Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Wedding Cake Murder

Today is Everything You Do is Right Day!  I do not think this day is a good idea.  If every person thinks they are right today, there will be a lot of arguing going on!  On March 16 in 1995 Mississippi became the last state to ratify the thirteenth amendment that abolishes slavery (took them long enough).  This amendment was officially ratified in 1865 (the House approved it in January of 1865).  Do not forget that tomorrow is St. Patrick's Day!  Remember to wear green.

Wedding Cake Murder by Joanne Fluke is the nineteenth book in the Hannah Swensen Mystery series.  Hannah Swensen is getting married (but not to Mike or Norman much to my dismay)!  Hannah is marrying Ross Barton, an independent producer for KCOW Television (they dated in college).  Hannah wants a small wedding because of Mike and Norman (does not want to upset them or throw it in their face).  However, it comes to Hannah’s attention that this would not be a wise move (she is being manipulated).  So Delores (her mother) and Michelle (her sister) get to plan a big wedding.  While they work on the wedding, Hannah is preparing for the Dessert Chef Competition.  The competition starts in New York and the winner of the first round gets the hometown advantage (the contest will move to the winner’s hometown).  When Hannah wins, everybody heads for Eden Lake, Minnesota.  Things are going well until the head judge, Chef Alain Duquesne ends up dead.  Hannah sets out to solve the murder, win the competition, and find a wedding dress before her big day!  Will Hannah be able to solve the crime (probably better than finding a wedding dress she will like)?

Fans of the Hannah Swensen series, you will want to read Wedding Cake Murder.  It is a simple book (easy to read though) and the mystery is a piece of cake (pun intended).  However, Hannah is finally getting married (just not to Norman or Mike).  If you have not read any of the previous books in the series, you do not want to start with Wedding Cake Murder (you will be lost).  I give Wedding Cake Murder 3 out of 5 stars.  There were too many recipes in this book (yes, there is such a thing).  There are twenty-two recipes which takes up a third of the novel.  Wedding Cake Murder was not of the same caliber as the earlier books in the series.  I think it is time for the Hannah Swensen Mystery series to retire (just being honest). 

There are eighteen other books in the Hannah Swensen Mystery series.  The first book in the series is Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder (this is the book that hooked me on the series).  The next book in the series is Christmas Caramel Murder and it will be out in September.  I received a complimentary copy of Wedding Cake Murder from NetGalley (and Kensington Books) in exchange for an honest evaluation of the novel.

Thank you for visiting!  I hope all of you have a wonderful Wednesday.  I am off to an appointment.  I am currently trying to read Return of the Witch by Paula Brackston.  I have been trying to finish this book for two weeks (the writing is awkward and the pace is slow).  Take care and Happy Reading!

The Avid Reader

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