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
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.
It seemed like Hannah and the rest of the Lake Eden were a little off in the last few books, but all is well with this. The plot is good. The murder victim is one that I am glad won''t be coming back in later books. And, the recipes are ones that I really do want to try.
I'm for Norman. I want to see Hannah get together with Norman.
If you are at all into food, and like the idea of fiction food novels, then you will be hooked by the Hannah Swenson Murder series. I recommend starting at the beginning, but anywhere will do. Even if you are not into murder mysteries, which I definitely was not, you will fall in love with the characters and stories crafted intricately into the series.
The whole scene of Dr. Bev's death remains in my mind, as it has been foreshadowed in several of the previous editions, and anyone who likes Hannah as a character probably wants to see Bev killed. Marriage for Hannah would probably be the only thing to top that... and I hope to see that come soon!
It's hard to pick out the voice of a specific character in my mind, even though I've already listened to the book at least three times, but I'd probably say Dr. Bev, again. She is such a creep and a slink, and that comes across well in the recording.
Yes. I try to limit it to 15 or 30 minutes while I'm falling asleep, but I find myself restarting that recording once my iHome goes to sleep, or listening as I'm getting dressed, riding the bus, and going about every part of my day, whether I like it or not. I hope the next one will be out very soon!
Please be speedy with coming out with the next addition! I really want to listen to the next one now... the only thing that might stop me is the price. Too bad you can't get two for one credit. Just a busy but book-loving college student speaking...
The story was slow moving and I'm getting a little 'over' the Mike and Norman thing, just too unrealistic and with each book gets even more unrealistic. I always get the urge to bake when listening to this series, my husband loves it. : )
I do like the 'cozy' feel of these books. That said, my 13 year old niece loves this series but I wouldn't want her listening to this particular one because of some sexual innuendo (which really surprised me).
I do not like that the recipes have been left in the middle of the books. When I listen to the Goldy Bear mysteries they have moved all the recipes to the end of the recording so it doesn't break up the stories.
Always moving. Always listening. Always learning. "After all this time?" "Always."
Lake Eden, Minnesota is the most murderous small town since Cabot Cove, Maine. Mystery writer and detective Jessica Fletcher lived in Cabot Cove, solving crimes week after week in the series "Murder, She Wrote" (1984-1996). At least 2% of the population of Cabot Cove succumbed to blows to the head, gunshot wounds, stranglings and poisonings.
The creative killings spread to small town Minnesota. Lake Eden resident Hannah Swensen owns the 'The Cookie Jar', a popular coffee shop and bakery in the middle of 'downtown'. Hannah bakes and solves mysteries with the help of her business partner, two sisters, her widowed mother, and two beaus, Norman, the town dentist; and Sheriff Mike. That's a good thing: the town's homicide rate isn't as high as Cabot Cove's (yet!) but percentage-wise, it's 100 times higher than New York City's 2013 statistics.
Hannah's in her late 20's? Early 30's? She's a little behind on technology (would any of us explore the scene of an accident without a cell phone in hand?) but that's an author/editor issue: Joanne Fluke is two generations older than her fictional Hannah. Fluke could have set her mysteries all in the same general time, as Sue Grafton does with her Kinsey Millhone mysteries (A is for Alibi, 1982 - present), but since Fluke's books really are 'jumpable' (you can go from #1 to #15 to #7, etc. without a problem), readers in a couple of years won't even notice the problem.
Hannah Swensen mysteries aren't terribly difficult to solve, but complicated plots aren't the point here. Okay-to-good dialogue and really great recipes are. I've tried several from some of Joanne Fluke's earlier books (Cream Puff Murder, 2009; and Cherry Cheesecake Murder, 2006) and they were yummy. I'm planning on making the title confection from "Red Velvet Cupcake Murder" (2013) . . and the pancakes later in the book sound great.
One thing I won't be making is the Chicken Tetrazzini Hot Dish that appears in the book. Translation for those of you who weren't raised in the Land of 10,000 Lakes and 1,000,000,000 Mosquitos: a Hot Dish is a called a casserole most other places, and it almost always involves Cream-of-Mushroom soup, grated cheese and chicken, and is cooked at 350 degrees for an hour. Fluke includes an honest to goodness Hot Dish recipe, complete with the nod to Campbell's best selling soup.
The narration was done in almost over the top Minnesotan, and yes, the Frozen Chosen do have an accent. Remember the Coen Brother's 1996 movie "Fargo"? Frances McDormand, playing Marge Gunderson, got it right.
Recommendation: if you are new to the series, pick the book with the desert you'd most like to make.
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My grandmother or any elderly person who can relate to this type of scene. Well written in that, you can visualize what is happening, but so far fetched, it becomes silly. I bought this book on sale...but should not have bothered trying something new!
No, once was definitely enough of this style of story for me. I will watch for this author so I don't end up with another book that I cannot even get to the third chapter on...and even getting that far was torture.
No, even the performance was most unenjoyable!
Just could not get into the story right from the beginning, the recipes included in the story of a murder mystery....are you serious! That was the last straw! What do recipes for what they are serving at the party have to do with anything???
Sometimes you step outside your comfort zone and are pleasantly surprised to find another author you enjoy.....and sometimes it does not pay...guess which one this was for me!
This is my first try with this series. I guess one of the reasons people might listen is for the recipes but I find them extremely annoying and detracting from the flow of the story. If I can skip through the recipes, I might finish but I'll listen to other books first.
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