Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Review: Cinnamon Roll Murder by: Joanne Fluke

Title: Cinnamon Roll Murder
Author: Joanne Fluke
Publisher: Kensington Publishing
Pages: 304
Format: e-book
Series: Hannah Swensen #15


 April is a busy time for Hannah Swensen and her bakery; the warm weather makes folks in Lake Eden, Minnesota go wild for something sweet. When Hannah hears that the Cinnamon Roll Six jazz band will be playing at the town's Weekend Jazz Festival, she's more than happy to bake up a generous supply of their namesake confections to welcome the band to town. Before the festival even begins, tragedy strikes when the tour bus overturns. 

Among those injured is Buddy Neiman, the band's beloved keyboard player. Buddy's injuries appear minor, until his condition suddenly takes a turn for the worse - as in dead. Hannah's no doctor, but she suspects that the surgical scissors someone plunged into Buddy's chest may have something to do with it. Hannah isn't sure just how she'll unravel the mystery, but one thing's for sure: nothing's sweeter than bringing a killer to justice.

My Thoughts:

Hannah and her sister Michelle are heading to hear the band Cinnamon Roll Six who are performing at a local dinner in town when they stumble upon a massive accident.  Doing their civic duty they see if they are able to assist when they learn the driver of the group is dead suspended upside down when their bus flipped over.  They help the rescue crews getting people to the hospital to be cared for.  During the hospital stint Hannah finds her mom not looking well, begging Hannah to call Mike her boyfriend and local cop in town.  She can’t figure out why til her mother explains that a member of the band is dead.  By morning their are two dead bodies.  It’s up to Hannah and friends to figure out what happened.  The part of this book I found sad, really sad was the fact that Norman can’t talk to Hannah or visit his cat who has taken up residence with Hannah due to his fiance by blackmail.  Norman trying to do the right thing appears more miserable instead.

Andrea Hannah’s sister seems to be more on a take charge situation trying to help Hannah get to the bottom of Norman’s situation and help solving the murder.  We also see more of Michelle in this book which I enjoyed reading about the youngest Swensen.  Also Dolores Swensen the matriarch of the family, has been bonding more with her daughters and is more accepting of them.  Something definitely has changed in their mother and Hannah hopes it won’t end.

I definitely enjoyed the book especially the ending but I don’t want to give it away but it was definitely worth it!
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