Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Book Review: Blueberry Muffin Murder

With Joanne Fluke's Hannah Swensen mysteries, you know that you will be entertained with two key ingredients: baking tips and a good story. Once again, in this third installment of the Hannah Swensen Mystery series, Blueberry Muffin Murder, the super sleuth is on the trail of a murderer while baking up delicious confections.

Hannah Swensen, owner of The Cookie Jar, is thrust into her detective mode again when the famous cooking television personality, Connie McIntyre, shows up dead in Hannah's own kitchens. Her business is shut down until the police can determine who the killer is, thus motivating Hannah to step in and do her own sleuthing. Once again, working with her sister, Andrea, Hannah eliminates countless suspects in the plot-thickening mystery of "Connie Mac's murder." With not one, but two dead bodies, the story grows in intensity as it careens towards a show-down between the murderer and these two amateur sleuths (although I did figure out the murderer mid-way through the book).

Sprinkled among the light-hearted story-line, the author serves up seven original cookie and dessert recipes that will make your mouth water. From the tip to add blueberry pie filling to the batter for her blueberry muffin recipe to a stack of delectable ingredients for her Multiple Choice bars, the recipes sound fantastic (although I've never tried one out). This would be a series of books worth purchasing so you could have easy reference to the recipes the stories inspire.

Like a cookie-addict, I'm hooked on these delightful murder mysteries. Thanks Mom, for introducing me to this author. I was thrilled to discover that there are so many books in this series (20 by the end of 2015). The next up for me will be book four, Lemon Meringue Pie Murder. I was also interested to hear the titles of the last two on the list (due out in November and December of 2015): Tootsie Roll Murder and Taco Bell Murder. Amazing to think the little town of Lake Eden, Minnesota, could be flooded with such an extensive crime streak and that Hannah would continue to evade all these close calls with the killers. Ha!

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