When murder interrupts a Maine island wedding, two local confectioners go sifting through suspects in this mystery by the author of Dead Cat Bounce.
With their waterfront bakeshop, The Chocolate Moose, Jacobia “Jake” Tiptree and her best friend Ellie offer sweets to the salty locals of Eastport, Maine. Now they’ve been asked to bake a wedding whoopie pie for Eastport’s favorite lovebirds, Sharon Sweetwater and Andy Devine. The custom-ordered confection is about to reel in some much-needed dough for Jake and Ellie. But the celebratory air, and sweet smell of success, are ruined by foul murder.
When Sharon’s bitter ex-boyfriend Toby is poisoned with an arsenic-laced milkshake, Andy is arrested and the wedding is cancelled, whoopie pie and all. Then Sharon makes a shocking confession—one that sounds like a fishy attempt to get Andy off the hook. Now both the bride and groom are behind bars. And with the fate of The Chocolate Moose at stake, it’s up to Jake and Ellie to clear their names and make sure justice is served.
Includes an irresistible recipe!
Graves's enjoyable sequel to 2018's Death by Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake finds Jacobia "Jake" Tiptree and her amateur sleuthing partner, Ellie White, struggling to pay the bills for their waterfront bakery, the Chocolate Moose, just before the start of the summer tourist season in Eastport, Maine. Jake and Ellie have more to worry about when the body of playboy Toby Moran turns up outside the Rubber Ducky Bar & Grille late one night with a near-empty chocolate milkshake cup from their shop lying by his side. Evidently, someone poisoned Toby's shake. Suspects include two friends of Jake and Ellie: Coast Guard captain Andy Devine, who argued with Toby in the Rubber Ducky earlier that night, and Andy's fianc e, kindergarten teacher Sharon Sweetwater, an ex-girlfriend of Toby's with good reason to despise him. To clear their friends' names, Jake and Ellie set out to identify the real culprit. Lively characters, an intricate plot, and enticing descriptions of Down East Maine make this cozy a winner.)
Death by Chocolate Malted Milkshake
This book really got to me and the author has a great way of writing, I loved reading it from the very beginning and couldn’t put it down. I kept thinking who the culprit could be but remained in the dark until the last moment. If you want to read a great book then you have to read it. Just a good family type book.
The author fails in the culinary mystery category. Her prose is a mixture of cheekiness, sass, and seriousness. It’s hard to get a feel for the main character because she is so murkily defined. The ends are tied up just too squeaky clean and saccharine.
There is no quality approaching other culinary writers.