On Flashback Fridays I will share with you the books I missed when they were first
released that have been screaming at me from my To-Be-Read bookshelf.
Thought this one would be a good one to review today. The mass market paperback edition hits bookstores November 1, 2016.
The Chocolate Falcon Fraud
15th in Series
Setting – Michigan
An Obsidian Mystery (November 3, 2015)
An Imprint of New American Library
Published by Penguin Ransom House
Hardcover: 240 pages
E-Book ASIN: B00SI025Y8
Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Berkley (November 1, 2016)
From the national bestselling author of The Chocolate Clown Corpse, it’s murder, my sweet, for a chocolatier whose love of old crime films plunges her into a real-life murder in which the motives aren’t so black-and-white.
The Warner Pier tourism board is kicking off its Tough Guys and Private Eyes film festival with The Maltese Falcon, and Lee Woodyard and her aunt Nettie are preparing a delicious chocolat noir tie-in at TenHuis Chocolade. What Lee isn’t prepared for is a face from the past: Jeff Godfrey, her former stepson. The last time Jeff showed up in town, he wound up being accused of murder. He says he’s in Warner Pier only to see Bogart on the big screen. Honest.
Then Jeff goes missing, the Falcon theme is haunting everyone, and a body falls at Lee’s feet when she opens the front door—just like in the movie. Now Lee is under deadline to rewrite the ending of a cunning killer’s increasingly convincing murder plot….
Includes Tasty Chocolate Trivia!
Movies and chocolate always go good together. The Tough Guys and Private Eyes film festival featuring The Maltese Falcon is getting reading to start in Warner Pier and Lee’s stepson (former) surprises her by showing up for the festivities. But when he fails to show up for a family dinner and she can’t find him anywhere she gets worried. Then just like in The Maltese Falcon Lee has a late night visitor who just happens to drop dead at her feet as she she opens the door. Thankfully not her stepson, but things start to be curious as more and more things play out just like the movie. Lee and husband Joe, Aunt Nettie and her husband Police Chief Hogan Jones have their hands full this time.
I love this series, they are fun, fast reads. Lee always goes the extra mile and usually ends up in the wrong place and the wrong time. There is always a catchy theme in addition to the chocolate as if chocolate isn’t enough to reel me in.
This time the Maltese Falcon theme/movie festival sounds like a good time. When real life in Warner Pier starts to mimic the film things get even more interesting. I haven’t watched the movie in years. This story makes me want to find that DVD for my own mini film festival.
This long running series continues because of the author is a master storyteller. She blends great plots, fantastic characters along with plenty of humor. They are light and entertaining and a perfect pick me up. They are concise and fast paced. Through each one we get to know the main characters better and each installment quickly becomes my favorite.
Oh and then there is the chocolate. The chocolate trivia this time is all about fudge and includes some arm numbing recipes along with a quick easy one my family usually whips up during the holidays, but really any day can become a holiday if you have fudge and chocolate 🙂
To find out more about JoAnna Carl visit her webpage here.
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