When Lee hires a free-spirited employee with a tie-dyed, troubled past, she discovers that even the counterculture can conceal a killer....
As much as the chocolate concoctions at TenHuis Chocolade can tantalize people’s tongues, Lee’s newest hire is more likely to make them wag. Forsythia “Sissy” Smith is the granddaughter of Warner Pier’s resident hippie, but the fact that Sissy is a third-generation flower child is the least of Lee’s concerns. The previous winter, Sissy’s husband, Buzz, was found dead, and even though her alibi was airtight, the gossips are still pointing their fingers at her.
Then the chief gossip is found dead, with Sissy on the scene. Was she lured there? Or is she the killer? Lee has a sneaking suspicion that someone is out to keep a dark secret from coming to light. And they would have no problem killing a certain clever chocolatier who might uncover the truth....
With Tasty Chocolate Trivia!
In Carl's satisfying 12th cozy featuring Lee McKinney Woodyard (after 2011's The Chocolate Castle Clue), the chocolate shop proprietor stirs up bad blood in Warner Pier, Mich., by taking on a controversial new employee, Forsythia "Sissy" Smith. Townsfolk disapprove of Sissy's unconventional upbringing by her hippie grandmother and suspect she may be responsible for her husband Buzz's murder. Lee, however, sympathizes with the young woman who's vying against her former father-in-law for custody of her son, Johnny and hires Sissy to work at her shop, TenHuis Chocolade. After a second murder casts further suspicion on Sissy, Lee becomes even more involved in helping her friend, enlisting the help of such lively characters as her lawyer husband, Joe, and her Aunt Nettie to find the real killer. A recipe for Gran's Fudge rounds out the volume.