One of my favorite mystery authors is Joanne Fluke and her Hannah Swensen series. I have been a little behind in the series and am trying to catch up. Candy Cane Murder came out in 2007 and has been sitting on my shelf for a while. One of my favorite things about the Hannah Swensen series is that they fit into what I call a “weekend read.” These are books that are enjoyable, keep me interested, but I can read in a weekend or less.
Candy Cane Murder ended up being a series of three short stories by Joanne Fluke, Laura Levine, and Leslie Meier. This was disappointing to me as the story by Joanne Fluke did not have the usual depth and character development of her other books. As always the story centers around Ms. Swensen and her cookie shop and includes recipes. I have two recipes flagged to try this season, but the book left me wanting. I did, however, use the recipe for quiche and we had a version of that for dinner yesterday. I had not made that for many years.
The second story, The Dangers of Candy Canes, did not grab me at all and in fact I did not finish it. When I came upon the line, “Holy tarpaper. Poor Seymor was in deep doo doo” I could read no further. I moved on to the third story by Leslie Meier and found it to not any better, “They’ve got me taking from the poor ang giving to the rich and I’m not going to do it. We’re going to get out of this filthy town and go somewhere where the air is clean and people are hones.” That was the end for me on this story.
You could probably pass on this book, but the recipe for Chocolate Candy Cane cookies looks good.