Tuesday, January 02, 2007

One more cozy Christmas mystery...

I just finished Joanne Fluke's Suguar Cookie Murder(New York: Kensington Books, 2003) this weekend. It's substantially shorter than her other mysteries; about half of the 341-page book is taken up with recipes. Most of the book takes place at a Christmas party at Lake Eden, Minneosta's community center. There are lots and lots of Christmas-y and small-town details. The thing about Joanne Fluke is that her books are all about the small-town details. Usually there's some community event in each book as well. The books are pretty slow-moving, partly because she spends a lot of time populating the town, writing about the businesses and the residents. Maybe it's in part the Midwestern setting, but this series is the one I can relate to the most. People are flawed, but not over-the-top quirky. Anyway, this ranks high on my list of holiday cozies.

Many more cozy Christmas mysteries reviewed on December 6, 2006.