Elsa Pendleton received her bachelor's degree from Oberlin College and her master's degree in library science from Louisiana State University. Her interest in the Owens Valley resulted from the many visits she and her husband made to the area while they lived in the Mojave Desert.
Public libraries are supposed to be calm and peaceful places, but a murder can happen almost anywhere. When a corpse is discovered in Victoria Public Library's Conference Room, the library staff become suspects as well as potential victims. Set in the pre-Internet days of the mid-1980s, Death by Chocolate is a mystery and a nostalgic look behind the scenes of the library.