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When a pirate festival blows into their small town, bakeshop owners Jacobia “Jake” Tiptree and her best friend Ellie White expect they’ll be busy baking up a storm, but instead they find themselves marooned in a new murder investigation after someone kills a well-known food writer and TV personality . . . Everything is shipshape at Jake and Ellie’s new waterfront bakery, T When a pirate festival blows into their small town, bakeshop owners Jacobia “Jake” Tiptree and her best friend Ellie White expect they’ll be busy baking up a storm, but instead they find themselves marooned in a new murder investigation after someone kills a well-known food writer and TV personality . . . Everything is shipshape at Jake and Ellie’s new waterfront bakery, The Chocolate Moose, especially now that the annual Pirate Festival is dropping anchor in their quaint island village of Eastport, Maine. Jake and Ellie are ready for the bounty of tourists sure to flood their shop. But their plans quickly sink when the body of celebrity foodie, Henry Hadlyme, is discovered in the Moose’s basement. Jake and Ellie are horrified, but their shock turns to dismay when Jake is pegged for the murder. Now, to clear Jake’s name and save the shop, Jake and Ellie must swashbuckle down and figure out who among Henry’s numerous enemies scuttled him in the cellar. Was it a long-ago jilted sweetheart’s vengeful relative? His long-suffering personal assistant? Or perhaps some bitter-as-dark-chocolate unknown enemy, now aboard the mysterious ship lurking in Eastport’s harbor? Alas, dead men tell no tales, so Jake and Ellie will have to get to the bottom of the case on their own and find the real killer before anyone else is forced to walk the plank . . . Includes a Recipe!


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When a pirate festival blows into their small town, bakeshop owners Jacobia “Jake” Tiptree and her best friend Ellie White expect they’ll be busy baking up a storm, but instead they find themselves marooned in a new murder investigation after someone kills a well-known food writer and TV personality . . . Everything is shipshape at Jake and Ellie’s new waterfront bakery, T When a pirate festival blows into their small town, bakeshop owners Jacobia “Jake” Tiptree and her best friend Ellie White expect they’ll be busy baking up a storm, but instead they find themselves marooned in a new murder investigation after someone kills a well-known food writer and TV personality . . . Everything is shipshape at Jake and Ellie’s new waterfront bakery, The Chocolate Moose, especially now that the annual Pirate Festival is dropping anchor in their quaint island village of Eastport, Maine. Jake and Ellie are ready for the bounty of tourists sure to flood their shop. But their plans quickly sink when the body of celebrity foodie, Henry Hadlyme, is discovered in the Moose’s basement. Jake and Ellie are horrified, but their shock turns to dismay when Jake is pegged for the murder. Now, to clear Jake’s name and save the shop, Jake and Ellie must swashbuckle down and figure out who among Henry’s numerous enemies scuttled him in the cellar. Was it a long-ago jilted sweetheart’s vengeful relative? His long-suffering personal assistant? Or perhaps some bitter-as-dark-chocolate unknown enemy, now aboard the mysterious ship lurking in Eastport’s harbor? Alas, dead men tell no tales, so Jake and Ellie will have to get to the bottom of the case on their own and find the real killer before anyone else is forced to walk the plank . . . Includes a Recipe!

30 review for Death by Chocolate Frosted Doughnut

  1. 4 out of 5

    beachbum bookworm

    I arrived in Eastport Maine at the chocolate moose to hang out with Jake and Ellie at the perfect time. Things were going great with the shop, and it’s the annual pirate festival. I love all things pirate! Aye matey. Yes things were great….well until the host of Eat This Henry Hadlyme showed up. A man with an over inflated ego about his celebrity status, a mean streak, and hidden agenda. He was in town doing podcast episodes for his show, and so far all he had done was make fun of the local busi I arrived in Eastport Maine at the chocolate moose to hang out with Jake and Ellie at the perfect time. Things were going great with the shop, and it’s the annual pirate festival. I love all things pirate! Aye matey. Yes things were great….well until the host of Eat This Henry Hadlyme showed up. A man with an over inflated ego about his celebrity status, a mean streak, and hidden agenda. He was in town doing podcast episodes for his show, and so far all he had done was make fun of the local businesses. Well Jake made it really clear (very publicly...I might add) that Henry was not welcome. Next thing I know Jake is finding Henry’s body in the basement of the shop. To make the “scuttlebutt” even worse Henry is found with a parrot pinned to his shoulder that belongs to Jake’s grandson, and he was killed with a weapon from her husband Wade’s collection. Ellie and I knew we needed to find the killer soon before a warrant was put out for Jake’s arrest. My thoughts: This series continues to be up and down for me. The covers are always amazing, and I love the premise. Bakery cozies are my jam. The writing and mystery continues to be great! Fast paced and at times laugh out loud funny. I just never felt a big connection with Jake and Ellie or the chocolate moose. Sometimes their decisions are dumb and worthy of having to “walk the plank”. The supporting characters need to be more interesting, and please….less boat language talk. check out my blog at: http://beachbumbookworm.com/ I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank Netgalley, the author Sarah Graves, and the publisher for this opportunity.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sue Em

    Perhaps it's time for me to realize Sarah Graves and I need to break up. We've had a long and happy relationship, but we just aren't on the same page anymore. I'm not sure where to categorize her latest books, like terrorist thriller/cozy. In any case, I know most reviews love her latest book, so I will just say it wasn't for me. Jacobia "Jake" Triptree is suspected of murdering a disagreeable guest in town, when she and her buddy Ellie White come up against a plot to subvert the town's pirate f Perhaps it's time for me to realize Sarah Graves and I need to break up. We've had a long and happy relationship, but we just aren't on the same page anymore. I'm not sure where to categorize her latest books, like terrorist thriller/cozy. In any case, I know most reviews love her latest book, so I will just say it wasn't for me. Jacobia "Jake" Triptree is suspected of murdering a disagreeable guest in town, when she and her buddy Ellie White come up against a plot to subvert the town's pirate festival. Much mayhem ensues. Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Tari

    From practically the beginning of the book, Jake and Ellie were pitched right into a lot of action and adventure. Some of it was pretty funny like the snake and the caterpillars that Jake somehow met up with. After finding the dead body of a hateful TV foodie in her basement, Jake was eyed as a suspect, since the whole town had heard and seen her arguing with him and threatening him. With Ellie's help, Jake set about proving her innocence. Did she let a concussion or a bunch of scrapes stop her? From practically the beginning of the book, Jake and Ellie were pitched right into a lot of action and adventure. Some of it was pretty funny like the snake and the caterpillars that Jake somehow met up with. After finding the dead body of a hateful TV foodie in her basement, Jake was eyed as a suspect, since the whole town had heard and seen her arguing with him and threatening him. With Ellie's help, Jake set about proving her innocence. Did she let a concussion or a bunch of scrapes stop her? Naaaaaa. Jake wasn't real great about following instructions or rules when it came to proving something. This was a real roller coaster ride of a mystery. I had an idea of who was behind it and possibly why, but it was fun to read and see how much was going to happen before they got caught. Jake really managed to get into some crazy scrapes this time, but she and Ellie always came out as winners. I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, and my opinions are my own.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    The town's pirate festival promises to be good business for Jacobia "Jake" and her friend Ellie who own the local bakery. When a man turns up dead in their basement, Jake becomes the chief suspect and knows she needs to catch the person or persons responsible before she lands in jail. The bakery plays a secondary role in this adventure with the seaside location paramount. While the main characters feel better developed than in the first installment, the mystery itself needs better plotting. Jake The town's pirate festival promises to be good business for Jacobia "Jake" and her friend Ellie who own the local bakery. When a man turns up dead in their basement, Jake becomes the chief suspect and knows she needs to catch the person or persons responsible before she lands in jail. The bakery plays a secondary role in this adventure with the seaside location paramount. While the main characters feel better developed than in the first installment, the mystery itself needs better plotting. Jake and Ellie come across as bumbling fools who fail to heed their own intuition, rather than clever amateur detectives. I almost quit reading this installment when a snake scene went on far too long. Potential exists for the series, but it still needs a dose of reality achieve it.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    This is the first book I've read in this series. I have read lots of Ms. Graves work in the Home Repair is Homicide series and really enjoyed that. So I was looking forward to a new series, not realizing that she had given Jake and Ellie something else to work on. I loved it! It's great seeing them again and the mystery was really involved. I love all of the characters and they didn't disappoint. I also love the bakery and hearing about all of the treats. Just wish that they could come with the This is the first book I've read in this series. I have read lots of Ms. Graves work in the Home Repair is Homicide series and really enjoyed that. So I was looking forward to a new series, not realizing that she had given Jake and Ellie something else to work on. I loved it! It's great seeing them again and the mystery was really involved. I love all of the characters and they didn't disappoint. I also love the bakery and hearing about all of the treats. Just wish that they could come with the book somehow. I'm much more an eater than baker. LOL! Can't wait to read more of this series. I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley and the publisher and voluntarily chose to review it.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Bridget

    Death by Chocolate Frosted Doughnut by Sarah Graves started brilliantly and just kept on improving! Jacobia “Jake” Tiptree and her best friend Ellie White own a chocolate-themed bakery, The Chocolate Moose, (love the name 🤎) in their island town of Eastport, Maine, and the events of this story happen during the town's pirate festival. An odious, well-known food writer and TV personality, Henry Hadlyme, is in town, working on a podcast featuring small New England towns, and Jake finds him Death by Chocolate Frosted Doughnut by Sarah Graves started brilliantly and just kept on improving! Jacobia “Jake” Tiptree and her best friend Ellie White own a chocolate-themed bakery, The Chocolate Moose, (love the name 🤎) in their island town of Eastport, Maine, and the events of this story happen during the town's pirate festival. An odious, well-known food writer and TV personality, Henry Hadlyme, is in town, working on a podcast featuring small New England towns, and Jake finds him murdered in The Chocolate Moose's basement. When Jake becomes the most likely suspect, she and Ellie endeavour to prove Jake's innocence, and in doing so, reveal a bewildering entanglement of other suspects and motives. Although I have read “Death by Chocolate Malted Milkshake” (book #2 in the “A Death by Chocolate Mystery” series), I haven't read book #1 “Death by Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake” yet. I don’t think this hindered my enjoyment of this book in any way. I really adore the way Sarah Graves brings to life this fictional, yet seemingly real, small-town of Eastport. Though I am partially familiar with the characters' histories, I think most readers who haven't read any of these books or the preceding “Home Repair is Homicide” series, should have no problems reading this as a stand-alone. This story is highly entertaining, with plenty of action and an ample choice of suspects. I was delighted with the dynamic among Jake's extended family, and the reveal at the end is fulfilling and more than a little shocking! With its fabulous story and wonderful characters, I would recommend Death by Chocolate Frosted Doughnut to all lovers of cozy mysteries. If you prefer more suspense and mystery than humour to your cozy reading, then this would be a superb choice. I hope this series continues and I can keep following Jake and Ellie's madcap adventures. My rating is five out of five chocolate hearts! 🤎🤎🤎🤎🤎 I received a complimentary copy of this novel, at my own request, from Kensington Books via NetGalley. This review is my own unbiased opinion.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Patty

    Death by Chocolate Frosted Doughnut by Sarah Graves is the 3rd book in the Death by Chocolate Mystery series, and another fun addition. Jacobia (Jake) Tiptree and her best friend, Ellie White, from the Home Repair is Homicide series, have opened up a waterfront bakery called The Chocolate Moose, In Eastport, Maine. The Chocolate Moose, and the rest of the town is getting ready to rake in the business during the Pirate Festival. When a man, who Jake recently had an argument with, is found dead in Death by Chocolate Frosted Doughnut by Sarah Graves is the 3rd book in the Death by Chocolate Mystery series, and another fun addition. Jacobia (Jake) Tiptree and her best friend, Ellie White, from the Home Repair is Homicide series, have opened up a waterfront bakery called The Chocolate Moose, In Eastport, Maine. The Chocolate Moose, and the rest of the town is getting ready to rake in the business during the Pirate Festival. When a man, who Jake recently had an argument with, is found dead in the basement of their store, the sleuthing begins. I love the uniqueness of this book, especially with the pirate ship,that's all I'm going to say about that, but I couldn't stop reading. I only read one or two of the Home Repair is Homicide books, but I might have to read them all. I can't wait to read the next book in the series. If you love cozy mysteries, I strongly recommend this book and the first one too.. I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mayda

    Jake is in real trouble. When an aggravating man with an inflated sense of importance shows up to do a podcast, he alienates many people in the community, including Jake. She threatens him to get him to leave her place of business, and later he is found there, dead. Now she, with Ellie’s help, must clear her name. To do so, she delves into the hated man’s past, and discovers she is not only one with reasons to despise him. The tale is entertaining, intriguing, filled with fascinating characters, Jake is in real trouble. When an aggravating man with an inflated sense of importance shows up to do a podcast, he alienates many people in the community, including Jake. She threatens him to get him to leave her place of business, and later he is found there, dead. Now she, with Ellie’s help, must clear her name. To do so, she delves into the hated man’s past, and discovers she is not only one with reasons to despise him. The tale is entertaining, intriguing, filled with fascinating characters, and has enough twists in the plot to keep readers wondering how it will all shake out.

  9. 5 out of 5

    ☆☆Hannah☆☆

    Overall I liked this book. There was a murder that took place. Now they have decided that Jake was behind it. Her and Ellie now spend the book trying to clear her name. I will admit this would have been better if the ending had gone a little different. Hopefully if she writes another one it will go better.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Tracy

    Pirates and pompousness descend upon Eastport, Maine for the annual Eastport Pirate Festival. The pirates are everywhere which is good for business at the Chocolate Moose bakery owned and operated by Jake (Jacobia) Tiptree and Ellie White. The pompous part is played by Henry Hadlyme, well-known food authority and TV personality. Hadlyme, much former resident of Eastport is back and making waves by making scornful remarks about several of the local eateries including the Chocolate Moose. To even Pirates and pompousness descend upon Eastport, Maine for the annual Eastport Pirate Festival. The pirates are everywhere which is good for business at the Chocolate Moose bakery owned and operated by Jake (Jacobia) Tiptree and Ellie White. The pompous part is played by Henry Hadlyme, well-known food authority and TV personality. Hadlyme, much former resident of Eastport is back and making waves by making scornful remarks about several of the local eateries including the Chocolate Moose. To even insinuate that they used carob instead of the finest ingredients was mutinous. His haughty attitude does not help him one but and does nothing but rile up Jake when he dares to show up to tape a podcast segment at the shop. Unfortuneately for Jake and her proclivity to be fiercely protective of her own (business, family, friends, town) a very loud and public scene takes place. Next comes the finding of Hadlyme's dead body, in the Moose's cellar, skewered with Wade's antique cutlass and adorned with Ephraim's plush parrot. Suspect #1 is Jake who is not going down this road again even though her good friend, police chief Bob, does not have her on his list, the State police just might. One thing to know about this book is that you are going to be craving chocolate before the end and wondering just how Jake gets herself into the positions/scrapes that she does. Oh wait, nope you'll quickly realize that she has a partner in crime, or rather crime-solving by was of her best friend and partner Ellie. It seems that there is more than one person who didn't like Hadlyme and they are actually locals. Old history and new motives will be discovered, sort of like the Double-Chocolate Ginger cookies (recipe at the end of the book) who would have though to make a wafer cookie with candied ginger and chocolate. The only thing more mysterious in this story than the sleek black pirate ship named the Jenny is the absence of the recipe for their chocolate donuts. This is a very entertaining story, it has several plot twists and keeps you going right up to the end. You do not have to be familiar with the characters and the author does a nice job of including a few pages of past history for Jake so you can read just how she ended up in Eastport, with the Chocolate Moose, a very large home, and a husband named Wade. Not to mention that any book with recipes is a winner and recipes featuring chocolate is treasure worth searching for. Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for access to the ARC in return for an honest review.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Taryn

    In this third book of the series things are going well at Jake and Ellie's bakery and they are looking forward to the upcoming annual Pirate Festival. There will be an influx of tourists and that will definitely bring money to it only the town but to their bakery as well. Things go from positive and happy to utter shock for the ladies when the body of a celebrity foodie, Henry Hadlyme, is found in the bakery basement. How did he and up there and who killed him are the most important questions th In this third book of the series things are going well at Jake and Ellie's bakery and they are looking forward to the upcoming annual Pirate Festival. There will be an influx of tourists and that will definitely bring money to it only the town but to their bakery as well. Things go from positive and happy to utter shock for the ladies when the body of a celebrity foodie, Henry Hadlyme, is found in the bakery basement. How did he and up there and who killed him are the most important questions the ladies.need to answer. It gets even worse when it looks like Jake is who the cops are looking at as the killer. Now the most important thing is clearing Makes name while they hunt for the real murderer. Can the ladies figure things out before Jake ends.up in jail? Follow along as the two look through the Henry's family, enemy list, and past employees in hopes of finding a killer among them. This is such a fun series, filled with wonderful characters and a setting to die for.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Missi Martin (Stockwell)

    Jacobia "Jake" Tiptree is one of the luckiest and unluckiest people in Eastport Maine.....that is if she was real. But she is not. Jake Tiptree lives in Eastport in a huge house with her husband, her son, his wife and their son, plus Jake's father and and his wife who also happens to be Jake's housekeeper. Jake and her best friend Ellie own The Chocolate Moose which is a bakery specializing in chocolate treats. In all that she is the luckiest person. She has a houseful of people who she loves an Jacobia "Jake" Tiptree is one of the luckiest and unluckiest people in Eastport Maine.....that is if she was real. But she is not. Jake Tiptree lives in Eastport in a huge house with her husband, her son, his wife and their son, plus Jake's father and and his wife who also happens to be Jake's housekeeper. Jake and her best friend Ellie own The Chocolate Moose which is a bakery specializing in chocolate treats. In all that she is the luckiest person. She has a houseful of people who she loves and who love her. She works with her best friend and they get to see the enjoyment on people's faces while they eat the goodies from The Chocolate Moose. However the unlucky part is that she is always in the middle of a murder investigation. Death by Chocolate Frosted Doughnut is the third book in the Death by Chocolate Mystery series by Sarah Graves and in this book it looks like Jake is heading straight to jail....do not pass Go and do not collect $200. While the town is in the middle of their annual Pirate Festival, a well known food personality comes to town to do some podcasts for his Eat This show but no one in town is interested in doing it....especially Jake and she gets into an argument with him in front of the store and a bunch of people. So when he is found stabbed to death in the basement of The Chocolate Moose, Jake is at the top of the suspect list. Of course everyone knows that Jake wouldn't kill anyone and if she did she wouldn't do it in the basement with a sword that belonged to her husband. Someone is going through a lot of trouble trying to frame Jake for the crime but who and why ?? Jake and Ellie decide to find out before the state police get to town and arrest Jake !! Readers cannot help but love this series. You cannot help but love Jake and her friends and family. You will want to take a trip to Eastport to visit and taste the goodies they are making at The Chocolate Moose. And Graves will have readers so engrossed in the story that before you know it you will be closing the book and sitting back tired and hungry.......but well satisfied.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Toni

    4.5 Stars This is the third book in the Death by Chocolate mystery series by Sarah Graves. You could just sense it on the wind that when a some-what popular podcaster is found dead that Jacobia, “Jake” for short, would end up being the one fingered for the crime. I mean, come on! The body was found in the basement of the bakery of Jake Tiptree and Ellie White own. It was an only natural assumption, right? The name of this dynamic duo’s bakery just cracks me up: The Chocolate Moose. So cute and so 4.5 Stars This is the third book in the Death by Chocolate mystery series by Sarah Graves. You could just sense it on the wind that when a some-what popular podcaster is found dead that Jacobia, “Jake” for short, would end up being the one fingered for the crime. I mean, come on! The body was found in the basement of the bakery of Jake Tiptree and Ellie White own. It was an only natural assumption, right? The name of this dynamic duo’s bakery just cracks me up: The Chocolate Moose. So cute and so appropriate for the locale! They are hoping the business gets noticed a lot more since the Pirate festival is right on their doorstep. But I don’t think the notoriety in the form of a dead body is what they were thinking. I thought this was a well written mystery that really kept me guessing. I have to admit that I had no clue as to the identity of the killer. No surprise there, right? The author’s always fool me. Dang red herrings! There is a lot of backstory which I thought was good since this was my first foray into the world of Death by Chocolate! Even though the premise says Jake and Ellie co-own the bakery, I felt like Jake was the main character here. I really resonated with her and her quirky personality. What a likable gal! And that is what you want in a story, people you resonate with whom you can follow and solve the mystery with. Enjoyed the heck out of this. Looking forward to book 4 (and books 1 & 2!) I really think Graves and Alex Erickson should get together and do a collab. I mean Death by Chocolate and Death by Coffee. What a great match that would be! If you love a good cozy mystery, you have to check this one out. You won’t be disappointed. I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Susan Johnston

    Princess Fuzzypants here: Jake and Ellie are not only best friends and owners of The Chocolate Moose but they are the worst influences on each other. In spite of being mothers and in Jake’s case, grandmother too, they get into one scrape after another. The reader can forgive them charging in where angels fear to tread. Jake finds an obnoxious food celebrity dead in the basement of the Moose. The fact that she had a very public spat with him and the murder weapon is an antique sword from her husb Princess Fuzzypants here: Jake and Ellie are not only best friends and owners of The Chocolate Moose but they are the worst influences on each other. In spite of being mothers and in Jake’s case, grandmother too, they get into one scrape after another. The reader can forgive them charging in where angels fear to tread. Jake finds an obnoxious food celebrity dead in the basement of the Moose. The fact that she had a very public spat with him and the murder weapon is an antique sword from her husband’s collection makes her a suspect. As the cherry on top, her grandson’s toy parrot is perched on the deceased shoulder. Thankfully the local cop does not believe Jake is the killer and that the set up is just a bit too perfect. But that does not mean she will not be arrested so the two ladies decide to investigate,. These two get into so many scary and life threatening situations in the course of one book .Somehow it never crosses the line and remains fun. The secondary theme- family- is equally engaging. Jake with four generations crammed into one house and another on the way is the poster child of a closely knit group. The villainous characters are products of loss, betrayal and abandonment. While the reader may think she has the mystery figured out, there are a couple of real twists that set the whole thing on its end. It makes for a great way to spend some hours. Five purrs and two paws up.

  15. 4 out of 5

    RO G'ma

    Death by Chocolate Frosted Doughnut is the third book in Sarah Graves’ Death by Chocolate Mystery series. The characters are well developed, but the mystery in this book isn’t as well plotted as previous books. Jacobia “Jake” Tiptree and her friend, Ellie White, recently opened a bakery, The Chocolate Moose, in Eastport, Maine. When Jake finds the body of Henry Hadlyme, a food authority and TV personality she’d recently publically argued with, in the Chocolate Moose’s basement with a stuffed parr Death by Chocolate Frosted Doughnut is the third book in Sarah Graves’ Death by Chocolate Mystery series. The characters are well developed, but the mystery in this book isn’t as well plotted as previous books. Jacobia “Jake” Tiptree and her friend, Ellie White, recently opened a bakery, The Chocolate Moose, in Eastport, Maine. When Jake finds the body of Henry Hadlyme, a food authority and TV personality she’d recently publically argued with, in the Chocolate Moose’s basement with a stuffed parrot pinned on his shoulder, which looked like her grandson’s, and a short sword in his chest, which appeared to be her husband’s, she becomes the prime suspect in his murder. Even though Jake had a motive, method, and a short period of opportunity, Ellie knows she’s innocent and is determined to prove it. I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and voluntarily reviewed it.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    This is a long time series with a name change. The Home Repair series has turned into the Death by Chocolate series with the same characters and settings... I am having trouble. I find Ellie so much more interesting than Jake in the new books. Jake is a liability as Ellie spends more time pulling her up stairs, out of the cold water and making sure that the cases in their new business venture filled with chocolate goodies. Jake seems to be living the Perils of Pauline with family who care little This is a long time series with a name change. The Home Repair series has turned into the Death by Chocolate series with the same characters and settings... I am having trouble. I find Ellie so much more interesting than Jake in the new books. Jake is a liability as Ellie spends more time pulling her up stairs, out of the cold water and making sure that the cases in their new business venture filled with chocolate goodies. Jake seems to be living the Perils of Pauline with family who care little for her. The Lizzie Snow series, two books that came between the retooled tales, was a breath of fresh air. Quite different from the bumbling Lucy and Ethel show this series has turned into. If my library was not closed and I was not sheltering in place, I probably would not have finished the book.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Morin

    Jake and Ellie make a fantastic team, and Death by Chocolate Frosted Doughnut is a great example of it. When Jake discovers a dead body, she becomes the number one suspect in his murder, which sets Ellie on a mission: prove Jake is innocent. While the mystery was fantastic and I had a great time reuniting with some favorite characters, I found the general writing lacking a bit. Usually this author always has something exciting going on in the background, and I didn't find that in this book. Be sure Jake and Ellie make a fantastic team, and Death by Chocolate Frosted Doughnut is a great example of it. When Jake discovers a dead body, she becomes the number one suspect in his murder, which sets Ellie on a mission: prove Jake is innocent. While the mystery was fantastic and I had a great time reuniting with some favorite characters, I found the general writing lacking a bit. Usually this author always has something exciting going on in the background, and I didn't find that in this book. Be sure to pick up your copy on the release date. #DeathbyChocolateFrostedDoughnut #NetGalley

  18. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Jake and Ellie are excited by a pirate festival in town and how it can help in their chocolate store. Wanna be celebrity food critic wants to do a podcast from their store but he has a habit of putting stores down so Jake loudly in front of people has an argument with the food critic. When he is found dead in their store Jake is the prime suspect. The story seemed to drag and got very confusing with all the ships and boats.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Karen Hollins-Stallman

    Death by Chocolate Frosted Doughnut” is the 3rd instalment in the "Death By Chocolate" mystery series by Sarah Graves. I enjoy stories set in coastal locations, and the village of Eastport, Maine is a perfect setting from the description of harbour, the shops, the people. The protagonist Jake and her BFF Ellie have a wonderful friendship, always got each other’s back, plus I love her family. There were plenty of suspects and plenty of twists and turns to keep me wanting to find out what will hap Death by Chocolate Frosted Doughnut” is the 3rd instalment in the "Death By Chocolate" mystery series by Sarah Graves. I enjoy stories set in coastal locations, and the village of Eastport, Maine is a perfect setting from the description of harbour, the shops, the people. The protagonist Jake and her BFF Ellie have a wonderful friendship, always got each other’s back, plus I love her family. There were plenty of suspects and plenty of twists and turns to keep me wanting to find out what will happen next. I did suspect the killer early on but then second guessed myself. The book was engaging from start to finish, grabbing your attention from the very beginning. I highly recommend this series to all my cozy friends. I requested and received an Advanced Readers copy from Kensington Books and NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sylvia

    I loved this book!! Great story!! Loved this series!! Hope she writes more books to this series!! Will read more of her books!! Received this book from Kensington books from netgally!!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Leah

    I enjoyed this book. It takes place in the summer, near Independence Day, in Maine. The story involves a local celebrity chef, a suicide, a snake, a pirate party and parade, a ship, and a full house. The mystery took some interesting turns. The rest of the story was okay. I did like the ending, though.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jeanne

    Although the plot idea isn't bad the way it plays out is too over the top for me. In many cities you must suspend belief but this is just too implausible. And why does Ellie leave her child all of the time? Thank you netgalley and the publisher for this arc

  23. 4 out of 5

    Annarella

    It's the first book I read by this author and won't surely be the last. It's an entertaining story with a good story line, an interesting cast of characters and a solid mystery that kept me guessing. I look forward to reading other story by this author, recommended. Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Joan

    The island village setting of Eastport, Main is delightful, and I can just imagine living there -except for all the regular murders in this tiny town. After some struggles in the first 2 books of this series, Jake and Ellie have become quite successful in their new waterfront bakery, the Chocolate Moose. Jake is upset when a foodie blogger comes to town and has only nasty things to say about the local food places. When the foodie, Henry Hadlyme, is found dead in the Moose's basement with an antiq The island village setting of Eastport, Main is delightful, and I can just imagine living there -except for all the regular murders in this tiny town. After some struggles in the first 2 books of this series, Jake and Ellie have become quite successful in their new waterfront bakery, the Chocolate Moose. Jake is upset when a foodie blogger comes to town and has only nasty things to say about the local food places. When the foodie, Henry Hadlyme, is found dead in the Moose's basement with an antique pirate cutlass stolen from Jake's husband, Wade, Jake worries that she will be accused of murder. As per usual, our heroines act foolishly and always leap to action without considering the consequences. Let's go interview a suspect in an isolated spot with no backup or weapons. When Jake is told to go to the mysterious, dark sailboat if they want answers and to save the town from a terrible tragedy, Ellie tells Jake it appears to be a setup, but once again they rush off on the dangerous expedition giving no thought to backup or weapons. A small detail in this book bothered me enormously for some reason. Right from the beginning of the original Home Repair is Homicide series featuring Jake (and the rest of her family and friends), we are impressed by how huge her 200 year old home is. In this very book it is described as "A vast many roomed extravaganza of domestic architecture from the early 1800's, pantries and back stairs and fireplaces, oh my!"". These gorgeous old homes were built for large families with the top floor used as servants' quarters. Yet in this book, when Jake suspects that her son and daughter-in-law are expecting a second child, she worries that people will be so packed there will be no room to move. Her dad and his wife, Bella, have a spacious apartment on the third floor, including a large artist's studio. Yet the second floor only has a bedroom for Jake and Wade with a second small bedroom for the young couple, and their child is about to move into what was originally a closet. No room for a new baby! In this humongous house, there are only two bedrooms on the second floor, yet vast and many rooms on the upper and lower floors? How is this possible? We were earlier told that there were a large number of bedrooms. Another tiny detail that wasn't right - Jake was in her 30's when she arrived, she has now been in Eastport for 20 years, so this would put her in her 50's, yet we are told that her father is in his 80's and was several decades older than Jake's mother. This would put Jake and her mother currently at approximately the same age. The author does not pay enough attention to details. If you overlook the silliness, this book is still action packed and enjoyable.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    This series is a spin off of the Home Repair is Homicide series (16 titles) and the third in the Death By Chocolate series. That makes this the 19th in the Jake Tiptree world of mystery. But have no fear, it works as a standalone. Jake and her best friend and business partner, Ellie, run the Chocolate Moose Bakery, a true labor of love. Over the past almost two years of operation things have been a bit shaky and they were afraid that their business would fail. At the the beginning of this myster This series is a spin off of the Home Repair is Homicide series (16 titles) and the third in the Death By Chocolate series. That makes this the 19th in the Jake Tiptree world of mystery. But have no fear, it works as a standalone. Jake and her best friend and business partner, Ellie, run the Chocolate Moose Bakery, a true labor of love. Over the past almost two years of operation things have been a bit shaky and they were afraid that their business would fail. At the the beginning of this mystery life is looking good with family life and their business. It's Pirate's Days in their small Maine town and the place is jumping with pirates of all sizes and ages. Even Jake's grandson has his favorite parrot in hand. After a children's pirate party at the bakery things start to hit a sour note when a nasty, famous in his own mind, food critic, Henry Hedlyme, forces his way into the bakery and demands that Jake sit for one of his podcasts. Knowing that he has already taken a pot shot at another local eatery, Jake is not about to let him tear into her business and damage it so she lets him have it in no uncertain terms. Get out and stay out, plain as day. When she next encounters him, he threatens her and she, in front of witnesses, throws it right back at him. Who in the crowd decided that it was the perfect situation to commit murder and Jake should take the fall? When Jake gets up her courage to go down into the dreaded cellar of the bakery, she expected to encounter mice, maybe a rat or two and some bats but heck no, not the dead body of Henry! Of course, in a small town of about 1200 people plus a swarm of tourists, the police have no trouble finding an abundance of evidence that points straight to Jake. Ellie wastes no time trying to track down the real killer. The investigation is a bit hit and miss as amateur sleuthing goes but, in the end all will be revealed. Besides the well crafted puzzle with its red herrings and various twists and turns, I enjoy this series for Jake's family (a very full, multi generational house) and friends and the small coastal town that she loves. Reading one of these mysteries is like reading a letter from a friend, filling the reader in on the latest goings on in her life. My thanks to the publisher Kensington and to NetGalley for giving me an advance copy in exchange for my honest review.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany Michele (BookAndCoffeeAddict)

    First, the bad news: nobody dies by chocolate frosted doughnut in this book. I know, I know, I was a little disappointed too. But, on the up side, the death that does take place is pirate-themed, so that makes up for it. In the midst of a popular pirate festival that brings in much needed tourism and sales to the small waterfront community of Eastport, a somewhat famous food critic comes to town and starts immediately alienating everyone, which doesn’t end well for him. When his body is found in First, the bad news: nobody dies by chocolate frosted doughnut in this book. I know, I know, I was a little disappointed too. But, on the up side, the death that does take place is pirate-themed, so that makes up for it. In the midst of a popular pirate festival that brings in much needed tourism and sales to the small waterfront community of Eastport, a somewhat famous food critic comes to town and starts immediately alienating everyone, which doesn’t end well for him. When his body is found in the cellar of Jacobia (Jake) & Ellie’s chocolate-themed bakery, The Chocolate Moose, Jake is pinned as the prime suspect in his murder. What follows is the longest, most action-packed, two days of anyone’s life as Jake and Ellie get up to all kinds of trouble on land and sea, determined to clear Jake’s name and find the real killer. When I say action-packed, I mean packed by the way. While some parts did drag a bit, I don’t know how everything that happened fit in only 2 days; it’s like time and space lost all meaning. Also, I’m not sure how Jake was still standing by the end of it. This woman fell down a set of stairs, hit her head hard enough to pass out, fell off a cliff into freezing water littered with rocks, was knocked out a few more times, and fell into the freezing Maine water a few more times – and she just stubbornly kept going right to the end. Death by Chocolate Frosted Doughnut is the first I’ve read in the Death by Chocolate series and the author does a great job of giving you just enough info so you never feel lost without bogging you down with unneeded backstory. While this book can easily be read as a standalone, it made me very interested in reading the others in the series and i’m sure i’ll be back for more (I’ve been having a cozy cafe mystery moment lately and this book really satisfied that craving).

  27. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    Death by Chocolate Frosted Doughnut started great and just kept getting better and better! Jake and her best friend Ellie own a chocolate-themed bakery in their island town of Eastport, Maine, and the events of this book take place during the town's pirate festival. A thoroughly unlikable, semi-famous food writer happens to be in town, working on a podcast featuring small New England towns, and Jake ends up finding him murdered in the bakery's basement. When she's the most likely suspect, she an Death by Chocolate Frosted Doughnut started great and just kept getting better and better! Jake and her best friend Ellie own a chocolate-themed bakery in their island town of Eastport, Maine, and the events of this book take place during the town's pirate festival. A thoroughly unlikable, semi-famous food writer happens to be in town, working on a podcast featuring small New England towns, and Jake ends up finding him murdered in the bakery's basement. When she's the most likely suspect, she and Ellie set out to investigate and clear her name, revealing a crazy web of other suspects and motives. I'm a longtime reader of Jake and Ellie, and I adore this real-yet-fictional Eastport that Sarah Graves brings to life. Though I am familiar with the characters' histories, I think anyone who hasn't read any of the books in this series or the preceding Home Repair is Homicide series should have no trouble reading this as a stand-alone. This story was highly entertaining, with plenty of action and suspects. The reveal at the end is pretty wild - in a good way - and more than a little shocking to me. I also love the dynamic among Jake's extended family, all living together in a large, former sea captain's home. There are also quite a few tasty chocolate treats mentioned in this book and a recipe at the end. I hope this series continues and I can keep following Jake and Ellie's crazy adventures. I received an advance copy of this book. This review contains my honest thoughts and opinions.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Linda Baker

    It's early September in Eastport ME, which means it's time for the Pirate Festival, a weekend full of fun, booze, and "Aargh." Partners in The Chocolate Moose bakery, Jake and Ellie, are hoping for a big weekend of sales at the end of the tourist season. Eastport is full of people, mostly those who are looking for fun in their pirate garb. Among those visitors are Harry Hadlyme, 'foodie' celebrity, and his camera crew. Harry is not out for fun, though. His purpose seems to be to trash all the fo It's early September in Eastport ME, which means it's time for the Pirate Festival, a weekend full of fun, booze, and "Aargh." Partners in The Chocolate Moose bakery, Jake and Ellie, are hoping for a big weekend of sales at the end of the tourist season. Eastport is full of people, mostly those who are looking for fun in their pirate garb. Among those visitors are Harry Hadlyme, 'foodie' celebrity, and his camera crew. Harry is not out for fun, though. His purpose seems to be to trash all the food establishments in Eastport. A confrontation with Jake is soon big news all around the town, and when he is discovered dead in the basement of The Chocolate Moose, Jake becomes the prime and only suspect. I always enjoy my fictional visits to Eastport. We took a very long drive to Eastport from our usual Maine vacation spot a few years ago on the strength of Grave's previous series, Home Repair is Homicide. It's a lovely small town with gorgeous 19th-century houses and vivid history. Sarah Graves captures the look and feel of the place beautifully. Jake and Ellie are a bit of a "Lucy and Ethel" pair of sleuths. The difference is that they are capable women who manage to get themselves out of their sometimes hare-brained plans. This time they cut it very close. I always enjoy the supporting characters whom I have become to know so well. Ellie's ever-expanding family in the big old house on Key Street plays a part in this story as well. Thanks to Kensington Books and NetGalley for an advance digital copy. The opinions are my own. RATING- 4 Stars

  29. 5 out of 5

    Cozy Cat Reviews

    This is book three in the "Death By Chocolate" mystery series by cozy author Sarah Graves. I have read the entire series and always enjoy a new released in this charming series. The author has created a series with likable characters, a fun setting of small town Maine and always a well crafted sleuth. I highly recommend this series. Thank you to the publisher and to Net Galley for the opportunity. My review opinions are my own. This book can be read as a stand alone for new readers to the series This is book three in the "Death By Chocolate" mystery series by cozy author Sarah Graves. I have read the entire series and always enjoy a new released in this charming series. The author has created a series with likable characters, a fun setting of small town Maine and always a well crafted sleuth. I highly recommend this series. Thank you to the publisher and to Net Galley for the opportunity. My review opinions are my own. This book can be read as a stand alone for new readers to the series. In this charming new release we return to bakeshop owners Jacobia “Jake” Tiptree and her best friend Ellie White who runs her business "the Chocolate Moose Bakery" with her. The town is having a Pirate theme festival and Jake has a children's theme Pirate party at the bakery. When a nasty food critic attempts to ruin the event Jake has words with him and demands he leave. He has previously left poor reviews of her bakery and they have exchanged words publicly. When he is found dead in the basement of the bakery after they have another public fight Jake is suspect number one. Ellie steps up to investigate to save her friend and their business. Ellie is a smart brave investigator and soon suspects are on their radar . I enjoy this series for the setting, the charming charcters and the lovable protagonist. I highly recommend this series. I look forward to the next in series and more adventures by Jake and her friends.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Pam

    Well, this time Jake is being framed for the murder of a nasty food critic type who picks fights with everyone while the annual Pirate Festival is going on. Of course, since the murder weapon, motive, and the fact that the body is found in the cellar of their shop, The Chocolate Moose points straight to Jake, Ellie and Jake have to go on the biggest and most dangerous snoop ever. Okay, we know Jake has issues with water and bugs, of which there are an abundance in this story; not to mention way Well, this time Jake is being framed for the murder of a nasty food critic type who picks fights with everyone while the annual Pirate Festival is going on. Of course, since the murder weapon, motive, and the fact that the body is found in the cellar of their shop, The Chocolate Moose points straight to Jake, Ellie and Jake have to go on the biggest and most dangerous snoop ever. Okay, we know Jake has issues with water and bugs, of which there are an abundance in this story; not to mention way too many bonks on the head. Bob Arnold and Wade try to keep the determined duo from getting done in. There is the Festival, baking, (which Jake’s daughter-in-law is happy to help with), an upcoming grand fireworks display, getting blown apart or almost by a ghost ship, a painting by Jake’s dad, the mowing business by her son, and big family news. Talk about the twists and turns that are fast and all the way to the end! You’ll enjoy this third book in the series, even more if you listen to the audio book, in my opinion.

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