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Published by Kensington Publishing Corporation on 2016-02-23
Genres: Fiction, Mystery & Detective, Women Sleuths
Everyone in Lake Eden, Minnesota, may have had their doubts, but at long last, Hannah Swensen is getting married! Hannah is thrilled to be marrying Ross Barton, her college crush. And her excitement only grows when she learns he'll be able to join her on her trip to New York City for the Food Channel's dessert chef contest. They get a taste of the Big Apple before Hannah wins the Hometown Challenge and the producers bring all the contestants to Lake Eden to tape the remainder of the show. It's nerve-wracking enough being judged by Alain Duquesne, a celebrity chef with a nasty reputation. But it's even more chilling to find him stabbed to death in the Lake Eden Inn's walk-in cooler--before he's even had a chance to taste Hannah's Butterscotch Sugar Cookies! Now Hannah has not only lost her advantage, she'll have to solve a mystery with more layers than a five-tiered wedding cake... Indulge In Joanne Fluke's Criminally Delicious Hannah Swensen Mysteries! Double Fudge Brownie Murder
I have been a fan of Hannah Swensen since I read “Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder” when I was pregnant in 2008. (Lots of hours on bed rest = Lots of reading hours!)
I have to say – a few books ago I was really tired of this series. I wanted Hannah to pick between Norman and Mike. I still loved the characters and the (somewhat easy to solve) mysteries. But I was growing tired. This book? I’ll be honest. I liked the mystery. I liked the plot of Hannah entering a Food Channel contest.
But I have to rant. We were so invested in the Mike and Norman relationships – and she has Hannah marry someone else? I’m sorry. But that’s just a crappy thing to do. What a huge let down! (And Ross’s character is so flat and annoying – if you ask me!) Yet she continues to tease us with Mike and Norman. I have to admit – when I saw the title? I had hopes of Ross being the victim. (Hey – just being honest!)
So all in all? It’s everything we expect from the Hannah Swensen series (both good and bad) with a dose of annoyance if you feel the way I do about Ross!