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Cinnamon Roll Murder (Hannah Swensen #15)

3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  5,034 ratings  ·  547 reviews
April is a busy time for Hannah Swensen and her bakery; the warm weather makes folks in Lake Eden, Minnesota go wild for something sweet. When Hannah hears that the Cinnamon Roll Six jazz band will be playing at the town's Weekend Jazz Festival, she's more than happy to bake up a generous supply of their namesake confections to welcome the band to town. Before the festival ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published March 1st 2012 by Kensington (first published January 1st 2012)
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I'll give it two stars since Norman grew a backbone, but I'm really tired of being treated like an idiot...the recipes, using a term only to define it just in case we're so dumb we've never heard it before, the overusing of character's names like we can't keep the people straight. Why, for the love of Pete, is Bev always referred to as "Doctor Bev"? Who would talk like that? I think we know who Bev is. Norman is a doctor, he's not referred to as Doctor Norman all the time. (Doc Knight I can live ...more
Tonia Dempsey
I had such high hopes for this book, being the last was somewhat of a cliffhanger. But sadly, it turned out like all the other Hannah books lately...disappointing. When Doctor Bev was introduced into this series, she had the potential to be a "real" character, giving Hannah a little competition for Norman. Instead, the author went in a ridiculous direction with the "marry me or never see your daughter" claim. Seriously, what man would move a woman into his home and agree to instant marriage beca ...more
I don't know why I tortured myself with this series. I guess I liked the first book enough to continue? Thankfully, I didn't pay for any of these books. Thank you public library for saving me $$$.

By this latest book, I have grown to really hate Hannah. She is condescending, selfish, childish, and her needing to correct everyone's grammar drives me crazy. I liked Andrea and Michelle earlier in the series, but I've also grown to dislike them. The Swensen matriarch is the worst of all! The scene wh
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Maria Kinsley
Pretty awful. Don't waste your time. I listened to the audiobook version and considered stopping several times but kept going to see if it could get worse. It did. I have no idea how this series is a bestseller. The author beats the reader over the head with everything - we are not morons, we can follow along without everything being repeated and over-explained. Also, Hannah does so many dumb things it is hard to take her seriously as a detective. I mean really when a killer is chasing you and y ...more
Alannah Davis
Lazy writing, poor editing, flaccid filler posing as dialogue, characters as limp as overcooked macaroni and about as appealing.

Joanne Fluke is a good writer with a very readable style, but "Cinnamon Roll Murder" is clearly riding on the laurels of the series' popularity.

The premise sounded good, and the first paragraph (I always try to check for that "grabber") showed promise. Hannah bakes goodies for the jazz band Cinnamon Roll Six, the tour bus overturns on its way to town, and the mysteriou
I really like this series, but the romantic thread is beginning to grow weary. You just get to the point when you want something to change/happen. I do feel like the series needs to take a turn here or it will grow too mundane to continue reading. I can't imagine that most readers aren't ready for things to change. Even the author's got to be tired of the same old same old. And as I've said before, this isn't amazing literature, but it does the job. It's fun, it's quick, it's simple. You can usu ...more
Kasia S.
Springtime in Lake Eden brings relief from the cold winter months but since this is a Hannah book, there will be no rest for the wicked. Another murder ( good thing there are so many visitors or this would have been a ghost town by now lol) shakes the community and who else but Swensen and the gang to the rescue. One of the members of the Cinnamon Rolls Six Jazz Band ( what a rad name for a band) meets his end in Lake Eden, ironically enough there are some cinnamon rolls involved.

This was the u
Chris Curtis
These books could be so much better with just a few changes. Have the characters talk to each other like adults instead of kindergarten teachers explaining things to small children. Enough of how frumpy Hannah looks and how wonderful her mother and sisters look. And my goodness how much can these people eat? Especially chocolate and coffee!
Good story. Keeps your interest. Too bad the recipes look too complicated -- they sound delicious. Has anyone ever tried making one?

Spring has sprung in Lake Eden, Minnesota, and the mud season is turning Hannah Swenson's life upside down. But Hannah finds herself knee-deep in an even bigger mess when murder makes an unexpected visit to town...

April is a busy time for Hannah Swenson and her bakery; there's just something about the warm weather that makes folks in Lake Eden crave something sweet
Nancy Narma
“A Spicy Mix of Scandal and Murder You’ll Devour”

“Mud Season’ has arrived in Lake Eden, Minnesota. Hannah and her younger Sister, Michelle, are enroute with a delicious-smelling delivery of Cinnamon Rolls for the Lake Eden Inn. Innkeepers; Sally and Dick are sponsoring the first Weekend Jazz Festival featuring the well-known “Cinnamon Roll Six”. Hannah’s yummy rolls will be served after the group’s rehearsal. With the unseasonably warm weather during the day, the accumulated snow has melted and
Hannah Swensen, Lake Eden's resident cookie maven, is up to her elbows in dead bodies again. This time, she's on the scene when the tour bus carrying a visiting jazz band overturns on the icy roads and the driver is discovered dead. One of the band members, send to the local hospital for treatment, is murdered in his room and it's up to Hannah and her trusty team of assistant sleuths to discover why. As if that weren't enough to keep her busy, along with her bustling cookie shop and crazy cats, ...more
The last one was a cliffhanger and it seemed like the series was really going to perk up. This was one of the worst books since the very first one, going back to tired (and not even necessarily accurate) cliches about Minnesota weather and small town living. Hannah still plays the part of someone's grandmother (though not my MN grandmother because she's way hipper than Hannah). The part where she wanted to "protect" her sister from the sight of the dead body was lame, since Michelle is 20-someth ...more
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Cinnamon Roll Murder, by Joanne Fluke is listed as a "Culinary Mystery". However, I didn't realize that it would be more of a cookbook than a mystery... (22 recipes in total). This didn't make me dislike it, it just surprised me is all.

Hannah Swenson busies herself by running The Cookie Jar bakery, and putting her nose in everybody's business. The Cinnamon Roll Six band is coming into town, and Hannah makes them cinnamon rolls to welcome them.

It is a snowy night when the band comes to town and
Shirley Schwartz
Joanne Fluke's Hannah Swenson series is long-running, and as many of these long-running cozy series are, it has become very similar and somewhat tired. But, having said that, I enjoyed this book a bit more than the last few. As usual, the recipes look fabulous, and I like the addition of Hannah's sister Michelle. They make an interesting duo because they are very similar in their tastes and interests. And we actually see some movement in Hannah's relationship with her dentist friend Norman. So, ...more
I was disappointed. This book was not as well written as others in the series have been and I have a feeling it was rushed in order to pick up on the cliffhanger from the last book. The murders happen so soon into the story that we don't get to know the characters and (spoiler alert: the reader is left to assume that the same person killed both victims, but one of the murder victims apparently is forgotten somewhere along the way). Several of the Lake Eden "regulars" were MIA and the formula plo ...more
I am still trying to figure out why I keep reading this series. Though we finally seem to have made some progress in the Hannah-Norman relationship in this outing I still find that the background story is very unrealistic. How often does an overweight, frizzy haired woman in her thirties have the two most eligible bachelors in town pursuing her. Are her cooking and baking skills that amazing? Is her company that fascinating? Or is that she is such a doormat willing to make meals for people in t ...more
This book is so horrible that I just can't believe I am still reading this series. If I could give a negative star, I would give it a -10, it's that bad. This series started off being kinda funny and entertaining, and at one point I even looked forward to reading the next one in the series. But the last few have gotten ridiculous. There are two more in the series, and I do plan to read them, though why I should subject myself to them I have no idea!!

The author is writing as is if she writing a c
It seems I read this book mostly for the Norman-Hannah story instead of the mystery. I enjoyed solving the mystery--especially when it included Hannah in disguise!

When I began the book, I had a suspicion of who the murder victim would be and that the main suspect would be a main character (or two or three). But I was wrong. However, when the victim turned up, I had immediate suspicions of the culprit. Turns out I was wrong, though not wrong to suspect. Very interesting to see the connections--a
Katherine Grey
I didn't enjoy this installment as much as I have others in the series. The pacing dragged a bit for me. Also there were numerous spelling and punctuation errors. For example Patsy is mentioned and in the very next sentence her name is spelled as Pasty. There were instances where the punctuation stood alone instead of next to the last letter of the sentence or the punctuation was outside the end quotations.

Also there were a number of things that should have been caught in the editing process. Fo
This book was a good quick read - I welcome books that include Michelle, as I feel the recipes are a little more creative and there usually are more savory recipes. The mystery part was OK - a few too many coincidences, and it doesn't really get going until the end of the book. And where did Andrea's kids go? And there wasn't nearly enough Mike. I also got the sense that his romance with Hannah might be cooling, which is unfortunate because I think that I prefer him to Norman.

While I still find
David Caldwell
I won a copy on Goodreads Firstreads.

The latest installment of the Hannah Swenson mysteries.It was a little jarring because I haven't read that many in the series so I am behind what is going on with the characters.But the characters are fun and the recipes are mouth-watering.At times it seemed there was more set-up for a recipe than story-telling.Overall a fun and quick read.If you are a fan, you will like it.If you haven't tried this series, you might want to read some of the earlier books tho
Victoria Caudle
The plot was riddiculously easy to figure out and the more I read of Hannah the more I find her a 'know-it-all' who is lacking in lots of basic obvious knowledge. In addition to that she and her family are stupidly self-righteous and judgemental.
i like the recipes and the basic murder, but the personalities have become grating after 15 books.
Carol Waller
Decent enough. Good recipes (usually the recipes are not that interesting or good; some of Fluke's fall in this category for other books. But this one was better.)

One thing I didn't like was repetitive bits (oh, Norman! Poor Norma. I understand.... Oh, Norman. But I do understand, really..... But oh, Norman). If some of that was cut, well, the book would have been a lot shorter. Oh, yeah, and the whole parka red herring.....did something relevant get cut? Like what happened to the pill matrix? A
This one was much better than the last couple, mostly because there wasn't the whole Mike/Norman drama. Yes there was still things going on with the guys, but this time the drama didn't grate on my last sane nerve. For the most part I had guessed what was going on with who was killed and the connects that people had to him.

Norman actually surprised me with his actions at the end. He had seemed like he was letting himself be used as a doormat, but he just went about things in a quiet way.

I found
In reality, this probably gets 2.5 stars.

I liked the following things about the book: that Hannah did not discover the body (Delores did); that the body was discovered within the first few dozen pages (instead of on page like 312); that the ending was not quite so predictable; Moishe and Cuddles' chases.

I did not like the following things about the book: Michelle's "cooking experiments" (I feel bad for Minnesota cuisine); the Swensen women's incessant need to butt into everybody's business (such
Heather Tisdale
Better than the last few since the focus isn't on the love triangle as much, but lets be honest and admit that half of the book was her cooking. That's not plot. That's fluff. It seems like she spends more and more time cooking and eating in every book. I get that they're food related, but she might as well just write a cook book instead of a murder mystery since there's never much of a mystery. It's all pretty easy to figure out. Esp since all of her books lack any type of depth. Yes, it's bett ...more
Just the usual. I'm really looking forward to the one where Hannah kills Michelle because she's so much better at everything - and has their mother's petite frame and perfect looks.

Where on earth do you find a doctor who tells people to eat those awful bran cookies for their health?? If you want fibre, just eat the bran cereal that goes into the cookies, or try some fruit and vegetables!

And Hannah's self-congratulatory better-than-you attitude is getting more annoying. She contemptuously assum
I honestly really liked this book. I bought it randomly at the grocery store, it sounded very intriguing with it being about a murder mystery but it involved food. I tend to always gravitate towards the stories that involve the making of food or something delectable. I think this is the first novel I read that got me into reading about mysteries, but had to have a food related theme to it as well. It's fun to read, it's light-hearted but with a stab of murder mystery. There are recipes included( ...more
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In Book #15 the residents of Lake Eden, Minnesota, are looking forward to the Jazz Festival, featuring the Cinnamon Roll Six jazz band. But before the festivities can begin the group’s tour bus overturns on icy roads, landing several of the band members in the hospital emergency room for cuts, bruises and broken bones. Hannah Swensen’s mother finds the body this time, but Hannah and her sisters, Michelle and Andrea will definitely get together to investigate and
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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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“STUFFIN’ MUFFINS Preheat oven to 350 degrees F., rack in the middle position. 4 ounces salted butter (1 stick, 8 Tablespoons, ¼ pound) ½ cup finely chopped onion (you can buy this chopped or chop it yourself) ½ cup finely chopped celery ½ cup chopped apple (core, but do not peel before chopping) 1 teaspoon powdered sage 1 teaspoon powdered thyme 1 teaspoon ground oregano 8 cups herb stuffing (the kind in cubes that you buy in the grocery store—you can also use plain bread cubes and add a quarter-teaspoon more of ground sage, thyme, and oregano) 3 eggs, beaten (just whip them up in a glass with a fork) 1 teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon black pepper (freshly ground is best) 2 ounces (½ stick, 4 Tablespoons, pound) melted butter ¼ to ½ cup chicken broth (I used Swanson’s) Hannah’s 1st Note: I used a Fuji apple this time. I’ve also used Granny Smith apples, or Gala apples. Before you start, find a 12-cup muffin pan. Spray the inside of the cups with Pam or another nonstick cooking spray OR line them with cupcake papers. Get out a 10-inch or larger frying pan. Cut the stick of butter in 4 to 8 pieces and drop them inside. Put the pan over MEDIUM heat on the stovetop to melt the butter. Once the butter has melted, add the chopped onions. Give them a stir. Add the chopped celery. Stir it in. Add the chopped apple and stir that in. Sprinkle in the ground sage, thyme, and oregano. Sauté this mixture for 5 minutes. Then pull the frying pan off the heat and onto a cold burner. In a large mixing bowl, combine the 8 cups of herb stuffing. (If the boxed stuffing you bought has a separate herb packet, just sprinkle it over the top of the mixture in your frying pan. That way you’ll be sure to put it in!) Pour the beaten eggs over the top of the herb stuffing and mix them in. Sprinkle on the salt and the pepper. Mix them in. Pour the melted butter over the top and mix it in. Add the mixture from your frying pan on top of that. Stir it all up together. Measure out ¼ cup of chicken broth. Wash your hands. (Mixing the stuffing is going to be a lot easier if you use your impeccably clean hands to mix it.) Pour the ¼ cup of chicken broth over the top of your bowl. Mix everything with your hands. Feel the resulting mixture. It should be softened, but not wet. If you think it’s so dry that your muffins might fall apart after you bake them, mix in another ¼ cup of chicken broth. Once your Stuffin’ Muffin mixture is thoroughly combined, move the bowl close to the muffin pan you’ve prepared, and go wash your hands again. Use an ice cream scoop to fill your muffin cups. If you don’t have an ice cream scoop, use a large spoon. Mound the tops of the muffins by hand. (Your hands are still impeccably clean, aren’t they?) Bake the Stuffin’ Muffins at 350 degrees F. for 25 minutes. Yield: One dozen standard-sized muffins that can be served hot, warm, or at room temperature. Hannah’s 2nd Note: These muffins are a great accompaniment to pork, ham, chicken, turkey, duck, beef, or . . . well . . . practically anything! If there are any left over, you can reheat them in the microwave to serve the next day. Hannah’s 3rd Note: I’m beginning to think that Andrea can actually make Stuffin’ Muffins. It’s only April now, so she’s got seven months to practice.” 1 likes
“GERMAN PANCAKES Preheat oven to 375 degrees F., rack in the middle position.   Prepare an 8-inch square pan by spraying it with Pam or another nonstick cooking spray, or coating the inside with butter. Hannah’s 1st Note: You can double this recipe if you like, so that it will serve 8 people. If you double this recipe, it will take approximately 55 minutes to bake. Hannah’s 2nd Note: This dish works best if you use an electric mixer. 6 strips bacon (I used applewood smoked bacon) 4 large eggs 1 cup whole milk (I’ve used heavy cream and that works also) 1 cup flour (Just scoop it up and level it off with a table knife.) 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 teaspoon salt 4 ounces cream cheese (half of an 8-ounce package) minced parsley to sprinkle on top (optional) Fry the bacon in a frying pan on the stovetop until it’s crispy. Let it cool to room temperature, and then crumble it into the bottom of your baking pan. In an electric mixer, beat the eggs with half of the milk (that’s ½ cup). Continue to beat until the mixture is light and fluffy. Add vanilla extract and salt. Beat until they’re well combined. Mix in the flour and beat for 40 seconds. Add the second half of the milk (another ½ cup) and beat until everything is light and fluffy. Pour half of the mixture over the bacon crumbles in the 8-inch square pan. Cut the cream cheese into 1-inch-square cubes. Place them evenly over the egg mixture in the pan. Pour the second half of the mixture over the cream cheese. Bake at 375 degrees F. for 45 to 55 minutes, or until it’s golden brown and puffy on top. Hannah’s 3rd Note: This breakfast entree is excellent when served with biscuits or crispy buttered toast.” 1 likes
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