Christmas Cake Murder

Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
Series: Hannah Swensen, Book 23
Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (290 ratings)

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It's Christmas many years ago, and topping young Hannah Swensen's wish list is becoming the go-to baker in Lake Eden, Minnesota. But as Hannah finds out, revisiting holiday memories can be murder....

With her dream of opening The Cookie Jar taking shape, Hannah's life matches the hectic December hustle and bustle in Lake Eden - especially when she agrees to help recreate a spectacular Christmas ball from the past in honor of Essie Granger, an elderly local in hospice care. But instead of poring over decadent dessert recipes for the merry festivities, she instantly becomes enthralled by Essie's old notebooks and the tale of a woman escaping danger on the streets of New York. 

Hannah's surprised by Essie's secret talent for penning crime fiction. She's even more surprised when the story turns real. 

As Hannah prepares to run a bakery and move out of her mother's house, it'll be a true miracle if she can prevent another yuletide disaster by solving a mystery as dense as a Christmas fruitcake....

©2018 H.L. Swensen, Inc. (P)2018 Recorded Books
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Why are we going backwards??

I am wondeeing if she doesn’t know how she is going to deal with the current situation. Why else would we have a story that is written in the past?

I started this book wanting to see the story progressed from the last book, and to see what what is going to happen. So, as this book doesn’t do that, I was disappointed.

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Not what expected from this author

While it was interesting to go into the past there was no mystery. I have always enjoyed these books as light mystery reading, however this book just was almost silly.

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Horrible!!!!

If I could rate this book 0 stars I would. It might be time to end this series. Each book gets worse and worse… I keep thinking that the next one will be better but that’s not the case. I had to restart this book about 10 times because I found my mind wandering...

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Horrible Story Line

DON’T WAISTE YOUR MONEY!! DONT BUY THIS BOOK.
I hated the fact the story is going back in time. Please write the next book to wrap up this series and give poor Hannah a happily ever after!!! I will only buy the next book if it wraps up the series!!!

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The Rest of the Story

Fun story that gives us the background of how the Cookie Jar came to be.

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story good, performance fair.

Reading sounded juvenile and choppy at times. Story was very good. Nice to see where the characters began.

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Need the Recipes!

I liked it, even though I agree it's weird to be going backwards in time.
Would really like to get the recipes. I hope they will post them in a pdf in the future.

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great story for a cold winter day

I love this series. You feel like the characters are your friends. love love love

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bah humbug!!!

don't know if it's thestory line. or the reader but these books are v ery hard to f inish. story had no rymn or reason. and narrator voice reminded me of. fing er nails on a chalk board.

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Start of series

It was interesting to see Hannah at a younger age, & I am going to try some of the recipes.