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!
Praise for Death By Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake
“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
Praise for Sarah Graves and her Home Repair Is Homicide Mysteries!
Dead Cat Bounce
“Graves blends charming, evocative digressions about life in Eastport with an intricate plot, well-drawn characters and a wry sense of humor.”
"Triple Witch is a pleasure to read. Jake Tiptree is an engaging, appealing character."
—Portland Press Herald
“Graves has . . . done a fine job of characterization. Readers will especially enjoy the realistic relationship between Jake and her son, Sam.”
—RT Book Reviews
Wreck The Halls
“Frequent humor tempers the Down East mannerisms, plucky heroine, and more serious subject matter.”
“Another standout in a series that, unlike the homes it features, needs no fixing up whatsoever.”
"For fans who enjoy nooks, crannies, subplots, and carpentry tips."