Wedding Cake Murder | by Joanne Fluke

Wedding Cake Murder by Joanne Fluke
(Kensington Books, 2016, 370 pages)

Wedding Cake Murder by Joanne Fluke is another novel in the Hannah Swensen Mystery series. In this novel, Hannah and her sister are making a trip to New York to participate in the Food Channel’s dessert chef contest. When Hannah wins the first round, the dessert chef contest with its contestants and four judges is moved to Hannah’s hometown of Lake Eden, Minnesota. Unfortunately for Hannah, one of the four judges is murdered in Lake Eden. As usual, Hannah is determined to help find the murderer.

One of the ongoing storylines in the Hannah Swensen Mystery series is if/who Hannah will marry. For the majority of the series, there have been two suitors. In the previous novel, Double Fudge Brownie Murder, a third suitor was added. In Wedding Cake Murder, Hannah finally marries.

Even though the Hannah Swensen Mystery series always contains a murder mystery, I keep reading the series to find out what happens to Hannah and her family. Now that the suitor question has been resolved, I wonder what the next book in the series will reveal. Will there be more “mystery” in the murders or will a new plot line be developed? Will there be even more recipes? I guess I need to read the next book in the series to find out.

Career of Evil | by Robert Galbraith

Career of Evil (Cormoran Strike, #3)

Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith
(Mulholland Books, 2015, 489 pages)

Career of Evil is the third Cormoran Strike novel by Robert Galbraith. In this novel, a women’s severed leg is delivered to Strike’s office and addressed to his assistant, Robin Ellacott. Strike can think of four possible suspects who might have committed this crime. Strike and Robin try to track three of the four suspects, leaving the fourth for the police to investigate.

Career of Evil is grisly, gross, and gruesome, but I had to finish the novel. It kept me guessing. Any of the suspects could have committed the crime. The clue that Strike used to solve the crime reminded me of an Agatha Christie clue. Most readers are not going to recognize the clue or its significance.

Robert Galbraith (aka J. K. Rowling) does an excellent job in Career of Evil of filling out Strike’s and Ellacott’s back stories. It makes me wonder if there is more to know. Although this novel was sickening, I will be eagerly awaiting the next Cormoran Strike novel.

You can also check out reviews of this title from Julia and Theresa.

Orphan Black: Helsinki | by Graeme Manson, John Fawcett, Heli Kennedy, and Denton J. Tipton

Orphan Black: Helsinki
by Graeme Manson, John Fawcett, Heli Kennedy, and Denton J. Tipton;
illustrated by Alan Quah
(IDW Publishing, 2016, 120 pages)

I read Orphan Black: Helsinki, a collection of 5 issues in a series written by Graeme Manson, John Fawcett, Heli Kennedy, and Denton J. Tipton, and illustrated by Alan Quah. It was pretty good. If I had not watched the first season of the tv series though, I might have been a little lost. Since I was already familiar with the premise and terms they use (e.g., “monitor” as the person who watches the clone), it made sense to me. The clones didn’t really look much alike, which was confusing at first. I didn’t know which characters were clones until one of them would say something like, “She looks just like me!” They do have different hair and clothing, but it’s easier to see on the tv series that the same actress is playing all the parts. No offense to Mr. Quah, but it would have probably taken a more realistic artist like Alex Ross to pull this one off. If you’re a fan of the tv series, I think you’ll like this one; I’d definitely check out the tv series first before reading this volume.