By Joanna Carl
Publish Date: March 2002
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Personal Rating: 3 stars
Summary from GoodReads:
Looking for a fresh start, divorcée Lee McKinney moves back to Michigan to work for her aunt's chocolate business-and finds that her new job offers plenty of murderous treats to chew on. 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 and her aunt end up behind not-so-chocolate bars.
I liked several things about this book. I liked the setting of this book which was in a small town where a lot of the residents had landed after being in larger cities, if not metropolitan areas. However, when the crime happened, they definitely had reporters show up and bombard the town and chocolate store. How did Lee and her Aunt handle them? With chocolate of course!!
I liked the chocolate factory. When the author describes the workers that help her and her aunt with the chocolates, I felt like it was larger than I had first pictured. However, I think the aunt makes a lot of the specialty items and the workers do the easier chocolates as there is a talent to chocolate making. I know because it consumes my life the two full days after Thanksgiving making 80 to 90 lbs. of handmade chocolates.
Verdict: Not a bad book. It kept pace real well and I very much enjoyed the ending. How annoying though that Lee keeps saying the wrong word. Don't know that I like that very well. It wasn't like she would just say it once in a while, or when she was nervous, it was just in weird situations. Maybe didn’t add anything to the character. I don’t know, I will definitely read another story in the series.