Summary from the Book Jacket: These days, everyone in Lake Eden, Minnesota, is buzzing with activity, and Hannah Swensen is no exception. But no matter how busy she may be, Hannah can always find time to help a friend in need–especially when he’s been murdered. . .
Hannah Swensen has to admit that her life is pretty sweet. Things are going well in the romance department, and her bakery’s delectable confections are selling almost as fast as she can bake them. Even her good friend Claire is on Cloud Nine, head over heels with her new husband, Reverend Bob Knudson. If only they could find time to take their honeymoon!
When Bob’s childhood friend, Matthew Walters, comes to town, it seems like divine intervention. Matthew, like Bob, is a Lutheran minister with a stubborn sweet tooth. Since he’s on sabbatical, Matthew is happy to fill in for Bob while he and Claire take that long-awaited honeymoon. It sounds like the perfect plan–until Hannah finds Matthew in the rectory, face-down in a plate full of Devil’s Food Cake, a single bullet in his head.
Determined to find out who killed Matthew, Hannah starts asking questions–and discovers that the good Reverend wasn’t quite the saintly fellow he appeared to be. But could the gold Sacagawea coins in Sunday’s collection plate hold the key to solving the crime? Or is the murder connected to that big jewel heist out in Minneapolis? Is it possible that Matthew’s love of chocolate somehow led to his downfall? It will take some more digging to find out, but Hannah is sure of one thing: even the most half-baked murder plot can be oh so deadly. . .
This book was a leisurely paced Cozy mystery. I really enjoyed the plot’s twists and turns. The recipes are also an added bonus!
Character Development: 3/5
I felt that the character’s were a little too “perfect”. Hannah’s family all gets along, and nothing ever goes seriously wrong. Also, there is little depth to the supporting characters. However, there is a big shocker from Norman one of Hannah’s on again, off again boyfriends. Wait till you hear! (squeals)
The murder mystery itself was so complex it was hard to follow for me. (Or maybe I’m just reading too late at night??) Luckily we also have Hannah’s romantic problems, and Moishe the cat to keep up entertained.
Writing Style: 4
I LOVE the fact that the story is broken up by a recipe every chapter or two. I love reading about what Hannah is baking, when she is baking it, not at the end of the book.
How many dead bodies can one woman stumble upon? After reading several of these, they are seeming less and less realistic. However, if you just take it at face value as an easy mystery read it is still very enjoyable.
Overall, if you like cozy mysteries, or foodie books I’d recommend this. However, prefer more serious, realistic mysteries you might not enjoy this book.
Disclaimer: This book was borrowed from a friend. All opinions are my own.