I do not think that there can ever be enough books about anything and I say that knowing that some of them are going to be about Pilates.The more knowledge the better seems like a solid rule of thumb, even though I have watched enough science fiction films to accept that humanity’s unchecked pursuit of learning will end with robots taking over the world.-Sarah Vowell

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Banana Cream Pie Murder By Joanne Fluke

In this latest Hannah Swenson (now Barton) mystery she has just returned from her honeymoon cruise with her new husband Ross to find that her mother has found the body of Tori Bascomb after hearing yelling and gunfire in her neighbor's apartment below.  Of course, Hannah is on the case with help from her trusted friends and family.  Michelle is staying in town to take over Tori's duties as director of the Lake Eden Players's play that is set to open soon around Thanksgiving and is getting an independent class credit for it.  While there she is investigating the players for suspects.

Mayor Bascomb is an early suspect as he got into an argument with his sister over the phone and was heard by one of her acting students who said that she threatened to cut him off if he didn't stop sleeping around on his wife. She then got rid of the student because the Mayor was coming to see her.  There is also the mysterious listing in her planning book for that night of a name that no one recognizes.

A waitress overhears Tori conferring with an accountant who has discovered that she has been cheated out of at least $60,000 that year alone by her money man. She vows to go after him and tell all of his other clients about him, but the accountant warns her not to right away because he may abscond with a lot of money and disappear.  But Tori is a real hot head and she might have told him anyway.  So Hannah, Michelle, and Norman break into Tori's apartment to look for the name of the money man and are interrupted by someone who is looking for a love letter of some kind. Hannah and Norman were under the bed and all Hannah saw was his shoes. Michelle was stuck in a wardrobe and saw nothing.  So Tori had a possible jilted lover who may have killed her in a fit of rage.

And there is always that unknown suspect with the unknown motive which you can never guess at. Mike and Hannah are both stumped at this mystery and you will be too.  But more importantly what is Ross hiding from Hannah?  They've barely been married and he seems to be keeping secrets from her.  This book is a great addition to the Hannah mystery series complete with some fabulous recipes for such things as brownie candy, cheese pops, citrus sugar cookies, peach muffins, and peanut butter cheesecake with chocolate peanut butter sauce.

Link to Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Banana-Murder-Hannah-Swensen-Mystery-ebook/dp/B01GBAIXD8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1490187044&sr=8-1&keywords=banana+cream+pie+murder

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