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Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder (Hannah Swensen #1)

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In her highly-praised debut, Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder, intrepid amateur sleuth and bakery owner Hannah Swensen proved that when it comes to crime, nothing is sweeter than a woman who knows how to really mix it up. Now, the flame-haired, tart-talking (and baking) heroine is back, judging a contest where the competition is really murder.When the president of Hartland Flo ...more
Hardcover, 312 pages
Published April 1st 2000 by Kensington
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Min
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
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Kate
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
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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.
Tracey
Aug 22, 2016 Tracey rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Mandy Blair Crider
Feb 04, 2016 Mandy Blair Crider rated it really liked it
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
Carrie
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
Rebbie
Feb 06, 2016 Rebbie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-cutesy
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
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Laurie
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
Dagny
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.
Mitch
Aug 20, 2012 Mitch rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh, what a cute quick little summer read! I have been so busy lately, so this part of the summer has been spent reading quick, enjoyable "non-thinking" reads. And this was a nice addition to that list! "Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder" by Joanne Fluke is an odorable mystery that takes place in a small Minnesota town where Hannah, a baker and cookie shop owner, stumbles upon a murder behind her shop!

The cast of characters are delightful, and although it is a "murder mystery", it is so cozy and light
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Heather
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
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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
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Mandy
Apr 22, 2008 Mandy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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Tori
May 01, 2010 Tori rated it did not like it
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
Michael
Aug 18, 2009 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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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
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Chrissy
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
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Krissy
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
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
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Traci
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
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Sharon
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
Julie
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
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Heidi-Marie
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
Writerlibrarian
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. : )
 Gigi Ann
Oct 27, 2015 Gigi Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My Thoughts...
I'm not sure what to say about this book, it was slow going for me. I really tried to like it, and must admit if I hadn't bought it I would never have finished reading it. The storyline was okay, but a bit slow, and boring some of the time. And as I've always said, I don't like so much filler throughout a story. And in this case I feel the story could have been a lot shorter, and arrived at the same conclusion.

This is the first book I've read by this author, Joanne Fluke, and I no
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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...
Loraine
Jun 07, 2015 Loraine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
SUMMARY: Hannah already has her hands full trying to dodge her mother's attempts to marry her off while running The Cookie Jar, Lake Eden's most popular bakery. But once Ron LaSalle, the beloved delivery man from the Cozy Cow Dairy, is found murdered behind her bakery with Hannah's famous Chocolate Chip Crunchies scattered around him, her life just can't get any worse. Determined not to let her cookies get a bad reputation, she sets out to track down a killer. But if she doesn't watch her back, ...more
Jenny
Feb 21, 2011 Jenny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The title of the book was the first thing that caught my eye, but what really led me to read it was the fact that it was set in Minnesota. As a Minnesota native, I enjoyed the references to Minnesota sports teams, weather, cities, etc. It's always fun to read a book set in the Midwest!

I enjoyed the character of Hannah Swenson. Hannah owns a bakery/coffee shop known as "The Cookie Jar"--hence the title of the book. Hannah is a person well-liked in the community, but has family relationships (part
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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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“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.” 37 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?” 9 likes
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