Friday, October 14, 2016

Fudge Cupcake Murder

Fudge Cupcake Murder
by Joanne Fluke

256 pages

Published March 2004
Read September 2016


 
Hannah is hosting a Potluck Cooking Class in preparation for a Lake Eden Cookbook soon to be published.  She has her students testing the recipes that the Lake Eden Community wants to enter into the cookbook.  At the end of each class Hannah cleans up and takes out the trash.  One such trip results in the dead body of the town's sheriff.  Hannah finds Sheriff Grant in the dumpster with a smear of her fudge cupcake frosting still on his shirt. 

Andrea, who has been put on bed rest until this baby comes, asks Hannah to investigate when Mike suspends Bill and suggests he may have had something to do with the Sheriff's murder.  Although, it does look suspicious since he's the only one running against him in this year's election. 

Hannah has many suspects and so little time.  This murder will never be solved and the community cookbook will never be published and the town Halloween party won't have cookies from The Cookie Jar if Hannah can't get her priorities straight!

This one was fun because it was a Hallmark movie as well.  Even though I knew who did it, the book played out a little differently than the movie did.  Which is good because it doesn't completely spoil it!  I know I've said it before but, these Hannah Swensen Mysteries are so fun to read.  I feel like I get to know a little bit more about all the characters and their lives with each new book.




Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Breakfast at Tiffany's

Breakfast at Tiffany's
by Truman Capote

3 CDs

Published 1958
Read September 2016




"Immortalised by Audrey Hepburn's sparkling performance in the 1961 film of the same name, Breakfast at Tiffany's is Truman Capote's timeless portrait of tragicomic cultural icon Holly Golightly, published in Penguin Modern Classics . It's New York in the 1940s, where the martinis flow from cocktail hour till breakfast at Tiffany's. And nice girls don't, except, of course, for Holly Golightly: glittering socialite traveller, generally upwards, sometimes sideways and once in a while - down. Pursued by to Salvatore 'Sally' Tomato, the Mafia sugar-daddy doing life in Sing Sing and 'Rusty' Trawler, the blue-chinned, cuff-shooting millionaire man about women about town, Holly is a fragile eyeful of tawny hair and turned-up nose, a heart-breaker, a perplexer, a traveller, a tease. She is irrepressibly 'top banana in the shock deparment', and one of the shining flowers of American fiction." ~Amazon Description

Full disclosure...I've never seen Breakfast at Tiffany's.  I know, I know.  It's UnAmerican!  When I started reading this, I had no idea what to expect.  It brings a whole new meaning to never judge a book by it's cover.  However, I was so confused that I had to listen to it twice.  Seriously.  I don't know if it was the monotone voice of the narrator or the saturated writing of the author, but I had no idea what was going on.  It was humorous in a dry sense but, everything felt out of place, from Holly's attitude to her apartment.  Maybe that was the point.  I should listen again and then watch the movie.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

The Masque of the Black Tulip

The Masque of the Black Tulip
by Lauren Willig

416 pages
12 CDs

Published December 2005
Read September 2016


"Harvard grad student Eloise Kelly achieved the academic coup of the century when she unmasked the spy who saved England from Napoleon. But now she has a million questions about the Pink Carnation's deadly French nemesis, the Black Tulip. And she's pretty sure that her handsome on-again, off-again crush, Colin Selwick, has the answers somewhere in his archives. But what she discovers in an old codebook is something juicier than she ever imagined." ~ Goodreads

I'm really loving this series!  I hope it continues to be as witty and sassy as the first two have been.  I love the back and forth look between the current situation of Colin and Eloise and the past dealings with the spies and the historical settings.  Willig has a way of writing that makes the reader positively giddy inside when things go right! 

 

Friday, October 7, 2016

Broken Harbor

Broken Harbor
(Dublin Murder Squad #4)
by Tana French

450 pages
12 CDs

Published July 2012
Read September 2016


Mick Kennedy, aka Scorcher, picked up a case where the Spain family of four is murdered.  The only survivor is the mom, Jenny Spain, who is in the hospital in critical care.  The town in which the murder occurred has some relevance to Kennedy; he used to live there with his sisters, one of whom is mentally unstable.
Being the detective on the case, Kennedy must put together all the clues found in the Spain house in Broken Harbor.  There are holes in all of the walls, computers are wiped clean, many baby monitors around the house, and it looks like someone has been living in the attic.  Further investigations into the internet history of Patrick Spain show that he may have been a little nuts.  All during the investigation, Kennedy is flooded with emotions and memories from the past that threaten to get in his way.

While the premise of the story was great, I still feel like something is missing from these stories.  I still think it's the connection to the characters like in the last novel, Faithful Place.  The writing is good, the plots are good, but I end the book feeling nothing.  I love books that make me feel like I've lost friends after the end!  It may be the fact that the main character in her series keeps changing.  It really makes the reader have to "start all over" with each installment.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Lemon Meringue Pie Murder

Lemon Meringue Pie Murder
(Hannah Swensen Mysteries, #4)
by Joanne Fluke

256 pages

Published March 2003
Read September 2016



It's summer in Lake Eden and the whole town is busy.  The town's annual Fourth of July party planning is underway, Norman is purchasing property to build the dream home he designed with Hannah, and Delores has started an antique business with Norman's mother, Carrie.

Norman's new property holds a house that is about to be torn down. But it's full of antiques that Delores and Carrie want to go through first.  The owner, Rhonda Scharf, said they can have whatever they want from her mother's old house, just as soon as she gets a few items out first.  When Delores arrives, she finds Rhonda dead in the basement.  Hannah soon gets busy collecting clues, starting with her own lemon meringue pie that was found on the kitchen counter.

Another wonderful installment from Joanne Fluke.  Hannah Swensen is quickly becoming one of my favorite literary characters!