Christmas Dessert Murder review

This is actually a compilation of Book 20 and Book 23. I’m not sure why it was given a number like a new book, but fear not, Hannah fans. Joanne Fluke has brand new book 29 Caramel Pecan Roll Murder coming out later in February. I was actually excited for a new Christmas mystery and gotta admit I jumped on the ARC before I completely read about it, lol. ::face palm:: Good lesson huh?

But hey, this is still Hannah, Christmas and yummy dessert and food recipes. And don’t forget Delores! She always cracks me up and provides the crazy banter needed whether she’s talking to her kids or her sweetie/hubby Doc. These were really neither my favorite books but not my least favorite ones either.

My Goodreads review:

Christmas Dessert Murder (Hannah Swenson #28)Christmas Dessert Murder by Joanne Fluke
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

First of all, I’m not sure why this is numbered as a regular new book, because it’s not new. I’ts simply a compilation of two previous Christmas themed books, Christmas Caramel Murder #20 that was published in 2016 and Christmas Cake Murder #23, published in 2018. The thing both had in common was that they were both written as flashbacks. Luckily, we do get a brand new Hannah coming in February, but maybe since the tradition has always been to have a Christmas themed book, that could be why this one was put together. (I honestly didn’t notice it myself until after I’d already committed to it.)

I can’t say either of these books were my favorite mysteries in this series, but you’re still going to drool over the amazing-sounding recipes inside along with all our favorite characters. Lake Eden at Christmas always does seem very magical, but in this small town, murder doesn’t take a vacation. If you haven’t read either #23 or #20 and are collecting them all to read, this seems like it’d save a little over buying the books separately.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher via NetGalley, and my opinions are my own.

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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Murder review

This is the third book in the Catering Hall by Maria DiRico who’s better known as Ellen Byron who wrote the Cajun Country series that just ended. I’m absolutely loving this new series and hope it runs as long as Cajun did! It’s fun, hilarious and all about close family ties, well sometimes that includes Family too. 😉 This Christmas installment was really awesome. I’ll just let my Goodreads review do the talking!

My Goodreads review:

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Murder (A Catering Hall Mystery Book 3)It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Murder by Maria DiRico
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is my favorite of the series yet! It doesn’t hurt that it’s set at my fave time of year, but it’s got everything I’ve been loving about this series and then some. There were plenty of funny scenes, and the scene at the spa when Mia and Cammie went, let’s just say part of that made me laugh out loud. Ever since the first book, the voice of Nanny Fran Fine became Mia’s voice, and now I can’t read it without picturing her, lol. And Cammie makes me think of her friend Val. It seemed like they did a lot more together in this book which added to the fun and hilarity. Cammie and her ex, Det. Pete crack me up!

There was plenty of great action too, and I couldn’t help thinking Mia was lucky to have friends like the Boldano family. I got such a kick out of her enjoying having the perks of Jamie dating Madison, a fashion influencer whose help at a party the banquet hall held made a sixteen-year-old girl very happy. I just love everything about the whole storyline even if it veers off the mystery momentarily because it’s either funny or just an awesome family/friend or banquet hall party moment.

I wasn’t sure about the whodunit, so I just followed along with Mia. The showdown was exciting though! And with the magical Christmas Eve that Mia got, I’m so eager now to read the next book!

I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher via NetGalley, and my opinions are my own.

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