The Chocolate Bear Burglary (A Chocoholic Mystery #2)
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The Chocolate Bear Burglary (A Chocoholic Mystery #2)

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When Aunt Nettie and Lee borrow an antique chocolate mold to use in a special promotion, they have no idea it will lead to burglary – and then to murder. The son of Lee’s former husband shows up in Warner Pier, and the 18-year-old boy seems determined to get in trouble. And Lee’s just as determined to keep him out of it. Family secrets keep peeping out, and Lee winds up ru...more
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Published by Thorndike Press (first published November 5th 2002)
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This is the second book in the Chocoholic Mystery series and I am still not thrilled with the author's writing style. But I have been told by a reliable source that this series does get better, so I plan to stick it out.

I figured out 'whodunit' fairly early in the story. There really were no surprises. I find the main character to be a bit annoying, but was happy that the whole 'twisted tongue' thing was not as prevalent in this book as the last one.

Have #3 here on my TBR shelf so will continu...more
In this title, we learn a little more about Lee's past when her ex-step-son (Jeff) shows up unexpectedly. He is acting suspicious and belligerent. There is also new "strength" to Aunt Nettie’s character, as she invites Jeff into her home and business. TenHuis teams up with the other Warner Pier businesses for a "Teddy Bear" themed winter festival. Nettie and Lee borrow some valuable antique chocolate bear molds for their promotion. Someone breaks into the chocolate shop. Jeff interrupts them, so...more
The second book in the chocoholic series finds Lee McKinney still living and working with her Aunt Nettie. Although she's away from her controlling ex-husband and doing well on her own, things aren't all rosy. She's seeing a guy who doesn't want to go public with their relationship because the tabloids are hounding him. Then her ex-stepson shows up under suspicious circumstances. Soon he's suspected of breaking into the chocolate shop and, soon afterward, killing an antiques dealer. Lee has to f...more
Robin (RBBR)
I still plan to read the entire series but it seems to be developing some predictability which may or may not be a bad thing. Whatever the Special Chocolate is will be involved in a crime somehow. The person who is either new in town or has not been "home" in years and unexpectedly returns will either end up dead or be accused of killing someone. There is a building romance between the main character and the guy she had a crush on in High School. The pace of their romance due to both having just...more
Mark Baker
Lee's step-son comes for a visit during a winter festival. When he finds himself accused of a string of robberies that end in murder, Lee has to step in to clear him. Another delicious romp with a resort town full of murder.

Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
Dharia Scarab

Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books...

1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future.

2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author.

3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up.

4 sta...more
Sandy Duke
Lee McKinney manages to get herself entangled in yet another small-town murder mystery. In this book we get to learn a little more about Lee's past history and a few more characters are brought into the cast. All in all a good read with plenty of red herrings thrown in.
3.5 Stars. I really enjoy this series. Lee is a good character and I would love to work at TenHuis Chocolade just for my two free pieces of chocolate a day, they all sound so good. The mystery was enjoyable and I love the chocolate chats.
Tabby Kat
Lee McKinney is handling her first winter in Michigan rather well for a Texas gal. She insists that the cold won't slow her down. What does stop her in her tracks is the sudden appearance of her ex-stepson, Jeff. Sullen and refusing to discuss why he's there, Aunt Nettie offers him a temporary job at TenHuis Chocolade.
Meanwhile, the town is getting ready for a teddy bear promotion to try to attract winter visitors. Lee and Nettie have borrowed some antique chocolate molds to decorate the shop. B...more
Angela Young
Got this book for free off the free shelves at the library....Wasn't sure what to expect and I LOVED IT!
Dawn Michelle

Read~February 25, 2010

An ok read.
Ok, the characters are great, the story is descriptive the descriptions of where they live and the surrounding area are pleasant. The story (who did it and why and how they get to that conclusion)....weak!
I *knew* who did it (though I wasn't completely sure until the end, but I WAS mostly sure)VERY early on. Even with ALL the red herrings thrown in, I knew.

I really like these characters, and their side stories are nice. SOOOO, I am going to keep reading and...more
This mystery series is growing on me. Looking forward to the rest of the chocolate mysteries.
Enjoyable - certainly not taxing in terms of figuring out the murderer. However, I don't read mysteries to try to figure things out. I read mysteries because the have an ending - the murderer gets caught (almost always).

I've have not read this series in progression. It is nice to learn how Joe and Lee's relationship is developing - they just got acquainted again in the first book. Turns out the relationship is developing at a snails pace - at least in this book.

That's okay. I enjoyed learning...more
This is the 2nd book in "The Chocoholic Mysteries" by JoAnna Carl.
I enjoy this series with its history and descriptions of chocolate and chocolate candy!

Lee and her Aunt own and operate a Candy Store in a small tourist community. They decided to join other Businesses to have a "Teddy Bear" themed promotion during the Winter months ..when seasonal tourist business is slow.

They used some borrowed antique bear molds to display in their store..and one night one of them is stolen.
This cozy is a page...more
I would have given 3.5 stars to this whole series. I like the main character - single at 30 but tentativley dating. I love the setting - she works in a chocolate shop and they make primarily truffles and molded chocolates full of wonderful things! The descriptions of the candy are yummy...although I hardly ever read the chocolate trivia at the first part of each chapter. I enjoy the writing style and by about 2/3rds of the book, I have the murderer identified. There are still some twists but I e...more
Luffy Monkey D.
First, let me say I had to downsize the rating for my new system of rating books. Now that I've finished all my Chocoholic mystery books, I do look at this story with nostalgia. It's an engrossing enough story, and I've been amazed at how much Joanna Carl has extracted from this setting of Warner Pier to generate so many stories. This time though the book is a cozy mystery the murder is quite gristly. I had no chance in guessing the murderer, and I enjoyed reading the story all the more for it.
Set during the winter in the summer vacation area of Warner Pier on Lake Michigan, the mystery involves transplant Texan Lee McKinney and her chocolate shop owning Aunt Nettie. The plot involves a weathy family, political ambitions, murder, and antique chocolate molds as Lee tries to solve the mystery and save her exstepson (she's divorced from his father) who is suspected in the murder.

A fun read with bits of chocolate in fiction information interspersed throughout the chapters.
Lee McKinney is back and trying to figure out who stole some antique chocolate molds from her aunt's chocolate shop and accidentally gets herself involved in murder.
I liked this book because it had a number of twists and turns to keep you guessing without a lot of gratuitous violence. A fun, light-hearted read.
Another quick read about the chocolate shop. Glad to see Lee and Joe "dancing" around with each other. I think they would make a great couple. I like the tight knit community and that nothing is a secret- for long, especially where Greg is concerned.
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So far, still liking this series. They seem to start off slow for me, but definitely pick up after someone is dead! Then I can't put it down. Author does a good job of roping you in to finish the book (at least roping me in!)
I enjoyed this cozy mystery. The characters were funny and real. The author kept the story clicking along. The book came to me through I will seek out other books written by this author.
Rebecca Cheney
This is one of a series of murder mystery books. They are charming. Not high literature, but definitely enjoyable. Kim C - You would really like these books (must be the chocolate topic!)
I tried this cozy mystery series a few years ago and didn't like it. I recently tried it again and am enjoying it. I thought I had the killer figured out, but I was wrong. Nicely done.
Karen Sage
I got this book to test the library checkout on kindle books - it was a fast read and I enjoyed it - a little predictable but I wish I worked in a chocolate shop!!!
I thought I had this one all figured out as soon as I began chapter 2.
I'm glad it was still an fun, entertaining read and that I was wrong!
I enjoyed this funny, cute mystery interspersed with facts about chocolate. It is set in a mythical town in west Michigan.
I didn't know people have collections of bear chocolate molds! Kind of cool to collect chocolate molds, though.
Meg Dean
I did not care fir this series at all...I read the first one and took a stab at #2...I surrender! Peace & love!
Another fun chocolate murder mystery. Always makes me hungry for more chocolate.
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JOANNA CARL is the pseudonym for the multi-published mystery writer Eve K. Sandstrom. The author writes about the shores of Lake Michigan and has been reviewed in Michigan newspapers as a “regional writer.” She has also written about Southwest Oklahoma and once won an award for the best book of the year with an Oklahoma setting.

Eve K. Sandstrom is an Oklahoman to the teeth: she was born there, as...more
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