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Cinnamon Roll Murder (Hannah Swensen #15)

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When Hannah Swensen hears that the Cinnamon Roll Six jazz band will be playing at a festival in Lake Eden, Minnesota, she bakes up a supply of their namesake confections to welcome them. But tragedy strikes when their tour bus overturns on its way into town. And keyboard player Buddy Neiman's minor injuries turn deadly serious when someone plunges surgical scissors into hi ...more
Paperback, 330 pages
Published February 28th 2012 by Kensington Books (first published January 1st 2012)
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Lorna
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
Akl
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
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Rebecca
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Merand
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
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!
Nancy
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
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Mandolin
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
Nicole
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
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
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A Well Read Woman (April)
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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
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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
Lina
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
Kathy
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
Kim
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
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Heidi
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
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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
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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
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Laura
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
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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
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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
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Darcy
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
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Kristina
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
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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
Cherry
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
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Amy
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
Book Concierge
Book on CD read by Suzanne Torren.

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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George
#15 in the Hannah Swensen mystery series. Hannah is co-owner of The Cookie Jar bakery in Lake Eden, Minnesota and the novel is filled with recipes of the items mentioned in the story. Much of the story revolves around Hannah's relations with the two men (Mike, police detective, & Norman, dentist) she loves and love her and Hannah's relations with her family members. In recent novels, Norman has been getting more story time and everybody's choice for Hannah to marry. This mystery involves the ...more
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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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“DOC’S BRAN-OATMEAL-RAISIN COOKIES Preheat oven to 350 degrees F., rack in the middle position. ¾ cup raisins (either regular or golden, your choice) ¾ cup boiling water 1 cup white (granulated) sugar ½ cup brown sugar (pack it down when you measure it) ¾ cup (1 and ½ sticks, 6 ounces) salted butter, softened to room temperature 2 large eggs ½ teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon ¼ teaspoon grated nutmeg (freshly grated is best) 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 cups all-purpose flour (pack it down in the cup when you measure it) 1 and ½ cups dry quick oatmeal (I used Quaker Quick 1-Minute) 2 cups bran flake cereal Place ¾ cup of raisins in a 2-cup Pyrex measuring cup or a small bowl that can tolerate boiling water without cracking. Pour the ¾ cup boiling water over the raisins in the cup. Stir a bit with a fork so they don’t stick together, and then leave them, uncovered, on the counter to plump up. Prepare your cookie sheets by spraying them with Pam or another nonstick cooking spray, or lining them with parchment paper that you also spray with Pam or another nonstick cooking spray. Hannah’s 1st Note: This cookie dough is a lot easier to make if you use an electric mixer. Place the cup of white sugar in the bottom of a mixing bowl. Add the half-cup of brown sugar. Mix them together until they’re a uniform color. Place the softened butter in the mixer bowl and beat it together with the sugars until the mixture is nice and fluffy. Mix in the eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition. Add the salt, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla extract. Beat until the mixture is smooth and well incorporated. On LOW speed, add the flour, one-half cup at a time, beating after each addition. Continue to beat until everything is well blended. Drain the raisins by dumping them in a strainer. Throw away any liquid that remains, then gently pat the raisins dry with a paper towel. With the mixer running on LOW speed, add the raisins to the cookie dough. With the mixer remaining on LOW speed, add the dry oatmeal in half-cup increments, mixing after each increment. Turn the mixer OFF, and let the dough rest while you prepare the bran flakes. Measure 2 cups of bran flake cereal and place them in a 1-quart freezer bag. Roll the bag up from the bottom, getting out as much air as possible, and then seal it with the bran flakes inside. Squeeze the bran flakes with your fingers, crushing them inside the bag. Place the bag on the counter and squash the bran flakes with your hands. Once they’re in fairly small pieces, take the bag over to the mixer. Turn the mixer on LOW speed. Open the bag and add the crushed bran flakes to your cookie dough, mixing until they’re well incorporated. Turn off the mixer, scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula, and give the bowl a final stir by hand. Drop the dough by rounded Tablespoonfuls (use a Tablespoon from your silverware drawer, not one you’d use for measuring ingredients) onto your prepared cookie sheet. There should be 12 cookie dough mounds on every standard-size cookie sheet. Hannah’s 2nd Note: Lisa and I use a level 2-Tablespoon scooper to form these cookies down at The Cookie Jar. Bake Doc’s Bran-Oatmeal-Raisin Cookies at 350 degrees F. for 13 to 15 minutes, or until golden brown on top. Remove the cookies from the oven, and let them cool on the cookie sheets for 2 minutes. Then remove them to a wire rack to cool completely. Yield: 2 to 3 dozen delicious cookies, depending on cookie size. Hannah’s 3rd Note: Doc had to warn the Lake Eden Memorial Hospital cooks not to let the patients have more than two cookies. Since they contain bran and bran is an aid to the digestive system, patients who eat a lot of these cookies could be spending a lot of time in the little room with the porcelain fixtures.” 0 likes
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