Friday, July 27, 2012

The Chocolate Cat Caper by JoAnna Carl

The Chocolate Cat Caper by JoAnna Carl
2002, Signet
Series: Book 1 of Chocoholic Mysteries

Synopsis: 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.

Why read: Looking for more culinary inspired mysteries.

What impressed me: All you ever wanted to know about chocolate and more. For all that this book lacked in character development, it certainly proved the author's knowledge about chocolate, both its origins and the candy-making process. While I'll never be motivated enough to make my own chocolate, I really enjoyed reading about others doing it.

What disappointed me: This was a very short, and therefore not all that in-depth, book. 230 pages in a rather large print doesn't give the reader much time to start caring for the main character or get really involved in the mystery itself. The romance angle felt both rushed and a bit forced as well.

Recommended: Yes, but only if you really love cozy culinary mysteries and chocolate.

Continue series:Yes. I already own the next 5 books in this series, so I'm going to give it another shot.

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