Lemon Meringue Pie Murder
by Joanne Fluke
Paperback, 352 pages
Published February 1st 2004 by Kensington (first published January 1st 2003)
Hannah Swensen thought she'd finally discovered the recipe for a perfect life. But her sometime beau Norman Rhodes tosses a surprise ingredient into the mix when he phones to tell her he's just bought a house from local drugstore clerk Rhonda Scharf - which he plans to tear down in order to build the dream home he and Hannah designed.
It seems the plan has been cooking for quite some time, and Hannah is shocked - especially since her ring finger is still very much bare. The good news is that the soon-to-be-torn-down house is full of antiques - and Norman has given Hannah and her mother first dibs.
They uncover some gorgeous old furniture, a patchwork quilt ... and Rhonda Scharf's dead body. A little more sleuthing turns up the half-eaten remains of a very special dinner for two - and one of The Cookie Jar's famous lemon meringue pies.
Now it's up to Hannah to turn up the heat - and get busy tracking down the clues. Starting in her very own kitchen.
This is the fourth book in the Hannah Swensen mystery series by Joanne Fluke.
Norman plans to build the dream house he and Hannah designed and he buys the property from a local lady. Before the ink is dry on the contract, that lady is found dead in the basement and suddenly some money from a old bank robbery in the 70’s has shown up circulating in town.
The dynamics are interesting in this book. The author makes me wonder if Hannah is ready for marriage and with who would she make that pairing. Then she gets into her mothering instinct when her sister Michelle shows up and then there is an issue between two guys Freddie and Jed which Hannah wants to heal.
Lots of stuff going on in this story that doesn’t all have anything to do with the mystery. And that is good. It keeps us interested in the overall storyline and not just the whodunit of it all.
I still love this series and I am sure that fact will never change. My guilty pleasure series, for sure!
If you love a good cozy mystery, definitely check this one out. What a fun read!