Friday, May 10, 2013

Red Velvet Cupcake Murder

Penthouse. Protagonist and baker Hannah Swensen returns for more crime solving in Red Velvet Cupcake Murder, the latest novel in a series by Joanne Fluke. I find that I enjoy books in this series as a diversion after I’ve read something difficult, long, or challenging. Life in Lake Eden, Minnesota is simple and everybody is friendly and nice, except for the occasional villain or murderer. The action in the current novel starts at the grand opening of the renovated Albion Hotel, now condos, including a full floor penthouse. (If there are only three floors, can you still call the top one a penthouse?) A familiar cast of characters returns for hijinks, and the usual abundance of sweets. This time out, Hannah herself is a suspect in a murder case. Readers who like easy-to-solve mysteries, and the slow pace of small town life are those most likely to enjoy this novel. Of course, all bakers are a natural audience for the included recipes. Rating: Three-star (It’s ok) Click here to purchase Red Velvet Cupcake Murder from

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