The Chocolate Bear Burglary (Chocoholic Mystery Series #2)

The Chocolate Bear Burglary (Chocoholic Mystery Series #2)

by JoAnna Carl

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After leaving her bad-news husband back in Texas, Lee McKinney moved up north to a quaint resort town. Now she keeps the books for her aunt’s luxury-chocolate shop. But Lee soon finds that Michigan winters can be murder....


Lee and Aunt Nettie can’t believe their luck. A teddy bear promotion will have tourists flocking to Warner Pier, which could mean skyrocketing sales for TenHuis Chocolade. To help decorate the scrumptious store, their friend Gail, an antique dealer, lends them a collection of valuable chocolate molds. But after a burglary at the shop, Gail meets with a grisly fate—and the main suspect in her murder is Lee’s troubled teenage stepson. Lee sets out to clear his name, but awakening long-hibernating family secrets might be more than this daring crime solver can bear…




Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451207470
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/28/2002
Series: Chocoholic Mystery Series , #2
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 469,873
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.70(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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The Chocolate Bear Burglary (Chocoholic Series #2) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
After divorcing her husband and leaving her Texas hometown, Lee McKinney moves to Warner Pier, Michigan where she begins to make a new life for herself. She moves into her Aunt Nettie¿s home because the prices for real estate in Michigan are sky high and serves as the business manager for her aunt¿s TenHuis Chocolade store. The merchants in the business district are doing a teddy bear winter promotion to attract tourists and TenHuis Chocolade exhibits very valuable antique molds.

In the middle of all the festivity and commotion, Lee¿s former stepson Jeff arrives in town, refusing to tell her why he¿s there. She puts the troubled youth to work at her aunt¿s store and he becomes a hero when he foils a robbery that insures the molds are returned to Gail, the antique dealer who lent them to the store in the first place. The next thing anyone knows is Gail is dead and her stepson is in jail on suspicion of murder. Lee is determined to prove his innocence and sets herself up as a target for a killer without mercy.

Do not read THE CHOCOLATE BEAR BURGLARY on an empty stomach because the luscious, mouth-watering erotic descriptions of exotic chocolate will have you running out to buy gourmet sweets. JoAnna Carl¿s amateur sleuth tale is a delectable treat starring a heroine impossible to dislike. This woman gets the job done, whether its selling chocolate or solving the case as she follows up every clue and lead.

Harriet Klausner

cyderry on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lee McKinney lives with her Aunt Nettie and helps her with the management of the family chocolate making/business. The winter promotional theme was teddy bears so they decorated the shop with some borrowed old teddy bear chocolate molds which turned out to be quite valuable as well as dangerous. Lee's undercover romance with Joe hits a few snags but they work together to clear her ex-stepson who dropped in out of nowhere of the murder of the antique dealer who loaned them the molds.A nice little cozy mystery with yummy sounding chocolates at the center of the controversy.
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Lee's step-son comes for a visit during a winter festival. When he finds himself accused of a string of robberies that end in murder, Lee has to step in to clear him. Another delicious romp with a resort town full of murder.
reader87PA More than 1 year ago
Fun to read, watch out for the bears
libra1018 More than 1 year ago
All the books in this series are interesting. Getting a chocolate history along with good read
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