The Chocolate Snowman Murders (Chocoholic Mystery Series #8)

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The much anticipated Winter Arts festival is here, and as treasurer of Winterfest, Lee is up to her elbows in mix-ups behind the scenes. When the art show's guest juror shows up drunk, Lee lets him sleep it off, only to find out later that someone's put the visiting dignitary into a permanent state of repose.

Lee and Joe were the last people spotted near the crime scene. In a seriously sticky situation, it's up to them to find the real killer ...

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Overview

The much anticipated Winter Arts festival is here, and as treasurer of Winterfest, Lee is up to her elbows in mix-ups behind the scenes. When the art show's guest juror shows up drunk, Lee lets him sleep it off, only to find out later that someone's put the visiting dignitary into a permanent state of repose.

Lee and Joe were the last people spotted near the crime scene. In a seriously sticky situation, it's up to them to find the real killer before someone else comes to a bitter end...

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

In Carl's winning eighth chocoholic mystery (after 2007's The Chocolate Jewel Case), Lee McKinney Woodyard, the business manager of TenHuis Chocolade, has agreed to serve as the treasurer for the annual Warner Pier, Mich., WinterFest. After a juror for the festival's art show cancels, Lee goes to the airport to pick up the replacement, Fletcher Mendenhall, who arrives obnoxiously drunk. When Mendenhall turns up the next morning in his motel with his head bashed in, incriminating clues point to both Lee and her husband, Joe, as suspects. While Lee has a tiresome habit of tangling words when she's nervous ("I guess we're not hiring a juror to be a dipsomaniac... I mean diplomat"), when confronted with a shovel-wielding "snowman," the spunky, near six-foot amateur sleuth can throw 20 pounds of chocolates at her attacker with deadly accuracy. Dollops of chocolate lore add to the cozy fun. (Oct.)

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Carl continues her "Chocoholic" (Crime de Cocoa) series this time in hardcover with a holiday treat. Lee McKinney Woodyard, who runs an upscale chocolate store in a Michigan tourist town, finds herself coordinating the local holiday art festival. When the guest juror ends up dead, Lee and her husband do some amateur sleuthing. For most mystery collections, particularly where food-themed cozies do well.


—Rebecca Vnuk
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451226105
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/6/2009
  • Series: Chocoholic Mystery Series, #8
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 284,884
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2010

    great book! a wonderful addition to this series.

    Joanna Carl has a winning series here, and I look forward to each new addition impatiently.

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  • Posted May 18, 2010

    This one is a good read on a hot day.

    I received this book as a Christmas gift from my son. I have read a couple of books by Joanna Carl before and really liked them. This is neat series here because it also has chocolate trivia between the chapters. I'm a total chocoholic and thought I knew everything about this wonderful "nectar of the Gods", well I learned a lot more with the trivia. Fun.

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  • Posted January 16, 2010

    Another copycat of "food" murder mysteries...ok but not great

    While I did want to finish this book, as with others who copy Diane Mott Davidson, Carl fails to thoughtfully or meaningfully integrate the theme of chocolate into the real story. It was superficial and not terribly thrilling.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 29, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Great Chocolate Mystery

    Once again JoAnna Carl gives us a terrific mystery surrounding chocolate candy. I can never decide which I like most .... the mystery or the chocolate descriptions and facts and recipes!

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  • Posted February 9, 2009

    Loved the Chocolate Snowman Murders! One of JoAnna Carl's best yet.

    JoAnna Carl is one of my favorite authors. She has a real knack for getting you involved in the stories from the beginning and keeping you entertained until the last page. If you haven't read the Chocolate mysteries, start with the first one and I guarantee you'll fall in love with Lee and her husband Joe; you'll find yourself waiting for the next novel to see what they'll be up to next.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2008

    JoAnna Carl writes scrumptious regional amateur sleuth tale

    Lee McKinney Woodyard, manager of her Aunt Nettie¿s Tenhuis Chocolate shop, is the treasurer on the committee organizing the annual Warner Pier Winter Arts Festival known in Western Michigan as WinterFest. Every year an art show is sponsored, but this year a juror breaks a leg and cannot participate. He obtains a substitute retired Professor Fletcher Mendenhall. Lee¿s husband Joe offers to pickup the former academia, but when he gets tied up, she gets him. To her horror Fletcher pulls out a flask and starts drinking.------------------- Her discomfit turns to shock and horror when her visitor turns drunk and amorous while she is driving amidst heavy traffic. She finally leaves Fletcher at a motel to sleep it off. Lee tells Joe who decides to visit the professor to inform him to leave his wife alone. Fletcher fails to answer his phone or the knock on his room¿s door. Joe has the desk clerk unlock the door. They find Fletcher dead on the floor his head bashed in and his cell phone missing. Lee and Joe become immediate suspects even before the victim¿s cell phone is found in her possession. Lee concludes that someone is setting up her and Joe to keep the cops from this clever culprit. She intends to investigate in the hopes of going where the police are ignoring so as to clear her and Joe.----------------- JoAnna Carl writes scrumptious regional amateur sleuth tale with delightful chocolates to sweeten the plot. Life in a small Michigan town especially from the perspective of a chocolate shop proprietor is vividly depicted as everyone knows everyone yet the key is not everything so one can still conceal nefarious felonious deeds, in this case murderous activity from their neighbors. The investigation is credible (more so than Lee¿s previous inquiries) as the heroine believes the killer is playing police by leading them increasingly towards the Woodward couple with the motive being the deceased¿s unwanted amorous escapade. THE CHOCOLATE SNOWMAN MURDERS is a charming cozy.--------------- Harriet Klausner

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