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Anne Hawn's books

Who Moved My Cheese?
If Democrats Had Any Brains, They'd Be Republicans
Scientific Secrets for Self-Control
Just One Damned Thing After Another
The Vanishing
Exercises in Knitting
The Good Dream
The Very Best of Edgar Allan Poe
The Chosen
BT-Kids' Knits
Talking God
The Professor
The Christmas Files
The Finisher
Home Decor for 18-Inch Dolls: Create 10 Room Settings with Furniture and 15 Outfits with Accessories
Dracula and Other Stories
A New Song
All Quiet on the Western Front
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Thursday, January 09, 2014

Red Velvet Cupcake Murder (Hannah Swensen #16)

Red Velvet Cupcake Murder (Hannah Swensen #16)Red Velvet Cupcake Murder by Joanne Fluke
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This book is a real lightweight. I put it as a cozy mystery, but there isn't much mystery about it.  The villain is pretty clear even from the beginning and local law enforcement should have figured that out right away instead of having to depend on Hannah.  

There are so many ways to make this book better and I think that is what bothers me.  There are more plausible ways to give the reader and our amateur detective clues without too much effort.  Also there are better reasons for the characters to get into dangerous situations than the ones given.

I don't expect cozy mysteries to be overly realistic, but this goes too far with the clumsy plot moves.  The recipes are about the only redeeming feature.

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