Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Book Review: Devil's Food Cake Murder

Devil’s Food Cake Murder
by Joanne Fluke
Format: Kindle Book
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Part of a series: Hannah Swensen #14
Rating: 4 stars

Summary from GoodReads:

These days, everyone in Lake Eden, Minnesota, is buzzing with activity, and Hannah Swensen is no exception. But no matter how busy she may be, Hannah can always find time to help a friend in need--especially when he's been murdered. . .

Hannah Swensen has to admit that her life is pretty sweet. Things are going well in the romance department, and her bakery's delectable confections are selling almost as fast as she can bake them. Even her good friend Claire is on Cloud Nine, head over heels with her new husband, Reverend Bob Knudson. If only they could find time to take their honeymoon!

When Bob's childhood friend, Matthew Walters, comes to town, it seems like divine intervention. Matthew, like Bob, is a Lutheran minister with a stubborn sweet tooth. Since he's on sabbatical, Matthew is happy to fill in for Bob while he and Claire take that long-awaited honeymoon. It sounds like the perfect plan--until Hannah finds Matthew in the rectory, face-down in a plate full of Devil's Food Cake, a single bullet in his head.

Determined to find out who killed Matthew, Hannah starts asking questions--and discovers that the good Reverend wasn't quite the saintly fellow he appeared to be. But could the gold Sacagawea coins in Sunday's collection plate hold the key to solving the crime? Or is the murder connected to that big jewel heist out in Minneapolis? Is it possible that Matthew's love of chocolate somehow led to his downfall? It will take some more digging to find out, but Hannah is sure of one thing: even the most half-baked murder plot can be oh so deadly. . .

My Review:
I loved this book. The mystery was great. Very surprising and a nice new twist to the series. Some of the books do seem to repeat themselves following the same plot line through solving the murder, it’s almost assembly line. This book was very refreshing with its different flow, but definitely was a great read.

I love Hannah’s relationship with her sister and mother. Yet again they get to go out on the town. Great for laughs. They continue to hold meetings in Hannah’s kitchen munching on goodies, new or old favorites, and it’s just cozy.

With this book and the previous one, Lisa becomes a storyteller. She has really started to make quite the performance out of it. Kind of makes me wish I could hear them in person.

I love her two romances she has going on with Norman and Mike. However, even though the summary says things are going well in the romance department, the book left me hanging really wondering what’s going to happen with both loves.

This book was a lot of fun! I was glad that it wasn’t status quo and the author has given it some new flair.

Verdict: 4 stars!! Don’t stop the series before this installment. Keep going. It is definitely worth the read.

Recommendation: For those who have already read the series.


  1. This does sound good. I've seen this series at the library and have been tempted to read it :)

    1. I have loved this series. If you're looking for fluff and fun, give it a try!