- Mass Market Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Berkley (March 1, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0451205561
- ISBN-13: 978-0451205568
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.6 x 6.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 71 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #233,067 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Chocolate Cat Caper (Chocoholic Mysteries, No. 1) Mass Market Paperback – March 1, 2002
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Praise for the Chocoholic Mysteries
“My name is Charlaine, and I’m a Chocoholic!”—Charlaine Harris, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“Lee McKinney sells chocolates and solves crimes with panache and good humor.”—Carolyn Hart, New York Times bestselling author
“Lots of suspects, red herrings, and chocolate trivia.”—Kirkus Reviews
“A deft mix of truffles and trouble. Chocoholics—this book is for you!”—Laura Childs, New York Times bestselling author
“Delicious, fast-paced...more twists and turns than a chocolate-covered pretzel!”—Leslie Meier, New York Times bestselling author
About the Author
JoAnna Carl is the pseudonym for a multipublished mystery writer. She is the national bestselling author of the Chocoholic Mysteries. She spent more than twenty-five years in the newspaper business 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 summers in Michigan.
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I liked the fact that the main character has a flaw. Malapropisms which causes her to sometimes say a wrong word if speaking to fast. This makes her human to me.
The writer has also has explained past relationships without going overboard and gives a good idea of the characters and town.
I enjoyed the trivia about chocolate that was included and will be reading the next in the series. Just to see if Lee might keep the cat. I can only hope.
The opening chapters find Lee and Aunt Nettie preparing to deliver a special order of handmade chocolate truffles to high-powered attorney Clementine Ripley. Ms. Ripley has a purebred cat, and so Aunt Nettie has made several chocolates in the shape of a cat by using a special mold she previously ordered from the Netherlands.
Unfortunately Ms. Ripley is later found dead with a chocolate truffle in her hand. So Lee goes to work to try to figure out who poisoned Ms. Ripley.
Author JoAnna Carl includes a lot of factual information on chocolate in this book. There is a lot of trivia about chocolate and also a chocolate quiz (answers are provided).
The book was quite enjoyable and I'll definitely be reading more in this series.
The mystery is not resolved through detection or wits, and the characters are drawn in as puppets for a mystery story, rather than lively characters who find themselves in a mystery (like the ones in Charlaine Harris novels). For that reason, the book lacks surprise, you know who are the red herrings, who are the good guys and who is culprit, because that characters has no reason to be there other than be the bad guy and it becomes obvious.
The premise looked great on the back of the book but the execution was below the average. It's still fun but don't expect to be pinning for the sequel. I'm not going ahead on this series.
The plot had enough twists in it to keep you guessing most of the time and the style of writing had me visually involved in the scenarios which does not always happen. The characters were a complex lot and captured reasonably well so that I had no trouble keeping them separated in my mind....rather liked the way a developing relationship was allowed to stay that way and not rushed.
I found myself slightly annoyed at the heroine who had abad case of foot in mouth disease, loved her Aunt and enjoyed that there was a cat...worried that he was eating chocolate by licking the Villains face at the end - chocolate is poison to cats. I read it over Easter so also was interested in the snippets about chocolate that were included between chapters
Enjoyable read....would read more by the author.