Key Lime Pie Murder by Joanne Fluke
Hannah Swensen, small town baker is going to be judging food at the Tri-Country Fair. Hannah is caught on the midway after it closes and sees her fellow judge, Willa Sunquist murdered. Sunquist was the home economics teacher at the high school. Hannah must, of course, investigate.
The arrogance of Hannah and her abilities to solve crimes is sometimes too much but she does get the 'job' done. There is the usual cast of characters: Hannah's two boyfriends (Norman and Mike), her two sisters (Andrea and Michelle) and her meddling and bossy mother. Hannah's cat is also not eating properly and this is almost another detective story in itself.
First Line: "At precisely eight forty-five on the second Monday morning in June, Hannah Swensen took a number from the deli-style dispenser mounted on a pole next to the secretary's desk and plunked herself down in one of the nondescript chairs in the nondescript waiting room to wait her turn."