- Paperback: 512 pages
- Publisher: New American Library (December 6, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0451216946
- ISBN-13: 978-0451216946
- ASIN: B000H2MY2I
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,410,839 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Crime de Cocoa:: Three Chocoholic Mysteries (Chocoholic Mystery) Paperback – Bargain Price, December 6, 2005
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Would I read it again? Yes
Would I recommend it? Absolutely
What do I like most about Joanna Carl's Chocolate Mysteries?
...it's easy to get into the stories
...the character development and description is always outstanding
...she makes it easy to identify with her protagonist on one level or another
...the chocolate trivia is fun
...she definitely makes use of cliff-hangers :) so...every book is a page-turner and a very easy read
...she keeps the adrenaline rush for the last couple of chapters
...I enjoy relaxing and getting into the story knowing that the big finale comes at the end and then I have a tendency of really dragging out the last chapters 'cause I don't want the story to end :)
When I first found her books, I read a couple of books out of order and then realized that some new characters in each book overlap into the next book and so on, so I ordered all of her books and started from the beginning. I was very glad I did because the overlaps (and flashbacks) are clever and really add to the story.
I love Joanna's credentials and bio... I just think she's an outstanding author and highly recommend all of her books as an easy, fun, relaxing read.
THE CHOCOLATE CAT CAPER is the first book in the volume and here we once again meet Lee who comes back to Warner Pier after her own divorce to help her recently widowed Aunt Nettie run TenHuis Chocolade. Lee delivers chocolate to the home of an infamous defense lawyer Clementine Ripley, and when Clementine is poisoned with a chocolate from their shop, Lee decides to look into murder herself to save her aunt's business from ruin.
In THE CHOCOLATE BEAR BURGLARY, Lee's stepson shows up in Warner Pier. He has left college and Lee, who can't locate his parents, invites him to stay at Aunt Netty's house and they put him to work in the shop. When an antique chocolate mold is stolen from the shop and the antique dealer who lent it out is murdered, Lee's stepson is suspected of the crime. Lee knows he's innocent and is determined to find the real killer.
In THE CHOCOLATE FROG FRAME-UP, Hershel Perkins, who is mentally ill, disappears. Lee's boyfriend, Joe, had recently had an altercation with Hershel, so he becomes the prime suspect and the evidence against him continues to mount. Lee searches for the truth, knowing that Joe is incapable of hurting anyone.
These books are fun as well as "delicious" to read. THe lore and legend of chocolate is interspered through out the books and adds interest to the stories. Lee's speech impediment, mixing up words when she's stressed, is annoying at times, but it lessens as you proceed through the books. Aunt Netty is a great character, kind, practical and nurturing to Lee and others. Lee is a strong young woman determined to make a new life for herself. The rest of the regulars in the small town are people we all would like to know, and the small town atmosphere adds to the cozy feeling of the books. This series is entertaining and fun, and you will enjoy the chocolate trivia that is an addition to the books.