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Sugar Cookie Murder (Hannah Swensen #6)

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When it comes to holidays, Minnesotans rise to the occasion—and the little town of Lake Eden is baking up a storm with Hannah Swensen leading the way. The annual Christmas Buffet is the final test of the recipes Hannah has collected for the Lake Eden Holiday Buffet Cookbook.

The recently divorced Martin Dubinski arrives at the buffet with his new Vegas showgirl wife—all wra
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Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Published October 1st 2005 by Kensington (first published January 1st 2004)
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Ashley No, you don't have to read the previous books. However, this is more of a novella than a full novel because its only 200 pages, the rest is recipes.…moreNo, you don't have to read the previous books. However, this is more of a novella than a full novel because its only 200 pages, the rest is recipes. She references other things that have happened in the series which would make more sense if you have read all of them but you can enjoy the story without it as well.(less)

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James
Story was fine. Way too short. I thought it was a full book. I finished the actual story 60% through the book and the remaining parts were recipes and commentary. I was a little disappointed. Maybe I should have looked at it more before buying it, but then again, it's part of a series, so you gotta read em all, right? I understand short releases to keep your audience happy, so it doesn't stop me from reading more. I will keep going... there's only what, 15 more to go?

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Lady Ozma
Dec 30, 2007 Lady Ozma rated it really liked it
Shelves: chicklit, mystery, 2008
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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Elle ✦ Pretty Little Books ✦
Release Date: October 1, 2005
Genre: Cozy Mystery

This is my favorite cozy mystery series and I can never get enough of Hannah Swensen and the murder mysteries she always seems to get involved in! In this installment, it is christmas time and everyone is gathering together to test out the recipes that are being used in the Lake Eden Cookbook. But when someone goes missing, and then ends up dead it is up to Hannah and the police to find out who did it before the killer strikes again!

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Mandy Crider
Jun 27, 2015 Mandy Crider rated it really liked it
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Book Concierge
Book # 6 in the Hannah Swenson series has our heroine / amateur sleuth coordinating the Lake Eden Christmas Potluck supper. Everyone will be bringing the dishes they’ve offered for inclusion in the latest community cookbook, and Hannah’s mother has offered a beautiful antique cake knife to cut a very special cake. This is Minnesota and a snowstorm isn’t about to keep the residents of Lake Eden away from the Community Center, so the place is packed. But before the desserts are even set out on the ...more
Shelley
Jun 25, 2010 Shelley rated it did not like it
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 found the characters lacking personalities, and I was really shocked with the reactions or I should say lack of reaction of some of the people, including the main character Hannah, when the victim is murdered (can't say who it is). The reason I picked this book was basically because, I thought it was real ...more
Lisa
Jun 07, 2008 Lisa rated it really liked it
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
Paraphrodite
Feb 28, 2016 Paraphrodite rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened, 2016
The more I get into this series, the less I like Mike. He needs to be kicked out!
Stacey Lynn
Jun 27, 2010 Stacey Lynn rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery
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
Kelsi
I struggled with deciding what to rate this one. It is probably about a 2.5. I found this book extremely unbalanced. There is less than 200 pages to the story since the last half of the book is filled with the recipes for Hannah's cookbook. The first 90 pages of that is filled with Hannah preparing for the potluck dinner and everyone in Lake Eden gathering at the community center and eating their meals. After the first 90 pages, the body is finally discovered and the rest of the book is about Ha ...more
Toni
Feb 14, 2015 Toni rated it really liked it


Sugar Cookie Murder (Hannah Swensen #6)
by Joanne Fluke (Goodreads Author)

Paperback, 352 pages
Published October 1st 2005 by Kensington (first published January 1st 2004)

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
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Sandra
Oct 28, 2013 Sandra rated it liked it
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.
Annalissa
Jul 16, 2015 Annalissa rated it it was amazing
Probably the cutest book out of the series so far. Loved the Christmas small town feel, and the sisterly love throughout the whole story. Mike is starting to truly annoy me but other then that it was a great read. Very fast and short but super cute!
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
Jenna
Jul 22, 2010 Jenna rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, 2010
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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Melanie
Aug 03, 2012 Melanie rated it it was ok
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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Tiffunee
Jan 14, 2013 Tiffunee rated it it was amazing
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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Nate
May 23, 2015 Nate rated it really liked it
All I can start by saying is SO MANY RECIPES, SO EXCITED! There is nothing I love more than a Christmas Mystery because usually there is extended family around. With this the entire Lake Eden gang is stuck in the community center during a blizzard which happens to hit during the cookbook tasting. While I thought that I would be obsessed with this idea of everyone around and no where to go I missed The Cookie Jar and other businesses and Mochie. But it was still an enjoyable read and I loved the ...more
Mark Baker
Mar 15, 2014 Mark Baker rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, 2004
A short novella provides a fun mystery. Then you get tons of recipes for many complete meals. Different for the series but still fun.

Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
ShannonCC
Aug 15, 2014 ShannonCC rated it it was ok
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Feb 20, 2017 Brooke ♥booklife4life♥ rated it liked it
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Basic Info

Format:
Audio
Pages/Length: n/a
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Reason For Reading: Invested in the series now.

At A Glance

Love Triangle/Insta Love/Obsession?:
Triangle.
Cliff Hanger: No
Triggers: n/a
Rating: 3 stars

Score Sheet
All out of ten


Cover: 5
Plot: 5
Characters: 6
World Building: 6
Flow: 6
Series Congruity: 8
Writing: 7
Ending: 7

Total: 6

In Depth

Best Part:
So many cookies!
Worst Part: How cares if that person died, for real.
Thoughts Had
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Kasia
May 02, 2010 Kasia rated it really liked it
Sparkling sugar sprinkled on pale and crunchy buttery cookies promises a season of cheerful festivities, but when you're Hannah and you own a bakery in Lake Eden sleuthing is never far behind. Holidays or not, there's always time for mischief and this time tragedy strikes again. With an air of Agatha Christie type mood the novel is different than previous five, all of the action happens in one evening and the killer is in one place with other people who have come together to celebrate the season ...more
Norma
Jan 11, 2011 Norma rated it it was amazing
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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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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Dana
Sep 30, 2012 Dana rated it liked it
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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Megan
Dec 19, 2011 Megan rated it liked it
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Michelle
Aug 04, 2014 Michelle rated it really liked it
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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Jenn
Apr 12, 2014 Jenn rated it liked it
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
Becky
Feb 25, 2011 Becky rated it did not like it
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
Lisa
Mar 15, 2015 Lisa rated it really liked it
Different from the usual form for a change which was nice. I also managed to read it in two days so not bad at all. Do find the same song and dance with the Norman/Mike thing getting old though though I think it eventually changes later on from reading Red Velvet Cupcakes as the first novel. Also the whole 50s lifestyle slant in the 2000s for a 30 year old is a bit ridiculous yet she gets mad about the idea of sexism with Mike. Think I'm just starting to like the character Mike less. Anyhow I wi ...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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