Sunday, September 24, 2017

Book Review: Cherry Cheesecake Murder

Author: Joanne Fluke
Title: Cherry Cheesecake Murder
Publisher: Kensington Books
Publish Date: May 1, 2011
Buy: Amazon
Book Blurb: Hannah Swensen and her bakery, The Cookie Jar, bask in the glow of Hollywood glamour when Main Street becomes a movie set. And although tensions simmer as the cameras roll, no one expects the action to turn deadly. . .until it's too late. . .

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 rented out for the week. She stirs lots of fresh gossip, whipping up treats for cast and crew, including demanding director Dean Lawrence's favorite--cherry cheesecake.

Review: Cherry Cheesecake Murder is Book 8 in the Hannah Swensen Mystery series. I usually love this series, but this book was downright bad.

The book starts with Hannah dealing with not one, but two proposals.

Uh and uh...

I have read these books out of order, and I am glad I did, because this book might have caused me to stop. The murder didn't happen until the book was 2/3's done.

Before that happens...Hannah turns down both guys and takes up with Ross, who she went to college with.

I just don't understand this.

Of course I have a hard time understanding why Mike and Norman have hung around so long, and how they don't seem jealous of one another.

Thank goodness the movie folks that have taken over Lake Eden make things interesting, especially the womanizing director, Dean, who ends up being the victim when demonstrating a suicide scene.

The murder has to be solved so quickly that it feels incidental. This book probably could have worked as just a non-murder novel, but in a cozy series, someone always has to end up dead.

For me, this book was only good for the recipes. Joanne always has awesome recipes in these books. I just wish the story would have lived up to the goodies.

Rating: 3 flowers


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