Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Review: Sugar Cookie Murder (Hannah Swensen #6) by Joanne Fluke

Summary from Goodreads:

The holidays are the icing on the cake for bakery owner Hannah Swensen. Surrounded by her loved ones, she has all the ingredients for a perfect Christmas--until murder is added to the mix. . .
When it comes to holidays, Minnesotans rise to the occasion--and the little town of Lake Eden is baking up a storm with Hannah leading the way. The annual Christmas Buffet is the final test of the recipes Hannah has collected for the Lake Eden Holiday Buffet Cookbook.
The recently divorced Martin Dubinski arrives at the buffet with his new Vegas showgirl wife--all wrapped up in glitter and fur. His ex-wife, however, seems as cool as chilled eggnog. And when Hannah's mother's antique Christmas cake knife disappears, its discovery in the d├ęcolletage of the new--and now late--Mrs. Dubinski puts the festivities on ice.
With everyone stranded at the community center by a blizzard, Hannah puts her investigative skills to the test, using the ingredients at hand: half the town of Lake Eden--and a killer. Now, as the snowdrifts get higher, it's up to Hannah to dig out all the clues--and make sure that this white Christmas doesn't bring any more deadly tidings. . .
"Wacky and delightful characters, plus tempting recipes from appetizers to desserts, make this lighthearted offering sure to please the palate of any cozy fan." --Publishers Weekly
"Fluke's talent for spinning a mesmerizing tale carries on in this sixth book, and its holiday recipes are an added treat for readers." --Times News Record
"A clever and delicious treat for Christmas."--Mystery Lovers Bookshop News
Includes over fifty original recipes for you to try!

My Review:

I was disappointed with the mystery mainly because the novel itself only lasts until page 168 so it was super rushed and then the last 200 or so pages are all recipes (and a lot of them did not look that great, at least to me).

My other problem was that there was no character development or resolution with the love triangle, and I really want it to end or not be in the novels so much. (at least I know it ends at some point in the series, hopefully).

However, I still love all of the characters and it was still a fun read, I would not have liked it based on plot alone so it is pretty good that I like Hannah, Lisa, and others. :)

I recommend reading the series but maybe just skip this one and move ahead in the series.

My Rating:

3 Stars Out of 5

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