As promised I am working my way through the Hannah Swenson series and next up is book 4, ‘The Lemon Meringue Pie Murder’.
as provided on book:
Hannah Swensen, owner of The Cookie Jar and Lake Eden, Minnesota’s own amateur sleuth extraordinaire, returns in LEMON MERINGUE PIE MURDER to track down the killer of a neighbour with a sweet tooth. It’s summer in Lake Eden and Hannah’s younger sister Michelle is coming home for a visit. But before the family reunion can get under way, Hannah discovers the body of a local resident in the woman’s basement. The only clue is one of Hannah’s luscious lemon meringue pies on the kitchen counter with only one slice missing…even though from the looks of the victim’s kitchen, she was planning an intimate dinner for two.
Well first things first, I bought the hardback and I have to say the font is a nice readable size and this time there are nine recipes to try. Once again we have a fun read, Hannah’s has another sister (Michelle) who is introduced properly in this book and she is a welcome addition to the cast. More ‘well rounded’ than other members of the family Michelle makes the others seem more believable. The regular cast that we’ve already come to expect and enjoy, Hannah’s Mum, Andrea, Mike, Norman, are all present. The prose moves along at a nice steady, very readable pace and Joanne Fluke creates a very nice bubble for her reader to temporarily live in. Well that’s the good now (unfortunately) for the not so good.
Once again it is winter and repetition rears its ugly head, by this installment I was really starting to get cross with it. ‘Swedish Plasma’, Hannah’s Mother, Hannah’s morning routine to name just a few. It just isn’t necessary and I’m surprised Fluke’s editor hasn’t done more to correct this . In addition to the annoying re[petition, unfortunately the mystery element was relatively straightforward and I worked it out well before Hannah. Not only that Hannah’s way ‘working it out’ (let’s get stuck with the baddie so he sees us work it out and try to kill us!) is also wearing thin. Minor points though in an enjoyable book. Just remember, don’t read the series back to back, read something else in between. Still a solid 9 out of 10 though as I like the characters and firmly believe they are all shovelling snow in their perpetual winter. 🙂
Visit Joanne Fluke’s website at Murder She Baked.