‘Chocolate Cupid Killings’ a Valentine’s mystery

  Somebody is trying to turn Valentine’s Day from a lover’s holiday to a murderer’s holiday in the quaint tourist town of Warner Pier, and it’s up to the chocolate ladies to put a stop to the foolishness, before they become a bloody Valentine themselves.
  "The Chocolate Cupid Killings," the ninth installment in Joanna Carl’s Chocoholic Mysteries series, finds the ladies at TenHuis Chocolade up to their necks in chocolate hearts for Valentine’s Day. But Lee McKinney Woodyard isn’t feeling the love when a creepy detective starts snooping around her family and business.
  Private detective Derrick Valentine is looking for one of their employees — a woman Lee and her Aunt Nettie have been harboring for an underground railroad-type organization that aids abused women. But when Valentine ends up dead at the back door of the chocolate shop, Lee and Aunt Nettie become prime suspects.
  Meanwhile, Lee’s husband, Joe, Warner Pier’s part-time attorney, and Nettie’s husband, Hogan, are up to their elbows in the sudden rash of suspicious activities going on in town, all which seem to center around one of the fancy mansions in town, belonging to a certain big-time embezzler.
  As Lee begins to try to clear her and her aunt’s names, she investigates who would want to kill the private detective. When all the evidence begins to interweave with the real identity of the underground railway woman, the rich guys in town, and a certain mobster who has just gotten out of prison, the case suddenly becomes very complicated. Will Lee be able to put the clues together in time to save her family and her town from certain disaster?
  As usual, Carl brings a yummy chocolate-covered mystery to her fans, and she adds to the lusciousness with tasty tidbits of chocolate history and trivia throughout the story, making this a delicious mystery to enjoy for Valentine’s Day or anytime you feel like indulging in a sweet mystery. 
  And if you like “foodie” mysteries, check out these additional titles released in February: 
  "Butter Safe Than Sorry": A Pennsylvania Dutch Mystery by Tamar Myers (Obsidian: $14). Myer’s 17th book in this series features Mennonites, bank robberies and lots of delicious buttery recipes. 
  "Town in a Blueberry Jam": A Candy Holiday Mystery by B.B. Haywood (Berkley Prime Crime: $6.99). The first in a new series finds a blueberry farmer trying to solve the death of her hometown’s Blueberry Queen. Great blueberry recipes included. 
  "The Proof is in the Pudding": A Della Cooks Mystery by Melinda Wells (Berkley Prime Crime; $7.99). Cooking school owner and TV star Della Carmichael tries to find out who killed the food columnist in the third installment of this series. Wonderful recipes included.

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