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Together in one volume: the first three mysteries featuring Lee McKinney and the TenHuis Chocolade store of Warner Pier, Michigan-plus the short story that started it all...   The Chocolate Kidnapping Clue With her parents going through a messy divorce, a mopey teenage Lee is spending the summer working in her aunt and uncle's chocolate shop. When a wealthy customer is kidTogether in one volume: the first three mysteries featuring Lee McKinney and the TenHuis Chocolade store of Warner Pier, Michigan-plus the short story that started it all...   The Chocolate Kidnapping Clue With her parents going through a messy divorce, a mopey teenage Lee is spending the summer working in her aunt and uncle's chocolate shop. When a wealthy customer is kidnapped she quickly discovers an unsuspected talent for sleuthing.   The Chocolate Cat Caper When a high-profile defense lawyer dies after eating a cat-shaped chocolate laced with cyanide, it's up to Lee to find out who tampered with the recipe-before she ends up behind not-so-chocolate bars.   The Chocolate Bear Burglary A burglary at the shop leads to missing antique chocolate molds and a dead friend-and the main suspect in the murder is Lee's troubled teenage stepson. Lee sets out to clear his name, but awakening long-hibernating family secrets might be more than this daring crime solver can bear.   The Chocolate Frog Frame-Up The first customer to buy one of the store's new chocolate croakers is the town crank, Hershel Perkins-just after getting into an altercation with Lee's boyfriend Joe.  When he soon goes missing, it looks like Joe is being framed for murder-and Lee must jump to his defense......

Title : Crime de Cocoa
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ISBN : 9780451216946
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 512 Pages
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Crime de Cocoa Reviews

  • Claudette
    2019-02-03 15:56

    I gave this book three stars because I'm just torn about the whole thing. First of all, if you look at the cover of this book, you would think it was one story called Crime de Cocoa, but's actually four short stories. (Yes...I know the title of this book on this website says it's three stories, but there really are four!) Since I started reading this book before I knew about this website, I felt a bit deceived when I found out it was actually a book with several stories.That being said, I went ahead and read the first short story, which is extremely short (it's only 17 pages long while the others are about 150 pages) and was even more disappointed because the whole plot was incredibly obvious and felt like a waste of time to read. However, since I was so intrigued by the book when I initially saw it at the library, I thought I would go ahead and give the second story a chance since it didn't involve reading the whole book. This is where more frustration began...The second story starts discussing the same store in the first story, yet the main character in the first story was 16 and the main character in the second story is talking about being divorced. The stories are written in the first person, so I was just reading and thinking, "Who in the world is this person??? Who is "I"? What in the world is going on?" So...I had to stop to read the back of the book to figure out the main character is in fact the same person, although even the back of the book doesn't mention that over 10 years has passed between the first and second story. It would have only taken a simple sentence saying "More than 10 years later..." at the beginning of the second story for me to be able to follow what was going on.Another annoying point is that this character cannot talk! She keeps getting her tongue twisted on words and while it's ok at first, it gets to be really annoying after a while and I almost quit reading just because this annoyed me so much.On a brighter note, the mysteries are really great and I liked the writing. The author gives little subtle hints throughout the stories and while you're there, you're thinking "hmm...that might be a clue," but then the story takes you someplace else and by the time you get to the end you have no idea who the killer is and when you do find out, you're thinking...whoa...I saw those clues and completely forgot...I definitely missed out on those clues, etc. In other words, it's definitely not completely obvious and they all had interesting twists. The last story even has frogs in the title, which I can't stand, but I was so intrigued by the mysteries that I read it anyways.I noticed that the author is from Oklahoma, where I'm from, and even went to the same college with the same major I did, but the main character is from Texas and makes lots of references to Texas (she has moved from Texas to Michigan in the stories). It would have been cool if the author would have made the character from Oklahoma. :)

  • Felicia
    2019-02-05 08:03

    So my mom passed on this book to me and honestly, I thought it was one book - one heck of a long mystery at 500 pages! But then, upon further inspection - I realized it's 3 books in 1. Oh. Well anyway, i got bored halfway through the first one. It's not horrible, but the characters weren't terribly interesting and the book is big and heavy, so I gave up.

  • Tabby Kat
    2019-02-01 12:11

    The Chocoholic Mystery is a light, cozy series focuses on Lee McKinney, who helps her aunt run a high-end chocolate shop in the resort town of Warner Pier, Michigan. From time to time, crime finds it way into the town, and Lee winds up right in the middle of the danger, sorting things out in the end. This book collects the first three volumes in the series in one large soft cover book, along with the short story that first introduced the characters. The book starts with "The Chocolate Kidnapping Clue," a short story that originally appeared in the book AND THE DYING IS EASY. In it, a teenage Lee spends the summer in Warner Pier while her parents go through a nasty divorce. She spends her afternoons working in her uncle and aunt's TenHuis Chocolade shop. Every afternoon, another teen girl comes in and gives Lee a hard time before buying some chocolates. But then the girl is kidnapped. Who would do such a thing in the small town? The first official book of the series was THE CHOCOLATE CAT CAPER. A now grown Lee moves back to Warner Pier after her own divorce to help her recently widowed Aunt Nettie run TenHuis Chocolade. Lee's hardly been back in town when infamous defense lawyer Clementine Ripley is poisoned with a custom made chocolate from their shop. Not wanting to let their name be pulled through the mud, Lee decides to look into murder herself. Next up is THE CHOCOLATE BEAR BURGLARY. When Lee's stepson shows up unannounced, Lee is hardly too pleased. But she and Aunt Nettie put him to work in the shop. After all, with the teddy bear promotion in town, they could use the extra help. But then antique chocolate molds are stolen from the shop and the antique dealer who lent them out is murdered. Even more unfortunately, Lee's stepson in the sheriff's top suspect and doesn't have an alibi for the crimes. Lee's going to have to work fast to clear him. Finally comes THE CHOCOLATE FROG FRAME-UP. Everyone fights with town crank Hershel Perkins. But Lee's boyfriend Joe had the unfortunate distinction of doing so right before he disappears. While the evidence continues to mount, Lee searches for the truth so her flame does wind up behind bars.

  • Doreen
    2019-01-26 08:56

    This compilation of the first three books, plus bonus short story, of the Lee McKinney & TenHuis Chocolade mysteries is definitely value for money for fans of cozy mysteries. They're not the most challenging novels, but they're well-enough written and highly readable. My favorite was the second book, because it didn't telegraph the ending from a mile away, and I have to admit that by the last book, I was starting to get a little tired of Lee running around by herself to do something reckless. As another reviewer said, these are good, clean novels, and I certainly enjoyed the way the educational aspects were presented, at no detriment to the stories themselves.

  • Francine
    2019-02-03 12:10

    Cute, nice, easy to read at night after the kids are in bed. The main character has an unusual flaw -- she tangles her words - and it doesn't really fit the story line. You keep waiting for it to have meaning - but it doesn't. Takes place in Michigan - which is nice. Focuses around a chocolate shop - which makes me crave chocolate the way a Goldy/Diana Mott Davidson book makes me crave espresso.

  • Mark Baker
    2019-02-03 08:57

    The collection of the first three Chocoholic mysteries plus the short story that was set and released before the series started. If you haven't started the series, this might be the place to start. The stories are light but fun and the characters are great.Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.

  • Ginger Leroy
    2019-02-14 13:11

    I think this is the first time I've ever given any book 1 star. If I could describe this book in one word it would be 'annoying'. The second word would be boring. Boringly annoying. Yep thats it. The author tries....but her devices are annoying. The main character uses malapropisms ( I think). If she wants to say 'meet' she will say 'mean'. JoAnna Carl the author wants this to be an endearing quality. It isn't. Its distracting. I won't be looking for any other of her books.

  • T
    2019-02-05 14:07

    Maybe it's been awhile since I've read mystery books but This new series reminded me of Nancy Drew in how the main character Lee McKinney keeps getting pulled into these crimes. But what's not to like about chocolate and a good mystery?? I like the random inserts about the history of chocolate too. I think #2 and #3 were my favorites in this collection.

  • Jane
    2019-01-20 15:02

    This book contains the first 3 books in a mystery series featuring a chocolate shop in a resort town in Michigan. I thought what could be better. The mysteries are okay but the heroine has an annoying habit of getting nervous and mixing up words. It seemed okay at first but it is just irritating after awhile.

  • Jacqueline
    2019-01-23 11:17

    This was my second try at this collection and once again I found myself too bored with the stories to continue. I like cozy mysteries but I just couldn't get interested enough in Lee and her aunt to keep going.

  • Marscha
    2019-02-09 14:04

    I didn't really like the short story and I was afraid I wouldn't really like the three chocoholic mysteries. Fortunately they were a lot better and I started to really enjoy them after a few chapters.

  • Nichole Rottinghaus
    2019-02-05 15:06

    I read the short story at the beginning (which was really juvenile) and most of the first book - The Chocolate Cat Caper or something... The lead character was really annoying and the story never really captured my interest. I won't waste my time with the rest of it.

  • AloysiusPamela
    2019-02-05 11:58

    Really enjoyed the main character, Lee! Great for snuggling up with cozy mysteries. There are 3 mysteries in this one book and I liked the first 2 the best! Cozy reads.

  • Darci
    2019-02-11 15:50

    I love this series. Another one of my "soft" mysteries that I have fallen in love with and can't wait for the next and the next and the next...

  • Factorfictn
    2019-02-01 12:08

    Light and fun.

  • Christine
    2019-02-05 11:56

    A three-in-one treat for the mystery fan; there are three novels plus a short story featuring the same female sleuth. Enjoyable fare.

  • Fran
    2019-02-14 11:17

    This book is actually 3 novels in one cover. The stories were cute but trite. Centered around a chocolate shop in Michigan.

  • Ann
    2019-01-24 10:06

    A lot of fun, plus fun facts about chocolate

  • Ralynn
    2019-01-27 10:53

    had three stories in it I had already had read one, but I still liked the other ones. plus these books always make me want to each chocolate.

  • Helen
    2019-01-25 15:12

    This book has really cosy atmosphere and pleasant characters. Althoug the mysteries are not very difficult to see through. In every story it's quite obvious right in the beginning who the villain is.

  • Lila
    2019-01-29 11:17

    If you like mysteries, you'll enjoy these light stories, filled with chocolate facts.

  • Keri
    2019-02-11 14:10

    These books are great reads. They are fun and really clean. I thoroughly enjoyed them. It's nice also because they are short reads.