Maybe I was just in a bad mood when I read this, but it seems like Hannah's vehement refusal to share information with the police (her boyfriend) is both ridiculous and unlikely. The fact that she, her friends and family have turned murders in small-town Lake Eden into a competition to see who is more clever, the police or the baker ... is absurd.
There were soo many things in this story that I found totally implausible, that it distracted from the story, itself. A movie production comes to town to shoot some "small-town local color" and they end up casting half the town in credited roles. The producer throws money and "screen credits" around, and the masses fawn at his feet. UGH! Also, the solution was (too me, anyway) almost blatantly obvious.
Fluke's recipes, normally one of the strongest and most enjoyable parts of her writing, were, IMHO rather "pedestrian" .. and I'm sure I've seen at least one of them printed up in the grocery coupon flyer of my Sunday paper. Hardly the thing professional bakers flaunt. And the way she had to stretch the storyline to introduce the recipes in the first place seemed forced and contrived.
All in all, I'd not call this Fluke's best work ... and I despair that Hannah's actions and attitude may soon consign her to the same fate as Claudia Bishop's "Hemlock Falls Mysteries" -- recurring characters who experience no personal growth cease to advance the story line, and before long, I cease to advance the author's paycheck .... :-(
The director of a movie filming in Lake Eden is killed... or was the male actor the target? Hannah is trying to decide between Mike and Norman while trying to find the killer. Or is newcomer Ross the right one?
Latest release prior to the current Key Lime Pie Murder. An excellent book in this great series. Hannah and her family are back in "full investigation mode", much to the distress of the local police. Highly recommended.
I love Hannah Swensen and her adventures in crime solving. Her sidline business is a bakery. She dates the local Sheriff and is forbidden to interfear in any murder investigations. But does she listen? Never. This time she is making Cherry Cheese Cake and in the middle of it all. A movie is being made in Lake Eden. The first scene Hannah witnesses proves to be the main murder scene in more ways than one.
Better than the story, where Hannah conquers all, there are recipes through out. Peanut Butter and Jam Cookies, Cocalattas and Double Flake Cookies just to name a few.
You will love this one.
Hannah Swensen and her bakery, The Cookie Jar, bask in the glow of Hollywood glamour when Main Street becomes a movie set. And although tensions simmer as the cameras roll, no one expects the action to turn deadly....until it's too late...
There's no such thing as privacy in Lake Eden, but Hannah never thought things would go this far. Everyone has been telling her what to do ever sence she got not one but two marriage proposals. Movie mania soon shoves Hannah's marriage dilemma into the background and even gives her cat a shot at stardom. The Cookie Jar serves as snack central with Main Street rented out for the week. She stirs lots of fresh gossip whipping up treats for cast and crew, including demanding director Dean Lawrence's favorite--cherry cheesecake.
Everything's on schedule until Dean demonstrates a suicide scene with a prop gun that turns out to be all too real. As filming continues, Hannah sifts through the clues, hoping against hope that the person responsible for Dean's death is half-baked enough to have made a mistake. When it happens, Hannah intends to be there--ready to rewrite a killer's lethal script with the kind of quirky ending that can only happen in Lake Eden..
If you like this series you will enjoy this book. She has more characters so it makes it interesting. And the plot is different so it also adds to the interest. But it is still Hannah and her cohorts against Mike trying to solve the mystery. And it is still basically a "Hallmark" type story. Her recipes are excellent.
These books often resemble a diary Hannah wrote - so that makes it good for some - a turnoff for others. If you like the series this is great - by book 8 you probably know if you like it or not. If it is your first one - it is better than some.