Ready for our next Christmas mystery in our Christmas countdown?!
I give you:
Sugar Cookie Murder (Hannah Swensen Mystery #6) by Joanne Fluke
So like that other Hannah Swensen holiday mystery, Candy for Christmas, I didn’t like this one. This book cemented my dislike for the Hannah Swensen Holiday Mysteries.
Why you may ask? Well I’ll tell you.
So this book has an interesting premise. In Lake Eden it is the annual Christmas buffet.
This year things are a bit different as they are running the final test of the Lake Eden recipes for the Lake Eden Holiday Buffet Cookbook.
Recently divorced Martin Dubinski just got married in Las Vegas and to a Vegas showgirl type woman, Brandi; all about the fur, glitter, and lack of manners.
Many people dislike her; including the former Mrs. Shirley Dubinski who wants Martin back and Martin’s mother Babs.
In other news, Hannah main rival for Mike’s affections, Shawna Lee Quinn is on her way out of town. Great news for Hannah, but also sad as Mike is taking her to the airport and will be missing out on most of the great party.
Meanwhile, Hannah is not very happy about the romance between her mother Delores, and some Englishman, Winthrop the III.
Part of her doesn’t like her mom moving on, while the other half doesn’t trust him.
Things seem to be going great at the Christmas buffet. Music, dancing, Mike and Norman; but then Delores’ donated antique knife is stolen.
Hannah searches everywhere, and finds it. In Brandi’s dead body.
Whoever killed her returned to the community center; and with the storm ranging outside it is up to them to find the killer before they strike again!
Thoughts After Reading:
While the premise sounds good; killer in a locked building and they have to figure it out before they strike again, but it just falls flat.
The mystery’s resolution was seriously lacking.
And I seriously believe this book was just an avenue to promote her holiday recipes, a trap every one of her “holiday tales” seems to fall into. I give it zero stars.
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