My favorite so far in this series! Joe and Lee are married now in this book. Joe is busy at work and Lee is busy taking care of 5 house guests, 2 teenagers, 1 aunt of Joe's, and 2 of Joe's Friends. Plus she is having problems with air conditioning in the shop. There are home invasions happening and a jewel theif on the loose! This one kept me guessing until the end!
From back of book:
In her rare free time, newlywed Lee McKinney Woodyard works on TenHuis Chocolade's newest offerings, chocolate jewels. But soon the town of Warner Pier has its very own jewel heist, and then a body is found in the lake. Lee can't help but wonder if the crimes are related. Maybe if she digs up some dirt, she'll hit the mother lode.
What is worse than being married for 2 months and settling into your own home with 5 houseguests? Being robbed at gunpoint? Having a corpse show up out of the lake? Lee doesn't know whether she really lost a houseguest or whether she is going to lose her mind! Plus it is really hot and humid in Warner Pier, which helps get all the mysteries more and more heated up. This is the latest book in the series, and it is one of the best so far. Extremely well written with good character development. Highly recommend it!
There was no mention of a chocolate jewel case except in passing...mostly the story was about a dreadfully hot, humid summer in Warner Pier. Lee and Joe have 6 house guests (one stayed in his camper though) so Lee has her hands full trying to feed them all, work and have a chance of finding out how married life suit she and Joe. :) A string of burglaries from the summer cottages has the summer people pointing fingers at Joe's mother because she insured some of them. Only antiques are stolen and there is no way for Mercy (Joe's mother) to know what they had! Gina, Joe's aunt, who is hiding out from her ex-husband disappears, Pete (one of the house guests) has a gun and is posing as a bird-watcher, Brenda and Tracy, two teenagers, are trying hard not to gossip and Darrel, who lives in the camper, is shy and reclusive. Things come to a head when Joe and Lee are dining with the neighbors and robbers break in and steal the neighbors' uncle jewels. Gina is gone and the uncle's jewels are stolen and then the dead body of Gina's ex is pulled out of the lake. Things get very hectic and dangerous for all concerned. The books starts out a little slow but then takes off so fast it is hard to figure who is what and what they are doing when! Good read but tame.
This was a rather disappointing book. It seems like the author has run out of ideas, and simply threw a book together as quickly as possible. The plot was very thin, easy to figure out whodunit, and the story bounced around more than my 3 year old on a sugar high. I'm not sure I'll read any more of this series, as the quality has steadily declined since the first novel.
Chocolate jewels - theft - a body in the lake - and newlyweds. Keeps the reader going.
This is a fun series and this one is good as well. As it goes with most in this series, they are a little predictable and a little far-out at the same time, but still a fun read that I recommend.
Very good addition to her series.