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CONFESSIONS OF A CONFECTIONER 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 coul CONFESSIONS OF A CONFECTIONER 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... INCLUDES TASTY CHOCOLATE TRIVIA!


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CONFESSIONS OF A CONFECTIONER 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 coul CONFESSIONS OF A CONFECTIONER 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... INCLUDES TASTY CHOCOLATE TRIVIA!

30 review for The Chocolate Bear Burglary

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    In this #2, we continue with character development and are introduced to Lee's ex-stepson, who manages to come to town and get in a whole heap of trouble. Lee of course is there to help. I enjoyed this entry in the series (I admit to having read ahead before reading #2, but that did not in any way deter or detract from this one; it manages to be a stand-alone read). Lee mangles her words some times; in this one as opposed to entries later in the series, she does this less, which is fine by me. I In this #2, we continue with character development and are introduced to Lee's ex-stepson, who manages to come to town and get in a whole heap of trouble. Lee of course is there to help. I enjoyed this entry in the series (I admit to having read ahead before reading #2, but that did not in any way deter or detract from this one; it manages to be a stand-alone read). Lee mangles her words some times; in this one as opposed to entries later in the series, she does this less, which is fine by me. I liked that Lee is getting a backbone about Joe. Joe has been hesitant because of circumstances in book 1 to be public with his relationship with Lee. Red Flag! But this is handled well in the book. Interesting little tidbits and author thoughts sprinkled in bits and pieces in the book. Kind of like recipes in cozy culinary stories. I did figure out 'who dun it' because there really was no other option. But it was well played. I will continue the series.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Luffy

    First, let me say I had to downsize the rating for my new system of rating books. Now that I've finished all my Chocoholic mystery books, I do look at this story with nostalgia. It's an engrossing enough story, and I've been amazed at how much Joanna Carl has extracted from this setting of Warner Pier to generate so many stories. This time though the book is a cozy mystery the murder is quite gristly. I had no chance in guessing the murderer, and I enjoyed reading the story all the more for it.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

    This is the second book in the Chocoholic Mystery series and I am still not thrilled with the author's writing style. But I have been told by a reliable source that this series does get better, so I plan to stick it out. I figured out 'whodunit' fairly early in the story. There really were no surprises. I find the main character to be a bit annoying, but was happy that the whole 'twisted tongue' thing was not as prevalent in this book as the last one. Have #3 here on my TBR shelf so will continu This is the second book in the Chocoholic Mystery series and I am still not thrilled with the author's writing style. But I have been told by a reliable source that this series does get better, so I plan to stick it out. I figured out 'whodunit' fairly early in the story. There really were no surprises. I find the main character to be a bit annoying, but was happy that the whole 'twisted tongue' thing was not as prevalent in this book as the last one. Have #3 here on my TBR shelf so will continue to read this series in the hopes that it improves soon.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Talia Colley

    I used to read paperback mystery novels all the time but have moved toward more fantasy novels as of late. But sometimes I miss a good mystery, so I ventured back into my cozy habits and picked up this second book in the Chocoholic Mystery series. Lee is a bookkeeper in her aunt's chocolate shop in Warner Pier, Michigan, and she plays amateur sleuth again when a dead body is found outside her aunt's shop by her ex-stepson who just appeared on her doorstep out of the blue. The mystery was nice an I used to read paperback mystery novels all the time but have moved toward more fantasy novels as of late. But sometimes I miss a good mystery, so I ventured back into my cozy habits and picked up this second book in the Chocoholic Mystery series. Lee is a bookkeeper in her aunt's chocolate shop in Warner Pier, Michigan, and she plays amateur sleuth again when a dead body is found outside her aunt's shop by her ex-stepson who just appeared on her doorstep out of the blue. The mystery was nice and quick, and there were author's notes added throughout about different mystery series that also feature chocolate or food. Those did add a couple more series to my TBR list. And I enjoyed the Michigan setting (in a fictional town near Holland, MI) since I just moved to Lansing last year. It was nice to recognize the geography of the cities that were mentioned. (She even mentioned Lansing once!) I'm not in a huge rush to read the next book in the series, but I'm sure I'll eventually get to reading all of these Chocoholic books.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Gale Wilkinson

    Great read. I could not put it down. Love this series. The characters are great. The plot really had me going until the end.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Brian Frauenknecht

    I loved this book. I was surprised by who the murderer turned out to be. Another great installment in the Chocoholic Mystery series. Can't wait to read the next one.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Diane Large

    You just never know what you are going to learn. In this cozy mystery I learned about antique chocolate molds. I will read more.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    Great Sequel to The Chocolate Cat Caper! I still love the characters of this tourist lake town. The mystery was a bit off- not all the logic made sense, but it was still an enjoyable read. The characters in the Hart/ VanHorn family were a fun element, and I liked the more complex relationship between Lee and her ex-husband/ex-stepson. A more immature author might fall into the cliche of having Rich and Jeff portrayed in a more negative light. Instead, they're just human people who make mistakes, Great Sequel to The Chocolate Cat Caper! I still love the characters of this tourist lake town. The mystery was a bit off- not all the logic made sense, but it was still an enjoyable read. The characters in the Hart/ VanHorn family were a fun element, and I liked the more complex relationship between Lee and her ex-husband/ex-stepson. A more immature author might fall into the cliche of having Rich and Jeff portrayed in a more negative light. Instead, they're just human people who make mistakes, but still try to do the right thing. The only thing I really didn't like was Joe's presence in the book. In Chocolate Cat, it seemed like Joe's place as a character would be smaller- him in the background or traveling as he tried to cope after his wife's death. At the end of book 1, he seems to be placing distance between him and Lee, which I thought was reasonable. Instead, he becomes a major love-interest for Lee in the sequel, and I'm not sure that was the best move. He's not a super interesting character, and the fact that Lee gets together with an old high school crush seems a bit hokey. There aren't really any scenes in these last two books to solidify a relationship between them from a reader's perspective. All they do is solve mysteries. There's not even banter when they do it! I just don't understand why he's still in the series.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Denise

    TenHuis Chocolate puts a collection of antique chocolate molds on display and is promptly burgled on the same night. Little later, the woman who organized the exhibition is found murdered outside the shop. The prime suspect, by virtue of having both disturbed the burglary in progress and later found the body, is Lee's former stepson Jeff, who unexpectedly showed up on her doorstep. To clear him of suspicion, Lee begins to look into the matter herself. Much like the first one, entertaining enough TenHuis Chocolate puts a collection of antique chocolate molds on display and is promptly burgled on the same night. Little later, the woman who organized the exhibition is found murdered outside the shop. The prime suspect, by virtue of having both disturbed the burglary in progress and later found the body, is Lee's former stepson Jeff, who unexpectedly showed up on her doorstep. To clear him of suspicion, Lee begins to look into the matter herself. Much like the first one, entertaining enough but fairly predictable. I still don't care much for the Lee/Joe romance, was kinda hoping that would fizzle out. Oh well.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kellene

    I didn't enjoy this one as much as the first in the series. Aunt Nettie is still wonderful, and Lee was a good stepmother in this book once she stopped focusing on Jeff's piercings, and we didn't spend a ton of time reading about Lee's mixing up words. But Joe annoyed me until the end of the story, and I'm extremely glad the Hart family is done in the series. The action moved quickly, but with no apparent reason until the twists were revealed. And I didn't like the way the case resolved because I didn't enjoy this one as much as the first in the series. Aunt Nettie is still wonderful, and Lee was a good stepmother in this book once she stopped focusing on Jeff's piercings, and we didn't spend a ton of time reading about Lee's mixing up words. But Joe annoyed me until the end of the story, and I'm extremely glad the Hart family is done in the series. The action moved quickly, but with no apparent reason until the twists were revealed. And I didn't like the way the case resolved because it made the majority of story pointless to me. Again, I didn't like this one especially, but I am willing to give the series another try.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Candee

    I am not a big fan of foul language in my reading, and find it unnecessary to make a story better. That didn't change with this book. I enjoyed the descriptions of the town, but overall, there book was overwrought with descriptions. I had plans of reading the entire series when I first began this book (our library system doesn't have the first in this series so I had to start with the second). I've changed my mind. However, as with all of my reviews, I suggest you form your own opinion, because I am not a big fan of foul language in my reading, and find it unnecessary to make a story better. That didn't change with this book. I enjoyed the descriptions of the town, but overall, there book was overwrought with descriptions. I had plans of reading the entire series when I first began this book (our library system doesn't have the first in this series so I had to start with the second). I've changed my mind. However, as with all of my reviews, I suggest you form your own opinion, because you might just like this book more than I do.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Holly

    This is a good cozy mysttery. Lee handles the business side of her Aunt's chocolate shop. The shop is part of a town theme of bears. One of the molds is stolen Then a lady is found deas. Lee needs to figure out what is going on to get her stepson out of jail.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lainey

    I found the appearance of the MC’s ex-stepson unnecessary. The discovery of the Chocolade’s break in and the missing chocolate mold could have been introduced in another way that didn’t clog the story with, what I found, useless characters and a subplot that went nowhere.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Brennan

    Really only read this to pass the time because it was the only book on hand and just don’t do it. The main character is annoying - the tongue twister moments were fast becoming a pet peeve for this book.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    The tongue twister thing is simply annoying. Why are we wasting space/time on something so stupid and so meaningless? It has zero bearing on anything in the plot. It doesn't establish character. It just takes up space. I'm bowing out of this series now.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    The chocolate business can be dangerous, as Lee McKinney finds out when a collection of chocolate molds leads to murder. Although this was the second in the series, I felt I could still jump into Lee's world. I'll definitely be looking out for the other books in this series!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Valerie R.

    Whimsical. Fun characters, fun plot with a little murder mystery thrown. I love Lee's occasional mangling of words and the English language.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Andi

    A fun series, mainly because of the setting in West Michigan and the chocolate store. Some very unlikely action sequences

  19. 4 out of 5

    Joy Schulz

    I hope everyone enjoys JoAnna Carl's books as much as I do. Always ready for another one

  20. 4 out of 5

    Linda Lugar

    Cozy and chocolate ~ I'm happy!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Knight

    I'm enjoying the Chocoholic mystery series.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Diane

    3 - Good

  23. 5 out of 5

    Monica Mason

    Nice to have a character that isn't always polished. Lee can trip over words and trip into trouble.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ewa

    Quite good book and easy to read, would be better if there were some animals included...

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Walters

    A slow sweet read for me. I like this series, I'm just not over the moon with it.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sharyl Smith

    Great mystery- good plot twist. Loved the facts about chocolate and its use in writing.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Moriah Venable

    With the second book of the Chocoholic series, I enjoyed some elements of it and while I didn't like others. When an antique dealer Gail is killed, and her stepson is accused of the crime, Lee has to prove his innocence. Is mainly the plot of the book but there are a lot of elements of the book that eventually ties together though not well for the reader to understand in my opinion. For the holiday, Lee and her Aunt have displayed some Teddy Bear molds while there is one that Lee does not like an With the second book of the Chocoholic series, I enjoyed some elements of it and while I didn't like others. When an antique dealer Gail is killed, and her stepson is accused of the crime, Lee has to prove his innocence. Is mainly the plot of the book but there are a lot of elements of the book that eventually ties together though not well for the reader to understand in my opinion. For the holiday, Lee and her Aunt have displayed some Teddy Bear molds while there is one that Lee does not like and wishes to wash but her aunt denies that. When the mold is stolen, Lee and her aunt are confused as to why the burglar stole that specific mold when it wasn't the most expensive of the collection. While trying to figure out who broke into the shop, the arrival of her former stepson has her wondering why he is town and what he is hiding. The reader does eventually figure out what he is doing there. Like I said earlier, the mystery and all the elements and plot lines do tie together but to me, I was a little confused. Or at least it took me sometime to understand how everything tied together. Within the first fifty pages, I knew who the killer was, but I didn't understand why the killer killed Gail. There were too many characters with odd behaviors to understand how they all fit in the story. And within the last 20 pages of the story, it had me thinking of a soap opera with the dialogue and tone. On the other hand, I wanted to read this book to find out how Lee and Joe's relationship was going, but because of the media and reporters Joe is still not out in public with his relationship with Lee, which is mainly a phone relationship. I honestly wanted Lee to date the guy running for senator, so Joe would react mainly get out of his uncertainty. By the end, Joe seems to want to make it work and be more public, so I'm interested to see what happens in the third book. And I hope the plot lines fit together better by the end.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    The second book in the chocoholic series finds Lee McKinney still living and working with her Aunt Nettie. Although she's away from her controlling ex-husband and doing well on her own, things aren't all rosy. She's seeing a guy who doesn't want to go public with their relationship because the tabloids are hounding him. Then her ex-stepson shows up under suspicious circumstances. Soon he's suspected of breaking into the chocolate shop and, soon afterward, killing an antiques dealer. Lee has to f The second book in the chocoholic series finds Lee McKinney still living and working with her Aunt Nettie. Although she's away from her controlling ex-husband and doing well on her own, things aren't all rosy. She's seeing a guy who doesn't want to go public with their relationship because the tabloids are hounding him. Then her ex-stepson shows up under suspicious circumstances. Soon he's suspected of breaking into the chocolate shop and, soon afterward, killing an antiques dealer. Lee has to figure out what really happened in order to save the scared kid. I like the main characters in this series. Lee is smart, tall and capable. Although she's a former beauty pageant contestant, she makes it clear she never won. Lee is still figuring things out after leaving her husband, but she's not leaning on a guy to do that. And I think if anyone tried calling her "Tinkerbell" she'd knock them out cold. Her habit of mixing up words when she's nervous is an interesting, but sometimes annoying, character tic. Aunt Nettie is also a strong character. She knows the ins and outs of chocolate and runs a successful business. She is also fiercely loyal and takes care of those she cares about. It's a cozy so the puzzle isn't terribly hard to figure out. But it's still fun watching Lee work the clues to get to the answer. I'll definitely keep going through this series.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

    In this title, we learn a little more about Lee's past when her ex-step-son (Jeff) shows up unexpectedly. He is acting suspicious and belligerent. There is also new "strength" to Aunt Nettie’s character, as she invites Jeff into her home and business. TenHuis teams up with the other Warner Pier businesses for a "Teddy Bear" themed winter festival. Nettie and Lee borrow some valuable antique chocolate bear molds for their promotion. Someone breaks into the chocolate shop. Jeff interrupts them, so In this title, we learn a little more about Lee's past when her ex-step-son (Jeff) shows up unexpectedly. He is acting suspicious and belligerent. There is also new "strength" to Aunt Nettie’s character, as she invites Jeff into her home and business. TenHuis teams up with the other Warner Pier businesses for a "Teddy Bear" themed winter festival. Nettie and Lee borrow some valuable antique chocolate bear molds for their promotion. Someone breaks into the chocolate shop. Jeff interrupts them, so they only get away with one of the valuable molds. Jeff, however, refuses to say why he was at the shop in the middle of the night. When Lee tries to figure out who stole that particular mold and why, she gets herself involved in a murder! Jeff is found standing over a body in front of the shop, once again, in the middle of the night. He is taken in for questioning, the town is on the look out for a suspicious car, and Lee is chased by an unidentified snowmobile. Enjoyable and quick read, with a couple red herrings and a bit of romance in the making. On to book three!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    I still plan to read the entire series but it seems to be developing some predictability which may or may not be a bad thing. Whatever the Special Chocolate is will be involved in a crime somehow. The person who is either new in town or has not been "home" in years and unexpectedly returns will either end up dead or be accused of killing someone. There is a building romance between the main character and the guy she had a crush on in High School. The pace of their romance due to both having just I still plan to read the entire series but it seems to be developing some predictability which may or may not be a bad thing. Whatever the Special Chocolate is will be involved in a crime somehow. The person who is either new in town or has not been "home" in years and unexpectedly returns will either end up dead or be accused of killing someone. There is a building romance between the main character and the guy she had a crush on in High School. The pace of their romance due to both having just come out of a bad relationship (Actually the victim in Book 1 is the ex wife of the guy, no he didn't do it) is excruciatingly slow. Either way its a good story and its fun to see who did what and why. The person suspected is usually up to something but it always seems to turn out for the good although they went about it wrong. Course I may have just spoiled it a bit by saying that but its still worth reading to find out what the person is really up to and of course whodunnit and why.

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