Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder (Hannah Swensen, #1)
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Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder (Hannah Swensen #1)

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Discover the delicious mystery that started it all!



No one cooks up a delectable, suspense-filled mystery quite like Hannah Swensen, Joanne Fluke s dessert-baking, red-haired heroine whose gingersnaps are as tart as her comebacks, and whose penchant for solving crimes one delicious clue at a time has made her a bestselling favorite. And it all began on these pages, with a b

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Paperback, 324 pages
Published February 1st 2001 by Kensington (first published April 1st 2000)
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Min
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...more
Kate
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...more
Bobbi Jo
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.
Carrie
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
Laurie
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
Mandy
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...more
Mitch
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...more
Heather
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
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...more
Michael
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...more
Chrissy
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...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...more
Heidi
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
Sharon
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
Jenny
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...more
LitAddictedBrit
Apparently, this type of book is known in the literary world as a "cozy". I hadn't heard of this but the description does fit...

"...a mystery which includes a bloodless crime and contains very little violence, sex or coarse language...The character solving the crime is often an amateur sleuth who becomes involved for personal reasons"


What I loved the most about this book (awesome recipes aside - Regency Ginger Cookie anyone?) was that it was set in a cutesy little village and had quaint little...more
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...more
Sarah
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...more
Jen
Dec 14, 2009 Jen rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: cozy mystery fans
Recommended to Jen by: Audible.com sale
3.5 Stars ~ This is a cute, wholesome cozy mystery. If you enjoy mysteries that are more about fun and family than about serious sleuthing, and if you want a break from explicit sex scenes and crude language, this is a nice way to spend a few hours. The mystery isn't particularly complex and the story feels a bit dated and awkward even though it was published in 2000. I get the impression it might've been a re-worked manuscript from earlier in the author's career.

There's no romance in this book,...more
BJ Rose
This book is a keeper for me because of the recipes ! That's right - there are some really great cookie recipes in it that I can't wait to try! Other than that, this was a quick & easy read and didn't take much concentration to stay on top of what was happening. There was just enough mystery to keep me working through the clues with Hannah, and I was over 3/4 of the way through the book before I figured out the probable identity of the murderer, so the author did a good job there. But I did...more
Donna LaValley
If a book has a "mature" (over 25?), plucky heroine who is independent and solves mysteries on the side while she makes a living at her own business (in this case, as in so many others, a bakery), and she doesn't realize how beautiful she is, so she's not stuck-up, and she's NICE to people (but makes funny asides), all you have to do is add recipes to make it a winner. This was done. However, I would give it 2.5 stars if I could.

There's a series with this main character, Hannah, and I liked her...more
The Shutterbug
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...more
Cheryl
I was generous and rated this a 3 because I don't think the author meant this to be high-brow literature and I did enjoy the story somewhat and I thought the recipes were neat.

There were some significant problems with the story's believability/realism as well as the prose. It was very choppy, the prose and dialogue just did not flow, especially at the beginning of the book. At times, it bordered on "She did this, then she did that, then this happened." At one point, the author dug out her thesa...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. : )
Cher-lynn Maynard
Loved it. I have found I really love cozy mysteries. They are a fun read. The protaganist is a woman who owns a Cookie bakery in a small town in Minnesota. She finds a body and then gets asked by her brother in law who is a cop to help him solve it. Interspersed throughout the book are her cookie recipes that she bakes up in her shop. Have already started on the second book.
Tracey, librarian on strike
I have reviewed this book; the review can be found here, on Booklikes, and here, on my blog. (Also, go check out Leafmarks - it's going to be terrific.) However, I will no longer be posting reviews on Goodreads, due to its recent changes to terms of service and, far worse, the boneheaded and incomprehensible way it is proceeding with the new policy. Deleting content, almost randomly, and without warning (whatever they may have said) is wrong, and a half-hearted apology later doesn't make it all...more
Barbara ★
I enjoyed finding out when/where both Norman and Mike came into the picture being that I the only book I've read in this series is #14. It's kind of disappointing to know (view spoiler) I liked the who done it and was surprised as I definitely didn't see it coming though with the clues, I should have. I'm not much of a baker (ok I suck) but Ms. Fluke makes it sound so easy and simple. I love the various recipes tossed in periodically. I...more
Andrea Guy
This is the reissue of the first book in the Hannah Swensen series. It comes complete with the added short story Candy For Christmas. I have to say that I'm not sure what I love the most about the series, the characters or the recipes. I made the Chocolate Chip Crunches a few weeks ago and everyone raved about them. So Joanne gets props for having awesome cookie recipes. I plan on trying a few more from this book too.

The story is like most of the others in the series, only you get to see everyth...more
Jenn
Oy. I picked up one of these a while ago from the library shelf because it looked cute. I didn't love it. In fact, it annoyed me. But for some reason, I kept reading them. Not obsessively, but I picked up a few more. So when I was trying out the eLibrary, I saw one of these and put it on hold. I don't remember if it was this one or the next one I'm about to read, but it took about 3 months before it finally became available. Most of the actual hard copy books take way less time to get to me. Any...more
Kathryn CA
Originally posted at http://kathrynsbooknook.wordpress.com...

Oh, how much I wanted to like this book... I really did. I like to read a good mystery on a nice winters day when I don't have anything better to do than lay in bed. And perhaps I would enjoy have enjoyed it if there was any other female lead than Hannah Swensen.

Hannah Swensen was one of the most annoying female leads I have ever read. She was like a crazy mix of that friend you have that always thinks that she sucks and is too fat and...more
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