Sigh, where to begin? BE AWARE THERE ARE SPOILERS IN THE BELOW OPINION
I suppose with the recipes. There were quite a few recipes and they all looked great. I feel that there were so many more recipes this time to fill out what would have been nothing more than a short story if they weren't there.
To me, this was a very poorly constructed mystery. The plot was so transparent. The only mystery really worth pursuing was the sock balls, the rest of it was really too simple and once the second character showed up, it was all very clear except to ANYONE in the story. and could have ended much faster (and less painfully to the reader)than it did....
Hannah continues to play the role of doormat letting 2 men walk all over her and use her and she continues to tolerate it. She actually ALMOST shows some real feeling about the situation but then quickly turns into Pollyanna again.
The ending is beyond belief. The spineless eunuch dentist shows his true colors and stupidity. There are lawyers who deal with the sort of situation he is given at the end, but true to form, instead of fighting for what he believes in, he rolls over and just accepts it.
This could easily lead to the next fiasco in this series.. The Wedding Cake Murder.. .picture it... the towns biggest wedding, Hannah of course (in her usual saintly and all forgiving manner) is asked to bake the wedding cake. But HORRORS, the bride mysteriously ends up dead (with the requisite wedding cake in the scene) and her grieving groom is the major suspect. Mighty Mouse (Hannah) comes in to save the day, and exonerates the spineless eunuch and accepts his apology and decides that she'll forgive all the hurt and pain he caused her and just go on as if nothing happened, but now with the child that she has hinted about wanting in Devils Food Cake Murder. I can see it all now. YAWN.
I was so looking forward to this addtion (even though I was mildly disappointed with her last endeavor, I thought this migh be redemption..not so) that I pre-ordered and waited expectantly for it to be released and to arrive.
I read the thing in a couple of hours (think again, short story not novel) and as one reviewer stated, ended up being MAD about the whole experience.
Next time, I'll wait for the release and read the reviews before I waste money on another of these. But, perhaps I've just written the synopsis of the Wedding Cake Murder LOL.
I now truly understand why good writers of mystery series usually end their series around volume 5 or 6, while the stories and characters are fresh and the story lines are interesting and still really good.