The tri-city fair is in town and Hannah has been roped into judging the bake-off after Edna hurt her arm. But, no matter where Hannah goes, tragedy is bound to follow. When Willa Sunquist is found dead, Hannah adds finding her murder to her ever growing to do list. The list contains, figure out which guy to marry, figure out why Moishe isn’t eating and helping Herb with his magic show. Just another week in the life of Hannah Swensen really.
Hannah is slowly starting to lean towards Norman as he husband until Mike blindsides her. Though I snuck a peak at the future, Norman is so sweet in this book and there is more growth in their relationship than with mike this book. the description of the fair was dead on and makes me want summer to come so I can go to the local fair. Though it’s really easy to figure out who killed Willa it’s really fun watching it go down. I kinda wish there was more character development on Michelle though because she’s just a placeholder right now but I would love to have more information about her as a person.
Hannah is at it again. When her little sister comes home with a movie crew in tow, Hannah is thrown into the thick of things. As she was hired by the movie’s producer to make the Director, Dean, a cheesecake every morning, she gets to be on set a lot. During one rehearsal, when Dean was demonstrating the suicide scene the prop gun was switched out for a real gun while no one notices. Now Hannah has to sift through clues and discover who the killer is before the movie crew leaves town and their chance of finding the killer leaves with them.
I liked this book, it’s not the best in the series but we get to meet Ross Barton for the first time in this book. We also get to find out more about Hannah’s past than we did before. After dealing with Mike’s and Norman’s marriage proposals, Hannah gets handed a 3rd man. I love the chemistry the Fluke gives to Hannah and Ross, as well as the history. Out of the 3 of them, he seems to be the best fit. This book plays on a lot of aspects of Hannah’s life, not only her solving murders like in the other books. I feel like Fluke finally sunk her teeth into a man that Hannah can actually have a relationship with as they are so in tuned with each other. I can’t wait to find out what happens next.
What happens when there is a murder right outside of the community service where everyone in town is having a meal together? Mike investigates and finds an excuse as to why everyone needs to stay in the building. Thankfully the weather takes a turn for the worst and the citizens are all suggested to remain inside except for emergencies. Hannah and her sisters aim to find the murderer before they slip away into the blizzard.
I was a little surprised that 1/2 of the book was recipes, so don’t go in expecting a 300 pg book. The concept of the book isn’t new, however, Fluke puts her own little spin on it. We also get to be Winthrop for the first time in this book and I must say he’s quite a character. Hannah must navigate the party as well as her mother while she tries to find the murderer. Mike is a little abrasive in this book and I feel like he’s a little too all over the place for me to enjoy. Personally, I aim rooting for Norman in this book series because he’s the nicer, more level headed of the 2 men. I am still loving this book series.
It’s election year and Bill is running against the current Sherriff. After he turns up dead, Bill is the first person that they accuse of for the murder. Hannah gets roped into the investigation to clear her brother-in-law’s name. Not only that but after Hannah was given a book deal at the end of Blueberry Muffin Murder, she brings together all of Eden Lake to create the cookbook. So she has the mystery of missing ingredients on her hands as well.
This is one of the books that was made into a movie, however, the ending is completely different. I did figure out who the murderer was until Moishe scratches Hannah. If you have watched the movie, the thought of the movie killer is soon removed from your mind as the circumstances of the death is very different. I love the growth in the relationship between Norman and Hannah, at the same time, it looks like Mike is digging himself a hole and hasn’t realised it yet in this book. With being the acting Sherriff and being a little too close to the secretary has Hannah seeing red. I want to point out that she still hasn’t decided who she wants to commit to. This is a fun book, but it seriously make me want to bake again.
Hannah’s youngest sister, Michelle is back home for the holidays and the family is hoping for a nice quiet Christmas. That goes up in flames when Delores finds the body of one of the local residences in the basement of Norman’s newly acquired house. The only clue was one of Hannah’s lemon meringue pies with only 1 piece eaten. Though Hannah tries to stay away from investigating the murder everyone, even her mother, pulls her back into her investigation in order to solve the mystery of the poor woman’s death.
This is a very fun book, however, I did figure out who that killer was 1/2 through the book so that is the only part I didn’t like. The characters are growing nicely in this book. We are starting to see the merits of each of the 2 men that Hannah is dating, now that they have ironed out that they 2 men are jealous of each other. Though this series is very long, I am looking forward to how the relationships continue to evolve in the future. I’m hoping that this series goes the way of the Stephanie Plum series, where the relationships continue to be developed 28 books down the line. This book is worth the read.
When a big TV cooking star comes to Eden Lake for the Winter Festival, everything was on the road to being perfect. But when that same personality is found dead in Hannah’s pantry, everything starts to go off the rails. With the Cookie Jar being the primary crime scene. Hannah is thrown head first into yet another murder investigation, but this time the suspect list is as long as her arm and no one seems to have any hard feeling with the victim’s death. Hannah wouldn’t have even looked into it if it wasn’t directly affecting her bottom line.
This wasn’t my favourite book of the series so far. The victim wasn’t someone that I felt any empathy for. Also, there was no development in Hannah’s relationship with Mike and Norman, other than them all admitting that they are jealous of anyone else being with Hannah. Once you notice 1 detail in the book, you realise who the murderer is pretty quickly. I feel like Fluke is getting into her stride in this book but the later books get better and not every book has to be amazing right away. Overall, I still like it but it’s not my favourite of the series.
Oh NO!!!! Another book series. Good news… Or bad news depending on how you look at it. I don’t have access to the full series at the moment as my library doesn’t hold them all. I will be looking for this book in either Ebook form or in second-hand bookstores (Which ever is cheaper, though the E-books only cost 5.50 CAD a book). I love the hallmark movie series that this is based on, but the characters are very very different so if you have watched the movies and the storey lines are very different. You will know the ending but the story progresses a very different way.
We follow Hannah Swensen, the local baker who owns the cookie jar. After finding her high school friend shot dead behind her shop, she starts working with her brother-in-law to find the murderer. Meanwhile, her mother, Delores, is still trying to hook her up with every available man in town, including new inhabitant Norman Rhoades, the local dentist.
This is a fun novel that mixes of Murder she wrote and a baking book. This book has 4 recipes in it and if I wasn’t trying to lose weight I would make them as to try them. The characters are well developed and more believable than the movies. Hannah’s family is wacky and loveable even though they are a family that I wouldn’t want to have. I am looking forward to finding these books, though there are currently 22… So it may be a 2nd book post for 5 months. if I decide to read through them quickly.