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

4.5 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews
Book 11 of 14 in the Chocoholic Mystery Series

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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!”—MyShelf.com

“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 (Bookingmama.net)

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.

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Product Details

  • Series: Chocoholic Mystery (Book 11)
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: NAL; Book Club edition (October 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 045123474X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451234742
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,206,444 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Mark Baker - Carstairs Considers HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 17, 2011
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.
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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.
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By A Customer 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
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Lee and Joe Woodyard get tangled up in the past when Aunt Nettie's singing group from the old days reunites for the High School reunions. Lee had not known about Aunt Nettie even singing, let alone, at a popular ballroom. The Castle Ballroom shut shortly after the owner committed suicide, or did he?

The Ladies gather but so do unexpected guests. Who summoned them and why? The past rises up and becomes a current murder mystery.

Aunt Nettie asks Lee to snoop and find the killer, unknowingly, what Aunt Nettie is doing is putting all their lives at risk. Joe finally has had it with his wife putting herself in danger and that really added some realism to the story. Most husbands/wives would not be so accommodating as Joe has been in the past.

This was a fine mystery and we are given a small tour of chocolate factories around the U.S.A. as information throughout the book.
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