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Death by Chocolate Frosted Doughnut

(Death by Chocolate Mystery #3)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  144 ratings  ·  47 reviews
When a pirate festival blows into their small town, bakeshop owners Jacobia Jake Tiptree and her best friend Ellie White expect theyll be busy baking up a storm, but instead they find themselves marooned in a new murder investigation after someone kills a well-known food writer and TV personality . . .

Everything is shipshape at Jake and Ellies new waterfront bakery, The
Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published February 25th 2020 by Kensington
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beachbum bookworm
Mar 06, 2020 rated it liked it
I arrived in Eastport Maine at the chocolate moose to hang out with Jake and Ellie at the perfect time. Things were going great with the shop, and its the annual pirate festival. I love all things pirate! Aye matey. Yes things were great.well until the host of Eat This Henry Hadlyme showed up. A man with an over inflated ego about his celebrity status, a mean streak, and hidden agenda. He was in town doing podcast episodes for his show, and so far all he had done was make fun of the local ...more
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
From practically the beginning of the book, Jake and Ellie were pitched right into a lot of action and adventure. Some of it was pretty funny like the snake and the caterpillars that Jake somehow met up with. After finding the dead body of a hateful TV foodie in her basement, Jake was eyed as a suspect, since the whole town had heard and seen her arguing with him and threatening him. With Ellie's help, Jake set about proving her innocence. Did she let a concussion or a bunch of scrapes stop her? ...more
Sue Em
Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
Perhaps it's time for me to realize Sarah Graves and I need to break up. We've had a long and happy relationship, but we just aren't on the same page anymore. I'm not sure where to categorize her latest books, like terrorist thriller/cozy. In any case, I know most reviews love her latest book, so I will just say it wasn't for me. Jacobia "Jake" Triptree is suspected of murdering a disagreeable guest in town, when she and her buddy Ellie White come up against a plot to subvert the town's pirate ...more
Feb 15, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The town's pirate festival promises to be good business for Jacobia "Jake" and her friend Ellie who own the local bakery. When a man turns up dead in their basement, Jake becomes the chief suspect and knows she needs to catch the person or persons responsible before she lands in jail. The bakery plays a secondary role in this adventure with the seaside location paramount. While the main characters feel better developed than in the first installment, the mystery itself needs better plotting. Jake ...more
This is the first book I've read in this series. I have read lots of Ms. Graves work in the Home Repair is Homicide series and really enjoyed that. So I was looking forward to a new series, not realizing that she had given Jake and Ellie something else to work on. I loved it! It's great seeing them again and the mystery was really involved. I love all of the characters and they didn't disappoint. I also love the bakery and hearing about all of the treats. Just wish that they could come with the ...more
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Death by Chocolate Frosted Doughnut by Sarah Graves is the 3rd book in the Death by Chocolate Mystery series, and another fun addition. Jacobia (Jake) Tiptree and her best friend, Ellie White, from the Home Repair is Homicide series, have opened up a waterfront bakery called The Chocolate Moose, In Eastport, Maine. The Chocolate Moose, and the rest of the town is getting ready to rake in the business during the Pirate Festival. When a man, who Jake recently had an argument with, is found dead in ...more
Mar 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pirates and pompousness descend upon Eastport, Maine for the annual Eastport Pirate Festival. The pirates are everywhere which is good for business at the Chocolate Moose bakery owned and operated by Jake (Jacobia) Tiptree and Ellie White. The pompous part is played by Henry Hadlyme, well-known food authority and TV personality. Hadlyme, much former resident of Eastport is back and making waves by making scornful remarks about several of the local eateries including the Chocolate Moose. To even ...more
Mar 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, cozy
Jake is in real trouble. When an aggravating man with an inflated sense of importance shows up to do a podcast, he alienates many people in the community, including Jake. She threatens him to get him to leave her place of business, and later he is found there, dead. Now she, with Ellies help, must clear her name. To do so, she delves into the hated mans past, and discovers she is not only one with reasons to despise him. The tale is entertaining, intriguing, filled with fascinating characters, ...more
Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this third book of the series things are going well at Jake and Ellie's bakery and they are looking forward to the upcoming annual Pirate Festival. There will be an influx of tourists and that will definitely bring money to it only the town but to their bakery as well. Things go from positive and happy to utter shock for the ladies when the body of a celebrity foodie, Henry Hadlyme, is found in the bakery basement. How did he and up there and who killed him are the most important questions ...more
Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

This is the third book in the Death by Chocolate mystery series by Sarah Graves.

You could just sense it on the wind that when a some-what popular podcaster is found dead that Jacobia, Jake for short, would end up being the one fingered for the crime. I mean, come on! The body was found in the basement of the bakery of Jake Tiptree and Ellie White own. It was an only natural assumption, right? The name of this dynamic duos bakery just cracks me up: The Chocolate Moose. So cute and so
RO G'ma
Death by Chocolate Frosted Doughnut is the third book in Sarah Graves Death by Chocolate Mystery series. The characters are well developed, but the mystery in this book isnt as well plotted as previous books.

Jacobia Jake Tiptree and her friend, Ellie White, recently opened a bakery, The Chocolate Moose, in Eastport, Maine. When Jake finds the body of Henry Hadlyme, a food authority and TV personality shed recently publically argued with, in the Chocolate Mooses basement with a stuffed parrot
Lisa Morin

Jake and Ellie make a fantastic team, and Death by Chocolate Frosted Doughnut is a great example of it.
When Jake discovers a dead body, she becomes the number one suspect in his murder, which sets Ellie on a mission: prove Jake is innocent.
While the mystery was fantastic and I had a great time reuniting with some favorite characters, I found the general writing lacking a bit. Usually this author always has something exciting going on in the background, and I didn't find that in this book.
Be sure
Mar 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book!! Great story!! Loved this series!! Hope she writes more books to this series!! Will read more of her books!! Received this book from Kensington books from netgally!!
Death by Chocolate Frosted Doughnut by Sarah Graves started brilliantly and just kept on improving! Jacobia Jake Tiptree and her best friend Ellie White own a chocolate-themed bakery, The Chocolate Moose, (love the name ) in their island town of Eastport, Maine, and the events of this story happen during the town's pirate festival. An odious, well-known food writer and TV personality, Henry Hadlyme, is in town, working on a podcast featuring small New England towns, and Jake finds him ...more
Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Although the plot idea isn't bad the way it plays out is too over the top for me. In many cities you must suspend belief but this is just too implausible. And why does Ellie leave her child all of the time?
Thank you netgalley and the publisher for this arc
Feb 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's the first book I read by this author and won't surely be the last.
It's an entertaining story with a good story line, an interesting cast of characters and a solid mystery that kept me guessing.
I look forward to reading other story by this author, recommended.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
Mar 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
The island village setting of Eastport, Main is delightful, and I can just imagine living there -except for all the regular murders in this tiny town.

After some struggles in the first 2 books of this series, Jake and Ellie have become quite successful in their new waterfront bakery, the Chocolate Moose. Jake is upset when a foodie blogger comes to town and has only nasty things to say about the local food places. When the foodie, Henry Hadlyme, is found dead in the Moose's basement with an
This series is a spin off of the Home Repair is Homicide series (16 titles) and the third in the Death By Chocolate series. That makes this the 19th in the Jake Tiptree world of mystery. But have no fear, it works as a standalone. Jake and her best friend and business partner, Ellie, run the Chocolate Moose Bakery, a true labor of love. Over the past almost two years of operation things have been a bit shaky and they were afraid that their business would fail. At the the beginning of this ...more
Tiffany Michele (BookAndCoffeeAddict)
First, the bad news: nobody dies by chocolate frosted doughnut in this book. I know, I know, I was a little disappointed too. But, on the up side, the death that does take place is pirate-themed, so that makes up for it.

In the midst of a popular pirate festival that brings in much needed tourism and sales to the small waterfront community of Eastport, a somewhat famous food critic comes to town and starts immediately alienating everyone, which doesnt end well for him. When his body is found in
Linda Baker
Mar 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
It's early September in Eastport ME, which means it's time for the Pirate Festival, a weekend full of fun, booze, and "Aargh." Partners in The Chocolate Moose bakery, Jake and Ellie, are hoping for a big weekend of sales at the end of the tourist season. Eastport is full of people, mostly those who are looking for fun in their pirate garb. Among those visitors are Harry Hadlyme, 'foodie' celebrity, and his camera crew. Harry is not out for fun, though. His purpose seems to be to trash all the ...more
Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, cooking, cozy
Death by Chocolate Frosted Doughnut started great and just kept getting better and better! Jake and her best friend Ellie own a chocolate-themed bakery in their island town of Eastport, Maine, and the events of this book take place during the town's pirate festival. A thoroughly unlikable, semi-famous food writer happens to be in town, working on a podcast featuring small New England towns, and Jake ends up finding him murdered in the bakery's basement. When she's the most likely suspect, she ...more
Cozy Cat Reviews
Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is book three in the "Death By Chocolate" mystery series by cozy author Sarah Graves. I have read the entire series and always enjoy a new released in this charming series. The author has created a series with likable characters, a fun setting of small town Maine and always a well crafted sleuth. I highly recommend this series. Thank you to the publisher and to Net Galley for the opportunity. My review opinions are my own. This book can be read as a stand alone for new readers to the ...more
Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Well, this time Jake is being framed for the murder of a nasty food critic type who picks fights with everyone while the annual Pirate Festival is going on. Of course, since the murder weapon, motive, and the fact that the body is found in the cellar of their shop, The Chocolate Moose points straight to Jake, Ellie and Jake have to go on the biggest and most dangerous snoop ever. Okay, we know Jake has issues with water and bugs, of which there are an abundance in this story; not to mention way ...more
Feb 10, 2020 rated it liked it
Jake and Ellie are co-owners of The Chocolate Moose, a chocolate-themed bakery in Eastport, Maine. When a visiting celebrity food writer and TV star ends up dead in their cellar, it's a race against time to solve the murder before Jake is arrested.

This was a fun little cozy. I loved the setting - the town was wonderful and I would love to visit The Chocolate Moose for some delicious baked goodies! The murder mystery kept me guessing for the majority of the book. Graves is great at twisting a
Mar 27, 2020 rated it it was ok
This is a long time series with a name change. The Home Repair series has turned into the Death by Chocolate series with the same characters and settings... I am having trouble.

I find Ellie so much more interesting than Jake in the new books. Jake is a liability as Ellie spends more time pulling her up stairs, out of the cold water and making sure that the cases in their new business venture filled with chocolate goodies. Jake seems to be living the Perils of Pauline with family who care little
Kathleen Gray
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Jake and Henry might have had an argument (which everyone saw) but she didn't kill him- only found his body in the basement of her shop the Chocolate Moose. Eastport, Maine is about to have a big Pirate Festival so there's lots of people in town. Jake and Ellie, mature women who are very good at unraveling the unlikely number of murders in their small town, wanted to make sales of their treats, not figure out who killed Henry. While he had a following as a foodie, he also had a following of ...more
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the 3rd installment in the Death by Chocolate mystery series. In Eastport Maine, Jacobia (Jake) and Ellie run The Chocolate Moose bakery and are looking forward to the upcoming pirate festival that is coming to town. Things turn very quickly when TV celebrity foodie goads Jake about the bakery and then Henry is found dead in the basement of the bakery. What! So Jake is naturally a prime suspect so Jake, Ellie and their family work to clear Jakes name and save the bakery and the find the ...more
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received this copy through netgalley.
Oh my gosh, it is so good.
I hope there will be more to this series
there was very good plot's, loved the character's and love the cover..
I couldn't put it down and didnt want to.
I look forward for more of her book's, they are alway's so good.
Mar 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
A past story intertwined with the present dilemma of murder introduces new characters to our small town festival. The violence involved in this revenge-based book was very shocking! Jake is set up to take the fall for the murder--leading her investigating friends to clear her name.
Barbara Tobey
Feb 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Engaging, charming, delightful, entertaining, amusing and exciting. Kept me guessing. Good series. Nice family. Thanks to the publisher for providing a copy via NetGalley.
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Sarah Graves lives with her husband John, a musician and luthier, and their black Labrador Retriever in a house very much like the one Jacobia Tiptree is remodeling in Eastport, Maine. When she's not writing Jake's adventures, Sarah works with her husband on the house and she plays the 5-string banjo.

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