Joanne Fluke has managed to retrieve this series from the abyss where she took it with Cherry Cheesecake Murder. Hannah is not as irritating in this story and Mike and Norman are both shown to be thoughtful and kind, making it more understandable why she can't decide between them. The mystery, even though it jumps around at times, makes sense and isn't far-fetched. Hannah, unfortunately, talks indiscriminately at the end of the story, which really isn't in line with her character, but I suppose that was so Fluke could end the book. Over all, a very good read and I'm once again looking forward to reading future installments in this series.
Joanne Fluke needs to decide how her characters are going to develop, before she continues to drag this out any longer. Hannah Swenson and the other denizens of small-town Lake Eden, Minnesota started out as engaging characters with interesting quirks, but as the series of books progresses, the characters do not.
The mystery in this book was a little better conceived than Fluke's last, but only a little. The books seem to be less and less about the mysteries, and more and more about establishing Lake Eden as some sort of utopia.
Where else can a "chunky" 30-something woman with frizzy red hair have three men falling over themselves for her attention? How often does it happen that every member of the main characters family, her friends, and her friends' families JUST HAPPEN to win everything in sight? How plausible is it that the stated reason for her to be "sleuthing" is to prove to the whole town that she is more clever than the police (who happen to be her boyfriend and brother-in-law)?
Hannah had a lot of trouble staying awake during this story. She's not the only one.
This book was a complete waste of my time. I've liked the other books in the series but not sure I will read anymore of them after this one. Very slow plot. I wanted to stop reading this book several times but thought the next chapter might pick up. When it finally picked up some, the plot was very predictable. If this book were ice cream it would definitely be vanilla.
Hannahs, the Owner of the Cookie Jar.
Shes judging the dessert contest at the TriCounty Fair. She gets locked in one nights and stumbles the a dead body of her friend and fellow judge. Who would kill shch a nice girl?
Ninth in the Hannah Swensen tasty mystery series. A orange chocolate cake recipe to die for - just make sure you have some cookies nearby because you will definitely need them as you read this mystery.
From dust jacket:
It promises to be a busy week for Hannah Swensen. Not only is she whipping up treats for the chamber of commerce booth at the fair; she's also judging the baking contest; acting as a magician's assistant for her business partner's husband; trying to coax Moishe, her previously rapacious feline, to end his hunger strike, and performing her own private carnival act by juggling the demands of her mother and sisters.
With so much on her plate, it's no wonder Hannah finds herself on the midway only moments before the fair closes for the night. At the lights click off, she realizes that she's not alone among the shuttered booths and looming carnival attractions. After hearing a suspicous thump, she goes snooping - only to discover Willa Sunquist, a student teacher and fellow bake contest judge, dead along-side an upended key lime pie. But who would want to kill Willa and why? Before long Hannah is sifting through motives and a list of suspects which include a high school student Willa flunked, the hot-blooded brothers of a disqualified beauty contestant, a rodeo cowboy, and baking competitor who failed to win her yearly blue ribbon, and teh college professor Willa was dating.
As fair week draws to a close, Hannah cranks up the heat, hoping that the killer will get rattled and make a mistake. If that happens she intends to be there, even if it means getting on a carnival ride that could very well be her last.