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Sugar Cookie Murder (Hannah Swensen #6)

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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  6,964 ratings  ·  391 reviews
The holidays are the icing on the cake for bakery owner Hannah Swensen. Surrounded by her loved ones, she has all the ingredients for a perfect Christmas until murder is added to the mix...
When it comes to holidays, Minnesotans rise to the occasion and the little town of Lake Eden is baking up a storm with Hannah leading the way. The annual Christmas Buffet is the final t
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Paperback, 352 pages
Published October 1st 2005 by Kensington (first published January 1st 2004)
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Best Cozy Mystery Series
85th out of 943 books — 1,080 voters
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Mysteries in Good Taste!
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Shelley
This is my first book of Joanne Fluke's. It might even had been my last, if I didn't get the other book free as well (when I volunteered at the library's yearly book sale). Gosh it was awful! I'm not sure how people rated this book anything more than a 1. Quite a few rated this book a 4 or a 5. Really? Unbelievable! Makes me wonder what books these people read regularly. I don't mean to sound mean, because I'm not, but it was a novel that had no business being in print. I found the characters la ...more
Lady Ozma
I gave this book four stars after some debating. I finally decided that I liked the characters and the basic thought process behind the book itself a lot. Enough that I want to read the rest of the series sitting on my TBR shelf. However, if I was rating it on mystery alone, I'd definitely have to go lower.

For me, this book wasn't about the mystery so much as the quirky and fun characters. What can I say, small-town Minnesota pot luck? I mean how do you go wrong? I've been there, doing the churc
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Lisa
The problem is with this book is that it was TOO SHORT!

A fun, easy read mystery.

I like the fact that the author:

* does not feel like she needs to make it gory or gross with the deaths that occur
* doesn't resort to promiscuity or sexual innuendos
* does show a strong, independent, smart woman as a main character
* shows fun family dynamics with siblings and parent relationships
* makes it fun to peak into the lives of small town residents
Tabby Kat
In her first holiday mystery, Fluke (Fudge Cupcake Murder, etc.) takes her series heroine, Hannah Swensen, amateur sleuth and owner of the Cookie Jar bakery in Lake Eden, Minn., through a delectable culinary romp. Hannah has compiled a cookbook of the locals' favorite recipes, which are to be featured at the Christmas party at Lake Eden's community center. All the residents gather for a festive evening, including Martin Dubinski and his wife of two days, Brandi Wyen, a Las Vegas dancer who's dec ...more
Stacey Lynn
This was a disappointment. As with others I thought I was getting a whole book instead of a novella. The mystery felt forced, perhaps if she'd had an entire novel to work with Fluke could have rounded the characters out a bit more. Hannah was pushier and more controlling that ever. Mike was total jerk,but he is always a jerk, it was just more emphasized in this one. Mike's jerkiness made Hannah seem very shallow. He's rude, overbearing and sexist to her but because he is tall dark and handsome a ...more
Jenna
I usually enjoy the crime/mystery genre. And I'm okay with reading something light. This just wasn't worth it, though.

What bothered me most was that Hannah seems unhappy with Mike, one of the men she's dating. He's rude, takes credit for her work, and he's sexist. I expected her, in the end, to tell him to get lost. But no. She just sucks it up and takes it. Um, hello? Self respect? Hannah has none, apparently. I guess the fact that he's a handsome guy means more than how he treats her.

And the s
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Tiffunee
The recently divorced Martin Dubinski arrives at the buffet with his new Vegas showgirl wife all wrapped up in glitter and fur. His ex-wife, however, seems as cool as chilled eggnog. And when Hannah s mother s antique Christmas cake knife disappears, its discovery in the d�colletage of the new and now late Mrs. Dubinski puts the festivities on ice.
With everyone stranded at the community center by a blizzard, Hannah puts her investigative skills to the test, using the ingredients at hand: half th
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Melanie
Uggh, this is probably my least favourite of the series so far! Not only was I incredibly disappointed to discover that about half the book was recipes, but I am also getting sick of the main character, Hannah Swensen. I won't go into the long list of reasons I dislike her, but one of my main annoyances is that she doesn't even consider if she loves Norman or Mike more, it's merely all about who's the most good-looking, and what they have to offer her.

Anyway, I would have given this book a high
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Norma
Last night I finally got around to reading Sugar Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke. I shocked that it looked like a very long book. I was surprised though, that there was a huge section in the back with tons of recipes. Many more recipes then are usually in her books.

I have unfortunately, been reading these books completely out of order. I know that I had already read at least 1 book after this one.

However, that didn’t stop this from being a great book. One great thing about this series is that you
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Megan
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Dana
What book? This is a novella at best with lots of recipes. Lake Eden is having their Christmas Buffet and at the same time this is the final test for the recipes going into the Lake Eden Cookbook.

The recently divorced Martin Dubinski arrives at the buffet with his new Vegas showgirl wife Brandi Wyen dressed to kill in fur and an antique emerald and diamond ring. Of course, his mother, mother-in-law and ex-wife are not at all impressed. When Hannah’s mother’s antique Christmas cake knife disappea
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Becky
I am not going to finish this book. I started reading it because, as I said in my last review, I'm trying to read a bit of everything so that I have a better idea of what our patrons are interested in. This book is just a bit too silly to keep reading. If I had one more day off of work for the holiday, I would have stuck with it, but leisure time is too short during a work week to keep reading this. There is too much inane dialouge. If I wrote down everything I said and slapped it in a novel, wo ...more
Lindsay
I'm a sucker for anything that has to do with the holidays. And I saw someone leave the library with one of this authors books so I looked her up and found some Christmas mysteries. I had never read anything by her before and her books (this one at least) wasn't too bad. It was a quick read and really kept me guessing who had done 'it' until the end. I'm really bad about trying to figure out who the murderer is. It was a good book, made me wish it was Christmas. Made me wish she had written a Ha ...more
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Leona Olson

Book Review of Sugar Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke

From goodreads.com:
"The holidays are the icing on the cake for bakery owner Hannah Swensen. Surrounded by her loved ones, she has all the ingredients for a perfect Christmas until murder is added to the mix...
When it comes to holidays, Minnesotans rise to the occasion and the little town of Lake Eden is baking up a storm with Hannah leading the way. The annual Christmas Buffet is the final test of the recipes Hannah has collected for the Lak
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Tiffany
This story was pretty short (200 or so pages) but I did enjoy it. Actually I'm kind of glad that the story ended when it did I don't think they could have drawn it out much longer. I think that the crazy amount of receipes in the back is pretty awesome and I plan to write down several before returning it to the library. I also plan to check out more of Fluke's books (this was my first) but probably more for the receipes instead of the story - unless they are normally better.
Sandra
I wondered if I would tired with Joanne Fluke's books after a while but I did enjoy this one except for two disappointments. One disappointment was the very predictable theft at the beginning of the novel. The second was the extreme brevity of the story. It was over before I realized it. I thought I was only halfway through.

For bakers though, there are a ton of recipes at the back of the book.
Mary
Silly cozy with a fun christmas theme, which made it better for me. I can't help but feel these are a little dated.. This was written in the early 2000s but feels more like mid nineties with the level of cutesy behind the timeiness that oozes here. Short, sticky sweet with Christmas cheer, and a great mindless brain candy read. working my way through this long series.
Lauren
Well I read this book in one sitting! I have felt after reading six of the books that I have really gotten to know all the characters of Lake Eden, Minnesota! I'm looking forward to making the recipies but I think I will wait until Ms. Fluke's cook book comes out next year to be able to make all of them. Can't wait to read more in the series.
Linda
This is the first book that I've read from this series. It's a good winter cozy mystery. While the mystery isn't that strong (too short and easily solved), the fact that there are 150 pages (more or less) of recipes in the back of the book was a wonderful surprise. I can't wait to try Pecan Pie for a Crowd!
Jennifer
I have read every one of these books - they are cute and easy to read - there is a entire series, but you don't necessarily have to be read in order. Though if you do, they seem to repeat themselves as they recap the characters. Still a good read with lots of yummy recipes in every book.
Courtnee
This is a fun read and half the book is a collection of recipes because the setting is at a Christmas town potluck. I only gave it 2 just because it is short and not a really in depth murder mystery. But it is fun!!! (that's how I like my murder mysteries...no goory details please)!
Jenn
I feel cheated. I've been catching up with this series lately through the library and liking it reasonably well. I like a good, fluffy cozy mystery for a brain vacation. So, this one looks just like any other in the series. I start reading it and I get about half way through and it looks like they've got the mystery all locked up. I'm thinking, "What? Surely there's got to be some twist! Half the book is left!" Nope. Half the book is recipes. And not a SINGLE one looks edible. They all look rath ...more
LapeerDistLib
Once again, super sleuth and master baker, Hannah Swensen is at her best solving a murder at the annual Lake Eden Christmas Buffet. With everyone stranded at the community center by a blizzard, Hannah solves the mystery of who stole her mother’s antique Christmas cake knife AND how it ended up in the new Las Vegas showgirl wife of Martin Dubinski.
Joanne Fluke has so much fun with the wacky and delightful characters of Lake Eden. Their names, alone (i.e. Mary Kay Hinklemeyer) make you laugh when
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Michelle
I'm always torn as to how many stars to give this series. I love the books themselves, but there are just a few things that annoy me so I always take a star away for that.

This was a short book in the series when you don't included the many pages of recipes for the cook book. However, I am getting annoyed at the fact that Joanne needs to write " It was 7:30 pm , I looked at my watch". Really you can't say 7:30ish!! I really find it hard to believe people look at their watch at those exsact place
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Jodi
This is less a work of fiction and more a mystery novella with a cookbook. At the Lake Eden holiday potluck Hannah stumbles over another dead body, this one using her mother's antique cake knife as the murder weapon. Despite Mike's disinterest in having her help, Hannah and her sisters immediately set to work uncovering the murderer. But it is a non-event murder. Nearly half the pages are devoted to recipes. If you have a slow cooker or you like easy recipes, these will be for you and you don't ...more
Dharia Scarab
This is one of those cozy series where the mystery is only half the fun. Hannah's friends and family always play a big part in the stories, and each book builds on those relationships and what's going on in everyone's life.


This particular book is more a novella, only 200 pages long, with 180 pages of recipes at the end.


Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books...

1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given u
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Andrea Guy
This is a cute holiday mystery for fans of the Hannah Swensen series. It is also a two-fer if you ask me. It is half book and half cookbook. Not bad really, unless you are looking for a meaty mystery to carry you through a few hours.

If that's the case, you probably wouldn't want to be reading a Hannah Swensen anyway. These are cheesy fun cozies. If Harlequin had a cozy mystery line, Hannah would be part of it. Hmmm. Why doesn't Harlequin have a cozy line!

But back to the story at hand.



This story
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Janastasia Whydra
Unlike the last four books in the series, I had not been able to solve the mystery behind the murder in Joanne Fluke's sixth installment, Sugar Cookie Murder, but it was mostly because (view spoiler) I was focused on the motives of each of the suspects, including one that did not make Hannah Swensen's, our protagonist's, list. (view spoiler) ...more
Patti
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The holidays are the icing on the cake for bakery owner Hannah Swensen. Surrounded by her loved ones, she has all the ingredients for a perfect Christmas -- until murder is added to the mix... When it comes to holidays, Minnesotans rise to the occasion -- and the little town of Lake Eden is baking up a storm with Hannah leading the way. The annual Christmas Buffet is the final test of the recipes Hannah has collected for the Lake Eden Holiday Buffet Cookbook. While Hannah is bak
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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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