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:
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.