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When it turns out a member of Warner Pier’s library board has been living on borrowed time, Lee is determined to discover who wrote the victim’s final chapter…
Running TenHuis Chocolade keeps Lee McKinney Woodyard busy enough, but now she’s been offered two different positions in the town of Warner Pier—one on the tourism committee and another on the library board. To decide between the two, she goes to Warner Pier’s historic library to check out the board’s monthly meeting.
As usual, rumors are flying through the small town—this time, they’re about the rugged new library director, Henry “Butch” Cassidy, and the changes he allegedly plans to make. Butch is indeed attractive—but Lee doesn’t get a chance to find out about his proposed changes. A few minutes into the meeting, the discussion is interrupted by the terrified screams of the library clerk.
She has discovered the lifeless body of Abigail VanRoostock, a prim and proper retiring member of the board, crumpled in a heap at the bottom of the basement stairs. Suddenly, everyone in attendance, including Lee, is suspected in her murder. And as Lee finds out, they’ve all got something to hide…
INCLUDES TASTY CHOCOLATE TRIVIA!
Lee Woodyard, the business manager of TenHuis Chocolade, her aunt's sweet shop in Warner Pier, Mich., has an important choice to make in Carl's appealing 13th chocoholic mystery (after 2012's The Chocolate Moose Motive). Does she join the library board or the chamber of commerce's tourism committee? She's too busy to take on two new jobs. Before committing herself, Lee decides to attend the library board's next meeting, the first for the library's handsome new director, Henry "Butch" Cassidy. At the meeting, just as Butch raises the issue of Sunday hours, a scream from another part of the building interrupts the proceedings. Library clerk Betty Blake has just discovered the body of retiring board member Abigail Montgomery at the bottom of the basement stairs. Everyone on the committee becomes a suspect in Abigail's murder, as does Lee. Realistic characters, an engaging plot, and lots of local color distinguish this superior cozy.