New York Times best-selling author Joanne Fluke’s cozy mysteries grow in popularity with each new series entry.
One summer in Lake Eden, Minnesota, Hannah Swensen attends the grand opening of a newly refurbished hotel, where her famous red velvet cupcakes will be served in the new Red Velvet lounge. But when a party guest falls from the hotel roof, festivities come to a screeching halt - and Hannah becomes the surprising target of a murder investigation.
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In the dictionary, next to the word "bibliophile" there is a picture of me... Ok... it's my dictionary... and I put the picture there.
I'm notorious for not quitting a book, no matter how bad, until I reach the end. I could not force myself past the third chapter. Just too slow.
I believe I bought this book on sale ... good value if I did. Hopefully I didn't use a "good" credit on this one. The book was mildly entertaining - wish I had the recipes in writing as I would love to try a couple. An easy book to listen to.
This book is a combination murder mystery and cook book; a crime fighting cookie baker in a small town in Minnesota. The story was definitely rated PG if that is important to you. While I can't speak to the quality of the recipes as I've not tried any, I can say that I hope they are better then the writing. I came very close to giving up on this book several times; which is very rare for me. There is very little character development, the scenes in the story are very primitive in their construction and the plot felt very contrived. I would recommend the "Goldy Bear Culinary" series by Diane Mott Davidson as a vastly better murder mystery / cook book hybrid series.
The Cookie Jar mysteries are more of an escape for me. If you call mindless entertainment time well spent then you might answer this question yes. Let's just say this is my alternative to reality tv.
I will probably HAVE to read the next one given the announcement on the last page.
I didn't like the way she made Barbara Donnelly's character sound so young and stupid. Granted she had a brain injury but in past books her character was described as middle-aged and very competent and the performance didn't bring that out at all. That could partly be the writing as well.
I might be inspired to try a few of the recipes.
There were some mistakes in the story--some timing difficulties that I can't get into without a spoiler. The mystery was really easy to solve and I was often (in my mind) begging Hannah to have more of an open mind. Hannah is supposed to be smarter than that. BUT I do love her anyway and keep coming back to this series. Sometimes I just need a mental break and these books definitely provide that.
A little less scripted writing that sounds fake. Half the stuff that anyone says in the book nobody would ever say in real life. And it's very predictable. If I can guess who dunnit a quarter of the way in, it isn't good.
Make the dialogue more realistic.
It was okay. Not sure what she could do better with crappy dialogue. However making most of the women into whiney weak creatures is not my cup of tea. The only one she doesn't do that to is the main character Hannah.
Well it made me remember why I stopped using my credits for Hannah Swenson mysteries.
OCD over books, listening to 1 a day; ANY genre, fact & fiction. Influenced by Audible reviewers so I keep mine unbiased - FRONT to BLACK!
I don't like to cook - that's why I have time to read as many books as I do. I don't know what this fraction of fiction fluff is trying to do but I don't want recipes in the middle of a murder mystery! This book reminds me of cotton candy - inviting sugary sweetness that disappears at the first bite! I only got through about 30 minutes before I felt cavities forming in my molars. If it wasn't so bogged down in recipes, this might have been a good book. As it stands now, it is "Hell's Kitchen" - WITHOUT the sexy Chef Ramsay.
The story was a fair one, the only thing that could have made it better was leaving out the recipes. But all in all it was O.K. the story that is...
I like Fantasy & Science Fiction but not into Zombie. Due to Health issues, listen to Audiobooks/read ebooks where I can enlarge the print
This is not my normal cup of tea but it was on special so i took a chance. The recipes at the end of each chapter destroy the flow and should be at the end of the book in the audio version of such books in my opinion.
The author may know cooking but unless building regulations and occupancy rules are different in the US, she knows Nada about building codes etc so you have to take the parts of the book that take part in the newly refurbished building with a giant block of rock salt and throw what you know about such things out the window
Again assuming the codes for public safety and buildings are roughly the same in the US
No one from the general public would be allowed onto a floor without a fixed unmovable barrier around any exposed perimeter. In fact i doubt if they would have allowed public access to a building for a viewing with a party in the building, at all! in its incomplete state. Normally occupancy or access by the general public would not be allowed unless all safety regulations, fixtures, doors, emergency lighting, balustrades and perimeter fencing/walls had been passed by inspectors and the relevant authorities.
All units, etc refurbished and new would have two fire stairs and they would have emergency lighting both in the stairs and on each level of each floor complete with exits clearly lit and marked. Fire stair doors would be accessible from each floor and the doors at the bottom of the stairs would be unlocked from the inside only to allow access to the street from inside each stairwell. For power failures, Fires etc
In spite of the above its not a bad book even though the Culprit was pretty obvious ( at least to me) from the very beginning of the book and became pretty much set in concrete with a blazing neon sign flashing over the villain well before the end.
Better than a lot of the other books of this type that now appear to have inundated the thriller genre
I still believe that books that contain recipes or patterns, etc between chapters should have such things placed at the end of the book to stop such things breaking the flow of the story when made into an Audio Book.
No it was boring.
Narrator had 2 voices one for men and another for women.
Why do I continue to listen to this?
Definitely not Joanne Fluke and a big maybe to Suzanne Toren.. I can't decide if the narrator made the book bad or the book made the narrator bad, but the combination is a snooze.
Not necessarily the genre, but definitely this author.
Maybe - something by a different author.
Hard to tell because the plot moved so slowly there weren't many scenes in the half that I read.
I bought this as a daily special, and I got what I paid for.
Great story enjoyed it apart from the recipes at the end of every chapter this spoilt it for me why not leave recipes until the end. have read these books and just skip the recipes and read them at the end if they interest me.
All of the characters are good and all play an important part
Took on the different characters well.
Yes I would do if not for the recipes.
Yes read the recipes at the end as this spoilt the book for me.
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