Coconut Layer Cake Murder (A Hannah Swensen Mystery)
Coconut Layer Cake Murder - A Hannah Swensen Mystery Author:Joanne Fluke Bakery owner Hannah Swensen is leaving Lake Eden to help a friend in sunny California. But an unexpected phone call swiftly brings her back to a cold Minnesota winter . . . and murder . . . — — When Hannah learns that her sister Michelle?s boyfriend, Detective Lonnie Murphy, is the prime suspect in a murder case, she goes straight from a movie s... more »tudio sound stage to the Los Angeles airport.
Back in frigid Minnesota, she discovers that proving Lonnie?s innocence will be harder than figuring out what went wrong with a recipe. Lonnie remembers only parts of the night he went out to a local bar and ended up driving a very impaired woman home. He knows he helped her to her bedroom, but he doesn?t recall anything else until he woke up on her couch the following morning. When he went to the bedroom to check on her, he was shocked to discover she was dead.
Hannah doesn?t know what to believe?only that exonerating a suspect who can?t remember is almost impossible, especially since Lonnie?s brother, Detective Rick Murphy, and Lonnie?s partner, Chief Detective Mike Kingston, have been taken off the case. Before everything comes crashing down on Lonnie like a heaping slice of coconut layer cake, it?ll be up to Hannah to rack up enough clues to toast a flaky killer . . .« less
Coconut Layer Cake Murder is the 25th installment in the Hannah Swensen series set in Lake Eden, MN and featuring Cookie Jar owner, Hannah, her family and friends. Hannah has accompanied her mother to California to help their friend Lynne pack up her house and move back to Lake Eden. The house is almost buttoned up when Hannah gets a call from sister Michelle that her boyfriend Lonnie is the prime suspect in a murder.
Hannah's brother in law and chief of police, Bill has taken both Mike an Lonnie off the case due to conflict of interest and everyone is now looking to Hannah to solve the mystery. Hannah teams up with Mike, Norman and Andrea to identify the killer and clear Lonnie's name.
There really is no plot in this latest addition to the series. In fact, the actually mystery is only about 50 pages and the rest of the book is just filled with recipes and notes about the recipes. In the 50 pages of actual story over a third is spent at the work table in the Cookie Jar with the usual characters sampling cookies and commenting on the different knocks on the back door. Even Moishe was barely mentioned in the story. If you haven't read this series before I wouldn't start with this one as it does not read like a stand alone, you will have no idea who Lynne is or understand the casual references to why Hannah is not living at her condo or what happened to her husband. This series has become a true disappointment.