The Chocolate Castle Clue (Chocoholic Mystery Series #11)

The Chocolate Castle Clue (Chocoholic Mystery Series #11)

by JoAnna Carl

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After Lee McKinney goes rummaging in a locked file cabinet, a forty-five-year-old cold case starts to heat up the town of Warner Pier.
When Lee discovers a dusty trophy hidden away inside TenHuis Chocolade, she is eager to share it with her aunt Nettie. The timing couldn’t be better—Nettie is hosting a reunion for her old high school singing group, the Pier-O-Ettes.

Unfortunately, the trophy brings back terrible memories of the night of the group’s trophy-winning performance at the Castle Ballroom. The ballroom’s owner was found shot to death. The insurance company called it suicide; his wife insisted it must have been an accident; the town whispered, Murder. Now Lee has a mystery to solve.

Before she can take aim at the events of the past, someone turns up murdered in the here and now. Lee needs to keep her eye on the prize and hope the trophy will be the clue to finding the killer—before she ends up as a target herself….

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451237095
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/02/2012
Series: Chocoholic Mystery Series , #11
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 755,753
Product dimensions: 4.00(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

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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“This book is a real winner… [Carl] is a truly gifted mystery writer. One warning though: If you like chocolate at all, have a stash ready for when you read this book! Otherwise, you’ll have to put this page-turner down long enough to run to the store when the chocolate cravings hit!”—

“An entertaining whodunit.”—The Mystery Gazette

“It has everything a cozy should: cute mysteries, fun themes, likeable characters and an interesting setting. If you are a chocoholic or fans of cozies, then you might want to try The Chocolate Castle Clue. It’s a fun way to spend a few hours!”—Booking Mama (

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Chocolate Castle Clue 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
This series features Lee McKinney Woodyard, her Aunt Nettie, and TenHuis Chocolade. Lee manages the store for Nettie. In this edition Lee finds an old trophy while cleaning out their storage garage. She can't wait to share it with her Aunt. She found it at the perfect time since Nettie was hosting a reunion for her old high school singing group, The Pier-O-Ettes, the group that won the trophy. But the trophy didn't get the reaction Lee had expected. It seems to have brought back some terrible memories. The trophy was won at the old Castle Ballroom on the very same night that the ballroom owner was found shot to death. It was ruled a suicide but his wife didn't believe that and neither did several other people. There were always questions about what really happened that night. The reunion and the trophy brought the whole event back to the forefront. Just how much does Aunt Nettie know? Before Lee can even wrap her head around what may have happened in the past someone turns up murdered in the present. Are these events connected? Well you know Lee is going to find out and put herself right in the middle of the sticky mess. My Thoughts This series is one of the first that made me fall in love with cozy mysteries. Set in a chocolate shoppe, full of tasty goodies, how could you go wrong? The author is an expert at writing this genre. We fall more for the main characters with every installment and they just continue to put themselves in harms way. We keep turning the pages to make sure everyone is safe and settled by the final word. This story had a lot of additional characters due to the Pier-O-Ettes reunion and they added even more drama to quaint town of Warner Pier. It was a very entertaining story. A delectable treat for the mind. The chocolate treats I consumed while reading it were an absolute must. I am proud to say I am a Chocoholic and these stories feed my craving perfectly. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Obsidian. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
wearylibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After reading Carl's last book, I was afraid that the series had 'jumped the shark." I was very pleased to discover this book is Carl at her best!It is time for Aunt Nettie's high school reunion and her best friends are visiting. The 'girls' used to work at The Castle whose owner died of a mysterious gunshot would 45 years ago. Now his wife has been murdered and Aunt Nettie asks her niece to find out where 'the girls' were during the football game they attended. They say they were all together during the game but Nettie knows better.
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Lee Woodyard finds herself in another case when a reunion of her aunt's old high school singing group leads to a murder. As always, I love these characters and the plot moves forward very quickly. The definition of a light but fun mystery.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read all previous books in this series and have enjoyed them all. This book, however, while still enjoyable, was totally predictable. The clues were obvious and I had the killer identified half-way through the book. Only the details of motive weren't revealed until the end. There are two more books in the series and I intend to read both. Hopefully their plots will go back to the quality of earlier books.
Michelle1948 More than 1 year ago
I have read all in this series and they are a good cozy, easy read. Lee, who is the main character, gets involved in a mystery that involves her aunt's high school reunion. There is a musical group, reunited friends, and a suicide that happened forty years previously as the main focus. There is some good action in the story. No gore but some chase scenes that get a little scary. But overall the focus is on the past. Its a good light book to read inbetween some darker mystery plots that are out there now. I recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was an enjoyable airplane book. Light and easy read, nice book for an quick escape.
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Julie Hensley More than 1 year ago
It is like visiting old friends whenver I read this series. Great chocolate trivia and plot lines make a great read! I ABSOLUTELY Recommend this series!
Nancy Carlson More than 1 year ago
Love those funny mysteries
Avid-ReaderAG More than 1 year ago
Lee got her killer after a bit of nosing around, but an enjoyable read. I think these authors have a basic outline and just plug in some new words to make it interesting. Frankly, I am tired of the "sleuth" getting herself/himself into a predicament and the police are there to make the arrest.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Warner Pier, Michigan, TenHuis Chocolade is owned by Aunt Nettie, but run by her Texas niece Lee Woodyard. After delaying for months cleaning out the storage room, Lee begins the task finding stuff that are four decades old including a trophy and related paraphernalia form over forty years ago when the singing group Pier-O-Ettes won a contest at Castle Ballroom; Aunt Nettie and five other young girls made up the group. The singing group is having a reunion and everyone associated with the sextet is elated except elderly angry Mrs. Rice, the wife of the late Daniel, owner of the long demolished Castle Ballroom. Mrs. Rice tells Lee and her husband Joe that her aunt is a slut just like the other singers and this time they will get what they deserved over forty years ago when Rice died from a gunshot to the heart. When someone murders Mrs. Rice, Lee becomes the next target as she learns the Pier-O-Ettes were tied to the death four decades ago, but the secrets of how and why remain concealed. The latest Chocoholic cozy (see The Chocolate Pilot Plot) is an entertaining whodunit as Lee is caught at the angle of a death forty plus years ago and a murder today. The exciting story line includes chocolate trivia, but it is the two deaths of the Rice couple four decades apart that make for an enjoyable amateur sleuth as Lee learns reunions can prove deadly. Harriet Klausner