Double fudge brownie murder
(Thursday, March 5, 2015)
Double Fudge Brownie Murder by Joanne Fluke
Love the Hannah Swansen series. In this one the girls all travel to Las Vegas where Doc Knight has set up all the arrangement for the wedding of Delores.
A surprise best man also shows up and Hannah and he rekindle their love for one another since their college days. Delores heads out to a cruise to Alaska with Doc.
Girls travel back to Eden and Hannah shows up at the courthouse to tell the judge what happened the night she ran into a person along the side of the road and he died.
Problem is the judge is killed and she learns later of her outcome with the case. Many meals with Norman and Cuddles and Mike and other family members. She investigates by asking others about different aspects of the judge's life.
Love all the new recipes to try, especially the baked donuts! Ross shows up in town and the girls fear with Mike and Norman and Ross that a fight will break out....love learning new things about produce.
Love that she gives you cookies made with ketchup or other weird combination and that you too can experiment with your own likes to create your own. I create a new one each year myself, love the ability of one's imagination. Cats are always up to mischief as in this book...
I received this book from The Kennsington Books in exchange for my honest review
“Wedding Bells, Judgment Day and Murder”
(Monday, February 23, 2015)
Reviewer: Nancy Narma
When we last left Lake Eden, Minnesota, (“Blackberry Pie Murder”), our beloved Hannah Swensen’s life was a whirlwind. Hannah and her Sisters were going crazy with their Mother, Delores’ continual wedding changes—from color scheme and flowers to the menu. It had been very difficult to tolerate--but tolerate it they did. To complicate things further, Hannah was notified that her trial date in the accidental death (vehicular homicide charge) of mysterious stranger Keith Branson is scheduled just prior to the wedding. Hannah is nervous enough with finalizing her Mother’s wishes, and now faces uncertainty in her own future. Doc Knight shocks the Sisters when he tells them he is planning to “Kidnap” Delores, make arrangements to fly them all to Nevada and they’ll get married in Las Vegas. Delores loves surprises as much as she loves chocolate, but would she become so angry about the changes that she would stubbornly refuse to go ahead with the marriage? Or will the “Little Chapel Of the Orchids”, complete with an Elvis impersonator win her heart once again? Hannah, Andrea and Michelle are only scheduled to be there for three days—What could possibly happen within three days? You know what they say—“What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas!”—But maybe, not this time, as a situation follows Hannah back to Lake Eden. What is up with ever-thoughtful Norman and brusque, but hunky Mike? Have they got the “Wedding Bell Blues” with Hannah so far away and Delores and Doc’s marriage on the horizon? When Hannah returns home, the reality of the trial sets in.
What will happen to “The Cookie Jar”? Would Lisa be able to handle the business by herself? Meanwhile, Lisa’s Aunt Nancy has moved to Lake Eden, but would she be able to help her? And Moishe!! What about poor, lovable Moishe? Would he be able to cope without her? Or would he fade away to a shadow of his former, portly self? When the dreaded day arrives, Hannah is accompanied to the courthouse by Lake Eden’s finest (and only) Lawyer, Howie. Hannah is to go before crotchety curmudgeon Judge Colfax whose disposition cannot be sweetened even with his favorite coffee and a couple of Hannah’s Double Fudge Brownies. While Hannah waits to go before the Judge in his chambers, she hears some loud noises and wonders if something has happened and if the Judge is alright, When she peeks around the chamber door, she finds the lifeless body of Judge Colfax who has been bludgeoned by his own gavel! Of course, Hannah, being within “Striking distance” is on top of the suspects list. How will she ever prove her innocence? Only by donning her sleuthing cap, which she does so well and to Mike’s dismay. Who would want the Judge dead? Perhaps someone whose verdict wasn’t what they had hoped for? Or maybe a disloyal member of his own family or staff?
The plot thickens to a murky stew as Author Fluke takes you on a roller-coaster ride of adventure while you try to finger the perpetrator. You’ll gasp, cheer, feel annoyed and eventually sigh over this highly anticipated installment of Hannah’s life. For the diehard Hannah-ites out there, your wishes may finally come true—or not—You will just have to read this one and see. I loved ever paragraph and recipe (and you know they’re always tested, tasty, and true)
and I know you will too! Make room on your bookshelf for this one—and perhaps an inch or two more as I don’t believe it will be the last.