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The Chocolate Jewel Case: A Chocoholic Mystery

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Praise for the Chocoholic Mysteries
The Chocolate Bridal Bash
 
“Entertaining and stylish.... Reading this on an empty stomach is hazardous to the waistline because the chocolate descriptions are . . . sensuously enticing. Lee is very likable without being too sweet.”

Midwest Book Review
 
“The sixth delicious mix of chocolate and crime.”
—Writerspace
 
“JoAnna Carl’s books are delicious
treats, from the characters to the snippets of chocolate trivia . . . fantastic characters who have come to feel like good friends.
The Chocolate Bridal Bash
stands alone, but once you’ve read it, you’ll be craving the other books in this series.”
—Roundtable Reviews
 
The Chocolate Mouse Trap
 
“A fine tale.”

Midwest Book Review
 
“I’ve been a huge fan of the Chocoholic Mystery series
from the start. I adore the mix of romance, mystery, and trivia . . . satisfying.”
—Roundtable Reviews
 
The Chocolate Puppy Puzzle
 
“The pacing is perfect for the small-town setting, and the various secondary characters add variety and interest. Readers may find themselves craving chocolate, yearning to make their own.... An interesting mystery, fun characters, and, of course, chocolate
make this a fun read for fans of mysteries and chocolates alike.”
—The Romance Readers Connection
 
The Chocolate Frog Frame-Up
 
“A JoAnna Carl mystery will be a winner. The trivia and vivid descriptions of the luscious confections are enough to make you hunger for more!”
—Roundtable Reviews
 
“A fast-paced, light read, full of chocolate facts and delectable treats. Lee is an endearing
heroine.... Readers will enjoy the time they spend with Lee and Joe in Warner Pier, and will look forward to returning for more murder dipped in chocolate.”
—The Mystery Reader
 
The Chocolate Bear Burglary
 
Descriptions of exotic chocolate will have you running out to buy gourmet sweets.... A delectable treat.”
—The Best Reviews
 
The Chocolate Cat Caper
 
“A mouthwatering debut and
a delicious new series! Feisty young heroine Lee McKinney is a delight in this chocolate treat. A real page-turner, and I got chocolate on every one! I can’t wait for the next.”
—Tamar Myers
 
“As delectable as a rich chocolate truffle, and the mystery filling satisfies to the last prized morsel. Lee McKinney sells chocolates and solves crimes with panache and good humor. More, please. And
I’ll take one of those dark chocolate oval bonbons. . . .”
—Carolyn Hart
 
“One will gain weight just from reading [this].... Delicious . . . the beginning of what looks like a terrific new cozy series.”

Midwest Book Review
 
“Enjoyable . . . entertaining . . . a fast-paced whodunit with lots of suspects and plenty of surprises . . . satisfies a passion for anything chocolate. In the fine
tradition of Diane Mott Davidson.”

The Commercial Record
(MI)
Also by JoAnna Carl
The Chocolate Cat Caper
The Chocolate Bear Burglary
The Chocolate Frog Frame-Up
The Chocolate Puppy Puzzle
The Chocolate Mouse Trap
The Chocolate Bridal Bash
 
Crime de Cocoa
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For Janet McGee,
without whom I can’t cook anything,
sew anything, or watch a bird.
Acknowledgments
With thanks to friends, relatives, and complete strangers who generously helped me as I tried to get it right. They include Elizabeth Garber and Betsy Peters, who provided information on chocolate; Tracy
Paquin, Susan McDermott, and Dick Trull, Michiganders who answered questions about their native state; Dwight Sto-dola, Helen Jones, and Alice Mayer, who helped me learn about antique jewelry; Jeff Smith, who gave me tips on property insurance; Kim Kimbrell, who described the process of remodeling; Louisa Halfaker, who suggested stealing antiques; and Jim Avance, a font of knowledge on law enforcement.
Chapter 1
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ust when I finally found fifteen minutes for myself, the dead man came to the door.
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