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Death by Chocolate Malted Milkshake–delicious cozy mystery

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Death by Chocolate Malted Milkshake

by Sarah Graves

Death by Chocolate Malted MilkshakeJake (Jacobia) relates this tale from the first person point of view as she and her friend Ellie struggle to survive the low tourist season in Maine. In this delightful cozy mystery, Jake and Ellie own their dream shop, The Chocolate Moose. Having recently purchased a vintage, mint green milkshake maker, they have added chocolate milkshakes to the treats featured in their chocolate themed bakery. Unfortunately, an abusive local drunk is found dead with one of their milkshake cups beside him.

In Death by Chocolate Malted Milkshake by Sarah Graves, questions swirl like a milkshake in a blender. Was the victim poisoned by the milkshake? Will the tampered milkshake rumors prove deadly to their struggling business? The ladies are counting on a whoopie-pie wedding cake to keep their business afloat; but with the groom suspected of murder, will the wedding even take place?

There are other suspects, interesting extended family members, a competent, sympathetic sheriff, lots of action, and more than a little danger as Jake and Ellie try to save their shop, keep Ellie and her family from having to move, discover the murderer and stay alive. I was surprised by the ending and the revelation of the murderer.

I would like to extend my thanks to and to Kensington Books for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 5/5

Category: Mystery

Notes: #2 in the Death by Chocolate Mystery Series, but will work as a standalone.

It features a recipe for Ginger Chocolate Biscotti.

Publication:   January 29, 2019—Kensington Books

Memorable Lines:

The landlady’s glare was so cold, you could’ve used it to freeze fish.

An old railroad trestle crossed the gap between two high bluffs over a grassy salt marsh. In the moonlight, the cattails in the marsh stood motionless as if at attention.

Basically, I thought, frogs lived in a puddle, ate flies, and never got warm; still they yelled out their happiness in doing it and I found that encouraging.


  1. Sarah Graves have long been an author I would read whenever a new came out. At one point her books became extremely violent that I stopped reading her. I am please the books are back like when I first looked everywhere each year for latest volume.

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  2. Though not a book that would necessarily appeal to me, I am a sucker for a good chocolate malted. Nice review!

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  3. carhicks says:

    Oooo, this sounds fun and delicious. I also love chocolate anything. I have the first in this series on my tablet, so will start there. Nice review Linda.

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    • lghiggins says:

      Thanks,Carla. Starting with the first in any series is probably a good idea—when it’s an option. Maybe it will help you with some of your challenges.

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      • carhicks says:

        Probably. Right now my challenge is catching up on my reviews. I have about 7 books that I have read or listened to, but not done my reviews yet. It is hard to sit at the computer when the sun, beach and pool are calling. 😃🌞⛱

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  4. Cozynookbks says:

    This sounds great, Linda. Happy you enjoyed it. 😊

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