Wedding Cake Murder: A Review
WEDDING CAKE MURDER
Read: February 2017
Reviewed: February 27, 2017
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
This book is boring! For many books, I truly enjoyed the “Hannah Swenson Mysteries” by Joanne Fluke and found the characters and setting enjoyable (just like returning to visit old friends) and the plots interesting.
In recent years, the books have become boring. The dialogue is weird and stiff and many characters do not act like real people. It’s like returning to visit old friends and expecting they would be like what they were in the past, but they’ve greatly changed and become boring and unrealistic.
This book is supposed to be a murder mystery. At one point, I had read approximately half the book and still no murder! I noted the page number (166). It was almost though Fluke had read my thoughts and decided to finally had a dead body appear (the corpse has been discovered by page 170)!
The reason I gave this book two stars is because I liked reading about Hannah’s wedding (even though it was to Ross Barton; how could this “blast from the past” appear and sweep Hannah off her feet?) when she had Norman as a love interest. I rooted for Norman (he built Hannah’s dream house!) and while Mike is sexy, Norman is the one with depth.
I always felt the friendship between Mike and Norman was unrealistic because they were competing for the same woman for marriage. It would have been nice to see, just even once, the men angry with the presence of the other in Hannah’s life.
In this book, the acceptance by both Mike and Norman of Ross just simply doesn’t ring true! Most men, upon being rejected, would not even want to attend the wedding, let alone be part of the bridal party.
One of the reasons why I rated this book two stars (instead of one) is the absence of Tracy Todd! She was mentioned, but didn’t appear! This child is the most annoying character in any cozy series I’ve read to date! She speaks the most unrealistic child dialogue ever written and is completely nauseating! It isn’t likely to happen, but it would be wonderful for reader if Tracy was murdered in one of the future books!
I have been reading this series for over many years, and will likely continue to read new books because I am still slightly interested in the lives of the citizens of Lake Eden; I’m not certain why. As a reader, perhaps, I am machoistic?