After giving up her career as a Texas trophy wife, 28-year-old Lee McKinney finds herself in a Michigan resort town, keeping the books for her Aunt Nettie’s luxury chocolate business. But she soon finds that her new life isn’t all truffles and bonbons… Clementine Ripley, the defense attorney everyone loves to hate, is throwing a party that calls for several thousand dollars worth of custom chocolates - some made in the image of her champion cat. Lee jumps at the job, but sweet success takes a bitter turn when someone adds and extra ingredient - cyanide - to one of their delicious chocolates and it finds its way into Ms. Ripley’s mouth. Now it’s up to Lee to figure out who tampered with Aunt Nettie’s recipe before they find themselves behind not-so-chocolate bars.
This enchanting whodunit from author Joanna Carl, first in her scrumptious Chocoaholic Mystery series, follows plucky protagonist Lee McKinney as she dives into the chocolate business, but soon finds herself in more trouble than she could ever have imagined when someone sneaks a deadly extra ingredient into a special order...with disastrous results. McKinney has no choice but to track down the culprit if she wants to save her business - and her own skin!
Skilled voice actor Teresa DeBerry performs The Chocolate Cat Caper, her rich drawl deftly accentuating the tension in this thrilling mystery.
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Good story, shame about the narrator
The only thing I would change about this book is the narrator whose phrasing and intonation were completely out of synch with the text she was reading. Frankly, it spoiled my enjoyment of what was a good story.
I enjoyed the building of the characters and the description of the chocolates made me hungry! The whole reminded me of some of Janet Evanovich's books - and this is a compliment because I am a huge fan of hers!
Change the narrator! This book would have been so much more enjoyable if read by Lorelei King, for example, who delivers dialog exactly as it should be, with the emphasis and intonation in all the right places.
I have all the Chocolate series on my Audible "wishlist", but I am really not inclined to buy the audio book versions until the narrator is changed. I would rather buy the physical or electronic version so I can concentrate more on enjoying the story and less on the discomfort of the delivery.