The Chocolate Pirate Plot by JoAnna Carl is the 10th book in the “Chocoholic” mystery series. Publisher: October 2010

Ever since Young Blackbeard became the biggest movie of the decade, everyone has caught pirate fever, including the residents of Warner Pier. TenHuis Chocolade is raking in the booty and selling out of chocolate treasure chests, pirate hats and ships faster than you can say “Shiver me timbers.”

Caught up in the spirit of the seven seas, Lee McKinney Woodyard and her husband Joe, take their boat out on Lake Michigan and are stunned when a mischievous band of pirates hops on board. Costumed and waving obviously fake weapons, the pirates perform an entertaining sea chantey before plunging back into the watery depths.

Lee’s is the first boat boarded in what comes to be known as the Summer of the Warner Pier Pirates, and the town couldn’t be more amused by the mysterious buccaneers. But when a body washes up on shore, the pirates’ antics stop being so entertaining. Now Lee has to figure out the truth behind the Warner Pier Pirates—before someone else winds up walking the plank.

When pirates board the Woodyard’s ship, they thought it was a fun prank until a body is found and the search begin to discover who is he and why was he murdered. This was a good read. My rating: 3 stars

JoAnna Carl is the pseudonym of Eve K. Sandstrom

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