Sugar Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke
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.
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.