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The Chocolate Bear Burglary (A Chocoholic Mystery #2)

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  1,744 Ratings  ·  89 Reviews



After leaving her bad-news husband back in Texas, Lee McKinney moved up north to a quaint resort town. Now she keeps the books for her aunt’s luxury-chocolate shop. But Lee soon finds that Michigan winters can be murder....


Lee and Aunt Nettie can’t believe their luck. A teddy bear promotion will have tourists flocking to Warner Pier

Mass Market Paperback, 240 pages
Published November 5th 2002 by Berkley
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Jul 09, 2008 Wendy rated it it was ok
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
Diane Large
Dec 19, 2016 Diane Large rated it really liked it
You just never know what you are going to learn. In this cozy mystery I learned about antique chocolate molds. I will read more.
Brian Frauenknecht
Oct 29, 2014 Brian Frauenknecht rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mystery
I loved this book. I was surprised by who the murderer turned out to be. Another great installment in the Chocoholic Mystery series. Can't wait to read the next one.
Moriah Venable
Aug 19, 2015 Moriah Venable rated it really liked it
With the second book of the Chocoholic series, I enjoyed some elements of it and while I didn't like others.

When an antique dealer Gail is killed, and her stepson is accused of the crime, Lee has to prove his innocence. Is mainly the plot of the book but there are a lot of elements of the book that eventually ties together though not well for the reader to understand in my opinion.

For the holiday, Lee and her Aunt have displayed some Teddy Bear molds while there is one that Lee does not like an
Feb 25, 2012 Debbie rated it really liked it
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
Apr 13, 2014 Sharon rated it really liked it
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
Mar 25, 2010 Robin rated it really liked it
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
Dharia Scarab
Dec 20, 2013 Dharia Scarab rated it really liked it

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
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
May 17, 2011 Natalie rated it liked it
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
Mar 02, 2012 Luffy rated it it was ok
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.
Dawn Michelle
Jan 07, 2010 Dawn Michelle rated it liked it

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
Jul 19, 2011 Melissa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
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
Aug 25, 2011 Barbara rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-cozy
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
Jul 31, 2014 Karen rated it liked it
Such a fun book! I live along the lakeshore of Lake Michigan, so the fictional town in this story-- nestled in between Holland and Saugatuck feels like home to me! Fun characters and story line-- perfect for a light-hearted mystery! My only 'complaint' is that I don't feel the characters are fully developed-- I'd like to know more about them. Otherwise, I am glad I discovered this series-- it's fun and I'll be reading all of them!!
Feb 15, 2010 Mary rated it really liked it
Lee and Joe are still trying to figure out their way through their relationship, but she is asked out by a summer resident who is running for office and Joe feels threatened. But while this is going on Lee's ex-step-son has come to town and tried to break into her home. As things start to happen, Jeff keeps getting into the middle of things and is thought to be the reason behind the death of a local merchant. Lee works to find the truth and figure out how she feels about Joe.
May 08, 2016 Guera25 rated it it was ok
We have returned to the land of insipid stick figures who blunder clumsily from plot point to implausible plot point. Lee McKinney, the heroine is, once again, bland and unappealing, and the rest of the characters are no better. Frankly, it's like watching dinner theatre as performed by paper dolls. I don't care for Lee, and Carl's insistence on generating tension by having Lee's loved ones under suspicion is cheap, lazy, and ineffective. A total bore.
Jul 13, 2014 Stina rated it it was ok
Shelves: finished-in-2014
Book #29 for 2014

I was pretty meh about this book. The protagonist was somewhat annoying, most of the other characters were kind of flat, and the whole scenario felt forced and gimmicky. I also figured out who the murderer was as soon as the character set foot on the page. Still, I didn't really dislike the book. If I didn't already have so much to read, I might be tempted to read more in the series to see if it gets interesting.
Addison Public Library
Lee and Aunt Nettie become involved with a town-wide teddy bear promotion which they hope will mean a bonanza for their European chocolate shop. When a friend lends them some antique bear chocolate molds to help promote the event, they are thrilled . . . until a burglary and a murder tarnish the festivities!

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May 21, 2008 George rated it really liked 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.
Mark Baker
Mar 09, 2014 Mark Baker rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, 2002
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.
Apr 08, 2016 Jenn rated it liked it
Eh. I'm still not loving these, but they're okay. And I don't have to pay for them since the library has them, so I guess I'll keep reading. Not exactly a ringing endorsement, is it?

This is readable enough. The tongue-tied thing is annoying. The main character is okay, but kind of annoys me. The culprit was fairly clear from the beginning. So, yeah.
Theresa Malloy
Mar 10, 2016 Theresa Malloy rated it liked it
Shelves: about-food
Lee McKinney has to free her ex-stepson from some trouble when he shows up in Michigan after a long drive from Texas. He's the prime suspect in a murder case when he's found over the body of a woman outside of Lee's family chocolate shop. She works quickly to try to clear his name before charges are filed. Not my favorite in the series, but it's a quick read.
May 01, 2008 Shannon rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries
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.
Oct 01, 2009 Brenda rated it liked it
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.
Sep 24, 2014 Alaine rated it liked it
The Chocoholic Mysteries are super easy to read. It took me a little over one day to finish. There aren't many characters and the plot isn't complex. The characters are likable and I do find myself rooting for Lee and Joe. Overall it's enjoyable, light and fun.
Sandy Duke
Feb 17, 2014 Sandy Duke rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, romance
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.
Aug 16, 2016 Donna rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, 2016
This library find led me to explore more books in the series, but I ended up returning some unread. So didn't hold my interest long term. I enjoyed the Chocolate Chat trivia -- one of those introduced me to a financial mystery series (author Emma Lathan), which I love so far.
Mar 11, 2014 Linda rated it liked it
Shelves: challenge
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.
Dec 28, 2011 Michele rated it really liked it
Second book in a new series...had to stop and think a bit in the beginning, but the characters all came back to me. Crazy things happen in a lakeside town in Michigan...the main characters work at a chocolate company.
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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
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