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

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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!

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

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

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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451414809
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/01/2013
Series:
Chocoholic Mystery Series, #12
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
409,716
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 0.90(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

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