Friday, July 17, 2009

Cream Puff Murder by Joanne Fluke

Copyright: 2009
Publisher: Kensington Books
Genre: Mystery
Pages: 310
Challenges: Cozy Mystery Challenge
New-to-me author? no
Author's website

Simple Description
Hannah is forced to diet and start working out at Heavenly Bodies when she realizes the dress her Mom ordered for her doesn't fit. She needs the dress for her Mom's book launch party in two weeks, and unable to order a new dress. Lucky for Hannah, her sister Andrea works out at Heavenly Bodies and is able to get her a pass and sign her up for the same class she does. After Andrea and Hannah work out one morning, they head to the jacuzzi to relax. Hannah gets there first and notices that it's a mess. When she starts to get into the Jacuzzi she realizes somebody left their clothes in there. However when she goes to get them out…she realizes the clothes are attached to a person…and the person has been murdered. The murdered lady is Ronnie, somebody that is not very popular with the ladies. Ronnie was a big flirt and didn't care if the men were married or not.

Even worse is the fact that Bill, Mike, and Lonnie are pulled from the investigation because they were involved with Ronnie. Uh-oh! Hannah and her sisters are not happy. To make matters worse, they are the top three detectives. So they secretly ask that Hannah investigate the murder and use others to pass notes to her on how she should investigate the issue.

Now what you really want to know…my thoughts:
I thought this was a great addition to the series! I did read a review by Violette over at The Mystery Bookshelf and she didn't like this book very much but this was also the first book she has read in the series. I kept that in mind while I was reading the book and I can see why she didn't like it. If you haven't read this series before, then you don't have a lot of the background info. You don't understand why Hannah is basically dating Norman and Mike. You don't really get the relationship between everyone. You don't understand why Hannah was asked to help investigate. But for those of us who have been reading this series and know this info..the book is really good. Sure, the murder doesn't happen until you reach around 100 pages, but because I love the characters so much, I just don't care. I honestly think I would still read this series even if the author decided not to make them mysteries anymore. I do wish that Hannah would pick between Norman and Mike and it seems like maybe the author will be making that happen soon. It also seems like Norman is proving to be the better of the two, which I like because I think Norman is the best pick. Sorry Mike, you might be hot, but Norman is a better guy (in my opinion anyway).

Have you reviewed this book on your blog? Leave me a comment to let me know and I'll link it below.

The Mystery Bookshelf

Happy Reading and thanks for stopping by……Kris


bermudaonion said...

I'm glad you enjoyed it. I would definitely want to start with the first book in the series.

Literary Feline said...

So this would be a case where reading the series in order would be a must? My mom really likes these books. I hope to get to them too one of these days. :-) Thanks for the great review, Kris!