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Apple Turnover Murder (Hannah Swensen #13)

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Early summer brings plenty of work for baker Hannah Swensen, even before Mayor Bascomb's wife drops by The Cookie Jar to place an order for her charity event...For eleven-hundred cookies! And Hannah almost flips when her business partner, Lisa, suggests setting up an apple turnover stand. But she places her faith in Lisa and agrees to be a magician's assistant in the fundr ...more
Hardcover, 292 pages
Published February 1st 2010 by Kensington (first published January 1st 2010)
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Michaele
Jan 02, 2011 Michaele rated it did not like it
Shelves: fluff
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Mary: Harry Dresden's Love Slave
OK I'm done with this series. I'm so tired of the love triangle thing. Pick one already and get back to the murder mysteries. Now I like having the characters personal lives included in my cozies. But this is like the same book over and over again: Hannah can't make up her mind between Norman and Mike but gets ticked off when Mike shows an interest in another woman. Well maybe he's tired of taking cold showers. They drink lots of coffee, she has stupid dreams, she doesn't get enough sleep and sh ...more
Donna in Southern Maryland
As always, I enjoyed reading this Hannah book. It is written by a formula, which isn't so bad really. Hannah always gets by with too little sleep...........when is the poor girl going to get a vacation or some time to catch up on her sleep? She also never goes to the grocery store, but always seems to have what she needs in the pantry or refrigerator at home when she starts a new recipe!

She bakes some cookies, talks to the people at the Cookie Shop, takes on an extra load of work or job, finds a
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Denise
Mar 13, 2010 Denise rated it liked it
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Sara
Could Hannah drink anymore cups of coffee in this book?? I swear, on every page she was dying to drink up a cup of coffee before pouring herself another…or Michelle had made the coffee and was pouring a cup for Hannah…or Hannah was making coffee for late night visitors…or people were having coffee in her cookie shop…or Hannah was pouring coffee for Andrea…I could go on FOREVER! Usually, this doesn’t bother me, but DANG! If I read about another cup of coffee, I’ll go nuts!

*Deep breath*

Well, I wa
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Lori McD
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Amber Hahn
Nov 04, 2010 Amber Hahn rated it liked it
I have to say first off, that I love this series. I have read every book (except the newly released Devil's Food Cake Mystery) and have thoroughly enjoyed all of them.... except this one.
I don't know if it's Hannah's fickleness in choosing Norman or Mike, if it's the way she is constantly correcting everyone's grammar (ok, yes, that is definitely part of it), the same old tired phrases through 13 books (Swedish plasma? Ok... we get it), the fact that every recipe is the same with just a slight v
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Curious Squid
Mar 06, 2013 Curious Squid rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction, mystery
My friend said that this was the worst book she ever read. I am not going to try to dissuade her. At first I thought the book was written for children as the writing was so simplified, but alas it seems to be written for adults after all.

If that was not distracting enough, the book includes recipes in almost every chapter. So a typical chapter is structured like this: She walked into the room. It was a good room. It made her happy. She decided to bake in the room that brought her so much happine
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QNPoohBear
It's a hot, muggy summer in Lake Eden and The Cookie Jar is swamped. The mayor's wife asks Hannah and Lisa to bake something for her new charity weekend event. Hannah isn't sure about baking cookies on such short notice but Lisa volunteers them to bake 1000 apple turnovers. Hannah has a big problem. She's never made apple turnovers and neither has Lisa. Lisa's mother-in-law, Marge and Aunt Patsy step in to help bake. Then Lisa's husband Herb begs Hannah to be his assistant for the talent show an ...more
Valerie
Aug 06, 2011 Valerie rated it really liked it
A silly book that happens to have a murder in it, and some killer recipes.
Heather
Oct 13, 2014 Heather rated it it was ok
2.5 stars. This one didn't annoy me nearly as much as the last couple have but I'm still only reading this series out of habit at this point. This was one of those books that suited my needs of "something quick I can read on vacation that doesn't have a plot that requires my full attention." Same old, same old. Hannah finds a dead body next to one of her baked goodies and local law enforcement steps aside so she can solve the case, which of course she does.

The dead body in this case is the prof
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Andrea Guy
This is a light flaky cozy mystery that is almost as flaky as an apple turnover. This is book 13 in the Hannah Swensen series. Like most of these types of series, you don't need to read all the books to enjoy them. I might have read one of these awhile back, but I'm not really sure. This book worked as a stand alone for me.

It was a cute story. (That should get you right there...puppy dogs and kitties are cute...I'm not sure if that applies to cozy mysteries). I didn't feel cozy when reading it
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Laura de Leon
Jun 07, 2010 Laura de Leon rated it it was ok
Nothing happened that hasn't happened in previous books. The primary problematic turn of events was easily predicted.

If you've followed the series at all, you know that there's almost always some character acting strangely, and the reason is resolved at the end.

This time, it's nice, steady Norman. Six months after the events of the last book,where he's going nuts over his mother's secretive antics, he's doing many of the same things. Sorry, but this is out of character, and he's a major enough c
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Lisa Thomas
Mar 16, 2016 Lisa Thomas rated it really liked it
In this book, you finally meet Bradford Ramsey, the one who broke Hannah's heart and helped make Hannah who she is today. Love the book and Hannah does so much better with her new loves.
Julie Barrett
Jun 15, 2016 Julie Barrett rated it really liked it
Apple Turnover Murder by Joanne Fluke
Have enjoyed this series and not sure if it'll ever end as I've read of Hannah getting married in the last book.
This one starts out with Hannah baking for a 3 day event. Brad, an old professor comes for the event and he is murdered. Hannah and others in town help to gather the clues.
A local was using the professor, an ex wife and you'll never guess who actually killed him.
Recipes every other chapter round this book out.
I received this book from National Libra
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Angela
Apr 23, 2010 Angela rated it liked it
...3.5 stars...

What can I say? I haven't given up on the series *quite* yet, and don't know if I will. Nevertheless, the only thing that saved this book from receiving its usual "3 star" rating was the fact that *gasp* the love triangle story line actually became believable! Hannah FINALLY admitted to herself that her contempt of Mike's side-romances wasn't so fair considering she in fact is doing the same with Norman. Thank GOD! For the LONGEST time it was totally "the pot calling the kettle bl
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Julie Golding Page
I had been anticipating this book for some time, as I've loved all the other instalments of the Hannah Swensen series. However, both story line and character development failed to deliver in this book, compared with previous novels in the series.

For the first time in reading this series, I had the murderer figured out long before bakery-owner-turned-detective Hannah did. To me, being able to do so at all - let alone before the supposed detective in the story - gives a mystery a failing grade.

I
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Kasia
Sep 20, 2012 Kasia rated it really liked it
Apple Turnover Murder is the 13th book in the series if you don't count Candy Cane Murder #11 as a whole book since it was about 110 pages but with two other stores after it, if you count Candy then it's #14 which is my count so I'm keeping it.

Anyways, this is a cozy murder mystery series, and even though it has progressed into double digits the schematics are still the same. This is a total getaway from modern things and stress, well other than all those murders, so if you expect Hannah to drop
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Kieraanne
May 14, 2010 Kieraanne rated it it was ok
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April
Apr 24, 2015 April rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, e-book
Hannah's nemesis from college, Bradford Ramsey, is murdered. There are lots of suspects because he messed with many people's lives. Hannah figures out the culprit by accident. Norman is acting weird. Mike says she should choose Norman. Hannah stands to lose both her boyfriends. Serves her right for not making a decision, I think.
Betty
Sep 01, 2014 Betty rated it liked it
Shelves: library-books
It has been a long time since I have read on a book of this series. This is really not a mystery but a delightful cookie recipe book. The writing is clear and concise. It is easy to read and all the cookies sound good. Rose's Zucchini cookies caught my eye. I read the recipes even if I don't plan on making them. I was more than half way through the book before the mystery started. The story starts with a wedding but it is not Hannah. LISA and Hannah agree to supply a large number of Apple turnov ...more
Alma
Dec 20, 2015 Alma rated it it was ok
I like a good mystery, and I am a cookbook junkie. You’d think the books of this author’s series would be perfect for me. Nope. This one had 125 pages of “junk” before anything regarding the mystery is mentioned. That, along with the 3-5 pages for each of the 21 recipes and some chapters describing how the characters in the story are carrying out each step of the same recipes makes for some tedious reading. The mystery ends up being mildly interesting, but the plot is uncomplicated and there is ...more
Nicole
Jun 14, 2010 Nicole rated it it was ok
I have to be honest, I didn't finish the book. Not because I don't adore the Hannah Swensen mysteries, but because I feel as if I keep reading the same story over and over. In each of these books, the dialogue is the same and the story always revolves around someone getting murdered with one of Hannah's scrumptious treats in their mouth or lying somewhere close by. I devoured this series when it was kinda new and still somewhat exciting, but the series has lost its luster for me. Unless Ms. Fluk ...more
Sarenna
Aug 02, 2011 Sarenna rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, chick-lit
The main reason I continue to read these books is because I really like the characters. That said, Hannah's love triangle is really wearing thin. I think it's about time to wrap this part of the story up. Like the other Swensen series, this book is a quick, light read. Nothing fancy, doesn't take too much brain power and this book I had pretty much figured out the who dunnit part as soon as the murder was discovered. Even so, this book was still fun, but that's probably because it I felt "reunit ...more
Susan
Aug 04, 2012 Susan rated it liked it
The always engaging Hannah Swensen agrees to help a charity drive, but during the amateur talent show, she finds yet another body. Unfortunately she herself had made threats against the dead person, even if one of her two regular boyfriends, policeman Mike, doesn't really consider her a suspect. But Hannah sees suspect after suspect has an alibi, and there aren't many left. The recipes sound tastier than usual, except, possibly, for a "too easy hotdish" that might be better reserved for cold Min ...more
Julie Morales
May 11, 2016 Julie Morales rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think the best part of this book was at the end, when Hannah gets her just reward by seeing Norman enter the restaurant where her mother is having a party...with another woman, but before that, the book was more of the same.
I like Hannah's character and can even identify with some of the things she does, but the love triangle thing was getting on my nerves, and apparently Norman was getting tired of it too. Who could blame him? But we really don't know anything about this woman except that sh
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Ams78
Aug 12, 2012 Ams78 rated it it was ok
This book was a very quick read...only took me about 3 hours to read. I expected fluff, but this was just too fluffy. Too much day-to-day minutiae and not enough actual suspense. The mystery didn't even begin until nearly two-thirds of the way in! The recipes were nice, but somehow condescending, like they were written for children almost. I wanted to like these books, but they are too fluffy. I think these are mislabeled as mysteries because the primary focus seems to be small-town living and b ...more
Priscilla Herrington
One of my guilty pleasures is cozy mysteries, I especially enjoy listening to them in the car. Although I've seen Joanne Fluke's cooking related books for years, I've never actually read one, at least not on in her Hannah Swenson series, so it seemed time to rectify this deficit with the Apple Turnover Murder.

A whole subgenre of cozy murders is food=related - books containing recipes for the featured goodies, and I have actually tried a recipe on more than one occasion, or used it to modify some
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 Olivermagnus
There is no better series to pick up when you're trying to complete a challenge that either requires you to read a book with a specific color cover, or something with dessert/food on the cover. Hannah Swensen is the owner of The Cookie Jar in Lake Eden, Minnesota. She bakes cookies and desserts and for some reason, practically always discovers a dead body at some event she is catering.

In this book, Hannah discovers Dr. Bradley Ramsey, dead backstage at a charity talent show clutching one of her
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Jessie Frederick
Jun 05, 2016 Jessie Frederick rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016, borrowed
Average at best. I used to be really into chick-lit books, and mysteries always made them better. But I think I'm starting to lose interest in this genre. Apple Turnover Murder is fine. Nothing incredibly wrong with it or anything, and if you're into chick-lit and murder mystery, then you'll probably really enjoy this book. I tried to enjoy the story for what it was. I've excepted that this isn't my favorite genre anymore - not even a preferred genre - but I could move past that to just read 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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