From the bestselling author of the Home Repair is Homicide novels comes the latest in this “sharp, smart, and witty” (Crimespree) series set in a charming, real-life Maine fishing village, where chocolate-themed recipes, appealing characters, and an unpredictable mystery make the perfect mix for fans of Joanne Fluke, Leslie Meier, and Diane Mott Davidson.
Jake and Ellie are taking a break from perfecting their chocolate pizza recipe to cater a housewarming party hosted by movie icon Ingrid Merryfield. Miss Merryfield is famous for her old-Hollywood glamour. Her new home, Cliff House, has a reputation too—for being haunted. Some of her guests even try to summon a spirit during the party, using a Ouija board. What arrives instead is a freak autumn storm that downs an ancient tree, trapping everyone on the property and setting the stage for a killer’s planned spree . . .
Though Jake and Ellie don’t intend to get stirred into the mix, there’s no avoiding it—especially when they witness a guest being shoved over the very precipice that gave Cliff House its forbidding name. As they sift through suspects and motives, their search takes them from a
long-lost family graveyard to an herbalist’s deceptively sweet cottage and finally to Cliff House’s overgrown gardens. Is there some ghostly presence involved—or a flesh-and-blood villain? Either way, can they avoid meeting their very own, very permanent Hollywood ending?
Praise for the Death by Chocolate Mysteries
“A treat for aficionados of shopkeeper-sleuth cozies." —Kirkus Reviews
“Entertaining. . . . Cozy fans are sure to have fun.” —Publishers Weekly
Includes a Recipe!
The departure of summer tourists from Eastport, Maine, has brought the Chocolate Moose bakery's business to a standstill in Graves's appealing fifth Death by Chocolate mystery (after 2021's Death by Snickerdoodle). Tired of fretting about the costs of keeping the bakery open during the winter, Jacobia "Jake" Tiptree and her business partner, Ellie White, think they might be hallucinating when a limousine pulls up outside their store. Even more surprising is the passenger inside: film legend Ingrid Merryfield, long gone from the silver screen. Even more surprising is the news that Ingrid, a long-ago resident of Eastport, has purchased the Cliff House of evil repute and plans to reside there. For her first party, Ingrid wants Jake and Ellie to provide the desserts. When a storm traps partygoers at the Cliff House, Jake and Ellie are going to need all their snooping skills to save the day—and themselves—as the body count rises faster than yeasty dough. Despite an overly convoluted plot, this cozy, with its down-to-earth heroines and wry observations about life in Maine, makes for delicious reading. And who can resist a mouthwatering recipe for chocolate pizza?
Death by Chocolate Chip Cupcake
Sarah Graves’ mysteries - there are different series - are all fabulous, from start to finish. Intricate stories …. Revisiting wonderful characters and beautifully describing life in Maine once I start one I can’t put it down!