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Raspberry Danish Murder

Raspberry Danish Murder, March 2018
Hannah Swensen Mystery #22
by Joanne Fluke

Kensington
Featuring: Hannah Swenson
304 pages
ISBN: 1617732249
EAN: 9781617732249
Kindle: B071SK3STR
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"A cup of mystery, a pinch of humor, and a dash of kitty follies"

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Raspberry Danish Murder
Joanne Fluke

Reviewed by Monique Daoust
Posted March 1, 2018

Mystery Cozy | Mystery Amateur Sleuth | Mystery Woman Sleuth

Wedding bliss didn't last too long for Hannah Swensen. Her husband has vanished, but was it deliberate or not. Is Ross alive or dead? Hannah is teary-eyed, wonders if there is something wrong with her; but soon she has more worries to contend with as Ross' assistant P.K. at KCOW TV is murdered, or was Ross the intended victim? Then puzzling things start creeping up concerning Ross. Hannah goes on investigating mode while manning a food stand at Sally's Holiday Gift Convention, but the case is proving to be unsolvable...

RASPBERRY DANISH MURDER is a really terrific mystery, and definitely one of the best books in the Hannah Swensen Mystery series. I had my doubts as to how Hannah getting married would affect the series, and to my surprise, it has given it a second wind; and my mind is spinning at the possibilities! All the gang is back in fine form, and it was lovely to see second-grader Tracey -- Hannah's niece -- I thought she was cute and genuinely funny. Hannah's cat Moishe seems under the weather, and this was also wonderfully clever.

The way Hannah handled the murderer at the end was very dramatic, but how she dealt with the situation had me laughing out loud at the same time. It was such an ingenious yet matter-of-fact way of dealing with a murderous villain. I thought RASPBERRY DANISH MURDER was exceptionally well structured, the pace never faltered. The clues to the mysteries alternated nicely with the baking and the eating, and the very entertaining feline segments. I also like that, in the course of the story, Joanne Fluke ever so subtly inserts tidbits of useful advice that could prove helpful, if not sometimes lifesaving for readers. RASPBERRY DANISH MURDER could prove hazardous to one's diet, because those recipes nearly sent me running to the nearest bakery! It was such a fun book, I already cannot wait for the next installment. Ross has really shaken things up!

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SUMMARY

Thanksgiving has a way of thawing the frostiest hearts in Lake Eden. But that wonít be happening for newlywed Hannah Swensen Bartonónot after her husband suddenly disappears . . .

Hannah has felt as bitter as November in Minnesota since Ross vanished without a trace and left their marriage in limbo. Still, she throws herself into a baking frenzy for the sake of pumpkin pie and Thanksgiving-themed treats while endless holiday orders pour into The Cookie Jar. Hannah even introduces a raspberry Danish pastry to the menu, and P.K., her husbandís assistant at KCOW-TV, will be one of the first to sample it. But instead of taking a bite, P.K., who is driving Rossís car and using his desk at work, is murdered. Was someone plotting against P.K. all along or did Ross dodge a deadly dose of sweet revenge? Hannah will have to quickly sift through a cornucopia of clues and suspects to stop a killer from bringing another murder to the table . . .


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