Chapter 3: Heated Grinding

Copenhagen, The Mermaid and Tiger October 1636 After the staff dinner, all hands cleaned up the kitchen and serving areas. Reva showed Diego how to clean the equipment in the chocolate room. “This may not have been the way your father did things, Diego, but I want my...

Chapter 2: Mortar and Pestle

Copenhagen Docks October 1636 Reva Pridmore sat down in the kitchen of The Mermaid and Tiger, the dock-side café owned by her partner, Inge Styggesen, and herself. She wiped her face with a rag because today’s lunch rush had been busier than ever. The room was bright...

Chapter 1: Murder and Chocolate

August 1636 in Frankish calendar Fatmir stepped off the boat from Venice and shivered. It was supposed to be summer, but the wind had a bite to it he’d not felt since he was a child in Albania. Behind him the servants carried off the luggage and loaded it on a...