Friday, March 4, 2011

Apple Turnover Murder by Joanne Fluke Cozy Mystery of The Month

Apple Turnover Murder (Hannah Swensen Mysteries) Apple Turnover Murder by Joanne Fluke

From Goodreads.com:
 It's June in Lake Eden, Minnesota, and for Hannah Swensen, that means bridal showers galore, plus a massive fundraising event in need of confections—not to mention a killer who never learned that charity begins at home...

Early summer brings plenty of work for Hannah, even before Mayor Bascomb's wife drops by The Cookie Jar to place an order ...for eleven-hundred cookies! Stephanie Bascomb is organizing an elaborate three-day event to support local charities, and though it's a worthy cause, Hannah almost flips when her business partner, Lisa, suggests setting up an apple turnover stand. Hannah's never made a turnover—but, pushover that she is, she places her faith in Lisa's mother-in-law's recipe and agrees to be a magician's assistant in the fundraiser's talent show...

Dozens of pastries and one hideous purple dress later, Hannah has to admit that stepping out of her comfort zone has been fun as well as profitable. The only snag is the show's host, community college professor Bradford Ramsey. Hannah and her younger sister Michelle each had unfortunate romantic relationships with Ramsey, and when the cad comes sniffing around between acts, Hannah tells him off. But when the curtain doesn't go up, she discovers Ramsey backstage—dead as a doornail with a turnover in his hand...

Now, to protect her reputation and Michelle's, Hannah must get to the bottom of the professor's bitter end. There are plenty of scorned suspects, including an ex-wife who feels cheated in more ways than one, and a prominent local who may have been using Ramsey to avenge her own randy spouse. But who was unstable enough to snuff out Professor Love? A killer who's flakier than puffpastry—and far more dangerous...

Includes Over Ten Cookie and Dessert Recipes!

My Take:

I love the whole Hannah Swenson Series,  but  the books seem to be taking turn where almost the half the book is taken up with reintroduction of characters and such and we haven't even gotten to the mystery yet. 

This time the person who is murdered is the professor that Hannah had an affair with in college.(which is the only time that she seems to do anything questionable on the romance front, except for leading two men on)  After his murder they find out that she wasn't the only jilted student as the suspect list gets longer and longer. 

Lake Eden for being a small town sure does get alot of murders.  And everyone in Hannah's circle of friends seems to get in on the act to help solve them. 

As usual the book has many delicious sounding recipes (I haven't tried any of them yet but I hope to soon)

Hannah still needs to make up her mind about whether it will be Norman or Mike.  I mean these are two truly patient men to be waiting for her to make up her mind. 

The ending introduces a new person who just may shake things up a bit in the next book.  We will see.

This book was taken from my personal library.

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