Review: Wedding Cake Murder by: Joanne Fluke

by - Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Title: Wedding Cake Murder
Author: Joanne Fluke
Publisher: Kensington
Series: Hannah Swensen #19
Pages: 304
Format: ARC
Source: NetGalley


Everyone in Lake Eden, Minnesota, may have had their doubts, but at long last, Hannah Swensen is getting married! 

Hannah is thrilled to be marrying Ross Barton, her college crush. And her excitement only grows when she learns he’ll be able to join her on her trip to New York City for the Food Channel’s dessert chef contest. She’s especially nervous about facing Alain Duquesne, a celebrity chef with a nasty reputation. But before he can tear into Hannah’s layer cake, she finds him stabbed to death on the show’s kitchen set. Out of the oven, as the saying goes, and into the bright lights of Broadway, as Hannah tries to solve a mystery with more layers than a five-tiered wedding cake…

My Thoughts:

In this book we find Hannah is getting married to Ross Barton a crush she had in college who she reconnected with in the previous book.  After some urging from Grandma Knudson Hannah has realized eloping aka shotgun wedding won't work in Eden Lake.  The rumors are flying that Hannah must have a nine month surprise which isn't the case.

Hannah also finds out she is in a cooking contests thanks to Michelle sending the entry in for Hannah, which brings Hannah to New York for the first part of the contest where after consulting with her Cookie Jar buddies has her making specific desserts which brings them all back to Eden Lake.

Not long after the second competition the girls find a dead body of non other than the head Judge Alain Duquesne, who has been a pain in everyone's side it seems which brings Hannah wanting to find out what happened to the head judge?  How will his death impact the Food Channel's competition or Hannah for that sake since her last dessert was based on something Chef Duquesne liked in school?

While I'm glad Hannah's getting married I still feel like there is something more to Ross than the readers know, he kind of came out of nowhere so to speak.  Hannah hardly mentioned him until recently and then tossed her previous beau's aside for Ross we didn't even see the whole explain to Norman or Mike about Ross how they really handled it made Mike and Norman seem transparent because apparently they were ok with it even happy for it, while they both warn her in the beginning that seems to be about it.  Love isn't that easy no matter who the couple is.

That said this book is like all the others great cookies and other treats and mystery mixed in.  Can't wait to see what happens next and who winds up dead next?

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