Saturday, December 11, 2010

Gingerbread Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke (Review)

Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Kensington (October 1, 2010)
ISBN-13: 978-0758234957


"Gingerbread Cookie Murder" is written by Joanne Fluke. When Hannah Swensen finds her neighbour Ernie Kusak with his head bashed in and sprawled on the floor of his condo next to an upended box of Hannah's Gingerbread Cookies, she discovers a flurry of murder suspects that's as long as her holiday shopping list. "The Dangers Of Gingerbread Cookies" is written by Laura Levine. Jaine Austen has been enlisted to help with her parents' retirement community's play The Gingerbread Cookie That Saved Christmas. Playboy Dr. Preston McCay is playing the role of the gingerbread cookie when he 'accidentally' falls to his death during the final act. Now Jaine must figure out if one of the doctor's jealous lovers was capable of murder. "Gingerbread Cookies And Gunshots" is written by Leslie Meier. When Lucy Stone discovers the body of Rick Juergens, whose five-year-old son Nemo disappeared, she senses foul play. Crumbs from a gingerbread cookie Lucy gave to Nemo are found in the back seat of Rick's car. With the hours quickly ticking till Christmas, Lucy races against the clock to find a killer before he strikes again.
My review of Gingerbread Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke
This is the only story in the book I read. I love the Hannah Swenson mystery series. I was a little disappointed in this one though. I know it is a novella but the story was underdeveloped in plot and characters. It felt like half recipes and half story. Nothing really happened in it. I guessed the mystery not far in. Nothing really happens between Hannah and her two love interests, the dentist and cop. Her Mom does have an interesting subplot that saves the book from being a complete waste of time. The only readers who might like this novella are die hard fans of Hannah Swenson. I can't wait to read the next full length Hannah Swenson mystery.

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