As Easter season approaches, what better time than now to settle down with The Chocolate Bunny Brouhaha! I’ve read many of JoAnna Carl’s charming cozy mysteries and this is one of my favorites.
Business is booming at TenHuis Chocolade. Lee Woodyard and her Aunt Nettie certainly have their hands full filling orders for the holiday season. With things in full swing, Lee brings on Bunny Birdsong based on her hubby’s recommendation, to help make bonbons and truffles (oh, if “I” could only have that job!). Sadly, poor Bunny turns out to be a bit of a klutz and can’t cut it when it comes to making chocolate. Even worse, she seems delusional at times with ideas of folks following her and she just can’t seem to get it together since her split with local artist Beau Birdsong.
Yeah, Beau Birdsong doesn’t shine too well in this story. Controlling, manipulative and abusive – you just want to drop Beau in a huge vat of chocolate, roll him in nuts, wrap him in foil and ship him out of the country. But Beau also happens to be the apple of his Aunt Abagail’s eye. Through the years, she’s kept him under her thumb by supporting him financially as an artist and plans on leaving him a mighty good inheritance when she permanently drifts off to that white chocolate cloud in the sky. But dear Abby gets wind of Beau dumping Bunny to take up with some hussy and her brother. Not amused, Aunt Abagail tells Beau if he doesn’t make things right with Bunny, she’s cutting him out of her will and leaving it all to Bunny.
Well you know it, I know it – somebody gets whacked. Their lifeless body is found in the vacant store next door. But the killer has someone else in their sights and things just keep going downhill. Suddenly just about everyone in town gets sucked into the murder mystery – but no one can figure out the real motive and who’s behind this twisted little tale. Poor Bunny is sitting smack in the middle of the mess, and it’s up to Lee and Aunt Nettie to help find the killer before he or she strikes again.
The Chocolate Bunny Brouhaha is a fun and easy read, and there’s no lack of suspects when it comes to trying to solve this one yourself! Grab some bonbons or your favorite truffles and dive into the world of a quaint chocolatier, as Lee tries to bring the killer down without being taken out first!
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