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Friday, March 21, 2008
Carrot Cake Murder
Joanne Fluke's latest Hannah Swensen mystery brings a black sheep back to Lake Eden, Minnesota for a family reunion, a reunion that ends in murder.
Lisa Herman, Hannah's business partner, and Lisa's husband, Herb, planned a joint family reunion for the Bessemans and the Hermans. Over one hundred people return, but everyone is shocked when Herb's long-lost Uncle Gus shows up. However, only Gus' sisters seem happy. Everyone else in town seems to have a problem with Gus. He rejected many of the women, fought with some of the men, and borrowed money from everyone. It's quite shocking to see a well-dressed Gus drive up in a Jaguar. It's not such a shock when Gus ends up dead.
Once again, Fluke puts Hannah Swensen in the middle of a murder investigation. However, most readers won't be pleased to discover that she still can't choose between her two boyfriends, Norman and Mike. It's really frustrating for long-time readers of this cozy series. This series is one that hasn't actually aged very well, with Hannah's continuing indecision in her personal relationship. Carrot Cake Murder is no better or worse than any of the other books in the series. The greatest strength of this series has become the recipes, not the mysteries themselves.
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