Summary from Goodreads:
The residents of Lake Eden, Minnesota, are planning to paint the town red, white, and blue to celebrate the Fourth of July--but the fireworks are already going off at Hannah Swensen's bake shop, The Cookie Jar. . .
Lemon Meringue Pie Murder
Hannah Swensen thought she'd finally discovered the recipe for a perfect life. But her sometime beau Norman Rhodes tosses a surprise ingredient into the mix when he phones to tell her he's just bought a house from local drugstore clerk Rhonda Scharf--which he plans to tear down in order to build the dream home he and Hannah designed. It seems the plan has been cooking for quite some time, and Hannah's shocked. Especially since her ring finger is still very much bare. . .
The good news is that the soon-to-be-torn-down house is full of antiques--and Norman has given Hannah and her mother first dibs. They uncover some gorgeous old furniture, a patchwork quilt. . .and Rhonda Scharf's dead body. A little more sleuthing turns up the half-eaten remains of a very special dinner for two--and one of The Cookie Jar's famous lemon meringue pies. Now it's up to Hannah to turn up the heat--and get busy tracking down clues. Starting in her very own kitchen. . .
Includes nine original cookie and dessert recipes for you to try!
"Fun. . .frothy. . .Enticing recipes for cookies and other treats, presented with helpful procedural hints, are an extra bonus." --Publishers Weekly
Without out a doubt, I love Hannah, and she was amazing in this novel and relatable with her struggle with dieting and her dynamic cat.
The lack of romance and of the horrible love triangle was a huge improvement over the last novel. I'm still hoping she picks one of the men in the next novel.
I'm planning on trying to make the diet cottage cheese pancakes recipe! :)
I recommend checking this out for the cuteness and the awesome recipes.
Four Stars Out of Five Stars.