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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No...because of the receipes..i want them...in my catalog
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.
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.
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.
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"
Doctor Bev comes back to town…. Was hoping she'd never show her face in Lake Eden again!!
Hannah and Norman
Red Velvet Cake - it's a killer….
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
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.
Loved the recipes!
This one is par for the course, decent plot but the voices were whiney and EXTREMELY annoying.
There was no way i could listen to this all the way through without breaks.
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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.
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.
Ardent Audible listener with a long commute!
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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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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