Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke

The best-selling Hannah Swensen mysteries whip up a well-seasoned suspense and scrumptious recipes, attracting a huge fan base. In Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder, her first foray into the sleuthing game, resourceful, red-headed Hannah must find the right ingredients to solve two perplexing murders.

One chilly morning in Lake Eden, Minnesota, as Hannah drives to her bakery, The Cookie Jar, she discovers Ron, the dairy delivery man, shot dead in his truck. When Hannah begins to investigate, she suspects the dairy owner, but when he, too, is murdered, Hannah must look further afield for the culprit. Now, while Hannah's mother is busy fixing her up with eligible bachelors, Hannah is juggling mixing bowls and mysterious evidence.

This was the unabridged audiobook on CD edition (8 discs/9.5 hours).

First off, I found the reader to be a bit annoying. Add to that the fact that she sounded significantly older than the 30 something the character was supposed to be, and it wasn't the best listening experience.

I didn't particularly like the characters. Moische was certainly the best of the bunch! As was to be expected, I suppose. They were all very stereotypical and not overly bright. The human characters, that is.

And what the heck was up with the police force? Were they completely incompetent that they couldn't do routine police work? And Hannah with her snooping drove me crazy! Anyone who has watched as many forensic shows as she professed to should have slipped on a pair of gloves at the very least. Hello contaminating the crime scene!

This one gets six stars. It was like a Hershey's chocolate bar - acceptable but certainly no Godiva. I won't be rushing out to get the others in the series, but if I do happen across them then they might be a good beach read - no thought required.

Rating: ★★★★★★☆☆☆☆


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