Author: Joanne Fluke
Publisher: Kensington Publishing
Series: Hannah Swensen #9
The yummy small town cozy finds sometime sleuth Hannah Swensen, owner of the Cookie Jar in Lake Eden, Minn., judging the baking contest at the Tri-County Fair. When one of her fellow judges, home economics teacher Willa Sunquist, is murdered, Hannah determines to sniff out the killer. Was it a man from Willa's mysterious past? Or a student she flunked? Fluke has developed a charming supporting cast—Hannah's besotted (and slightly spineless) two suitors, her overbearing but likable mother, her endearing sisters and her levelheaded business partner all feel like friends by the time the murder is solved. The dozens of tempting recipes Fluke includes are an added treat.
This book takes place during a fair being held in Lake Eden where people are doing all sorts of things to assist the community. Michelle Swensen is entered in a beauty pageant. Andrea and Tracey are entered in a mother daughter contest. Norman Rhodes entered a picture he took of Hannah into a best picture contest. Hannah is helping with judging a bake-off, helping her mother with her booth, also helping Herb her partner Lisa’s husband with his magic show. When a friend of Hannah’s and fellow judge is found murdered. This death hits Hannah hard and she gets mad at both Norman and Mike for their rough talk of the victim when to Hannah she wasn’t a victim she was a person. Even Moishe is acting weird not eating and staring out the window. This book has lots of people trying to figure out what is going on between Willa’s murder, a burglary, a bunch of fighting clowns, and what is Moishe doing in the dang window?