Thursday, December 6, 2012

Plum Pudding Murder by: Joanne Fluke

Title: Plum Pudding Murder
Author: Joanne Fluke
Publisher: Kensington
Pages: 405
Series: Hannah Swensen #12
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchase


The Cookie Jar's busiest time of the year also happens to be the most wonderful time...for Christmas cookies, Hannah's own special plum pudding - and romance! Holiday orders are high, and Hannah's slated to provide dessert at the Reverend Knudsen's upcoming nuptials. She's busy as can be and loving it. She also gets a kick out of 'Lunatic Larry Jaeger's Crazy Elf Christmas Tree Lot', a kitschy carnival taking place smack-dab in the middle of the village green. Larry thinks he's crazy like a fox with his wild business schemes, but this time, the entrepreneur may have bitten off more than he can chew. Rumour has it that Larry's in the red - an idea that takes a sinister turn when Hannah discovers the man himself dead as a doornail in his own office...

It seems quite a few people would have liked to fill Larry's stocking with coal and then bash him with it - including his bitter ex-wife, his ex-partner's daughter, a woman he was wooing, and the Crazy Elf Tree lot's extremely exasperated investors...Now, with so many suspects to investigate and the twelve days of Christmas ticking away, Hannah's running out of time to nab a murderous Scrooge who doesn't want her to see the New Year!

My Thoughts:

 Hannah and her friends are getting ready for Christmas and enjoying Crazy Elf Christmas Tree Lot with the kids rides, cookie shop, Christmas Trees for sale.  Hannah also makes her own spin on Plum Pudding including plums into her treat.

When Larry turns up dead it's up to Hannah and her friends to find out who put an end to Lunatic Larry.  All this while finding out what is going with Norman's mother and her disappearing magic act.  Every time anyone invites her to anything including her son, she flakes out with flimsy excuses.  Is she hiding a dark side?  Or something worse.

I really enjoyed this book as all her others in this series we have the amateur sleuth, Hannah and her friends and family always lend a hand when it comes to sleuthing.  We also have the two men both dating Hannah which would be nice if that would narrow down, but doesn't seem to be getting any closer to an answer in that department.

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