The Chocolate Book Bandit (Chocoholic Mystery Series #13)

The Chocolate Book Bandit (Chocoholic Mystery Series #13)

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by JoAnna Carl
     
 

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When it turns out a member of Warner Pier’s library board has been living on borrowed time, Lee is determined to discover who wrote the victim’s final chapter…

Running TenHuis Chocolade keeps Lee McKinney Woodyard busy enough, but now she’s been offered two different positions in the town of Warner Pier—one on the tourism

Overview

When it turns out a member of Warner Pier’s library board has been living on borrowed time, Lee is determined to discover who wrote the victim’s final chapter…

Running TenHuis Chocolade keeps Lee McKinney Woodyard busy enough, but now she’s been offered two different positions in the town of Warner Pier—one on the tourism committee and another on the library board. To decide between the two, she goes to Warner Pier’s historic library to check out the board’s monthly meeting.

As usual, rumors are flying through the small town—this time, they’re about the rugged new library director, Henry “Butch” Cassidy, and the changes he allegedly plans to make. Butch is indeed attractive—but Lee doesn’t get a chance to find out about his proposed changes. A few minutes into the meeting, the discussion is interrupted by the terrified screams of the library clerk.

She has discovered the lifeless body of Abigail VanRoostock, a prim and proper retiring member of the board, crumpled in a heap at the bottom of the basement stairs. Suddenly, everyone in attendance, including Lee, is suspected in her murder. And as Lee finds out, they’ve all got something to hide…

INCLUDES TASTY CHOCOLATE TRIVIA!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
08/12/2013
Lee Woodyard, the business manager of TenHuis Chocolade, her aunt’s sweet shop in Warner Pier, Mich., has an important choice to make in Carl’s appealing 13th chocoholic mystery (after 2012’s The Chocolate Moose Motive). Does she join the library board or the chamber of commerce’s tourism committee? She’s too busy to take on two new jobs. Before committing herself, Lee decides to attend the library board’s next meeting, the first for the library’s handsome new director, Henry “Butch” Cassidy. At the meeting, just as Butch raises the issue of Sunday hours, a scream from another part of the building interrupts the proceedings. Library clerk Betty Blake has just discovered the body of retiring board member Abigail Montgomery at the bottom of the basement stairs. Everyone on the committee becomes a suspect in Abigail’s murder, as does Lee. Realistic characters, an engaging plot, and lots of local color distinguish this superior cozy. Agent: Maureen Walters, Curtis Brown. (Oct.)
From the Publisher
“Lee McKinney sells chocolates and solves crimes with panache and good humor.”—National Bestselling Author Carolyn Hart

“Realistic characters, an engaging plot, and lots of local color distinguish this superior cozy.”—Publishers Weekly

Kirkus Reviews
2013-09-15
Who knew serving on a library board could be so dangerous? When Lee McKinney Woodyard is asked to serve on the Warner Pier Library board, she attends a meeting to see if the task fits her already busy lifestyle, which includes running TenHuis Chocolade. The meeting is uneventful until library clerk Betty Blake discovers the body of board member Abigail Montgomery dead at the bottom of the basement steps. Although Abigail's death looks like an accident, further investigation shows that the murder weapon was a wooden rod Lee finds on the floor. It soon becomes obvious that several members of the board have something to hide. Lee, whose uncle by marriage is the police chief, realizes that she can get access to insider information by becoming a board member. Lee's life is already in turmoil because she suspects her husband, Joe, a lawyer, is far too interested in his recently returned high school sweetheart, while Lee finds herself attracted to hunky Butch Cassidy, the newly hired library director. When Betty Blake is also found dead at the library, Lee continues to investigate her fellow board members. Even the bossy retired English teacher whose family donated the library building comes under suspicion. An attempt on Lee's life only makes her more determined to reveal the killer. The latest installment in Lee's chocolate-themed series (The Chocolate Moose Motive, 2012, etc.) includes lots of suspects, red herrings and chocolate trivia.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101621424
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/01/2013
Series:
Chocoholic Mystery Series , #13
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
62,891
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
Praise for the Chocoholic Mystery series

“I’m proud to stand up and say, ‘My name is Charlaine, and I’m a Chocoholic!’”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris

“Realistic characters, an engaging plot, and lots of local color distinguish this superior cozy.”—Publishers Weekly

“Keeps you guessing all the way to the end.”—Kirkus Reviews

“JoAnna Carl satisfies your sweet tooth along with your craving for a tasty whodunit.”—Cleo Coyle, author of the Coffeehouse Mysteries

“A deft mix of truffles and trouble. Chocaholics—this book is for you!”—Laura Childs, author of the Tea Shop mysteries

“A real page-turner, and I got chocolate on every one!”—Tamar Myers, author of Butter Safe Than Sorry

“[A] delectable treat starring a heroine impossible to dislike.”—Midwest Book Review

“Anyone who loves chocolate—and who doesn’t?—will love this delicious, fast-paced addition to the Chocoholic Mystery series. It has more twists and turns than a chocolate-covered pretzel!”—Leslie Meier, author of The Wicked Witch Murder

“Deliciously cozy…richly entertaining and has no calories.” —Elaine Viets, author of the Dead-End Job mysteries

“JoAnna Carl’s books are delicious treats, from the characters to the snippets of chocolate trivia.”—Roundtable Reviews

Meet the Author

JoAnna Carl is the pseudonym for a multipublished mystery writer. 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.

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The Chocolate Book Bandit (Chocoholic Mystery Series #13) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
In this installment of the Chocoholic Mysteries we meet new library director, Henry “Butch” Cassidy. Our protagonist, Lee McKinney Woodyard, has been asked to serve on the library board so she decides to attend a meeting before she commits herself. Before the director can even start to talk about his proposed changes for the library the meeting is interrupted by someone’s terrified screams. One of the library staff has found the lifeless body of Abigail VanRoostock at the bottom of the basement stairs. Abigail is the woman Lee has been asked to replace on the board due to her decision to retire. Lee soon determines this was no simple fall – it was murder and everyone in the meeting including her is now a suspect. It’s going to take more than a truffle or a bon-bon to solve this mystery. Dollycas’s Thoughts I have been a confirmed Chocoholic my entire life and I have loved this series from The Chocolate Cat Caper to the The Chocolate Moose Motive and every book in between. I anxiously await each new story and they never disappoint. Much of The Chocolate Book Bandit takes place away from TenHuis Chocolade where Lee does the managing and her Aunt Nettie and her staff make the chocolate. It takes place in the old library which would probably tie with a chocolate shoppe for my favorite place on earth. Everyone in this story seems to be hiding something and the reader follows the clues with Lee to determine which one’s secret connects to the death of prim and proper Abigail. Carl’s sense of humor shines through in the story as Lee has several things running through her mind as she tries to solve the mystery. That new library director sure is a handsome guy and that makes it hard for her to concentrate and her slips of the tongue, which Lee is known for, are going to get her in trouble one of these days. A few had me giggling out loud. Joanna Carl writes sweet tasty mysteries, that include fun characters and she always includes some interesting chocolate trivia. As weather turns cool, make yourself a cup of hot chocolate and curl up with this captivating cozy. A wonderful way to chase the chills away.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it as I always do. The only thing different this time was not quite enough interaction by some of the characters that I thought would have meaning to the story. I love when the family interacts more too. I'll be waiting breathlessly for the next one.
csrsvivr 9 months ago
Warner Piers library becomes the scene of more than overdue books and late fees. A new director and some board members how really don’t have any power, makes Lee Woodyard wonder why they have asked her to join. Lee runs TenHuis Chocolate with her aunt; who by the way is married to the Chief of Police. Lee’s husband, Joe is an attorney and his renewed interest in an ex-girlfriend has her feeling unsteady. My first time reading this series, very good and love the chocolate trivia!!!
chefdt More than 1 year ago
The Chocolate Book Bandit is the thirteenth book in the A Chocoholic Mystery series. It's always nice to visit a few miles north of her with Lee McKinney and her aunt and TenHuis Chocolate store. Lee has been asked to join the Board of the local library. so she is going to go to a couple meeting to she just what it is like and how time consuming it might be for her. She notices that there is tension between some of the members Ann Vandeklomp, a non member of the board, but one who donated heavily to the library. When they hear a scream from the librarian on duty, who had gone to the basement. Upon getting there, Lee finds the body of Abigail Montgomery, a library board member. Montgomery is a rather shy person, but was also one to stand up for what she believed in. But still, nothing to her for. The home life is a little unsettled for Lee and Joe. Then add to this, we have the new director of the library, Henry "Butch" Cassidy and there seems to be a mutual attraction. Most of the character that we have enjoyed in the previous books were not in this one. I particularly missed Aunt Nettie and Dolly Jolly, they both add much color to the stories. Once again facts about chocolate are interspersed within the story. Will looking for future books.
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Thos book is amaz.Take it from me.Good loterature is not getting past me sucker!!Ask my mama
TessT More than 1 year ago
What could be better than a book about chocolate? How about 14 books about chocolate, which is what JoAnna Carl has given us in her Chocoholic Mystery series.  Lee McKinney Woodyard manages TenHuis Chocolate, a shop owned by Lee's Aunt, in the small town of Warner Pier, MI. Lee has been asked to take a seat on the board member at the library. Unfortunately during the first meeting, Abigail Montgomery is murdered, in the library. As the town reels from the murder, Lee sets out to "help" investigate the murder, much to the chagrin of Police Chief Hogan Jones, who happens to be Lee's uncle by marriage. When a second murder occurs, in the library, the townfolk have a difficult time dealing with it.  JoAnna  gives hints and little known facts about chocolate. She also seems to enjoy tempting us with her cholocately descriptions of the candy sold at TenHuis Chocolates. Be sure to stock up on chocolate before you start reading these books. A copy of this book was sent to me by the author in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is for all ages it is so funny and so good anyone who reads just falls in love with it the charcters all have fun with adventure and action this book tells of how kids have fun and should love who they are did i mention this book is very funnty it was so hard t press the n button at night becuse it enchanced you to just keep reading and reading i love it soso much i highley recomened this book for anyone you will never ever whant to stop reading after if youre child hates reading you should let them read this book if they see you read it they will what to read it to they will think it is the best you can even read it as a class like i did with my 5th graders the would not what to leave the class room they just whated to sit and read the whole day this book is great yes i know i did not put any perids in this i am just tird thats all!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I luuuuuuvvvvvvvv my choclate so dont ask for some or i beat that azz ( bta )