The Chocolate Castle Clue: A Chocoholic Mystery and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Buy Used
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: Eligible for Amazon's FREE Super Saver/Prime Shipping, 24/7 Customer Service, and package tracking. 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. Dust jacket in Has dustjacket condition.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

The Chocolate Castle Clue: A Chocoholic Mystery Hardcover – October 4, 2011

See all 7 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
"Please retry"
Hardcover, October 4, 2011
$0.37 $0.01

The Amazon Book Review
The Amazon Book Review
Check out The Amazon Book Review, our editors' fresh new blog featuring interviews with authors, book reviews, quirky essays on book trends, and regular columns by our editors. Explore now

Editorial Reviews


“This book is a real winner… [Carl] is a truly gifted mystery writer. One warning though: If you like chocolate at all, have a stash ready for when you read this book! Otherwise, you’ll have to put this page-turner down long enough to run to the store when the chocolate cravings hit!”—

“An entertaining whodunit.”—The Mystery Gazette
“It has everything a cozy should: cute mysteries, fun themes, likeable characters and an interesting setting. If you are a chocoholic or fans of cozies, then you might want to try The Chocolate Castle Clue. It’s a fun way to spend a few hours!”—Booking Mama ( --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

About the Author

JoAnna Carl is the pseudonym of a multipublished mystery writer. She spent more than twenty-five years in the newspaper business, working as a reporter, feature writer, editor and columnist. She holds a degree in journalism from the University of Oklahoma and also studied in the OU Professional Writing Program. She lives in Oklahoma but spends much of her summer at a cottage on Lake Michigan near several communities similar to the fictional town of Warner Pier.

Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • Series: Chocoholic Mystery (Book 11)
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: NAL Hardcover; Book Club edition (October 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 045123474X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451234742
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,090,864 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

JoAnna Carl is the pseudonym for a multipublished mystery writer. She spent more than twenty-five years in the newspaper business.

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Format: Hardcover
TenHuis Chocolade has been using a garage near their downtown Warner Pier store for storage, but a new owner wants it back, so Lee finds herself cleaning it out. While doing that, she discovers a trophy and other memorabilia from her aunt's days in a singing group called the Pier-O-Ettes. Lee hadn't even known about this part of Aunt Nettie's past until Nettie started planning a reunion for the group.

Figuring that Nettie and the others would like to see this stuff, Lee takes it by the reunion. But the response to the trophy is odd. One of the members even screams when she sees it. That's when Lee learns that the restaurant/hang out where they won it was closed after the owner died under mysterious circumstances. Now, 45 years later, the owner's widow also dies under mysterious circumstances. Can Lee piece together how these two deaths are related?

Few series define cozy as well as this one does. It's light and fun. And if that is what you love, you'll enjoy this latest book. The book is short, so that means the story is always moving forward. Lee keeps find clues and piecing together bits of what happened all those years ago.

And yet the characters continue to be strong. I feel like the series regulars are well defined, as are most of the new characters introduced here. Everyone is certainly real enough to make you care about the outcome of the story.

Light, fast, and fun absolutely define this series, and that's a good thing in my eyes. Anyone else looking for a quick escape will enjoy this book.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lori Caswell VINE VOICE on October 19, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This series features Lee McKinney Woodyard, her Aunt Nettie, and TenHuis Chocolade. Lee manages the store for Nettie.

In this edition Lee finds an old trophy while cleaning out their storage garage. She can't wait to share it with her Aunt. She found it at the perfect time since Nettie was hosting a reunion for her old high school singing group, The Pier-O-Ettes, the group that won the trophy.

But the trophy didn't get the reaction Lee had expected. It seems to have brought back some terrible memories. The trophy was won at the old Castle Ballroom on the very same night that the ballroom owner was found shot to death. It was ruled a suicide but his wife didn't believe that and neither did several other people. There were always questions about what really happened that night. The reunion and the trophy brought the whole event back to the forefront. Just how much does Aunt Nettie know? Before Lee can even wrap her head around what may have happened in the past someone turns up murdered in the present. Are these events connected? Well you know Lee is going to find out and put herself right in the middle of the sticky mess.

My Thoughts
This series is one of the first that made me fall in love with cozy mysteries. Set in a chocolate shoppe, full of tasty goodies, how could you go wrong?

The author is an expert at writing this genre. We fall more for the main characters with every installment and they just continue to put themselves in harms way. We keep turning the pages to make sure everyone is safe and settled by the final word. This story had a lot of additional characters due to the Pier-O-Ettes reunion and they added even more drama to quaint town of Warner Pier.

It was a very entertaining story. A delectable treat for the mind.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on October 4, 2011
Format: Hardcover
In Warner Pier, Michigan, TenHuis Chocolade is owned by Aunt Nettie, but run by her Texas niece Lee Woodyard. After delaying for months cleaning out the storage room, Lee begins the task finding stuff that are four decades old including a trophy and related paraphernalia form over forty years ago when the singing group Pier-O-Ettes won a contest at Castle Ballroom; Aunt Nettie and five other young girls made up the group.

The singing group is having a reunion and everyone associated with the sextet is elated except elderly angry Mrs. Rice, the wife of the late Daniel, owner of the long demolished Castle Ballroom. Mrs. Rice tells Lee and her husband Joe that her aunt is a slut just like the other singers and this time they will get what they deserved over forty years ago when Rice died from a gunshot to the heart. When someone murders Mrs. Rice, Lee becomes the next target as she learns the Pier-O-Ettes were tied to the death four decades ago, but the secrets of how and why remain concealed.

The latest Chocoholic cozy (see The Chocolate Pilot Plot) is an entertaining whodunit as Lee is caught at the angle of a death forty plus years ago and a murder today. The exciting story line includes chocolate trivia, but it is the two deaths of the Rice couple four decades apart that make for an enjoyable amateur sleuth as Lee learns reunions can prove deadly.

Harriet Klausner
4 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By F. Yoder on October 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is the 11th book in the Chocoholic Mystery series.

I really enjoy reading about Lee, and her friends in Warner Pier, MI. Lee manages the day to day activities of the TenHuis Chocolade store in Warner Pier, a store owned by her aunt. Lee is in the process of cleaning a garage out that TenHuis has been using for storage. In doing so she finds a trophy that the Pier-O-Ettes had won at the local dance hall some 45 years ealier. It so happens that the six ladies who made up the group are all in town preparing for a high school reunion. Lee decides to take the trophy over to aunt's, thinking the group would like to see it again. That is so far from the truth, as there is a 45 year old unsolved murder that is also brought to mind.

That evening, Lee has a bit of a run in with the widow of the late owner of the dance hall. Then a day or two later this widow is on her way to talk to Lee's husband and crashes into a tree. But upon examining the victim it is found that she had a severe blow to the back of the head. And a couple of males drop by to visit the Pier-O-Ettes, univited by the ladies, but they said they were invited Lee's aunt. Lee is soon asking questions about the recent happenings and those from the past.

A night or two later as Lee is leaving her shop she peers into her van and sees someone in it. She screams and they take off running. She attempts to chase them with two slashed tires on her van. To no avail.

To add to the current days mystery, Lee's aunt doesn't want to share too much information from the past that would certainly help solve everything, from both the past and the present. But Lee is a stick to it type of young lady and solves the mystesries that have been plaguing Warner Pier.
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?