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After giving up her career as a Texas trophy wife, 28-year-old Lee McKinney finds herself in a Michigan resort town, keeping the books for her Aunt Nettie’s luxury chocolate business. But she soon finds that her new life isn’t all truffles and bonbons! Clementine Ripley, the defense attorney everyone loves to hate, is throwing a party that calls for several thousand dollar After giving up her career as a Texas trophy wife, 28-year-old Lee McKinney finds herself in a Michigan resort town, keeping the books for her Aunt Nettie’s luxury chocolate business. But she soon finds that her new life isn’t all truffles and bonbons! Clementine Ripley, the defense attorney everyone loves to hate, is throwing a party that calls for several thousand dollars worth of custom chocolates -- some made in the image of her champion cat. Lee jumps at the job, but sweet success takes a bitter turn when someone adds an extra ingredient -- cyanide -- to one of their delicious chocolates and it finds its way into Ms. Ripley’s mouth. Now it’s up to Lee to figure out who tampered with Aunt Nettie’s recipe before they find themselves behind not-so-chocolate bars. INCLUDES YUMMY CHOCOLATE TRIVIA!


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After giving up her career as a Texas trophy wife, 28-year-old Lee McKinney finds herself in a Michigan resort town, keeping the books for her Aunt Nettie’s luxury chocolate business. But she soon finds that her new life isn’t all truffles and bonbons! Clementine Ripley, the defense attorney everyone loves to hate, is throwing a party that calls for several thousand dollar After giving up her career as a Texas trophy wife, 28-year-old Lee McKinney finds herself in a Michigan resort town, keeping the books for her Aunt Nettie’s luxury chocolate business. But she soon finds that her new life isn’t all truffles and bonbons! Clementine Ripley, the defense attorney everyone loves to hate, is throwing a party that calls for several thousand dollars worth of custom chocolates -- some made in the image of her champion cat. Lee jumps at the job, but sweet success takes a bitter turn when someone adds an extra ingredient -- cyanide -- to one of their delicious chocolates and it finds its way into Ms. Ripley’s mouth. Now it’s up to Lee to figure out who tampered with Aunt Nettie’s recipe before they find themselves behind not-so-chocolate bars. INCLUDES YUMMY CHOCOLATE TRIVIA!

30 review for The Chocolate Cat Caper

  1. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    A very predictable and non-descript mystery. Everything is predictable about this novel. The murders, the murderers, the weapon, the motive everything even the romance is predictable. But even then I would have been willing to give it three stars since it was an easy read and somewhat enjoyable. If not for the annoying non-consistent speech impediment or is it a brain impediment from the main character. When she is tense she says the wrong words, but when she is kidnapped all of a sudden she has A very predictable and non-descript mystery. Everything is predictable about this novel. The murders, the murderers, the weapon, the motive everything even the romance is predictable. But even then I would have been willing to give it three stars since it was an easy read and somewhat enjoyable. If not for the annoying non-consistent speech impediment or is it a brain impediment from the main character. When she is tense she says the wrong words, but when she is kidnapped all of a sudden she has no problems whatsoever. Furthermore I find it very annoying that she is constently explaining how the chocolats that are mentioned are being made with technical terms etc. Like she is showing of her knowledge. She is referring to Dutch terms and words which I as a native Dutch person, who still lives in the Netherlands don't even recognize as a Dutch word, because of the spelling and lettercombinations. I even tried to find the words because the might be specific to the chocolate trade but I couldn't find them anywhere. What is also very annoying is that throughout the book there are facts about chocolate. They are mentioned on a seperate page and can be skipped it you want to and please do skip them. Some of them are outright lies. I have a degree in precolumbian Archaeology with a focus on Mexico. That means I know a bit about the Aztecs and the conquest of Mexico. The facts she tells about that are simple hilarious and not true, which makes me think about the ones I don't know anything about. She also doesn't reveal her sources for these facts.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jenn

    Well, huh. I've been reading quite a few cozy mysteries lately. Why is it that the "heroine" of them all has just gotten out of an awful relationship and has moved back to a small town? I mean, I guess the small town is part of the cozy mystery genre, but do all the female leads have to be the same template? This one started out okay. I was kinda into it, though Lee kind of annoyed me. At least she wasn't short, like most of the heroines in these books. That's at least one difference. The culpri Well, huh. I've been reading quite a few cozy mysteries lately. Why is it that the "heroine" of them all has just gotten out of an awful relationship and has moved back to a small town? I mean, I guess the small town is part of the cozy mystery genre, but do all the female leads have to be the same template? This one started out okay. I was kinda into it, though Lee kind of annoyed me. At least she wasn't short, like most of the heroines in these books. That's at least one difference. The culprit seemed pretty obvious very early on. You just knew who it was going to be, if not the why of it. Constantly calling some stupid cat "Champion" Yonkers the entire time was hella annoying as well. It's a cat. Who cares? Oh well. When I started this, I thought I might read more of them, but now I could care less.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sarah E.

    Ever since giving up on the Hannah Swensen murder mystery series, I have been looking for a replacement. Even if the books end up getting awful like Fluke's series did, at least I would have some to fill up the time or help me when I feel slumpy. Two of my favorite things are present here: chocolate and cats, so I thought it was a shoe-in. I am beyond disappointed and honestly, I'm downright irritated. Whoever let this get published, let it get published with SO many typos. One of the characters Ever since giving up on the Hannah Swensen murder mystery series, I have been looking for a replacement. Even if the books end up getting awful like Fluke's series did, at least I would have some to fill up the time or help me when I feel slumpy. Two of my favorite things are present here: chocolate and cats, so I thought it was a shoe-in. I am beyond disappointed and honestly, I'm downright irritated. Whoever let this get published, let it get published with SO many typos. One of the characters got a bob job. There were at least 6 or 7 typos that I caught. Some my brain rearranged correctly, I'm sure. I don't know how to feel about the MC's speech impediment where she mixes up words...although I feel it may be more of an anxiety thing, it is described as being like dyslexia. I don't know. I found it strange and out of place and never really handled well at all. Almost all of the characters were described in a condescending, negative manner. Most of the characters were described as being overweight....in many different ways....like, seriously, most of the characters are "plump" or "have put on at least 20 pounds since high school". One girl who really has no weight (no pun intended) in the plot is described as having stringy hair. It all seems so vicious for absolutely no reason. The MC finds the character Joe to be rude and I honestly did not see any poor manners or rudeness from him. The only clues given that he was rude were in how the MC reacted...not how he acted. Then there were the accents. UGH. I was NOT a fan of how dumbed down the Texas accent was made...I have family members from Texas and friends from Texas and none of them sound like a redneck, Hills Have Eyes type. The author spelled out the drawl in such an exaggerated manner and it seemed super offensive. But that doesn't even touch on the local man of Mexican descent, who when nervous, had more of his accent come out. Holy racism, Batman. All-in-all, I could not stand the main character, Lee, and the story didn't have enough draw to really pull me in. Had it not been for the OWLs readathon, I would have DNF'd this book.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Moriah Venable

    After divorcing from her husband, 28 year old Lee McKinney moves back to Michigan to the small town of Warner Pier, to help her Aunt Nettie with her accounts of her chocolate business called TenHuis Chocolade. Her first week back, is very eventful. She brings the order of $2000 worth of chocolate to the town's defense attorney Clementine Ripley who everyone loves to hate. She goes to speak to Ripley's assistant who says she will give them a check, when Ripley's Visa Card is declined. At the hous After divorcing from her husband, 28 year old Lee McKinney moves back to Michigan to the small town of Warner Pier, to help her Aunt Nettie with her accounts of her chocolate business called TenHuis Chocolade. Her first week back, is very eventful. She brings the order of $2000 worth of chocolate to the town's defense attorney Clementine Ripley who everyone loves to hate. She goes to speak to Ripley's assistant who says she will give them a check, when Ripley's Visa Card is declined. At the house she meets Joe Woodyard who she finds out is the ex husband of Ripley and they have been divorced for a few years now. She returns to the Ripley mansion later on that day to help her friend, attend the party that Ripley was having. While there, Lee sees the death of Ripley from eating a poisoned chocolate! Because of that, Lee and her Aunt are suspects in her death, because the knew Nettie hatred of Ripley for getting the drunk driver off who killed her husband. But it seems a lot of people in the town had a hatred or dislike for the late Clementine Ripley, and all of them have motive. I'll admit I didn't figure out who the killer was until Lee did. Though I was half right. Lee took me a while to get use because of her speech impediment when she is nervous. She says the wrong word. I must admit that wasn't relateable or quirky to me in the beginning and while it seems annoyed me later in the story, I am hoping in won't bother me as I get more into the series. I did really enjoy the first book. The romance was cute to me and I loved how they decided to take things slow. I had already known Lee and Joe would get together at some point though I didn't think it would happen in the first book. And I already placed a hold on the second at my job.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Erin L

    It took me awhile to get to this book and I now regret that choice. Yes, it's the first in a rather lengthy series, but I enjoyed the characters and the setting for a cozy mystery. We get our typical small-town setting with a woman starting over after *insert life-changing moment here*. She's single, but not ready to mingle, and murder and mayhem make it even harder for her to consider flirting, yet apparently she manages it. I didn't feel like the emotional side was as well developed as it could It took me awhile to get to this book and I now regret that choice. Yes, it's the first in a rather lengthy series, but I enjoyed the characters and the setting for a cozy mystery. We get our typical small-town setting with a woman starting over after *insert life-changing moment here*. She's single, but not ready to mingle, and murder and mayhem make it even harder for her to consider flirting, yet apparently she manages it. I didn't feel like the emotional side was as well developed as it could have been because I didn't notice any chemistry at all between characters until they kissed. Which completely took me by surprise. Fair enough, since this is a cozy mystery and not romantic suspense. Loved the chocolate shop as well as the bits of chocolate history/lore/etc that is inserted in the story as well as between chapters.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne

    Nice start for a new series This is an easy summer read. 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.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Christa

    Cats, chocolate....What more could you want in a cozy mystery? This one had even more, with a great cast of characters, an appealing setting, and an interesting storyline. Lee McKinney was a likable main character, and I enjoyed getting to know her. Her Aunt Nettie was a wonderful supporting character, and there were other great ones that I won't name so as not to give anything away. In this book, a famous, disagreeable defense attorney, Clementine Ripley, is preparing for a party when she is mur Cats, chocolate....What more could you want in a cozy mystery? This one had even more, with a great cast of characters, an appealing setting, and an interesting storyline. Lee McKinney was a likable main character, and I enjoyed getting to know her. Her Aunt Nettie was a wonderful supporting character, and there were other great ones that I won't name so as not to give anything away. In this book, a famous, disagreeable defense attorney, Clementine Ripley, is preparing for a party when she is murdered. Poison is delivered to her though a delicious chocolate made in the shop of Lee's Aunt Nettie. Lee, fresh from a divorce, is staying with Nettie and working for her, and is soon drawn into the investigation. The Chocolate Cat Caper is a good start to a cozy series, and I'll definitely be reading the rest of the books.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Dolly

    This is the first book in the Chocoholic Mystery series by JoAnna Carl. I've read one other book in the series so far, and I think they are basically decent brain candy. I love the chocolate as it's described in the story, although I am sure that it leads me to eat more of it. The little tidbits of information about chocolate are also interesting and the quiz at the end is entertaining. The story was engaging, but I figured out what was going on from the beginning, which I cannot ever do with th This is the first book in the Chocoholic Mystery series by JoAnna Carl. I've read one other book in the series so far, and I think they are basically decent brain candy. I love the chocolate as it's described in the story, although I am sure that it leads me to eat more of it. The little tidbits of information about chocolate are also interesting and the quiz at the end is entertaining. The story was engaging, but I figured out what was going on from the beginning, which I cannot ever do with the mysteries by Agatha Christie or Dorothy L. Sayers. Still, for it was a typical cozy mystery, and an entertaining read. It was perfect for my trip, when I had long spells of downtime, but often had to put the book down at a moment's notice. I like the characters and I would certainly be willing to read more of the books in this series. new word: piton

  9. 4 out of 5

    Mary Kay Kare

    According to the website Stop, You're Killing Me, Carl is actually Eve Sandstrom. I read some of her earlier books and have been looking for more ever since so I jumped right on this. Big mistake. Apparently someone has been explaining to Sandstrom how you're supposed to write and the result is a book full of cliched characters and all the things I hate most in modern cozies. My beloved spouse/relative/friend/yoga instructor is being framed! And the police are too stupid/lazy/corrupt to see what According to the website Stop, You're Killing Me, Carl is actually Eve Sandstrom. I read some of her earlier books and have been looking for more ever since so I jumped right on this. Big mistake. Apparently someone has been explaining to Sandstrom how you're supposed to write and the result is a book full of cliched characters and all the things I hate most in modern cozies. My beloved spouse/relative/friend/yoga instructor is being framed! And the police are too stupid/lazy/corrupt to see what's going on. I must save him/her! Blech. In this case our heroine's favorite word to use about herself is stupid, but only she can save her beloved aunt! Besides thinking she's stupid, she also can't see any reason any man would be interested, but, of course, one is. Cliche characters: the nasty lawyer, the wounded divorcee, the humiliated secretary, the strong sheriff, the handsome man our heroine had a crush on as a kid, the corny Texan, the sweet innocent aunt, the nasty, and ugly, gossip. I'm extremely disappointed. What's even worse is that the 2 earlier series only lasted 3 books, but this one's going strong after a lot more than that. Sigh. I might give the 2nd one a try to see if it gets any better, but maybe not. And I certainly csn't recommend it.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Melvin Rodríguez-Rodríguez

    There are three things every mystery needs: to be compelling, plausible and surprising. The Chocolate cat caper's plot is plausible, sometimes it's not that compelling and overall it's not surprising. The main character, Lee McKinney, is a Texas blonde that sometimes passes as a bit dumb and has tendency for malapropisms that's supposed to be funny but mostly distracts from the story. With the exception of the lovable and funny Aunt Nettie and her teenage employees, the rest of the characters ar There are three things every mystery needs: to be compelling, plausible and surprising. The Chocolate cat caper's plot is plausible, sometimes it's not that compelling and overall it's not surprising. The main character, Lee McKinney, is a Texas blonde that sometimes passes as a bit dumb and has tendency for malapropisms that's supposed to be funny but mostly distracts from the story. With the exception of the lovable and funny Aunt Nettie and her teenage employees, the rest of the characters are mostly flat and lack bite. 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 the culprit, because that character 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.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kai Hunter

    I read this book out loud to my mother over the phone for the Read Harder book challenge. It was a fine cozy mystery, but it made me want chocolate. I think we were on chapter three when my mom wondered who done it, so I told her who I thought and I was right. I was a bit miffed that the cat didn't play a bigger role in the plot, but you can't have everything. To sum it up, a nice cozy with a cat and chocolate.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    I felt that the characters were flat an not that interesting. I thought the ending was stupid, but as this is the first book in the series, I will consider reading at least book 2 and seeing if it get's better. This may simply been a case of "first book I ever wrote" syndrome and may get better as it goes on, or perhaps it never does. We'll see.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Hidekisohma

    There's a single word to describe this first foray into the world of Chocolate cozy mysteries, and that word is..... meh. I cannot think of a word that better emcompasses how I feel about this book. Whenever I look at a cozy mystery they nearly all follow the same copy paste format. Divorced woman goes to move to x town to do x business. And this does ABSOLUTELY NOTHING DIFFERENT. The theme in this series is chocolate. If I were to pick apart this one and find anything that differentiates it bet There's a single word to describe this first foray into the world of Chocolate cozy mysteries, and that word is..... meh. I cannot think of a word that better emcompasses how I feel about this book. Whenever I look at a cozy mystery they nearly all follow the same copy paste format. Divorced woman goes to move to x town to do x business. And this does ABSOLUTELY NOTHING DIFFERENT. The theme in this series is chocolate. If I were to pick apart this one and find anything that differentiates it between other cozy mysteries, here are the big differences. 1. She doesn't have a kid 2. Her quirk is to have an annoying speech problem. That's....that's about it. Otherwise it is a paint-by-numbers average cozy mystery. The main character has the personality of....okay well she doesn't really HAVE a personality, which i suppose works well for the "love interest"joe. Joe...well Joe is terrible. He's so boring it actually pained me to read his scenes. Imagine a piece of white wonder bread with nothing on it. That's Joe. Inoffensive...averagely seen as attractive american dude. The chocolate factors into the story the same way that all these themes do. She's involved in her themed job and someone dies. Then she figures out what's going on from there through sheer farting around. It's like every single cozy mystery ever written. There's nothing different about it, the characters are as deep as a puddle, and the chocolate setting is...meh, all right. I'm willing to give it one more book because who knows. Maybe it gets better now that she's set the universe. i'm hoping that by book 2 she'll have learned how to work with characters. i'm not holding my breath though. 2.5/5 rounded up to a 3.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Talia Colley

    After Lee's divorce, she moves to Warner Pier, Michigan to keep the books for her Aunt Nettie's chocolate shop. When a famous criminal attorney falls over a balcony dead after eating one of Aunt Nettie's chocolates that Lee delivered, the chocolate shop and its employees are under suspicion. So Lee starts to investigate to find out who really killed Clementine Ripley. This is book one in the Chocoholic cozy mystery series, so there are lots of tidbits about chocolate included. I just wish I act After Lee's divorce, she moves to Warner Pier, Michigan to keep the books for her Aunt Nettie's chocolate shop. When a famous criminal attorney falls over a balcony dead after eating one of Aunt Nettie's chocolates that Lee delivered, the chocolate shop and its employees are under suspicion. So Lee starts to investigate to find out who really killed Clementine Ripley. This is book one in the Chocoholic cozy mystery series, so there are lots of tidbits about chocolate included. I just wish I actually liked chocolates! That would have made this a little more enjoyable. But it was still an okay mystery. The main character was annoying with her penchant for saying the wrong words, but I enjoyed the Michigan setting as I will be moving there next month! So I might keep reading the series just to learn more about my future home state.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Recently divorced Lee McKinney has moved from Texas to the small resort town of Warner Pier, Michigan on Lake Michigan to get a fresh start in life and do the bookkeeping for her Aunt Nettie's gourmet chocolate shop. While helping to cater an event at a well known attorney's home, the attorney takes a tumble off a balcony and ends up dead. Everyone at the event is now a suspect, including Lee, as well as the attorney's ex-husband, Joe Woodyard, who Lee once had a crush on many years ago while vi Recently divorced Lee McKinney has moved from Texas to the small resort town of Warner Pier, Michigan on Lake Michigan to get a fresh start in life and do the bookkeeping for her Aunt Nettie's gourmet chocolate shop. While helping to cater an event at a well known attorney's home, the attorney takes a tumble off a balcony and ends up dead. Everyone at the event is now a suspect, including Lee, as well as the attorney's ex-husband, Joe Woodyard, who Lee once had a crush on many years ago while visiting her Aunt Nettie for the summer.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Brown

    A cozy mystery that involves the delciousness of chocolate alongside a tongue-tied quirky heroine, Lee who proves that she's strong enough to meet the challenge. http://nicolewbrown.blogspot.com/2017... A cozy mystery that involves the delciousness of chocolate alongside a tongue-tied quirky heroine, Lee who proves that she's strong enough to meet the challenge. http://nicolewbrown.blogspot.com/2017...

  17. 5 out of 5

    Joy

    3.5 stars

  18. 4 out of 5

    Linda Spyhalski

    This was a very easy and fun read! I especially enjoyed the chocolate trivia. This is the first in a series written by JoAnne Carl and was given to me by my sister!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Dawn Michelle

    3 1/2 Stars Read January 8, 2010 Cute book. Loves all the chocolate talk. Enjoyed the facts about it as well. And the mystery wasn't half bad either. I knew who had done it before the book ended (though it was a guess), but I didn't know why. And it took me awhile to get there because she wrote the story so well and through in a lot of red herrings. Lee has moved back to Michigan from Texas (she left her rich husband and needed a new place to live) and has moved into her Aunt's house and has taken 3 1/2 Stars Read January 8, 2010 Cute book. Loves all the chocolate talk. Enjoyed the facts about it as well. And the mystery wasn't half bad either. I knew who had done it before the book ended (though it was a guess), but I didn't know why. And it took me awhile to get there because she wrote the story so well and through in a lot of red herrings. Lee has moved back to Michigan from Texas (she left her rich husband and needed a new place to live) and has moved into her Aunt's house and has taken over the business end of her Aunt's chocolate business. A rich woman, but not liked woman in town has ordered thousands of dollars of chocolates for a party she is throwing and its up to Lee to get them there unscathed. But when Clementine turns up dead, literally at Lee's feet and it seems the chocolate she was eating was the cause, Lee takes off her accounting hat and puts on a detective hat and scrambles to find out who did it before death strikes again and she and her aunt end up behind bars! I am anxious to read the next one because I think this series will just get better as the books go on!!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Robert

    This was the book selected for the October 2018 read for my cozy mystery book club. It did not appeal to me. Several things put me off this book. The main character, Lee, frequently says the wrong word. I found that grating. I suppose it makes her flawed, which is good, but it was awkward. And that affliction seemed to disappear at the end of the book. Hmmm . . . There were many typographic errors in the text. Shoddy work. The story was not compelling. While I pretty much figured the culprit out ea This was the book selected for the October 2018 read for my cozy mystery book club. It did not appeal to me. Several things put me off this book. The main character, Lee, frequently says the wrong word. I found that grating. I suppose it makes her flawed, which is good, but it was awkward. And that affliction seemed to disappear at the end of the book. Hmmm . . . There were many typographic errors in the text. Shoddy work. The story was not compelling. While I pretty much figured the culprit out early and then pieced together some of the other parts of the plot, it really took to the reveal to figure out the "Why?". That could not be figured out from the story. We had the standard cozy set up: woman returns "home" after a failed relationship, settles into a cozy shop (chocolate run by her aunt), and has a love interest. I find the beauty queen aspect of Lee not endearing. She's 28, which I guess is now getting too young for me to care much for. All in all, blah. I will not return to this series at all.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Why read: Looking for more culinary inspired mysteries. What impressed me: All you ever wanted to know about chocolate and more. For all that this book lacked in character development, it certainly proved the author's knowledge about chocolate, both its origins and the candy-making process. While I'll never be motivated enough to make my own chocolate, I really enjoyed reading about others doing it. What disappointed me: This was a very short, and therefore not all that in-depth, book. 230 pages i Why read: Looking for more culinary inspired mysteries. What impressed me: All you ever wanted to know about chocolate and more. For all that this book lacked in character development, it certainly proved the author's knowledge about chocolate, both its origins and the candy-making process. While I'll never be motivated enough to make my own chocolate, I really enjoyed reading about others doing it. What disappointed me: This was a very short, and therefore not all that in-depth, book. 230 pages in a rather large print doesn't give the reader much time to start caring for the main character or get really involved in the mystery itself. The romance angle felt both rushed and a bit forced as well. Recommended: Yes, but only if you really love cozy culinary mysteries and chocolate. Continue series:Yes. I already own the next 5 books in this series, so I'm going to give it another shot.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jan

    Following her divorce, Lee returns to Michigan and the love of her aunt Nettie while she tries to get her life back in order. Nettie owns a luxury chocolate shop in the small tourist town. When a customer dies after eating a chocolate laces with Cyanide, Lee feels that she must get involved in the investigation to protect her aunt, herself and and the reputation of the shop. This is a charming book. The first person narration is very chatty and readable. The characters are well developed and lik Following her divorce, Lee returns to Michigan and the love of her aunt Nettie while she tries to get her life back in order. Nettie owns a luxury chocolate shop in the small tourist town. When a customer dies after eating a chocolate laces with Cyanide, Lee feels that she must get involved in the investigation to protect her aunt, herself and and the reputation of the shop. This is a charming book. The first person narration is very chatty and readable. The characters are well developed and likeable. There is just a touch of romance. This is a very traditional cozy but unlike many cozies, the mystery is very good. The only problem I had was that the descriptions of the chocolates left me with a need for a late night candy fix.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

    I am fairly new to the cozy mystery genre and I was a bit disappointed in this first book in the Chocoholic Mystery series. I found the author's writing style to be amateurish. The main character was not that appealing and her speech problem (she tends to substitute the wrong word when speaking) was annoying. Instead of being a sleuth and actively working on solving this mystery she seemed to blunder upon clues, often without even realizing that they were clues. The ending was awful. lol I do ha I am fairly new to the cozy mystery genre and I was a bit disappointed in this first book in the Chocoholic Mystery series. I found the author's writing style to be amateurish. The main character was not that appealing and her speech problem (she tends to substitute the wrong word when speaking) was annoying. Instead of being a sleuth and actively working on solving this mystery she seemed to blunder upon clues, often without even realizing that they were clues. The ending was awful. lol I do have the next two books in this series and I intend to give the next one a try, but if the author's writing does not improve I will probably drop this particular cozy series.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Ok, I'm giving this 3 stars, because when I finished reading I felt fairly entertained. However, after only about 5 minutes of actual thought AFTER finishing the book, I realized that I felt rather cheated. I knew who the killers were from the very beginning of the book (read: before the murder even occurred), and further thought really just made me more and more frustrated with the idiocy or willful blindness of all the characters in failing to see it too. But, while that frustration makes me w Ok, I'm giving this 3 stars, because when I finished reading I felt fairly entertained. However, after only about 5 minutes of actual thought AFTER finishing the book, I realized that I felt rather cheated. I knew who the killers were from the very beginning of the book (read: before the murder even occurred), and further thought really just made me more and more frustrated with the idiocy or willful blindness of all the characters in failing to see it too. But, while that frustration makes me want to grade it lower, I feel that since I was actually able to feel entertained at the end of it, that I have to give it 3 stars.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    The descriptions of the chocolates were mouth wateringly delicious, the rest not so much. I didn't find myself interested in any of the stories characters and I found the heroine annoying. The author gave her a working memory disorder so she tends to use words inappropriately then correct herself. This combined with an over use of exclamation points and weird names (TenHuis Chocolate, Deputy Jerry Cherry) is jarring and makes for choppy reading. The story moves like a Saturday morning cartoon. P The descriptions of the chocolates were mouth wateringly delicious, the rest not so much. I didn't find myself interested in any of the stories characters and I found the heroine annoying. The author gave her a working memory disorder so she tends to use words inappropriately then correct herself. This combined with an over use of exclamation points and weird names (TenHuis Chocolate, Deputy Jerry Cherry) is jarring and makes for choppy reading. The story moves like a Saturday morning cartoon. Parts of it make no sense or were to convenient. At the end I expected to hear "Jinkies it was Mr X all along." and "I would have gotten away with it too if it weren't for you meddling kids!"

  26. 5 out of 5

    EmmyT

    The best cozy I hated so much I only read about 20% before I stopped. Hated protagonist. Is the speech problem a real thing? If so I might have put up with book a little longer. It was so annoying and in ALL the dialogue, I couldn't take it. If author was just trying to be funny, she should have kept the impediment to a few surprising turn of phrase. Instead, I thought she was trying to impress us with a flurry of words for no purpose. That said, I liked the setting, the plot and the other chara The best cozy I hated so much I only read about 20% before I stopped. Hated protagonist. Is the speech problem a real thing? If so I might have put up with book a little longer. It was so annoying and in ALL the dialogue, I couldn't take it. If author was just trying to be funny, she should have kept the impediment to a few surprising turn of phrase. Instead, I thought she was trying to impress us with a flurry of words for no purpose. That said, I liked the setting, the plot and the other characters (as far as I got). Wish I could have gotten rid of the main character.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    I really enjoyed this book - its the first in this series, and I plan on reading more! The way that the story includes a chocolate store and mentions different kinds of truffles was very interesting..it make me hungry for chocolate! =) I also enjoyed the chocolate trivia included in this book. This book has a good mixture of mystery and a "new" romance. I also liked the way that the story had me guessing "who done it"..until the last few pages.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

    This was the first book in the Chocoholic series which was recommended to me by a friend. I enjoyed it. The main character makes these word mistakes when she is nervous. At first I found it annoying but the author stressed it less as the book went on which made the character more enjoyable for me. I have the second and third books and am planning on reading them next.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Connie

    This was a very good book. It ran differently than Joanne Fluke and Diane Mott Davidson, but somewhat the same. I really like the chocolate facts. I am hoping for a few small recipes, though, in future books.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Deborah

    I got a free copy of this book at a book fair. I chose it because it had chocolate and cat in the title - two things I love. I didn't expect much from it, but have to say that it was a fun read. I look forward to reading more in this series. Love the candy connection and the quirky characters.

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