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- ASIN : B003IYI79G
- Publisher : Kensington Books (October 1, 2010)
- Publication date : October 1, 2010
- Language : English
- File size : 1806 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 323 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1496724739
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #54,302 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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In this escapade, Hannah continues baking up a storm while preparing for the Christmas holidays. When the owner of a local tree nursery and shop is murdered, she solves the case by enlisting her mother, sisters and friends in all sorts of hi-jinks. She outsmarts her on again / off again cop boyfriend Mike, and continues flirting with her other boy, dentist Norman. Throw in about 25 recipes, and you’ve got a cute and fun cozy book to enjoy. Not to mention the big surprise at the end when the college guy who broke her heart shows up in town!
The murder is good, the story has a strong cast of suspects and the characters provide comic relief. It should have been 15% more story and less recipe, only to give us the necessary substance. The plots also need to start sooner; the murder didn’t happen until 50% through the book! While we got to know the cast in the first half, which gave us potential red herrings and culprits, I wanted to be a bit more invested at that point.
I adore Hannah, want her as my best friend and would love to live in this town. I’d eat cookies all day, but that’s what I do… so there you have it, folks…
The usual cast appears in this work, and the usual love triangle among Norman, Mike and Hannah is still strong much to this reader's annoyance. More to this reader's annoyance is that monster Moishe. Norman bought a Christmas tree for Hannah, which Moishe knocked down on the first night. Norman tied it to the wall with wire. He and Hannah then decorated it with Hannah's great grandmother's antique ornaments. Hannah put them at the top of the tree. Moishe climbed to the top of the tree, and broke all but two of these beautiful antique ornaments. When Norman and Hannah were wrapping presents, Moishe grabbed the ribbon, and was trying to rip the
wrapping paper. What a monster! What is so annoying is how Hannah, Norman and Mike cater to this monster of a cat. He needs to go to school for behavior modification.
What also amazes me in these Hannah Swensen books is how many cookies, muffins and sweet breads the characters eat, especially for
breakfast, and also throughout the day. Nobody ever has eggs, or a spinach or feta cheese omelet or oatmeal for breakfast. It gets a little
sickening after a while.
Hannah does expose the murderer. However there is a lot of other inconsequential stuff going on in this book that little time is spent on the murder mystery. I gave this book four stars because I like Hannah Swensen in spite of her wretched cat. Amazon Verified Purchase.