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Gingerbread Cookie Murder (Hannah Swensen #13.5)

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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
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Paperback, 378 pages
Published October 1st 2011 by Kensington (first published January 1st 2010)
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Jess
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
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
Lindsay
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,
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Judy
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
Arlene
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
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Kendra
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
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Nathalie S
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
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Elizabeth
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.
Filipa
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.
Darcy
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
Angm81
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
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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
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Lacrecia
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
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Jenn
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
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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
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!!

And...recipes!!

Jeanne
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
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Jen
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.
Jaret
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
RebeccaS
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
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Susan
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
Jessi
Gingerbread Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke
Hannah Swensen is at it again. Her neighbor is being obnoxious, leaving music on, loudly, at all hours of the night and now he's added a light show. A very bright light show. But is that worth murdering him over? It could be that or it could be that the recently divorced even more recent lottery winner could have other enemies. But never fear, Hannah is on the case.
Fluke is a consistent writer and if you like her other stories, you'll enjoy this one as we
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Jeane
Since this book is three stories by three different authors all having to do with gingerbread cookies and murder, the best way yo review this book would be to review each individual story.
Story #1 The Gingerbread Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke:
I have never read any of her books before so I was hoping to get a good taste of what she was like. I will probably never pick up another one of her books again. LAME! BORING! and a the whole cooking thing was a real turn-off. The mystery sucked, the villa
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Ashleycarolhall O'Toole
I think short story mysteries are normally not good. I enjoy Joanne Fluke and have never read the other authors and never will.
Fluke always has a death that poor Hannah stumbles upon and I enjoy for the most part. This one seemed rushed, but was decent. On a recipe note, I usually like 7-10 dessert recipes from Hannah Swensen, but I usually steer clear of the other recipes since they are a little pedestrian to me.
I prefer food and wine or bon appetit recipes! Also, the bars cookies are usually t
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Amy
This book contains novellas/short stories by three different authors.
The first story is Gingerbread Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke. It fits in the series between Apple Turnover Murder and Devil's Food Cake Murder. Overall, it was a decent story and a fairly quick and easy read. It was also fairly easy to figure out who the killer was.
The other two stories didn't seem as good to me. To be fair, I have a connection to the characters of the first story since I have been reading the series and the f
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Annice22
This book contained three different Christmas theme stories. The four stars are for the first two stories and I took away a star for the third story.

"Gingerbread Cookie Murder" by Joanne Fluke

I really like this story but felt like there were too many recipes and not enough story. What I like about Joanne Fluke's Hannah Swenson series is that Hannah isn't dumb and she's always trying to help solve the crime despite the police thinking she needs to stick to her job of baking cookies. My only issue
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bella
This review relates to the novella by "The Dangers of Gingerbread Cookies" by Laura Levine. Having read all the published novels in the Jaine Austen series I'm now making my way through the short stories, while I wait for the next novel to be released.

In this story Jaine and her cat, Prozac, are visiting her parents in Tampa Bay. Her dad has a history of making trouble at the retirement village and this holiday is no different. Her Dad manages to hit a fellow resident in the eye during a game o
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EZRead eBookstore
Apparently murder is part of the holiday season since we have three authors who compiled stories of mayhem during Christmas. I don’t usually think of mysteries with Christmas, but having humorous characters and situations almost made me forget about the odd combination. Like adding salt to cookies for extra flavor. Of course, too much salt will obviously ruin a batch...

Fluke’s “Gingerbread Cookie Murder” was as divine as ever. Sure, there was a corpse in the middle of everything, but enough suga
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Heidi
Reading the Fluke short story of this holiday combo, which has enough pages that it will count for my "read a mystery" for March! The short story wings through the action REALLY fast. This was nice in getting the story going, though felt a bit rushed. Of course, it also makes me think that the longer works can be pretty dragged out. And the shorter work makes her favorite and way-too-often-repeated phrasings even more obvious!

The love triangle bugs me more with each book, though I liked that thi
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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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