Published by Kensington Pages: 320
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Also by this author: Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder
When the president of Hartland Flour chooses cozy Lake Eden, Minnesota, as the spot for their first annual Dessert Bake-Off, Hannah is thrilled to serve as the head judge. But when a fellow judge, Coach Boyd Watson, is found stone-cold dead, facedown in Hannah’s celebrated strawberry shortcake, Lake Eden’s sweet ride to fame turns very sour indeed.
Between perfecting her Cheddar Cheese Apple Pie and Chocolate Crunchies, Hannah’s snooping into the coach’s private life and not coming up short on suspects. And could Watson’s harsh criticism during the judging have given one of the contestants a license to kill? The stakes are rising faster than dough, and Hannah will have to be very careful, because somebody is cooking up a recipe for muder…with Hannah landing on the “necessary ingredients” list.
The sound of a crash startled Hannah Swensen awake.
What I thought of this book
Hannah is busy with her bakery, The Cookie Jar, and she is helping with a baking competition. The news has asked her to do some baking on the news for part of the contest and then be a judge.
Then one of the guest judges is killed and his wife is the lead suspect, but Hannah doesn’t believe she did it. Danielle doesn’t have anyone else to help her so Hannah decides to do a bit of investigating. Mike wants her to stay out of if but she didn’t exactly promise and her investigation leads her to finding out that Lucy the towns reporter has been blackmailing people. Does this have anything to do with what happen to Boyd? Maybe but then again maybe not.
Hannah is a very curious person and a natural at solving mysteries. After helping solve her friends murder in book one she can’t seem to keep from doing it again. Her sister loved helping last time and it has brought them closer together and so she wants to help again. Just don’t tell Bill!
It sort of has a mystery withing a mystery when they find out about Lucy’s blackmail skim and then can’t find Lucy, they go about trying to find her in hopes that it will help them solve Boyd’s murder. I wasn’t a huge fan of Boyd so it was hard to feel sorry that he was killed but in then end, I did feel a little bad.
I love the Hallmark version of this cozy mystery series, probably more so because I am a big fan of Cameron Mathison who plays Mike Kingston…lol. But every time I read one of these it just boggles my mind how they got a blonde Allison Sweeny out a frizzy redheaded Hannah. 🙂 So it’s probably a good thing I started watching the series first cause I might have been upset. 🙂
If you like cozies you will enjoy this one!