Lemon Meringue Pie Murder by Joanne Fluke
Hannah Swenson owns The Cookie Jar in Lake Eden, Minn, a small resort town. She and her co-owner Lisa dole out delicious sweets and coffee. Norman, one of her boyfriends, buys an old property and decides to built the dream home that Hannah and he have designed for a competition. But everyone in Lake Eden assumes that means they are engaged but Norman hasn't asked and Hannah doesn't know what her answer would be.
Before destroying the old house on his property, Norman offers Hannah's mother any of the antiques she might want. The three of them go out to the house and find lots of potential valuables but when Hannah's mother goes down to see what is in the basement, she finds the previous owner's body. Of course, Hannah is convinced to investigate and find out what happened.
Although the murderer was pretty evident fairly early on, the motive and how it involved the perpetrator took a bit longer to figure out. A cozy mystery with lots of recipes to try out.
First Line: "Hannah Swensen was startled awake at four forty-seven in the morning."