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  • A sweet piece of cake

    Many thanks to NetGalley, Kensington Books, and Joanne Fluke for an ARC in exchange for an honest book review of Coconut Layer Cake Murder. My thoughts and opinions are 100% my own and independent of receiving an advance copy. Hannah is back with a whole new slew of recipes that she dreams up on the spot. But this time the town really needs her help. Instead of her “meddling”, they need her to solve the murder. There is a dead woman and Lonnie, one of the local police, has been accused of the murder. Mike has to take a back seat because of personal conflicts and there is no one else in the department to solve the murder. So Hannah flies back from her California vacation to gather the facts. All of the characters are part of the story like Norm, her sisters, and her mother. The coconut layer cake is at the center of the murder. Nothing new in the story. The same characters, the same saccharine-sweet banter along with the consumption of a lot of cookies. I am surprised everyone in that town isn’t 300 pounds with cholesterol problems! These characters are super supportive, super sweet and super into everyone’s business! Look, when you read this series you know what you’re getting. I just wish there was more mystery, even in the light-as-air genre, something would be nice. Hannah talks to everyone, creating recipes as she goes and then in the last ten pages boom, it is solved. I haven’t given up on the series yet, so there’s that. Sometimes you want the comfort of what you know and can enjoy it for what it is!

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  • Too short and too many pages dedicated to recipes

    I was slightly disappointed in this book, partly due to the plot and partly due to the price. The investigation in the book was sparse and wrapped up too quickly. The book seemed too short and many pages were dedicated to recipes. I will wait to purchase the next in the series until the price comes down.

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  • Joanne Fluke at her finest

    Great read as usual! if you like Fluke this book is for you!

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  • Coconut Layer Cake Murder!

    This cozy mystery featured a mysterious plot, intriguing characters and delicious recipes. I liked how the main character is seen moving on with her life and getting over the disastrous marriage from previous books. I liked how she was able to assist the police in their investigation, with their cooperation. There wasn't enough suspense in it for me, and it came at the end of the book. I received an advanced reader's copy from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

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  • Cozy, humor and recipes

    There are as many recipe pages as cozy mystery in the latest Hannah Swensen mystery. Hannah accompanies her mother to California to help a friend close up house for her move to Lake Eden. Andrea's in a panic when she calls Hannah for help. Lonnie is under suspicion in the death of their friend Darcy. The police chief welcomes Hannah's help when his senior officers conflict of interest hinders the investigation. Unraveling what really happened during Darcy's last day is aided by Norman whose love for Hannah hasn't wavered in spite of the past year of Hannah's life choices. A lot of cookie eating goes on and family and friends gather for meals keeping this a cozy mystery with humorous scenes when pets are added. A great long-running cozy mystery where in this episode Hannah is moving on with life. I volunteered to read an ARC from Kensington Press through Net Galley

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