Fresh from a divorce, Lee McKinney returned to the small Michigan town of Warner Pier to help her aunt run her chocolate shop, TenHuis Chocolade. When Lee takes a $2,000 order for custom chocolates she’s ecstatic. That is until her aunt Nettie finds out the chocolates are for Clementine Ripley. Clementine is a high profile defense attorney who successfully defended a drunk driver who then went on to kill Nettie’s husband in another drunk driving accident five years ago.
Hired as a business manager Lee convinces Nettie to accept the order regardless of how she feels about the lawyer but when Clementine ends up dead by cyanide laced chocolates both Lee and Nettie start to look like murder suspects.
I’ve had almost all the books in this series sitting on my shelf for about two years. Now that I’ve come down to the wire in completing my 999 challenge by the bonus date of 9/9/09 I decided to read this and mark it off as one of my cozies and I’m so glad I did. In fact I just might round out the last 2 spots in my challenge with the next to in the series.
The Chocolate Cat Caper wasn’t your normal cozy. Lee wasn’t running around questioning people and trying to solve the murder. The story flowed naturally around several characters not just one person with a penchant for snooping. That alone made this read very enjoyable but I also liked the way Carl left us hanging with Lee’s relationship with another local boy that returned home after life in the big city. I’m looking forward to seeing how that turns out in The Chocolate Bear Burglary.