'Apple Turnover Murder' deliciously intriguing


  A few apples, some flaky pastry dough and a dash of spices are what is necessary to create a delicious apple turnover. A danger to anyone’s diet, but could one of these sweet creations be a clue in a murder?
  When you’re Hannah Swensen, and the murder victim is your ex-lover who is holding a turnover in his hand at the time, it’s a possibility.
  Life is always busy around The Cookie Jar in Lake Eden, and with early summer coming it's all owner Hannah Swensen and her partner, Lisa, can do to keep up with all the orders. So when the mayor’s wife sashays in asking for them to donate more than 1,000 cookies for a charity luncheon, Hannah just about faints. And when Lisa finds out the theme will be “Turn Over A New Leaf,” she volunteers for the shop to bake apple turnovers, a pastry Hannah has no recipe for. Things are about to get more interesting around the ol’ kitchen!
  In “Apple Turnover Murder,” author Joanne Fluke’s 13th book in the “Hannah Swensen Mystery” series, cookie maker extraordinaire and amateur sleuth Hannah Swensen is busy juggling her duties at the bakery, her family’s problems, her love life and her sense of civic duty. But the balls are all about to come crashing down when an old acquaintance shows up in town and threatens to stir up trouble with a capital T.
  The apple turnover crisis is solved when Lisa’s mother-in-law volunteers her family recipe, and soon an assembly line of the delicious pastry is in the works and everyone is busy churning out turnovers. With that problem solved, Hannah agrees to help Lisa’s husband, Herb, by serving as his magician’s assistant at the charity talent show.
  But when Hannah discovers Dr. Bradley Ramsey dead backstage during the intermission, with one of her shop’s apple turnovers in his hand, she knows she’s got to drop everything to find out who killed the lecherous professor — and she's got to find out before news of her former romantic ties, as well as her sister Michelle’s, are connected to the victim. Hannah soon finds that the good Doctor had left quite a trail of broken and angry hearts along the way, providing lots of good reasons for him to be bumped off.
  As with her previous books, Fluke catches her readers up on Hannah’s life as well as the lives of her family and friends. Hannah’s mother, Delores, is suddenly the “sought after” woman in town, her sister Andrea is fretting about a possible move, and there is the always interesting question of which man will Hannah finally settle down with — policeman Mike or dentist Norman? Fluke populates her stories with characters that are warm and down-to-earth — just the kind of folks you’d invite over for coffee and cookies. And speaking of cookies, there are nearly a dozen new, scrumptious cookie recipes at the end of each chapter. Yummy!
  Joanne Fluke dishes up another delicious serving of intrigue, with a side of romance and a heaping spoonful of fun in “Apple Turnover Murder.” Cozy mystery readers and “foodies” alike will enjoy this well-crafted tale.