#15 in Hannah Swensen series
Paperback, 363 pages
Published January 29th 2013 by KensingtonISBN: 0758234945
(first published January 1st 2012)
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Spring has sprung in Lake Eden, Minnesota, and the mud season is turning Hannah Swenson's life upside down. But Hannah finds herself knee-deep in an even bigger mess when murder makes an unexpected visit to town...
April is a busy time for Hannah Swenson and her bakery; there's just something about the warm weather that makes folks in Lake Eden crave 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 Cinnamon Roll Six's tour bus overturns on its way into town. Among those injured is Buddy Neiman, the band's beloved keyboard player. At first 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.
Once the investigation into Buddy's death begins, a slew of suspicious facts come to light. It turns out that Buddy Neiman isn't the victim's real name. In fact, no one is really sure who he is, or what secrets may be lurking in his past. Hannah also has her eye on a few local suspects. There's Doctor Bev, who seems to know more about the victim than she's willing to admit. And Devon Murphy, the aspiring young keyboard player who wanted a spot in the band so much, he just might have killed for it. Truth be told, Hannah isn't sure just how she'll unravel the mystery, but one thing's for sure: there's nothing sweeter than bringing a killer to justice.
As far as the last couple of Hannah books go, this was one of the better ones. The murder mystery was way better and more of a mystery. There was the new chick to hate on...Doctor Bev. She's slimy, conniving, and just face-punch worthy. The events in the book that concern her daughter and mother REALLY pissed me off, like a lot. I'm starting to pick up on some annoyances while reading though...you would think after 14 books that there would be a little character development with some of the more negative traits with the characters. Like Hannah's condescension that she so kindly keeping to herself...it's hard to read it throughout the series.
Recipes in this book include: Apple Cinnamon Whippersnappers, Butterama Cake, Cardamom Cuties, Carrot Slaw, Cheese and Green Chiles Biscuits, Chocolate Caramel Pecan Bars, "Cinco" de Cocoa Cookies, Doc's Bran-Oatmeal-Raisin Cookies, Eleanor Olson's Oatmeal Cookies, German Pancakes, Hamburger Bake, Janet's Texas Jalapeno Pimento Cheese, Mom's Apple Pie, Peaches and Cream Cookies, Piggy Chicken, Pucker Up Lemon Cake, Raspberry Drop Sandwich Cookies, Special Cinnamon Rolls, Stuffin' Muffins, and Tapioca Pie.
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