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Gingerbread Cookie Murder (Hannah Swensen #13.5)

3.75  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,867 Ratings  ·  348 Reviews
In this merry collection of holiday mysteries, murder is making its own special delivery. . .

"Gingerbread Cookie Murder" By Joanne Fluke

When Hannah Swensen finds her neighbor Ernie Kusak with his head bashed in and sprawled on the floor of his condo next to an upended box of Hannah's Gingerbread Cookies, she discovers a flurry of murder suspects that's as long as her holid
Paperback, 378 pages
Published October 1st 2011 by Kensington (first published January 1st 2010)
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Jasmine I've only read books 6 and 13 of this series myself so far (without reading any of the earlier books) and I followed the stories just fine. The author…moreI've only read books 6 and 13 of this series myself so far (without reading any of the earlier books) and I followed the stories just fine. The author seems to reintroduce the regular characters in a clear way so each book can almost stand on its own.(less)
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Dec 21, 2010 Jess rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 2010
I only read this book for the Hannah Swensen mystery and I probably would have been better off not reading it at all. The story has become very mundane and Hannah is really starting to bother me. She flits between these two men who have expressly stated that they like her and she thinks that's okay. She even admits to wondering why they don't fight over her more often and yet when another woman enters the picture for one of the men she acts wounded. Talk about a double standard. It's okay for he ...more
Nov 02, 2010 Darcy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I only read the Joanne Fluke story. I have to say that these Hannah stories are starting to get a little absurd. I would be very scared if I even know Hannah, these people keep dropping like flies in town, and the police never seem to solve the crime before Hannah and her friends. It was fun at the beginning, but now I am getting tired of it, along with Hannah's ability to choose between Norman and Mike. So why then do I keep reading, well at this point it is for the recipes in the books. I have ...more
Georgiann Hennelly
This book has three different stories by three different authors, Gingerbread cookie murder by Joanne Fluke, When Hannah finds her neighbor Ernie Kusak with his head bashed in in his condo and a box of upended gingerbread cookies on the floor . Hannah finds herself with a suspects list as long as her shopping list. the second story is by author Laura Levine The danger of ginger bread cookies. Jaine Austen has been asked to help with her parents retirement communitys play the ginger bread cookie ...more
Apr 09, 2016 Lindsay rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
A few years ago I read another collection of holiday mystery stories that these three authors put together, so I was interested in reading this new one.
Gingerbread Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke: This was the best one, I thought. Hannah's neighbor keeps blasting Christmas music, so bad that the cops come and she finds the neighbor dead. So she plays detective to find out who killed him. The reason for the killing was actually a pretty decent reason. The thing that annoys me with the Hannah books,
Dec 01, 2010 Judy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I know, I know, I said that I wasn't going to read any more books by Joanne Fluke, but hey, this is a Christmas book. Three novellas comprise this book by three different authors and, apparently, murder runs rampant during the holidays--just a warning so that you can be on your guard. In the "Gingerbreak Cookie Murder" Hannah Swensen finds her neighbor--who had been blasting Christmas music for days--with his head bashed in. I'm not sure, but a good attorney might be able to argue justifiable ho ...more
This is an anthology of gingerbread related short novellas.
I enjoy reading Joanne Fluke because her heroine has a Cookie bakery and 2 boyfriends. She also includes recipes for some of the goodies she sells in her shop. She is always finding bodies in her frozen hometown of Lake Eden, Minnesota. This story is no different although Hannah is not a suspect even though several of her gingerbread cookies are found with the body when her neighbor is found with his outdoor music blaring and annoying t
Nov 27, 2011 Kendra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Sometimes I just like reading fluff. I don't want to have to think. This collection of short novels fit the bill perfectly. They are sort of the equivalent of the ABC Family Christmas movies in terms of complexity. These three stories all centered around the common holiday theme of gingerbread cookies. I have to give credit to these authors - they were all able to link small town murders to gingerbread cookies, each in their own way. The idea is pretty creative.

Recipes are sprinkled throughout
Nathalie S
Apr 26, 2012 Nathalie S rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I listened to this book on cd. It is actually three books in one--three different authors all writing about gingerbread cookies mystery theme. First is Joanne Fluke's heroine Hannah Swensen, then Laura Levine's Jaine Austen and finally, Leslie Meier's Lucy Stone.
I will review the middle book which is actually entitled "The dangers of gingerbread cookies" starring Jaine Austen, who writes ads for an LA plumbing company "In a rush to flush..." among other. I love Jaine--she is a thirty something n
Jun 28, 2015 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
I enjoyed the first two novellas the main characters were cheeky and their antics made me giggle. I didn't enjoy the last one as much. The main character really irritated me which made me not enjoy that story as much but that's OK because I bought it for the first one since it goes with my Hannah Swensen series.
2,5 stars

My favorite short-story was, without a doubt, the one by Joanne Fluke. The other two were okay: the second was trying way too hard to be funny and the third was meh.
Not bad, but not great. I liked the first & third stories, but really disliked the second.
This review is only for the Hannah Swenson novella.

Hannah Swenson and her cat Moishe have had enough of their neighbor Ernie Kusak's crazy Christmas sound and light show, and so have all the other neighbors. Ernie promised Hannah he'd turn it off once the kids got home so Hannah baked him some gingerbread cookies as a thank you. Several hours later, the sound and light show is still going and Ernie won't answer the door to Hannah. When Mike shows up with authorization to shut off the electricity
Dec 30, 2014 Angm81 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As usual, I thoroughly enjoyed Joanne Fluke’s story, and I found Laura Levine’s The Danger of Gingerbread Cookies to be clever and laugh-out-loud funny. I would read more Hannah Swensen and Jaine Austen stories, but that was the first and last Lucy Stone novel I will be reading.

Leslie Meier’s Gingerbread Cookies and Gunshots was extremely judgmental and stereotypical. To sum up the plot: a Christian, white, middle class family struggled with how to make their privileged children understand about
Three short mysteries make up this book: "Gingerbread Cookie Murder" by Joanne Fluke, "The Dangers of Gingerbread Cookies" by Laura Levine, and "Gingerbread Cookies and Gunshots" by Leslie Meier.

My favorite of the three was Levine's "Dangers of Gingerbread Cookies" It brought to my mind how the holidays are so often fraught with the encumbrances of family obligations. Certainly helping with a home-written Christmas play production in your parent's retirement home is fertile ground for a family
Dec 15, 2015 Rachel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The things we read for reading challenges. I'm just sayin'...
Feb 01, 2016 Glen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is another collection of three novellas with a common theme, each written by a different author.

In Joanne Fluke's Gingerbread Cookie Murder, a jerk who won the lottery is killed. Of course, the cops suspect the exact wrong person, so Hannah and company have to find the real killer. almost as many pages are dedicated to recipes as to actual story.

In the Dangers of Gingerbread Cookies, by Laura Levine, Jaine Austen is visiting her parents at the old folks' home. She gets enlisted to help wit
May 22, 2014 Jenn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Son of a... ANOTHER Christmas story? Another set of short stories? Blech.

Okay, so not a fan of short stories. I've read one regular Lucy Stone book and didn't care for it. Only read Levine in the other collection of stories. Like the Hannah series well enough, but she bugs the crap out of me, but I've exhausted my current cozy mysteries and the library has these. So yeah.

Gingerbread Cookie Murder - Typical Hannah Swensen. She says she's into both Mike and Norman, but it sure does seem like she h
Amy Lenord
I love Joanne Fluke when I want something very light to read and Hannah Swensen is one of my favorite characters in that regard, but I wasn't thinking when I started this. I wanted more Fluke and less of the other authors. Don't know why I didn't notice that when I downloaded the book. Oh well! On to the next!
Mark Baker
Mar 21, 2014 Mark Baker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 2010
Three new Christmas novellas starring the author's series detectives. Lots of holiday fun, especially if you already love one or more of the series.

Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
Carol Stanley-Snow
What better to read during the Christmas season...than a mystery book centered around gingerbread!!

YUMMY!!! Three great stories of murder and mayhem...gotta love the holidays...LOL!!!!

In this trio of Christmas mysteries, gingerbread cookies play a supporting role.

In Fluke's Gingerbread Cookie Murder, Hannah Swensen finds the dead body of a neighbor and remains of the gingerbread cookies that she baked for him.

Levine's The Dangers of Gingerbread Cookies takes Jaine Austen to her parents' condo in Florida. It is there that a local theater production features a gingerbread man and murder.

Meier's Gingerbread Cookies and Gunshots focuses on the kidnapping of a young boy, Nemo A
There are three short Christmas-themed works by different authors in this book that all involve gingerbread cookies. I always enjoy Fluke's Hannah Swenson mysteries and this was a short story in the same traditions as the books in the series. A local divorced man is found murdered with Hannah's baked goods part of the crime scene and Hannah must solve the crime. Funny and full of quirkiness as always. The second story by Levine was very funny and makes me want to begin the Jaine Austen series wi ...more
This was a fun enough holiday diversion. Three short stories with a murder, Christmas, and food theme. I like each of those, so it seemed like a good fit. I might revisit a couple of these authors in the future.

Listening to recipes is strange, though.
Blow Pop
Sep 11, 2015 Blow Pop rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fluff, reviewed, 2015
I guess I wasn't fully paying attention when I first got this book and didn't realise that it was more than one story. Which is a nice surprise but unexpected.

Gingerbread Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke

Content warnings: death, mentions of attempted violence/murder, alcohol use

Short novella that was more of the same crap that you get with every single book of hers. "I'm going to totally investigate this murder and stick my nose into places it doesn't belong even though I know I shouldn't and oh! I
Jul 23, 2014 Jaret rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-5-star-books
This was a collection of three holiday themed cozy mysteries from different authors. One author I had read and enjoyed previously and two new authors. Each mystery revolved around a gingerbread cookie theme and were the usual cozy reads that I enjoyed very much. The best story in the lot, IMO, was "The Dangers of Gingerbread Cookies" by Laura Levine. I had not read any books in the Jaine Austen series before but definitely will find others. The story was hilarious because of Jaine's parents. Her ...more
Lindsay Boitnott
I want to start this review by stating that I only read Gingerbread Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke and didn’t have time to read the short stories by Leslie Meier and Laura Levine. Nothing against the other ladies; I just didn’t have the time during the holidays to finish the second two short stories.

Gingerbread Cookie Murder follows Fluke’s leading lady, Hannah, as she tackles the Christmas holidays. She is slammed with cookie orders and stuck embracing her mother’s over active love life, but Han
I really enjoyed reading these Christmas story mysteries even though I didn't get them from the library in time for the holidays. This book is really 3 books by 3 different authors. I'd read Joanne Fluke before, but the other two (Laura Levine and Leslie Meier) were both new authors to me. I liked the first mystery, liked the second mystery even better and liked the last mystery best! Of course all 3 books had gingerbread cookies in them - Fluke's story had a bunch of recipes in it (including a ...more
Apr 01, 2015 RebeccaS rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gingerbread Cookie Murder:

This was a typical short Hannah Swenson murder mystery. We get glimpses of most of our favorite characters and there is a swift conclusion. Of course (view spoiler)

The Dangers Of Gingerbread Cookies

This was a new series for me. A pretty funny scene is set up
Chris M
Of this collection of three novellas about Christmas, murder and gingerbread cookies, I can't say that I really liked any of them.
I have been reading the Hannah Swenson series and have enjoyed getting to know their little town with the authentic food and midwestern small-town culture but this one seemed a little tires and uninspired. Also, if I have to read one more time how a Minnesota winter is colder than a freezer, I may become a victim myself... of suicide. The average low temperature for
Dec 08, 2013 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gingerbread Cookie Murder proved to be a fun, holiday read that I really enjoyed. I have to admit that before I read this book I was only familiar with Fluke's Hannah Swensen series so the other two series were new to me. Fluke delivered another great mystery full of the humor, mystery, hint of romance, and mentions of some tasteful treats. I really enjoyed "Gingerbread Cookie Murder" finding it another delightful addition to the series. "The Dangers of Gingerbread Cookies" was a fun and great i ...more
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