The Reverend and Claire leave on their much-deserved honeymoon leaving a visiting reverend in charge. Reverend Matthew had grown up in Lake Eden, so he accepted the role without a second thought. However, when he’s found dead in the office, Hannah is on the case trying to figure out why anyone would want to murder a reverend.
Ok without spoiling the end of this book…. umm WTF is going on with Norman. This is the second book that ends with a cliffhanger that has to do with him. This is an interesting twist, however, I don’t approve. Hannah is snooping like always in this book and we can see that she’s getting really good at it. We get to meet more characters from around the parish and town of Lake Eden is becoming richer with the more characters.
Mike is starting to treat Hannah with more respect during this book. Though we don’t see him much in this book, he does seems to respect her abilities as an investigator. This book was primarily focused on her relationship with Norman, and I must say that I don’t like where this is going. Still, I need to keep an open mind going into the next book.
Alright, so there is 2 stories in this book similar to book 9.5. I still have not read the Jaine Austen series so I will only be reviewing the first 1/2 if the book… and when I say the 1st half I mean like the first 100 pgs.
The Christmas season has gotten very loud in Hannah’s condo as soon as Ernie Kusak moved in. After many complaints, Mike and Hannah head to Ernie’s condo to turn off the music. However, when Mike goes to restore the power, Hannah finds Ernie dead in his kitchen. Now she has to find the killer during the busy Christmas season.
This book was a fun little short for this series. Delores plays a crucial role in solving the murder. I am enjoying how much Delores has grown in this series. At the begin, I found her quite annoying but now I quite enjoy her. This mystery was quite simple, but you can’t really expect anything difficult for such a short story. Norman and Mike don’t really make much of an appearance in this book, but it didn’t hurt the story at all. I enjoy these little stories that get added to the story.
The charity event is set up and Mayor Bascomb’s wife has the cookie jar in her sight to help her. Lisa and Hannah think fast and agree to sell Apple turnovers with the preface of giving 1/2 of the proceeds to the charity. Meanwhile, Hannah also agreed to be Herbert’s assistant for the talent show. Much to Hannah’s chagrin, Bradford Ramsey is the announcer for said talent show, the same PA that she had relations with in college. When he’s found dead back stage, Hannah decides to find out who did it.
I have this love hate relationship with book. I love Hannah’s relationship with Michelle and it’s in the forefront of this book, but I hate the fact that I knew who was going to die, why and who did it early on in the book. I believe my above issue made it very difficult for me to enjoy. It followed the normal formula that they books tend to takes. Cuddles and Moishe was really do make a cute couple, which makes me want to route for Norman. (Even though I know who she marries.) My friend blames it on my reading far too many mystery books. I’m hoping that I can get into the next book.
Business is booming at the Cookie Jar, and when Larry Jaeger is killed 12 days before Christmas Hannah is on the case. With cookie orders to bake and a murder to solve, Hannah doesn’t have much time for herself if she wants to have a nice quiet Christmas.
Ok, so this book was turned into a made for TV movie by Hallmark. So, if you’ve watch that you can ignore this book in the series. Nothing is changed in the movie really and the Killer is the same. This is another solid light mystery book however, I couldn’t get into it because I already knew the end. If you haven’t watch the movie I’m sure you will like it.
Also, I’m getting a little tire of the Mike and Norman angle. I really can’t wait till I get to book 18 so this is over.
After a long work out at Lake Eden’s new health club, Hannah stumbles upon the body of Ronni Ward in the Jacuzzi. This instructor did not have many friends, which leaves Hannah with a suspect list as long as her arm. Also, with her mother’s book launch party around the corner and 10 pounds to loose, Hannah doesn’t have time for this murder.
This is the book that caused the downfall of Mike in my opinion. In the movie series, he’s a lovable character, however, in this book he’s very annoying and shows how little he takes Hannah’s feelings into consideration. It’s understandable that since they have an open relationship that he can see other people, but he should at least tell her and not find out the way she did. She worked really well with Andrea to solve this murder using little tidbits of information that she gets from Mike and Bill. However, how they ended up solving the murder was just sheer luck in the end. I know not everything needs to be planned out but it Kinda bothered me in the end. It’s a good continuation of the series just not my favourite book.
Hannah gives Lisa a day off to be part of her family reunion. Everyone was happy when Lisa’s long-lost uncle, or were they. When Gus is found dead the day of the reunion, Hannah has a long list of suspects to go through. As no one has heard from him in over 25 years, Hannah has to dig into the past of some of the Lake Eden citizens to figure out who would have had the motive to kill him.
I loved this story. It adds a lot of depth to some of the characters in the Lake Eden universe. Jack, who I’ve come to love, has finally gotten a love story past having Alzheimer’s and being Lisa’s father. Through this book, Lisa has also gotten more of a background and history, we also get a glimpse of what kind of person her mother was. This book really built up the world of Lake Eden more and makes it feel like a more real place. I enjoyed the teamwork between Lisa and Hannah in this book, though they always have great chemistry, I enjoyed seeing Lisa get her hands dirty in this case. All in all, this was a great addition to the series.
After agreeing to be an elf for the annual Christmas gala, she regrets it slightly. She works with Wayne Bergstrom, the owner of the Bergstrom’s Department store. However, when Hannah finds him dead behind a snowbank. Hannah has to find out who would have killed him, however, there is a very long suspect list.
Hannah seems to work well with Mike in this book. I feel like Fluke doesn’t have any consistency with how well Mike and Hannah work together. The chemistry between Hannah and Norman really increase in this book, and they work really well together, but then again they always did. I wished the book was a little longer because Wayne has such a complicated past that I wanted to delve deeper into it. This was a cute little short to add to the story line.
I haven’t read the other 1/2 of this book because I haven’t read the Jaine Austen series yet but once I do, I’ll let you know how the other short it.