PLUM PUDDING MURDER
Longtime readers of the Hannah Swensen series will revel in her latest holiday mystery, complete with several recipes, including a Christmas Eve dinner. As always, it's great to catch up with Hannah and co. while solving a mystery. This truly enjoyable series has a strong fan base, and it's no wonder. Readers can't help but love Lake Eden and its warm and welcoming inhabitants. This installment has a particularly good mystery and a nice cliff-hanger involving Hannah's love life.
It's Christmastime in Lake Eden, Minn., and Hannah is busier than ever at her bakery. She's trying out a new recipe for plum pudding for Larry Jaeger to sell at his popular Crazy Elf Christmas Tree Lot. But as rumors spread about sketchy business practices, some of Larry's investors start seeing red, and Larry winds up dead. Now Hannah needs to find out who is behind Larry's death. Was it his fiancee and partner, his bitter ex-wife or a disgruntled investor? As Hannah uncovers clues, Larry's killer sets out to end Hannah's holiday celebration permanently. (KENSINGTON, Oct., 320 pp., $24.00)