I never should have started reading in bed, "just a few minutes" because this book just had to be finished! The third Hannah Swensen Mystery.
Preparations are underway for Lake Eden, Minnesota's annual Winter Carnival - and Hannah Swenson is set to bake up a storm at her popular shop, The Cookie Jar. Too bad the honour of creating the official Winter Carnival cake went to famous lifestyle maven Connie Mac - a half-baked idea, in Hannah's opinion. She suspects Connie Mac is a lot like the confections she whips up on her cable TV cooking show - sweet, light and scrumptious-looking, but likely to leave a bitter taste in your mouth.
Hannah's suspicions are confirmed when Connie Mac's limo rolls into town. It turns out America's "Cooking Sweetheart" is bossy, bad-tempered, and downright domineering. Things finally boil over when Hannah arrives at The Cookie Jar to find the Winter Carnival cake burnt to a crisp - and Connie Mac lying dead in her pantry, struck down while eating of Hannah's famous blueberry muffins.
Next thing Hannah knows, the police have declared The Cookie Jar’s kitchen crime scene off-limits. She’s a baker without an oven – and the Carnival is right around the corner. Hannah’s only alternative is to cook up a plan to save her business – by finding the killer herself …
A great book, I was almost totally in the dark till the last pages, so the mystery was great. Hannah herself is still dating both Mike and Norman, and they both appeal to her. If only there was a man who had both their good things combined!
Her mother is after her to stop finding dead bodies, as it will ruin her reputation. Her sister Andrea is helping Hannah as much as possible, but when she starts eating and eating and eating, Hannah suspects she is pregnant again, and she can’t put her sister in danger. They found out things about their friend Janie, the police’s first murder suspect, and Mike even suspects Norman! Or is that out of jealousy?
Yes, a good book, and I will continue reading with the next one.
If you love sweet recipes, you should read those books, as they are loaded with them. Yes, they are even tempting me….