Series: A Chocoholic mystery
Author: JoAnna Carl
Publication Information: New York, N.Y.: Published by the Penguin Group, 2014
Library of Congress Classification: PS3569.A51977
Library of Congress Subject Headings:
Woodyard, Lee McKinney (Fictitious character)–Fiction
Warner Pier (Mich. : Fictitious place)–Fiction
Lee McKinney Woodyard has been invited to become a trustee of the Warner Pier Public Library, which has a new director, Henry “Butch” Cassidy. She attends one of the meetings where, unfortunately, one of the trustees is murdered right before a meeting, Lee becomes a suspect as do the trustees.
Told in the first person, the book slowly reveals who Lee is: married (her second), the manager of TenHuis Chocolate, a specialty shop in Warner Pier, Michigan. (Chocolate trivia is given between every couple of chapters.) Her and her husband grew up in this small town, where everyone knows everyone’s business. She also twists her words when she’s nervous. As the niece-in-law of the local police chief, Lee seems to have an inside track on certain information. When someone tries to kill Lee, she is forced to deal with having police protection.
Lee ends up investigating the death and well as what’s going on in the library. One of Warner Pier’s local elite has an interest in the basement in the library. Why? Lee finds herself attracted to Butch as her husband seems more and more distant, spending time with his former high school flame.
The book is good, but the reveal of the murderer left me a bit flat. I think part of the problem is that I really do like Shelly Freydont’s murder mystery books.