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The Chocolate Book Bandit (A Chocoholic Mystery #13)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  778 Ratings  ·  106 Reviews
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published October 1st 2013 by NAL
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Oct 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2013
In this installment of the Chocoholic Mysteries we meet new library director, Henry “Butch” Cassidy. Our protagonist, Lee McKinney Woodyard, has been asked to serve on the library board so she decides to attend a meeting before she commits herself. Before the director can even start to talk about his proposed changes for the library the meeting is interrupted by someone’s terrified screams. One of the library staff has found the lifeless body of Abigail VanRoostock at the bottom of the basement ...more
Sep 16, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery
I liked the other book I read in this series, but the considered infidelity in this one got to me. It gets to me when normally happily married people start kissing other people. So I didn't finish it.
Apr 15, 2015 rated it liked it
It never ceases to amaze me how people don't talk about things with the people they love. Authors everywhere would loose pages and pages of story if people would simply talk to each other!
Jane Night
Jul 30, 2017 rated it liked it
In truth this book was closer to a 2.5 for me.

The main thing I thought the book did well was the mystery. I did enjoy that even though I figured out who committed murder about halfway through the book. I love libraries and the fact that the murder happened at the library was the main reason I picked up the book. The mystery was a solid 3/5 stars.

I picked this book up without having read any others in the series. This is book 13. It is always hard to say whether a book would be significantly bett
Jan 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: michigan
Thirty-something accountant, Lee Woodyard, has been asked to join the library board in her small tourist town of Warner Pier, Michigan along the banks of Lake Michigan. While attending the library board's monthly meeting, Lee and the other board members hear a scream coming from the historic library's dark basement. A retiring member of the library board is laying at the bottom of the basement steps, where the library clerk has found her dead body. This certainly isn't what Lee expected from her ...more
Aug 14, 2017 rated it liked it
This series is cute and funny and a little ridiculous, but if you love a light small-town cozy mystery, I highly recommend picking them up. They're like book meringues--light, fluffy, and insubstantial but you still feel ok about yourself when you're done. In this entry, small town politics comes front and center as Lee is asked to join the library board for Warner Pier. It's realistic in its sense of the machinations people will go through in order to maintain whatever "power" they've come to w ...more
I love this series.

Lee has been asked to be part of the library board. She goes to a meeting to determine if she truly wanted to be part of the library board. During that meeting, one of the other board members, Abigail, was murdered.

Lee decides to help figure out who killed Abigail. She also sets out to find the motive for the murder. While she is investigating the murder, she needs to be cautious because someone is out to harm her.

There is a secondary story involving Joe, her husband, and one
Kalendra Dee
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Lee wants to get more involved in the Warner Pier community. When she's asked to serve on the Library Board, Lee decides to attend a Board meeting to see if she thinks she'd be a good fit. When a body is discovered in the basement of the library, Lee is up to her ears in skulduggery even as she finds herself attracted to the new Library Director, "Butch" Cassidy.
Christel Reynolds
Feb 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Cute! Entertaining! I don't usually do mysteries, this was fun and I'm onto another;) perfect for a mind vacation.
Sep 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Fast fun read with bits of chocolate spread throughout.
Beatrice M
May 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
not sure I will read anymore in this series. Just not my favorite, the plot was a little weak I think.
Oct 16, 2014 rated it liked it
When not working in the family chocolate shop, Lee McKinney Woodyard is involved in various committees in the small town of Warner Pier, Michigan. Lee is considering joining the library board and attends a meeting to give the committee a trial run. She finds more excitement than expected when a library employee discovers the body of Abigail Montgomery in the library's basement. Abigail was retiring from the library board and although she was outwardly shy and mild-mannered, she wasn't afraid to ...more
May 03, 2015 rated it really liked it

Review of The Chocolate Book Bandit by JoAnna Carl.


When it turns out a member of Warner Pier’s library board has been living on borrowed time, Lee is determined to discover who wrote the victim’s final chapter…

Lee McKinney Woodyard, manager of TenHuis Chocolade, has been offered a position on the local library board. Before she accepts, she decides to check out their monthly meeting at the town’s historic library.

Rumors are flying about the rugged new board director, Henry “Butc
Jan 09, 2016 rated it liked it
Lee Woodyard is quite busy managing TenHuis Chocolade and participating on various committees in the small town of Warner Pier, Michigan. She is hesitant about undertaking any more responsibilities, but has been asked to serve on the library board. Before refusing, she decides to attend a committee meeting and get a feel for the tasks and members involved. What she doesn't expect to find is the dead body of the clerk at the bottom of the basement. Lee soon realizes that this library holds severa ...more
Jul 25, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Well, that was terrible. I wanted a change of pace book and thought I'd try reading a mystery. I'm not really a mystery reader, but I liked the concept: a chocolate seller decides to check out the library meeting and is asked to consider sitting on the library board. But things turn for the worse as the library clerk is found dead--soon suspect to be the victim of murder. But could be the killer? And why?
This is actually number 13 in the series, and I wonder if perhaps I should have started in

There's nothing I love more than books and chocolate and when I discovered this series I knew I had to read it. When I found this edition of the series combining books, libraries and chocolate I couldn't resist taking a taste test. Lee Woodyard works at TenHuis Chocolade and she is asked to serve on the library board so she decided to try it out by attending a meeting.

Once everyone is gathered they all become aware of terrified screams, Abigal VanRoostock is found dead at the bottom of the libra
Feb 11, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
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Jul 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
When new bride and chocolatier Lee McKinney Woodyard is asked to join the boards of her local library and the tourism committee in Warner Pier, Michigan, she knows she can’t handle both. So she decides to attend a board meeting at the historic library before making her decision.
The new head librarian in town, handsome Henry “Butch” Cassidy, makes Lee’s heart flutter, although the changes he allegedly plans to make in the library has some folks wary of the new guy in town. But before Butch has a
Oct 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Love this series. Can't wait for the next one. Stories are always exciting and keep your attention. Lee always gets mixed up in some murder and amazingly solves the murder before the police do.

Lee Woodyard, the business manager of TenHuis Chocolade, her aunt&'s sweet shop in Warner Pier, Mich., has an important choice to make in Carl&'s appealing 13th chocoholic mystery (after 2012&'s The Chocolate Moose Motive). Does she join the library board or the chamber of commerce&'s touri
Oct 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What could be better than a book about chocolate? How about 14 books about chocolate, which is what JoAnna Carl has given us in her Chocoholic Mystery series.
Lee McKinney Woodyard manages TenHuis Chocolate, a shop owned by Lee's Aunt, in the small town of Warner Pier, MI. Lee has been asked to take a seat on the board member at the library. Unfortunately during the first meeting, Abigail Montgomery is murdered, in the library. As the town reels from the murder, Lee sets out to "help" investigat
Nov 27, 2016 rated it liked it
A good cozy mystery.
Lee is asked to join the library board and when she attends her first meeting one of the other board members is found dead in the basement of the library. It looks like an accident but than is ruled suspicious. She starts asking some questions and wonders who could have killed the woman. She digs deeper into the woman's background and the background of the rest of the board.
The library clerk is also killed and an attempt is made on Lee's life.
While dealing with all this she
Feb 17, 2014 rated it liked it
These Chocoholic books aren't made of the best stuff. JoAnna Carl isn't shy from repeating herself. Indeed, many of her books have interchangeable sections. But you know what, they make for a great reading experience, especially when one is looking for one. Like most of her villains, the current one lacked dimension. The most important aspect of this book is the way characters are introduced and the way they are used or put away in the box. That was the single departure from previous books. I l ...more
May 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, cozies
Lee has been asked to be part of the library board, but before she even attends her first meeting to decide whether or not to accept the invitation, another member is found dead at the bottom of a staircase in the library. Lee and all the other members are immediate suspects in the death, and she must find out the truth to clear her name. To further frustrate her life, she finds herself attracted to the new head of the library even as it appears to her that her husband still has feeling for his ...more
Marlene Chabot
Oct 19, 2016 rated it liked it
Fist time I've picked up a book by this author. If you like chocolate, it's mentioned a ton of times since the heroine, Lee Mc Kinney Woodyard is the manager of TenHuis Chocolade. The first library board meeting Lee attends an elderly board member is found dead at the bottom of the steps leading to the library basement. From the get-go, Lee doesn't believe Abigail Montgomery's death is accidental. But who would've wanted the woman dead? Everyone supposedly liked her. The author throws in a few r ...more
Jan 24, 2017 rated it liked it
I'm attempting to catch up with the many book series I've been reading, so I'm probably reading these closer together than I normally would have. This one doesn't offer much new, but was still an enjoyable, very quick read. I still get annoyed how the title has NOTHING to do with the story. This one more so than others, actually. Usually the item in the title is actually being made in the chocolate shop, but not even that this time. I thought the thing with Butch was weird and out of the blue. P ...more
Feb 19, 2014 rated it liked it
Ok picked this up at the library for a quick snowy afternoon read. It meets all those expectations. Fun, light and like any good mystery story keeps you guessing who didi til the end. Also builds up the character of one person who think sounds suspicious so you are misled as to who the real killer is.
But I must say that instead of the fun facts about chocolate that are in-between chapters I would have much preferred some good recipes using chocolate. I think that is one of the main reasons I hav
Mark Baker
Oct 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013, mystery
Lee sits in on a library board meeting, but the missing member is found murdered at the bottom of the basement stairs. The woman was quiet, and everyone seemed to like her. So why was she murdered?

These books are always light and fun, and this is no exception. I do wish we'd see more of the sizeable collection of supporting characters, but Lee is always a fun host to a fast paced puzzle that will leave you drooling for chocolate and the next book.

Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
Oct 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozies
Probably the most notable thing about the Chocoholic Mystery series for me is Lee's tongue tangles. I thoroughly despise them, and I've scored some of these books lower just because of the overuse of slips of the tongue. There were a few of them in this book as well, but mostly near the beginning. After that, I could enjoy the story and mystery much better without stumbling over the annoying slips. Am I overreacting to this meant-to-be endearing characteristic? Yeah, maybe, but it's a pet peeve ...more
Aug 16, 2015 rated it liked it
This is a fun and light-hearted series--- perfect when you need an easy read. I live in Holland, MI, so all the landmarks and such near the fictional town of Warner Pier is home to me. :) This is the 12th book in the series and while I will continue to read them all (because at this point the characters feel like old friends!) the series is starting to feel like the same old, same old-- no surprises anymore-- same story each time, I mean, how many murders can a town of 2,500 have? But that is pa ...more
Nov 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Very enjoyable mystery, book is very well written, character are well developed and interesting. The book moves along at a good pace. I think I might have jumped into the middle of a series with this book, but it really doesn't matter because 1st or last book you get to know the characters and the place in this book. Story lines is something that could possilbly happen to anyone of us. Reminds me a little of murder she wrote wish I love. Would definitely suggest this book as a comfort book and e ...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.

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