I didn t enjoy this one as much as the first in the series Aunt Nettie is still wonderful, and Lee was a good stepmother in this book once she stopped focusing on Jeff s piercings, and we didn t spend a ton of time reading about Lee s mixing up words But Joe annoyed me until the end of the story, and I m extremely glad the Hart family is done in the series The action moved quickly, but with no apparent reason until the twists were revealed And I didn t like the way the case resolved because it made the majority of story pointless to me Again, I didn t like this one especially, but I am willing to give the series another try. Great read I could not put it down Love this series The characters are great The plot really had me going until the end. This is the second book in the Chocoholic Mystery series and I am still not thrilled with the author s writing style But I have been told by a reliable source that this series does get better, so I plan to stick it out I figured out whodunit fairly early in the story There really were no surprises I find the main character to be a bit annoying, but was happy that the whole twisted tongue thing was not as prevalent in this book as the last one Have 3 here on my TBR shelf so will continue to read this series in the hopes that it improves soon. I used to read paperback mystery novels all the time but have moved toward fantasy novels as of late But sometimes I miss a good mystery, so I ventured back into my cozy habits and picked up this second book in the Chocoholic Mystery series Lee is a bookkeeper in her aunt s chocolate shop in Warner Pier, Michigan, and she plays amateur sleuth again when a dead body is found outside her aunt s shop by her ex stepson who just appeared on her doorstep out of the blue The mystery was nice and quick, and there were author s notes added throughout about different mystery series that also feature chocolate or food Those did add a couple series to my TBR list And I enjoyed the Michigan setting in a fictional town near Holland, MI since I just moved to Lansing last year It was nice to recognize the geography of the cities that were mentioned She even mentioned Lansing once I m not in a huge rush to read the next book in the series, but I m sure I ll eventually get to reading all of these Chocoholic books. You just never know what you are going to learn In this cozy mystery I learned about antique chocolate molds I will read. I loved this book I was surprised by who the murderer turned out to be Another great installment in the Chocoholic Mystery series Can t wait to read the next one. Great Sequel to The Chocolate Cat Caper I still love the characters of this tourist lake town The mystery was a bit off not all the logic made sense, but it was still an enjoyable read The characters in the Hart VanHorn family were a fun element, and I liked the complex relationship between Lee and her ex husband ex stepson A immature author might fall into the cliche of having Rich and Jeff portrayed in a negative light Instead, they re just human people who make mistakes, but still try to do the right thing The only thing I really didn t like was Joe s presence in the book In Chocolate Cat, it seemed like Joe s place as a character would be smaller him in the background or traveling as he tried to cope after his wife s death At the end of book 1, he seems to be placing distance between him and Lee, which I thought was reasonable Instead, he becomes a major love interest for Lee in the sequel, and I m not sure that was the best move He s not a super interesting character, and the fact that Lee gets together with an old high school crush seems a bit hokey There aren t really any scenes in these last two books to solidify a relationship between them from a reader s perspective All they do is solve mysteries There s not even banter when they do it I just don t understand why he s still in the series. TenHuis Chocolate puts a collection of antique chocolate molds on display and is promptly burgled on the same night Little later, the woman who organized the exhibition is found murdered outside the shop The prime suspect, by virtue of having both disturbed the burglary in progress and later found the body, is Lee s former stepson Jeff, who unexpectedly showed up on her doorstep To clear him of suspicion, Lee begins to look into the matter herself.Much like the first one, entertaining enough but fairly predictable I still don t care much for the Lee Joe romance, was kinda hoping that would fizzle out Oh well. First, let me say I had to downsize the rating for my new system of rating books Now that I ve finished all my Chocoholic mystery books, I do look at this story with nostalgia It s an engrossing enough story, and I ve been amazed at how much Joanna Carl has extracted from this setting of Warner Pier to generate so many stories This time though the book is a cozy mystery the murder is quite gristly I had no chance in guessing the murderer, and I enjoyed reading the story all the for it. CONFESSIONS OF A CONFECTIONERAfter Leaving Her Bad News Husband Back In Texas, Lee McKinney Moved Up North To A Quaint Resort Town Now She Keeps The Books For Her Aunt S Luxury Chocolate Shop But Lee Soon Finds That Michigan Winters Can Be MurderLee And Aunt Nettie Can T Believe Their Luck A Teddy Bear Promotion Will Have Tourists Flocking To Warner Pier, Which Could Mean Skyrocketing Sales For TenHuis Chocolade To Help Decorate The Scrumptious Store, Their Friend Gail, An Antique Dealer, Lends Them A Collection Of Valuable Chocolate Molds But After A Burglary At The Shop, Gail Meets With A Grisly Fate And The Main Suspect In Her Murder Is Lee S Troubled Teenage Stepson Lee Sets Out To Clear His Name, But Awakening Long Hibernating Family Secrets Might Be Than This Daring Crime Solver Can BearINCLUDES TASTY CHOCOLATE TRIVIA
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.
- 225 pages
- The Chocolate Bear Burglary (Chocoholic Mystery, Book 2)
- JoAnna Carl
- 10 October 2019 JoAnna Carl