Eggs on Ice–review

This is the eighth book in the Cackleberry Club series by Laura Childs. I had never read any in the series before, but I think someone could easily pick up this or maybe any of the other books and not be lost. It would be nice to know the back stories of the characters, so I definitely plan to start reading this series from the beginning. I felt like I could the main characters by friends by the time the book was finished. I love the idea that the Cackleberry Club diner has an adjoining book store and a yarn shop too.

My Goodreads review:

Eggs on Ice (Cackleberry Club, #8)Eggs on Ice by Laura Childs

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Even though this was the first in the series that I have read, I felt like I was quickly able to know who was who among the regular characters, and definitely by the time the book ended, I felt like I knew them and wanted to visit again. I definitely want to start reading from the beginning, but this shiny, new copy at the library just tempted me so much, I had to borrow it. The Cackleberry Club diner and its adjoining book store and knitting store sound so cool!

I actually did figure out who the killer was, but when that happens (few and far between lol), I enjoy reading along and seeing how soon the characters will pick up on it. The showdown was really good. Toni’s husband Junior had lost his trailer in a fire and was storing all his tools in Suzanne’s car. I think Suzanne was probably very thankful she still had those tools in her car when it came to confronting the killer. This was a Christmas themed book, but I can read about Christmas any time of the year. Kindred sounds like a fun place to be at Christmas, minus the murders of course!

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Chocolate Cream Pie Murder–review

This is the twenty-fourth book in the Hannah Swenson series. If you’ve read any of the more recent books, this may be the book you’ve waited for, just like me. That’s really all I can say without spoiling anything. This book will be released February 26, 2019. I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of the book, and my opinions are my own.

My Goodreads review:

Chocolate Cream Pie Murder (Hannah Swensen #24)Chocolate Cream Pie Murder by Joanne Fluke

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

All I can really is say that I absolutely loved the main outcome of this book, can’t say more or it will spoil it. Kudos to the author! I never guessed the killer either–a good plot. If the recipes given in the book are the final recipes, they sound sooo amazing!

I guess I hadn’t realized that Hannah’s younger sister Michelle was such a wonderful baker like her older sister Hannah or just how caring she was until I read the back-in-time previous book. It helped give me a little more insight into Michelle’s character. It’s sweet how she’s dating a detective too. The Swenson sisters love their law enforcement men! Norman was very sweet in this book as always. I kind of still want Hannah and Mike to end up together like in the movies, but I guess that’s up to the author and we’ll find out eventually who she lets Hannah end up with.

There was an interesting cliff hanger and there are some unsolved issues that I hope eventually get taken care of, and now I’m very anxious to read the next book!

I voluntarily read and reviewed a paperback ARC of this book provided by Kensington Publishing, and my opinions are my own.

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Christmas Cake Murder–review

This is the twenty-third book in the Hannah Swenson series by Joanne Fluke. This is one of the first series that got me started reading cozy mysteries, and I also love the movies on the Hallmark Mystery channel that were based on the characters.

This one starts in the past when Hannah was first opening the Cookie Jar. It was fun to read about Andrea and Bill when they were nearly first married and expecting their first child, and before Andrea became a real estate agent. The mystery was quite a bit different from usual, but not in a bad way.

My Goodreads review:

Christmas Cake Murder (Hannah Swensen #23)Christmas Cake Murder by Joanne Fluke

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this little trip back in time to when Hannah Swenson made the decision to open her bakery. It was interesting to see what her life was like before she had the Cookie Jar, or her cat Moishe.

To bring Delores out of her depression over her husband’s death, her friends asked her to put together a Christmas Ball for one of the community’s most beloved members, Essie Granger. In going through Essie’s things, Hannah found some notebooks that told an interesting but unfinished tale of a young woman on the run from a hit man. She had been pregnant and the story ended abruptly as the baby started to come. At the ball, when an attempt on Essie’s life was made, Hannah knew they had to put the pieces of this puzzle together and find out who wanted to kill the sweetest woman in town…and why. Did it have anything to do with those notebooks?

The story was quite a bit different from the usual Hannah Swenson I’m used to reading. It did move a little slowly at first when there wasn’t much action going on, but at least the story was interesting enough and filled to the brim with the most delicious-sounding food and desserts! I keep saying I’m going to try one of these recipes some day! I liked the side story that Essie wrote too. It ended up with a very sweet ending, just like this book had! Even though Christmasy thing told about in the book was the Christmas Ball, the book was still very heart-warming and perfect for the magical holiday season.

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