Books for Mature Teens and Adults

Theme: Chocolate

Chocolat - (ISBN: 978-0140282030)

by Joanne Harris

Vianne’s new chocolate shop, located just across from the community Catholic church, lures in residents of a small French community. Vianne’s chocolates and other patisseries do more than feed those who buy them; her interest in their lives seems to follow their purchase of the goodies. The author’s placement of the church just across from her is no mistake; its mores contrast with her earthy care. For chocolate and romance lovers alike, this book revives readers’ passion and their belief in magic.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder - (ISBN: 978-0758215055)

by Joanne Fluke

Hannah’s bakery, the Cookie Shop, serves as the meeting place for a small Minnesota community. So when a murder takes place near her, she hears and sees all involved in those investigating its cause. Fortunately, the town sheriff is her brother-in-law. When he asks her to help solve the case, she has the material at her fingertips. If you enjoy mysteries about small town life, try this quick read.

Chocolate: The Nature of Indulgence - (ISBN: 978-0810904033)

by Ruth Lopez

This book traces the history of one of the world’s most beloved tastes. It covers chocolate’s origins in South America and in Mayan and Aztec diets, its role in medicine (!), and its part in slavery and fighting. Today’s many uses for chocolate is well-documented here with beautiful photographs and immaculate research.

Like Water for Chocolate - (ISBN: 978-0385420174)

by Laura Esquival

Tita attempts to woo her sister’s designated fiancé through her delicious and sensual cooking in this novel set in the magical realism of Mexico. Although Tita knows her own role in the family is to care for her mother, her passion for Pedro guides her cooking to almost magical powers. At once a cookbook, love story, and home help manual, this book has appeal for mature readers who believe in the power of love.

The Chocolate Snowman Murders - (ISBN: 0451225066)

by JoAnna Carl

As part of the Chocoholic Mystery series, this book describes what happens when a replacement juror for a winter art fest is murdered. An interesting wrinkle ensues when the local chocolate shop manager, Lee McKinney Woodyard, finds herself accused of the crime. With plenty of humor and word plays, this mystery keeps readers glued, or should we say “gooed,” to the plot as Lee and her husband try to free themselves from suspicion and find the real killer.

Dying for Chocolate - (ISBN: 978-0553560244)

by Dianne Mott Davidson

Fudge Cupcake Murder - (ISBN: 978-0758201539)

by Joanne Fluke

Such Devoted Sisters - (ISBN: B002BLUGVE)

by Eileen Goudge

The Golden Harvest - (ISBN: 978-0380761005)

by Jorge Amado

The Opposite of Chocolate - (ISBN: 978-0330397469)

by Julie Bertagna

Activities for this Theme

Enjoy this favorite I Love Lucy episode in the candy factory

Savor the best chocolate quotes or collect your own

Check your local area for a chocolate festival to see with your family. They are located in many areas of the country. If you cannot find one, why not have one together with two or three other families one Saturday?