I thought today I’d backtrack a little bit and talk about the very first Hannah Swenson mystery which is ‘The Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder’, there’s that chocolate again.
Synopsis: Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder
Hannah Swensen already has her hands full, between dodging her mother’s attempts to marry her off, and running Lake Eden, Minnesota’s most popular bakery, The Cookie Jar. But when the Cozy Cow Dairy’s beloved deliveryman is found murdered behind Hannah’s bakery with her famous Chocolate Chip Crunchies scattered around him, Hannah sets out to track down a killer. The more Hannah snoops, the more suspects turn up. This is one murder that’s starting to leave a very bad taste in Hannah’s mouth, and if she doesn’t watch her back, her sweet life may get burned to a crisp.
Fluke’s writing style is really easy to read as it is informal and friendly, she also created a really likeable protagonist and believable small town setting in Minnesota. The plot of the murder mystery is fun, the characters are believable although somewhat sketchily drawn, but as this is the first book of a series that is totally understandable as we’re meeting a lot of new characters for the first time.
I found the ending a little irritating for reasons but I won’t go into it and spoil it for you, the denouement itself was fine from a character perspective but the situation was unsatisfactory and I felt it lacked progression through the book as clues for the reader weren’t properly planned. Fluke’s cosy trademark is the recipes. Hannah owns a bakery and somehow it doesn’t seem contrived that the book contains 7 biscuit (cookie) recipes. In fact it adds to the sense that Hannah is real, alive and well and living in Minnesota. Super. Highly recommended read.
And to finish, a nice vid from the lovely youtube. I had never heard of Duncan Hines before today, so I have no idea what these taste like, but the use of the ‘Love and Marriage’ melody combined with chronic lyrics must surely make this one of the naffist ads ever. “Crispy, cheeeeewwwwy, crispy cheeeeewwwwy…”