Monday, February 14, 2011

Mystery Mondays: JoAnna Carl's Chocoholic Mystery Series

Happy Valentine's Day!  What could be better for the day than mysteries with a chocolate theme?  The Chocoholic mystery series by JoAnna Carl follows the adventures of Lee McKinney, a tall and blonde former beauty queen from Texas who leaves an unhappy marriage and moves to the resort town of Warner Pier in Michigan to become business manager for her Aunt Nettie's chocolate shop, TenHuis Chocolade.  Lee is a smart woman, but her unfortunate tendency toward malapropisms when she is nervous or excited often causes people to underestimate her intelligence.  Shortly after her arrival in town, a murder involving the shop's chocolates gets Lee caught up in the investigation, and her career as an amateur detective takes off.  She also meets the man she will eventually marry, and soon becomes an integral part of the town's community.

These books are well written and the heroine is quite likeable.  The addition of chocolate lore sprinkled throughout the book only adds to their appeal, and the descriptions of the chocolates made by TenHuis Chocolade will make your mouth water.  There are ten books in the series so far, and another is on the way.  Even those who do not care for chocolate will appreciate this series, and chocoholics will not be able to resist!

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