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Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder (Hannah Swensen #1)

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Hannah Swensen already has her hands full, between dodging her mother's attempts to marry her off, and running Lake Eden, Minnesota's most popular bakery, The Cookie Jar. But when the Cozy Cow Dairy's beloved deliveryman is found murdered behind Hannah's bakery with her famous Chocolate Chip Crunchies scattered around him, Hannah sets out to track down a killer. The more H ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published January 1st 2008 by Kensington (first published April 1st 2000)
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Aug 25, 2007 Min rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I had been eyeing this book for a while, mostly because the cover amused me so. I finally picked it up when I was on one of my cosy mystery tears. Knowing it had been written in the 80s made the content a little less annoying. Unfortunately, the first book is the best of this sad lot.
However, having read all but the latest (Key Lime Pie Murder, which I am still debating whether or not to read) in the series, I have to say that the series is not that great. The latter books were written more rece
Jun 21, 2007 Kate rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Is it difficult reading? No. Are the characters the best characters I've ever read? No. But what this series does have going for it is that all the books are a fun, light read. You could probably start reading any of these books as your first and you would have no trouble understanding the characters or the plots (some would find this a plus while others would see it as a drawback, I'm sure).
Hannah Swensen, the main character, while not as pretty as her sister Andrea, or her mother, for that mat
Bobbi Jo
Oct 23, 2007 Bobbi Jo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a sucker for the quick, easy, light-hearted mystery novels and I really enjoy Joanne Fluke. The characters are fun and the "whodunits" are clever enough. Not surprisingly many of the situations the heroine finds herself in are a bit unlikely. But it's not meant to double your IQ, just entertain and all of her books do well at that.
The TL;DR version: This was one of the dumbest things I've ever read.

This was a stupid purchase – and a stupid thing to read, for that matter, but I did want something brainless in the middle of my Big Giant Fantasy Series. I got it. It is the first in the Hannah Swenson mystery series, which I didn’t know when I started it. I eventually caught on as the main character reacted to discovering her very first corpse. (She said something to the effect of not making a habit out of discovering bodies
Mandy Crider
Feb 04, 2016 Mandy Crider rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm going to give this 4 stars because Hannah figured out who the murderer was and her brother in law was up for a promotion with the sheriff's office if he caught the killer. I am glad it all worked out but I felt like Hannah was doing all the work. She needs to be a cop. I did like the end, too and hope she ends up with the man I like for her. I will definitely read more of these books just because they are a nice, light murder mystery to read. The characters are believable and easy to like. I ...more
Sep 15, 2009 Carrie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I should not have read other reviews of this book, before I did so I was reading along with only a slight nagging annoyance that I couldn't quite put my finger on. I'm not finished yet, but I will only be skimming the last 100 pages in order to find out who done it, I definitely won't be wasting my time with the other books in this series. Don't get me wrong, I love a cozy mystery & read lots of 'em, but why does the main character (if she’s younger than 35) always fall into one of two types ...more
Oct 04, 2016 Rebbie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Ok, so... I'm officially in love with cozy mysteries, and there's nothing anyone can do about it. :P

I heart this genre so much; it walks the tightrope between good old-fashioned, small town, hardboiled noir and straight up cutie patootie-ness.

It's a great break from all the really sad, serious stuff going on around the world and in books, and is a gentle reminder of better days gone by.

Think summertime, a warm breeze passes you by as you're sitting under a beautiful old oak tree reading a comfo
Mar 16, 2008 Laurie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A few months ago, I went to the walk-in clinic because I was feeling miserably sick. They told me the wait would be at least 3 hours. I wasn't about to sit there and read the same out-dated magazines for 3 hours, so I snuck out and picked up this book at Walmart. I normally don't choose mysteries, but I figured anything with the words "chocolate chip cookie" in it had to be worth reading. I devoured this book just like I would a cookie, because it really was a fun and quick read. (I had already ...more
May 13, 2015 Dagny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2015
The very likeable Hannah, bakery and pastry shop owner, begins her investigative career because she knew and liked the victim. It's a plus that it helps her policeman brother-in-law's actual career. All the secondary characters are pleasant making this an enjoyable read. Match-making mothers provide some gentle humor. I'll be reading more of this series.
Oct 16, 2007 Heather rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The only reason I read the book in its entirety is because I was traveling and had nothing else to read in English. Aside from the flimsy plot and even flimsier characters, the thing that irked me most about the book was when the author tried to dress up her writing with mixed metaphors and other weak attempts at plumping up the lackluster text. "She was going to have a shiner the size of the Grand Canyon," and "She looked at the chisel-faced anchorman" ???!! Yes, I know what she meant, but I ca ...more
Vicky Marie
Feb 19, 2014 Vicky Marie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Another wannabe detective. Another piece of tripe. I don’t know what I was expecting when I borrowed this audiobook from the library. The synopsis should have said it all.

Hannah Swensen is the most popular baker in Lake Eden. Hannah bakes the best cookies in town, and everyone makes sure to tell her this throughout the whole book. Not like Hannah needs their compliments, because she thinks she’s the Cookie Queen as well. She even goes far as to complain about the caterer’s cookies at the bigges
Kimz Zahour
Really wanted to like this book (bought a later one from a used book sale... and wanted to start with this first book in the series).
It started okay and then there was the addition of a chocolate chip cookie recipe... a little gimmicky, but okay.
The characters could have been much more likeable. The main character admittedly lacks tact, which could be humorous (but I found the remarks she was making in her mind about an overweight person distasteful). The sister uses her female charms to manip
Apr 22, 2008 Mandy rated it it was ok
If I could I would give this 2 1/2 stars but since I can't I am leaning more to two stars. Here's the breakdown for me:

The Good- It was a quick, easy read. I didn't know who the murderer was and was slightly surprised when finding it out. The recipes look delicious that were added, very cute idea! And lastly, it's good to read someone else has the same belief as I do, "Chocolate can cure just about anything!" :)

The Bad- The characters are a bit annoying, the story highly unrealistic, the main ch
May 01, 2010 Tori rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
Hannah Swenson is nothing but a goodie two-shoes and I seriously wanted to punch myself in the face if I had to hear about her life anymore. Not only that, but no officer of the law worth his salt would put a civilian in that type of situation. Unrealistic. Even more unrealistic is that a 20 something woman wouldn't have sex for years. Hello. Even worse, the supposedly hot hearthrob Mike is described as very handsome, but yet has a mustache. What the hell year was this written in?? 1974? Or does ...more
Aug 18, 2009 Michael rated it really liked it
Shelves: mind-candy
This book is the first novel in the Hannah Swensen series. I thought it was an all-around great mystery story. It kept me guessing who the killer was right up until the end and left me shocked by the conclusion. What more can a mystery reader ask for?

I found the fact that the main character was a baker very entertaining. It made me want to run to my nearest bakery every time I read what newest cookie recipe Hannah would be preparing. The characters are also very amusing, but of course, Moishe m
Crystal Starr Light
Sep 19, 2011 Crystal Starr Light rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Do you ever get tired of the tense, serious, dry murder mysteries that lurk in the "New Hardcovers/Paperbacks" of bookstores or are highlighted at the "Employee Recommended" displays of Borders or Barnes and Nobles? Yeah, me too.
I first learned of this author by seeing someone on the train reading one of Joanne Fluke's books and thought, "What a yummy name! I wonder what it's about." And when I saw that the book was a sweet treat of mystery and home town coziness, I thought it might make a pleas
Oct 28, 2011 Chrissy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book and was finished in a day and a half, it was a quick and easy read. At first I didn't think I was going to enjoy reading this book, it seemed like a cheesy who done it mystery in the beginning. I was trying out the library borrowing via download onto the kindle and figured I might as well read the book after figuring out how to download it.

I am very glad I downloaded this book and stuck through the first two chapters. I became sucked in to trying to figure out the mystery as we
Alisha-Dear Constant Reader
Okay, first of all I am a big cozy fan, but this one was terrible! I'm glad that I picked this book up used because I would be totally pissed if I'd paid full price.

Fluke's dialogue is unbelievable at best. Nobody talks like this! "Mother, Moshie just spilled his food. I have to go!" For real? The cat spilled his dry food and this is an emergency situation that is good enough for a nosy mom to accept as hang-up worthy? I kept reading only because I had nothing else to read and I do love a good c
My book is about a girl named hannah. She owns a chocolate chip cookie shop, in lake edin,lake edin is a very small town andonly a few people live there. There has been a terriable accident, the worker for the cozy cow milk company has been shot while eating hannahs chocolate chip cookies. Hannah has to find how shot him before people in her town find out that he was eating her chocolate chip cookies while he died,or her company will go down thedrain.

Today whe i read this book Hannah was still
May 29, 2015 Traci rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-reads
Not the strongest writing I've ever encountered, nor are the characters particularly well-developed, but one has to remember that this is the first novel in a series. There is plenty of time for character development! I call it a "win" if I don't solve the mystery before the halfway point in the story. And I didn't so...

Added bonus -- 6 new cookie recipes to try out! There are 7 mentioned in the story, but I already have a version of one of them (to die for, by the way -- the Chocolate Covered C
Feb 06, 2014 Sharon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In her cozy, Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder, Joanne Fluke introduces a delightful, new amateur sleuth. Hannah has opened a business (The Cookie Jar) in the small town of Lake Eden, Minnesota, where she lives with her impish cat, Moishe. Hannah’s mother is busy trying to marry her off, her sister is working at becoming a real estate mogul (with little time for her daughter) and Hannah ends up with two men vying for her attention. Early one morning, Hannah finds the driver of a delivery truck dead i ...more
I must be a glutton for punishment because I keep listening to these food books on audio and then get annoyed as hell when I have to sit through an entire recipe before each chapter. It drives me nuts! Plus this narrator was a loud swallower. That's another pet peeve of mine. The story itself was okay. It kind of dragged though. Nothing really happened. You just followed Hannah along on a daily basis as she woke up, opened the Cookie Jar, baked, gave long details about what kind of cookies she's ...more
Stacia (the 2010 club)
Given that my experience with murder mysteries is pretty much limited to Agatha Christie, I wasn't really sure what to expect with 'Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder.'

The style was nothing like a Christie novel, but that was okay. It was just different - definitely lighter and less serious. Maybe the target audience was a bit older than myself, but I still enjoyed the book. Although, I could absolutely see my mom liking this author's style of writing.

Basic premise revolves around a self-employed bake
Karen ⊰✿
My only knowledge of Minnesota is from Fargo, and now this book. Needless to say, it seems to me to be a very odd place! haha
This is a cute cozy mystery with a somewhat obvious and silly ending, but I enjoyed the recipes for cookies throughout the book (can't wait to try them) and the narrator who is a nice character with some relationships with friends and family that will no doubt be developed further as the series continues.
I think my biggest issue with the book was the concept that Hannah, w
Sep 30, 2008 Heidi-Marie rated it liked it
I have been wanting to get into this series for a couple of years. Since I had gotten the audio for Melinda, I figured I might as well have my turn at it as well. I was not disappointed. Everything I'd heard about it was true: light, clean (not squeaky, but pretty near), some humor, and leaving me anxious to try the recipes. Of course, I had the audio version so I'll need to get a print copy so I can write out the recipes. I liked the characters. And I liked the story. As I'm getting the rest of ...more
This is my new guilty pleasure reading. I ordered the next 6 books in this tongue in check, fluffly, foodie mystery series. It's fluff and proud of it. Doesn't mascarade as literature or anything else than good old fun whodunit mystery. You get great cookie recipes as a bonus. Hannah has the most annoying mother this side of Jackie Tyler. You kinda end up rooting for the geeky dentist to win Hannah's heart. I don't really trust that out of town detective. : )
Amy M.
Aug 26, 2016 Amy M. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, own-to-read
Rating: 3.5 stars? I liked it but I doubt I'll read the next one...
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Basic Info

Pages/Length: n/a
Genre: Mystery; Chick lit.
Reason For Reading: Cover and bio.

At A Glance

Love Triangle/Insta Love/Obsession?:
Cliff Hanger: No
Triggers: n/a
Rating: 3.5 stars

Score Sheet
All out of ten

Cover: 7
Plot: 7
Characters: 7
World Building: 7
Flow: 8
Series Congruity: n/a
Writing: 7
Ending: 6

Total: 7

In Depth

Best Part:
Worst Part: Too quick of an ending.
Thoughts Had: Okay and then more...


Lily (Night Owl Book Cafe)
So I was in the mood for a cozy mystery again. Lately I really been enjoying them. They really are a nice way to kick back and relax and just enjoy what you are reading without much hassle. If you can find one that you don't want to shout at. It's getting cold outside here, and while waiting for the snow the cozy is just another perfect book to read while huddling under the covers.

The Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder was just the right book. I did find it terrific. When her delivery man turns up dea
May 31, 2011 Sarah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It’s a little odd to go backwards in a murder mystery series. When I first discovered this author, the only book available was the third – Blueberry Muffin Murder. So I gamely put the first two books on hold and read that one. Well, at long last someone decided to return this first in the series.

The “hook” for this series is the inclusion of recipes, usually which have to do something with the title (I say this only based on my reading of two books so it may in no way be construed as fact). This
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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
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  • Fudge Cupcake Murder (Hannah Swensen, #5)
  • Sugar Cookie Murder (Hannah Swensen, #6)
  • Peach Cobbler Murder (Hannah Swensen, #7)
  • Cherry Cheesecake Murder (Hannah Swensen, #8)
  • Key Lime Pie Murder (Hannah Swensen, #9)
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“IT was the time of day when Lake Eden residents decided it was too late for a breakfast cookie and too early for a lunch cookie.” 36 likes
“Minnesotans who bought scenic art usually avoided winter scenes. Hannah didn't find that surprising. Minnesota winters were long. Why would they want to buy a painting that would constantly remind them of the bone-chilling cold, the heavy snow that had to be shoveled, and the necessity of dressing up in survival gear to do nothing more than take out the garbage?” 8 likes
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