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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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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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  • Tarri
  • United States
  • 04-26-14

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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Debbie
  • Toney, Alabama
  • 01-14-14

What a Combo . . . Cooking and Crime!

Although this is the last book in the series, it was the first of Joanne Fluke's books for me . . . and I enjoyed it so much! It was a change of pace . . . and a GOOD one . . . as another reviewer noted, it is family fare, which I appreciate . . . and I really like the inclusion of the recipes . . . the relationships between the people in the small town interested me . . . and I will go back and listen to others in the series. The murder mystery is good without being gory, and I need that every once in a while. Bottom line, this is a great women's book, great audio book for listening to with a friend, and I am glad I came across it.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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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.

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  • Linda
  • Princeton, TX, USA
  • 04-03-13

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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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.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • LK
  • Montgomery County MD
  • 04-01-13

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.

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  • Katherine
  • Georgetown, Ontario, Canada
  • 11-16-13

Boring

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

5 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Poor book, very glad I didn’t pay full price.

TECHNICAL: Well done technically. No music added, no audible mouth sounds, swallowing, digestive or breathing noises. Just the way I like my audiobooks.
PERFORMANCE: All aspects of the performance but the voices were good. Some of her characters are grating.
STORY: Sad how poorly written it is. Dialog was pitiful. A middle school student could have done better. It is full of errors. Example: One of the characters gives CPR to one who was found unconscious under water. When discussed later the cop character said there was no air found in the lungs during autopsy. It should have been no water was found in the lungs.

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Simple cozy mystery

This is the first book I've listened to in this series. I have to agree with some of the other reviewers that having to listen to recipes in the middle of the action is distracting. Even if the recipe sounds good there's not much you can do about writing it down if you're driving down the road. I've listened to other books like this where you can go on to the author's website and get the recipes. From this book you can get the Red Velvet Cupcake recipe off her website but that's the only one that I've been able to discover and that wasn't the one I was interested in.

If you're in the mood for a simple mystery book and like listening to recipes read out every time a recipe is mentioned every other chapter or so then you might enjoy this book.

The narrator was easy to listen to.

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  • Pinkypat
  • 05-31-14

Recipes

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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful