I know it is a little early for Christmas reading but I needed a quick read for my October Just For Fun book and this is where I was in this series.
Plum Pudding Murder
(Hannah Swensen Mysteries)
12th in Series
Kensington (September 29, 2009)
Hardcover: 256 pages
Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
E-Book File Size: 498 KB
Christmas in Lake Eden, Minnesota brings “Lunatic Larry Jaeger’s Crazy Elf Christmas Tree Lot” to town. It is combination of a Christmas tree lot and carnival complete with a booth selling goodies from The Cookie Jar. The merriment comes to a screeching halt when Hannah discovers “Lunatic Larry” dead in Elf Central. There are a surprising number of suspects. Hannah has just enough time to catch a killer, bake delicious cookies, date both Mike and Norman, figure out Norman’s mother is up to and keep Moishe from ruining her Christmas tree. Then guess who comes to dinner…
The good thing about reading this so far in advance of the holidays are all the yummy cookie recipes that may be getting baked this year.
This one seemed more mystery light than the usual Joanne Fluke mysteries that are already pretty light. We get more than halfway through the book before we have a body.
Every long running series has a book like this one to move the characters forward. The mystery was still intriguing but I knew whodunit very quickly after the murder. I also felt the triangle between Hannah, Norman and Mike needs a bit of heating up and by the end I saw that happening so I am very interested in getting to my copy of Apple Turnover Murder as soon as I can. This is definitely a series I need to get caught up on. The newest Hannah Swensen Mystery Blackberry Pie Murder comes out February 25, 2014.
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