Blueberry Muffin Murder by Joann Fluke (2002) 328 pages
Continuing my quest to check out mystery series that I'm unfamiliar with, I chose this one, the third in the Hannah Swenson Mystery series. Hannah Swenson owns a shop called The Cookie Jar, located in a small town in bitterly cold Minnesota. The town has prepared for a Winter Carnival, which is ready to get underway when a famous guest, Connie Mac--who has a cable TV cooking show--comes to town to support a fundraiser. Connie Mac disappoints people when they quickly realize that she is not the amiable person she appears to be on her show. When she is murdered in Hannah's shop, Hannah (of course!) tries to learn who the murderer could be. Meanwhile, Hannah's affections are torn between two men; the town's chief detective and the town's dentist. (Always need to have that sexual tension going on!) Hannah's sister Andrea, a real estate agent, is very helpful to Hannah, while their mother is definitely not.
After a slow first chapter, the book's pace picked up and kept me interested through to the end. It was a bonus to have 8 recipes in the book. I'm open to reading more from this series.