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Bakery owner Hannah Swensen is leaving Lake Eden to help a friend in sunny California. But an unexpected phone call swiftly brings her back to a cold Minnesota winter . . . and murder . . .
When Hannah learns that her sister Michelle’s boyfriend, Detective Lonnie Murphy, is the prime suspect in a murder case, she goes straight from a movie studio sound stage to the Los Angeles airport.
Back in frigid Minnesota, she discovers that proving Lonnie’s innocence will be harder than figuring out what went wrong with a recipe. Lonnie remembers only parts of the night he went out to a local bar and ended up driving a very impaired woman home. He knows he helped her to her bedroom, but he doesn’t recall anything else until he woke up on her couch the following morning. When he went to the bedroom to check on her, he was shocked to discover she was dead.
Hannah doesn’t know what to believe—only that exonerating a suspect who can’t remember is almost impossible, especially since Lonnie’s brother, Detective Rick Murphy, and Lonnie’s partner, Chief Detective Mike Kingston, have been taken off the case. Before everything comes crashing down on Lonnie like a heaping slice of coconut layer cake, it’ll be up to Hannah to rack up enough clues to toast a flaky killer . . .

Mysteries & Thrillers
February 25
Kensington Books
Kensington Publishing Corp.

Customer Reviews

Mobius24 ,

A Murder Mystery or a Cookbook?

I have loved Joanne Fluke’s books since discovering Hannah and her Cookie Jar at least seven years ago. The Coconut Layer Murder will probably be my last. What used to be a murder, a mystery, and a couple of cookie recipes has turned into a murder, recipes, recipes, recipes, no mystery, more recipes. I have been very disappointed in the last few books. Hannah doesn’t figure out who the killer is she just stumbles into the murderer who then tries to kill her requiring either Mike or Norman or both to save her. Hannah is not a detective just a nosy baker. Which leaves the police looking like incompetent fools.
Does Joanne Flake still have an editor? Too many of the conversations are stilted. The writing sophomoric. There are parts that look like a high schooler wrote them not an experienced writer.
I may try some of the recipes but I really doubt I will bother reading any more books by Joanne Fluke.

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