Strawberry Shortcake Murder

Strawberry Shortcake MurderStrawberry Shortcake Murder
By Joanne Fluke
Series: Hannah Swenson #2
Source Purchased
Published by Kensington Publishing Corporation on February 2, 2002

three-half-stars

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When the president of Hartland Flour chooses cozy Lake Eden, Minnesota, as the spot for their first annual Dessert Bake-Off, Hannah is thrilled to serve as the head judge. But when a fellow judge, Coach Boyd Watson, is found stone-cold dead, facedown in Hannah’s celebrated strawberry shortcake, Lake Eden’s sweet ride to fame turns very sour indeed.

Between perfecting her Cheddar Cheese Apple Pie and Chocolate Crunchies, Hannah’s snooping into the coach’s private life and not coming up short on suspects. And could Watson’s harsh criticism during the judging have given one of the contestants a license to kill? The stakes are rising faster than dough, and Hannah will have to be very careful, because somebody is cooking up a recipe for muder…with Hannah landing on the “necessary ingredients” list.

This is the second book in the Hannah Swenson series, and this time Hannah investigates a murder that takes place during a baking competition in Lake Eden.

This was another fun whodunit, which I admit I didn’t solve before Hannah did.  I read this immediately after I read Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder, and before that I had read some books that had a darker tone.  I found this series to be a really nice and refreshing change of pace, and if you liked the first Hannah Swenson book, I recommend that you give this one a try as well.

three-half-stars

2 Responses to Strawberry Shortcake Murder

  1. Lil' Ping Wing says:

    I thought this one was pretty interesting — the idea of the townspeople being blackmailed by a journalist that was spying on them, and then she gets murdered!

    I really liked the “whodunit” aspect of this one because we had to learn a) who was being blackmailed (and for what?) and then b) who murdered the journalist and Boyd?

    I am really curious as to what Norman was being blackmailed for. Do we ever find that out?

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