ARC Review: Triple Chocolate Cheesecake Murder by Joanne Fluke

  • Title: Triple Chocolate Cheesecake Murder
  • Author: Joanne Fluke
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Release Date: 2/23/21
  • Genre: Cozy Murder Mystery
  • Age Range: Adult
  • Rating: ★★★

I have been reading Joanne Fluke’s Hannah Swensen series for many years, and they are always delightful reads. The 27th book in the series, Triple Chocolate Cheesecake Murder is no different.

In this book, Lake Eden, Minnesota’s womanizing mayor, Richard Bascomb is murdered. Andrea Todd, Hannah Swensen’s younger sister, discovers the mayor’s body a few hours after getting into a big fight with him. Of course, Andrea becomes a suspect, and Hannah works on solving the murder to clear her sister’s name.

While this book has a lot in common with the other 26 in the series, I appreciate the ways in which Fluke made this book feel different. In many of the other books in the series, the murder victim isn’t necessarily someone who the reader knows a lot about, but Mayor Bascomb certainly is a well established character in the series. This made me more invested in learning what happened to him.

I also loved the focus on Andrea in this book. In many other books in the series, Hannah’s other sister, Michelle, takes a more prominent role than Andrea. As the second of three daughters myself, I have always felt most connected to Andrea of all of the Swenson sisters. In the previous books in the series, there is emphasis placed on how Andrea can’t bake, but she tries very hard to learn from Hannah in this book, which was lovely to see.

Throughout the series, Norman Rhodes, Lake Eden’s dentist, has served as a love interest. It is clear how much he loves and cares for Hannah, but this becomes even more clear in this installment. He opens his home to Hannah when she is scared to return to her own after finding her husband murdered there. Their relationship is so sweet, and I have always rooted for them.

Hannah and the other Lake Edenites are always fun to read about, and I’m always game to read about what shenanigans they get into next.

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