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The Chocolate Moose Motive (Chocoholic Mystery Series #12)
     

The Chocolate Moose Motive (Chocoholic Mystery Series #12)

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by JoAnna Carl
 

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When Lee hires a free-spirited employee with a tie-dyed, troubled past, she discovers that even the counterculture can conceal a killer....
 
As much as the chocolate concoctions at TenHuis Chocolade can tantalize people’s tongues, Lee’s newest hire is more likely to make them wag. Forsythia “Sissy” Smith is the granddaughter

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When Lee hires a free-spirited employee with a tie-dyed, troubled past, she discovers that even the counterculture can conceal a killer....
 
As much as the chocolate concoctions at TenHuis Chocolade can tantalize people’s tongues, Lee’s newest hire is more likely to make them wag. Forsythia “Sissy” Smith is the granddaughter of Warner Pier’s resident hippie, but the fact that Sissy is a third-generation flower child is the least of Lee’s concerns. The previous winter, Sissy’s husband, Buzz, was found dead, and even though her alibi was airtight, the gossips are still pointing their fingers at her.
 
Then the chief gossip is found dead, with Sissy on the scene. Was she lured there? Or is she the killer? Lee has a sneaking suspicion that someone is out to keep a dark secret from coming to light. And they would have no problem killing a certain clever chocolatier who might uncover the truth....  

With Tasty Chocolate Trivia!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In Carl's satisfying 12th cozy featuring Lee McKinney Woodyard (after 2011's The Chocolate Castle Clue), the chocolate shop proprietor stirs up bad blood in Warner Pier, Mich., by taking on a controversial new employee, Forsythia "Sissy" Smith. Townsfolk disapprove of Sissy's unconventional upbringing by her hippie grandmother and suspect she may be responsible for her husband Buzz's murder. Lee, however, sympathizes with the young woman—who's vying against her former father-in-law for custody of her son, Johnny—and hires Sissy to work at her shop, TenHuis Chocolade. After a second murder casts further suspicion on Sissy, Lee becomes even more involved in helping her friend, enlisting the help of such lively characters as her lawyer husband, Joe, and her Aunt Nettie to find the real killer. A recipe for Gran's Fudge rounds out the volume. Agent: Maureen Walters, Curtis Brown. (Oct.)
Laura Childs
"A deft mix of truffles and trouble. Chocaholics—this book is for you!"
Library Journal
Much to chocolatier Lee's surprise, the folks of idyllic resort town Warner Pier are still suspicious of counterculture individuals. One of her employees fits that description and needs Lee's sleuthing assistance. This is the 12th entry (after The Chocolate Castle Clue).
Kirkus Reviews
A chance encounter in a supermarket involves a member of a Michigan chocolate-making family in murder. Lee McKinney Woodyard's protective instincts are aroused when she hears someone threatening a young woman in the Warner Pier supermarket. The woman is Sissy Smith, who most area residents think murdered her husband, Buzz. The threatener is Sissy's father-in-law, Ace, whose military-consulting company (think Blackwater) has recently been investigated by Congress. Ace is trying to get custody of his grandson by fair means or foul. Sympathetic to her new friend, Lee offers Sissy a job as a bookkeeper at the TenHuis Chocolade and becomes embroiled in her problems, which only increase when Sissy discovers the body of Ace's snoopy housekeeper. This time, the investigation is run by police Chief Hogan Jones, Lee's uncle by marriage, who's more open-minded about Sissy's innocence or guilt than the county sheriff, who thinks Sissy got away with murder despite her excellent alibi. What doubles Ace's enmity toward Sissy is that she lives with her grandmother, Wildflower, a holdover from a hippie group who lived in the area in the '60s. Ace, who retired from the army at a high rank, can't forget Wildflower's demonstrations against the Vietnam War. As Lee continues to poke her nose where many think it doesn't belong, she's stalked and attacked in the woods near Wildflower's home. But the episode only makes her more determined to discover the truth. The latest in Carl's long string of chocoholic mysteries (The Chocolate Cupid Killings, 2009, etc.), complete with chocolate trivia and a recipe, keeps you guessing all the way to the end.
From the Publisher
“JoAnna Carl satisfies your sweet tooth along with your craving for a tasty whodunit.”—Cleo Coyle, New York Times Bestselling Author of the Coffeehouse Mysteries
 
“Keeps you guessing all the way to the end.”—Kirkus Reviews
 
“[A] fun read…suspenseful and fast-paced, yet filled with wit and humor.”—Fresh Fiction

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451238023
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
10/02/2012
Series:
Chocoholic Mystery Series , #12
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
8.10(w) x 5.80(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are Saying About This

Laura Childs
"A deft mix of truffles and trouble. Chocaholics—this book is for you!"
From the Publisher
Praise for the Chocoholic Mystery series:

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

“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

“Lee McKinney sells chocolates and solves crimes with panache and good humor.” —Carolyn Hart, author of the Death on Demand mysteries

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

"Deliciously cozy."—Elaine Viets, national bestselling author of Death on a Platter

"A heroine impossible to dislike."—Midwest Book Review

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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The Chocolate Moose Motive: A Chocoholic Mystery 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Her books are always a fun read. I always make sure I have time to read the whole thing since I don't like to put her books down.
Gran6 More than 1 year ago
As always, JoAnna Carl does not disappoint. This was a very good read. I highly recommend this series to all who love a cozy mystery and, of course, chocolate!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this short mystery . The characters seemed genuine . I was sorry that it was short. I will read another chocolate story.
Justpeachy1 More than 1 year ago
Readers return to Warner Pier in the twelfth book in The Chocoholic mystery series by JoAnna Carl. The Chocolate Moose Motive continues the adventures of Lee Woodyard and the crew from TenHuis Chocolate. Fans of the series will enjoy the quaint Michigan setting and returning to characters that have become old friends. The long lived series is full of interesting chocolate facts and trivia and some excellent recipes, but the main ingredient is always murder! One of the things that I like about this series and The Chocolate Moose Motive in particular is the characters. Carl has created a town that will make readers nostalgic and having them missing their own hometowns. Warner Pier is like most small towns, full of interesting and sometimes eccentric people and always ripe for gossip. I liked the fact that Carl introduced two new characters in Sissy and her grandmother Wildflower in this book. I hope we see them again in future installments. Carl often mentions intriguing people that she doesn't always go on to incorporate more fully into her stories. There are so many that I hope get their own story someday.  Readers will enjoy returning to their old favorites, Lee and Joe and Aunt Netty of course, but it was nice to see Sissy in this novel. She is a young woman who the whole town suspects of murder, even though it was proved she didn't kill her husband. I liked the fact that Lee takes a chance on Sissy and tries to help her. I liked Sissy's hippie influences and die-dyed attire. She brought a new kind of interest to the series. She is just a young woman who seems to have gotten on the wrong side of the town gossip. In a small town that can be very awkward.  As usual, Lee is more curious than any cat you've ever seen. When she overhears Sissy and her father in law arguing she does a little snooping and finds out Sissy's story. She then hires her to work at TenHuis Chocolate. I liked the fact that Lee was able to figure out what most of the town didn't want to believe, Sissy was innocent. Lee is one of those heroines you don't find too often in cozies. She doesn't have an overly inflated attitude about her sleuthing. She doesn't think she is better than the police, nor does she come across as super nosy. Carl writes her as a very curious lady, who happens to find a clue here and there and puts two and two together with the best of them.  I think the author put a little too much emphasis on Lee's speaking issues and not quite enough on the main ingredient other than murder, chocolate. I loved all the facts about chocolate and the fudge recipe in the back of the book is too die for, but I felt like there was not as much info as we usually get with Carl's chocoholic books. I guess as a reader I'm just used to Carl writing a bit more detail when it comes to the family business. I haven't read too many cozies where the protagonists day job is a chocolatier and that's one of the reasons I love this one.  The mystery was a little predictable. That's not always a bad thing, as most of the it's all about the journey. In this one, each clue that Lee found reinforced my idea of who it was and that was kind of nice for a change. It didn't keep me second guessing like a lot of them do. I thought the suspect was believable as the murderer, but the motive was a little sketchy and wasn't as well fleshed out as I would have liked.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love JoAnna Carls books and have read the whole series. I can relate to Lee's twisted tongue and her couriosity bump. Iwould recomend this to anyone who loves a good mystery and of course chocolate.
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