Death by Chocolate Malted Milkshake (A Death by Chocolate Mystery #2)
The island fishing village of Eastport, Maine, has plenty of salty local character. It also has a sweet side, thanks to Jacobia “Jake” Tiptree, her best friend Ellie, and their waterfront bake shop, The Chocolate Moose. But when island life is disrupted by the occasional killer, Jake and Ellie put their chocolate treats aside to make sure justice is served.    This summer, Eastport’s favorite lovebirds, kindergarten teacher Sharon Sweetwater and Coast Guard Captain Andy Devine, are getting married. The gala reception is sure to be the fête of the season, especially with a wedding-cake-sized whoopie pie courtesy of The Chocolate Moose. For Jake and Ellie, the custom-ordered confection will finally reel in some much-needed profits. But the celebratory air, and sweet smell of success, are ruined by foul murder.   When Sharon’s bitter ex-boyfriend Toby is poisoned with an arsenic-laced milkshake, Andy is jailed as the prime suspect and the wedding is cancelled, whoopie pie and all. Then Sharon makes a shocking confession—one that sounds like a fishy attempt to get Andy off the hook. Now both the bride and groom are behind bars. And with the fate of The Chocolate Moose at stake, it’s up to Jake and Ellie to catch a poisonous predator before someone else sips their last dessert.  Includes a Recipe!

Death by Chocolate Malted Milkshake (A Death by Chocolate Mystery #2) Details

TitleDeath by Chocolate Malted Milkshake (A Death by Chocolate Mystery #2)
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ReleaseJan 29th, 2019
PublisherKensington
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GenreMystery, Cozy Mystery

Death by Chocolate Malted Milkshake (A Death by Chocolate Mystery #2) Review

  • Taryn
    January 1, 1970
    In this second book of the series the ladies are having a hard time, things aren't going well and it looks like they are going to have to close up their business. They have a wedding that may take them out of the red and put them in the black but only for a short time. When a local is murdered and it looks like one of their famous milkshakes with poison is the culprit things go from bad to worse. The groom has become the main suspect and it looks like the wedding they need might not happen. Jake In this second book of the series the ladies are having a hard time, things aren't going well and it looks like they are going to have to close up their business. They have a wedding that may take them out of the red and put them in the black but only for a short time. When a local is murdered and it looks like one of their famous milkshakes with poison is the culprit things go from bad to worse. The groom has become the main suspect and it looks like the wedding they need might not happen. Jake and Ellie start looking into the death of the victim but soon learn that he had way more enemies than friends. With so much on the line they aren't willing to give up on the search for a murderer though. Follow along as they get themselves into one bad situation after another in the search for a killer. Will they have to close up shop in the end or will they pull out a miracle?
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  • Betty
    January 1, 1970
    It has been a pleasure to follow Jake and Ellie on their adventures of I appeased find that series is continuing. Many of the characters are the same including Jake's father, Bella the housekeeper and her stepmother. Jake has a grandson. Ellie and Jake open a bakery shop The Chocolate Moose and winter has the shop in financial problems. The pair is depending on a wedding to save the shop. If the bakery closed Ellie and her family will move where her husband can find work. The Chocolate Moose has It has been a pleasure to follow Jake and Ellie on their adventures of I appeased find that series is continuing. Many of the characters are the same including Jake's father, Bella the housekeeper and her stepmother. Jake has a grandson. Ellie and Jake open a bakery shop The Chocolate Moose and winter has the shop in financial problems. The pair is depending on a wedding to save the shop. If the bakery closed Ellie and her family will move where her husband can find work. The Chocolate Moose has developed a milkshake with the shop's logo on it and sprinkles forming a moose antlers. The town drunk is found dead with the special cup laced with insecticide which he has been drinking. Will looking for an answer one Ellie's teacher is found dead by a lake. The wedding bride and groom are arrested for the murders. It begins to look like the Chocolate Moose will close and Ellie's family moving. Will test events happened?I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK AND SERIES. The recipe for Ginger Chocolate Biscotti is included.Disclosure: Many thanks to NetGalley and Kensington Books for a review copy. The opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Louise Bird
    January 1, 1970
    This is a great mystery, the real kicker was the “milkshake cup” being used to make it look like that is what did it. Ellie and Jake, May run the bakery but they also help solve crimes, unofficially of course. This book has cause and several possible suspects it also has a good story line.
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  • Kirsti
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book!I always enjoy a new cozy series, and mostly it doesn't matter where you start in one. This proved to be the case here, because I easily fell into Eastport and joined Jake and Ellie while the sleuthed their way to solving a murder! I loved all the chocolate mentions, as I'm a complete choc-o-holic myself, and now I really want a milkshake :/At times I felt like the plot was rushed, and things weren't fully explained but th Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book!I always enjoy a new cozy series, and mostly it doesn't matter where you start in one. This proved to be the case here, because I easily fell into Eastport and joined Jake and Ellie while the sleuthed their way to solving a murder! I loved all the chocolate mentions, as I'm a complete choc-o-holic myself, and now I really want a milkshake :/At times I felt like the plot was rushed, and things weren't fully explained but that was my only problem with this book. Overall I enjoyed it, so this meant I only knocked it down a single star. The character driven novel really held my interest, and I really wanted to know who killed Toby Moran and why. hank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book!A fun cozy that keeps up with the action. Four stars!
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  • Patty
    January 1, 1970
    Death by Chocolate Malted Milkshake by Sarah Graves is the 2nd book in the Death by Chocolate Mystery series, and another fun addition. Jacobia (Jake) Tiptree her best friend, Ellie White, from the Home Repair is Homicide series, have opened up a waterfront bakery called The Chocolate Moose. The Chocolate Moose is struggling to stay in business, and they need the money for the whoopie pie wedding cake they are making. Unfortunately when a man is murdered, and the prime subject is the groom, the Death by Chocolate Malted Milkshake by Sarah Graves is the 2nd book in the Death by Chocolate Mystery series, and another fun addition. Jacobia (Jake) Tiptree her best friend, Ellie White, from the Home Repair is Homicide series, have opened up a waterfront bakery called The Chocolate Moose. The Chocolate Moose is struggling to stay in business, and they need the money for the whoopie pie wedding cake they are making. Unfortunately when a man is murdered, and the prime subject is the groom, the women are determined to fine the real killer. I found this book to be a quick read, with a well developed plot and characters. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series. If you love cozy mysteries, I recommend this book.I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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  • RO G'ma
    January 1, 1970
    Death by Chocolate Malted Milkshake is the second book in Sarah Graves’ Death by Chocolate Mystery series. The mystery is well plotted, and the characters are well developed in this entertaining and easy read. This book can easily be read as a standalone.Jacobia ‘Jake’ Tiptree and her friend, Ellie White, recently opened a bakery, The Chocolate Moose, in Eastport, Maine and are in the process of trying to create a whoopee-pie wedding cake for the upcoming nuptials of kindergarten teacher, Sharon Death by Chocolate Malted Milkshake is the second book in Sarah Graves’ Death by Chocolate Mystery series. The mystery is well plotted, and the characters are well developed in this entertaining and easy read. This book can easily be read as a standalone.Jacobia ‘Jake’ Tiptree and her friend, Ellie White, recently opened a bakery, The Chocolate Moose, in Eastport, Maine and are in the process of trying to create a whoopee-pie wedding cake for the upcoming nuptials of kindergarten teacher, Sharon Sweetwater, and Coast Guard Captain Andy Devine. The Chocolate Moose suffered financial problems during the winter, and Jake and Ellie are depending on the wedding to keep them open. The body of Toby Moran, a man who isn’t well liked in the small town, is found early one morning, and the cause of death appears to be one of The Chocolate Moose’s fastest-selling items, Moose Milks, laced with insecticide. Sharon briefly dated Toby until she realized what a louse he was, and doesn’t have an alibi. Andy was seen arguing with the victim at the Rubber Ducky Bar & Grill and following him out of the establishment the evening before his body was found behind it. Jake and Ellie feel compelled to try to solve the mystery and clear Sharon and Andy’s names so the wedding will proceed and help The Chocolate Moose’s cash flow problems. I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and voluntarily reviewed it.
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  • Arlene Arredondo
    January 1, 1970
    Love the writing style of this author.Interesting from the very first page, with lots of subplots to keep the story fun to read and engaging. The characters are well developed and easy to connect.Definitely recommend it. Note: I received an ARC for review purposes and an honest and unbiased opinion.
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  • The Cozy Review
    January 1, 1970
    Chocolate and love, what could be better? This summer, Eastport’s favorite lovebirds, kindergarten teacher Sharon Sweetwater and Coast Guard Captain Andy Devine, are getting married. The gala reception is sure to be the fête of the season, especially with a wedding-cake-sized whoopie pie courtesy of The Chocolate Moose. For Jake and Ellie, the custom-ordered confection will finally reel in some much-needed profits. But the celebratory air, and the sweet smell of success are ruined by foul murder Chocolate and love, what could be better? This summer, Eastport’s favorite lovebirds, kindergarten teacher Sharon Sweetwater and Coast Guard Captain Andy Devine, are getting married. The gala reception is sure to be the fête of the season, especially with a wedding-cake-sized whoopie pie courtesy of The Chocolate Moose. For Jake and Ellie, the custom-ordered confection will finally reel in some much-needed profits. But the celebratory air, and the sweet smell of success are ruined by foul murder.When Sharon’s bitter ex-boyfriend Toby is poisoned with an arsenic-laced milkshake, Andy is jailed as the prime suspect, and the wedding is canceled, whoopie pie and all. Then Sharon makes a shocking confession—one that sounds like a fishy attempt to get Andy off the hook. Now both the bride and groom are behind bars. And with the fate of The Chocolate Moose at stake, it’s up to Jake and Ellie to catch a poisonous predator before someone else sips their last dessert.--Series: Death by Chocolate Mystery - Book 2Author: Sarah Graves Genre: Cozy Mystery/CulinaryPublisher: Kensington Books Death by Chocolate Malted Milkshake by Sarah Graves is a gratifying and enjoyable read. The latest addition to the Death by Chocolate Mystery series published by Kensington Books will take the reader on a roller coaster ride. The seaside town of Eastport, Maine, where life is a challenge but filled with smiles will leave readers wanting to visit.I caution readers that are new to this series and this author; the new book is not big on giving background on the characters so it may be confusing at first. Upon first reading this book, not having read the first in this series, I couldn’t tell if Jake was a man or a woman. By chapter three all becomes clear.Jake is a charming, caring, compassionate, and logical character who wants her family and friends to be happy. She is always trying to make certain they have everything they need, and the idea of giving up on any one of them never enters her mind. So, when her and Ellie’s shop is in danger of closing, she will try just about anything to keep it going. Keeping Ellie happy and in Eastport even though she knows their chances aren’t good is her main goal.Other characters in this series are interesting and likable. Each brings something different to the story and allows the plot to move along smoothly. Readers will enjoy getting to know Jake’s family and friends and will want them to continue into the next book in the series.The murder itself is classic but adding in the milkshake twist makes it intriguing. The victim wasn’t a popular person, and many will say he had it coming. But Jake must save the day once again. Not just to save her friend but to save their business. This provides great motivation for her to solve the murder and makes for some dangerous situations.The writing is good and easy to follow while the plot has several twists and turns that keep the story fresh. The ending of the book may come as a surprise to some readers. The killer isn’t who or what you would imagine. Death by Chocolate Malted Milkshake makes you long for good food, and wonderful friends. I highly recommend this book to cozy lovers of all kinds.Thanks to Kensington Books for the ARC
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    I'm so glad that Sarah Graves has given Jake and Ellie from Home Repair is Homicide a new platform. When the first series concluded I was sorry to say goodbye. Now they are back in this, the second mystery in their new series, Death By Chocolate. No matter what the season, chocolate is the most important food group. Winter or Summer, rain or shine, chocolate is a wonderful comfort food. However, in Maine it's a seasonal life style and money made in Summer carries the locals through into Spring. I'm so glad that Sarah Graves has given Jake and Ellie from Home Repair is Homicide a new platform. When the first series concluded I was sorry to say goodbye. Now they are back in this, the second mystery in their new series, Death By Chocolate. No matter what the season, chocolate is the most important food group. Winter or Summer, rain or shine, chocolate is a wonderful comfort food. However, in Maine it's a seasonal life style and money made in Summer carries the locals through into Spring. In this mystery we find Jake and Ellie in a tight financial situation. They won't make it through Winter if they don't have this wedding cake to cater, a Whoopee cake is the focus of their hopes to stay afloat or their business will go under.All looks like it's coming together nicely as the wedding day for Sharon and Andy.......until Sharon's nasty ex-boyfriend makes his presence known when he is found dead. Things get very personal for everyone when it turns out he was poisoned with one of Jake and Ellie's new Moose Milkshakes with a side of insecticide. Perfect for the louse he was. The police focus on Andy, the groom because he was seen arguing with Toby, the ex-boyfriend/soon to be corpse at the bar. When Sharon also becomes a prime suspect, the wedding is no more. Jake and Ellie now have to find the real killer - the future of four people are on the line plus their families futures, as well.As a cozy mystery this has it all with the small town, strong characters and toned down violence. This series is very character driven so that changes the pace. This book can be read as a stand alone but a reader new to this series will surely want to go back to the Home Repair is Homicide series to really get to know all about Jake, Ellie, Jake's father and the rest of the residents of Eastport, Maine. I'm looking forward to the third mystery that involves Jake and Ellie. It's like hanging out with friends.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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  • RoloPoloBookBlog
    January 1, 1970
    Death by Chocolate Malted Milkshake by Sarah GravesBook #2: Death by Chocolate Mystery SeriesSource: NetGalleyMy Rating 3/5 stars**MINI-REVIEW**The Bottom Line: I simply adore the setting of this series, but I can’t say I am blown away by any other element of this book. While Jake and Ellie are fine characters and I don’t dislike them by any stretch of the imagination, I just haven’t felt, after two books, that I really want and/or need to know more about them. I thought this second book would s Death by Chocolate Malted Milkshake by Sarah GravesBook #2: Death by Chocolate Mystery SeriesSource: NetGalleyMy Rating 3/5 stars**MINI-REVIEW**The Bottom Line: I simply adore the setting of this series, but I can’t say I am blown away by any other element of this book. While Jake and Ellie are fine characters and I don’t dislike them by any stretch of the imagination, I just haven’t felt, after two books, that I really want and/or need to know more about them. I thought this second book would sort of straighten out and really pull me in as far as the characters go, but I didn’t find that to be the case at all. As I mentioned in my first review, these women are already fully developed characters with an entire history stemming from a previous series. With that in mind, I can’t see a great deal of room for growth which is something I demand out of my characters. I very much liked the descriptions of the Chocolate Moose and the sweet treats Jake and Ellie create, but I found myself mentally wandering off as I was reading about something other than the Moose and its delectable offerings. Since this is meant to be a cozy mystery and I kept wandering during the mystery bits, I can’t see this being a good omen for me continuing with this series. The ultimate assessment is this: yes, I liked this book, I even thoroughly enjoyed some bits, but there are so many series in this genre that one must really set itself apart to keep my attention and keep me coming back for more. Unfortunately, I don’t think the Death by Chocolate series sets itself far enough apart to keep me coming back for another round. Wile I am going to miss the Chocolate Moose, I am quite sure I can find another series with an equally awesome setting that has a bit more bite and ability to draw me in and keep me ensnared.
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  • Annie
    January 1, 1970
    And we're back at it again with our MCs Jake and Ellie, owners of The Chocolate Moose. This time, Jake and Ellie have hit rock bottom. Despite their culinary talents, they're short on customers, and therefore short of funds. Their only hope is the wedding catering gig, but the bride-to-be's loathsome ex was found dead, with The Chocolate Moose's newest product, chocolate milkshake. So Jake and Ellie have to solve the mystery to keep their beloved business.The families, as support, remained the s And we're back at it again with our MCs Jake and Ellie, owners of The Chocolate Moose. This time, Jake and Ellie have hit rock bottom. Despite their culinary talents, they're short on customers, and therefore short of funds. Their only hope is the wedding catering gig, but the bride-to-be's loathsome ex was found dead, with The Chocolate Moose's newest product, chocolate milkshake. So Jake and Ellie have to solve the mystery to keep their beloved business.The families, as support, remained the supporting cast, and did not take away any percentage of the limelight from Jake and Ellie, the stars of this show. This is something I very much appreciate in cozy mysteries, because the MCs are supposed to be our focus, since we get to know the story through their perspectives, and there is that danger of being bogged down by many characters and events that are not significant nor helps in the build up of the suspense and/or act as red herrings. I liked the desperation that the MCs felt. They were so desperate to keep the business (for very good reasons, actually), so the solving of the murder was first priority, disregarding anything bad that could possibly happen to them. This feels grounded and more realistic, and you can relate to the recklessness they have throughout the story. The mystery is still written with the right amount of suspense and elimination(?) of the suspects, and the huge reveal was satisfactorily done, but unlike with some of my favorite cozy mystery titles, I thought the real murderer was unsympathetic. In any case, this is a fun read. It's really more active and more action-packed than the usual cozy mystery. *** I got a copy of this book from NetGalley. These are all my own opinions. Official publication date is January 29, 2019.
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  • Melodie
    January 1, 1970
    Jacobia (Jake) Tiptree returns in Sarah Graves’ latest mystery, Death by Chocolate Malted Milkshake. I found the book to be a decent way to spend a few hours but not a great book. The book seemed to be a bit disjointed and overly long, peppered with characters but often just as red herrings or plot devices. I enjoyed the continuing relationship between Jake and her best friend, Ellie, which was always the best part of previous Sarah Graves’ Jake Tiptree mysteries. The book has a depressing sadne Jacobia (Jake) Tiptree returns in Sarah Graves’ latest mystery, Death by Chocolate Malted Milkshake. I found the book to be a decent way to spend a few hours but not a great book. The book seemed to be a bit disjointed and overly long, peppered with characters but often just as red herrings or plot devices. I enjoyed the continuing relationship between Jake and her best friend, Ellie, which was always the best part of previous Sarah Graves’ Jake Tiptree mysteries. The book has a depressing sadness to it; the economy in Eastport is poor and there is a very real possibility that Jake and Ellie will lose the chocolate based shop they own. This leads them to try and solve a murder, sometimes taking ridiculously dangerous risks along the way. This is something that always bothers me when I read a mystery. Jake does even more of this on her own, always rationalizing her decisions in some way. It was fun to revisit Eastport, Jake, Ellie and their families. I have read most of the previous books. Though this is only the second in a new series, the characters are found in a previous series. I commend Sarah Graves for continuing to allow beloved characters to exist while shaking up the focal points of the books in an effort to refresh them. I do look forward to following the series in the future to see where it goes.I give this book three stars and recommend it for those who enjoy cozy mysteries, especially those food based and/or set in a small town. I was given a free copy of this book by NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated and the opinions stated are solely my own. 
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  • Linda Baker
    January 1, 1970
    It's no surprise when Toby Moran turns up dead In an Eastport alley. What is surprising however is that he made it to the age of thirty, with a string of crimes and abusive relationships which morphed into stalking and blackmail. The problem is that the murder "weapon" appears to be one of The Chocolate Moose's signature chocolate milkshakes, laced with bug killer. More than that, Jacobia and Ellie, the Moose's owners are struggling. They are even considering closing the bakery after the winter' It's no surprise when Toby Moran turns up dead In an Eastport alley. What is surprising however is that he made it to the age of thirty, with a string of crimes and abusive relationships which morphed into stalking and blackmail. The problem is that the murder "weapon" appears to be one of The Chocolate Moose's signature chocolate milkshakes, laced with bug killer. More than that, Jacobia and Ellie, the Moose's owners are struggling. They are even considering closing the bakery after the winter's slump in sales. If so, Ellie and her husband, George, will have to sell up and move so that George can find steady work to provide for Ellie and their daughter. Ellie and George have been fixtures in Eastport for their entire lives, and the move will be a blow to the town and Jacobia in particular. Their one hope is catering a large wedding between Sharon Sweetwater, kindergarten teacher, and Andy Devine, Coast Guard officer. If the police look at them since Sharon is Toby's latest victim, the wedding will be off. Their last hope of staying afloat will disappear. Naturally, Jacobia and Ellie need to investigate. Even Bob Arnold, Eastport's Police Chief, doesn't seem to be averse to their activities this one time. And once again, Ellie and Jacobia find themselves in life-threatening situations.I am always glad for another visit to Eastport and its citizens. Though the many books of the previous series, Home Repair is Homicide, all the main characters have become like old friends. Having visited Eastport, I can recognize many of the places described in the books. I also appreciate that Graves gives an accurate representation of just how hard it is for the people who welcome us summer visitors, to survive when the economy winds down for the winter. Work has always been hard to find in Maine: something that never seems to change, especially in the state's furthest reaches. Death by Chocolate Malted Milkshake doesn't shy away from the hard facts of Maine life.Thanks to NetGalley and Kensington Books for an advance digital copy. The opinions are my own.
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  • Mary
    January 1, 1970
    This is the 2nd installment of the Death by Chocolate series. This series is linked to the author’s previous series (a fixer upper series). I have not read the first series and is not required to enjoy this series. The author gives plenty of background. Jacobia (Jake) and Ellie own a chocolate shop and they are close to having to close their doors. Summer months were good to their new business but winter months in Maine are not allowing them to have enough money to keep open. They have one last This is the 2nd installment of the Death by Chocolate series. This series is linked to the author’s previous series (a fixer upper series). I have not read the first series and is not required to enjoy this series. The author gives plenty of background. Jacobia (Jake) and Ellie own a chocolate shop and they are close to having to close their doors. Summer months were good to their new business but winter months in Maine are not allowing them to have enough money to keep open. They have one last ditch effort for the upcoming wedding of Andy (local golden boy/coast guard) and Sharon (Kindergarten teacher) where they have been commissioned to make a “whoppie pie” cake. Unfortunately Andy and Sharon are suspects in the murder of local bad boy Toby Moran and ex-boyfriend of Sharon. Toby is found dead behind the bar he was kicked out of and Andy is seen leaving shortly thereafter. Next to Toby is the milkshake cup from Ellie and Jake’s Shop The Chocolate Moose. It appears Toby drank a poisoned milkshake. So everyone is staying clear of the Moose Milkshakes. Jake and Ellie feel the must investigate if they have any chance of keeping their business open and stop Ellie from moving away. Lots of twists and turns and I did not figure out who the murderer was until towards the end when the author wanted me too. I did enjoy the story and this series but found this one dragged on a little bit. Will definitely read the next in the series.
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  • Patty
    January 1, 1970
    Death By Chocolate Malted MilkshakeBySarah GravesWhat it's all about...Ellie and Jake have a sweet shop in Eastport, Maine. They are about to be in financial disarray unless they pull off catering a Whoopie Pie Cake for an upcoming wedding. Unfortunately the bride and groom have both been accused of murder. Jake and Ellie need to get involved in solving this crime in order to save their chocolate shop. To make this murder even more intriguing to Jake and Ellie the victim was found dead in the st Death By Chocolate Malted MilkshakeBySarah GravesWhat it's all about...Ellie and Jake have a sweet shop in Eastport, Maine. They are about to be in financial disarray unless they pull off catering a Whoopie Pie Cake for an upcoming wedding. Unfortunately the bride and groom have both been accused of murder. Jake and Ellie need to get involved in solving this crime in order to save their chocolate shop. To make this murder even more intriguing to Jake and Ellie the victim was found dead in the street with a moose imprinted milkshake cup that came from their shop! Complete with moose sprinkles! My thoughts after reading this book...This was a fun and chocolate filled cozy mystery. What I loved best...I loved Jake and Ellie...cookie chefs as well as small town crime investigators. They were funny and clever and I loved getting to know them. What potential readers might want to know...As with all returning characters in cozy mysteries I wish I had read these in order. This was the third book in this series and I felt as though I missed much of the background. The author did a nice job of filling in but I still felt as though I needed to read these in order. I received this book from the publisher through NetGalley. It was my choice to read and review it.
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  • Cindi
    January 1, 1970
    The Chocolate Moose bakery is having cash flow issues and may very well have to close their doors, if the wedding they are baking for doesn’t work out. Ever the optimist, Elie sets her mind to finding the right filling recipe for a whoopee pie cake to keep things afloat while Jake is a bit more pessimistic and is planning for the inevitable. But when the Bride and Groom are arrested for murder of the town’s drunken bully, presumably with a shake from The Chocolate Moose, the ladies find themselv The Chocolate Moose bakery is having cash flow issues and may very well have to close their doors, if the wedding they are baking for doesn’t work out. Ever the optimist, Elie sets her mind to finding the right filling recipe for a whoopee pie cake to keep things afloat while Jake is a bit more pessimistic and is planning for the inevitable. But when the Bride and Groom are arrested for murder of the town’s drunken bully, presumably with a shake from The Chocolate Moose, the ladies find themselves looking for a murderer.Set in Eastport, Maine, small town where businesses depend on the seasonal visitors, we get a full cast of locals who make their living during the tourist season and eek by during the rest of the year. The characters are interesting and diverse, which brings you into the community and life in Eastport. The mystery is solid and you have just as many potential suspects as you do motives. 
While I did not read the first book in the series, this entry is a solid standalone and does not have gaps that can only be filled by having read the first book. You’ll be rooting for Ellie and Jake as they struggle to save their business and find the murderer. A fun and enjoyable read
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  • Anne
    January 1, 1970
    I had missed the last few books Graves had written and was surprised when I started Death by CMM that it wasn't really a new series but a continuation of her Jacobia Tiptree series. I found it interesting that she didn't come up with a new setting and characters, but instead decided her character's focus would no longer be on home improvement, but running a sweet shop. The progression seemed realistic for the setting/characters.I found the story a little slow and less interesting than I remember I had missed the last few books Graves had written and was surprised when I started Death by CMM that it wasn't really a new series but a continuation of her Jacobia Tiptree series. I found it interesting that she didn't come up with a new setting and characters, but instead decided her character's focus would no longer be on home improvement, but running a sweet shop. The progression seemed realistic for the setting/characters.I found the story a little slow and less interesting than I remembered her previous books, though I did think how the shop was used in the mystery was a nice touch. Perhaps it was the overall darkness to the story that just pulled me down. Graves' series has always been very open to the pitfalls of life on the coast, economically, environmentally, etc. But, it seemed to make this book a bit more depressing to me.I was nice to get back in touch with the characters and see what progression has been made in the last several books (not that much really, I was quickly up to speed). Reading DCMM though did not make me long to get caught up with the books I'd missed for excited to read the next in the series.I got my copy from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    I missed the first/previous book in this series so this is the first book I’ve read by Sarah Graves. I could follow the plot well enough anyway. I’d thought this book would be right up my alley but it actually turned out to be something of a slow burn for me. It seemed to be quite narration-heavy and evidence mostly was happened upon rather than being sought out or investigated and certain plot points were brought up/talked about ad nauseum, making it repetitive. All the characters (but especial I missed the first/previous book in this series so this is the first book I’ve read by Sarah Graves. I could follow the plot well enough anyway. I’d thought this book would be right up my alley but it actually turned out to be something of a slow burn for me. It seemed to be quite narration-heavy and evidence mostly was happened upon rather than being sought out or investigated and certain plot points were brought up/talked about ad nauseum, making it repetitive. All the characters (but especially the mains, Jake and Ellie) had this habit of explaining what they’d just said and I found that to be quite irritating. But the book picked up about halfway through in the humor department and I found myself laughing more and that made the minor irritations more tolerable. If I ever came across the opportunity to read another book in this series, or by this author, I would do so but I probably wouldn’t especially seek one out.
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  • Danielle Urban
    January 1, 1970
    Death by Chocolate Malted Milkshake is a fun cozy mystery. Two ladies with bakery think a milkshake of theirs was the murder weapon. Yet as it turns out...it really wasn't. But they won't know that until much later. A man nobody liked is killed. Leaving the main characters worried and in a much bigger hole...than they started with. Jake feels like giving up on their business, while Ellie is still hopeful. But with a local murder to solve things quickly escalate out of control. The characters wer Death by Chocolate Malted Milkshake is a fun cozy mystery. Two ladies with bakery think a milkshake of theirs was the murder weapon. Yet as it turns out...it really wasn't. But they won't know that until much later. A man nobody liked is killed. Leaving the main characters worried and in a much bigger hole...than they started with. Jake feels like giving up on their business, while Ellie is still hopeful. But with a local murder to solve things quickly escalate out of control. The characters were realistic. There was no emotional attachment where I felt like cheering for them. I did feel bad about their sinking business. The plot had mystery. It was entertaining. Just not the omg, I have to finish this tonight or else. Sarah Graves brought themes of family, friends, and intrigue to her novel. It had enough to spark an interest of whodunit and why. I received this copy from the publisher. This is my voluntary review.
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  • Kathleen Gray
    January 1, 1970
    Winters are tough in seaside tourist towns so Jake and Ellie are really counting on the wedding of Sharon and Andy to boost their bank account. A giant whoopie pie for a wedding cake- count me in! It's really just devil's food with white icing but somehow, well, it's yummy. Then, regrettably, Sharon's ex, Toby, who is not a nice person, is found dead, having sipped the title sweet, a milkshake. Who did it? Hah- both Sharon and Andy confess. You know, just like Jake and Ellie do, that's not possi Winters are tough in seaside tourist towns so Jake and Ellie are really counting on the wedding of Sharon and Andy to boost their bank account. A giant whoopie pie for a wedding cake- count me in! It's really just devil's food with white icing but somehow, well, it's yummy. Then, regrettably, Sharon's ex, Toby, who is not a nice person, is found dead, having sipped the title sweet, a milkshake. Who did it? Hah- both Sharon and Andy confess. You know, just like Jake and Ellie do, that's not possible. The charm of this series (well, the second book in what looks to be a series but feel free to read this as a standalone) is in the characters, especially Jake and Ellie, who are mature women. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. A fun quick read.
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  • T Olsen
    January 1, 1970
    Basically a standard cozy with a good plot, but way too much filling with food and personal stuff. There's endless dialogue, lots of repetition and a very slow pace. The last quarter or so of the book is much better, and the characters are excellent, so with a little tidying it could be a very good book.
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  • Barbara Tobey
    January 1, 1970
    A delightful cozy mystery. Several interesting characters. The various issues were neatly explained and wrapped up by the end. Enjoyed the food hints about using real products, not substitutes. I may never eat cake frosting again though. Thanks to the publisher for providing a copy via NetGalley.
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  • Melodie
    January 1, 1970
    Jacobia (Jake) Tiptree returns in Sarah Graves’ latest mystery, Death by Chocolate Malted Milkshake. I found the book to be a decent way to spend a few hours but not a great book. The book seemed to be a bit disjointed and overly long, peppered with characters but often just as red herrings or plot devices. I enjoyed the continuing relationship between Jake and her best friend, Ellie, which was always the best part of previous Sarah Graves’ Jake Tiptree mysteries. The book has a depressing sadne Jacobia (Jake) Tiptree returns in Sarah Graves’ latest mystery, Death by Chocolate Malted Milkshake. I found the book to be a decent way to spend a few hours but not a great book. The book seemed to be a bit disjointed and overly long, peppered with characters but often just as red herrings or plot devices. I enjoyed the continuing relationship between Jake and her best friend, Ellie, which was always the best part of previous Sarah Graves’ Jake Tiptree mysteries. The book has a depressing sadness to it; the economy in Eastport is poor and there is a very real possibility that Jake and Ellie will lose the chocolate based shop they own. This leads them to try and solve a murder, sometimes taking ridiculously dangerous risks along the way. This is something that always bothers me when I read a mystery. Jake does even more of this on her own, always rationalizing her decisions in some way. It was fun to revisit Eastport, Jake, Ellie and their families. I have read most of the previous books. Though this is only the second in a new series, the characters are found in a previous series. I commend Sarah Graves for continuing to allow beloved characters to exist while shaking up the focal points of the books in an effort to refresh them. I do look forward to following the series in the future to see where it goes.I give this book three stars and recommend it for those who enjoy cozy mysteries, especially those food based and/or set in a small town. I was given a free copy of this book by NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated and the opinions stated are solely my own.
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  • Kory Bull
    January 1, 1970
    This is the second book in the series and I think it was better than the first book. I love the descriptions of Maine and the Ice Cream Shop. Jake and Ellie have great back and forth conversations that remind me of friends I know. I thought the idea of a Whoopie Pie wedding cake was very unique and Inliked that the murder weapon was a tainted milkshake. My only issue with this book was that it moved very slow and I almost put it down, but I am so glad that I didn't. I would recommend this book
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