This was the sixth book in the Hannah Swensen mystery series. I was very glad I took two books with me to the office today, cause half! of this book is only filled with recipes.
When it comes to holidays, Minnesotans rise to the occasion – and the little town of Lake Eden is baking up a storm with Hannah Swensen leading the way. The annual Christmas Buffet is the final test of the recipes Hannah has collected for the Lake Eden Holiday Buffet Cookbook.
The recently divorced Martin Dubinsky arrives at the buffet with his new Vegas showgirl wife – all wrapped up in glitter and fur. His ex-wife however, seems as cool as chilled eggnog. And when Hannah’s mother’s antique Christmas cake knife disappears, its discovery in the décolletage of the new – and now late – mrs. Dubinsky puts the festivities on ice.
With everyone stranded at the community center by a blizzard, Hannah puts her investigative skills to the test, using the ingredients at hand: half the town of Lake Eden – and a killer. Now, as the snowdrifts get higher, it’s up to Hannah to dig out all the clues – and make sure that this white Christmas doesn’t bring any more deadly tidings…
It was just a short story, as half the book was filled with all the recipes used in the cookbook. I was thinking there would be more to come, some mistake, another murder perhaps, when the story ended.
I must say, in the previous book, Mike was alright with Hannah investigating, and in this one, he was really patronizing again. She should leave it to the professionals, blah blah. So Hannah and both her sisters and Norman solved the case before he even got a clue. No idea what he was working on, he didn’t share with Hannah, and as he wouldn’t give her a few minutes of his precious time, he never would have found out anything.
So I prefer Norman over Mike more and more. And is he also kind of dating his secretary, Shawna Lee? Or is she just after him and he doesn’t get it? But I believe Mike has a roving eye, and Hannah should choose Norman.
Also the sisters meet their mother Delores’ new “boyfriend”, Winthrop Harrington II. And Hannah just doesn’t like him, and his mannerisms. But her mother is really fond of regency England, and she loves it. A real English Lord…
Who had a motive for killing Brandi Wyen? Was there someone who knew her before she became the new mrs. Dubinsky? Hannah’s investigative skills are really neaded this time, to get to the bottom of it. To find out everything about a stranger is not really easy. But everyone she finds out with a possible motive is soon cleared, or can Norman’s photo’s help out?
If there is someone thinking, pff read something else besides Joanne Fluke, don't worry, I am reading more books at the same time. If I finish them, that is the question...