Wedding Cake Murder by Joanne Fluke
Series: A Hannah Swensen Mystery, #19
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Kensington Books
Release Date: 2/23/16
Page Count: 304
Everyone in Lake Eden, Minnesota, may have had their doubts, but at long last, Hannah Swensen is getting married!
Hannah is thrilled to be marrying Ross Barton, her college crush. And her excitement only grows when she learns he’ll be able to join her on her trip to New York City for the Food Channel’s dessert chef contest. They get a taste of the Big Apple before Hannah wins the Hometown Challenge and the producers bring all the contestants to Lake Eden to tape the remainder of the show. It’s nerve-wracking enough being judged by Alain Duquesne, a celebrity chef with a nasty reputation. But it’s even more chilling to find him stabbed to death in the Lake Eden Inn’s walk-in cooler—before he’s even had a chance to taste Hannah’s Butterscotch Sugar Cookies! Now Hannah has not only lost her advantage, she’ll have to solve a mystery with more layers than a five-tiered wedding cake…
I have been a follower and avid reader of this series since I read the very first book in the series, Chocolate Chip Murder, but over the last few books I didn’t jump to read them right when they were released because I was getting a bit frustrated with the never-ending love triangle. Well, that triangle has officially ended with Hannah marrying Ross, her college crush. Through most of the book I felt that Hannah and Ross’s relationship was kinda forced and it felt weird to me that Norman and Mike were hanging around and ok with Hannah and Ross being together. However, by the end of the book I can say I too jumped on the Hannah and Ross love train and I am so happy to see them get married! I finally saw the love between Hannah and Ross that I really never saw between her and Norman or her and Mike, as much as I love both of those characters!
The plot itself is well written and well developed, and I really enjoyed reading this book, it was a lot of fun. The ending had a great twist and I didn’t see it coming! As always, I was ever so happy to find the recipes for many of the yummy and tempting treats in the back of the book. I can’t wait to try them out in my own kitchen.
Overall, Wedding Cake Murder was a fun read with good writing enhanced by an enjoyable story line and great characters! I am happy to see that the Hannah Swensen series is back on track and I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book!
I received an ARC of this book, from NetGalley, in exchange for my honest review.