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The Chocolate Bunny Brouhaha

The Chocolate Bunny Brouhaha

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by JoAnna Carl

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From the national bestselling author of The Chocolate Falcon Fraud comes an Easter candy caper featuring chocolatiers Lee Woodyard and her Aunt Nettie, and a killer who’s hopping mad...
The approach of Easter means a rush of business at TenHuis Chocolade, and Lee  and her Aunt Nettie need all the help they can get to make their


From the national bestselling author of The Chocolate Falcon Fraud comes an Easter candy caper featuring chocolatiers Lee Woodyard and her Aunt Nettie, and a killer who’s hopping mad...
The approach of Easter means a rush of business at TenHuis Chocolade, and Lee  and her Aunt Nettie need all the help they can get to make their famous chocolate bunnies. Unfortunately, new hire Bunny Birdsong is a clutzy basketcase dropping everything she picks up. But to Lee’s surprise, she’s a whiz with computers and fixing the store’s website so they decide to keep her.
However, Bunny receives a few visitors they could do without: her soon to be ex-husband Beau, his wealthy aunt Abigail, and his new girlfriend and her brother all descend on the shop one day and have a bitter argument. Lee hopes they can find a peaceful way to settle their dispute and not bring any more trouble to TenHuis. But when Abigail’s body is discovered in the vacant store next door, it’s clear to Lee there’s a bad egg in her midst. Now she’s on the hunt to find out who it is...

Includes tasty chocolate trivia! 

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Praise for the National Bestselling Chocoholic Mysteries
“JoAnna Carl satisfies…your craving for a tasty whodunit.”—Cleo Coyle, New York Times bestselling author of the Coffeehouse Mysteries
“Lee McKinney sells chocolates and solves crimes with panache and good humor.”—Carolyn Hart, New York Times bestselling author of the Death on Demand Mysteries
“Returning to the TenHuis Chocolade shop is always a treat. Carl knows how to construct a clever mystery that flows seamlessly with just the right amount of detail.”—RT Book Reviews
“Realistic characters, an engaging plot, and lots of local color distinguish this superior cozy.”—Publishers Weekly

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Penguin Publishing Group
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Chocoholic Mystery Series , #16
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5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)

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Meet the Author

JoAnna Carl is the pseudonym for a multipublished mystery writer. She is the national bestselling author of the Chocoholic Mysteries, including The Chocolate Falcon Fraud and The Chocolate Clown Corpse. 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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The Chocolate Bunny Brouhaha 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Dollycas 5 months ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts It’s all about the BUNNIES! TenHuis Chocolade is getting ready for Easter with plenty of bunnies on order. The also have a Bunny on the staff, Bunny Birdsong. She seems to be an accident looking for a place to happen, but she does have her talents and Lee finally finds out what those are. Both are surprised when her ex’s aunt shows up at the shop, soon followed by the ex himself with his new girlfriend. A little drama in the sales area that Lee quickly tries to handle. When the aunt becomes the latest murder victim in Warner Pier it isn’t good for “anybunny”. Disruption in the shop has everyone on edge and Bunny on the top of the suspect list means Lee has a basket full of trouble. She is hopping into the investigation to find the real killer so everyone can get back to making all those tasty holiday chocolates we all love. This is a perfect “EGGSCAPE”. My senses skipped right over Christmas to spring and Easter the minute I started reading. The expansion of TenHuis Chocolade continues with just a little pause for the police to collect their evidence. Lee and her Aunt Nettie are doing their best to keep all the workers and employees focused on their jobs while they and Police Chief Hogan focus on the murder. JoAnna Carl’s stories never disappoint. I jump right in and they brighten my day. I love the characters, I love the setting and I love the chocolate! Don’t let the number of pages in this book fool you. It is a fantastic cozy mystery that will have you laughing out loud and then on the edge of your seat. So well written and plotted precisely, it has an excellent flow. Family, romance, humor, mystery, everything in the right proportions. Ms. Carl tells a top-notch story. I also enjoy the trivia she includes throughout the book. Think this series is too far along to jump into, it’s not. The author gives you enough detail without revealing or spoiling anything from previous books in the series. Try one and you are going to want to read them all. You just may want to have some chocolate in the house because this book will have you craving a truffle or 2.
KrisAnderson_TAR 6 months ago
The Chocolate Bunny Brouhaha by JoAnna Carl is the sixteenth book in A Chocoholic Mystery series. Lee McKinney Woodyard is the manager of TenHuis Chocolate Shop in Warner Pier, Michigan and is busy with Easter orders. But she has a problem with employee, Bunny Birdsong. Bunny has not been able to get the hang of making chocolates (she is very accident prone—reminds me of myself). It is Lee’s job to let her go. When Lee discovers that Bunny has computer skills (excellent ones), she gives her a new job handling their web site. Bunny needs a job because she is separated from her husband, Beau. Beau found a new, younger model and threw Bunny out of the house (he’s a real gem). Then Beau’s Aunt Abigail comes to town. Abigail is a very formidable woman (does not take no for an answer). She is determined to get Beau and Bunny back together. It all comes to a head in TenHuis with a fight in the chocolate shop between Abigail, Beau, Anya Hartley (the new girlfriend), and Anya’s brother, Andrew. Abigail states that she is changing her will and leaving her money to Bunny (instead of Beau). The next day when Lee goes to check out the construction of their new addition to TenHuis, she finds Abigail—dead! There is no lack of suspects in Abigail’s death. Can Lee track down the killer? Join Lee on her latest escapade in The Chocolate Bunny Brouhaha. The Chocolate Bunny Brouhaha is easy to read and can be read alone. The author provides the reader with the needed information (the main character’s background and details about the TenHuis) to read and enjoy the novel. The killer was apparent which was extremely disappointing (I like a challenging mystery). I could puzzle out who would die and the identity of the killer as soon as the fight erupted in TenHuis. I found the townspeople to be gossipy busy bodies for the most part. I give The Chocolate Bunny Brouhaha 3 out of 5 stars (it was okay). This is the second book in A Chocoholic Mystery series that I have read. I read the first book years ago (still have it) and have not read one since. I thought I would give the series another opportunity. I am sticking with my original opinion. The series is cute, but I prefer more complicated whodunit in my cozy mysteries.
judiOH 6 months ago
i've read every one of joanna carl's books and have never been disappointed in them. i love all of them, but this one really was more than a fun read.! i absolutely loved it!!!
Carstairs38 7 months ago
What Mess Has Bunny Brought to TenHuis Chocolade? As I sat down to read The Chocolate Bunny Brouhaha, I began to wonder why this was the first time in the long running Chocoholic Mysteries series that we were visiting Lee Woodyard and TenHuis Chocolade in their gear up for Easter. I mean, that is a huge holiday for chocolate makers, especially the makers of gourmet chocolate. Granted, it’s rare that the theme plays a huge part in the story, but as this book opens, it is later winter, and the shop has transitioned from Valentine’s Day hearts to Easter bunnies. Lee and her aunt Nettie, who actually owns the shop, have recently hired a new employee, Bunny Birdsong, a woman going through a divorce. Unfortunately, Bunny isn’t quite working out in the chocolate making portion of the business, and Lee is about to fire her when she suddenly sees Bunny might be the help she needs on the office side of things. Bunny comes with a lot of baggage in the form of her soon to be ex, his current girlfriend, and his aunt Abigail, who is determined to keep Bunny and Beau together. After an afternoon of drama in the shop from the extended group, Abigail’s body is found in the building next door, currently under constructions so TenHuis can expand into it. However, all the doors into the buildings and between the units should have been locked. Who had access to the keys? The police think Bunny had a good motive, but Lee doesn’t think the woman has the personality to commit murder. Can she clear her employee’s name? The books in this series are always a little shorter than most of the others I read. This one is no exception at 227 pages. Yet the author doesn’t waste a minute. We jump into the story right away and things continue to advance from one complication to another until we reach the climax. Yes, everything does make sense by the time we reach the end, including the variation on the locked room mystery set up here. I do often complain that because the books are short, we don’t get to see much of the supporting players, but a couple of them get more page time in this book, which I really appreciated. The main trio, Lee, her husband Joe, and Aunt Nettie are here as always, and I really enjoy spending time with them. And the characters introduced for this story are as strong and entertaining as ever. I did catch an error in the timeline, one of my pet peeves, as characters started talking about something that happened “yesterday” when it was really several days before. Fortunately, that editing error didn’t impact anything else in the book, and it is clearly just that, an editing error. Instead of recipes, this series has always included chocolate trivia scattered throughout the book. This time, we look at several key figures in the development of chocolate as we know it today stretching from Christopher Columbus to Milton Hershey. This time around, we do get one comfort food recipe for a delicious sounding potato soup mentioned earlier in the book. I’ve been reading the Chocoholic series since the very beginning, and I truly am hooked on these delicious mysteries. If you suffer from the same addiction I do, you’ll be delighted with The Chocolate Bunny Brouhaha. NOTE: I received a copy of this book.
CozyMysteryLover1 7 months ago
The Chocolate Bunny Brouhaha written by JoAnna Carl is an exciting addition to the series. TenHuis Chocolade, located in the small town of Warner Pier, is home to Lee Woodard and her Aunt Nettie. They work their magic to create scrumptious handmade chocalates that will leave your mouth watering. As Easter approaches, the ladies in hairnets are busier than ever, so when Bunny Birdsong is hired to help out, Lee and Aunt Nettie hope to keep up with the orders. Unfortunately, Bunny is a walking disaster, she trips, knocks and drops just about everything. Her constant paranoia of being watched begins to put her job in danger. Lee discovers some hidden talents in Bunny and soon finds a place for her in the shop. As Bunny settles in, family drama begins,her cheating husband Beau and his eccentric Aunt Abigail visit the shop and have a family battle in front of everyone. Abigail vows to write Beau out of her will, which means his lavish lifestyle will take a nose dive. When Abigail is found dead and other local residents are attacked, Lee begins to investigate and soon uncovers some ugly truths. I have read all the books in this series and each one just gets better and better. I enjoy all the wonderful people in the story, however, I would like to see something exciting happen for Lee and her husband Joe. I fear that eventually the series will end, and nothing big or exciting will have happened in their lives. I received an ARC of this book from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for my fair and honest review.
LisaKsBooksReviews 7 months ago
Imagine sweet milk chocolate dipped in rich dark chocolate, and dipped again in milk chocolate, and there you have the yummy goodness of the Chocoholics Mysteries! THE CHOCOLATE BUNNY BROUHAHA, the sixteenth adventure in the Chocoholics Mysteries, is every bit as delicious at the first fifteen. Being back with Lee and her Aunt Nettie at TenHuis Chocolade is always so inviting. Seriously, I can smell the chocolate as soon as I open the book! We just seem to keep getting those pesky dead bodies showing up. Who am I kidding? That’s what keeps us coming back as much as the chocolate! ;-) Easter is fast approaching in this newest installment from Joanna Carl, and the ladies at TenHuis are hard at work. But they are having Bunny problems. Not bunny of the chocolate variety, Bunny as in the new hire variety. See, she’s a sweet girl, but a bit of a klutz. Too make matters worse, trouble comes knocking by way of Bunny’s family. Let the mystery and mayhem ensue! Author Joanna Carl serves up a wonderfully tasty story with THE CHOCOLATE BUNNY BROUHAHA. Everything that makes this series wonderful and enduring is present and accounted for. Likable characters, humor, mystery and intrigue, yummy tummy growling chocolate, Carl uses all her writing finesse to pen a great cozy that that will delight readers both old and new to the Chocoholic Mystery series. Readers will also enjoy the “Who’s Who in Chocolate” feature that can be found throughout the book, as well as a cozy recipe that has nothing to do with chocolate! (We have to eat something else once in a while, don’t we?)