For The Fourth Of July, Lee McKinney And Her Aunt Debut Their Latest Confections Chocolate Frogs At TenHuis Chocolade The First Customer To Buy A Croaker Is The Town Crank But When He Later Disappears And Police Suspect Foul Play, It S A Chocolate Clue That Leads Lee To The Killer Chocolate Facts and a Story This is the third book in the series and it can be read out of order I should know this is the 2nd time I have read this series out of order Lee is the niece of Nettie, who owns the Chocolate shop in Warner Pier Lee is the business manager and she is dating Joe, an attorney who rebuilds old wooden boats One day, in town, Joe is attacked by Hershel, the local town problem, in front of everyone Joe doesn t hurt Hershel, but he is confused by what happened As they try to figure out what has happened, Hershel s boat is found in the water near Joe s boat ramp The town is searching for Hershel and just as Joe is getting ready to take Lee back to her van, Hershel appears at her window and says he doesn t trust the people near Joe s shop and he wants to meet Lee s aunt at the chapel When they get there, Hershel is dead and Joe is accused of the murder As they try to find out the truth, they are being attacked and now they really need to know what is happening I enjoyed the story, but there were some misused words, not related to the malapropisms of the character of Lee The story would stop so she could describe the chocolates that they were ordering, offering or eating and this would slow the flow of the story The fun part in the book was all the chocolate facts There were no recipes, just facts. Read February 27, 2010Well My wish from the last book was granted Much better storyline, the bad person wasn t immediately known though I had idea s of who it was, it wasn t in the first couple of chapters like in the previous books and the why was interesting as well I still love these characters And as she fleshes them out, they really become very enjoyable to spend time with And yes, the storyline was better, but still, there is PLENTY of room for growth I am hoping these just continue to grow and flourish as they go on All in all,good read Shortly after Hershel Perkins and Lee s boyfriend Joe get into a public altercation at the Warner Pier post office, Lee and Aunt Nettie stumble across Hershel s body on a secluded property He s been murdered, and obviously Joe is the prime suspect ever so as evidence piles up, though that eventually turns out to be an unsuccessful attempt to frame Joe When the framing doesn t work, the murderer changes his strategy, almost running Lee and Joe off the road and later attacking them when they re out in Joe s boat.More of the same entertaining enough, but predictable Somehow the characters annoyed me even in this one than in the previous books. It was predictable from the time the killer first showed up. If you weren t craving chocolate before you will be by the time you finish this book I loved all the chocolate tidbits and it made me yearn for a candy store that you tend to go to while on vacation I enjoyed the characters and the mystery was a good one. I didn t finish it because the writing was horrible, there was too much tell and not enough show , and the characters were flat and uninteresting Lee is way too interested in her wardrobe and her high school like relationship with Joe The murder plot was too predictable At an early point Lee and Nettie are joking about trees in Texas vs trees in Michigan It was a lighthearted exchange, then it was spoiled by this line, Aunt Nettie and I were joking about our differing feelings about trees because we were nervous Was that necessary to say Around the point where Lee is called in to identify a murder weapon, and she picks it up with her bare hands and puts her lips on it and blows.well does that sound like normal behavior in the face of a murder that happened the day before in which this item might have been used to cause someone s violent death I love a good mystery but this was not one of them. Lee McKinney helps her aunt run TenHuis Chocolade in a tourist town For this year s 4th of July they debut chocolate frogs in a variety of sizes The only person to buy a large frog is also the town s most annoying citizen and it s the first time he has ever bought anything from them instead of asking for samples When he disappears Lee s boyfriend is the prime suspect, even though he has no real motive But there are others who do relatives who need the money, investors in a secret land deal, and perhaps some folks who have just gotten tired of him looking through their windows. When Joe Woodward gets into a fight with the town crank Hershel Perkins, he becomes the suspect when he is missing All the clues lead to him but Lee and Joe in he had nothing to do with it The night of the search, Hershel comes to Lee telling her to tell her Aunt Nettie to meet at the old chapel He doesnt trust the various people looking for him for one reason or another Arriving they find his body and Joe following them, wondering why Lee was acting weird Which still incriminate him Various attacks on their lives lead them to believe Joe s phone has be tapped Knowing Joe isn t involved and angry that the chief suspects him, Lee sets out to find the real killer.While I was surprised by the killer, I didn t really like the motive But I loved the intense scenes when they were almost pushed off the road I also love Lee and Joe s relationship They both have baggage and are trying to come to terms with it all while taking their relationship slow I can t wait to read the next book. It s an alright cozy mystery, kinda like junk food reading But holy crow I d put money down that the writer has never really spend any real time in Michigan much less West Michigan Seriously it s the Mackinac Bridge not the Mackinac Island Bridge and I 196 is not always busy I want to continue with this series cause I just want a potato chip series right now but these slip ups might get to me
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.
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- The Chocolate Frog Frame-Up (Chocoholic Mystery, Book 3)
- JoAnna Carl
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