The yummy [ninth] smalltown cozy from Fluke (after 2006's Cherry Cheesecake Murder) finds sometime sleuth Hannah Swensen, owner of the Cookie Jar in Lake Eden, Minn., judging the baking contest at the Tri-County Fair.
When one of her fellow judges, home economics teacher Willa Sunquist, is murdered, Hannah determines to sniff out the killer. Was it a man from Willa's mysterious past? Or a student she flunked?
Fluke has developed a charming supporting cast — Hannah's besotted (and slightly spineless) two suitors, her overbearing but likable mother, her endearing sisters and her levelheaded business partner all feel like friends by the time the murder is solved.
The dozens of tempting recipes Fluke includes are an added treat.
This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
I decided to try out the audiobook and now I'm planning on reading the rest the same way (mainly for the cat sounds, lol).
The mystery was okay but would have liked it more if the first 100 pages or so had not been only focused on everyday life and with slow pacing. The fact that I was unable to fully guess what was happening helped the shock value when the murder was revealed.
The parts with Hannah's cat were interesting to read about and as usual I enjoy reading Hannah's interactions with her family. :)
I also really want a deep friend candy bar now, lol.
The best part was that the author toned down the love triangle, it was still there but it was not the main focus like in the last novel.
I recommend checking out this fun series in audiobook format.
3.5 Stars Out of 5