Book Review #77: Wedding Cake Murder

Author: Joanne Fluke

Genre: Mystery & Thrillers, Fiction

Language: English

Series, if any: Hannah Swensen seies, Book 19

Publisher: Kensington Books

Date of publication: 23 February 2016

No. of pages: 367


Desserts can be described in two words – sinful and delicious. What happens when an overdose of sinful delicacy ends up in murder?


Same publisher. Same genre. Two different authors. Two different reactions. While the book #76 was a total turn off, this one kept me engaged till the very end. The plot has been built ona solid foundation and the elements of murder and mystery complimented it well. The characters are well founded and play well in favor of the plot. However, the lead character of Hannah Swensen did not sit well with me; while she has pottayed as an independent, self-made woman, somehow these characteristics fail to make its presence at all throughout the plot. She appeared quite emotionally weak and whiny and I couldn’t relate with her at all. I am pointing her out more specifically mainly because of the way the plot has been framed suggestsa familiarity through previous installments.

The simple narrative style helps in keeping the plot engaging for the audience. But what attracted me the most was the inclusion of personal snippets in the form of recipes that the lead characters use. I don’t know how much the recipes actually work in relaity. But it definitely attracts the attention and makes the reader stop and wonder. 

While the cover image shows a restrain and minimalism that is appreciated, the whole concept of the cake as a sole focus with respect to the title seems underwhelming. 

My opinion: A well narrated, simple and engaging mystery which is quite a simple and light read. 

My rating: 3 out of 5


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