February 15th, 2020


Book Critique - Candy Cane Murder (Hannah Swensen Series #9.5)

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Stars: 3 / 5

Recommendation: A cozy mystery with a pinch of family dynamics, a twist of love triangle along-side a huge dash of mystery, is a recipe that would not only sweeten your tooth while appeasing your stomach, but also increasing your cravings and keep your grey cells active.

Candy Cane Murder is the third novella in the long-running Hannah Swensen Series by Joanne Fluke published in October of 2007, as part of the anthology Candy Cane Murder, titled the same as Joanne's novella. She co-authored this anthology with Laura Levine and Leslie Meier.

It's close to Christmas and everyone is happy to see the Santa Claus, played by the owner of the Bergstrom Department Store. And a little while after he is found dead by the snow bank outside the inn. And who do you know finds the body. None other than our very own amateur detective and full-time baker, Hannah Swensen. Now, Hannah wears her investigator's hat to find who killed Santa Claus.

I like that Joanne uses a lot of phrases and idioms all through her books, like "when pigs fly", "carrot & stick routine", "a slip of a girl", etc. It is interesting because I end up digging more about those phrases and idioms, origin and meaning, making my time with the book all the more longer, and exciting.  

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