Carrot Cake Murder by Joanne Fluke
Swensen is the owner of a bakery in Lake Eden, Minn. Her co-owner Lisa
and her husband are hosting a family reunion out at the lake and Hannah
has offered to co-ordinate the meals.
Lisa's long lost uncle
Gus shows up for the reunion. He skipped town 25 years ago, owing money
and favours. He now shows up in a brand new car and flashing scads of
money with lots of charm and smiles.
Gus does not show up for a
family photo session and Hannah goes to find him dead. Hannah starts to
unearth more than a few nasty secrets about Gus. Mike, her policeman
boyfriend wants to collaborate with Hannah but it really is one-way
street with Hannah feeding Mike the information but Mike clamming up
when Hannah questions him.
Moishe, Hannah's cat is displaying some strange behaviour and Hannah tries to find out what is going on with him.
Fluke really enjoys filling in the narrative with boring long bits of
minutiae. Apart from that this is not a bad story. And maybe a good
carrot cake recipe to try out
First Line: "The Amen couldn't come fast enough to suit Hannah Swensen."