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The Chocolate Frog Frame-Up    by Joanna Carl order for
Chocolate Frog Frame-Up
by Joanna Carl
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Signet, 2003 (2003)
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* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

The Chocolate Frog Frame-Up is the third in Joanna Carl's chocolate laden series. This particular one was published in 2003, but I found to my delight that I had not read it. Lee McKinney came to Warner's Pier on Lake Michigan to escape an unhappy marriage and to help her Aunt Nettie run TenHuis Chocolade, a chocolate shop of renown. Lee found a new home with her aunt while keeping the books for the shop.

Love and chocolate go together as do Lee and her new friend Joe Woodyard. Not sure if something long-lasting is in the wind, neither Joe nor Lee wants to get stung again by a bad relationship. That status quo is challenged when Joe comes under suspicion for the murder of the town nuisance Herschel Perkins. From that moment on, the action never ceases, with one emergency after another. The specter of death follows the couple on a romantic ride on the lake, on the highway, and at a deserted house on the lakeshore.

I like the characters Carl has created, and also the chocolate facts she has researched. I must admit I never gave much thought to the pieces of chocolate I from time to time pop into my mouth. Knowing the history makes the treat more special.

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