The Hannah Swensen mysteries are something I have followed since they were first published and I have read them all. This is the thirteenth installment and I think they are definitely losing steam. Side note: I truly enjoyed the holiday mystery, "Plum Pudding Murder", since a slow-paced comfort read is what I look for during that busy season, and it delivered.
I look forward each spring to settling in with Hannah and her friends and family as well as having a bit of intrigue mixed in. I was fairly disappointed with "Cream Puff Murder" which is the previous, non-holiday mystery and I felt the same way about this one. I could almost cut and paste my review from that book since I had many of the same reactions.
The mystery is a bit stronger in this story, but it is still more "cozy" than mystery. The body isn't discovered until almost half way into the book leaving the first 125 pages to ramble on about what is happening with Hannah and her family. With that many pages dedicated to the relationships and atmosphere, I would have hoped for more. While we catch up with our friends in Lake Eden, largely Hannah bakes, complains about not getting enough sleep, and drinks copious amounts of coffee to recharge after not getting sleep. As a 30-something adult, you think she would figure out just to go to bed. The Mike/Norman/Hannah triangle that appeared to begin being resolved in the last books has taken a step backward and Hannah is in full blown confusion about what to do regarding that situation. I am in totally agreement with other reviewers that this storyline has worn itself out and has reached the point of being nothing other than irritating. Hannah just is coming across as a nitwit at this point.
Bottom line: I usually read one of these books in about two days. This one took me four since I found I didn't particularly care anymore. I will probably try one more after this since the holiday book was so enjoyable, but other than that, the series has two strikes in the last two books. Three strikes and you are out. It may just have run its course - it's feeling very worn out to me.