- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Publisher: Signet (TRD) (Oct. 6 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0451227972
- ISBN-13: 978-0451227973
- Product Dimensions: 14.9 x 2.3 x 21.8 cm
- Shipping Weight: 340 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,623,733 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Chocolate Cupid Killings, The Hardcover – Oct 6 2009
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About the Author
JoAnna Carl is the pseudonym of a multipublished mystery writer. She spent more than twenty-five years in the newspaper business, working as a reporter, feature writer, editor and columnist. She holds a degree in journalism from the University of Oklahoma and also studied in the OU Professional Writing Program. She lives in Oklahoma but spends much of her summer at a cottage on Lake Michigan near several communities similar to the fictional town of Warner Pier.
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Lee and her aunt are helping "Pamela" get on her feet after she left her abusive husband. Pamela is working under an assumed name as she tries to figure out what to do next. A detective shows up in town trying to find Pamela under her real name. When the detective is murdered outside TenHuis Chocolade, Lee and her aunt must decide whether to tell the police who the man was really looking for.
Meanwhile, Lee's husband Joe seems to have secrets of his own. First, there's the mysterious meeting he was part of in the police chief's office. An old friend from his law firm days shows up, but Joe doesn't want to spend any time with him. And Joe is holding secret meetings with other friends. Can Lee figure any of this out?
As always, this book was a fast, fun read. The characters are charming and feel like old friends at this point. Lee's habit of mixing up her words when she is nervous is used just enough to be charming without annoying us here. The rest of the rather large cast of characters are well developed again. The new characters are developed enough to be interesting, although they don't get enough time to become full characters.
When you realize there are only 230 pages, it's no surprise the pace of the book is fast and furious. Believe me, not one word is wasted as you travel from one important scene to another. I didn't want to put the book down.
And it is very well written. It's quite easy to fly through these pages without even realizing it.
Instead of recipes, these books include trivia about chocolate. This time around, the "Chocolate Chats" give us some insight into the growing and processing of chocolate to turn it into the candy we love to eat.
So what was my problem with the book? None, while I was reading it. But after I was finished, I realized that two plot points, one of them rather major, are never resolved. I can guess at one of them, but the second is still leaving me mystified. Frankly, the ending felt rushed, like the author bit off one too many sub-plots and was suddenly in a rush to resolve everything in her allotted words. But someone should have caught that no solution is ever given to these particular elements.
Despite this disappointing turn of events, I will be back to see where things go in the next book. Fans will still enjoy The Chocolate Cupid Killings, even if it is the weakest entry in the series.
Would I read it again? Yes
Would I recommend it? Absolutely
What do I like most about Joanna Carl's Chocolate Mysteries?
...it's easy to get into the stories
...the character development and description is always outstanding
...she makes it easy to identify with her protagonist on one level or another
...the chocolate trivia is fun
...she definitely makes use of cliff-hangers :) so...every book is a page-turner and a very easy read
...she keeps the adrenaline rush for the last couple of chapters
...I enjoy relaxing and getting into the story knowing that the big finale comes at the end and then I have a tendency of really dragging out the last chapters 'cause I don't want the story to end :)
When I first found her books, I read a couple of books out of order and then realized that some new characters in each book overlap into the next book and so on, so I ordered all of her books and started from the beginning. I was very glad I did because the overlaps (and flashbacks) are clever and really add to the story.
I love Joanna's credentials and bio... I just think she's an outstanding author and highly recommend all of her books as an easy, fun, relaxing read.