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For the Fourth of July, Lee McKinney and her aunt debut their latest confections-chocolate frogs-at TenHuis Chocolade. The first customer to buy a croaker is the town crank. But when he later disappears and police suspect foul play, it's a chocolate clue that leads Lee to the killer. For the Fourth of July, Lee McKinney and her aunt debut their latest confections-chocolate frogs-at TenHuis Chocolade. The first customer to buy a croaker is the town crank. But when he later disappears and police suspect foul play, it's a chocolate clue that leads Lee to the killer.


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For the Fourth of July, Lee McKinney and her aunt debut their latest confections-chocolate frogs-at TenHuis Chocolade. The first customer to buy a croaker is the town crank. But when he later disappears and police suspect foul play, it's a chocolate clue that leads Lee to the killer. For the Fourth of July, Lee McKinney and her aunt debut their latest confections-chocolate frogs-at TenHuis Chocolade. The first customer to buy a croaker is the town crank. But when he later disappears and police suspect foul play, it's a chocolate clue that leads Lee to the killer.

30 review for The Chocolate Frog Frame-Up

  1. 4 out of 5

    Natasha

    I am only just starting this book and it's awful. I am one of those people who can't stop reading something once they've started, so unfortunately, I'm trapped. I keep hearing my elementary school teacher's voice in my head lecturing me on the importance of showing and not telling when writing stories. Why didn't Joanna Carl listen to her teachers? Way too much telling and no showing. The original reason I decided to read this book was to try something lighthearted and unfortunately, because it is I am only just starting this book and it's awful. I am one of those people who can't stop reading something once they've started, so unfortunately, I'm trapped. I keep hearing my elementary school teacher's voice in my head lecturing me on the importance of showing and not telling when writing stories. Why didn't Joanna Carl listen to her teachers? Way too much telling and no showing. The original reason I decided to read this book was to try something lighthearted and unfortunately, because it is so badly written, it's causing me more stress than if I had chosen something more controversial. The main character is supposed to be 29 years old and the author dresses her and has her acting like a seventy year old. Also, the book is filled with ridiculous lines like, "After all, there's no point in being half Dutch if you don't flaunt your naturally blond hair now and again." What? I'm half Dutch and am a brunette...my dad is full Dutch and is the same, as are his siblings, my grandmother, and grandfather. Of all of my relatives who still live in the Netherlands, the majority are brunettes and very few are blond. Why is the author writing in bad, irrelevant stereotypes? When I finally finish this thing, I'm sure there will be more to add to my outrage so I'm going to stop now. Save yourself the trouble and don't read this book. So I finished this thing and am glad it's over with. Yuck.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Moriah Venable

    When Joe Woodward gets into a fight with the town crank Hershel Perkins, he becomes the suspect when he is missing. All the clues lead to him but Lee and Joe in he had nothing to do with it. The night of the search, Hershel comes to Lee telling her to tell her Aunt Nettie to meet at the old chapel. He doesnt trust the various people looking for him for one reason or another. Arriving they find his body and Joe following them, wondering why Lee was acting weird. Which still incriminate him. Vario When Joe Woodward gets into a fight with the town crank Hershel Perkins, he becomes the suspect when he is missing. All the clues lead to him but Lee and Joe in he had nothing to do with it. The night of the search, Hershel comes to Lee telling her to tell her Aunt Nettie to meet at the old chapel. He doesnt trust the various people looking for him for one reason or another. Arriving they find his body and Joe following them, wondering why Lee was acting weird. Which still incriminate him. Various attacks on their lives lead them to believe Joe's phone has be tapped. Knowing Joe isn't involved and angry that the chief suspects him, Lee sets out to find the real killer. While I was surprised by the killer, I didn't really like the motive. But I loved the intense scenes when they were almost pushed off the road. I also love Lee and Joe's relationship. They both have baggage and are trying to come to terms with it all while taking their relationship slow. I can't wait to read the next book.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Dawn Michelle

    Read~February 27, 2010 Well! My wish (from the last book) was granted!! Much better storyline, the bad "person" wasn't immediately known (though I had idea's of who it was, it wasn't in the first couple of chapters like in the previous books) and the "why" was interesting as well. I still love these characters. And as she fleshes them out, they really become very enjoyable to spend time with. And yes, the storyline was better, but still, there is PLENTY of room for growth. I am hoping these jus Read~February 27, 2010 Well! My wish (from the last book) was granted!! Much better storyline, the bad "person" wasn't immediately known (though I had idea's of who it was, it wasn't in the first couple of chapters like in the previous books) and the "why" was interesting as well. I still love these characters. And as she fleshes them out, they really become very enjoyable to spend time with. And yes, the storyline was better, but still, there is PLENTY of room for growth. I am hoping these just continue to grow and flourish as they go on!! All-in-all,good read!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Denise

    Shortly after Hershel Perkins and Lee's boyfriend Joe get into a public altercation at the Warner Pier post office, Lee and Aunt Nettie stumble across Hershel's body on a secluded property. He's been murdered, and obviously Joe is the prime suspect - ever more so as evidence piles up, though that eventually turns out to be an unsuccessful attempt to frame Joe. When the framing doesn't work, the murderer changes his strategy, almost running Lee and Joe off the road and later attacking them when t Shortly after Hershel Perkins and Lee's boyfriend Joe get into a public altercation at the Warner Pier post office, Lee and Aunt Nettie stumble across Hershel's body on a secluded property. He's been murdered, and obviously Joe is the prime suspect - ever more so as evidence piles up, though that eventually turns out to be an unsuccessful attempt to frame Joe. When the framing doesn't work, the murderer changes his strategy, almost running Lee and Joe off the road and later attacking them when they're out in Joe's boat. More of the same - entertaining enough, but predictable. Somehow the characters annoyed me even more in this one than in the previous books.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mary Ann

    Chocolate Facts and a Story This is the third book in the series and it can be read out of order (I should know this is the 2nd time I have read this series out of order). Lee is the niece of Nettie, who owns the Chocolate shop in Warner Pier. Lee is the business manager and she is dating Joe, an attorney who rebuilds old wooden boats. One day, in town, Joe is attacked by Hershel, the local town problem, in front of everyone. Joe doesn't hurt Hershel, but he is confused by what happened. As they Chocolate Facts and a Story This is the third book in the series and it can be read out of order (I should know this is the 2nd time I have read this series out of order). Lee is the niece of Nettie, who owns the Chocolate shop in Warner Pier. Lee is the business manager and she is dating Joe, an attorney who rebuilds old wooden boats. One day, in town, Joe is attacked by Hershel, the local town problem, in front of everyone. Joe doesn't hurt Hershel, but he is confused by what happened. As they try to figure out what has happened, Hershel's boat is found in the water near Joe's boat ramp. The town is searching for Hershel and just as Joe is getting ready to take Lee back to her van, Hershel appears at her window and says he doesn't trust the people near Joe's shop and he wants to meet Lee's aunt at the chapel. When they get there, Hershel is dead and Joe is accused of the murder. As they try to find out the truth, they are being attacked and now they really need to know what is happening.    I enjoyed the story, but there were some misused words, not related to the malapropisms of the character of Lee. The story would stop so she could describe the chocolates that they were ordering, offering or eating and this would slow the flow of the story. The fun part in the book was all the chocolate facts. There were no recipes, just facts. 

  6. 5 out of 5

    Luffy

    It's been a while since I "solved" a mystery in the books I read. I'm happy to have broken that barren spell. The book still rates low to me. But however awful - mind, this book is not that - a book can turn out to be, if it's your favorite genre you're gonna cut it some slack. I'm glad that there diversity in the Chocoholic series. The Joe character is no longer peripheral. He fits well into the fleshing out of Warner Pier. I found the History of early chocolate making tedious, but it's no big It's been a while since I "solved" a mystery in the books I read. I'm happy to have broken that barren spell. The book still rates low to me. But however awful - mind, this book is not that - a book can turn out to be, if it's your favorite genre you're gonna cut it some slack. I'm glad that there diversity in the Chocoholic series. The Joe character is no longer peripheral. He fits well into the fleshing out of Warner Pier. I found the History of early chocolate making tedious, but it's no big deal. The best thing about the main heroine is that, if you don't count Joe, she doesn't have a pet. Further, I'm aware of the many remaining books in the series and I'm amused at how long Lee will keep postponing sex with Joe. The books are pious, but the murders in book 2 and this one were cruel. Anyway I'm glad to be looking forward to the next books left. Cozy mysteries rule.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    If you weren't craving chocolate before you will be by the time you finish this book. I loved all the chocolate tidbits and it made me yearn for a candy store that you tend to go to while on vacation. I enjoyed the characters and the mystery was a good one. If you weren't craving chocolate before you will be by the time you finish this book. I loved all the chocolate tidbits and it made me yearn for a candy store that you tend to go to while on vacation. I enjoyed the characters and the mystery was a good one.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Betty

    It was predictable from the time the killer first showed up.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jay Warner

    I didn't finish it because the writing was horrible, there was too much "tell" and not enough "show", and the characters were flat and uninteresting. Lee is way too interested in her wardrobe and her high-school-like relationship with Joe. The murder plot was too predictable. At an early point Lee and Nettie are joking about trees in Texas vs. trees in Michigan. It was a lighthearted exchange, then it was spoiled by this line, "Aunt Nettie and I were joking about our differing feelings about tre I didn't finish it because the writing was horrible, there was too much "tell" and not enough "show", and the characters were flat and uninteresting. Lee is way too interested in her wardrobe and her high-school-like relationship with Joe. The murder plot was too predictable. At an early point Lee and Nettie are joking about trees in Texas vs. trees in Michigan. It was a lighthearted exchange, then it was spoiled by this line, "Aunt Nettie and I were joking about our differing feelings about trees because we were nervous." Was that necessary to say? Around the point where Lee is called in to identify a murder weapon, and she picks it up with her bare hands and puts her lips on it and blows....well does that sound like normal behavior in the face of a murder that happened the day before in which this item might have been used to cause someone's violent death? I love a good mystery but this was not one of them.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Groucho42

    Not bad except for one big thing at the beginning that ruins it for me. In these kind of books, it's usual for people to ignore the smart thing and occasionally avoid or lie to the police. However, early in this one, it goes to extremes. There's a guy missing after it looks like his canoe was attacked. It's also clear that Lee's boyfriend Joe is being framed. When the guy, who is psychotic and violent, pops up to her and says to meet him secretly at an out of the way location, there is zero reas Not bad except for one big thing at the beginning that ruins it for me. In these kind of books, it's usual for people to ignore the smart thing and occasionally avoid or lie to the police. However, early in this one, it goes to extremes. There's a guy missing after it looks like his canoe was attacked. It's also clear that Lee's boyfriend Joe is being framed. When the guy, who is psychotic and violent, pops up to her and says to meet him secretly at an out of the way location, there is zero reason for her not to tell the cops or Joe. Of course, she doesn't. Stretches past sanity and ruins my enjoyment of the book. The rest is a mystery about why the guy was killed and what's going on with a piece of property, but it can't get over that major flaw.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Tammy

    Lee McKinney helps her aunt run TenHuis Chocolade in a tourist town. For this year's 4th of July they debut chocolate frogs in a variety of sizes. The only person to buy a large frog is also the town's most annoying citizen and it's the first time he has ever bought anything from them instead of asking for samples. When he disappears Lee's boyfriend is the prime suspect, even though he has no real motive. But there are others who do... relatives who need the money, investors in a secret land dea Lee McKinney helps her aunt run TenHuis Chocolade in a tourist town. For this year's 4th of July they debut chocolate frogs in a variety of sizes. The only person to buy a large frog is also the town's most annoying citizen and it's the first time he has ever bought anything from them instead of asking for samples. When he disappears Lee's boyfriend is the prime suspect, even though he has no real motive. But there are others who do... relatives who need the money, investors in a secret land deal, and perhaps some folks who have just gotten tired of him looking through their windows.

  12. 4 out of 5

    AJ Bouthillier

    It’s an alright cozy mystery, kinda like junk food reading. But holy crow! I’d put money down that the writer has never really spend any real time in Michigan much less West Michigan. (Seriously it’s the Mackinac Bridge not the Mackinac Island Bridge and I-196 is not always busy) I want to continue with this series cause I just want a potato chip series right now but these “slip ups” might get to me

  13. 5 out of 5

    Katherine Decker

    Lee is excited that her relationship with Joe is moving forward, and yet something or someone would appear to be trying to spoil the fun. Who would want to frame Joe for murder? Secrets and hidden agendas seem to be floating all around complicating matters. Another enjoyable read. Good for cozy mystery and chocolate lovers everywhere.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    Okay, the mystery is pretty easy in this one, but the rest is a good story. I like that we get to see more of Lee and Joe's interactions to show how they work as a couple. I also loved some of the new characters like Dolly coming into the series. Okay, the mystery is pretty easy in this one, but the rest is a good story. I like that we get to see more of Lee and Joe's interactions to show how they work as a couple. I also loved some of the new characters like Dolly coming into the series.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Shala

    This book has been my favorite in the series so far. The characters were more likable, and the plot was less predictable.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Andi

    Love the setting

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Walters

    Another slow and sweet.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Knight

    This book is another good book in the Chocoholic mystery series. Better than the first, glad I kept reading.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Valerie R.

    Funny I love this series. The people are great and the plots are creative and fun. I really enjoy the malapropisms.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lizzie

    Enjoy her writing for easing reading mystery books.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Tammy

    A cozy mystery that takes place in Warner Pier Michigan. The main characters boy friend is being framed in this who-done-it. I like Lees' play on words. Fast paced with a variety of characters. A cozy mystery that takes place in Warner Pier Michigan. The main characters boy friend is being framed in this who-done-it. I like Lees' play on words. Fast paced with a variety of characters.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    This is a fun series.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Gale Wilkinson

    Great read. Great series. Love the characters and their interactions. Will continue to read this series.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    Another series of books that I am reading piecemeal as I come across, so sometimes it is a little confusing. However, I like the series.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Linda Lugar

    Very fun!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ewa

    Good, quick cozy, quite nice crime plot as well.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sheila

    Lee and Joe get themselves in a mess but manage to solve the murder. I'm enjoying this book series. Lee and Joe get themselves in a mess but manage to solve the murder. I'm enjoying this book series.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Barbara ★

    I picked up this book because I needed a book with an amphibian on the cover (and frogs work). This is the first I've read in the series and I definitely felt lost for the first few chapters. Even without having the background on the characters, I figured out the baddie early on (it was just so obvious). I did like the suspense and the chases both on land and sea. They added some real excitement and danger to this little small town in Michigan. I liked Joe but I thought he was rather close-mouth I picked up this book because I needed a book with an amphibian on the cover (and frogs work). This is the first I've read in the series and I definitely felt lost for the first few chapters. Even without having the background on the characters, I figured out the baddie early on (it was just so obvious). I did like the suspense and the chases both on land and sea. They added some real excitement and danger to this little small town in Michigan. I liked Joe but I thought he was rather close-mouthed for someone dating. Lee didn't know a lot about Joe and kept questioning his motives (internally of course). I thought the ending (view spoiler)[the future marriage proposal kind of weird since they basically didn't have much of a relationship as of yet. I thought it was rather premature. (hide spoiler)] All in all not a bad story and I will probably come back and start with The Chocolate Cat Caper at some point but no rush to return to Warner Pier.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Dharia Scarab

    Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books... 1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future. 2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author. 3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up. 4 sta Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books... 1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future. 2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author. 3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up. 4 stars... I really enjoyed this book and will definitely be on the look out to pick up more from the series/author. 5 stars... I loved this book! It had earned a permanent home in my collection and I'll be picking up the rest of the series and other books from the author ASAP.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Tabby Kat

    Lee McKinney is building a new life for herself, working at her Aunt Nettie's chocolate shop in Warner Pier, Michigan. An old acquaintance from high school, Joe Woodyard, is showing interest in Lee and he asks her to accompany him on a romantic dinner and river cruise. Unfortunately Joe has a run-in with an eccentric man, Hershel Perkins, who accuses him of illegally tearing down an old root beer stand. When Hershel's canoe is found near Joe's place, the police suspect there may have been some f Lee McKinney is building a new life for herself, working at her Aunt Nettie's chocolate shop in Warner Pier, Michigan. An old acquaintance from high school, Joe Woodyard, is showing interest in Lee and he asks her to accompany him on a romantic dinner and river cruise. Unfortunately Joe has a run-in with an eccentric man, Hershel Perkins, who accuses him of illegally tearing down an old root beer stand. When Hershel's canoe is found near Joe's place, the police suspect there may have been some foul play on Joe's part. While Lee and Joe are trying to find out the truth, they have to dodge attacks from someone in a car and then a boat, and Joe's life is seriously threatened.

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