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Red Velvet Cupcake Murder: A Hannah Swensen Mystery with Recipes! | [Joanne Fluke]

Red Velvet Cupcake Murder: A Hannah Swensen Mystery with Recipes!

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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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2013 H.L. Swensen, Inc. (P)2013 Recorded Books

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    Melissa MOUNT CALM, TX, United States 01-28-14
    Melissa MOUNT CALM, TX, United States 01-28-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Entertaining but Predictable"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


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    William Seattle, WA, United States 01-24-14
    William Seattle, WA, United States 01-24-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Less then I had hoped"

    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.

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    A. J. Mcdonald Yukon, OK 01-22-14
    A. J. Mcdonald Yukon, OK 01-22-14 Member Since 2006

    Bookworm

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    "Uh oh, guess who's back in Lake Eden"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Joanne Fluke? Why or why not?

    I will probably HAVE to read the next one given the announcement on the last page.


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

    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.


    Did Red Velvet Cupcake Murder inspire you to do anything?

    I might be inspired to try a few of the recipes.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Debbie Toney, Alabama 01-14-14
    Debbie Toney, Alabama 01-14-14 Member Since 2009

    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.

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    "What a Combo . . . Cooking and Crime!"

    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.

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    Heather Prince George, BC, Canada 12-26-13
    Heather Prince George, BC, Canada 12-26-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Return to the 50s with Hannah"
    What would have made Red Velvet Cupcake Murder better?

    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.


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

    Make the dialogue more realistic.


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

    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.


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

    Well it made me remember why I stopped using my credits for Hannah Swenson mysteries.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nyoka Brownstown, MI, United States 12-08-13
    Nyoka Brownstown, MI, United States 12-08-13 Member Since 2011

    Nyoka Mullins

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    "Could have read a recipe book"

    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...

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    Captain Skurvy Queensland, Australia 12-03-13
    Captain Skurvy Queensland, Australia 12-03-13 Member Since 2008

    I like Fantasy & Science Fiction but not into Zombie. Due to Health issues, listen to Audiobooks/read ebooks where I can enlarge the print

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    "The receipes destroy the flow"

    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.






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    Joy Lodi, NJ, United States 12-01-13
    Joy Lodi, NJ, United States 12-01-13
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    "Joanne Fluke Cookie recipes"
    Would you try another book from Joanne Fluke and/or Suzanne Toren?

    No it was boring.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Joanne Fluke again?

    No


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Narrator had 2 voices one for men and another for women.


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

    Why do I continue to listen to this?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    3dogs3 Eagan, MN 11-29-13
    3dogs3 Eagan, MN 11-29-13 Member Since 2012

    bunnymama

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    "Dull, Dull, Dull"
    Would you try another book from Joanne Fluke and/or Suzanne Toren?

    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.


    Has Red Velvet Cupcake Murder turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not necessarily the genre, but definitely this author.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Suzanne Toren’s performances?

    Maybe - something by a different author.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Red Velvet Cupcake Murder?

    Hard to tell because the plot moved so slowly there weren't many scenes in the half that I read.


    Any additional comments?

    I bought this as a daily special, and I got what I paid for.

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    Cheryl Jarrettsville, MD, United States 04-25-13
    Cheryl Jarrettsville, MD, United States 04-25-13 Member Since 2007

    I like culinary mysteries. That is how I got started. I also like fiction.

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    "Makes me want to bake and eat!"
    If you could sum up Red Velvet Cupcake Murder in three words, what would they be?

    Why not Hannah?


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Red Velvet Cupcake Murder?

    When Hannah shows how unselfish she is by trying to save Dr. Bev.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Moishe saves Hannah and Barbara from the white monster.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Dolores and Doc announce that they will be getting married.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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