Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder (Hannah Swensen #1)
No one cooks up a delectable, suspense-filled mystery quite like Hannah Swensen, Joanne Fluke's dessert-baking, red-haired heroine whose gingersnaps are as tart as her comebacks, and whose penchant for solving crimes-one delicious clue at a time-has made her a bestselling favorite. And it all began on these pages, with a b...more
However, having read all but the latest (Key Lime Pie Murder, which I am still debating whether or not to read) in the series, I have to say that the series is not that great. The latter books were written more rece...more
Hannah Swensen, the main character, while not as pretty as her sister Andrea, or her mother, for that mat...more
To help his brother-in-law, who's the investigating detective, Hannah starts to collect clues from unexpected sources. And all that while baking cookies, running a business and dodging her mother who's trying to fix her single daughter up with every single man she sees.
This is it - Chocolate Chip Cookie...more
Today whe i read this book Hannah was still...more
It started okay and then there was the addition of a chocolate chip cookie recipe... a little gimmicky, but okay.
The characters could have been much more likeable. The main character admittedly lacks tact, which could be humorous (but I found the remarks she was making in her mind about an overweight person distasteful). The sister uses her female charms to manip...more
I found the fact that the main character was a baker very entertaining. It made me want to run to my nearest bakery every time I read what newest cookie recipe Hannah would be preparing. The characters are also very amusing, but of course, Moishe m...more
The Good- It was a quick, easy read. I didn't know who the murderer was and was slightly surprised when finding it out. The recipes look delicious that were added, very cute idea! And lastly, it's good to read someone else has the same belief as I do, "Chocolate can cure just about anything!" :)
The Bad- The characters are a bit annoying, the story highly unrealistic, the main ch...more
Nat Turner, owner of the huge Cozy Cow Dairy goes missing when he did not appear to speak a...more
The cast of characters are delightful, and although it is a "murder mystery", it is so cozy and light...more
I am very glad I downloaded this book and stuck through the first two chapters. I became sucked in to trying to figure out the mystery as we...more
"...a mystery which includes a bloodless crime and contains very little violence, sex or coarse language...The character solving the crime is often an amateur sleuth who becomes involved for personal reasons"
What I loved the most about this book (awesome recipes aside - Regency Ginger Cookie anyone?) was that it was set in a cutesy little village and had quaint little...more
The “hook” for this series is the inclusion of recipes, usually which have to do something with the title (I say this only based on my reading of two books so it may in no way be construed as fact). This...more
Hannah Swenson decid...more
Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder kicks off a savory new mystery series. Fluke introduces a delectable, delightful, down-to-earth sleuth that readers of the mystery genre will definitely relish for many years to come.
I love Lake Eden! Fluke's picturesque small town Minnesota setting m...more
I enjoyed the character of Hannah Swenson. Hannah owns a bakery/coffee shop known as "The Cookie Jar"--hence the title of the book. Hannah is a person well-liked in the community, but has family relationships (part...more
Hannah even seems to know more abo...more
Though I thoroughly enjoy light-hearted and fun women's amateur-detective novels, and I LOVE novels that feature cooks and recipes, I couldn't force myself through this book. The writing style was surprisingly repetitive and lacked finesse. For example, how many times (in the first chapter alone) must I be reminded that everything our protagonist owns is from the thrift store? Conversation itself was mundane, not interesting. Can't advise you regard...more
Fluke's dialogue is unbelievable at best. Nobody talks like this! "Mother, Moshie just spilled his food. I have to go!" For real? The cat spilled his dry food and this is an emergency situation that is good enough for a nosy mom to accept as hang-up worthy? I kept reading only because I had nothing else to read and I do love a good c...more
While she is out playing detective and interviewing witnesses, he seems to be sitting around eating cookies, and waiting for his promotion. She asks everyone that she in...more
While pursuing her writing career, Joanne has worked as: a public sch...more