended, was named a “Summer 2017 Top 10 Beach Read” by Woman's World. She also wrote the Agatha-award nominated Cumberland Creek Mysteries. Several of the books the series were short-listed for the Virginia Library People's Choice Award. She makes her home at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the Shenandoah Valley, Va., where she works as a researcher and fact checker and writes in the early morning hours. Visit her and sign up for her newsletter at Or follow her on Twitter @molliecoxbryan, Facebook, Pinterest or Instagram.  


  1. Think everyone looks for chocolate in some form or other around Valentine's Day. ;) Love to read "Macrame Murder"!

  2. I love giving and receiving small gifts throughout the year more than on some "special" day.