Author: Joanne Fluke
Title: Cream Puff Murder
Series: 11th in Hannah Swensen Mystery
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Book From: Library
My Rating: 4.5
Date Started: Nov 18, 2009
Date Finished: Nov 22, 2009
As usual I love this series, these characters and this author!!
********** Semi spoilers here... please don't look further if you want to be totally surprised about some things while I rant about my obsession of Norman and Mike********
My main obsession while reading this book was in trying to weigh the choice between Norman and Mike..
I've always been a Norman fan, but find myself moving closer and closer to totally disliking Mike for so many reasons.. He is blunt/bold and it comes off as insensitive at times.. He has a roaming eye and has now been proving a liar about it (Sorry for the spoiler, but I just got so overly mad at the character ;) ) He is a bit conceited, a little selfish at times.. And for Hannah's feelings.. When she kisses MIke she says things to herself like "he's the best kisser in the state: and how she "gets tingles from her head to her toes" that is lust, not love. When she hugs Norman she thinks to herself how she feels so safe and loved.. isn't that what love should feel like?? The tingles will happen as their relationship grows :) Norman always thinks of Hannah first.. Makes sure she has what she needs and feels comfortable.. Never forces his opinions on her. Mike is pushy and wants her to do things his way all of the time. Mike does do some nice things too, but I feel as if he does them to burst his own ego and keep her hanging on or to choose him over Norman. And he's usually the one who "saves" her in the end of the stories, but his "I love yous" feel empty after all the rest of the way he acts..
Description from the publisher:
Bakery owner Hannah Swensen has a dress to fit into and a date with her sister, Andrea, at Lake Eden's new health club, Heavenly Bodies. Dragging herself out of bed on a frigid Minnesota morning for exercise, of all things, is bad enough. Discovering the body of man-eating bombshell Ronni Ward floating in the gym's jacuzzi? Okay, that's worse. Nor does it help that there's a plate of The Cookie Jar's very own cream puffs garnishing the murder scene.
Trying to narrow the list of Ronni's enemies down to fewer than half the town's female population, Hannah has her plate full. Trouble is, when it comes to cookies—and to murder—there's always room for one more...