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The Chocolate Moose Motive: A Chocoholic Mystery Hardcover – October 2, 2012

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Book 12 of 14 in the Chocoholic Mystery Series

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After overhearing a man bully a woman, Lee learns that the woman, Sissy, was accused of killing her husband. Sissy’s father-in-law wants custody of her son and publicly bullies her often. Most of the residents in her small Michigan town, even the sheriff, believe Sissy is guilty, even though she has an alibi. Lee decides to offer Sissy a job in the business department of TenHuis Chocolade. When the angry father-in-law’s housekeeper is murdered after contacting Sissy, Lee tries to help collect evidence clearing her new employee. Then, after Sissy’s house is broken into, Lee attempts to make a cast of some suspicious footprints, only to have her evidence destroyed. As the killer becomes more aggressive, many readers may guess whodunit, but this series continues to maintain likable characters and believable situations flavored with interesting plot twists and mouthwatering chocolate references. Fans of the series will also enjoy those penned by Jessica Beck and Livia J. Washburn. --Amy Alessio


"A deft mix of truffles and trouble. Chocaholics--this book is for you!" — Laura Childs, author of the Tea Shop mysteries

Praise for the Chocoholic Mystery series:
“JoAnna Carl satisfies your sweet tooth along with your craving for a tasty whodunit.” —Cleo Coyle, author of the Coffeehouse Mysteries
“I’m proud to stand up and say, ‘My name is Charlaine, and I’m a Chocoholic!’” —#1 New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris

“Lee McKinney sells chocolates and solves crimes with panache and good humor.” —Carolyn Hart, author of the Death on Demand mysteries

“A deft mix of truffles and trouble. Chocaholics—this book is for you!” —Laura Childs, author of the Tea Shop mysteries

"Deliciously cozy."—Elaine Viets, national bestselling author of Death on a Platter

"A heroine impossible to dislike."—Midwest Book Review

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Product Details

  • Series: Chocoholic Mystery (Book 12)
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: NAL; Book Club edition (October 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451238028
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451238023
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #679,805 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.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By samster on December 1, 2012
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I love these mysteries and have read them all. This particular one however, was not as exciting as some of the others.
I also don't see the point in giving Lee this annoying speach problem. It really becomes irritating to read and I just don't see the relevance for the character!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lori Caswell VINE VOICE on November 1, 2012
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TenHuis Chocolade is such a busy place Lee thinks they may need more help. When she overhears an argument in the grocery store and does a little investigating she believes she has found her new payroll clerk.

Forsynthia "Sissy" Smith is a the granddaughter of the area's only remaining hippie. She lives east of town with her grandmother at the Moose Lodge. The place was once an informal commune. Lee has learned that Sissy's husband Buzz was found shot to death the previous winter and Sissy was the prime suspect according to all the local gossip even though she had an airtight alibi. The argument Lee overheard in the grocery store was between Sissy and Buzz's dad, a retired army colonel. He is planning to sue Sissy for custody of her son.

When the biggest gossip in town is found dead -- by Sissy -- Lee knows they is much more to the story. But she knows if this person has killed twice already they will have no problem killing again, even if it is just a clever chocolatier trying to uncover the truth.

Yes, I am a chocoholic and I am addicted to chocolate and to JoAnna Carl's Chocoholic Mysteries.

This series is fun and the characters are addicting. I anxiously await each installment to see what Lee and Aunt Nettie and the other residents of Warner Pier are up to this time.

This time we meet two new residents that I hope come back in the future, Sissy and her grandmother Wildflower. Wildflower is a taxidermist and yes there is a moose head above her fireplace. It was there when they moved in and is the reason she is now one of the best taxidermists in the area. Sissy is would at TenHuis Chocolade and thinking about going to college.

The book is a fast lighthearted read and even includes a fudge recipe and a few interesting chocolate facts. You can't go wrong with a JoAnna Carl cozy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark Baker - Carstairs Considers HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 27, 2012
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When Lee Woodyard accidentally runs into Sissy Smith - literally - she begins to take an interest in the young woman. Four months earlier, Sissy's husband was murdered in their home, and the local gossip is that Sissy did it even though she has an iron clad alibi.

Lee hires her as the bookkeeper at TenHuis Chocolade, but that just brings Sissy's problems into the shop. And when someone else dies and Sissy finds the body, Lee knows she needs to jump into overdrive to find the killer. Can she do it?

As always, this is a fun read. The plot is paramount and is always moving forward with some clue or complication to keep you turning the pages. The characters we get to know here are quite interesting and real. Of course, Lee, her husband Joe, and her aunt and step-uncle are fun to hang around. I always love spending time with them.

Early in the series, we were introduced to some other supporting characters, and I do wish the book would slow down a bit to give them more than a brief mention and a cameo for one of them. Likewise, there was what seemed to me a big aspect of the story that was hinted at but never fully resolved.

Complaints aside, time spent in Warner Pier is always fun. I will certainly plan a return trip.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By lib'sreview on October 24, 2012
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Did not find it as compeling as her previous books. Felt it was rushed. Missed the interaction and involvement of Lee's family members and friends.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Avid Mystery Reader VINE VOICE on October 15, 2012
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I have read all of these Chocolate murder mystery books from JoAnna Carl. They all have about the same story line just a bit of a different setting and a bit of a different motive and way of knocking off the murder victim. This one was slightly different as Lee Woodyard (the main character) along with her husband Joe, get involved with Sissy who has been villafiled by the town residents and labeled as a murderer of her husband. Lee however hires Sissy to work at the family chocolate store as a bookkeeper at Ten Huis Chocolade. Sissy has a family that is on the eccentric side (the grandmother used to be a hippy years ago) and the father-in-law who is ex-military wants custody of Sissy's son Johnny.
This is really the beginning of the story and while I enjoyed the read (as always), I was a bit disappointed in this one as I figured out who did it (the murder of Sissy's husband) pretty early in the game. The only other thing that bothered me was that it was not totally clear what the motive was. I have a good idea but it really was not explicitly said. For these two reasons, I gave this book 4 stars vs. the 5.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Readers return to Warner Pier in the twelfth book in The Chocoholic mystery series by JoAnna Carl. The Chocolate Moose Motive continues the adventures of Lee Woodyard and the crew from TenHuis Chocolate. Fans of the series will enjoy the quaint Michigan setting and returning to characters that have become old friends. The long lived series is full of interesting chocolate facts and trivia and some excellent recipes, but the main ingredient is always murder!

One of the things that I like about this series and The Chocolate Moose Motive in particular is the characters. Carl has created a town that will make readers nostalgic and having them missing their own hometowns. Warner Pier is like most small towns, full of interesting and sometimes eccentric people and always ripe for gossip. I liked the fact that Carl introduced two new characters in Sissy and her grandmother Wildflower in this book. I hope we see them again in future installments. Carl often mentions intriguing people that she doesn't always go on to incorporate more fully into her stories. There are so many that I hope get their own story someday.

Readers will enjoy returning to their old favorites, Lee and Joe and Aunt Netty of course, but it was nice to see Sissy in this novel. She is a young woman who the whole town suspects of murder, even though it was proved she didn't kill her husband. I liked the fact that Lee takes a chance on Sissy and tries to help her. I liked Sissy's hippie influences and die-dyed attire. She brought a new kind of interest to the series. She is just a young woman who seems to have gotten on the wrong side of the town gossip. In a small town that can be very awkward.

As usual, Lee is more curious than any cat you've ever seen.
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