A trip to Las Vegas brings an unexpected twist to Hannah Swensen’s love life.
Doc Knight has had it with wedding arrangements. So he whisks his fiancee, Delores Swensen, and her adult daughters Michelle, Andrea and Hannah (Blackberry Pie Murder, 2013, etc.) off to Las Vegas for a surprise ceremony in the Little Chapel of the Orchids. The biggest surprise, though, is his choice of best man: filmmaker Ross Barton, an old college crush of Hannah’s. This time, Ross more than reciprocates Hannah’s interest, and she returns home resolved to dump both of her boyfriends while waiting to see if Ross can land a job at Lake Eden’s KCOW Television. But old habits die hard, and pretty soon, she’s making Lick Your Chops Pork for dentist Norman Rhodes and detective Mike Kingston while her cat, Moishe, chases Norman’s cat, Cuddles, around the dining room table. Even worse, Hannah’s attraction for corpses is as strong as ever, and pretty soon, she stumbles across the body of Judge Colfax, who’s been stabbed in his chambers while preparing to hear a vehicular homicide case against her. Naturally, Hannah’s a suspect, and even more naturally, she’s determined to solve the case herself. But the biggest mystery that faces Hannah is what to do about Norman and Mike when Ross gets to town.
Hannah’s love life has gotten so complicated that the mystery seems a mere afterthought. Twenty-eight recipes provide further competition.