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Last night I finally got around to reading Sugar Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke. I shocked that it looked like a very long book. I was surprised though, that there was a huge section in the back with tons of recipes. Many more recipes then are usually in her books.
I have unfortunately, been reading these books completely out of order. I know that I had already read at least 1 book after this one.
However, that didn’t stop this from being a great book. One great thing about this series is that you don’t have to read every book in the series to feel right at home. I know that there are many series where if you pick up a book in the middle of the series, you are completely lost. That is not true with this series.
One interesting thing about Sugar Cookie Murder was that it all takes place in one location. I believe that this is a first in this series. Normally, you get to travel all over the area going from house to house, store to store. However, they were snowed in and could not leave the crime scene, which happened to be the winter potluck.
It doesn’t help that Brandy Wyen Dubinski is found dead out in the snow with a few of Hannah’s Christmas sugar cookies and Delores’s antique jeweled cake knife stuck in her chest.
Joanne definitely hit the right balance of sleuthing and food in this one. And let’s not forget the balancing act that Hannah is doing between hunky police detective Mike and yummy dentist Norm. I know eventually Hannah will have to decide between them, but I hope it won’t be for quite a long time. The by-play between the 3 is great. Norm and Mike try so hard not to like each other because of their feelings for Hannah, but they can’t. They both realize that they are great friends and can’t begrudge each other’s happiness.
I haven’t personally tried any recipes from this particular book yet. However, I have tried recipes from her past books and they have always been yummy. So of course, I made sure to make copies of the recipes so I can try them out at a later date.