Lee McKinney was considered a trophy wife because she came
from an impoverished background and married a very wealthy
Texas bachelor. She left him when the marriage went sour
and refused a financial settlement so she was more
financially impoverished than before her marriage. Her
aunt Nettie, who lives in the Michigan resort town of
Warner Pier, hires her to manage her chocolate business.
Clementine Ripley, a world famous and widely detested
defense attorney, orders a few thousand dollars in
specialty chocolates for a party she is throwing. Lee
delivers the candy to her and is a waitress at the party
when Clem dies from cyanide poison injected into one of
the chocolate candies. With her and her aunt's reputation
and freedom on the line, Lee decides to do some sleuthing
and manages to become a hostage to the killer.
Do not eat THE CHOCOLATE CAT CAPER on empty stomach. The
descriptions of the individual pieces of candy are so mouth-
watering; one will gain weight just from reading about
them. JoAnna Carl has created a delicious mystery starring
a heroine who will endear herself to the audience. This is
the beginning of what looks like a terrific new cozy series.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted February 7, 2002