Gingerbread Cookie Murder (Hannah Swensen #13.5) by Joanne Fluke
So I hate these Hannah Swenson holiday specials.
They are boring, predictable, and just avenues to include a ton of Christmas type recipes. But I started something, and now I am going to finish it. The review must go on.
It is Christmas time once again in Lake Eden. Ernie Kusak, driver, chauffeur, etc; has recently won the lottery, moved into Hannah’s condo, and started playing Christmas music incredibly loud and ALL THE TIME.
He told Hannah he would turn it down tonight, so hopefully he does.
That night Hannah goes out with Norman, his mother Carrie, her new husband Earl, Hannah’s mother Delores, and her new boyfriend Gary Jenkins. He just moved into town, and bought Ernie’s old house.
When Hannah gets home she discovers that Ernie negated on his promise and that all the music is on and full blast.
Luckily someone has called the police, so Mike is there. Ernie’s ex-wife loans Mike her spare key to get into the house and they find Ernie’s dead body.
Who killed him? And why?
Thoughts After Reading:
So what did I think?
So what are my issues with this book?
Mike questions Lorna, as we all know the wife/ex-wife usually has good motive for murder. Hannah tries to help by telling her she didn’t do it and it’s horrible to have her be accused. HELLO Hannah if you interfere with Mike’s questioning he is never going to let you in on anything. And two, you don’t know that she didn’t do it. She could be the killer.
2)Mike Questions Hannah as the killer
Really Mike? You think that she could be a killer. My goodness that is the dumbest thing I ever heard. Why are the deputies so stupid!
3)How does Hannah run her business?
How does Hannah make any money selling her goods at 50¢?
4)The Cops are Idiots
Now it hurts me to write this as I like police officers. My family has had them throughout and I respect them. But man they are so stupid in this book series.
The cops seem to get dumber in each book. In this one they think one man killed Ernie, but only wiped half of his fingerprints, leaving the crucial ones. Really? Smells like a frame-up
5)Fluke Knows Nothing of Cell Phones.
So Hannah discovers that Gary’s phone number was the same on the winning ticket. You know you don’t pick your number when you get a cell phone, you have one assigned. So it is pretty strange to choose “these” influential numbers that mean something, when he couldn’t do that.
6) It is All Circumstansial Evidence
And the dumbest thing to this book? How Hannah discovers the reason for murder and the guy admits it. So all the numbers on Gary’s phone number all have a certain special meaning to him. These are also the ones he chooses for the lottery ticket, the one Ernie claims is his. He has it framed and hanging on the wall, Gary spots it and kills him. Hannah figures it out and when she questions him, all Ernie has to do is deny it. There is no proof he was in there, just because they use the same numbers doesn’t mean anything. It all is circumstantial. All he has to do is say he doesn’t know anything, let them prosecute the other guy and go on his way. Why would he give himself up? It’s just dumb, dumb, dumb.
For more Hannah Swensen mysteries, go to Apple Turnover Murder
For more Hannah Swenson Christmas mysteries, go to Plum Pudding Murder
For more Christmas mysteries, go to A Most Peculiar Circumstance
For book reviews, go to A Duty to the Dead