2/5 Double Fudge Brownies
On The Back:
Life in tiny Lake Eden, Minnesota, is usually pleasantly uneventful. Lately, though, it seems everyone has more than their fair share of drama–especially the Swensen family. With so much on her plate, Hannah Swensen can hardly find the time to think about her bakery–let alone the town’s most recent murder. . .
Hannah is nervous about the upcoming trial for her involvement in a tragic accident. She’s eager to clear her name once and for all, but her troubles only double when she finds the judge bludgeoned to death with his own gavel–and Hannah is the number one suspect. Now on trial in the court of public opinion, she sets out in search of the culprit and discovers that the judge made more than a few enemies during his career. With time running out, Hannah will have to whip up her most clever recipe yet to find a killer more elusive than the perfect brownie. . .
Wow this series was my first real entrance into the cozy-mystery world, and I’ve not followed the series order, just skipping around, but awhile ago I got fed up with the series and put it down. However, I heard some things were resolved in this book so I got it from my library and I was disappointed. The writing was sophomoric, the main characters annoying, and the ending rushed.
I really had not remembered how Ms. Fluke wrote, and I must say it was a disappointment! The writing is almost juvenile and the scenes that are supposed to create tension end up falling flat. There are an abundance of exclamation points. at some points three to five per page! They were overused and made parts almost comical in the book. Tracey’s character was also very poorly written. I couldn’t figure out her age, because the last book I read she was like 5 but in this book she is such a know-it-all, and extremely annoying.
Mike and Hannah’s characters were disappointing, also. I never liked Mike and he’s such an arrogant jerk. Hannah was always an okay character to me but she seemed so stupid in parts of this book and then in the next scene she’s acting like she knows everything.
However, the book was okay. I read it really quickly, it kept my attention. Most of the rest of the characters were also alright, I really like Lisa, Michelle, Delores, Norman, Ross, and Bill. The ending was really rushed and there were no real clues as to who the killer was, which made the mystery bland.
Overall an okay book I probably won’t read again. However, this does resolve the love triangle in Hannah’s life, so if you’re sick of that aspect of the other books in this series, like I was, this wraps that up.