If you like intriguing plots laced with subtle humor, this is the mystery for you. The protagonist, Hannah Swensen, owns a bakery, The Cookie Jar, so references to food abound, recipes included. And they look like good ones! Who wouldn’t want to try Orange Julius Cookies? How about Frosting Splatters—iced soda crackers. I don’t like to bake, but I think I can handle that one. And since Plum Pudding Murder centers on the Crazy Elf Christmas Tree Lot, the book includes favorite Christmas dinner recipes. Bring on those Scandinavian Spuds and Cranberry Sconces.
This is the first in the Hannah Swensen mysteries that I’ve read, but it won’t be the last. I’ve already picked up two more from the library. Perfect for reading while keeping one eye on a television program. Nothing too involved. Yet the characters charm and keep you turning those pages. Good to the last crumb.
The back cover lists ten other mysteries by writer Joan Fluke, so you better get started. Maybe you’d like to bake some cookies for atmosphere. And to nibble while you read.