Mystery, Mayans and Mayhem: looking for chocolate, love and an international art thief in all the wrong places. Chocolate addict Kalena Boyko wasn’t prepared for this. Heading to work at Canada’s largest museum as an administrator, she hoped for quiet and uninterrupted access to her secret chocolate stash. Instead she’s assigned to manage the high-profile Treasures of the Maya exhibition with her loathed former boss Richard Pritchard.
With no warning, her life is turned inside out and propelled into warp speed as she stumbles across an insider plot that could jeopardize the exhibit and the reputation of the museum. After hearing about a recent botched theft at the museum and an unsolved jewel heist in the past from security guard and amateur sleuth Marco Zeffirelli, Kalena becomes suspicious of Richard and is convinced he’s planning to sabotage the Treasures of the Maya exhibition. Her suspicions, and the appearance of the mysterious but charming Geoffrey Ogden from the London office, don’t help her concentration. The Treasures of the Maya seem cursed as problem after problem arises, including the disappearance of a key artifact – the world’s oldest piece of chocolate. (-synopsis from Goodreads)
Kalena is a fun main character to follow. At times she presents as a ditzy woman who’s love for chocolate stands in the way of everything else in her life. At other times she is the strong museum administrator who is able to handle all the problems thrown at her as the Mayan exhibit comes to her museum.
Throughout it all Kalena is surrounded by men that love her and hate her. Geoffrey is a rich, sexy administrator from the London office. Kalena spends a glorious few days with him in London only to later see a picture of him in the newspaper with another woman the very same week. Then there is Marco, the new, much younger, security guard. He quickly works his way into her world by being a great friend and by hinting at the future. Finally we have Richard, Kalena’s former boss and the cause of all the trouble with the Mayan exhibit.
I found some of the details surrounding the chocolate in the story to be excessive and a little over the top. Kalena is constantly eating chocolate in all forms throughout the book though manages to maintain her figure. Her focus waives from the important whenever a piece of chocolate enters the room. Other then that I found the book to be a fun, light read. The mystery surrounding the theft of museum pieces gets tense and the ending has a twist I didn’t see coming.
I give this book 3 1/2 out of 5 stars.