Cherry Cheesecake Murder

By Joanne Fluke

Yes, another Hannah Swenson book! I couldn’t help it – as soon as I finished Peach Cobbler Murder, I wanted to read the next book in the series right away! This is number eight in the series, after Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder; Strawberry Shortcake Murder; Blueberry Muffin Murder; Lemon Meringue Pie Murder; Fudge Cupcake Murder; Sugar Cookie Murder; and Peach Cobbler Murder.

Here is a summary from the Chapters website (SPOILER ALERT):

There’s no such thing as privacy in Lake Eden, but Hannah never thought things would go this far. Everyone has been telling her what to do ever since she got not one but two marriage proposals. Movie mania soon shoves Hannah’s marriage dilemma into the background and even gives her cat a shot at stardom. The Cookie Jar serves as snack central with Main Street ented out for the week. She stirs lots of fresh gossip, whipping up treats for cast and crew, including demanding director Dean Lawrence’s favourite – cherrycheesecake. Everything’s on schedule until Dean demonstrates a suicide scene with a prop gun that turnsout to be all too real. As filming continues, Hannah sifts through the clues, hoping against hope that the person responsible for Dean’s death is half-baked enough to have made a mistake. When it happens, Hannah intends be there – ready to rewrite a killer’s lethal script with the kind of quirky ending that can only happen in Lake Eden.

I don’t think I’ve read a book in this series that I haven’t liked. That said, this one was definitely good, but I don’t think it was one of my favourites.

It was fun to read about a movie being shot in Lake Eden – a few townsfolk got roles in the movie, including Hannah’s cat, which I thought was cute.  I also liked reading about what goes on ‘behind the scenes’ on a movie set!

However, this mystery wrapped up a bit too quickly for my liking. It seemed like Hannah figured out who was responsible, confronted the person, and then Mike and the other cops showed up and it was all a done deal. I think I like it better when the denouement is drawn out a bit more!

I mentioned in my post on Peach Cobbler Murder that I thought her romantic dilemma with her two boyfriends might be resolved in this book – it was not. Instead, a third suitor (albeit a temporary one) was introduced. Yeesh! I really expected her to accept one man’s proposal over the other’s in this book and destroy the love triangle that has been going on for so long.

Really, though, as much as I complain about Hannah dating two men, for over a year, and not being exclusive with either of them, I do appreciate that Hannah defends her choice not to choose between the two by saying she will settle down and marry when she’s ready, not just because it’s expected of her. She is quite independent and strong-willed and I admire that about her.

Overall, this was a good, fun read, but it was lacking the excitement of other Hannah mysteries. However, that’s just my opinion! If you’re reading the Hannah books, pick this one up and then tell me what you thought!

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