Carrot Cake Murder Hardcover – Large Print, Mar 2008
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From Publishers Weekly
Filled with juicy scandal, delightfully eccentric characters and 21 tempting recipes from Cream Cheese Frosting to Lemon Fluff Jell-O, bestseller Fluke's 10th Hannah Swenson mystery (after 2007's Key Lime Pie Murder) centers on a family reunion that turns deadly. Hannah's friend Marge Beeseman is thrilled when her brother, Gus Klein, who disappeared from Lake Eden, Minn., more than 30 years earlier, unexpectedly arrives. At the big family party, everyone wonders how the elegant, well-dressed Gus heard about the reunion and why he came back. When Gus fails to show up for the group photo the next morning, Hannah finds his body on a pavilion floor—with ants crawling around pieces of her carrot cake nearby. Hannah's malcontented cat, Moishe, and flickers of romance with her devoted dentist and the no-less attentive local police chief add spice to the subsequent murder investigation. The ending will leave cozy fans gasping for breath. (Mar.)
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"Fluke has the recipe for appetizing mysteries."
"A superior cozy sure to leave readers satisfied...but hungry for more."
"For an enjoyable cozy mystery and lots of new recipes, readers need look no further."
"Mm, mm, Fluke's fans can't wait for the next confection in the series to be served up." --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
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The mystery itself was run-of-the-mill cozy, nothing great, nothing awful. The recipes, as usual, sound incredible (makes me think the next book should just be a cookbook). Hands (paws?) down the best character is the cat, and even he's getting a little boring, despite the neuroses foisted upon him this installment. Even some of the better secondary characters seemed to lack fizzle, and the whole cast came across as a bit flat. There's not much to make me feel compelled to read forward, other, perhaps, than force of habit. It would take something amazing to turn this series around at this point.
I'd recommend the first few books in the series, then I'd say to wean yourself off them or just get them for the recipes.
I think the Hannah character is quickly becoming unlikeable. Is she really that much smarter than the entire Lake Eden Police Department? So much so that people beg her to investigate?! She's always just one step ahead of Mike. Another thing I find totally unrealistic (in this book & the previous ones) is that Norman & Mike seem to be fine with Hannah dating both of them at the same time - sitting between them at dinners, having them both walk her to the van. Seriously, are they going to take turns kissing her goodnight? I am also getting tired of the way recipe talk is thrown in so awkwardly (pg 105 & 106 Sunny Vegetable Salad), especially when Hannah is talking to her sisters who don't cook.
I think the author needs to re-evaluate where she is going with this series & wind it up fast before she loses all her fans. If she decides to keep it going, she needs to shake it up a bit.