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Publisher's Summary

Hannah's popular Minnesota bakery, The Cookie Jar, is best known for its tempting confections - until best-selling cookbook author and television personality Connie McIntyre is murdered in its pantry. Despite police warnings to steer clear of the case, Hannah is soon chasing down a bevy of suspicious characters.
Listen to more of Hannah Swensen's tasty mysteries.
©2003 Joanne Fluke (P)2003 Recorded Books

Critic Reviews

"A vivid picture of the small lake town and a well-crafted mystery provide the ingredients for yet another tempting feast." ( Publishers Weekly)
"A delightful confection." ( Library Journal)

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    5 out of 5 stars

Easy Listen

I mix up my audio books - serious- funny-easy catagories. I lisened to the HELP before this and wanted something not too heavy... This is in the easy & cute catagory. Reminds me of the old Murder She Wrote series on TV when I was a teenager. Narrator was good too..

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars
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Truly enjoyable!

Love all of this series.Having the same narrator throughout the series is great! Her performance truly enjoyable. Looking for more!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Daria
  • houston, TX, United States
  • 02-01-14

Annoying

This book was extremely annoying. I don't now how anyone in this town can stand Hannah. She knows everything about everyone and buts her nose into everything. I realized the killer early on but forced myself to finish the book. I wish I hadn't. It wasn't worth it. However, the recipes were good.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    1 out of 5 stars

No. Really don't even think about it....

This book may well have started out as a high school creative writing assignment and not made it much beyond. That a publisher was found for it is amazing. Though the plot is not objectionable,none of the characters is has been developed beyond the level of a 30-minute sit-com. The dialog is dreadful. It is corny, stilted and uninspired, with a child who sounds no different from any of the adults. The reader does nothing to help the situation. She has a rather annoying style, and there are unpleasant mouth noises as she speaks. Not worth even the $4.95.....

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Enjoyable while doing tasks that aren't so enjoyab

Find it entertaining while painting, cleaning or completing other mundane adult responsibilities.
It's a nice road trip listen.

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Great Again, Not a Fluke!

What did you love best about Blueberry Muffin Murder?

I loved the relationship between Hannah and her sister the most in this book. I am close with my own sister, so it is nice to see someone else who is just as close.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Blueberry Muffin Murder?

One of the most memorable moments of the Blueberry Muffin Murder is when one we learn that one of the characters was adopted. It added a nice little twist to the story.

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

Hannah is my favorite character. Or possibly her sister, Andrea. They are both so funny and get into crazy situations.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Nothing really "moved me," because it was not really an emotional story.

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Enjoyable

I really enjoy these books, and the narrator does a lovely job. Thumbs up for this series!

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love these books

this one had the sisters working really well together. funny and thrilling at same time.

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Just OK, mystery is the weakest part

What disappointed you about Blueberry Muffin Murder?

This is book 3 in Joanne Fluke's Hannah Swensen series and I have not listened to any others. Hannah runs a bakery, The Cookie Jar, which should come as no surprise given the titles in this series.
I rather like the way the author makes light of the obvious issue with how unlikely it is that this bakery owner would keep getting involved in murder investigations. Her overbearing mother, upon learning that Hannah has discovered her fifth corpse scolds, "Hannah! You have to stop this! It is going to ruin your reputation and people will start avoiding you!" These books tend to feature multiple murders it seems which just makes things even more unlikely and harder to blend into small town life.
It was likable enough, but not great. I probably liked the recipes and the ups and downs of Hannah's love life more than the mystery component. I enjoyed the atmosphere of a winter carnival. But the end was too dramatic - with a killer who is oddly and suddenly a lunatic like Jack Nicholson in The Shining. If I had written the book myself (if I could write books that is) I think I would have crumpled up that attempt at revealing the killer and tried again. If I read another Hannah Swensen it would probably be to see which of her current love interests wins out. But I am not in any rush to do that. Actually I wish I would have liked it better because there are lots of these and that would have promised much reading enjoyment to come. Oh well.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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    2 out of 5 stars
  • Andre
  • Ithaca, NY, United States
  • 10-29-09

Decent plot, low grade writing

The book has a reasonably interesting plot. Unfortunately the writing is best described as pedestrian. All too often it becomes mawkish, cutesy, and distinctly nauseating. The reading is appropriate for the material, making me all too happy once it was over.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful