Image of Cream Puff Murder (Hannah Swensen Mysteries)


Image of Cream Puff Murder (Hannah Swensen Mysteries)

Bakery shop owner Hannah Swensen is a down-to-earth character with a generous heart and a quick wit. Add that to the dessert recipes included in each chapter, and this makes for a fun read! The novel is filled with details about Hannah's family and other chatty bits about her neighbors. Mostly the reflections are entertaining, but at times the pace feels a bit slow. The murder doesn't take place until Chapter 10, when the story really picks up.

Hannah discovers the body of fitness instructor Ronni Ward in the Jacuzzi of Heavenly Bodies health club. Ronni had a number of women in Lake Eden, Minn., angry at her because she relentlessly pursued their husbands and boyfriends. That, plus her reputation for showing complete disregard for other people's feelings, means there are lots of suspects, but which one did the relationship-wrecking instructor drive to murder?

One suspect is Hannah's boyfriend, part-time police officer Mike Kingston. Things heat up when Hannah and Mike attempt to prove Mike's innocence. (KENSINGTON, Mar., 310 pp., $24.00)
Reviewed by: 
Roseann Marlett