Good read I enjoyed it The author was kind to us and didn t have Lee doing too many stupid things in this one One incident early on revealed a person to be the murder or co conspirator, but the incident seemed to be forgotten But it all came together in the end, in a very inventive way. My first dip into the world of the Chocoholic Mystery Series, and my first Joanna Carl book I really enjoyed it so much that I finished it in one day As usual, I grabbed a book that was about halfway through the series, but it didn t really seem to matter I got an idea of the characters and location pretty quickly I loved the little history of chocolate notes, and I learned white chocolate isn t really considered chocolate at all Too bad because I love white chocolate the best As an added bonus, I even got to knock Michigan off my 50 States list I didn t know that when I picked the book up.Was the book perfect No, but some things were pretty accurate like how dark it is in Michigan in the winter , and the small town feel of the book completely over rode anything that seemed a little off All in all, it was a quick cozy to that helped me take a very small break from school work Just what I needed right now Challenges this book counts towardsOutdo YourselfCruisin thru the CoziesSupport Your Local LibraryRead the 50 States Michigan Kris The Much Anticipated Winter Arts Festival Is Here, And As Treasurer Of Winterfest, Lee Is Up To Her Elbows In Mix Ups Behind The Scenes When The Art Show S Guest Juror Shows Up Drunk, Lee Lets Him Sleep It Off, Only To Find Out Later That Someone S Put The Visiting Dignitary Into A Permanent State Of ReposeLee And Joe Were The Last People Spotted Near The Crime Scene In A Seriously Sticky Situation, It S Up To Them To Find The Real Killer Before Someone Else Comes To A Bitter End Like it happens sometimes, a fair handful of characters were introduced what seems like simultaneously I inferred from that crowd that one of them was going to be the victim It was fun right from the start to guess who it would be to die The fun in this book stayed constantly I thought Mozelle was the one to bite it I was wrong When the true victim appeared in the story, I had my doubts absolved Here was a revolting chap, ideal and all fattened up not only literally for sacrifice I was less joyful with the second murder It seemed pointless It was pointless There is no dangerous than a murderer who s paranoid It looked like the guilty one had used up all goodwill from fate or whatever, and had run out of safe ground In retrospect it seemed that the nice person, the second victim was lost forever, but then a superficial character found redemption and was the new nice person in the Warner Pier committee I m guessing that touch was intentional, but you never know what is the intent in a fast paced, solid if not brilliant book The one constant conclusion with this series is that each book differs from its siblings, although there is a common signature I was pleased to be able to picture parts of the scenery and the landscape, and that s saying a lot as spatial recognition is not my forte The tight, no nonsense, and suspenseful prose of the climax caught me unawares I missed minor appearances like Tracy and Brenda And aunt Nettie The latter gave me the impression that she had retired and left the shop to Lee It seemed that only the committee was present in Warner Pier I am surprised that Joe never once became annoying in the series After all he s, quote unquote, the best catch in West Michigan Nevertheless he was the state debate team winner and wrestling champ too Maybe it s because the focus is on his wife, but I think he will always be of a Mary Sue than a Gary Stu, if that makes sense He s supposed to be rugged and virile but he s in the background Having said that, there are males than females in this story There are unpleasant male characters too Whether I personally find that true in real life is an opinion that stays variable from day to day I ve now read eight books of Joanna Carl and that s a relatively prolific output Unless you re a writer and your name is Nora Roberts, or Barbara Cartland, or Danielle Steel, or Agatha Christie Okay so J Carl is not so prolific but it has been a real treat to read these books of hers over the span of a year I dread the day when I ll have naught to look forward to except the books of other authors I ve made my peace with reading all of Miss Marple books, and I hope to handle the loss of this series unblemished presence better At least it s not outstayed its welcome Unlike this review, and unlike life, really My next to go to series would be crucial Until then let s hope for the best. This is the first cozy mystery I ve read and I really enjoyed it I ve only ever read suspenseful mysteries and I m in love with the cozy ones now Joanna Carl had me guessing who the murder was until the very last chapter I didn t expect who it was but once it was revealed it all made sense I can t wait to read another cozy by Joanna Carl. The Chocolate Snowman Murders by Joanna Carl is the 8th book in the Chocoholic Mystery series The Warner Pier Winter Arts festival is marred by the murder of the guest art show judge after he was dropped off by Lee at a hotel when he had become drunk and obnoxious The story was interesting but I found it difficult ti like any of the characters and Lee s speech slip ups become tired after a while The chocolate facts were interesting although they did little to add to the story The chocolate descriptions though sounded wonderful and delicious dangerous if you are watching your weight. Man this book, is just good The humor is amazing Each chapter ends with suspense, making me turn the page each time I might quick to jump to conclusions but I still managed to find who the killer was before the book did, so HA Anyways back to praising this book.My favorite part is the part with the snowman That part is amazing The suspense i got from that was fantastic I was on the egde of my seat I kept on anticipating things that don t even happen I should stop before i go crazy 5 5, book of the year, would recommend. An enjoyable read There was twice she seemed to jump back a page or two after appearing to move on to the nest day which confused that portion of storyline I loved the flavor of the story though, as well as some wonderful historical trivia leaving us hungry to learn I liked the characters, and am eagerly looking forward to reading of her books. Another good adventure in Warner Pier I liked the WinterFest setting and the snowmen chocolates seemed so cute I did find the culprit pretty obvious but since that doesn t happen to me often I did keep questioning my choice A good Christmas story. The small town of Warner Pier, Michigan is preparing for their annual Winter Arts Festival Lee and her husband Joe are members of the WinterFest committee and this time of the year they are very busy When the art show s guest juror shows up drunk, Lee drops him off at a motel only to learn he has been found dead in the motel room the next day Lee becomes an instant suspect when the story of the short ride from the airport to the motel comes out She refuses to be steamrolled by the local police and works on her own to find out what happened to the man I read the first five pages of this book twice I felt like I couldn t invest in the narrative at all When I turned the page and began page five I finally became interested in the story I feel that even though I hadn t read the previous books in the series the author gives enough background throughout the book That said, I still prefer to read the books in any series in order The plot moves in waves I prefer a steady pace The characters are well developed, but again, I will I knew of the history from previous books I fluctuated between rating this a 3 or 4 I ultimately went with a 4 because the problems I had with the book were about personal preference and not the actual writing or plot I did enjoy the book and it peaked my interest in going back and reading book one I did enjoy that the setting is in an area I am familiar with and love The characters are relatable I recommend giving this book a read.
Eve K Sandstrom The author writes about the shores of Lake Michigan and has been reviewed in Michigan newspapers as a regional writer She has also written about Southwest Oklahoma and once won an award for the best book of the year with an Oklahoma setting.Eve K Sandstrom is an Oklahoman to the teeth she was born there, as were five previous generations of her mother s family Both her grandfathers and her father were in the oil business, once the backbone of Oklahoma s economy One grandmother was born in the Choctaw Nation, and Eve is a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Eve and seven other members of her immediate family are graduates of the University of Oklahoma Eve even knows the second verse of Boomer Sooner Eve wrote two mystery series the Down Home books, set on a ranch in Southwest Oklahoma, and the Nell Matthews mysteries, semi hard boiled books laid in a mid size city on the Southern Plains.But Eve married a great guy whose family owned a cottage on the west coast of Lake Michigan, not far from the Michigan towns of Fennville, Saugatuck, and Douglas Every summer for than forty years she, her husband and various combinations of children and grandchildren have trekked to the community of Pier Cove for vacations that lasted from two weeks to three months.The area features gorgeous beaches, lush orchards, thick woods, and beautiful Victorian houses Eve grew to love it So when her editor asked her to come up with a new, cozy mystery series, Eve set it in a West Michigan resort town, scrambling up Saugatuck, Douglas, South Haven, Holland, Manistee, Ludington and Muskegon with her own ideas of what a resort ought to be to create Warner Pier.As further background, she plunked her heroine into a business which produces and sells luscious, luxurious, European style bonbons, truffles and molded chocolates Most small towns couldn t support a business like this, but the resorts of West Michigan with their wealthy summer people can The Chocoholic Mysteries were on their way.Eve s editor requested that she use a pen name for the new series, and Eve picked the middle names of her three children, Betsy Jo, Ruth Anna, and John Carl JoAnna Carl was born So that s how JoAnna Eve became a regional author in two widely separated regions.JoAnna Eve earned a degree in journalism at the University of Oklahoma and also studied with Carolyn G Hart and Jack Bickham in the OU Creative Writing Program She spent than twenty five years in the newspaper business, working as a reporter, editor, and columnist at The Lawton Constitution in Lawton, Oklahoma She took an early retirement to write fiction full time.She and her husband, David F Sandstrom, have three grandchildren, whom they love introducing to the lore of their two homes Oklahoma and Michigan.She spent 25 years in the newspaper business as a reporter, feature writer, editor, and columnist, most recently at the Lawton Constitution She holds a degree in journalism from the University of OK and also studied in the O.U Professional Writing program She lives in Oklahoma but summers in Michigan where the Chocoholic Mystery series is set She has one daughter who is a CPA and another who works for a chocolate company and provides yummy insider information on the chocolate business.
- 240 pages
- The Chocolate Snowman Murders (Chocoholic Mystery, Book 8)
- JoAnna Carl
- 09 February 2019 JoAnna Carl