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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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.
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
Although this is the last book in the series, it was the first of Joanne Fluke's books for me . . . and I enjoyed it so much! It was a change of pace . . . and a GOOD one . . . as another reviewer noted, it is family fare, which I appreciate . . . and I really like the inclusion of the recipes . . . the relationships between the people in the small town interested me . . . and I will go back and listen to others in the series. The murder mystery is good without being gory, and I need that every once in a while. Bottom line, this is a great women's book, great audio book for listening to with a friend, and I am glad I came across it.
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.
Obsessive reader, 6-10 books a week, chosen from Member reviews. Fact & fiction, subjects from the Tudors to Tookie, Harlem to Hiroshima, Huey Long to Huey Newton. In-depth fair reviews - from 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.
I like culinary mysteries. That is how I got started. I also like fiction.
Why not Hannah?
When Hannah shows how unselfish she is by trying to save Dr. Bev.
When Moishe saves Hannah and Barbara from the white monster.
When Dolores and Doc announce that they will be getting married.
Enough already. Hannah needs to get engaged to Norman. She can finally see that Mike takes her for granted. Norman truly loves her and she loves him. Please move this relationship along.
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