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The Chocolate Moose Motive

(A Chocoholic Mystery #12)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  1,002 ratings  ·  100 reviews
When Lee hires a free-spirited employee with a tie-dyed, troubled past, she discovers that even the counter-culture can conceal a killer…

As much as the chocolate concoctions at TenHuis 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 only remaining resident hippie, and lives ou
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published October 2nd 2012 by NAL
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Dale Harcombe
May 18, 2016 rated it liked it
I’m not one who normally reads many cosy mysteries but I enjoyed this one. It was a light fun read that held my interest. I liked the character of Lee McKinney Woodyard, owner of the chocolate concoction business TenHuis Chocolade. I also liked the interesting trivia about chocolate that is interspersed between several chapters. Particularly I liked learning about the history of chocolate. There were warnings about the dangers of chocolate to dogs, which I already knew. Not so sure about chocola ...more
Oct 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: challenge
3.5 stars. I enjoyed this entry in the series. I like the characters and chocolate trivia sprinkled throughout the story. I'm not so sure about some of the truffle flavors Lee was describing this time but the animal shapes they had sounded cute. The mystery was good and kept me guessing. ...more
Sep 12, 2018 rated it liked it
This is the 12th book in the series. One of the series that I have never managed to read in order. I mainly read them as I can find them, and it seems okay as far as not getting mixed up.

In this one, Lee and her grandmother hired Sissy as a bookeeper. No one else will hire her, as she has been accused of killing her husband, although witnesses place her in another town at the time. Then, another person is murdered, one Sissy also has a connection too. Lee and Joe jump in to see if they can't hel
Debbie Lester
Oct 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 thi
Holly Otto
Oct 01, 2018 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Middle Schoolers
Recommended to Holly by: Mrs. Beyer
Shelves: kyle-scherwinski
Personal Response:
The Chocolate Moose Motive is one of the most attention-grabbing novels I have read all year. I believe that Adults and even teens would enjoy this mysterious book immensely. Just by the title you can tell you are going to have a good chuckle and a shaken expression on your face.

Plot summary
The Chocolate Moose Motive is based of a fiction murder case. As much as the chocolate concoctions at TenHuis can tantalize people’s tongues, Lee’s newest hire is more likely to make them w
Sep 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
"The Chocolate Moose Motive" is a cozy mystery. It's the twelfth book in the series. You don't need to read the others to follow this one, and this novel doesn't spoil any of the previous mysteries. This story had the unique ability to make my mouth water--fine chocolates, yum!

The characters were complex and reacted realistically to events. I liked that the heroine didn't think she was smarter than the police or some great detective. It was more that she heard things, and she wanted to help her
Shelleen Toland
Mar 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
another cute book of this series.
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, read-in-2017
When Lee hires Forsythia “Sissy” Smith at TenHuis Chocolates, Lee knows she’s in for some trouble. The townspeople have it in their minds that Sissy was responsible for her husband’s death. The previous winter, Sissy’s husband was found shot to death, and the case was officially declared to be a murder. In fact, many feel that Sissy got away with murder, even though she had a supposedly airtight alibi. Lee’s prepared to weather the storm of gossip but what she doesn’t realize is that soon anothe ...more
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit, mystery
I knew the murderer real early, but tracking him down was still interesting. I loved the minor characters. I like Lee, but some of her repetitive comments are slightly annoying.
I’m glad it all ended happily and some of the wrap up was not a surprise because it was telegraphed well. Some of the ending was too happy. Some of the issues the author got us into felt bigger than it was written to be in the wrap up. (Sorry I’m not specific, but I don’t want to give spoilers.) Just know that you might
Jan 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Well, I'm happy to see that Joe is finally answering his phone! 11 books and it seemed like the major problem was that Joe would never answer his stupid phone.

This one felt shorter than the others. I enjoyed it, but didn't love it. Not sure if I would continue reading if the library didn't have them. But they do, so on I read.
Linda Klinedinst
Oh this book is so good...I dearly love this book. I love all of JoAnna Carl's Books. This has some funny parts in it as well too and they make you laugh out loud. My favorite character in this book is the Grandmother. She is so funny and very witty.

I give this book 5/5 Stars on Goodreads.
Mar 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Warner Pier is a fun place to visit. The characters are enjoyable and I hope to see more of them in future books. I borrowed this book from my local library and will be looking for more books by this author during my next visit.
Monica L
Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. It was fun and cute, even with murder. It was a little predictable, but I do read, listen to and watch a great deal of crime books/shows. Even with this being a series, it reads well as a stand alone.
Feb 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
Woman accused by idiots of killing her husband is hired as the shop's bookkeeper. If I can figure out the guilty party that early, it's not that difficult a mystery, but that's not why I read them. More fun characters and well paced writing. ...more
May 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Chocolate, dead body, hippie and a moose!! Only JoAnna Carl can weave this together for a interesting mystery! Love her Chocoholic Mystery collection!!
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Awesome quick read!
Linda Lugar
May 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fun! Love this series!
Nov 08, 2020 rated it liked it
I can't decide if I liked the book or not. I figured out who was the bad person in the beginning. The characters were okay, but I felt like I was reading a formula of a story. ...more
Oct 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
A scrumptious mystery! Taken from my review at

Since the death of her uncle, Lee McKinney Woodyard has taken over as business manager of her Aunt Nettie’s company, Ten Huis Chocolates, working alongside her aunt. As a young girl, she spent summers with her aunt and uncle, working for them at their business. Later, when her own marriage broke up, they took her under their wing again. The chocolate shop became a secure haven for her. Living in Warner Piers, she had met and marri
Oct 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2012
TenHuis Chocolade is such a busy place Lee thinks they may need more help. When she overhears an argument in the grocery store and does a little investigating she believes she has found her new payroll clerk.

Forsynthia "Sissy" Smith is a the granddaughter of the area's only remaining hippie. She lives east of town with her grandmother at the Moose Lodge. The place was once an informal commune. Lee has learned that Sissy's husband Buzz was found shot to death the previous winter and Sissy was th
Aug 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The Chocolate Moose Motive is the 12th book in The Chocoholic Mystery series.

Shortly after hearing a somewhat heated discussion between Sissy Smith and her late husbands father, Ace Smith,in the grocery store, Lee McKinney,runs into Sissy again in the parking lot. Literally. While exchanging insurance information, Sissy mentions that she is the famous murderess of the area. As soon as Lee returns to TenHuis learns that Sissy's husband had been murdered a couple years ago, she was cleared of any
Nov 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
A delightful mystery in the Chocoholic series with Lee. Fast paced, quick-reading. Good story!

When Lee hires a free-spirited employee with a tie-dyed, troubled past, she discovers that even the counter-culture can conceal a killer… As much as the chocolate concoctions at TenHuis 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 only remaining resident hippie, and lives out at the Moose Lodge—once an in
Feb 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book, very well written and thought out. I could see the ending, but I liked it anyway.
Sep 30, 2013 rated it liked it
The 11 predecessors to this book had a lot in common. One of the hallmarks was the numerous, if not surplus, characters present in each book. Compared to the rest this book has few murder suspects. So it was likely for anyone to guess the culprit - not I though. The threadbare cast aside, this book has the same painstaking set up for suspense and danger for the heroine. The latter didn't solve the mystery. There was shadowing involved, but alas no deductions.

I often wonder what is the purpose
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Oct 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Lee McKinney Woodyard, Business Manager of Ten Huis Chocolade is busy delivering chocolates to an upscale grocery in near by South Haven, when she accidentally overhears an argument in the next aisle. Fearing possible physical violence, she runs her cart into a young woman's cart. Their next encounter is in the parking lot, when Lee accidentally backs up into the woman's VW. The lady introduces herself as the 'murderess.'

Shocked, Lee goes home and tells her Aunt, her husband, Chief of Police, a
Feb 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An interesting mystery to solve. Even though I guessed who did it mid-way, I was curious as to why for a long while yet.
Jun 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy, mystery, food
In this latest installment in the “Chocoholic Mystery” series, Lee is pressed into service by the lone remaining hippie at Warner’s Pier. She hopes that Lee can stop the suspicions of the townsfolk that her granddaughter is a murderess. But then, another person ends up dead and the granddaughter is again under suspicion. Can Lee discover the truth, and can she prove it? With few characters in the story, you may soon solve the mystery of who the real murderer is, but the motive remains to be seen ...more
Dec 03, 2012 rated it it was ok
The story was very disjointed in my opinion. One minute Lee is yelling at someone, then she is laughing - the situation did not change. The ending was rushed and not satisfactory.

This book veered away from the chocolate production, except to enter descriptions of a piece when someone took it. Really? Bland descriptions interspersed in the book, no real talk about the chocolates.

Also, the "tongue twisting" has gotten old. Not only does Lee do it, but after each occurrence we are hit over the hea
Melanie Toye
Apr 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Book Cover First Impressions:

I thought this book based on the title and subtitle “A Chocolate Mystery” would actually be about chocolate and going into mouth watering descriptions of new chocolate recipes and the stories within. However this book barely talked about the delicious subject.

My review:

Although this book front cover claimed to be a story about chocolate, I believe the real story was with the chocolate store’s owner Lee and her investigative skills to solve a murder mystery based arou
Julie P
Jul 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Chocolate Moose Motive was the first book I've read by JoAnna Carl who has written quite a comprehensive series for chocoholics. Not being one to read series books out of order, this was a stretch for me, but it wasn't that difficult to become immersed in the story and in the characters. Carl has created Lee, our protagonist, as a folksy purveyor of chocolates and as a great solver of mysteries. The writing moves along slowly, in that gentle folksy manner, and even though I suspected the mur ...more
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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.

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