Devil's Food Cake Murder (Hannah Swensen, #14)
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Devil's Food Cake Murder (Hannah Swensen #14)

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These days, everyone in Lake Eden, Minnesota, is buzzing with activity, and Hannah Swensen is no exception. But no matter how busy she may be, Hannah can always find time to help a friend in need--especially when he's been murdered. . .Hannah Swensen has to admit that her life is pretty sweet. Things are going well in the romance department, and her bakery's delectable con...more
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Published February 22nd 2011 by Kensington Publishing Corporation (first published January 1st 2011)
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Sometimes I wonder why I like these so much. I don't make the recipes (which are increasing in number with every book, it seems, taking up a lot of space). I get annoyed by Hannah, who is 30 but acts kind of like a grandma (she doesn't know how to use email and cell phones and is shocked at any implication of sex?) and I frequently feel like the author has not been back to Minnesota in a while (referring to MN's basketball team as the "Minnesota Wild" is unforgivable). The mysteries aren't even...more
Jodie Hill
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Kasia S.
I read these in order so yes, I have read the previous books and this was as delicious as expected, maybe a little predictable because after all these years I do get conditioned to the formula used but never the less, when I’m in the mood for a Fluke, nothing else will do! Best part was the ending of course, It actually made me speak out loud, shouting something like “no way!” which only made waiting to read the next book harder, perhaps that’s why I didn’t…

We get the usual baking, sleuthing, Mo...more
As a rule, I enjoy these books. I visit each new installment in the series with the same inexplicable fascination of a family spending a few days in Disney World: glad to be there; taking in the faux scenery; but ever-so-glad to return home to more comfortable shores, devoid of excess. The "bad guy" always gets caught. The setting is familiar and cozy (albeit snowy and cold). And aside from drinking far, far, too much coffee, the characters are quirky, fun, and fairly predictable. Plus, every ti...more
Based on other reviews, I have to assume I'm not the demographic that these books are aimed at. I picked this one up as filler and since I like cozy mysteries, especially ones involving food, I thought it'd be interesting to compare it to other books in the same genre. Personally, I was not impressed. The writing is at a young adult level, the characters a bit too folksy for my taste and not a lot happens except for baking cookies (using friends/relatives recipes), delivering cookies to others a...more
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Andrea Lyn
If you don't mind poor story construction, faceless characters, dialogue-driven children's book plot, complete lack of imagination, random injections of pro-gun propaganda (wtf Joanne? No really, wtf?), references to Christianity every third or fourth sentence, and a mysteriously octogenarian-sounding 30 year old female protagonist who sounds like every crappy romance novel heroine I've ever read about (her hair! tis unruly! her figure! tis not a size 3!)... then maybe, just maybe, this book won...more
This book may be one of the worst I've ever read. Here are some general problems I had with it:

1. The fact that I was able to figure out the ending, several pages in. It was so completely obvious, that it just made the annoyingly folksy characters seem especially moronic for not cluing in faster.

2. The fact that 60% of the non-recipe text, still consists of people a) eating food that the narration simply MUST describe because OF COURSE we need to know the details of practically every single meal...more
Sara Thompson
I've finally carved out some reading time. It's amazing how much I can read if I don't watch TV in the evening.
Joanne Fluke has a style that I just love. Her books are light, fun with a touch of suspense. She has a formula that works and hasn't gotten stale yet (which is saying a lot for a long series like this). I highly recommend the entire series but I think this is my favorite so far (except I'm not sure I like the ending).
What I liked best is that she twisted it just a little without gett...more
I can't quit you, Hannah Swenson, even when you drive me crazy.

In this latest installment, Hannah and 92 year old Grandma Knudson are solving the mystery of the replacement Reverend in Lake Eden. And the only thing wrong in Hannah's love life is that Norman seems to be very involved with his new dentistry partner Dr. Bev, a woman Hannah describes as 1/3 her dress size. This one was on the goofy side, with Dolores going undercover (again) at the Eagle Bar. Moishe's up to his old tricks again too....more
Oh the injustice of it all! This is probably one of the best Hannah Swensen mysteries in a while. The story was good, I hadn't fingered the murderer right away, and of the twenty recipes included, I've just got to make fifteen of them! If that isn't high praise, I don't know what is. But, and I won't give anything away, the frustrating love triangle that makes me think I won't bother reading anymore of these mysteries came to quite a dramatic head and the story ends with a cliffhanger! Seeing as...more
Julie P
You know how there are some books that you're glad you got from the library, and didn't buy it? This book is one of them. Not that I didn't enjoy it - I did, but it was such a quick read that I am glad I didn't spend $24.00 on it. _Devil's Food Cake Murder_ allows us to see a different side of Hannah Swenson - she shows emotion! Yes, Hannah is jealous, and I have to admit I am glad to see this development. The recipes, as always, are to die for, and the mystery is not as important to the plot as...more
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I am getting a little tired of these books. I find it hard to believe that every where Hannah goes in the town people feed her and give her recipes handy for her. I also find it hard to believe that everywhere she goes she brings cookies with her and the amount of people that come in her back door and eat cookies for free. This is her livelihood.

I also am getting tired of the love triangle. I like that she realizes that Mike isn't for her, but find it weird that she still keeps going out with h...more
So I like reading this series.
I started reading this series since, what 7th grade?
So it's something that I can't really just stop reading.

All of Fluke's books have been enjoyable but not fantastic.
I still got entertained reading her books but the way the story flows is ALWAYS the same.

But I think you shouldn't categorize this series just as mystery novel
because the part I enjoy the most is not the murder scene but the life of people at Lake Eden.
Of course, reading how Hannah, Norman, and Mike's...more
Karen B.
I was writing this review and then it disappeared. I wish I knew which key I hit that made that happen and could undo it.

Well I as I was saying ... This book was rather disappointing to me. First about the plot. I figured out the "who dunit" as soon as the murderer was introduced.

It just seemed to take Hannah a while to find it. I'm not surprised because she probably was too busy writing out all those recipes. For the first time I found that there were too many recipes here! I am a dessert jun...more
Jennifer Bloom
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UPDATE: After consideration, I have demoted this book to two stars.

This is a VERY generous 3 stars, most likely motivated by the fact that it has been some time since I have read a Hannah Swensen mystery and that right now, at the tailend of studying for the bar, I am easily entertained. However, there is really nothing new in this book that Joanne Fluke hasn't in some way, shape, or form written...more
Lori McD
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Wow. Well, Fluke has opted to join the ranks of cliffhanger endings. And what a twist! I'm thinking more about the possibilities from that ending than I am of the rest of the book! A lot of repetition in the writing--and not just same phrases from the series but within the same book. Some things explained more than once. Some things said over and over. A couple of parts that felt like personal opinions inserted and coming out of characters' mouths. (Though I tend to do that in my fiction writing...more
This was entertaining enough to read in the minutes before I fall asleep, when I'm too tired to read anything very heavy. Erika brought my attention to a great interview w Julie Beck where she talks about how she uses her leisure time. This book wouldn't meet her standard for a good book (see below), but it was good enough to fall asleep to :) I need to do more of the kind of reading she describes. Following is someone's transcription of the interview so it may not be exact but it's the gist of...more
Ok during the summertime, I was like, do I really want to keep reading this sort of inane series? I took a break right before Carrot Cake Murder. I started in on them again this winter. I'm now almost finished with all of the published ones.

I don't see an issue in continuing to read them. Yes they can be a bit repetitive but I think that's the nature of the beast? I think Fluke wants to make it so there's a very strong sense of familiarity with the characters and their traits.

She did tone down...more
I really enjoyed this cozy mystery. This is the first I've read of this series and I can't wait to read more. What's more to love than baked goods, smarty-pants cats, and murder! I really enjoyed the characters in this town and became very fond of Hannah. I found myself wishing I could walk into her cookie shop and get to know her better. The added recipes between the chapters was an awesome added bonus. I love the tone of this book and how it was written, it really keeps you wanting more. The r...more
Once again, if you are hoping that this will be the book in which Hannah finally settles done with either Mike or Norman, you will be disappointed. There is twist at the end, which threatens to complicate Hannah's life, and makes us wish we could read the next installment now. The best thing about the novel? Without a doubt, the delicious recipes. Joanne Fluke does a great job of incorporating the recipe into the storyline, and then graciously giving us the actual recipe, along with helpful and...more
SPOILER ALERT...What is Norman thinking!!!! The last few pages has put me into a tail spin. I know Hannah likes Norman a little better than Mike and now he has gone and let Dr. Bev move in with him. She's saying that her daughter is Norman's. This can't be!! Can't wait for Hannah to prove this wrong.
Ugh! Why do I continue to read these?! There's no action, barely enough suspense to even be considered a mystery! The characters are all so proper, they sound like they should be in one of Delores' regency romance novels instead. And I find it hard to believe so many people eat cookies for breakfast, lunch and dinner! If these people are eating all those desserts and drinking all that coffee, the whole town would be obese and completely wired! And chocolate does not cure all cases of stress! I w...more

So. done. with. these. books.

Setting aside the preposterous plot and unbelievable cliffhanger ending of this one, the most annoying thing about these books are the recipes. They sound yummy, sure, but they seem to be written for Martians just arriving on Earth who have never set foot in a kitchen before! I think the majority of people who enjoy these books for the recipes have some familiarity with baking and don't need to be told how to beat an egg or require 4 different measurements for bu...more
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Carly Thompson
Cozy mystery with a strong emphasis on baking. Hannah Swensen is the owner of the Cookie Jar bakery in Lake Eden, MN and an amateur sleuth. In this book in the series, she solves the murder of a visiting pastor found dead in the church office with a piece of devil's food cake.

I found this to be a poorly written book with unrealistic, inane characters. The protagonist, Hannah, was a mix of a 12 year old girl and 85 year old woman despite being in her early 30s. She is both naive and prudish with...more
Gina Borkowski
Hannah Swensen is always stumbling across dead bodies. This time there are a few twists and turns in the mystery that made this a very enjoyable read. The only downside is that there are so many delicious sounding recipes included in this book that it is hard to avoid snacking while reading. There's a bit of a cliffhanger as well. Definitely looking forward to Hannah's next adventure and, of course, more cookie recipes.
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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.

While pursuing her writing career, Joanne has worked as: a public sch...more
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