Thursday, February 20, 2020

Book Review - Coconut Layer Cake Murder

Coconut Layer Cake Murder (Hannah Swenson, #25)Coconut Layer Cake Murder by Joanne Fluke
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

*I received a free copy of this novel from NetGalley for my honest review.*

Hannah needs a vacation so she goes to California with her mother to help Lynne pack to move to Lake Eden. And then she gets a call from Michelle that there has been a murder and no one on the police force can investigate so she is the only one who can find out who the murderer is.

I rounded up from 2.5 stars for this review. The recipes seem good, but all of the fluff in each one feels like the author had a word count to get to and the fluff is how that happens. I feel like this has gotten worse with each book. There are several instances throughout the book where things are repeated between the characters and sometimes it is on the same page. I sometimes get the feeling that I am reading a young adult novel. After the murder in the last book, Hannah is already looking at Norman and Mike to see how she feels about each and who would be good to settle down with. That feels a little too soon. Lastly, I have read a lot of books since Chocolate Cream Pie Murder and there were some references to a bedroom renovation in the condo, but I don't remember exactly what happened that would require a full renovation. Also, who is Lynne? She Ross' first wife or just a college roommate? Sometimes a bit of a recap is needed, especially for characters who haven't been in every installment in the series.

I did like that the Ross story line isn't completely dying with what was revealed towards the end. I am guessing that it will continue into the next book in the series. I was also half expecting another announcement of sorts by Andrea by the end of the novel and was a little surprised that it didn't happen. Keeping me on my toes, Ms. Fluke!

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