The Christmas Cake Murder

Available: September 25, 2018

Are you freaking kidding me? You need to have a dead body to call it the Christmas Cake Murder. Instead this book was I don't even know how many pages of Essie needing to be hospice not because she was dying but that she lived in two rooms with no electricity or no running water (Where the heck was the building inspector for this?) and basically the origins of The Cookie Jar. I'm glad Delores basically picked out everything for Hannah.

I think the most disappointing part of novella was the writing style - I think a middle schooler would have a better chance of writing this with more advanced sentence structure , useless adjectives (stop referring it to as the industrial oven. We all know what it is), and the mentioning of characters that are never to be heard of again (aka Cliff). The worst part was the entire description of Hannah making her first batch of cookies at the Cookie Jar - it was basically the following recipe with some adjectives and adverbs thrown in for good measure...

Please just move to the annual February book and make a decision about the whole Ross debacle please...

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