Including nine scrumptious recipes, Joanne Fluke’s latest Hannah Swensen mystery is a real treat for cozy mystery fans. Every Friday is Pie Day at The Cookie Jar coffee shop and bakery. One such Friday, lemon meringue pie is the featured dish. Hannah, an expert baker and dedicated amateur sleuth, is saddened when one of her luscious pies is left practically untouched. And when her mother — rooting about for antiques for her own shop — finds a body in the basement of the house Hannah’s boyfriend is knocking down to make room for their dream house, Hannah is devastated to discover that her mostly uneaten meringue was part of the murder victim’s last meal. Given the location of the corpse, everyone in town seems to feel that Hannah has a vested interest in the case. Even her sexy ex-boyfriend, a local cop, thinks it’s better for Hannah to look into things than to continue allowing her mother to stir things up in his investigation. Struggling against the temptation to cheat on her new diet, Hannah takes the case as a welcome distraction and soon discovers that counterfeit cash and a clandestine affair are just two of the dangerous ingredients she’s got to contend with.
This was a fun book filled with mystery, summer fun and interesting characters. Norman decides to build the house that he and Hannah designed together for a contest. Everyone assumes he’s popped the question to Hannah, unfortunately that is not the case. Mike comes rushing in to confirm the engagement to which there is none still. And when the previous owner of the property Norman bought is killed, all building designs get put on hold. Hannah is reluctant to investigate after having gone up again Mike and Bill before and swearing she wouldn’t which lasts about 1 day if that. She finds herself deep in mystery, while also being on a diet after trying on a pair of pants that don’t fit. I really enjoy this series, and find myself liking Norman more and more. I rate this a four cup book, I felt the marriage question was looming too much.