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The Chocolate Bunny Brouhaha
Chocoholic Mystery #16
JoAnna Carl

Berkley Prime Crime
November 1, 2016/ ISBN 978-0-451-47382-0
Mystery/Cozy/Amateur Sleuth

Reviewed by Laura Hinds


JoAnna Carl’s sixteenth Chocoholic Mystery takes the heart of the action right back to TenHuis Chocolade, where they have a new employee by the name of Bunny Birdsong. Lee Woodyard and her Aunt Nettie hired Bunny as a favor to Lee’s husband, Joe, who was Bunny’s lawyer. Bunny had not had many breaks in life, and was now in the process of a divorce from Beau Birdsong, who had taken up with another woman and thrown Bunny out.

Poor Bunny is awfully clumsy, but just as Lee is about to fire her, she discovers that Bunny has some mad computer skills, and they really need some help with the company’s website and online ordering system. So Bunny stays on despite her clumsiness and her paranoia that someone is out to get her. Then, Beau, his girlfriend Anya Hartley, and Beau’s Aunt Abagail show up at the shop and chaos ensues.

Aunt Abagail’s murdered body is found in the building, which is under renovation to expand TenHuis Chocolade, and Bunny Birdsong becomes the chief suspect. Especially because the wealthy dead woman had announced she was changing her will to leave everything to Bunny.

Lee has solved plenty of murder cases in her time in Warner Pier, Michigan, and she’s ready to clear Bunny’s name. It is Easter season and she’s certain that Bunny is as innocent as a lamb. As she sets out to question possible witnesses, Lee discovers there may be more suspects hopping around than a herd of rabbits. She’s got lots of preparation to do at the shop, so she needs to solve this case as fast as she can.

It’s always a treat to visit Lee and company in Warner Pier. This is a long lived series and I hope it will go on and on. The books are a quick read, and this one is no exception at 227 pages. There’s plenty of action to keep you interested, and it is easy to keep track of who is who and what’s what while following the twists and turns to find out who the killer is before he strikes again.

There are pages on“Who’s Who in Chocolate” scatted throughout the book, and they provide some interesting historical information. At the back of the book I was surprised to find a recipe for potato soup! With no chocolate in it!

Reviewed 2016