Strawberry Shortcake Murder by Joanne Fluke
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Hannah Swensen, owner of the Lake Eden's Cookie Jar, has been asked to judge Hartland Flour's first Dessert Bake-Off. One of the other judges has to back out at the last minute and Hannah's neice Tracey picks a fill-in judge at random. Who should be drawn from the hat but none other than Lake Eden's local lovable basketball coach, Boyd Watson... who also happens to be a domestic abuser in his private life.
When Hannah's friend Danielle calls in a panic, she rushes right over. There's not much eveidence to go on and based on the circumstances of their home-life, it's not difficult to tell who the police suspect. Hannah can't let her friend go down for this, so she's quickly on the case.
Apparently Ms. Lucy Richards was also on the case, but for all the wrong reasons. Her evidence seems to open the suspect pool a little more...
Once again, Hannah finds herself face to face with a murderer. Who will save her this time?
Things in her personal life seem to perk a little interest at the end of this book as well. Hopefully more will come of it in the next book...
I was a bit disappointed that there wasn't more said about how the last book ended. It's part of what had me coming back to read this one. Even so, I still liked the characters and enjoyed the story. I like that the plot keeps you guessing for a while and it's not immediately obvious who the culprit is. I know we're only two books in, but so many of the series books tend to get a bit predictable. I'll continue on with the series for now though :-
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