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no ... I have loved similar mysteries with women involved in solving the crime but this one seemed so simplistic, predictable, and unbelievable. The hardest part was the reader. I will always wonder if I had read the book rather than listening - who knows, I might have liked the book more.
amatur-ish ... she would have been better off not changing her voice for each character. I managed to finish the book only because I distracted myself with my quilting projects while listening to her horrible characterizations. I didn't need too much concentration to keep track of the plot lines in this one.
boredom ... what a yawn ... I kept wanting it to grow on me ... didn't happen -
very sad ... I really wanted to like this series
I love cozy mysteries that feature cooks. However, I could not love this book. My life is far from perfect, and I don't know anyone who has a perfect life. There for I could not read about such a person. Her biggest problem is that her mother is a nag. It made no since for her to be involved in solving the problem in the story. Her brother-in-law, a police asked her to nose around an help him get a promotion. He might not need a promotion if Hannah is going to solve the crime. Everyone is thrilled to talk to Hannah and spill all of their secrets. She goes to a casino, and even though she doesn't gamble or even like to gamble, she wins a jackpot. I wish my life could be that easy. I confess I did not finish the book. I could not. I like my mysteries to have realistic characters with realistic lives. This was not one of those books. I will however buy the recipe book that Joanne Fluke is going to put out with recipes from this series.
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Hannah - love that she is a snoop...:)
Some of this book (and the series) is laugh out loud funny. Mostly because Hannah and I have the same maddening and amazing mothers.
The characters are great and stories are fun and fast paced. Love the Goldie Baer books and this series is a nice addition to fill in when I need a fun listen.
It feels like the author was trying to mix all the necessary ingredients of a good cozy mystery (a small town, a small shop, a cat, even cookie recipes), but the dish just did not work out. I could not make myself to care for the characters; the location was neither interesting nor atmospheric, the mystery itself, especially the outcome, was just not good enough, or subtle enough. I do not think I will be listening to any more books in the series. That's how the cookie crumbles, I guess.
Fun enjoyable light read with pleasant characters. Not deep or even 100% believable but that makes it fun sometimes
Hannah. She's hard working and fair and gemnerous.
We listened during a long drive and had no problem continuing in one drive
I am a senior citizen who loves a good mystery, but I object to books with profanity and explicit sexual situations.
I totally agree with most of the other reviewers. This book is BORING! Why isn't the brother-in-law doing his job (solving the crime)? It's just not believable that he would back off and let his cookie-baking sister-in-law play super-sleuth. What is HE doing while she's sleuthing? I found this book to be "light reading (listening)". Very little depth to the plot - very little to hold interest. Listened to about 3 hours. I'm done. Will not be buying more of this author's books. The narrator is fabulous. I WILL look for more books read by this gal. BTW, if this is of interest to you, the book didn't have any foul language - at least not in the first 3 hours.
The title made me expect that this book would be a cozy mystery and it is. But I didn't care for the narrator's style. Her reading was too cute, almost childish, and distracted me from the story (but with perfect diction).
This book is comically bad. There is no rhyme or reason to it. In order to enjoy it, you need to suspend all disbelief and accept that only Hannah can solve the murder, that her police detective brother-in-law is so incredibly bad at his job he needs her assistance to get his promotion, and that everyone is willing to tell Hannah absolutely anything at any time without question. The ending is a giant cliche with the worlds most annoying murderer. Actually, the culprit was probably the most redeeming part of the story since I was hoping at that point that Hannah would end up the next victim.
The narration isn't the greatest, but I judge everyone against Katherine Kellgren's superb performance in the Royal Spyness series and it would be difficult to even come close to that.
All in all, skip this one. Its not worth your credit!
Love this series! I love mysteries and baking. This series has both. Easy listening with a good narrator, you can't beat the Hannah Swensen series.
This is my first experience with Joanne Fluke and I'm now looking for other books she's written. She's a fun read!
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