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Hannah Swensen has her hands full teaching a cooking class and running her bakery, The Cookie Jar. But when her brother-in-law is named the primary suspect in a murder, she makes time to sniff around for the killer.
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©2004 Joanne Fluke (P)2004 Recorded Books

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"[A] delightful sleuth." ( Publishers Weekly)

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    4 out of 5 stars

Watch out for the recipe

I've enjoyed all the Hannah books I've read/listened to. The narrator does a good job with the voices. I wish they had added a note that the last recipe (for fudge cupcakes) had an error. It is corrected during the story in the next book, but that was too late for me. I had cupcake batter ALL over my oven. The recipe called for baking SODA instead of baking POWDER. Beware all recipe testers!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Fudge cupcake murder

One of my favorite mystery books by joanna fluke great stories grabs a hold and doesn't let go until the end

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used to be one of my favorite series

the main character is a selfish bitch. shes told her two love interest that she isnt ready for a relationship in previous books. but in this book she gets jealous when mike shows interest in another girl? not sure im going to finish the next book

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Murder She Baked: A Deadly Recipe

Great movie on Hallmark based on this book (Fudge Cupcake Murder). The movie was great also.

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  • Sharon
  • STAR, ID, United States
  • 04-28-12

light hearted and simple

Good for a simple afternoon when you don't want to think to hard and just want to be entertained. I seem to turn to Joanne Fluke when I need some light hearted entertainment. Occasionally books seems very innocent and characters somewhat naive, which is hard to do when the main subject is supposed to be murder but Hanna Swenson just seems to find herself in the wrong place at the wrong time all the time. Plus, I always wind up hungry and wanting to bake which I is not like me at all normally. Those recipes sometimes make the book, but sometimes it is tedious having to listen to the narrator give all the variations for a single recipe.

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  • Amy
  • Eden Prairie, MN, USA
  • 03-27-08

Sorry to say...

This is the first title I've read by this author, and I admit to being quite disappointed. The characters are all immature in behavior, the dialog is very predictable, and the author has an annoying habit of explaining in detail things that are obvious to the reader/listener. I can't recommend this to serious mystery readers. The culprit is clear to the listener very early in the book.

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Little bit predictable

This time I found story a bit too predictable and therefore stretched out. The Norman versus Mike thing should be taken to some level of conclusion as even for light reading it has become a bit too much back and forth between two friendly rivals.
I may give series another shot as it is a light read when tired.

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