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The Chocolate Mouse Trap

(A Chocoholic Mystery #5)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  1,338 ratings  ·  87 reviews
Chocolate-shop manager Lee McKinney has had enough of party planner Julie Singletree's cutesy e-mails. Then somebody actually kills the woman, putting everyone on her mailing list on edge. As their connections to the murder emerge, so do more attacks. Lee smells a rat-and it's not made of chocolate. And if she doesn't want to be permanently deleted, it's up to her to trap ...more
Paperback, 228 pages
Published September 6th 2005 by Berkley Books (first published 2005)
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Jammin Jenny
I really enjoyed this cozy mystery set in western Michigan near Lake Michigan in a small town of Warner Pier. The MC, Lee McKinney is the business manager at TenHuis Chocolad, a family owned chocolate business. She is in a group of other similar small business owners called the Seventh Food Group - wedding planner, florist, B&B owner, caterers. One of their members is found murdered and all their computers are either hacked, stolen or the e-mails wiped out. Lee noses around and tries to help fin ...more
This cozy mystery is the 5th in the series and it's the first one I've read; however, I didn't get the sense that I missed anything from previous books. If there are characters or other aspects of previoius books it isn't evident. I do this all the time due to challenges.

The story takes place in Warner Pier, Michigan, a small town of 2,503. Locals are well-known and there are quite a few who have formed a group called the Seventh Major Food Group. Lee McKinney is the MC/narrator and shop owner
Joy Gerbode
Feb 01, 2021 rated it liked it
A good, light, read and a fun mystery ... plus I'm really enjoying the characters. A good variety, yet all seem to be "real" people. A little danger for building tension, but no people throwing themselves needlessly into harm's way. ...more
Mar 31, 2020 rated it liked it
This was your typical cozy mystery. The mystery wasn't too simple to solve but wasn't overly complicated either. The characters were ok but not overly interesting either. However, the book does show us that sometimes you don't really know your friends. Overall, a great way to spend a few hours. ...more
Mar 12, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
This book didn't move along as well as the previous in the series and I just didn't enjoy it quite as much. I expect to try the next one and depending on how it pans out, it may be the last.

That being said. I do like these characters a lot. They are funny and quirky and just what one might expect to find in a small quiet town that is mostly resort. I certainly recommend giving the series a try if you haven't already.
Oct 12, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Mystery fans
From the moment I started reading this book, I was sure that I had read it before, most likely three to five years ago. I couldn't remember the whole story, but it was all very familiar. And since I couldn't remember whodunit, I figured I'd go ahead and read it again. It was a decent bit of brain candy, but I am making sure that I log this one and give away my book. It's not destined for a third go around!

new word: porte cochere
Mar 29, 2012 rated it liked it
If you love culinary cozies, you'll love this one. Lee McKinney works at her family's chocolate shop. When she discovered that someone killed Julie Singletree, a member of her Seventh Food Group online group, she becomes intrigued by Julie's secrets and her family. A little too close for comfort, someone's targeting her friends and stealing their computers. And before she knows it, she's next on the list, while planning her second marriage. Great suspense. ...more
May 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I love, love, love these chocolate mysteries. This one was satisfyingly creepy as far as wondering who the murderer was. JoAnna Carl never fails to disappoint with one or two exciting chase scenes in her stories. I love her main character, Lee McKinney. She's the blond bombshell with a backbone of steel. ...more
May 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
From other reviews, it is obvious that what appeals to me are books that I don't know the answer halfway through laying out the puzzle. This was one of those! Truly a good book (and its about chocolate!)
Sep 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I can't wait for the next one to come out! I could read these cozies over and over again. ...more
Apr 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Do you like chocolate?? Once you read this you will. Comes with chocolate trivia and some facts about chocolate. Looking forward to reading the rest of the books in this series.
Aug 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This installment provided the details of making true iced tea. Now that's yummy to me!!! ...more
Jul 28, 2019 rated it liked it
This novel was enjoyable, but I think it had a lot of potential that wasn't used. When the premise was introduced (a friend of Lee's from another city is killed), I thought this was going to be one of those books in a cozy mystery series where we see the protagonist outside their normal, small town atmosphere. However, most of the suspects and people involved in the mystery end up basically traveling down to the chocolate shop to see Lee. I did like all the complex characters and continuing stor ...more
Jan 03, 2021 rated it it was ok
That's two bad, annoying ones in a row. Another and I'm done.

In this one, Lee's in an email distribution group, and the person pushing it is killed. The author seems to think if you get an email you can get a virus. No comprehension that you have to open an attachment. (view spoiler) Also, you're driving along a road and you think somebody's following you. Use your m
Nov 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this fifth book in the Chocoholic mystery series. Romance abounds and not just because it's February.

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Feb 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2018
A while ago, local party planner Julie Singletree put together a mailing list containing people working in any sort of party-related fields, including Lee who's had about enough of Julie's constant annoyingly cutesy emails. Then Julie turns up murdered and subsequent incidents involving missing computers or content thereof of others on the mailing list suggests that Julie's death might somehow be related to it.

More of the same - entertaining, but predictable.
May 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Unfortunately, this book did not wear as well as some of the others in the series. The computer issues that spark the mystery are out of date at this point, making the book less enjoyable. Also, there seem to be a lot of souvenir pins offered by various businesses in Warner Pier. They keep showing up as clues! Still a fun read though
Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
I listened to this on Audible and actually didn’t love the voices, so that tainted the book a little. I have enjoyed this series: very much a cozy, simple mystery series with the added bonus of chocolate tidbits and imagery. This book was a little too simple and predictable though. I might continue with the series, but it’s not a priority.
Jean Kovats
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
the ending trap was predictable.
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fun quick mystery that includes chocolate. What's not to like? I would definitely recommend this book. ...more
karen krenn
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Very interesting plot with twists and turns that keep you coming back for more. The main character Lee always becomes the victim who accidentally solves the mystery.
Jessica Walters
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A sweet bite of a cozy mystery.
Jun 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great cozy murder mystery series

I love a good cozy murder mystery. They sort of calm me down before bed so it’s easier to sleep. This is a fun one.
Gale Wilkinson
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great read and a truly great series. I love the characters and the plot of each book. Will continue reading it.
Oct 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Making my way slip shod through this series.
Linda Lugar
May 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Love this chocolate series!!!
Dec 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Cute, cozy mystery. Living in Michigan, I love reading about the fictional Warner Pier that the author has located on the western side of my great state.
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The Chocolate Mouse Trap by JoAnna Carl is the 5th book of the Chocoholic Mystery series set in contemporary western Michigan. Lee McKinney has a dream job - she works as the manager of TenHuis Chocolade, the chocolate shop owned by her Aunt Nettie. She has flexible work hours, great friendships with the small lakeside resort town's shop owners, and is engaged to be married to Joe. It's early February, and although it's the slow season for tourism, the shop is gearing up for the annual Valentine ...more
Tabby Kat
May 14, 2008 rated it liked it
Lee McKinney has recently joined the Seventh Major Food Group. No, the FDA hasn't added another level to the pyramid; it's a group of local merchants who are involved in fancy food and parties. Organized by Julie Singletree, a woman trying to get a party planning business going, the group exchanges tips via e-mail. Julie also uses their e-mail list to forward inspirational messages several times a day. Lee has had enough of the spam when the news breaks - Julie has been murdered and her computer ...more
Apr 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Lee McKinney once again finds herself somehow mixed up with a murder. When a business associate that is part of an seven member e-mailing group of others business associates, is found strangled and then the groups computers start having problems and some members of the group are vandalized, including Lee's best friend Lindy. Lee quickly discovers that she needs to find out what is really going on before anyone else or even herself, may end up at the bottom of Michigan lake. As usual this series ...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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