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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. 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!


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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. 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!

30 review for Death by Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake

  1. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

    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....

  2. 4 out of 5

    ☆Dani☆ ☆Touch My Spine Book Reviews☆

    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.

  3. 4 out of 5

    LORI CASWELL

    Dollycas’s Thoughts Sarah 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 Thoughts Sarah 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.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kav

    I was so excited about finding this series in my library's digital collection. Two of my favourite things -- chocolate and mysteries -- and Death by Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake is the first book in the series...but wait, is it? Because it sure sounded like Jake and Ellie have a lot of off page history that left me feeling like the odd man out. It bugged me enough that I had to double check only to discover that while this is the first book in a new series, these characters have been solving crim I was so excited about finding this series in my library's digital collection. Two of my favourite things -- chocolate and mysteries -- and Death by Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake is the first book in the series...but wait, is it? Because it sure sounded like Jake and Ellie have a lot of off page history that left me feeling like the odd man out. It bugged me enough that I had to double check only to discover that while this is the first book in a new series, these characters have been solving crimes in Sarah Graves' Home Repair is Homicide series to the tune of 16 books! So it really felt like I was missing out on a lot of history. Especially since the author alludes to past mysteries and relationships a lot. Or sometimes stops short and says 'no time for that now' which got to be really frustrating. And maybe, if I had read the previous 16 books, I wold have understood the connection they had with the local police who pretty much gave them carte blanche to investigate however they wanted. But I will never understand a few of the TSTL things they did. Just...no...shaking my head. I did enjoy the actual mystery and the complexity of it and the way the author portrayed so many possible suspects while still holding back some shocking revelations. And the Maine setting is divinely described. I'll definitely listen to the next book -- the narration is great -- but I can't help feeling discombobulated over this new series that really isn't. :-)

  5. 5 out of 5

    Carla Johnson-Hicks

    I picked this book up as it was advertised as the first in a new series. What I didn't know was that these characters were well loved in another series, so there was a lot of character development and relationship information that I was lacking, through no mistake of my own. Jake and Ellie have opened up a bake shop on the waterfront of town Eastport, called Chocolate Moose. Apparently, Jacobia (Jake) has experience helping to solve murders, so when the annoying town inspector ends up murdered i I picked this book up as it was advertised as the first in a new series. What I didn't know was that these characters were well loved in another series, so there was a lot of character development and relationship information that I was lacking, through no mistake of my own. Jake and Ellie have opened up a bake shop on the waterfront of town Eastport, called Chocolate Moose. Apparently, Jacobia (Jake) has experience helping to solve murders, so when the annoying town inspector ends up murdered in their shop, Ellie is the main suspect. 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 didn’t kill him but she and Jake will have to find out who did or Ellie may find herself under arrest. 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 checks himself out of the hospital after having a heart attack. There is so much going on that I am not sure how it all gets sorted out. Jake and Ellie are both strong women and work together very well. Jake's husband, Wade, makes a few appearances in the story, but is not a major player. Bob the sheriff is another good character and he does not want Jake and Ellie investigating on one hand, but feeds Jake information on another. The story rolls along at an okay pace with Jake and Ellie getting themselves in several sticky and dire situations. There were a lot of twists and turns and the conclusion pulling everything together was well done, but I found I did not really get invested in the story. If you are familiar with Sarah Graves' other series and these characters, you will probably love this book. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Betty

    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.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Morin

    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

  8. 4 out of 5

    Peggy R

    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.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    Jacobia "Jake" and Ellie open a new bakery in Eastport, Maine. When they arrive to make cherry cheesecakes for a town celebration, they find someone in their chocolate. The state police suspect Ellie. Jake and Ellie set out to find the real person responsible. Although the first in a series, I felt lost on this one because the characters referred to other mysteries they solved. Only after reading another review did I realize the same characters appeared in a previous cozy series and just "got a Jacobia "Jake" and Ellie open a new bakery in Eastport, Maine. When they arrive to make cherry cheesecakes for a town celebration, they find someone in their chocolate. The state police suspect Ellie. Jake and Ellie set out to find the real person responsible. Although the first in a series, I felt lost on this one because the characters referred to other mysteries they solved. Only after reading another review did I realize the same characters appeared in a previous cozy series and just "got a new job." Unfortunately for those of us who did not read the previous series, nothing helped warm us to the characters, and we missed out on a lot of character development. The plot seemed quite convoluted. The persons who did it were far too obvious as well. While I may eventually read future installments, I will not rush to do so.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Taryn

    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.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jill

    I received this book as part of a Goodreads giveaway, thanks to Kensington Books and Goodreads for the opportunity. This book started out as an interesting cozy mystery, but just lost me along the way with some crazy fixations (the tracking device on Ellie’s boat) and some far-fetched storylines (being chased and shot at without the police being involved and the whole escapade with Marla and the hospital) that just made the story seem disjointed overall. I like a good cozy mystery, but it has to I received this book as part of a Goodreads giveaway, thanks to Kensington Books and Goodreads for the opportunity. This book started out as an interesting cozy mystery, but just lost me along the way with some crazy fixations (the tracking device on Ellie’s boat) and some far-fetched storylines (being chased and shot at without the police being involved and the whole escapade with Marla and the hospital) that just made the story seem disjointed overall. I like a good cozy mystery, but it has to be realistic to keep me engaged.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kristina

    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.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Tari

    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!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Janet Robel

    Great mystery! Nice town to visit with a main character I enjoyed. There are lots of twists to keep you on your toes. I'm ready for more Jacobia and her cheesecakes. Great mystery! Nice town to visit with a main character I enjoyed. There are lots of twists to keep you on your toes. I'm ready for more Jacobia and her cheesecakes.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Maureen DeLuca

    It's a cozy. I don't read many of them , so for me 3 stars. It's a cozy. I don't read many of them , so for me 3 stars.

  16. 5 out of 5

    beachbum bookworm

    Let me start with saying I rate my cozy mysteries different than all other genres of books I read. I still use a five star rating system (or with cozies I like to think instead of stars how many cups of coffee/tea.….which is my idea of cozy). The following is how I rate my cozies: 1 cup of coffee- did not finish or will not continue on in series. 2 cups of coffee- this book has potential, but on the fence whether I will read the next book. 3 cups of coffee- good- will definitely continue series, b Let me start with saying I rate my cozy mysteries different than all other genres of books I read. I still use a five star rating system (or with cozies I like to think instead of stars how many cups of coffee/tea.….which is my idea of cozy). The following is how I rate my cozies: 1 cup of coffee- did not finish or will not continue on in series. 2 cups of coffee- this book has potential, but on the fence whether I will read the next book. 3 cups of coffee- good- will definitely continue series, but did have some issues 4 cups of coffee- great- will definitely continue series- minor issues 5 cups of coffee-EXCEPTIONAL! What I think about when I give my ratings: 1.) There called cozies for a reason, and that being said I know they are not for everybody. I love them. Therefore the first thing I think about is how cozy/cheesy are they? The more cheese the better for me…lol. The horrible puns in the titles…LOVE THEM. Yes…if you’re wondering I am the person who loves laffy taffy jokes. 2.) Characters/ and relationships with secondary characters 3.) Setting 4.) The mystery Im not really sure what's going on. Another ok book for me. I did think the author did a great job with the setting. I love the small town setting, and especially when there is a lot of community involvement. I also liked the chocolate shop. However I thought the title was boring, the characters were blah, and I did not like the details about boating. I will try the 2nd book since I did love the concept and setting of the book.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Laura M

    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.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Gillian Murrell

    This is book #1 in the Death by Chocolate Mystery series but it kind of felt like I was missing something then I read that it is a flow on from another series. Jake and Ellie are meant to be cooking 12 cheesecakes for an auction, while backing for and running their shop The Chocolate Moose. But when a dead body is discovered in the shop the pair just go off trying to solve the mystery and clear Ellie's name as she is the prime suspect. The order for 12 cheesecakes soon becomes 24 then 28 and the This is book #1 in the Death by Chocolate Mystery series but it kind of felt like I was missing something then I read that it is a flow on from another series. Jake and Ellie are meant to be cooking 12 cheesecakes for an auction, while backing for and running their shop The Chocolate Moose. But when a dead body is discovered in the shop the pair just go off trying to solve the mystery and clear Ellie's name as she is the prime suspect. The order for 12 cheesecakes soon becomes 24 then 28 and the time line for the auction gets moved forward to to warnings of a cyclone type storm is headed their way. Despite Jake thinking there is no way they can get the cheesecakes made in time. Jake and Ellie go off breaking into homes and questioning the people they consider suspects all while they keep running back to the shop to take baked goods out of the oven. The story is so far fetched its unbelievable.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen

    I listened to the unabridged MP3 book DEATH BY CHOCOLATE CHERRY CHEESECAKE written by Sarah Graves and read by Susan Boyce. This is the first novel in a new series. The story takes place in the island fishing village of Eastport, Maine, where Jake and Ellie opened The Chocolate Moose. The chocolate-themed bakery features old family recipes Ellie has collected. An early season hurricane and a murder disrupt plans for a happy and profitable Fourth of July weekend. Familiar place names such as Deer I listened to the unabridged MP3 book DEATH BY CHOCOLATE CHERRY CHEESECAKE written by Sarah Graves and read by Susan Boyce. This is the first novel in a new series. The story takes place in the island fishing village of Eastport, Maine, where Jake and Ellie opened The Chocolate Moose. The chocolate-themed bakery features old family recipes Ellie has collected. An early season hurricane and a murder disrupt plans for a happy and profitable Fourth of July weekend. Familiar place names such as Deer Island, and Halifax, Nova Scotia added to my pleasure reading this cozy mystery. Jake, Ellie, Wade and Marlene's dog are my favourite characters. Due to the volatile relationship between Ellie and the murder victim, she is the police's prime suspect. Will Jake be able to find the real killer and evidence to prove her innocence? Where is Jake and Wade's son, Sam? With a bit of humour, and lots of twists and turns, DEATH BY CHOCOLATE CHERRY CHEESECAKE was 3.5 stars. ⭐️️⭐️️⭐️️💫

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lesa

    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.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Moondance

    It was a bright summer morning, the first day of July in the remote island village of Eastport, Maine---three hours from Bangor, light-years from anywhere else---with a salty breeze snapping in the banners over the seawall and the sun glittering on the bay. Jacobia (Jake) Tiptree and Ellie White have opened a bakery in Eastport, Maine called the Chocolate Moose. They have been tasked to make a dozen chocolate cherry cheesecakes for the Coast Guard to auction off for the town's firework display. J It was a bright summer morning, the first day of July in the remote island village of Eastport, Maine---three hours from Bangor, light-years from anywhere else---with a salty breeze snapping in the banners over the seawall and the sun glittering on the bay. Jacobia (Jake) Tiptree and Ellie White have opened a bakery in Eastport, Maine called the Chocolate Moose. They have been tasked to make a dozen chocolate cherry cheesecakes for the Coast Guard to auction off for the town's firework display. Jake is shocked to find local trouble maker, Matt Muldoon dead in the bakery's kitchen. The local police are convinced that Ellie is the killer. Jake and Ellie work to find the true murderer. It was nice to catch up with Jake and Ellie. I enjoyed meeting them in the Home Repair is Homicide series. I like the new venue of the bakery as a backdrop for the story. Jake is married to Wade and her son, Sam is now in his twenties. In addition to the murder, the island is on target to be hit by a hurricane and Jake's father has checked out of the hospital against medical advice following a heart attack. I enjoyed the storyline and thought this was a good introduction to the series. There were a lot of twists and turns with a number of shady characters. Any time spent in Ellie's boat freaks me out. It seems there is always some issue that makes the trip a challenge. This was a book that I stayed up to read because I wanted to see what was going to happen next. It was definitely a wild ride. I look forward to the next book in the series. 3.5 stars

  22. 4 out of 5

    Katie Oliver

    I loved this book! As a fan of Barbara Ross' Maine Clambake series, I expected to enjoy this story from the Death by Chocolate series author, Sarah Graves - and I wasn't disappointed. The main characters, Jake (Jacobia) Tiptree and Ellie White, proprietors and owners of The Chocolate Moose bakery/chocolate shop, are smart, sassy, and a total delight. Murder comes calling when Matt Muldoon, the health inspector who slapped bogus health code violations on Jake's shop at every opportunity, is found I loved this book! As a fan of Barbara Ross' Maine Clambake series, I expected to enjoy this story from the Death by Chocolate series author, Sarah Graves - and I wasn't disappointed. The main characters, Jake (Jacobia) Tiptree and Ellie White, proprietors and owners of The Chocolate Moose bakery/chocolate shop, are smart, sassy, and a total delight. Murder comes calling when Matt Muldoon, the health inspector who slapped bogus health code violations on Jake's shop at every opportunity, is found dead in the bakery. Jake has no alibi, and dozens of cherry chocolate cheesecakes to bake for the upcoming Fourth of July weekend. With Ellie's help, she sets out to clear her name...and bake a LOT of cheesecakes.

  23. 4 out of 5

    PugMom

    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................................................. 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.................................................

  24. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    Enjoyed reading this book. The friendship between the main 2 characters was so heartwarming. They knew what the other was thinking before she said it! Kept me guessing until the end of whodunnit!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    This book was all over the place. I liked the setting but kept getting confused when events that happened previously were mentioned and I had no idea what they were talking about. This is a spin off series from the authors home repair series. I feel because of this the characters weren't well developed. The mystery was ok and the book does get better later on but I am not sure if I would read anymore in the series. This book was all over the place. I liked the setting but kept getting confused when events that happened previously were mentioned and I had no idea what they were talking about. This is a spin off series from the authors home repair series. I feel because of this the characters weren't well developed. The mystery was ok and the book does get better later on but I am not sure if I would read anymore in the series.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mary Brown

    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 t 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.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen

    “Death by Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake” earns 4/5 Cheesecake Chaos…Clever! Completely taken with the delicious book cover, I was eager to read “Death by Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake” by Susan Graves, the first in her new A Death by Chocolate series. I am a newbie to her work, but who would pass up murder, mayhem, and a Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake recipe? However, although it is presented as a “first in a new series,” it is really a reimagining of her sixteen-book Home Repair is Homicide series publ “Death by Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake” earns 4/5 Cheesecake Chaos…Clever! Completely taken with the delicious book cover, I was eager to read “Death by Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake” by Susan Graves, the first in her new A Death by Chocolate series. I am a newbie to her work, but who would pass up murder, mayhem, and a Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake recipe? However, although it is presented as a “first in a new series,” it is really a reimagining of her sixteen-book Home Repair is Homicide series published 1997-2013. Graves keeps the setting of a quaint, island fishing village in Maine, but she has Jacobia “Jake” Tiptree and her BFF Ellie White starting up a new business venture. Originally owning a home repair business, they now are opening up The Chocolate Moose, a waterfront chocolate-themed bake shop. For fans of the original series, this change of venue will be refreshing, but I felt somewhat at a disadvantage with references to other events, investigations, and characters that seem already well established. However, I am a true ‘coziholic’ and was not going to give up before I gave it my full attention. Susan Graves treated me to an entertaining mystery, but not without some missteps. She reintroduces Jacobia Tiptree, known to friends and family as Jake, and Emily White who are busy, busy running their bake shop and prepping for a few local summer events. However, the dead body face down in a pot of chocolate may put a damper on their success, put their business in jeopardy, and possibly land one, or both, in jail. First, some incongruences caused me pause. I know small towns can offer a more secure feeling that big urban cities, but when Jake is called really early in a.m. from a nosy neighbor that the backdoor of the bake shop was left open, it seemed Ill-advised to tell her to close it and she'll check it when she comes to work later. Then arriving at the shop she discovers unfamiliar scratches on the door frame, a possible blown fuse, and trips over something—none of which caused he pause. And when Ellie finally arrives, she's more concerned about the wasted chocolate than the dead body, and the victim, a very obnoxious shop patron, isn't immediately recognized? All of this in the first couple chapters made me worry that the mystery would have holes, and the two characters might not display reasonable reactions to the dilemma. But, it did improve with a clever mystery, good characters, and a satisfying ending. She relied a bit more on the narrative with descriptions of the chocolatey treats, environment, and people, but she did include entertaining dialogue to provide insights into personalities and emotions. Along with the murder investigation several home life and personal dramas are explored adding a nice intertwining subplots. Don't misunderstand any of my critique as it is my honest view. I enjoyed the book, and now that I feel I'm up to speed, I look forward to book two, “Goodbye Cruller World.” "Disclosure: I received an ARC. My review is voluntary, and my insights and comments are honest."

  28. 4 out of 5

    Darcia Helle

    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.*

  29. 5 out of 5

    Cathy Cole

    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!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    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. 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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