Death by Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake (A Death by Chocolate Mystery #1)
Life just got a little sweeter in the island fishing village of Eastport, Maine. Jacobia “Jake” Tiptree and her best friend Ellie are opening a waterfront bake shop, The Chocolate Moose, where their tasty treats pair perfectly with the salty ocean breeze. But while Jake has moved on from fixing up houses, she still can't resist the urge to snoop into the occasional murder.  Jake and Ellie have been through a lot together, from home repair to homicide investigation. So when they decide to open a chocolate-themed bakery, they figure it’ll be a piece of cake. With Ellie’s old family recipes luring in customers, they expect to make plenty of dough this Fourth of July weekend. Having family home for the holiday only sweetens the deal for Jake—until the ill wind of an early-season hurricane blows up her plans. When the storm hits, Jake’s grown son Sam is stranded in a Boston bus station, and her husband Wade is stuck on a cargo ship. But as bitter as the storm is, something even more sinister is brewing in the kitchen of The Chocolate Moose—where health inspector Matt Muldoon is found murdered. Ellie never made a secret of her distaste for Matt, who had been raining on their parade with bogus talk of health code violations. Now, with no alibi for the night of the murder, she’s in a sticky situation with the police—and it’s up to Jake to catch the real killer and keep Ellie living in the land of the free.Includes a Recipe!

Death by Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake (A Death by Chocolate Mystery #1) Details

TitleDeath by Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake (A Death by Chocolate Mystery #1)
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ReleaseJan 30th, 2018
PublisherKensington
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GenreMystery, Cozy Mystery, Fiction

Death by Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake (A Death by Chocolate Mystery #1) Review

  • Carrie
    January 1, 1970
    When picking up Death by Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake by Sarah Graves I was under the impression that this was an all new cozy mystery series and with that highly appetizing cheesecake on the cover I knew I needed to read it. But once starting to read the book I found that the “First in a new series” is a bit misleading with this one.Sarah Graves has written the Home Repair is Homicide series which consists of sixteen books and what she has done is taken the characters from that particular series When picking up Death by Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake by Sarah Graves I was under the impression that this was an all new cozy mystery series and with that highly appetizing cheesecake on the cover I knew I needed to read it. But once starting to read the book I found that the “First in a new series” is a bit misleading with this one.Sarah Graves has written the Home Repair is Homicide series which consists of sixteen books and what she has done is taken the characters from that particular series and come up with a spin off by moving them into a new setting. Now I for one am the type to do my best to avoid jumping into something mid series because I always get that feeling of something missing so imagine my disappointment when immediately starting this one that feeling arose thinking this was a true book one.Starting off the story jumps right into the action and I became on alert when it was mentioned Jacobia “Jake” Tiptree had experience solving murders. So within the opening pages there really wasn’t an introduction to this character I’m supposed to connect with at all. Then after tossing the reader into action there was a bit of character development which at that point felt a bit out of place beginning to give the story a disjointed feel.Now it’s rare for me to rate a cozy so low because it’s usually the characters and setting that I fall in love with so being a tad disconnected from the start wasn’t a good sign. But as I went on I was still expecting a 3 or 4 star read despite the rough beginning but what I found was quite often the story would get a little overly descriptive for my taste as in what they were baking etc etc but then fly through the actual mystery parts that should have gone a little deeper.The flow just felt off to me throughout so in the end I wasn’t a huge fan of this one. I will say though that those that were fans of the author’s previous series and these characters will probably feel right at home and absolutely love the series but for me being a new reader this one just wasn’t my cup of tea leaving me to rate this at 2.5 stars.I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.wordpress....
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  • ☆Dani☆ ☆Touch My Spine Book Reviews☆
    January 1, 1970
    I give this book 4.5 out of 5 Delicious Stars! The reason I picked up this book is because I love a good cozy and the author sounded rather familiar! I must also admit to myself, that I chose this title due to that yummy looking cover! I mean doesn't this book scream YUUMmmm! After re-reading the premise and starting the story I realized that I have read a few of Sarah Graves' previous titles in her Home Repair is Homicide series which I loved! I will jump in here and say the main reason I gave I give this book 4.5 out of 5 Delicious Stars! The reason I picked up this book is because I love a good cozy and the author sounded rather familiar! I must also admit to myself, that I chose this title due to that yummy looking cover! I mean doesn't this book scream YUUMmmm! After re-reading the premise and starting the story I realized that I have read a few of Sarah Graves' previous titles in her Home Repair is Homicide series which I loved! I will jump in here and say the main reason I gave it 4.5 stars instead of 5 was because I feel this book should be marketed more as a spin-off because it was very helpful knowing some of the character's stories at before reading this novel. I do think this book could be read on a standalone basis but probably best if you have a feel for things first. I highly enjoyed this fun murder mystery that was filled with so much adventure! This was exciting and I enjoyed the pace while catching up with some of the characters! I actually loved the characters and the baking gave me the super munchies! I think this is a great edition to Sarah Graves's collection of stories! I am sure I will enjoy the following book in this series as well and I am definitely ready for a new adventure!I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review from Kensington Books and all views and opinions expressed are my own.
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  • LORI CASWELL
    January 1, 1970
    Dollycas’s ThoughtsSarah Graves ended her Home Repair is Homicide Mysteries back in 2013. To her fans delight, she has brought the characters back in this new Death by Chocolate Mystery series. Jake and Ellie have opened up a bake shop on the waterfront and the town of Eastport still has a murder problem and this murder happens right in their business, The Chocolate Moose. Matt Muldoon has been after them since they opened with one complaint after another, even saying he would report them to his Dollycas’s ThoughtsSarah Graves ended her Home Repair is Homicide Mysteries back in 2013. To her fans delight, she has brought the characters back in this new Death by Chocolate Mystery series. Jake and Ellie have opened up a bake shop on the waterfront and the town of Eastport still has a murder problem and this murder happens right in their business, The Chocolate Moose. Matt Muldoon has been after them since they opened with one complaint after another, even saying he would report them to his “friends at the Maine State Health Department”. Ellie couldn’t stand the man, but she can’t be the only one. She didn’t kill him but she and Jake will have to find out who did or Ellie may find herself working in the prison kitchen.These characters were very well developed in the previous series but are now facing new situations as they try to get their new business off the ground. Enough background is given so new readers should not feel lost. They do mention the crimes they have solved before but it is not too much to take over this new story. Jake and Ellie are both strong women and work together very well.In addition to the dead man in the kitchen, there is a hurricane headed toward Eastport and the town is planning for their huge 4th of July celebration. Jake and Ellie have a huge order for Chocolate Cherry Cheesecakes for the silent auction. Also, Jake’s dad is in the hospital when the story begins. To say these ladies have their hands full is an understatement.The story rolls along at a great pace as Jake and Ellie find themselves in some dire situations. Twists and turns aplenty keep us readers on our toes. I did enjoy the interaction between the ladies and chief of police Bob Arnold, he trusted them enough to be able to accept their input because they have a history with this type of situation. Jake’s family life added a nice subplot and I was so surprised by Sam’s announcement.Fans of the previous series will love this spin-off, new readers will fall for these characters too after reading this book. I have to say spin-offs are rare and hard to do in cozy mysteries but Sarah Graves has done a fine job. I am looking forward to future stories with Jake and Ellie.
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  • Betty
    January 1, 1970
    The first book in a new series. Sarah Graves has long been a favorite author and she does not disappoint. This book is full of suspense and continues the life of Jacobica Tiptree and her friend, Ellie. The pair has open a bakery featuring chocolate 'goodies' in Eastpoint, Maine. It is the 4 of July and they are baking Chocolate Cherry Cheesecakes to be auction off at the town's celebration. The body of the health inspector Matt Muldoon is found in their bakery. Ellie has made it clear she did no The first book in a new series. Sarah Graves has long been a favorite author and she does not disappoint. This book is full of suspense and continues the life of Jacobica Tiptree and her friend, Ellie. The pair has open a bakery featuring chocolate 'goodies' in Eastpoint, Maine. It is the 4 of July and they are baking Chocolate Cherry Cheesecakes to be auction off at the town's celebration. The body of the health inspector Matt Muldoon is found in their bakery. Ellie has made it clear she did not like him. The clues point to her as the killer. Jake's attempts to clear Ellie from suspicion will take on thrilling boat rides, hidden tunnels, the appearance of large amounts of cash, betrayal by friends, and the arrival of a hurricane. Jake's father is recovering from a heart attack, her son, Sam is stranded in Boston and Wade, her husband is guiding ships into the harbor. I highly recommend this book.Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake recipe is included.Disclosure: I received a free copy from Kennington Books through NetGalley for an honest review. I would go thank them for this opportunity to read and review this book. The opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Lisa Morin
    January 1, 1970
    Eastport, Maine and Jacobia "Jake" Tiptree are back! I was so excited to see that Sarah Graves has a new series out featuring one of my favorite protagonists.Seeing Jake and Ellie together again was incredible. Having this series featured around their new bakery is brilliant. The name of their shop is delightful, aptly named The Chocolate Moose.Getting ready for the town's 4th of July celebration has Jake and Ellie running ragged, they are busy baking chocolate cherry cheesecakes to be auctioned Eastport, Maine and Jacobia "Jake" Tiptree are back! I was so excited to see that Sarah Graves has a new series out featuring one of my favorite protagonists.Seeing Jake and Ellie together again was incredible. Having this series featured around their new bakery is brilliant. The name of their shop is delightful, aptly named The Chocolate Moose.Getting ready for the town's 4th of July celebration has Jake and Ellie running ragged, they are busy baking chocolate cherry cheesecakes to be auctioned off and the proceeds used for their fireworks display. Jake is used to working under pressure, but when the body of the health inspector is found in the shop'd kitchen, it seems that Elli has the biggest motive for wanting him dead.Jake is no stranger to murders so it comes as no surprise when she becomes involved in the investigation.Fans of the series by Sarah Graves that first introduced us to Jake, will absolutely love this fantastic story.I cannot wait to read more in this top notch series.I voluntarily read an ARC of this book provided by the publisher and NetGalley.#DeathByChocolateCherryCheesecake #NetGalley
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  • Taryn
    January 1, 1970
    In this first book of the series we are re-introduced to characters from a previous series that the author has written. I liked the change because I got to visit with old friends but life has changed up a bit for them which brought a freshness to everything. Jake has finally finished with all the renovations on her home and is looking for something new to sink her teeth into. Enter her best friend Ellie, together they decided to open up The Chocolate Moose, a bake shop filled with lots of chocol In this first book of the series we are re-introduced to characters from a previous series that the author has written. I liked the change because I got to visit with old friends but life has changed up a bit for them which brought a freshness to everything. Jake has finally finished with all the renovations on her home and is looking for something new to sink her teeth into. Enter her best friend Ellie, together they decided to open up The Chocolate Moose, a bake shop filled with lots of chocolate treats. When Jake finds a local dead in the shop, his head in their chocolate melting pot, she's not sure who it is or how they got there. When she finds out that it is a local who has been giving them nothing but trouble, especially Ellie, she knows that it's time to figure out just what happened and why. Along the way the ladies have to deal with baking dozens of cheesecakes, being almost ran over by another boat, and an oncoming storm. With all that is going on will they be able to keep Ellie out of jail and the bake shop open? Will all the cheesecakes get done in time for the auction? Follow along and see. This was truly a wonderful read, I loved seeing the move these characters made and look forward to what happens with them next.I received an ARC of this book, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Peggy R
    January 1, 1970
    This is the first in Sarah Graves' new Death by Chocolate Mystery series. Jake (Jacobia) and Ellie are friends who decided to open a bakery together in a small town in Maine. I enjoyed both characters, but I went into this book not knowing that it and the characters were a spin off from another series by this author. Having said that, once I found that out it made sense why I felt like I was missing something with these characters. They had a backstory that was already established and at time I This is the first in Sarah Graves' new Death by Chocolate Mystery series. Jake (Jacobia) and Ellie are friends who decided to open a bakery together in a small town in Maine. I enjoyed both characters, but I went into this book not knowing that it and the characters were a spin off from another series by this author. Having said that, once I found that out it made sense why I felt like I was missing something with these characters. They had a backstory that was already established and at time I felt like I stepped into the middle of something. The story had a fast pace, the murder happening in the very beginning. Jake and Emily have to prove that she did not kill the victim, with whom she did not like as was trying to make trouble for the bakery. There was so much going on that at times it was hard for me to keep up and the story felt a bit muddled. There were definitely some twists and turns that I didn't anticipate and I didn't realize the full identity of all the culprits involved.I voluntarily read an advanced reader copy of this book provided to me by the publisher through Netalley.
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  • Kristina
    January 1, 1970
    Death by Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake by Sarah Graves is the first book in A Death by Chocolate Mystery series. Jacobia “Jake” Tiptree co-owns The Chocolate Moose in Eastport, Maine with her best friend, Ellie White. They have agreed to make a dozen chocolate cherry cheesecakes to be auctioned off by the Coast Guard to pay for the town’s fireworks. Jake received an early morning call from Miss Halligan who owns Second Hand Rose that the door to the chocolate shop was ajar. When Jake arrives at Th Death by Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake by Sarah Graves is the first book in A Death by Chocolate Mystery series. Jacobia “Jake” Tiptree co-owns The Chocolate Moose in Eastport, Maine with her best friend, Ellie White. They have agreed to make a dozen chocolate cherry cheesecakes to be auctioned off by the Coast Guard to pay for the town’s fireworks. Jake received an early morning call from Miss Halligan who owns Second Hand Rose that the door to the chocolate shop was ajar. When Jake arrives at The Chocolate Moose, she finds Matt Muldoon dead in the kitchen with his head in a pot of melted chocolate (what a waste of good chocolate). Matt had been trying to get the ladies out of their shop with baseless (and ridiculous) accusations that he would report to the health department as violations. Ellie is at the top of the suspect list thanks to her recent altercation with the victim. Jake needs to prove that Ellie is innocent of the crime while trying to get the cheesecakes baked in time for the auction without their commercial ovens. Then they discover a hurricane is heading towards Maine, and they need to batten down the hatches. Jake is also worried about her son, Sam who failed to arrive home from Boston (afraid he fell off the wagon) and her father who has left the hospital against medical advice (and he refuses to stay in bed). Even with a hurricane heading their way and the threat of Ellie being arrested, they must get the cheesecakes done. Thanks to overwhelming demand, they now need to make twenty-eight instead of twelve (the town is not canceling their Fourth of July celebration). Can Jake prove that Ellie did not kill Matt Muldoon? Will they get the cheesecakes done in time for the auction? Death by Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake is the first book in A Death by Chocolate Mystery series, but it is technically a continuation of A Home Repair is Homicide Mystery series (there are sixteen books in that series). I was not aware of this until I started the book, and I felt like I had been plopped into the middle of a series. I wish the author had taken the time to introduce her readers to her characters in the beginning of the book, because I felt lost and confused. We are given more details on the characters as the book progresses (thankfully). However, I never fully connected with the characters and I felt out of step (there were still holes not filled in). Death by Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake is packed full of action. There is one situation after another throughout the story. The action starts with the murder in the first chapter, then Jake and Ellie almost get hit by another boat when fog strands them in the water, Jake’s father disappearing from hospital, Jake’s father takes off with car (and with his medications, he should not be driving), Marla and her dog attacked, lack of chocolate to make cheesecakes, Jake and Ellie breaking into Marla’s house, someone shoots at the duo, Sam is missing, Hurricane Amber and so much more. I wish the author had cut down on the zany incidents. It was too much and I beginning to wonder if Jake had a death wish. I wanted more solid content. I did find some aspects of the book to be unrealistic. Most mystery readers will have no problem figuring out the identity of the culprit long before it is revealed in the book. There is a repetition of information in the story especially regarding the stepmom’s attitude towards cleaning (the same details are repeated over and over). I know it is a culinary mystery, but the author did not need to include so many scenes on the baking of the cheesecakes. The ending felt rushed (take away a baking scene and the ending could have been less abrupt). For readers who love Sarah Graves A Home Repair is Homicide Mystery series, you will enjoy the continuing antics of Ellie and Jake.
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  • Tari
    January 1, 1970
    What a whirlwind of a mystery! I definitely never saw the solution coming, lots of clever plot twists and schemes too as well as murder. Jacobia better known as Jake, owns a specialty bakery with her friend Ellie. Imagine her surprise at finding a dead guy in her shop with his face planted in melted chocolate, chocolate that had been melted to use on the dozens of chocolate cherry cheesecakes she and Ellie had promised the 4th of July fireworks committee for their annual auction. All fingers poi What a whirlwind of a mystery! I definitely never saw the solution coming, lots of clever plot twists and schemes too as well as murder. Jacobia better known as Jake, owns a specialty bakery with her friend Ellie. Imagine her surprise at finding a dead guy in her shop with his face planted in melted chocolate, chocolate that had been melted to use on the dozens of chocolate cherry cheesecakes she and Ellie had promised the 4th of July fireworks committee for their annual auction. All fingers point to Ellie, especially when she was there and did have the motive that the dead guy, who turned out to be health inspector Muldoon, was harrassing her about fake health code infractions.Jake knows she has to clear her friend's name, there's a big hurricane storm coming, she's not heard from her grown son in days and there are all these cheesecakes that need baking. Everything of course works out in the end but boy was it a fun ride getting there. I loved the humor and banter between Jake and Ellie as well as their friend Bob, the police chief who always managed to look the other way when they were investigating but still gave them his usual "don't go around snooping" line. It was awesome that there were a couple of abandoned dogs that found homes, one with Jake and her family (its owner was in the hospital) and another with a local challenged man who picked up odd jobs here and there. It was pretty fun reading about the fourth of July in the middle of winter! I'm anxious to see what the next installment brings!
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  • Lesa
    January 1, 1970
    Sarah Graves' latest mystery, Death by Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake, marks the return of Jacobia (Jake) Tiptree from the Home Repair is Homicide mysteries. This book kicks off a new series, and a new adventure for Jake. Don't worry, though. Jake will always find a way to be involved in a murder investigation.Jake opened The Chocolate Moose, a bake shop, just six weeks earlier with her best friend, Ellie White. And, Matt Muldoon has done nothing but harass them since the shop opened, threatening t Sarah Graves' latest mystery, Death by Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake, marks the return of Jacobia (Jake) Tiptree from the Home Repair is Homicide mysteries. This book kicks off a new series, and a new adventure for Jake. Don't worry, though. Jake will always find a way to be involved in a murder investigation.Jake opened The Chocolate Moose, a bake shop, just six weeks earlier with her best friend, Ellie White. And, Matt Muldoon has done nothing but harass them since the shop opened, threatening to complain to the state health department. When Matt is found murdered, left for dead in the bakery, Ellie has to admit she's not sorry he's dead. Even the man's wife doesn't seem sorry he's gone. But, Ellie's the one without an alibi, and her fingerprints are on the murder weapon.While Jake and Ellie continue to bake cheesecakes for the vital Fourth of July auction, Jake has a million worries. How does she prove that Ellie is innocent? How does she cope with the failing health of her father, a man willing to break out of the hospital to end his days at home? Hurricane Amber is heading directly at Eastport. And, what about Jake's son, a recovering alcoholic and addict whose phone conversation is cut off as he's trying to explain where he is?Welcome back to Jake and Ellie, two strong, courageous women, determined to find a killer. Eastport, Maine, is described so well in this book that the town almost becomes a character. Death by Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake is an intense, action-packed mystery filled with surprises.It's been five years since Graves' last Home Repair is Homicide mystery, and, I'll admit, I had tired of them. But, Death by Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake launches a new series in the hands of an expert. Fans will welcome the return of Jake and Ellie, while new readers can jump into this book with no qualms.
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  • NicoleG
    January 1, 1970
    An entertaining first in series cozy! I did not read this author's previous series with the same characters but I wasn't too lost since the author did a good job of giving the reader background information. A well plotted mystery with several twists and turns that had me guessing until the end. I enjoyed reading this book and it made me want to go back to the author's previous series.................................................
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  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    I'm a fan of Sarah Graves' other two series, so I was excited to get the opportunity to read & review an advance copy of this first-in-series. Many of the characters in this book - including main character Jake and her best friend Ellie - and the setting of Eastport, Maine are carried over from Ms. Graves' Home Repair is Homicide mysteries. It was great going back to visit Eastport and its characters, now with Jake and Ellie running their own bakery specializing in high-quality chocolate tre I'm a fan of Sarah Graves' other two series, so I was excited to get the opportunity to read & review an advance copy of this first-in-series. Many of the characters in this book - including main character Jake and her best friend Ellie - and the setting of Eastport, Maine are carried over from Ms. Graves' Home Repair is Homicide mysteries. It was great going back to visit Eastport and its characters, now with Jake and Ellie running their own bakery specializing in high-quality chocolate treats. There are several suspicious characters in this story, which makes for an interesting, hard-to-solve mystery. The resolution and explanation for the crime was a bit complicated, so I didn't guess the culprit until the very end. There's a big surprise involving one of the secondary characters and we meet some new characters who I hope to see again. I'm so happy that Jake and Ellie are back, and I'm already looking forward to the second Death by Chocolate mystery. I happily provided my honest review in exchange for a free advance copy of this book.
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  • Mary Brown
    January 1, 1970
    Synopsis:Life just got a little sweeter in the island fishing village of Eastport, Maine. Jacobia “Jake” Tiptree and her best friend Ellie are opening a waterfront bake shop, The Chocolate Moose, where their tasty treats pair perfectly with the salty ocean breeze. But while Jake has moved on from fixing up houses, she still can't resist the urge to snoop into the occasional murder. Jake and Ellie have been through a lot together, from home repair to homicide investigation. So when they decide to Synopsis:Life just got a little sweeter in the island fishing village of Eastport, Maine. Jacobia “Jake” Tiptree and her best friend Ellie are opening a waterfront bake shop, The Chocolate Moose, where their tasty treats pair perfectly with the salty ocean breeze. But while Jake has moved on from fixing up houses, she still can't resist the urge to snoop into the occasional murder. Jake and Ellie have been through a lot together, from home repair to homicide investigation. So when they decide to open a chocolate-themed bakery, they figure it’ll be a piece of cake. With Ellie’s old family recipes luring in customers, they expect to make plenty of dough this Fourth of July weekend. Having family home for the holiday only sweetens the deal for Jake—until the ill wind of an early-season hurricane blows up her plans. When the storm hits, Jake’s grown son Sam is stranded in a Boston bus station, and her husband Wade is stuck on a cargo ship. But as bitter as the storm is, something even more sinister is brewing in the kitchen of The Chocolate Moose—where retired health inspector Alan Blake is found murdered.Ellie never made a secret of her distaste for Alan, who had been raining on their parade with bogus talk of health code violations. Now, with no alibi for the night of the murder, she’s in a sticky situation with the police—and it’s up to Jake to catch the real killer and keep Ellie living in the land of the free. (Goodreads)Review:The characters are well rounded and well developed. Jake is a hardworking, smart and loyal woman. When her good friend, Ellie, is a suspect in a murder, Jake knows she has to find the real killer. I enjoyed the relationship between Jake and Ellie, you could tell how much they cared for each other. I felt the secondary characters added a lot to the story.There was a lot of action in this cozy, Jake and Ellie had a lot of incidents and situations to handle. Sometimes things felt a little unbelievable, but from time to time when we read books we have to accept this fact. The book moved along at a nice pace and at times I felt like I had to stop and catch my breath. There were enough suspects to consider and clues to sift through that the murder was interesting. I did figure it out before it was revealed but that was okay. The writing style did not flows as smoothly as I would have liked. There was so much description in this book and at times I felt like it was a little too much. I also felt that things were repeated a lot, such as the fact that Jake’s stepmom kept cleaning everything, even when it did not need to be cleaned. This is only my opinion and others may not agree with me. I would recommend this cozy to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. Since this is really a spin off from another cozy series, if you are a fan of A Home Repair is Homicide Mystery series, you will undoubtedly like this book. I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. I would like to thank NetGalley and Kensington Books for the opportunity to read and review this book.
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  • RO G'ma
    January 1, 1970
    Death by Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake is the first book in a new series, Death by Chocolate Mystery, written by Sarah Graves. The mystery is intriguing and the characters are well developed. There are lots of twists and turns in the plot and great descriptions of the elaborate cheesecakes being prepared.Jacobia ‘Jake’ Tiptree and her friend, Ellie White, have opened a bakery, The Chocolate Moose, in Eastport, Maine and are in the process of filling a large order of Chocolate Cherry Cheesecakes th Death by Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake is the first book in a new series, Death by Chocolate Mystery, written by Sarah Graves. The mystery is intriguing and the characters are well developed. There are lots of twists and turns in the plot and great descriptions of the elaborate cheesecakes being prepared.Jacobia ‘Jake’ Tiptree and her friend, Ellie White, have opened a bakery, The Chocolate Moose, in Eastport, Maine and are in the process of filling a large order of Chocolate Cherry Cheesecakes that will be auctioned off and the proceeds used for the town’s Fourth of July fireworks display. When Jake finds the body of health inspector, Matt Muldoon, in the Chocolate Moose’s kitchen with his head in the large pan they used for melting chocolate, Ellie, who has never attempted to hide her distaste for the man, becomes the prime suspect. While Bob Arnold, Eastport’s police chief, doesn’t suspect Ellie, the Maine State Police feel differently, and Jake is compelled to solve the mystery and clear her friend’s name. The island is hit by an early season hurricane that threatens the town’s Fourth of July festivities. Jake’s also dealing with her father, Jacob Tiptree, who is recovering from a heart attack, her son, Sam, who is unreachable in Boston, and her husband, Wade Sorenson, is guiding ships into the harbor.I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and voluntarily reviewed it.
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  • Laura M
    January 1, 1970
    While this is the first in the Death by Chocolate mystery series, it is a continuation of the Home Repair is Homicide mystery series. "Jake" and her friend Ellie have opened up a bakery called "The Chocolate Moose," full of chocolate goodies. With her husband and son both away from home, Jake has plenty of time to focus on the bakery. However, when a health inspector meets a grisly (and delicious" end in their kitchen, Jake and Ellie suddenly have more on the plate than chocolate cherry cheeseca While this is the first in the Death by Chocolate mystery series, it is a continuation of the Home Repair is Homicide mystery series. "Jake" and her friend Ellie have opened up a bakery called "The Chocolate Moose," full of chocolate goodies. With her husband and son both away from home, Jake has plenty of time to focus on the bakery. However, when a health inspector meets a grisly (and delicious" end in their kitchen, Jake and Ellie suddenly have more on the plate than chocolate cherry cheesecakes.I love new series', so I am always anxious to grab a book 1 when I see it to find out if it is something I will fall in love with. While the cover says this is a book one, I was sad to find that it's really a continuation of the author's previous series. Yes, they are baking now instead of fixing up houses, but as a reader I felt like I was walking into a class in the middle of the semester. Worse, after I realized that, I also realized that I had tried to read the Home Repair is Homicide series, and didn't like it, so I was oh for two. The author is a great writer, but sometimes you just don't click with certain authors for no good reason, and this is the case here. I'm sure I am in the minority because her other books have sold well, and I'm sure this one will, too, but it just wasn't for me. I received an ARC from NetGalley to read before the book's release.
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  • Taryn
    January 1, 1970
    In this first book of the series we are re-introduced to characters from a previous series that the author has written. I liked the change because I got to visit with old friends but life has changed up a bit for them which brought a freshness to everything. Jake has finally finished with all the renovations on her home and is looking for something new to sink her teeth into. Enter her best friend Ellie, together they decided to open up The Chocolate Moose, a bake shop filled with lots of chocol In this first book of the series we are re-introduced to characters from a previous series that the author has written. I liked the change because I got to visit with old friends but life has changed up a bit for them which brought a freshness to everything. Jake has finally finished with all the renovations on her home and is looking for something new to sink her teeth into. Enter her best friend Ellie, together they decided to open up The Chocolate Moose, a bake shop filled with lots of chocolate treats. When Jake finds a local dead in the shop, his head in their chocolate melting pot, she's not sure who it is or how they got there. When she finds out that it is a local who has been giving them nothing but trouble, especially Ellie, she knows that it's time to figure out just what happened and why. Along the way the ladies have to deal with baking dozens of cheesecakes, being almost ran over by another boat, and an oncoming storm. With all that is going on will they be able to keep Ellie out of jail and the bake shop open? Will all the cheesecakes get done in time for the auction? Follow along and see. This was truly a wonderful read, I loved seeing the move these characters made and look forward to what happens with them next.
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  • Cathy Cole
    January 1, 1970
    I have an embarrassing confession to make. I began reading Sarah Graves' Home Repair is Homicide cozy series, enjoyed it a lot, but didn't keep up with the books. Shame on me, but I am trying to make amends by starting afresh with her Death by Chocolate series. I don't know if you all are aware of it, but there's a group of very talented mystery writers in Maine, and Sarah Graves is one of them. Her series is set in Eastport, Maine, which is a real place on an island within spitting distance of I have an embarrassing confession to make. I began reading Sarah Graves' Home Repair is Homicide cozy series, enjoyed it a lot, but didn't keep up with the books. Shame on me, but I am trying to make amends by starting afresh with her Death by Chocolate series. I don't know if you all are aware of it, but there's a group of very talented mystery writers in Maine, and Sarah Graves is one of them. Her series is set in Eastport, Maine, which is a real place on an island within spitting distance of Canada. There is a vibrant sense of place in Death by Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake that adds a great deal to the book. (And should I mention that I love the name of the bakery?)After sixteen books in her previous series, it was obvious that Jake really needed to call a ceasefire on the repairs to her house. After all, they'd taken almost twenty years. (Well, in publishing time, anyway!) But the characters weren't ready to retire just yet, and I'm glad because the characters were the best part of the other series. Jake and Ellie are two strong, intelligent women, Jake has a wonderful relationship with her husband, and Jake's son is a loving, caring young man, but he's not the generic Stepford Kid you usually run into when reading a cozy.There's a good, solid mystery to be found in Death by Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake, and it's a fast-paced, almost exhausting book. Why exhausting? Because Jake and Ellie keep getting more and more demands for those cheesecakes, that's why! And... although the dessert was mouthwatering when the book began, I found myself to be a bit sick of them after witnessing so many being made. However, I know I will recover in plenty of time for the next book in the series.Good mystery, good setting, good characters. Here's a new series to enjoy from the very first book!
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  • Patty
    January 1, 1970
    Death by Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake by Sarah Graves is the 1st book in A Death by Chocolate Mystery series, and I loved it. Jacobia (Jake) Tiptree her best friend, Ellie White, from the Home Repair is Homicide series, have returned for a new series. Jake and Ellie have opened up a bakery, but Blake,a retired health inspector, keeps harassing and threatening them that he will get them shut down. When Blake is found dead in their bakery the mystery begins. I found this book to be a quick read, wi Death by Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake by Sarah Graves is the 1st book in A Death by Chocolate Mystery series, and I loved it. Jacobia (Jake) Tiptree her best friend, Ellie White, from the Home Repair is Homicide series, have returned for a new series. Jake and Ellie have opened up a bakery, but Blake,a retired health inspector, keeps harassing and threatening them that he will get them shut down. When Blake is found dead in their bakery the mystery begins. I found this book to be a quick read, with a well developed plot and characters. I am looking forward to reading the next and first book in the series. If you love cozy mysteries, I strongly recommend this book.I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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  • Emris Lindsay
    January 1, 1970
    Jake and Ellie have found themselves submerged in a murder mystery filled with deadly intent and circumstances, it’s a story laced with the right amount of facets which makes this book an explosive package. Yes, the suspense in this book is exciting and gripping, the thrill factor is just right, with an awesome storyline and captivating characters making this book a must-read. I enjoyed this cozy mystery with its amped-up action play and all, it’s cool, truly an enjoyable read.
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  • Deanna
    January 1, 1970
    ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Let’s start this off by talking about three things that I really love; cozy mysteries, baking and moose. So if you’re giving me a mystery that features a bakery called The Chocolate Moose it’s gonna take a lot for me to dislike it, and luckily this one did not disappoint.The story features our main characters Jake and Ellie, owners of the wonderfully named bakery, solving a murder and dealing with a hurricane all while ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Let’s start this off by talking about three things that I really love; cozy mysteries, baking and moose. So if you’re giving me a mystery that features a bakery called The Chocolate Moose it’s gonna take a lot for me to dislike it, and luckily this one did not disappoint.The story features our main characters Jake and Ellie, owners of the wonderfully named bakery, solving a murder and dealing with a hurricane all while baking up amazing chocolate desserts! Honestly guys could this sound any better? I was immediately drawn into the story, I figured out pretty early on that this was a new series but featuring old characters and even though there were definitely hints to the older books I really didn’t feel like I was missing out on anything.I loved the dynamic between all the characters, Jake and Ellie are total BFF goals, and I love how they managed to do some investigating while still managing to bake a ton of cheesecakes. I’m actually a baker, and one cheesecake is tricky enough, so that many? Very impressive. I also really loved all the side characters! They all added something to the story and I can confirm that because I actually remember all of their names! (My memory is awful and mystery novels tend to test me with all the side characters)I also really loved the plot and the pacing of this book, it’s the first one in quite a while where I really had no idea who the killer was and I was surprised by the plot twists at the end. It also didn’t feel too rushed like some other mysteries, sometimes I feel like the murders just keep on coming and it kind of kills the suspense for me a bit. But this one was really good, it kept adding pieces to the puzzle without giving away too much and without being too crazy.The only thing that took away a star for me was the ending, I really loved it and it was well done but something about the way that it was all explained confused me a bit, to be fair I was tired while reading it, but I had to read a couple pages a few times before I fully grasped the entire story. I think I was just so excited to find out what happened that I rushed a bit, but I tend to do that with most books so who know’s what caused the confusion.Overall I really enjoyed this book, it was fast paced and well written, it had complex characters with well done relationships and a perfectly named bakery. This is a series that I will definitely be continuing and if you’re a fan of cozy mysteries, or you just want something a bit lighter then I’d recommend this one.
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  • Kristine (The Writer's Inkwell)
    January 1, 1970
    Review was originally posted on The Writer's Inkwell"Death by Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake" is the first book in the Death by Chocolate Mystery series, but it is not the first book featuring Jake and Ellie. In some ways, this book can be a standalone. However, there are several mentions of previous books/events from the previous series, A Home Repair is Homicide. These brief moments leave the reader a bit confused or curious because it doesn’t explain well enough. But the moments are brief and t Review was originally posted on The Writer's Inkwell"Death by Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake" is the first book in the Death by Chocolate Mystery series, but it is not the first book featuring Jake and Ellie. In some ways, this book can be a standalone. However, there are several mentions of previous books/events from the previous series, A Home Repair is Homicide. These brief moments leave the reader a bit confused or curious because it doesn’t explain well enough. But the moments are brief and they do not impact the overall effectiveness of the books.This book begins with Jake heading into her chocolate-themed bakery, The Chocolate Moose and discovering a dead man with his head shoved into a bowl of rich, dark chocolate. This discovery leads to her business partner and best friend, Ellie becoming the prime suspect in the man’s murder. On top of all of that, Jake and Ellie find themselves struggling to find time and ingredients to create decadent chocolate cherry cheesecakes to auction off and raise money for their town’s Fourth of July firework show.This story has a few too many elements looming. There’s the murder, one dozen cheesecakes, then two dozen cheesecakes, car chases, attempted murders, shootings, a hurricane, her son possibly falling off the wagon, her ailing father’s health, etc. This is just too much going on in the course of one story. I understand some of the issues are carried over from the previous books, but I didn’t even list every plot line. Even the revelation(s) at the end is so complex and includes multiple ties and pots. This takes away from the story. While I enjoyed the story overall, the ending left my head hurting because there’s no reason to have so much going on. Especially considering that the ending leaves Jake’s business in jeopardy, but that isn’t addressed or mentioned.The one thing this book did was make me curious about the previous series and I’m going to make an attempt to read those books. I also would recommend this for cozy mystery fans. There are a lot of quirky characters to enjoy and although it’s a pretty developed and established setting, this book truly can standalone. I look forward to seeing what’s in store for Jake and Ellie next and what other kinds of yummy chocolate recipes will be brought into the series!I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for a review.All opinions of the book are my own.
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  • Darcia Helle
    January 1, 1970
    This book is being marketed as the first in a series, which it is, sort of, but not really. Confused? So was I. When I started reading, I kept stumbling across references to past events that happened between the group of characters in this story. I stopped reading, did some checking, and found that this is the first book in this particular series, but the characters are from a previous series by this author. Consequently, the relationships are all established, so there isn't a lot of character d This book is being marketed as the first in a series, which it is, sort of, but not really. Confused? So was I. When I started reading, I kept stumbling across references to past events that happened between the group of characters in this story. I stopped reading, did some checking, and found that this is the first book in this particular series, but the characters are from a previous series by this author. Consequently, the relationships are all established, so there isn't a lot of character development, but there are a whole lot of references to things that occurred in that other series. Not understanding all this stuff was an irritation. Even so, I got the gist of the tangled relationships and continued onward.I still had high hopes for the story. Then came problem number two. The murder mystery is overshadowed by all the cooking. Jake and Ellie incessantly complain about the number of cheesecakes they have to make. Then they take on more cheesecake baking, despite already being stressed about the deadline, and they continue obsessing over timers and batter and chocolate curls. We spend an excessive amount of time baking cheesecake, which made me hungry for sweets, but didn't entertain me much.The mystery itself is convoluted and ridiculous. Jake and her friends bumble through their own investigation as if they were invisible and/or bulletproof. They're unconcerned with personal boundaries regarding friendships and property. The cops seem fine with Jake's illegal and unethical methods, even encouraging her at one point. In the end, the answer should have been glaringly obvious to the cops, who are apparently too busy getting ready to eat cheesecake during the July 4th celebration to be bothered with a murder investigation. Parts of the story did give me a giggle and I liked some of the characters. I certainly didn't hate the book, but it's not a series I'll stick with.*I received an advance copy from the publisher, via Amazon Vine, in exchange for my honest review.*
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  • Linda Munro
    January 1, 1970
    This is an ARC, received via a goodreads giveaway.The story begins with the tale of a MEAN (not girl but….) MAN!On the small island community of Eastport, Maine, best friends Jacobia, known as Jake and Ellie have opened a waterfront bake shop named The Chocolate Moose. The duo has been asked to make Chocolate Cherry Cheesecakes for an annual raffle to help pay for the town’s July 4th firework display. This is to be done during the busy July 4th weekend, with tons of extra business, a hurricane m This is an ARC, received via a goodreads giveaway.The story begins with the tale of a MEAN (not girl but….) MAN!On the small island community of Eastport, Maine, best friends Jacobia, known as Jake and Ellie have opened a waterfront bake shop named The Chocolate Moose. The duo has been asked to make Chocolate Cherry Cheesecakes for an annual raffle to help pay for the town’s July 4th firework display. This is to be done during the busy July 4th weekend, with tons of extra business, a hurricane moving towards the island, an ill father who refuses to stay at the hospital (against medical advice) and a recovering drug/alcoholic son who has gone AWOL. If this is not enough to drive a crazy person sane, the MEAN MAN, Alan Blake has to get into the mix, claiming he has contacts at the Maine Department of Health and daily finding sanitation violations (that only he can see) at the Moose. Ellis argues with him, never once backing down and never tiring of letting others know how strong her contempt for the man truly is. When the nosy neighbor from the shop next door calls Jake early in the morning to tell her the door to her shop is standing wide open, Jake asks her to pull the door closed and takes her time getting ready for work.Upson arriving at bake shop, Jake realizes that the fuse controlling the kitchen area has blown, leaving the kitchen area in darkness; but wait, the lights are on again! Unfortunately, there is a dead man propped up with his head stuck into a bowl of melting chocolate. Of course, the dead man is no other than Alan Blake!That’s just the first chapter, wait until you read how sinister things get for Ellie, Jake and their families!The book is on sale now! So grab a copy and see who dunnit!
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  • Lghiggins
    January 1, 1970
    If the phrase “chocolate cherry cheesecake” is enticing, then you will love the cozy mystery Death by Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake. In the tiny island village of Eastport, Maine, bakers and best friends Ellie and Jake (Jacobia) fill The Chocolate Moose with delectable and aromatic chocolate goodies. Their biggest baking challenge is preparing 22 cheesecakes to be auctioned off to pay for the Coast Guard’s firework extravaganza which also includes a treat for the town’s special education students. If the phrase “chocolate cherry cheesecake” is enticing, then you will love the cozy mystery Death by Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake. In the tiny island village of Eastport, Maine, bakers and best friends Ellie and Jake (Jacobia) fill The Chocolate Moose with delectable and aromatic chocolate goodies. Their biggest baking challenge is preparing 22 cheesecakes to be auctioned off to pay for the Coast Guard’s firework extravaganza which also includes a treat for the town’s special education students. They get to view the display from a barge.If this were not challenge enough, Ellie and Jake discover a murdered man in their kitchen and Ellie becomes the prime suspect. This is not a simple mystery as various others in the town have links that Jake and Ellie must ferret out involving them in some life threatening situations. Jake is also in the middle of family crises, and Ellie has secret expansion plans for their business. All of these events occur during a brief time span, with little sleep, and an impending hurricane. Accompanying Jake and Ellie in pursuit of the real murderer provides the reader with exciting rides by boat and car. I’m looking forward to the next adventure in this new series.I would like to extend my thanks to netgalley.com and to Kensington Books for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    Even if you have never read any of the previous mysteries involving Jacobia "Jake" Tiptree, you will enjoy this one. Jake and her long time friend, Ellie have made a big change in their lives by opening a chocolate themed bakery they have named The Chocolate Moose. Ellie is a master baker and she is eager to get noticed by as many caterers as possible. They agree to make a dozen chocolate cherry cheesecakes. Things don't go as planned and, once again, Jake and Ellie are mixed up in a murder inve Even if you have never read any of the previous mysteries involving Jacobia "Jake" Tiptree, you will enjoy this one. Jake and her long time friend, Ellie have made a big change in their lives by opening a chocolate themed bakery they have named The Chocolate Moose. Ellie is a master baker and she is eager to get noticed by as many caterers as possible. They agree to make a dozen chocolate cherry cheesecakes. Things don't go as planned and, once again, Jake and Ellie are mixed up in a murder investigation. Add to that, the number of cheeses cakes grows and grows. Problem then becomes how to get more chocolate for the cheesecakes after the dead guy is found with his head in the latest batch of melted chocolate. One thing leads to another...and another.....There are a lot of things going on what with family, business and the 4th of July events....like a powerful storm aiming straight for town. I had no trouble keeping it all straight and the clues were all there. The best word I can come up with to describe the pace ? Hectic. In a good way. It's a roller coaster of a mystery and I will gladly read the next in this spin off series.My thanks to the publisher Kensington and to NetGalley for giving me an advance copy in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Nancy
    January 1, 1970
    This is a non-starter series for me. Apparently, the first book in the new “Death by Chocolate Mystery” series is a takeoff from the author’s prior “Home Repair is Homicide” series and unless you have read them, which I have not, you too will be confused by references to past incidents in the life of Jacobia Tiptree.Jacobia, Jake to her friends, and Ellie White have opened a bakeshop in Eastport, Maine. With the upcoming 4th of July festivities, the two ladies have promised an unrealistic number This is a non-starter series for me. Apparently, the first book in the new “Death by Chocolate Mystery” series is a takeoff from the author’s prior “Home Repair is Homicide” series and unless you have read them, which I have not, you too will be confused by references to past incidents in the life of Jacobia Tiptree.Jacobia, Jake to her friends, and Ellie White have opened a bakeshop in Eastport, Maine. With the upcoming 4th of July festivities, the two ladies have promised an unrealistic number of overly complicated cheesecakes for raffle to offset the cost of fireworks and run into problems when Matt Muldoon’s body is found with his head in a pot of chocolate and Ellie looks like the prime suspect. It gets improbable from there on with money found where chocolate should be. The two ladies running all over town with no one watching the shop yet people leaving money on the counter for what they have taken. Family members forcing other family members out of their home. Jacobia opening her home up to man and beast because what is a cozy without animals abound. Oh, and do not forget the impending hurricane that can throw what is not already a mess into a complete disaster.This series is a hard pass for me.
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  • Cindy
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this new series by Sarah Graves! Having read only the first book in her first series featuring Jake and her family and friends in Maine I much preferred this book to that. It may have to do with the culinary twist (i do have a soft spot for culinary mysteries) but, I think it's more likely to do with Sarah's experience level when it comes to writing in general and also writing about these characters. If you went into this book without any previous knowledge of the world Sarah cr I really enjoyed this new series by Sarah Graves! Having read only the first book in her first series featuring Jake and her family and friends in Maine I much preferred this book to that. It may have to do with the culinary twist (i do have a soft spot for culinary mysteries) but, I think it's more likely to do with Sarah's experience level when it comes to writing in general and also writing about these characters. If you went into this book without any previous knowledge of the world Sarah created on her first series, you may be a little lost or disconnected, especially at first because she really doesn't fill in the background information. Having read only one of her previous books I felt like I grasped most of the back story, but there were still a few characters that were new to me and not introduced fully. I really enjoyed the mystery and action in this book, although I found the ending was quite rushed, with a lot of the plot revealed abruptly and it could have been more fleshed out there and maybe less build up and less cheesecake making. I know it's a culinary mystery, but there was a lot of chocolate curls being made, lol. This could have been rated a 4 if the ending felt more satisfying/in depth (especially the part with her son, very out of left field there) because I was loving it until then. Still 3.5, I would read more of this series.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    First in a new series, BUT actually a spin-off from the Home Repair is Homicide series. This book is a stand alone story, but it helps (A LOT) to have read the previous series since characters have been around for a while.I admit that when I saw this author's name on a book with a picture of cheesecake I was a little confused. I read most of her previous series, but toward the last few they started to get a little less cozy and the last one was published in 2013. I read the blurb and was happy t First in a new series, BUT actually a spin-off from the Home Repair is Homicide series. This book is a stand alone story, but it helps (A LOT) to have read the previous series since characters have been around for a while.I admit that when I saw this author's name on a book with a picture of cheesecake I was a little confused. I read most of her previous series, but toward the last few they started to get a little less cozy and the last one was published in 2013. I read the blurb and was happy to see that Jake was back, home repairs finally completed and ready to tackle a new business, a bakery, with her best bud, Ellie.Things start off pretty quickly with Jake finding a body in the bakery. Ellie quickly becomes a suspect, so Jake jumps in to investigate and clear her partner.This book was fast moving and it was fun to reconnect with what felt like old friends. I like that the author took an entirely new direction with her old characters and look forward to more. *I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book provided by the publisher, via NetGalley.*
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  • Nicole
    January 1, 1970
    Death by Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake is the first book in the new Death by Chocolate series by established cozy author Sarah Graves, and a spinoff of her previous series - Home Repair is Homicide - featuring the same protagonist, Jacobia "Jake" Tiptree. I'd not read a single one of the books in the other series, but was able to jump right into this very well-written mystery! Jake and her best friend, Ellie, have volunteered to make one dozen chocolate cherry cheesecakes to auction off to raise f Death by Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake is the first book in the new Death by Chocolate series by established cozy author Sarah Graves, and a spinoff of her previous series - Home Repair is Homicide - featuring the same protagonist, Jacobia "Jake" Tiptree. I'd not read a single one of the books in the other series, but was able to jump right into this very well-written mystery! Jake and her best friend, Ellie, have volunteered to make one dozen chocolate cherry cheesecakes to auction off to raise funds for Eastport's Fourth of July fireworks. Unfortunately, someone turns up dead face down in the chocolate warmer at The Chocolate Moose and then one dozen cheesecakes turns into two dozen because Jake can never say no to anyone in need! A lot is happening in this book with an impending storm and Jake's MIA son, and there are lots of suspects to choose from. Loved it, and I sure hope there'll be a second book in this fun new cozy series! A+
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  • Kathleen Gray
    January 1, 1970
    You might find yourself occasionally scratching your head in the first few chapters. This is less a new series than a spin off of Graves' Home Repair series and if you haven't read those or if it's been a while, you might be a bit confused. Suffice it to say that once you get past what might seem like inside baseball, you can settle into a tale of two woman - Jake and Ellie- who have opened a bakery. The rotten food inspector who has been bothering them is found dead and well, you know where thi You might find yourself occasionally scratching your head in the first few chapters. This is less a new series than a spin off of Graves' Home Repair series and if you haven't read those or if it's been a while, you might be a bit confused. Suffice it to say that once you get past what might seem like inside baseball, you can settle into a tale of two woman - Jake and Ellie- who have opened a bakery. The rotten food inspector who has been bothering them is found dead and well, you know where this is going to go. I liked that these are mature women. It's a classic cozy, complete with a recipe for the title treat. The mystery is not too complex but it will keep you guessing. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. If you like Graves' work, this one's for you. If you aren't familiar with her, this is a nice introduction to Eastpoint, Maine and you'll look forward to the next one.
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