The Chocolate Snowman Murders
by JoAnna Carl

Obsidian, 2008. ISBN 978-0-451-22506-1.
Reviewed by Judith Helburn
Posted on 09/26/2008

Fiction: Mystery

Carl's book is a good read for a lazy afternoon, an airline flight or a cozy evening before the fire. It includes a bonus of chocolate trivia which even chocoholics may not know. I didn't.

Lee McKinney Woodyard finds herself once again serving up an entrée of mystery with a dessert of chocolate. Throughout the story, Lee offers various chocolate treats to those she encounters. Her descriptions made me long for some fine dark chocolate.

Carl is an experienced writer who draws the reader quickly into a small town drama and introduces us to characters who might be familiar to all of us. We know there will be trouble as soon as the cast is known. In this case, The Warner Pier Winter Arts Festival is just days away. The judge of the art show has backed out and the substitute flown in at the last minute is far from satisfactory. Lee and her husband, Joe, are suspects in the shenanigans that follow. The writing contains just enough humor to cause a smile or a laugh every once in a while.

JoAnna Carl is the pseudonym for a multipublished myster writer. She spent 25 years in the newspaper business and holds a degree in journalism for the university of Oklahoma. She summers in Michigan. Visit her website.

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