Book Review: "Sugar Cookie Murder" by Joanne Fluke
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. While Hannah is baking the day's goodies at The Cookie Jar, the evening's plans begin to jell. Start with the best Lake Eden culinary creations, add two of Hannah's "sometime" boyfriends, a pinch of her ready-to-pop pregnant sister, and a dash of her mother and new significant other, an actual British lord, and what do you get? A recipe for disaster, but the juiciest ingredient is yet to come...
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 decolletage 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...
This is the 6th in the series by Joanne Fluke. I am enjoying them. I will admit that I was a little put off at first with 'murder' as I am not a gory type of a reader. But I was introduced to this 'cozy' series by a fellow PBS'r (PaperBackSwap'er) who also enjoys Janet Evanovich.
There have been some people that can't continue with this series because of Hannah's indecision between Norman and Mike. I guess it doesn't bother me too much because I am 'used to it' with the Stephanie Plum series. =)
I chuckle like I do with the Janet Evanovich series and smile, which I didn't think I would do in a 'murder' book.
Another great bonus with this series is the recipes. This one is NO exception. Don't let the number of pages fool you. You get a TON of recipes! I plan on trying some and posting them on my other blog (which I need to update): www.ilerfamilyrecipes.blogspot.com.
I am really liking these cozy books. I hope you do too.
Do you enjoy cozies? What ones would you recommend?
Book 1 of 50 in 2010 Reading Challenge