Saturday, May 03, 2008

Book Number in 2008: 17
Book From: Library
Date Started: 04/30/08
Date Finished: 05/03/08
My Rating: 4.5

Author: Joanne Fluke
Title: Carrot Cake Murder
Series: 10th in the Hannah Swenson series
Genre: Mystery
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 324

My Comments:
As usual this series never disappoints me! I Love my "friends" at Lake Eden. :) And I really needed the fun story right now to escape the crap going on in my own life at the moment..

The only things stopping this from being a 5 rating was that there were quite a few typos which made me nuts..

I'm already anxiously awaiting the next installment! Last night my friend Kym and I had a guessing game going on what the next title could possibly be :) We came up with a couple and even a plot for one of them. ;)

Hot Brownie Sundae Murder
or Smores Galore Murder -- How about a camp setting with Hannah's niece? I can picture Hannah teaching Tracey and her troops how to make Smores and then tripping over a dead body in the woods, can't you?? Hey, Joanne Fluke?? Are you reading this?? ;)

See how much I can't wait for the next one? I'm dreaming up my own! haha

Description from the publisher:
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...

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