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Carrot Cake Murder (Hannah Swensen #10)

3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  6,563 ratings  ·  376 reviews
Between baking up a storm for The Cookie Jar and unraveling the mystery of her cat Moishe's recent strange behavior, Hannah Swensen has a lot on her plate. But she'll always make time for her business partner, Lisa, who's in the midst of preparing for a big family reunion. Everyone is delighted when Lisa's long-lost uncle makes a surprise appearance. No one has heard from ...more
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Published April 17th 2009 by Recorded Books, LLC (first published March 1st 2008)
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I'm really struggling with this. It's been several months since I've read any of this series, and coming back to it is making me realize how terrible the writing is. First, the characters are just far too goody-two-shoes and high-horse-like for me to stand any longer. If I met Hannah on the street, I would probably have to beat the daylights out of her. But beyond that, so much of the book, especially the dialogue is forced beyond anything I've seen. Dialoge to describe how you make a recipe wit ...more
Fluke has perfected her gimmick with this series: predictable murder, tasty recipes. She also recycles many descriptions and dialogue from previous books in the series, as well as drop trivia in the most random places. Hockey puck regulations? Major Native American tribes?

And yet, as frustrating and mundane as it may seem, there's something to be said for how fresh-apple-pie everything is, how the biggest drama in this series and fictional landscape is having a nagging mother and the interest of
I'm wavering between giving this book one or two stars. I thought the first few books were cute but the series has gotten progressively more lame. So many plot points, big and small, are just unbelievable. It is 2008 and the owner of the gas station has to call in credit card numbers? But not on a Sunday of course so she'll jot down a card number to call in Mon? It is 2008 and Lisa seriously has no idea what a s'more is, so Hannah has to explain it to her? Norman, the local dentist, just hops a ...more
As is typical in the Hannah Swensen world - Hannah is able to "save" the day while getting little to no sleep, somehow doing no work for the cookie shop, and grammatically correcting everyone around her. I read a review for the last book I read in this series and someone mentioned the annoyance they had that Hannah's two sisters were supposed to be gorgeous and stylish, but then they end up wearing the weirdest (non stylish) clothes. I noticed two times in this book people were wearing pantsuits ...more
#10 in the Hannah Swensen "cozy murder mystery series with recipes"

This one takes place at a family reunion for 150+ people, and somehow half of the townsfolk get invited to attend, also.

Again, a light fluff read with recipes inserted distractingly at the end of chapters, rather than the end of the book. The love triangle continues to move nowhere. At least 50 pages of each book so far are wasted with reintroducing characters; Hannah's cat antics; repeated descriptions of her early morning wake
Quick read. The biggest puzzle for me, having come into the series at book 10, after "huh?" was who are these people? They don't have current computer or phone skills, they have been living in some rural backwater which seems like its intended to be reminiscent of the original Eden, for too many generations for anyone to remember. They all know each other's back stories, but the reader doesn't. They laugh at things that I could not appreciate as funny. They know acronyms for all the Native Ameri ...more
Cynthia McCloud
A piece of cake to read. Har har har. I've read almost every book in this series. The plots are formulaic but it's good when you don't have to think and in my jobs I read for work, not pleasure, too much of the time. I read culinary mysteries for the recipes. I get just as tired of goody-goody Hannah trying to choose between two boyfriends in this one -- oh grow up -- as I weary of Goldy in Diane Mott Davidson's series reminding everyone what a horrible abusive ex-husband she has -- you have a b ...more
It's a cop-out, but the Hannah Swensen mysteries really only need a lump review:

For some reason, I keep reading these when they show up at the library. I don't know why. Do I enjoy them? Sure. They're trashy murder mysteries that don't always make sense. I can huff at them in irritation when the main character does, or thinks, something especially stupid. They involve recipes.

Actually, the books are formulaic enough that they themselves were written by recipe.

Yes, I will keep reading them, assum
Andrea Guy
I'm in love with this series. It doesn't matter which book, they are really fun reads, and if you like cooking, there are some great recipes included.

Carrot Cake Murder is book 10 in the series. I'd say of the three that I've read, this one was definitely one of the best.

Here are the reasons this book is so great.

1. Not a lot with the love triangle in this one. Its hard to deal with the whole Hannah, Mike and Norman thing, and in this book it wasn't such a huge issue.

2. The mystery was really in
Ana T.
In Carrot Cake Murder, Hannah Swensen 10th mystery we have the return of Gus, Hannah’s partner Lisa’s uncle, after a 30 year absence and there are many questions about why he went away in the first place, is he really Gus and is he really as successful as he keeps announcing to everyone. He seems a really suspicious character but when he is found dead Hannah discovers that a lot of people may have had a motive to do away with him and the first suspect that the police considers his Lisa’s dad.
This is a great series of books, I have read them all. The main character is Hannah Swensen and she owns a cookie shop. The books are set in a small town in Minnesota. Hannah helps the police solve all the murders that happen. I will avoid living in Lake Eden, Mn at all costs because people are always being murdered there!! The books are fun and a fast read without language or sex. And best of all the books have lots of recipes in them for the cookies she sells at her shop and other recipes that ...more
I was really disappointed with this book. I had read the first in the series a long time ago and remembered liking it fairly well. This book was painful to read. There were WAY too many characters and I didn't understand the premise (why was the whole town attending a family reunion?). The writing was childish (Hannah didn't know what a ring tone was and definitions of very easy words) and there were quite a few grammatical errors.

The only reason I might suggest this book to someone is for the r
You normally wouldn't think of mixing a murder story with recipes and talk of delicious, mouth-watering cookies and food, would you? Well, this book (and I'm supposing the others like it from the same author) manages to do this and it comes across as a hunger inducing jolly romp of a story. Partially from the style of having the recipes in between chapters of famous dishes that show up in the story, the book is a quick read and very suitable to traveling/vacation escape reading. Even though ther ...more
Chris M
I like the cozies... amusing and quick to read. Ms. Fluke certainly has the small-town Midwestern culture down pat. The food is authentic and authentically belongs as a main part of the culture. What I find annoying is her technical mistakes. In this book, it is the time difference. Any point in Minnesota (Central Time) is only 1 hour behind any point in New Jersey (Eastern Time), not 2 as she describes multiple times in the story. In an earlier story she gave the temperature of a freezer as 30 ...more
My grandma is a huge fan of this series so when I saw one of these books at the library, I realized I wanted to read at least one book in the series. I had read no other books in the series. I didn't find it all that hard to follow without having read all of the other books.

Hannah Swenson is our main character who owns a bakery called the Cookie Jar. I actually really didn't like her as a character. She seems way too judgmental to me and rather annoying. Hannah's business partner Lisa, is hosti
why do I keep reading these? I guess just because they're free to listen to from my local libary as audio books, so it gives me something to listen to while I'm doing mundane tasks at work.
But come on already, for 10 books (and i'm sure the next 6 or 8 or however many there still are that I haven't read) Hannah strings along 2-3 guys as 'potential suitors' yet gets pissed off when one of them dates another woman, or is even seen in PUBLIC with another woman. What.the.crap. I'm all for women bei
Carrot Cake Murder by Joanne Fluke is 10th in the Hannah Swensen cozy mystery series set in contemporary Minnesota. Fictitious Lake Eden is the stereotype of a small Midwest town where gossip spreads faster than news. Hannah is in her early thirties, lives alone with her cat Moishe, and owns her own bakery, The Cookie Jar. For the duration of the series, Hannah’s mother Delores has pestered her to settle down (get married), but Hannah has not been able to choose between her two boyfriends: Norma ...more
Luffy Monkey D.
I had some ill will towards this book early on. Mainly because of that dratted cat, Moishe. He is too aggravating, and quite a few of Hannah Swensen books in the not so distant past clinched one star because of his 'adventures'. I wish someone would immolate that cat. Anyway this book is the first genuine book in the series to earn four stars from moi. Candy Cane Murder doesn't count. It seems strange that the same English words found in the dictionary, when arranged by a skilled writer, can ge ...more
Loved this book. Moshie is so funny. These books always make me laugh and are a relaxing end to the day.
#10 in the Hannah Swensen mystery series. Hannah is co-owner of The Cookie Jar bakery in Lake Eden, Minnesota and the novel is filled with recipes of the items mentioned in the story. Much of the story revolves around Hannah's relations with the two men (Mike, police detective, & Norman, dentist) she loves and love her and her family members. This story involves the large family reunion of Hannah's business partner in which a family member is killed and Hannah is asked by family members to h ...more
Sarah Jane
**3.5 stars**

I feel like the series is finally losing steam. Hannah was kind of obnoxious in this one - announcing someone's engagement (which ended up not even tying into the story whatsoever) and just being kind of rude. She still can't decide between Mike & Norman which kills me. I have been Team Norman all along. In this book alone, he did all these thoughtful things for her. What did Mike do? Just make her jealous because of helping/hanging out with Ronni why doesn't she just
Janastasia Whydra
Regarding Joanne Fluke's "Hannah Swensen" series, either you'll like it or you'll hate it. Obviously, I like the overall series since I've read up to the tenth installment, Carrot Cake Murder, but I can admit that this series is not what one might consider to be fine literature. Who cares? Well, someone who likes fine literature and canon-ish works might care and might (what I imagine) stick his or her nose in the air and declare that this is not "profound" enough. Really? You can tell that much ...more
This style of book definitely has its own audience. For me, a reader of more profound stories, the random dialogue about cooking and love interests made me feel like I was listening to two girls playing house. The recipes at the end of many of the chapters were also very distracting. Certainly the best part of the book was the second to last chapter.

However, I fully understand that I was outside of my reading interests by selecting this book. There are certainly people out there who would love t
It's August in Lake Eden, and Lisa and her husband have organized a family reunion of their two families out at the lake. Lots of townspeople are also attending, and Hannah is baking cookies and casseroles (or hotdishes as they are called in Minnesota) and helping out at the campground. Uncle Gus, who disappeared without a goodbye word, has shown up and is bragging about his life in Atlantic City where he runs several successful nightclubs. He tells Hannah he loves her special carrot cake and as ...more
Another good Hannah mystery. This one had me going a lot longer before I finally was able to come up with a suspect of my own. I'm proud that I thought of it before Hannah did. I liked the setting being at a family reunion, and made me pretty anxious for my own coming up this summer. Though our 33 people won't be anything number-wise compared to the 100+ the one in the book had. I was a bit surprised at how easily the reunion was able to continue during a murder investigation.

Enjoyable enough t
Mindy Detweiler
I really like the Hannah Swenson cozy mysteries. I love the recipes(although I haven't tried any of them yet they all sound delicious). I love Hannah and her relationship with her sisters. I love how the little town Lake Eden is always celebrating something it seems.

This time it is a fmaily reunion for the families of Lisa and Herb. Guess who shows up? Long lost Gus, who left town years ago without a word to anyone and oweing several people money and getting into a fight with Lisa's dad. Gus is
Nov 15, 2008 Mary rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who likes culinary mysteries
Recommended to Mary by: found on library shelves
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Kasia S.
Anytime I look at my Joanne Fluke collection on my shelf I feel as if I have slices of dessert stacked one next to the other, these delicious morsels of sweet goodness are a fun getaway, as a nice book should be if you ask me! This is a cozy mystery with recipes and the theme of the story is carrot cake, sweet and chewy with a salty cream cheese frosting, smiles and tears if you will. There are some happy developments and there is death of course, as usual Hannah finds herself in the middle of e ...more
Hannah Swensen is the owner of a bakery in Lake Eden, Minn. Her co-owner Lisa and her husband are hosting a family reunion out at the lake and Hannah has offered to co-ordinate the meals.

Lisa's long lost uncle Gus shows up for the reunion. He skipped town 25 years ago, owing money and favours. He now shows up in a brand new car and flashing scads of money with lots of charm and smiles.

Gus does not show up for a family photo session and Hannah goes to find him dead. Hannah starts to unearth more
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Like Hannah Swensen, Joanne Fluke grew up in a small town in rural Minnesota where her neighbors were friendly, the winters were fierce, and the biggest scandal was the spotting of unidentified male undergarments on a young widow's clothesline. She insists that there really are 10,000 lakes and the mosquito is NOT the state bird.

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