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Devil’s Food Cake Murder: A Hannah Swensen Mystery with Recipes | [Joanne Fluke]

Devil’s Food Cake Murder: A Hannah Swensen Mystery with Recipes

New York Times best-selling author Joanne Fluke will leave listeners hungry for more with this, her best recipe for murder yet. Devil’s Food Cake Murder finds the residents of Lake Eden, Minnesota, buzzing with activity. Perhaps busiest of all is Hannah Swensen, proprietor of The Cookie Jar, who is experimenting with a devil’s food cake recipe. But no matter how hectic times may be, Hannah can always find time to help a friend—particularly a dead one.
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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Joanne Fluke will leave listeners hungry for more with this, her best recipe for murder yet. Devil’s Food Cake Murder finds the residents of Lake Eden, Minnesota, buzzing with activity. Perhaps busiest of all is Hannah Swensen, proprietor of The Cookie Jar, who is experimenting with a devil’s food cake recipe. But no matter how hectic times may be, Hannah can always find time to help a friend—particularly a dead one.

©2011 Joanne Fluke (P)2011 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Russell 02-24-11
    Russell 02-24-11 Member Since 2008

    I love books and animals.I enjoy all sorts of genres, anything from history to supernatural.

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    "Now thats what I call a cliffhanger ending!"

    I just finished this book and wow. What an ending! I can't until the next one!

    The book has the same familiar light and fluffy feeling of the other books.

    The narrator is the same and does her always fantastic job.

    Overall, if you are a fan of the Hannah Swensen books this is a must! The ending might change everything in the future for Hannah.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Peter Stone Los Angeles, Ca. USA 04-09-14
    Peter Stone Los Angeles, Ca. USA 04-09-14 Member Since 2014
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    "My ears are still bleeding."
    What would have made Devil’s Food Cake Murder better?

    An actual story.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Anything but something by this author.


    What aspect of Suzanne Toren’s performance would you have changed?

    I cannot blame the reader. She did the best she could, given the source material.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Devil’s Food Cake Murder?

    Everything except the recipes; but especially the horribly contrived chapter on gun rights.


    Any additional comments?

    I couldn't believe it when I found out that the author has a whole series of these horrible pieces of drivel. She actually managed to throw in a chapter on gun rights along with her religious overtones and wildly predictable "mystery". I was on a road trip across the country with my wife so our mutual mocking of this horrendous piece of crap helped pass the time. Now I understand why it was on sale for 4 bucks.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nikki Fayetteville, NC, United States 06-09-11
    Nikki Fayetteville, NC, United States 06-09-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Yummy!"

    An all around enjoyable book, and if you make any of the recipes, do yourself a favor and make the Chocolate Euphoria Cookie Bars. They're sinfully good :-D

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rosemary 05-14-14
    Rosemary 05-14-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Worst ending ever!!!"
    What disappointed you about Devil’s Food Cake Murder?

    The ending is awful. I was very disappointed with Norman. He is usually a stand up guy who is perfect for Hannah. He could have handled this much better.


    What could Joanne Fluke have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I am tired of Hannah wavering between Mike and Norman. It's time to make up her mind! Mike will always be a cheater and Norman will always be loyal to Hannah. Please stop the wavering.


    Which character – as performed by Suzanne Toren – was your favorite?

    Grandma Knoutson


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    MmM Laramie, WY 05-10-14
    MmM Laramie, WY 05-10-14 Member Since 2011

    MmM

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    "Lengthy Recipes Distracting"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I love audible books especially due to major eye problems the last few years. This book had a good story but listending to recipes was too much and I quit about a third of the way thru. I did buy the Kindle edition and did fine with that.. I can go back and copy what recipes I want. I am a recipe collector so it is not that I don't like to bake.


    What was most disappointing about Joanne Fluke’s story?

    The story was fine but lost interest during narration of the recipes. The ending was odd - it did leave some loose ends that could have been tied up.


    What about Suzanne Toren’s performance did you like?

    Ms Toren was fun to listen to and she could make all the characters voices unique in reading.


    Could you see Devil’s Food Cake Murder being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No opinion about an actor but would watch the show.


    Any additional comments?

    I was going to order other audio books by Joanne Fluke but think I will see if I can get to read easier and go the book/Kindle route. I will hopefull be able to return this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sunshinelady 04-10-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Typical Hannah Swensen story"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Good narrator performance. Story was typical for this series. All the recipes get to be monotonous but at least you can skip to the next chapter to avoid them.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Suzanne Gegna CA 04-03-14
    Suzanne Gegna CA 04-03-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Not So Sweet"
    What disappointed you about Devil’s Food Cake Murder?

    As an audio book, the amount of recipes read by the narrator was very distracting from the plot and it took too long to get to the premise of the story. Enough already about the clothes. LIsa retelling the murder was silly and the audience reaction was phony.


    Has Devil’s Food Cake Murder turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, not at all.


    What didn’t you like about Suzanne Toren’s performance?

    It was ok, but changing voices didn't come off smoothly all the time. Not so sure anyone could have been better considering the shallow story.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It was the first of this series I've read or heard so my attachment to the characters was not strong, but I thought they might be more interesting in another book about the same people. The plot was sort of interesting, but somewhat predictable.


    Any additional comments?

    Hannah is too wishy-washy about the two men in her life. Yuck.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Debra Reynoldsburg, OH, United States 03-27-14
    Debra Reynoldsburg, OH, United States 03-27-14 Member Since 2014
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    What would have made Devil’s Food Cake Murder better?

    Leave out all the recipes, I didn't want a narrated cookbook!


    Has Devil’s Food Cake Murder turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Absolutely. Never buy another. Would like to return it like kindle. Will investigate. Can't bare to listen to another word.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Tone of voice. Sounded like an old woman reading. Just awful.


    What character would you cut from Devil’s Food Cake Murder?

    Don't know b/c I couldn't bare to go on with the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Does audible have a return/exchange for another book. Even though it was not expensive, I felt I wasted my money.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shanley Windsor, CA, United States 03-08-13
    Shanley Windsor, CA, United States 03-08-13 Member Since 2012
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    "It was to many Grandma Knunsen phrases, enough!"
    Would you try another book from Joanne Fluke and/or Suzanne Toren?

    Maybe


    What was most disappointing about Joanne Fluke’s story?

    I could not take another Grandma Knunsen phrase again. Every other word seemed like it was Grandma Knunsen. Enough already, we know of whom the writer was speaking of, we don't need to be reminded of it every second in the story. I believe it took away from the plot.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes


    What character would you cut from Devil’s Food Cake Murder?

    Grandma Knunsen


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie PHOENIX, Azerbaijan 02-15-13
    Stephanie PHOENIX, Azerbaijan 02-15-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Really not impressed"
    What would have made Devil’s Food Cake Murder better?

    I didnt like the fact that i felt like the whole book kept getting interrupted by recipes. I know its called Devil's Food Cake Murder but i got irritated by the recipe interruptions.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Ive listened to this book by Joanne Fluke and also Cinnamon Roll Murder and they run along the same lines, I just dont like the constant recipe interruptions its hard to focus. So im sorry to say my next listen will not be a Joanne Fluke book.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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