Sunday, September 30, 2012

Sugar Cookie Murder

Sugar Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke
Cozy Mystery
What book? This is a novella at best with lots of recipes. Lake Eden is having their Christmas Buffet and at the same time this is the final test for the recipes going into the Lake Eden Cookbook.

The recently divorced Martin Dubinski arrives at the buffet with his new Vegas showgirl wife Brandi Wyen dressed to kill in fur and an antique emerald and diamond ring. Of course, his mother, mother-in-law and ex-wife are not at all impressed. When Hannah’s mother’s antique Christmas cake knife disappears Hannah discovers it has been stolen and it is in the chest of Brandi.

Mike, a police detective and one of Hannah's boyfriends doesn't let anyone leave the community centre until he has investigated. Hannah having been told not to tell anyone starts her own investigation, telling anyone she wishes and trying to help Mike, the male chauvinist pig. Meanwhile her sister Andrea is ready to deliver her baby at any time.

There are so many things wrong with this story. First is the length. Very short and there are more recipes then story. Next is Mike, he is a real jerk and Hannah is keeping him around only for eye candy. Like, move on! Norman, her spare boyfriend is much nicer. Next, is the tone. It is almost as if this story has been written in the 1950s. Is small town America that far behind the times? No real electronic gadgets and the tone is definitely not of this day and age. Next, is Hannah's holier than thou attitude. It is getting boring. I know the police are stupid where you live but that doesn't make you the queen of the pack.

First Line: "It was a meatball, a really big meatball, and it was rolling out of her closet.

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