Death by Chocolate Frosted Doughnut
by Graves, Sarah






Discovering the murdered body of a celebrity foodie in their new waterfront bakery, owners Jake and Ellie investigate the victim's numerous enemies to clear Jake's name of suspicion. By the author of the Home Repair is Homicide series.





Sarah Graves lives in Eastport, Maine, in a 200-year-old house much like Jake Tiptree&;s. After 20 years of home repair &; and yes, it really does make you think about murder! &; she has handed in her toolbox and returned to her first love: chocolate. When she&;s not cooking or baking something delectable, or writing about it, she tends a huge garden or shovels snow, depending upon the season.





Jacobia Jake Tiptree, co-owner of the Chocolate Moose, Eastport, Maine's chocolate-themed bakery, has a loud, public argument with obnoxious podcaster Henry Hadlyme. When Hadlyme is found murdered in the bakery's basement, skewered with Jake's husband's cutlass (and with their grandson's stuffed parrot attached to Hadlyme's shoulder), Jake naturally becomes the chief suspect. Fearing her imminent arrest, Jake, along with good friend Ellie White, begins to investigate. Although the state-police detective seems to believe in Jake's innocence, Jake doesn't trust her. A long-ago suicide may be connected to the murder and must be looked into as well. Then, after the town is attacked, shelled by persons unknown from a sailboat docked in the harbor, Jake and Ellie have something else to investigate. The over-the-top, largely unbelievable main plot gets in the way, but there are plenty of appeal elements to compensate: the ever-sympathetic main characters, the close relationships Jake has with her multigenerational family, the beautifully described coastal Maine setting, and the baking frame. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.





Jacobia Jake Tiptree, co-owner of the Chocolate Moose, Eastport, Maine's chocolate-themed bakery, has a loud, public argument with obnoxious podcaster Henry Hadlyme. When Hadlyme is found murdered in the bakery's basement, skewered with Jake's husband's cutlass (and with their grandson's stuffed parrot attached to Hadlyme's shoulder), Jake naturally becomes the chief suspect. Fearing her imminent arrest, Jake, along with good friend Ellie White, begins to investigate. Although the state-police detective seems to believe in Jake's innocence, Jake doesn't trust her. A long-ago suicide may be connected to the murder and must be looked into as well. Then, after the town is attacked, shelled by persons unknown from a sailboat docked in the harbor, Jake and Ellie have something else to investigate. The over-the-top, largely unbelievable main plot gets in the way, but there are plenty of appeal elements to compensate: the ever-sympathetic main characters, the close relationships Jake has with her multigenerational family, the beautifully described coastal Maine setting, and the baking frame. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.





Notch another corpse for Jacobia "Jake" Tiptree (Death by Chocolate Malted Milkshake, 2019, etc.). After slowly working its way out of the red, Jake's sweet shop is now one of the linchpins of the revitalized business district of Eastport, Maine. But she and her partner, Ellie White, are less than thrilled when Henry Hadlyme, star of the food tourism show Eat This! offers to include The Chocolate Moose on his podcast Eating on the Edge! which highlights off-the-beaten-track purveyors of New England fare. Hadlyme seems a little slimy to Jake and Ellie, and his interest in their treats seems less than sincere. But when he calls Jake "missy," that's it; the two chocolateers boot him out of their shop. He comes back with a vengeance—or at least, his corpse does. It turns up in the basement of the Moose with a stuffed parrot pinned to its shoulder and a cutlass jabbed through its chest in a gruesome nod to the ongoing Eastport Pirate Festival. Jake would love to present police chief Bob Arnold with a convenient alternative to charging her with Hadlyme's murder. And there' s no dearth of suspects: A surreptitious trip to the Eat This! production trailer lets Jake know that pretty much everyone involved with the show hated Hadlyme. But finding out exactly who croaked the curmudgeon—and offering the chief some proof—proves to be a challenge to Jake's and Ellie's ingenuity, health, and welfare. A treat for aficionados of shopkeeper-sleuth cozies. Copyright Kirkus 2019 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.






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