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!
About the Author
Sarah Graves lives in Eastport, Maine, in a 200-year-old house much like Jake Tiptree’s. After 20 years of home repair – and yes, it really does make you think about murder! – she has handed in her toolbox and returned to her first love: chocolate. When she’s not cooking or baking something delectable, or writing about it, she tends a huge garden or shovels snow, depending upon the season.
“Jacobia “Jake” Tiptree, the star of Graves’s Home Repair Is Homicide series…is back in this charming series launch….The characters are appealing, and down east Maine is a delightful place to visit. Graves fans will enjoy catching up with old friends.” —Publishers Weekly
“Sympathetic characters, effective plot twists, a vividly described small-town Maine setting, and the baking frame add to this satisfying cozy that will appeal to fans of Joanne Fluke and Diane Mott Davidson (for the baking details) and Leslie Meier (for the Maine setting).” —Booklist
“As her handywoman heroine reinvents herself in chocolate, Graves adds enough physical danger to her comfy tale of small-town mayhem to move it into the…range of the cozy thriller. Gives new currency to the phrase "baking up a storm." —Kirkus Reviews
“Fans of [Graves'] Home Repair is Homicide series, will be delighted….Graves’ new series is a welcome return to Eastport and the long familiar characters that continue to please, but this time with a recipe at the end that will please even more.” –Maine Quoddy Times
“Returning fans will appreciate the character growth and development featured throughout the new book, and the opportunity to catch up with some fan-favorite minor characters….Graves attributes her own fondness and predilection for baking to her mother and grandmother, from whom she retains recipes.”—Maine News Observer
“An inherently compelling read from cover to cover and will prove to be an enduringly popular addition to community library Mystery/Suspense collections.” –Midwest Book Review
“The mystery is a good one…readers will be happy to see [Jake and Ellie’s] new adventure…And yes, Ellie shares her grandmother’s recipe for Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake. The cover art alone is enough to make you crave a big slice.” –Kings River Life
“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.” –Mystery Reader’s Journal
“Fans of the previous series will love this spin-off, new readers will fall for these characters too after reading this book…. I am looking forward to future stories with Jake and Ellie.” –Escape with Dollycas