cover image Raspberry Danish Murder: A Hannah Swensen Mystery

Raspberry Danish Murder: A Hannah Swensen Mystery

Joanne Fluke. Kensington, $26 (304p) ISBN 978-1-61773-224-9

In bestseller Fluke’s flaky 22nd Hannah Swensen mystery set in Lake Eden, Minn. (after 2017’s Banana Cream Pie Murder), Hannah’s new husband, Ross Barton, vanishes, leaving her mopey but otherwise strangely unaffected by his absence. For someone who can’t resist trying to solve murders, she doesn’t really search for Ross at all, other than to note that, since he took only his condo keys, he must be planning on coming back one of these days. When Ross’s assistant at the local radio station dies after eating poisoned candy that he found in Ross’s desk, Hannah jumps into the investigation. Was the candy actually meant for Ross, and if so, could he have disappeared because someone is out to get him? Hannah’s sleuthing is haphazard at best, and the solution is far-fetched. Ross’s disappearance is beside the point, even if the reader gets a partial answer at the end. But the Hannah Swensen books have always been more about the food than the mystery, and this installment contains enough recipes to satisfy the most enthusiastic baker. Agent: Meg Ruley, Jane Rotrosen Agency. (Mar.)