Sunday, February 14, 2021

Triple Chocolate Cheesecake Murder

Book #27 in the Hannah Swenson series and man.... it just needs to stop. Two stars for me.


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

It's Easter in Lake Eden and Hannah has to supply everyone with Easter desserts. And solve a murder with Andrea as the prime suspect. 

I'm not sure why I keep reading this series. There is so much 'fluff' in the writing and it's hard not to end up just skimming to get the gist and get to the end to be done with it. I'm not sure when the 'internal monologues' in Hannah's head started becoming to prominent in the books, but it's a little ridiculous with how much it is used. The extra bits in the recipes become a little condescending to me - I can follow a recipe without having every bit overexplained and it seems to have gotten worse on the recipes I did skim through.

And really, the police force needs Hannah to investigate a murder? And it's not the first time that Mike has said that he needs her help, but she makes it out like it's the first time. And now she is living at Norman's house permanently and they argue about who will get up at 4AM and make breakfast? 

One good thing that came out of this book is a recipe for Hot Chocolate cookies and I am excited to make them. The books have started to lean more towards the recipes and everyone trying out new recipes and drinking massive amounts of coffee everyday. Maybe Hannah is dehydrated and should switch to water in the afternoon? I know that this is a very popular series and some of the books have been made into Hallmark movies. I just feel like there needs to be some new life breathed into them before Hannah is the one dead in her cookie shop.

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