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Carrot Cake Murder (Hannah Swensen #10)

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Between baking up a storm for The Cookie Jar and unraveling the mystery of her cat Moishe's recent strange behavior, Hannah Swensen has a lot on her plate. But she'll always make time for her business partner, Lisa, who's in the midst of preparing for a big family reunion. Everyone is delighted when Lisa's long-lost uncle makes a surprise appearance. No one has heard from ...more
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Published February 1st 2009 by Kensington Publishing Corporation (first published March 1st 2008)
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Laura
Jun 21, 2008 Laura rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm really struggling with this. It's been several months since I've read any of this series, and coming back to it is making me realize how terrible the writing is. First, the characters are just far too goody-two-shoes and high-horse-like for me to stand any longer. If I met Hannah on the street, I would probably have to beat the daylights out of her. But beyond that, so much of the book, especially the dialogue is forced beyond anything I've seen. Dialoge to describe how you make a recipe wit ...more
Katy
Aug 21, 2015 Katy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Me starting this book:
fuck this book
Me finishing this book:
this book sucks


I stumbled across these books in Barnes and Noble back and June and thought the premise sounded so ridiculous. "I'm going to read all of these because they're probably so terrible that they're hilarious." OH MY GOD I WAS SO WRONG. They're not hilarious, they're just so bad! The first one was, meh, whatever... BUT I'M 10 BOOKS IN NOW and oh my god, JoAnne what the hell are you even doing? These books are all. the. same. Mix it up, woman! Stop using the
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Christie
Jul 08, 2013 Christie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm wavering between giving this book one or two stars. I thought the first few books were cute but the series has gotten progressively more lame. So many plot points, big and small, are just unbelievable. It is 2008 and the owner of the gas station has to call in credit card numbers? But not on a Sunday of course so she'll jot down a card number to call in Mon? It is 2008 and Lisa seriously has no idea what a s'more is, so Hannah has to explain it to her? Norman, the local dentist, just hops a ...more
Debbie
Jul 16, 2012 Debbie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
#10 in the Hannah Swensen "cozy murder mystery series with recipes"

This one takes place at a family reunion for 150+ people, and somehow half of the townsfolk get invited to attend, also.

Again, a light fluff read with recipes inserted distractingly at the end of chapters, rather than the end of the book. The love triangle continues to move nowhere. At least 50 pages of each book so far are wasted with reintroducing characters; Hannah's cat antics; repeated descriptions of her early morning wake
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Jessica
As is typical in the Hannah Swensen world - Hannah is able to "save" the day while getting little to no sleep, somehow doing no work for the cookie shop, and grammatically correcting everyone around her. I read a review for the last book I read in this series and someone mentioned the annoyance they had that Hannah's two sisters were supposed to be gorgeous and stylish, but then they end up wearing the weirdest (non stylish) clothes. I noticed two times in this book people were wearing pantsuits ...more
Jennifer
Jul 09, 2011 Jennifer rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, delicious
Fluke has perfected her gimmick with this series: predictable murder, tasty recipes. She also recycles many descriptions and dialogue from previous books in the series, as well as drop trivia in the most random places. Hockey puck regulations? Major Native American tribes?

And yet, as frustrating and mundane as it may seem, there's something to be said for how fresh-apple-pie everything is, how the biggest drama in this series and fictional landscape is having a nagging mother and the interest of
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Andrea Guy
I'm in love with this series. It doesn't matter which book, they are really fun reads, and if you like cooking, there are some great recipes included.

Carrot Cake Murder is book 10 in the series. I'd say of the three that I've read, this one was definitely one of the best.

Here are the reasons this book is so great.

1. Not a lot with the love triangle in this one. Its hard to deal with the whole Hannah, Mike and Norman thing, and in this book it wasn't such a huge issue.

2. The mystery was really in
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Liralen
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
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Alcornell
Quick read. The biggest puzzle for me, having come into the series at book 10, after "huh?" was who are these people? They don't have current computer or phone skills, they have been living in some rural backwater which seems like its intended to be reminiscent of the original Eden, for too many generations for anyone to remember. They all know each other's back stories, but the reader doesn't. They laugh at things that I could not appreciate as funny. They know acronyms for all the Native Ameri ...more
Cynthia McCloud
Aug 05, 2011 Cynthia McCloud rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A piece of cake to read. Har har har. I've read almost every book in this series. The plots are formulaic but it's good when you don't have to think and in my jobs I read for work, not pleasure, too much of the time. I read culinary mysteries for the recipes. I get just as tired of goody-goody Hannah trying to choose between two boyfriends in this one -- oh grow up -- as I weary of Goldy in Diane Mott Davidson's series reminding everyone what a horrible abusive ex-husband she has -- you have a b ...more
Nate
Aug 28, 2016 Nate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Like a delicious piece of Carrot Cake this was a great mystery! Uncle Gus shows up out of the blue at the family reunion that Lisa and Herb have put together. Hannah and the cast of characters had me still laughing and enjoying the plot. But things that got to me about the book (that did not cause me to change my rating) were the fact that Herb seemed to have no real emotional response to his uncle getting killed nor really did his sisters. Yes he disappeared for 30 years but to have a family me ...more
Julie Barrett
Jun 15, 2016 Julie Barrett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Carrot cake murder by Joanne Fluke
A reunion of Lisas relatives and when the whole clan gets together for the photo one uncle is missing. Hannah puts the clues together with help from her family and friends as they question everybody as to where they were at the time of the murder and discovering who and why they'd want the uncle dead.
Love the recipes during the chapters but she has to be careful as others might want her dead also.
Love this series and the dentist Norman and cop Mike wanting her t
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Char Freund
May 18, 2016 Char Freund rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Forgive the food analogies. I don't want to be a book (food) snob but I'm having reader's (eater's remorse). (And yes, eater's remorse is a real term...google it.) There are so many great or even good books and I wasted time (calories). It was like the character's lemon fluff jello dessert: light, fluffy, but no real substance (nutrition).

Can I surmise that Goodread reviewers do like a great escape book now and then? But even then expect some character depth and plot twists? If so, join me in co
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Kasia
May 07, 2011 Kasia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anytime I look at my Joanne Fluke collection on my shelf I feel as if I have slices of dessert stacked one next to the other, these delicious morsels of sweet goodness are a fun getaway, as a nice book should be if you ask me! This is a cozy mystery with recipes and the theme of the story is carrot cake, sweet and chewy with a salty cream cheese frosting, smiles and tears if you will. There are some happy developments and there is death of course, as usual Hannah finds herself in the middle of e ...more
Ana T.
In Carrot Cake Murder, Hannah Swensen 10th mystery we have the return of Gus, Hannah’s partner Lisa’s uncle, after a 30 year absence and there are many questions about why he went away in the first place, is he really Gus and is he really as successful as he keeps announcing to everyone. He seems a really suspicious character but when he is found dead Hannah discovers that a lot of people may have had a motive to do away with him and the first suspect that the police considers his Lisa’s dad.
On
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Michelle
I have come to the conclusion that Joanna Fluke writes as if her reads are dumb. Not illiterate, but dumb. She explains things that don't need explaining and she justifies events and encounters like we would doubt her if she didn't. With half of the above taken out, this book would go from 334 pages to probably 250 pages. In other words she uses to much fluff!

The recipes weren't so great in the book either. I was waiting for the red velvet cookie recipe and never got that.

I am still give it thre
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benebean
Yay! Hannah finally didn't confront someone she was convinced was a murderer in a secluded place, alone without a weapon and with no planned backup. ... sarcasm aside I've made it this far in the series because I have enjoyed the mysteries and it's nice to finally have the protagonist behave more sensibly.
Luffy
Mar 06, 2014 Luffy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had some ill will towards this book early on. Mainly because of that dratted cat, Moishe. He is too aggravating, and quite a few of Hannah Swensen books in the not so distant past clinched one star because of his 'adventures'. I wish someone would immolate that cat. Anyway this book is the first genuine book in the series to earn four stars from moi. Candy Cane Murder doesn't count. It seems strange that the same English words found in the dictionary, when arranged by a skilled writer, can ge ...more
Carol
Nov 25, 2008 Carol rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great series of books, I have read them all. The main character is Hannah Swensen and she owns a cookie shop. The books are set in a small town in Minnesota. Hannah helps the police solve all the murders that happen. I will avoid living in Lake Eden, Mn at all costs because people are always being murdered there!! The books are fun and a fast read without language or sex. And best of all the books have lots of recipes in them for the cookies she sells at her shop and other recipes that ...more
Michelle
Jun 09, 2008 Michelle rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was really disappointed with this book. I had read the first in the series a long time ago and remembered liking it fairly well. This book was painful to read. There were WAY too many characters and I didn't understand the premise (why was the whole town attending a family reunion?). The writing was childish (Hannah didn't know what a ring tone was and definitions of very easy words) and there were quite a few grammatical errors.

The only reason I might suggest this book to someone is for the r
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Julie Morales
Apr 06, 2016 Julie Morales rated it liked it
I can agree with a few things other reviewers said about this book.
They are formulaic. It starts to feel like, after you've read a few, you've read them all. A lot of dialogues and scenes are repeated in many of the books. The plots differ somewhat, but you pretty much know what to expect after you've read the first few.
The books do focus a lot on Hannah's relationship with her cat, but if you're an animal lover as I am, you don't mind that as much. It's part of what makes Hannah who she is, and
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Latique
You normally wouldn't think of mixing a murder story with recipes and talk of delicious, mouth-watering cookies and food, would you? Well, this book (and I'm supposing the others like it from the same author) manages to do this and it comes across as a hunger inducing jolly romp of a story. Partially from the style of having the recipes in between chapters of famous dishes that show up in the story, the book is a quick read and very suitable to traveling/vacation escape reading. Even though ther ...more
Dee Tighe
easy read
Diane
Jan 27, 2016 Diane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
"Carrot Cake Murder" is book number 10 in the Hannah Swensen mystery series by Joanne Fluke. Lisa Hermann Beesman's family is having a family reunion in Lake Eden this summer. Lisa is Hannah's partner at The Cookie Jar Bakery. Marge Beesman's long lost brother, Gus, surprises everyone in the family by showing up after disappearing 25 years ago. Uncle Gus is dressed in designer suits, waving money all over the place and telling everyone about how successful his club and business' are. Uncle Gus i ...more
Mariah
Jan 04, 2015 Mariah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
My grandma is a huge fan of this series so when I saw one of these books at the library, I realized I wanted to read at least one book in the series. I had read no other books in the series. I didn't find it all that hard to follow without having read all of the other books.

Hannah Swenson is our main character who owns a bakery called the Cookie Jar. I actually really didn't like her as a character. She seems way too judgmental to me and rather annoying. Hannah's business partner Lisa, is hosti
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Katie
Jul 23, 2014 Katie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
why do I keep reading these? I guess just because they're free to listen to from my local libary as audio books, so it gives me something to listen to while I'm doing mundane tasks at work.
But come on already, for 10 books (and i'm sure the next 6 or 8 or however many there still are that I haven't read) Hannah strings along 2-3 guys as 'potential suitors' yet gets pissed off when one of them dates another woman, or is even seen in PUBLIC with another woman. What.the.crap. I'm all for women bei
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Susan
Carrot Cake Murder by Joanne Fluke is 10th in the Hannah Swensen cozy mystery series set in contemporary Minnesota. Fictitious Lake Eden is the stereotype of a small Midwest town where gossip spreads faster than news. Hannah is in her early thirties, lives alone with her cat Moishe, and owns her own bakery, The Cookie Jar. For the duration of the series, Hannah’s mother Delores has pestered her to settle down (get married), but Hannah has not been able to choose between her two boyfriends: Norma ...more
Nicola
Feb 29, 2016 Nicola rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Light fluff that possibly wouldn't annoy me as much if I were reading them a year apart but I got a pile out from the library at the same time.

*These are modern books and Hannah's in her early 30s yet struggles with the concept of what a cellphone is or how to use a computer for basic things like going online?
*Mike is clearly wrong for her and they don't have any real time together but she keeps being jealous if he spends time with another woman. She won't admit that she just wants to shag him
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Tara Choate
Sep 17, 2015 Tara Choate rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have not read the others in this series and picked it up (book on CD) for a car trip. I was not impressed and would not recommend this author, though other books in the series might be slightly more entertaining.

While I like some cozies, this book demonstrated some of the worst things about cozies. The pace was slow. The characters were vanilla to the point of eye rolling. Nothing really happened.

I had some MAJOR issues with the level of explanation the author was allowed. The editor should ha
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Stacy
Next one available (that I had not read) in the Hannah Swenson cozy mystery series from my library's download site. Always a nice easy read for me :)
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“three men can keep a secret, but only if two of them are dead.” 2 likes
“Mike gave her a warm smile. “Since you found the body, you don’t need copies of the crime scene photos, do you?” Hannah’s mouth dropped open. What was Mike talking about? “I can call you with the highlights from the autopsy report when it comes in.” “That would be nice,” Hannah said carefully, still not sure why Mike was being so cooperative. She had a sneaking suspicion she’d be better off not asking, but she couldn’t resist. “Why are you volunteering all this information?” “Because you’re going to get it anyway, one way or the other. There’s no sense in trying to keep you from sticking your nose in my case, is there?” Hannah thought about that for a moment, and then she shook her head. “No. Lisa” 2 likes
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