Release Date: February 1, 2008
It promises to be a busy week for Hannah Swensen. Not only is she whipping up treats for the chamber of commerce booth at the Tri-County fair, she’s also judging the baking contest; acting as a magician’s assistant for her business partner’s husband; trying to coax Moishe, her previously rapacious feline, to end his hunger strike, and performing her own private carnival act by juggling the demands of her mother and sisters. With so much on her plate, it’s no wonder Hannah finds herself on the midway only moments before the fair closes for the night. After hearing a suspicious thump, she goes snooping – only to discover Willa Sunquist, a student teacher and fellow bake contest judge, dead alongside an upended key lime pie. But who would want to kill Willa and why?Now Hannah needs to crank up the heat, hoping that Willa’s killer will get rattled and make a mistake. If that happens she intends to be there, even if it means getting on a carnival ride that could very well be her last…
Although this is the 8th book in the series, this was my first exposure to Hannah Swensen and idyllic Lake Eden, Minnesota. Hannah owns a booming cookie business, has two local men (and one Hollywood producer) fighting for her affections and she manages to sniff out trouble everywhere she goes. Through it all, she always come out on top of things.
Hannah’s adventures are not markedly different from others in the genre, but the story is well told and interesting. The mystery was not difficult to solve, but the author did a good job of showing how Hannah and her friends discovered the culprit and eliminated the red herrings.
My verdict: Read it. If you enjoy culinary cozies, you will enjoy the adventures of Hannah Swensen. This is a perfect book for when you need something light and refreshing- just like key lime pie.