Hannah Swensen already has her hands full, between dodging her mother’s attempts to marry her off, and running Lake Eden, Minnesota’s most popular bakery, The Cookie Jar. But when the Cozy Cow Dairy’s beloved deliveryman is found murdered behind Hannah’s bakery with her famous Chocolate Chip Crunchies scattered around him, Hannah sets out to track down a killer. The more Hannah snoops, the more suspects turn up. This is one murder that’s starting to leave a very bad taste in Hannah’s mouth, and if she doesn’t watch her back, her sweet life may get burned to a crisp.
One of the challenges I have to do for this year is read a book my mother enjoys. I immediately recalled her love for Joanne Fluke’s food related murder books and figured they might be a good way to read a good book. Fortunately, I was correct. This is a really cute book and I enjoyed it so much that I am planning on picking up the next one.
My only issue with this book comes from Hannah, the main character. For the most part, she’s a really likable character. She’s not a picture perfect heroine and her life is far from perfect. I really enjoy the fact that even though she views her younger sister, Andrea as being prettier and has concerns about her mothering instincts, she is still fairly close with her. If there’s one thing this series doesn’t need, it’s a sibling rivalry.Especially since she has a nagging and meddling mother.
Here’s my issue: Hannah is under the idea that she’s being inconspicuous as she constantly interrogates people in the murder. This is a small town, so everything you do is going to be found out by the local gossip gaggle and I highly doubt every single person she talked to was too stupid to realize what she was doing. While I understand her trying to help her cop of a brother-in-law, she’s completely obvious and does a poor job at trying to remain incognito with her intentions. Also, since she’s supposed to be helping Bill, why is it she rarely ever actually calls to tell him anything she finds out? She’s a baker, not a detective and there are quite a few things that she does that are illegal in this book. But I get it. There’s supposed to be a sense of disbelief when reading. But I’m far too intelligent to be ignorant to the fact that there’s no way any of this could have happened without the killer finding out sooner than they did.
So besides that, I actually enjoyed watching Hannah become more confident in herself. She was already sure of her work, so now with somne self esteem under her belt, she’ll be a great heroine for the series. Hopefully her sleuthing skills will improve over time, as it’s quite obvious she’s going to be solving more murders in the future.
Pick up your copy on Amazon: Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke