Publication Date: March 1, 2008
Series: Hannah Swensen series #10
Genres: Cozy Mystery
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Summertime has finally arrived in Lake Eden, Minnesota, and Hannah Swensen, owner of The Cookie Jar bakery, is looking forward to warm, lazy days, eating ice cream, and sharing picnics with friends. But when a family reunion takes a deadly turn, it's up to Hannah to find a killer. . .
Between baking up a storm for The Cookie Jar and unraveling the mystery of her cat Moishe's recent strange behavior, Hannah Swensen has a lot on her plate. But she'll always make time for her business partner, Lisa, who's in the midst of preparing for a big family reunion. Everyone is delighted when Lisa's long-lost uncle makes a surprise appearance. No one has heard from Gus in twenty-five years--and his arrival has everyone buzzing with excitement.
Uncle Gus is immediately the hit of the reunion, telling tales of his great success and flashing money for all to see. He's almost as popular as Hannah's scrumptious carrot cake, which is also Gus's favorite dessert. But the next morning, as the whole family gathers for the group photo, one person is missing. Hannah offers to track down Uncle Gus, but her search leads to a shocking find. Over by the bar at the pavilion, she spots two slices of her infamous carrot cake, frosting-side down on the floor--and Gus's corpse with an ice pick jutting out of his chest!
A little snooping reveals that not everyone was celebrating Gus's return. And when Hannah unearths more secrets from Gus's past, she discovers even more people with an axe to grind. Now Hannah's got to sift through a long list of suspects to find a killer--even if it could mean a recipe for her own demise. . .
Another hit in the Hanna Swensen series- a highly enjoyable cozy mystery that revolves around baked sweets and murder! Once again, Hannah is back on the case- trying to find a killer while juggling her culinary career and prospects of love. Some may say that Hanna is quite intuitive and I would agree! However, I wish she would do something about her two love interests. While the author and Hannah make it very clear that Hannah won’t jump into something without being absolutely sure, it seems about time that she either let Mike and Norman go or choose one to marry. Other than her uncertainty when it comes to love, Hannah is as smart as ever! She grabs clues and races against time to find out what happened to Gus the night of the reunion and will stop at nothing until she finds the killer!
Overall, this is a clever and fun series to get lost in. I always look forward to reading a Hannah Swensen novel and being back with the gang as they hunt down clues and killers. While at some points is exasperating that a sleuth can find the killer faster than the detectives working the case, It understand it’s all in good fun and exactly what this fictional world is supposed to be about!