Monday, November 9, 2015

The Chocolate Clown Corpse by JoAnna Carl

I do love chocolate, but then you know that. Dark chocolate and me, we go way back. Clowns? Not so much; not even chocolate clowns. Of course, seeing the title of the latest installment in the Chocoholic Mystery series by JoAnna Carl, The Chocolate Clown Corpse, I was suddenly interested in chocolate clowns.

From the back of the book:

Revenge is sweet for a killer on the loose—and it all started with the murder of Warner Pier’s most hated clown....

Everyone who knew the bozo wanted him dead. Odd, then, that a complete stranger was accused of bursting Moe Davidson’s balloons. But it’s been a month since the miserable shop owner of Clowning Around was killed, and everybody’s moving on, including Lee Woodyard. Her chocolate shop, TenHuis Chocolade, is next door to Moe’s shuttered tourist trap, and it’s giving her delicious ideas to expand. But over whose dead body?

Moe’s widow, Emma, and her two stepchildren list the property for sale, but when Lee tours the building, she finds Emma unconscious. Now Lee wonders whether Moe’s real killer is still at large and is taking care of unfinished business. Unfortunately, since the town is celebrating Clown Week, there are so many potential suspects in grease paint and floppy shoes it’s not even funny.

For Lee, protecting Emma, freeing an innocent man, and rolling out hundreds of her clown-themed chocolates is a pretty tall order. But so is staying alive long enough to find out which one of her neighbors is a killer in disguise.

My thoughts:

This was such a fun cozy to read! While it is part fourteen, it was my first time meeting/reading Lee. She was so much fun and so tenacious. She has a spirit that I admire. I also really enjoyed Joe. I would like to spend more time getting to know everyone, so I will have to go back and play catch up. 

I was able to figure the mystery in this one out, which is always fun, and makes for an exciting reveal. I also really loved all of the chocolate trivia since chocolate is one of my favorite things. If you are looking for a mystery with a sense of humor, I think you will enjoy The Chocolate Clown Corpse.

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