Devil's Food Cake Murder

Joanna Fluke, Kensington, $24 (304p) ISBN 978-0-7582-3491-9
Bestseller Fluke's fabulous 14th foodie mystery (after 2010's Apple Turnover Murder) finds Hannah Swenson, the baking whiz of the Cookie Jar in Lake Eden, Minn., still torn between the two less than perfect men in her life—dentist Norman Rhodes, whose attractive former fiancée and fellow dentist, Bev Thorndike, has just joined Norman's practice, and Mike Kingston, Winnetka County's chief detective, who has a roving eye. When someone shoots visiting Lutheran minister Matthew Walters, who's covering Rev. Bob Knudsen's duties at Holy Redeemer while Bob is on a belated honeymoon cruise, the only witness to the murder is Jacob, a mynah bird, who squawks, "The wages of sin is death." Unlike your typical boyfriend cop, Mike is thrilled to have Hannah tracking down clues. Between eating and baking, Hannah and cronies investigate Matthew's background, especially his relationship to his creepy, paroled convict cousin, Paul. Mouthwatering recipes include butterscotch bonanza bars and pineapple casserole. (Mar.)
Reviewed on: 01/03/2011
Release date: 02/01/2011
Mass Market Paperbound - 352 pages
Compact Disc - 978-1-4498-4760-9
Hardcover - 479 pages - 978-1-4104-3425-8
Open Ebook - 304 pages - 978-0-7582-6828-0
Paperback - 304 pages - 978-0-7582-6593-7
Open Ebook - 336 pages - 978-0-7582-7763-3
Paperback - 486 pages - 978-1-4458-3667-6
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