Christmas Dessert Murder Book Review

Christmas Dessert Murder

By: Joanne Fluke

Kensington Books

Kensington

Mystery & Thriller

Publish Date 26 October 2021

#ChristmasDessertMurder#NetGalley

50 Book ReviewsProfessional Reader

I would like to first thank NetGalley and Kensington for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book.

Good Reads Synopsis:

The perfect stocking stuffer for fans of culinary capers, this holiday omnibus from New York Times bestselling author Joanne Fluke featuring two classic mysteries set in Hannah Swensen’s Cookie Jar bakery in Lake Eden, Minnesota: Christmas Caramel Murder and Christmas Cake Murder.

It’s Christmas in Lake Eden, Minnesota, and there’s no better way to enjoy the holidays than by cozying up to two Hannah Swensen yuletide mysteries with a plateful of goodies from The Cookie Jar bakery…

CHRISTMAS CARAMEL MURDER
Hannah and her good pal Lisa have agreed to provide all the goodies for the town’s annual production of A Christmas Carol. But before anyone can say “Bah, humbug!” the actress playing Mrs. Claus exits stage left for good. As murder suspects pile up faster than snowdrifts in a blizzard, it might take a visit from ghosts of Christmas past to wrap up this mystery in time for the holidays…

CHRISTMAS CAKE MURDER
Hannah’s life matches the hectic December hustle and bustle of Lake Eden when she agrees to help recreate a spectacular Christmas Ball in honor of Essie Granger, an elderly local in hospice care. But instead of poring over decadent dessert recipes, Hannah’s surprised by Essie’s secret talent for penning crime fiction. She’s even more surprised when the story turns real. It’ll be a true miracle if she can prevent another Yuletide disaster by solving a mystery as dense as a Christmas fruitcake…

Features Over a Dozen Cookie and Dessert Recipes from The Cookie Jar!

I gave this book 4 stars. I didn’t realize that this book was a bind-up of two books. I had already read the first book and really enjoyed but had read the second the book. I own both books.

The first book is Christmas Caramel Murder. This book is about the annual production of The Christmas Carol, that Hannah and her friend Lisa agree to provide all the refreshment’s for. Every year there is a Christmas light tour of the town. This year one of the displays looks odd because there is a Santa Claus lying on the ground in the front yard. What happen to this Santa and who killed Santa? They want to find the murderer before the big day but the clues are not leading anywhere. Can they find the murderer before the big day? You will have to read the book to find out.

The second book is The Christmas Cake Murder. This book starts out with Hannah coming home from college because her dad has passed away. This threw me off a little because it seems like it sound be the first book in this series instead of the twenty-third book. I really enjoyed this one because it gave a lot of information on why Hannah came back home. Hannah wanted to become a Professor and teach but she was finding out that she really didn’t want to go back because of a relationship break-up. This gave so much background information that is only hinted at in the other books. I loved it. Also this book has a different mystery in it. They are reading some notebooks that a very dear friend of the town wrote and they are enjoying it. Since this friend is in the hospital because of a broken hip they are recreating an event she has been describing. To get more information on this event they are on the hunt for details this is when they came across the notebooks. As the event comes together with the whole town getting together everyone is excited. Thins happen at this event and you have to read the book to uncover them. It is a sweet story and one you should read.

I have always liked reading her books and have actually tried some of the recipes. I highly recommend that you do the same.

Published by debbierpayne

Mother of six and Grandmother of 7. I enjoy reading, sewing, cooking, and crocheting. I am an active member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

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