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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Plum Pudding Murder by Joanne Fluke - Mystery and Recipes Galore!

I adore cozy mysteries that have a cooking theme to them, and in my opinion, Joanne Fluke and her Hannah Swensen mysteries are among the best in the genre! And just in time for the holidays, Fluke has a brand new Christmas-themed story that is full of intrigue and as a bonus, is jam-packed full of recipes! I personally saw three or four that I plan to make this holiday, including the scrumptious sounding Chocolate Raspberry Truffles…yummm!

In “Plum Pudding Murder,” all is not merry and bright when Larry The Crazy Elf is found murdered in his Christmas tree lot. It’s up to Hannah and her family and friends to find out who snuffed the shady elf and why – and the list of suspects is almost as long as Santa’s nice and naughty list!

At Hannah Swensen’s bakery, The Cookie Jar, Christmas is the busiest time of the year! It also happens to be the most wonderful time...for Christmas cookies, Hannah's own special plum pudding, and a bit of romance! Hannah and her partner Lisa are busy as can be and loving it.

Hannah also gets a kick out of "Lunatic Larry Jaeger's Crazy Elf Christmas Tree Lot," a Christmas tree lot/theme park that has set up in town for the holidays. Larry thinks he's crazy like a fox with his wild business schemes, but this time, the entrepreneur may have bitten off more than he can chew. Rumor has it that Larry’s business is not doing so well, an idea that takes a sinister turn when Hannah and her boyfriend Norman discover the man himself dead as a doornail in his own office.

It seems quite a few people would have liked to fill Larry's stocking with coal and then bash him with it—including his bitter ex-wife, a woman he was wooing, and the Crazy Elf Tree lot's extremely exasperated investors.

Now, with so many suspects to investigate and the twelve days of Christmas ticking away, Hannah's running out of time to nab a murderous Scrooge.

In her 12th installment, Joanne Fluke has once again delivered a delightful continuation of the story of Hannah and the Minnesota community of Lake Eden where she lives. Catching up on all the gossip in town, including Hannah’s three-way romance with both Norman the dentist and Mike the Sheriff, makes reading one of Fluke’s novels like taking a trip back home. Warm, inviting, and welcoming!

And as a special treat for her readers, Fluke has outdone herself in this edition, including 30 recipes for everything from cookies to a complete Christmas dinner menu! What a sweet gift!

Check out Joanne’s website at http://www.murdershebaked.com/recipe.htm for a copy of the Minnesota Plum Pudding that is the star of this book!


Janel said...

Joanne really goes all out with recipes in her Christmas themed books. I can't wait to get my hands on this one!

Jennifer said...

A cozy mystery with delicious recipes, this is a book I must buy. Thanks!

Book Dilettante aka Book Bird Dog said...

I have a recipe for plum pudding with wine and brandy-soaked fruit. I must look to see what her plum pudding recipe is.

Cozy in Texas said...

I stopped by your blog today. Great reviews.