In Apple Turnover Murder Hannah is struggling to prepare enough apple turnovers to cater a three-day charity event while also juggling her two lovers, one of whom has been acting very strangely. In the middle of all this, Hannah is roped into helping a friend at the event’s talent show. Unfortunately, Bradford Ramsey, a local community college professor with whom Hannah had a disastrous romantic relationship many years ago, is emceeing the show. When Bradford turns up dead just before the talent show curtain is set to rise, it’s a given among her friends and family that Hannah will be on the case.
Joanne Fluke’s 13th Hannah Swensen novel is light on murder mystery, instead focusing more on the mysteries of Hannah’s personal life. Readers new to the series may be disappointed by the scarcity of murder mystery action and confused by the unique relationship Hannah has with her two lovers, but longtime fans will be curious to know why her lover Norman is behaving so oddly, and why someone is trying to lure her older sister’s husband to Florida. Everyone stands to be letdown (or forced to read the next installment) when the end of the book resolves neither of these personal questions fully. For readers already invested in Hannah’s life, the murder and mystery of this latest is just sugary icing on the apple turnover that is Hannah’s life.