Sunday, May 3, 2015

Book Review of The Chocolate Book Bandit by JoAnna Carl

Review of The Chocolate Book Bandit by JoAnna Carl.
When it turns out a member of Warner Pier’s library board has been living on borrowed time, Lee is determined to discover who wrote the victim’s final chapter… 
Lee McKinney Woodyard, manager of TenHuis Chocolade, has been offered a position on the local library board. Before she accepts, she decides to check out their monthly meeting at the town’s historic library.
Rumors are flying about the rugged new board director, Henry “Butch” Cassidy, and the changes he allegedly plans to make. Butch is indeed attractive—but Lee doesn’t get a chance to find out about his proposals. The meeting is interrupted by the terrified screams of the library clerk.
The clerk has discovered the lifeless body of prim and proper Abigail Montgomery, a retiring member of the board. Suddenly everyone in attendance—including Lee—is a suspect. And, as Lee finds out, they’ve all got something to hide....
Includes Tasty Chocolate Trivia!
Leona's Review:
I picked up this book from the library because I have found these cozy mysteries easy and quick to read.
This is the first of the series I have read by JoAnna Carl but this was a stand alone read.
Lee McKinney Woodyard has moved to Michigan to work at her aunt's chocolate business.  She has an invitation to serve on the library board as well as the tourism bureau so goes to the library board meeting to help make her decision.
When at the meeting someone finds the body of a member of the board in the basement.
I found that some distractions such as a "crush" on the new library director and her husband's kiss with an old flame a little different touch on this type of book but it did add to the mystery of what else was happening in the book other than the murder (s).
I liked the chocolate trivia but would have liked at least some chocolate recipes. 
I think the title of the book was a little misleading.  I will have to read the other books in the series.
Even though there were some very mild sexual comments it is still a clean book. No bad language.
I will give a jump from a 3  1/2 star to a 4 star because the author knew it was a "chicken fried steak" and how to fix it.  Up North they call it " country fried steak".
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Leona Olson

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