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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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    Donna SUNRISE, FL, United States 04-24-13
    Donna SUNRISE, FL, United States 04-24-13
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    "Very cute and easy listening"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Red Velvet Cupcake Murder to be better than the print version?

    No...because of the receipes..i want them...in my catalog


    What about Suzanne Toren’s performance did you like?

    I love Suzanne Toren as a narrator...she makes the story better. I also listened to her with the Team of rivals Lincoln story...and that's when i became a follower.


    Any additional comments?

    The receipes were a bonus this is my first Joanne Fluke, I commute and i just wanted something easy to listen to...and this was just perfect.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Eden Prairie, MN, United States 12-04-13
    Linda Eden Prairie, MN, United States 12-04-13 Member Since 2012

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    "COOKIES AND CRIME"

    This is an "easy listen" cozy mystery. I'm not a baker, so the recipes don't interest me. However, the food described sounds very tasty. I find it's best to listen to books in this series on a full stomach so I can more easily resist the temptation to snack while I'm listening.
    Early in the book I correctly guessed where the final confrontation between Hannah and the killer would take place. However, I didn't guess who the killer was until that final confrontation took place.
    For me, much of the charm of these books comes from the characters and the setting.
    This is a gently paced cozy. There is no explicit violence or language.
    Narrator Suzanne Toren has a pleasant, clear speaking voice.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Princeton, TX, USA 04-03-13
    Linda Princeton, TX, USA 04-03-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Good clean fun for Mom & Daughter"
    Where does Red Velvet Cupcake Murder rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Since it seems like there are fewer and fewer books being written that are fun to listen to with my family, I'd have to rate this one in the top 10%. There are no groundbreaking fictional landmarks but it is fun, the characters are engaging and I usually am wrong about who "done it"


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

    Doctor Bev comes back to town…. Was hoping she'd never show her face in Lake Eden again!!


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

    Hannah and Norman


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Red Velvet Cake - it's a killer….


    Any additional comments?

    I love the recipes in this book and since I usually buy them as audiobooks and do not have the written version, I was happy to find there are websites where you can find most if not all of the recipes!! I am happy because then I can copy them into Mac Gourmet easily!! Bwahahahaha

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    LK Montgomery County MD 04-01-13
    LK Montgomery County MD 04-01-13

    romance addict

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    "LOVE SUZANNE TOREN AS A NARRATOR/ GREAT BOOK"

    I love JoAnne Fluke. These books are like taking a trip back to my favorite small town USA
    the characters are so awesome and she puts a new spin on it every time. I wish Hannah would go ahead a marry Norman though. I really hated Dr Bevn this book- great villain. It just was a great book and a must read in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Christina broken arrow, ok 03-26-13
    Christina broken arrow, ok 03-26-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Decent but the annoying voices ruined it"
    What did you love best about Red Velvet Cupcake Murder?

    Loved the recipes!


    If you’ve listened to books by Joanne Fluke before, how does this one compare?

    This one is par for the course, decent plot but the voices were whiney and EXTREMELY annoying.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Suzanne Toren?

    Dina Pearlman


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    There was no way i could listen to this all the way through without breaks.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine Georgetown, Ontario, Canada 11-16-13
    Katherine Georgetown, Ontario, Canada 11-16-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Boring"

    Too many recipes, not enough storyline. Glacial pace. I had to stop early in the second half.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Lou Cave Creek, AZ USA 12-08-13
    Linda Lou Cave Creek, AZ USA 12-08-13 Member Since 2007

    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!!! 

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    "WHERE IS GORDON RAMSAY WHEN YOU NEED HIM?!?!"

    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.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Djsmommie Mesa, AZ United States 03-05-13
    Djsmommie Mesa, AZ United States 03-05-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Move the recipes they ruin the flow"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    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.


    Was Red Velvet Cupcake Murder worth the listening time?

    yes


    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Tarri United States 04-26-14
    Tarri United States 04-26-14 Member Since 2012
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    "I remembered why I stopped reading this series"

    I'm not sure if I liked this so little because it was an audiobook and the reader did not do it justice, or if I did not like it because it was just not a good book. Either way, the only reason I finished it is because I paid for it and I was working on my knitting and nothing was on television.

    First, when I am listening to an audiobook I don't want to listen to someone READ a recipe at the end of every other chapter, it's annoying.

    Second, it what universe does a woman in her mid 30s have two boyfriends for over five years and not have sex with either one and they stick around. Pick one, kill one, meet Prince Charming at the racetrack and drop them both, I don't care, it's just stupid. Also stupid is that Hannah is jealous when either one of them talks to another woman socially.

    Third, the police department is so inept they come to Hannah for help solving their crimes.

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    Cynthia Monrovia, California, United States 02-03-14
    Cynthia Monrovia, California, United States 02-03-14 Member Since 2012

    Audible listener who's grateful for a long commute!

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    "Hot Dishes & Cold Murder"

    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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    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    What did you like most about Red Velvet Cupcake Murder?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All of the characters are good and all play an important part


    What about Suzanne Toren’s performance did you like?

    Took on the different characters well.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes I would do if not for the recipes.


    Any additional comments?

    Yes read the recipes at the end as this spoilt the book for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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