After Shawna Lee and her sister Vanessa come back to Eden lake, the open a bakery right across from the cookie jar. It starts cutting into her bottom line, that is until Shawna Lee’s murder in her bakery. Hannah happens to find her after she returned from Lisa and Herb’s wedding. She ends up being a suspect in her murder. Hannah must put back on her detective’s hat to clear herself and find Shawna Lee’s real killer.
I have to admit that the ending kinda floored me, but enough on that. This book was very interesting. As a few other ones, as there was a movie made of this I had to wipe it from my minds. Shawna Lee being the victim gives more of connection to the character than in the movie. I loved the fact that Lisa comes back to help her at the cookie jar while she finds out who killed Shawna Lee.
The relationships between the 2 men are a little flat and dry, which is probably why the ending came out of no where. I would love if the character development with the men was expanded a little more.
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 Swensen is back and there are more murders a foot. In the small town of Lake Eden, there are more people being murdered. In the middle of the bake off being held in Eden Lake, one of the judges, Boyd Watson, local football coach and wife beater, is found dead in his garage. Unsure who else to call, Danielle calls Hannah right after she finds the body. Unsure what else to do, he calls in Mike and Bill to do the police work. Though she claims to not want any part in the case, Hannah starts poking around and quickly finds out that someone doesn’t want her to figure out whose killed Coach Watson.
This is as cute as the first and because we already have the basis of the characters this time of round, it’s real easy just to jump right into the book. Though Hannah’s thought process was easy to follow, the killer came out from left field. I loved the book, don’t get me wrong, but I just didn’t see it coming. I loved the character relationships in the book, I just wish were more scene containing Hannah and her 2 men because I really would love to see a little more romance in this series.
The recipes look awesome as alway I really wish that I wasn’t on a diet so I could check them out a little bit more.
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.