Key Lime Pie Murder by Joanne Fluke
Summary (from amazon.com and changed a bit by me): The yummy eighth smalltown cozy from Fluke finds sometime sleuth Hannah Swensen, owner of the Cookie Jar in Lake Eden, Minn., judging the baking contest at the Tri-County Fair. When one of her fellow judges, home economics teacher Willa Sunquist, is murdered, Hannah determines to sniff out the killer. Was it a man from Willa's mysterious past? Or a student she flunked?
Review: I like murder mysteries. They're fun. This is one of my favourite series, one of the ones that I wait for impatiently and end up bouncing with excitement when a new one comes out. But to be honest, I'm not sure if I like them for the recipes or the books themselves. It's a cute series, and I do like them, but they aren't truffles, to use a food analogy*. They're more like cream of mushroom soup. Simple, comforting, uncomplicated. They definitely aren't John Grisham, but I've never managed to finish a Grisham novel anyways.
Conclusion: A good book, clean too, so it's appropriate for YA readers looking for something older to read, and I'll definitely keep reading these as long as the author keeps writing them. Great recipes, too, which rocks. Three and a half roses**.
*Thanks to the lovely person who helped me figure out if I was using the word analogy right.
** Thanks to the other lovely person who made me a half greyed rose.