Key Lime Pie Murder

By Joanne Fluke

This is the ninth book in Joanne Fluke’s Hannah Swenson series, after Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder; Strawberry Shortcake Murder; Blueberry Muffin Murder; Lemon Meringue Pie Murder; Fudge Cupcake Murder; Sugar Cookie Murder; Peach Cobbler Murder; and Cherry Cheesecake Murder.

Here is Kobo’s summary:

 It promises to be a busy week for Hannah Swensen. Not only is she whipping up treats for the chamber of commerce booth at the Tri-County fair she’s also judging the baking contest; acting as a magician’s assistant for her business partner’s husband; trying to coax Moishe her previously rapacious feline to end his hunger strike and performing her own private carnival act by juggling the demands of her mother and sisters. With so much on her plate it’s no wonder Hannah finds herself on the midway only moments before the fair closes for the night. After hearing a suspicious thump she goes snooping – only to discover Willa Sunquist, a student teacher and fellow bake contest judg,e dead alongside an upended key lime pie. But who would want to kill Willa and why?

Yes, another Hannah Swenson book. They’re fun, quick and easy reads, and I really enjoy them.

In this story, Hannah is judging the baking contest at the local fair. Of course, she finds a dead body – her fellow baking contest judge, Willa. And of course, Hannah is going to investigate the murder, solve it, and wind up in danger!

As with all Hannah books, I liked this one. The murder didn’t occur until a few chapters in, which let me get to know and like Willa before Hannah discovers her dead body. As usual, I had my ideas about who the killer was, but I didn’t overthink it and just let Hannah work things out for me.

It seemed as though the love triangle with Mike and Norman was on the back burner in this story, which was fine with me, since Hannah is no closer to choosing between the two of them. Her sisters, Andrea and Michelle, were featured more prominently in this story as her crime-solving partners, which I enjoyed. Michelle does not appear in most of the books because she attends college out of town, so I was happy to have her back in this novel.

I recommend this book – and the series as a whole – if you’re looking to read something light and fun.

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