Candy for Christmas (Hannah Swenson Mystery #1.5) by Joanne Fluke
This is a short story mystery that takes place sometime after the first novel. I didn’t enjoy it, but like show biz, the review must go on.
It’s wintertime and almost Christmas in Lake Eden. One day Hannah heads out to her bakery when she discovers the lights on in the building.
Her business partner, Lisa, wasn’t scheduled to come in today, but maybe she decided to anyway. It is far too cold to hang outside so Hannah heads in.
When she gets inside she finds that her bakery has been cleaned, and whoever did it left behind candy.
Hannah is pleased with this modern Elves and the Shoemakers, but at the same time is not happy with it. Who could have done this? Why would they?
That night Hannah and Norman head to the bakery to check out who could be in there. When they arrive at the bakery they spot a young girl. Apparently “Candy” has run away from home. She’s been hiding out in different places, such as Hannah’s bakery.
They don’t get much out of the girl, but Hannah decides to give her a room in her condo and a job in her bakery. Unknowning to Candy; Hannah, Norman, and Andrea all band toogether to figure out who she really is.
I didn’t enjoy this story at all.
I can see why the author wanted to right something different, and something that didn’t have murder but this was too scmaltzy and boring.
It really seemed just a conduit to include more Christmas recipes than create an interesting story.
I also thought their involvement in finding her parents was wrong. They shouldn’t have told them about Candy and bring them without letting Candy know. What if she had a valid reason for running away? What is she was being abused, molested, or worse?
This story is a dud. A complete waste.
For more Hannah Swenson Mysteries, go to Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder
For more midwestern mysteries, go to Fatally Frosted