REVIEW: TRIPLE CHOCOLATE CHEESECAKE MURDER, BY JOANNE FLUKE

 

Hannah’s up to her ears with Easter orders rushing in at The Cookie Jar, plus a festive meal to prepare for a dinner party at her mother’s penthouse. But everything comes crashing to a halt when Hannah receives a panicked call from her sister Andrea—Mayor Richard Bascomb has been murdered . . . and Andrea is the prime suspect.

Even with his reputation for being a bully, Mayor Bascomb—or “Ricky Ticky,” as Hannah’s mother likes to call him—had been unusually testy in the days leading up to his death, leaving Hannah to wonder if he knew he was in danger. Meanwhile, folks with a motive for mayoral murder are popping up in Lake Eden. Was it a beleaguered colleague? A political rival? A jealous wife? Or a scorned mistress?

As orders pile up at The Cookie Jar—and children line up for Easter egg hunts—Hannah must spring into investigation mode and identify the real killer . . . before another murder happens!

 
 
 

As we dive into Triple Chocolate Cheesecake Murder, we follow along with Hannah and her friends as they interview suspects and bake cookies, pies, and serve up delicious dinners. This cozy mystery pulled me in, as I enjoyed the characters. Since this book is #27 of 27 in the series, there were aspects of Hannah’s life I had missed, which the author filled in nicely. Like the fact that Hannah was married to a man named Ross, who was recently murdered in their condo. She is staying with her friend Norman until her cat Moishe can handle being in the condo that traumatized him.

In between the quest for clues, we can visualize the food, interiors, and characteristics of Hannah’s friends and family. A nice cozy element to the story.

I also enjoyed how the author led us through Hannah’s various baking and cooking moments, literally making my mouth water, although some of the steps in her process seemed a bit repetitive. I felt as though I were viewing one of the Hallmark movies based on these books.

Most chapters ended with a series of recipes. A delightful journey that held my interest throughout. 4.5 stars.

 
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