Joanna Fluke has put together a terrific recipe for a holiday-themed whodunit in this Hannah Swenson culinary mystery.
Bakery owner Hannah knows everyone has special plans and traditions for the holidays, so she's planned a grand seasonal pot-luck dinner to test the recipes the residents of Lake Eden, Minnesota, have offered to share in the cookbook she's compiling. With all that delicious food bringing so many people together, there's sure to be plenty of gossip to spice up the party -- from the showgirl Martin Dubinski brought home from Las Vegas as his new bride to Hannah's mom's lordly British beau to the mayor's latest indiscretion. Even getting snowed in at the community center can't put a damper on the festive occasion…at least until Hannah puts the crowd's holiday mood on ice by discovering the showgirl's dead body in the snow-covered parking lot. To add insult to injury (and complicate Hannah's dessert plan as well), the killer had the poor taste to use Hannah's mother's jeweled antique cake knife as the murder weapon.
To keep her beloved community from crumbling, Hannah uses all the ingredients at her disposal -- from digital photography to small-town memories -- to whip up a speedy solution to this culinary crime. And readers will find their appetites tempted by the author's wonderful descriptions of the items on the menu. You'll find more than 80 delectable holiday recipes, for everything from soups and appetizers to entrees and side dishes to drinks and desserts -- including the Cookie Jar bakery's own special Christmas Sugar Cookies. Sue Stone