Thursday, June 4, 2015
Review: Strawberry Shortcake Murder by Joanne Fluke
Summary from Goodreads:
In her debut mystery, Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder, intrepid amateur sleuth and bakery owner Hannah Swensen proved that when it comes to crime, nothing is sweeter than a woman who knows how to really mix it up. Now, the flame-haired, tart-talking (and baking) heroine is back, judging a contest where the competition is really murder.
Strawberry Shortcake Murder
Whenthe president of Hartland Flour chooses cozy Lake Eden, Minnesota, as the spot for their first annual Dessert Bake-Off, Hannah is thrilled to serve as the head judge. But when a fellow judge, Coach Boyd Watson, is found stone-cold dead, facedown in Hannah's celebrated strawberry shortcake, Lake Eden's sweet ride to fame turns very sour indeed.
Between perfecting her Cheddar Cheese Apple Pie and Chocolate Crunchies, Hannah's snooping into the coach's private life and not coming up short on suspects. And could Watson's harsh criticism during the judging have given one of the contestants a license to kill? The stakes are rising faster than dough, and Hannah will have to be very careful, because somebody is cooking up a recipe for murder. . .with Hannah landing on the "necessary ingredients" list.
"Another delicious adventure. . .a superior cozy sure to leave readers satisfied. . .but hungry for more." --Publishers Weekly
Includes seven delicious recipes!
I've been meaning to keep reading this cute series for years now, I've read two or so of the later books in the series and really enjoy the main character.
It is awesome that the Hallmark channel is doing a series of made-for-tv films for this series, the first one, Murder She Baked: Book 1, came out last month and was a fun film (you can find it on youtube right now). It looks like they will be doing the second book soon. The only part I did not like was the actor playing Mike, but they picked a great Hannah.
I somewhat remember the first novel, but thanks to the film it jogged my memory. I flew through this second novel, and I'm planning on reading the next one soon.
The best part of these novels, besides the amazing recipes, is Hannah. Sometimes the mysteries are predictable but Hannah's great and funny POV makes up for it.
I recommend checking this series out for some light and fun reading.
Four Stars Out of Five