Cream Puff Murder by Joanne FlukeMy rating: Cozy Mystery
Thoroughly typical of the Hannah Swensen series, this is a gentle mystery with a lot of background baking - and eating. The body isn't discovered until a third of the way through, giving Hannah plenty of time to bake up batches of mini cream puffs, though not to sample any, as she's dieting (again). Fortunately Hannah has also been persuaded to join the local gym, but when sexy-but-mean instructor Ronni turns up dead in the pool, investigations take priority over her new regime.
Ronni also worked on fitness at the local police station, and had numerous affairs along the way, giving every potential investigator a conflict of interest. So an outsider comes in to run the case, and all the local officers want to give their ideas to Hannah. Meanwhile, one of Ronni's recent conquests is Hannah's sometime boyfriend Mike, making me want to throw the book across the room as Hannah allows herself to be walked all over, again.
Hannah might just be the most stupidly trusting woman on Earth. You'd think her extensive prior experience of murder investigations (something the series tackles head-on and with humour) would make her a little more cautious when she's looking into a murder. But her stubborn determination to go it alone is getting annoying, and in this volume she again finds herself alone with the killer in an isolated spot. Diverting, easy reading, but nothing special.