The 18th cozy mystery in the Hannah Swensen series by Joanne Fluke is called Double Fudge Brownie Murder and was published in 2015. In this caper, Hannah travels to Las Vegas with her sisters for their mother’s surprise wedding. Hannah is also still waffling between Norman and Mike, but everything changes in this book. A special guest shows up and follows Hannah back to Minnesota where Hannah receives not one but three marriage proposals. She also finally makes a decision at the end of the book. Hallelujah!
The mystery in this novel begins once Hannah returns to Lake Eden for her court date. In the last book, she accidentally hit someone with her car and was charged with vehicular manslaughter. But when the first day of jury selection arrives, it’s the judge whom Hannah finds dead. She and her friends try to solve the crime by investigating the judge’s current and former wife, children, colleagues, and political connections. When the culprit is finally revealed, Hannah’s about to become his/her second victim. Will she survive in order to marry…. oh yeah, right, you didn’t think I’d give away who she said yes to, did you?
This is a typical Joanne Fluke book, but nearly 400 pages this time. There are more recipes than usual, and the story content is largely based around Hannah’s decision to marry and her mother’s wedding. Always good fun, but it leaves less and less room for the mystery. This one started out good, but it petered away…. in the last 20 pages an unfamiliar perp shows up and we’re left going… ‘um, is this two different books?’
That said, I give it a 4 for the overall evolution of Hannah’s and Lake Eden’s inhabitant stories. We learn a lot about existing characters and feel that warm and wonderful cozy appeal.
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