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Strawberry Shortcake Murder (Hannah Swensen #2)

3.83  ·  Rating Details  ·  11,813 Ratings  ·  678 Reviews
A New York Times best-seller, Strawberry Shortcake Murder by Joanne Fluke is a scrumptious concoction of fresh-whipped mystery and culinary intrigue. Publishers Weekly call sit a superior cozy sure to leave readers satisfied but hungry for more.

Hannah Swensen, amateur sleuth and boutique bake store proprietor extraordinaire, is judging a dessert contest when fellow judge
Published July 25th 2007 by Recorded Books, LLC (first published February 1st 2001)
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Elle ✦ Pretty Little Books ✦
:: 4 Delicious Stars ::

I adore this series. It is light, action packed, fun, and leaves readers craving for more. Hannah Swensen (the books heroine/amateur sleuth) is very likeable. She is smart, charming, and really knows how to dish out delicious treats! While I do feel like her character could be a bit more dynamic, there really isn’t anything bad I can say about her. Hopefully as the series progresses her character will develop a bit more. In addition to this, the plot is a bit predictable
Oct 28, 2011 Chrissy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another delicious murder mystery! Hannah has become a cooking judge in front of a live audience. She is also given her few minutes of fame before each contest begins by baking a recipe and sharing it with the viewers.

One of the judges has to back out at the last minute due to a dental emergency, so the station has to have another person randomly choosen to be a judge on such short notice. They draw the name Boyd Watson. A basketball coach at the local high school where they are filming the bakin
Sep 02, 2012 Amanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kabul-books
I really liked book #1 and I quickly bought and finished the second installment. Had to lower my rating though because the book is EXACTLY the same as the first one. As if it was written by a template or paint-by-numbers.

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It's a cop-out, but the Hannah Swensen mysteries really only need a lump review:

For some reason, I keep reading these when they show up at the library. I don't know why. Do I enjoy them? Sure. They're trashy murder mysteries that don't always make sense. I can huff at them in irritation when the main character does, or thinks, something especially stupid. They involve recipes.

Actually, the books are formulaic enough that they themselves were written by recipe.

Yes, I will keep reading them, assum
Janie Johnson
Mar 21, 2016 Janie Johnson rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
I chose to read this book for the March Mystery Madness challenge that is going on. I am not at all familiar with cozy mysteries so it was a good idea for me to choose one for this challenge to kind of get an idea of what they are like. This one was for a cozy mystery involving cooking or crafting. I have not had the chance to read the first book since I do not own that one, but since this series has different cases with each book, it was fine to start with book 2. I did discover that with readi ...more
Mandy Blair Crider
The bad thing about these books is that I want to eat the entire time I'm reading! I enjoy Hannah Swensen and her uncanny ability to find herself in yet another murder mystery. It sort of reminds me of Scooby Doo and the gang and how they always wound up at the scene of a crime or in the middle of a case no matter what. I could do without the "too cheerful" dialogue and way happy ambience of these books, but I do enjoy them! This one had me stumped until the end. Now I'm on to the 3rd one :)
Feb 10, 2016 Rebbie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-cutesy
This is the second cozy mystery in the Hannah Swensen series by Joanne Fluke. For those of you who don't know, you can currently watch this series on the Hallmark channel. I personally haven't seen it, although I have heard it's great.

Set in the fictional tiny town of Lake Eden, MI, Hannah Swensen is the owner of a bakery called The Cookie Jar. Once again, there's been a murder, and once again, we find Hannah placing herself in the middle of the investigation.

Why she gets away with this, I don'
Oct 05, 2010 Sheri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Strawberry Shortcake Murder (Joanne Fluke)
Murder Mystery. Hannah Swensen is a baker living in rural Minnesota. When she is not baking she is solving crimes...this job just comes naturally to her. Hannah is asked to judge a four day bake sale. After the first day one of the judges, Coach Boyd Watson is found dead and Hannah is on the scene.

Hannah with the help of her sister Andrea, decide to do some investigating
Fast paced who done it, with twists, turns a lot of suspects is a fun page turning al
Sep 05, 2011 Erin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
these books are entertaining and a quick read. the mysteries aren't terribly complex, but they do offer some intriguing twists and turns to keep you reading! the bonus is that each book offers a handful if yummy-sounding dessert recipes. if you like to cook/bake/eat (lol), then that's just another reason to pick up these books! I've already got the next 2 on hold at the library and I can't wait to see what kind of shenanigans Hannah gets herself into next. :)
Kay Van Slyke
Feb 13, 2014 Kay Van Slyke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good one!! Fun murder mystery along with some new recipes. I'm definitely going to have to try to make the Chocolate Highlander Cookie Bars. Yum!! Also, my new motto from this book is: "If chocolate were a mandatory part of breakfast, people wouldn't be so grouchy in the morning"!!
Kate Hollifield
While some referenced how similar the structure of the book was to its predecessor, I didn't mind. This book was a fun read, and that's what I wanted it to be.
Feb 19, 2015 Toni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story features Hannah Swensen, and she is one of the judges of the Heartland Flour Dessert Bakeoff that is being broadcast on the local television station. One of the judges has to bow out and they bring in, Boyd Watson, a character from the Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder who was proven to be a wife beater. He is the coach of the Gulls high school basketball varsity team. He says some not so nice things to some of the contestants and they end up finding his dead body the next day. Hannah gets ...more
This is the second cozy, Strawberry Shortcake Murder, by Joanne Fluke that I have enjoyed. I am already realizing that completing these books in order is advantageous, given that each book adds more layers to the main characters: Hannah, otherwise known as The Cookie Lady, the proprietress of a very successful bake shop, Andrea, her real estate broker sister and sidekick, and several other folks who work and live in the Minnesota town of Eden Mill. This book could be read as a standalone, but I ...more
Mar 13, 2009 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mysteries, 2009
2nd in the Hannah Swensen series.

The second installment of the series improved on the first. Hannah is obviously growing as a character. She makes better decisions, yet is still her impulsive self. Her relationship with her sister, Andrea, is also growing.

This time when murder strikes in Lake Eden, Hannah needs to help her friend, Danielle, who is suspected of murdering her battering husband. Andrea insists on helping Hannah and the two become quite the investigative pair. Andrea is the charmer
Apr 11, 2016 Rylie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A contest has come to Lake Eden, a bake-off to be exact, and Hannah is one of the judges. So too is Boyd Watson, head basketball coach. After a night of judging, and Boyd's critical comments of all of the contestants, Boyd is found, dead in his garage. Could one of the contestants have been angry enough to do such a thing, or could the motives be...a lot more unexpected?
I enjoyed this one more than the first in the series. I feel like Hannah is coming more in to her own of being a detective, and
Hannah Swenson, owner of The Cookie Jar bakery is planning to expand her menu to include desserts. As a judge for the Heartland Flour Bake Off, she gets to try out new recipes to debut on the local news. When Hannah's fellow judge Coach Boyd Watson stings the contestants with his negative comments, Hannah tries to soften the blow with more positive comments and constructive criticism. The next time Hannah sees Coach, he's lying dead on the garage floor, his head bashed in with a hammer. The poli ...more
Moriah Venable
Months after the first murder, in the small town of Lake Eden, Minnesota, a bake off happens in town and everyone is getting ready for it. When a judge has to call in sick, they have a substitute who is none other than Coach Boyd Watson. After the first night of the bake off, Boyd is found in his garage dead. Hannah Swenson, the Cookie Lady, who owns her own bakery, knows something isn't right, especially with town reporter Lucy, is having new car and clothes even though she doesn't make much fr ...more
Jun 11, 2011 Naomi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Where is my insulin?? This book was way to sticky sweet and the emphasis was on how the author was going to be able to fit her recipes into the storyline versus the story line itself. I do believe, unless I need them for a challenge, this is my last Joanne Fluke book, unless I grab them to see what recipes she puts in them!
Apr 06, 2015 Cherry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Here's another installment of our supercilious friend Hannah solving a murder (giving the police a helping hand because they can't do it on their own) and entertaining the likes of me. In this book, Hannah (view spoiler)

The best bit was when
This is book number 2 in the series; I am a fan of these mysteries where the murders (at least the main one anyway) seem to always include one of the heroine and amateur sleuth, Hannah Swenson's, best desserts as part of the crime scene. So far this series has shown that there is equal opportunity for the innocent as well as the 'not so nice' to get bumped off. These are light and fun easy 'before bedtime' reads, or any other time for that matter. I can't wait to see what goes wrong with Hannah' ...more
Laine The Librarian
In walks in another mystery that Cookie-master Hannah Swensen must figure out. And it has nothing to do with her new recipes of desserts she's adding at The Cookie Jar. Nope, this here is murder. And it's someone that she doesn't all!

Coach Watson has been a lot of things for the lovely town in Minnesota and many of those things has been hidden in plain beating his wife. So no love loss there for Hannah when she "found" the body, once again. But she liked his wife and wan
Dec 26, 2009 Jess rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 2009
Someone recommended this series to me because she said it was similar to the Stephanie Plum Novels from Janet Evanovich. So I gave it a try.

I couldn't find the first book in the series anywhere so I just started with this one instead. I didn't feel as if I was missing any information, the characters were all re-introduced at one point.

I liked the book, I thought the murder was interesting to try to solve as I went along through the book and I picked out one of the "bad" guys from the beginning
May 10, 2010 Jaime rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy_mystery, 2010
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Nov 16, 2008 Karol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2008
I enjoyed this second book in the series a great deal more than the first. The character of Hannah Swensen is growing on me! What made this book more to my taste was partly the interactions between Hannah and Andrea (her sister), her employee Lisa, and "friends" Norman and Mike. Her mother's admonitions to stop finding dead bodies were humorous, too.

In the first book, it seemed like there were a lot of loose ends - discoveries of things that had no bearing on the mystery and while significant, w
Aug 19, 2015 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this, the second in the Hannah Swensen series. I fell in love with the setting and the characters in the first book, and this book kept on with what I enjoyed previously. I do see what other people meant when they said that the events in this book was really similar to the events of the first one, but that honestly didn't stop me from liking it! This book was fun to read, although I realize how silly that sounds since it's a murder mystery! I am super excited to read the next on ...more
Scarlett Sims
The problem with reading this series out of order is that when a character shows up who I haven't seen in the later books it's easy to tell that they are the killer/will get murdered.

It was kinda cool to read an earlier book though because it introduces problems that have already been resolved in the books I've read.

My biggest problem with this one was that everyone seemed a little too willing to be outside the law/their ethics... it seems like in the later books Hannah is a little bit more care
Michele Lacroix
excellent mystery, I tried one of the 'recipes the oatmeal crisps I'm not sure if I like them. different texture than I'm used to
Steven Freeman
Feb 02, 2016 Steven Freeman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Entertaining. Enjoyable plot and characters. Relaxing read.
Jennifer S
more like 2 & 1/2 stars. Didn't love it, didn't hate it. Listened to it on CD and it was poorly edited which was constantly annoying. The chapter breaks were long, and the speaker could be heard taking a breath before the cut offs. I read it fit the quick mystery fluff it is suppose to be, and that part was good. Hannah though is getting to be a little annoying. She was asked by her bro-in-law to help investigate in the first book, it this one she becomes a big know it all and is putting the ...more
Sep 20, 2014 Lacey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The only reason this didn't get four stars from me is because of the 'political correctness gone mad' comment in the book. Yes, it's a throwaway line, but things like that are a pet peeve of mine. It wasn't necessary and makes me wonder if it was an author's comment moreso than just the character's. Is it petty? Probably, but I wanted to be upfront about it.

Another factor also comes from the first book as well, which is the continuous mention of Betty's weight. We get it. She's fat. How dare she
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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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“If chocolate were a mandatory part of breakfast, people wouldn’t be so
grouchy in the morning.”
“Hannah? Tell me you didn’t…” Delores paused to clear her throat, and when she spoke again, she sounded very tentative. “Did you?” “I’m afraid I did, Mother. I found Lucy last night.” “Hannah! You’ve simply got to stop doing things like this!” “It’s not like a scavenger hunt, Mother. I don’t go around looking for murder victims on purpose.” Hannah realized she sounded” 0 likes
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