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Apple Turnover Murder (Hannah Swensen #13)

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It's June in Lake Eden, Minnesota, and for Hannah Swensen, that means bridal showers galore, plus a massive fundraising event in need of confections—not to mention a killer who never learned that charity begins at home...

Early summer brings plenty of work for Hannah, even before Mayor Bascomb's wife drops by The Cookie Jar to place an order ...for eleven-hundred cookies! S

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Published February 23rd 2010 by Recorded Books, LLC (first published January 1st 2010)
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Michaele
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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
Denise
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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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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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Valerie
A silly book that happens to have a murder in it, and some killer recipes.
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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Lori McD
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Amber Hahn
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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Laura de Leon
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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Curious Squid
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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Heather
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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Angela
...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.

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Kasia S.
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
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Betty
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
Nicole
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
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
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
Ams78
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
Tracy
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Missy
I had the murderer figured out about 3 pages after he/she was introduced. Also, it was SOOOOOO obvious what was ailing one of the characters! I know this is not sophisticated writing, but I do like the characters and Apple Turnovers! I think I will read the next one-Gingerbread Cookie Murder-because I adore Gingerbread cookies, but if Hannah doesn't decide on Norm or Mike-better be Norm-I quit after that book.
Melanie
The recipes are more appealing than the book. The story line is fine, but the interaction between characters is often a little flat. The minutia of which they speak really can be left out. It's like Joanne Fluke knows her story line, but can't figure out how to fill it so she just comes up with some half-hearted trivia. I keep reading the novels more for the recipes than for the story.
Marian
Aside from wanting something sweet so bad I nearly killed someone, I figured out the murderer before the murder even happened. Ditto the why. Sadly this left me with all the time in the world to wonder how it is that Hannah forgives Mike so easily his wandering eye (as well as other bits of his anatomy) but Norman isn't entitled to a couple of 'off' days.

Friggin' cliff-hanger. Bah.
Megan O'Neill
I fell in love with the citizens of Lake Eden in Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder, and the humor, heart, and cleverness of the writing were more than enough to keep me coming back for more through the subsequent books. But Apple Turnover Murder is not Fluke's strongest installment of the series; I don't know if it's because the books ARE formulaic or not, but at the introduction of the culprit, I immediately knew we'd just met the killer, and I knew exactly the motive behind the murder du jour. That ...more
Sarah
Formulatic writing at its best. Another day, another dead body stumbled across by Hannah Swenson. Another entire book where she waffles between two guys who, of course, absolutely love her. Joanne Fluke- it is time for her to get off the fence! And trying to make the last chapter into a cliff-hanger isn't really working here.
Laura
As always,I loved this storyline...the author cleverly leaves the ending
concerning a love interest of Hanna's up-in-the-air! Now I have to wait for the next book for a resolution, I wonder if my thoughts on this will match the authors?!
Loraine
Once again, Joanna Fluke has written a delightful cozy mystery chocked full of delicious recipes. This one features mainly cookie recipes and there are several I can't wait to try.
frozendreams
I can't even begin to describe how disappointing this installment was. Bradford was hardly in the book. In fact, for someone who caused such turmoil in Hannah's life, there was very little information on him. For a novel that surrounded his murder, there was barely anything new about him. It hardly expanded on the information that we were given about him in the past. A lot of time was wasted on small plot lines that could have been saved for another novel. The love triangle is still going. This ...more
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While pursuing her writing career, Joanne has worked as: a public sch
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“...she was a level-headed woman who saw the glass as neither half empty nor half full, but rather a glass with something in it and room to pour in more...” 11 likes
“WATERMELON COOKIES Preheat oven to 325 degrees F., rack in the middle position. 1 package (.16-ounce) watermelon (or any other flavor) Kool-Aid powder (Don’t get the kind with sugar or sugar substitute added.) 1 and ⅔ cup white (granulated) sugar 1 and ½ cups softened butter (2 and ½ sticks, 10 ounces) 2 large eggs, beaten (just whip them up in a glass with a fork) ½ teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon baking soda 3 cups all-purpose flour (pack it down in the cup when you measure it) ½ cup white (granulated) sugar in a bowl Hannah’s 1st Note: When Brandi makes these cookies, she rolls them out on a floured board and uses cookie cutters. Rolled cookies take more time than other types of cookies, so Lisa and I modified Brandi’s recipe for use at The Cookie Jar. Mix the watermelon Kool-Aid with the granulated sugar. Add the softened butter and mix until it’s nice and fluffy. Add the eggs and mix well. Mix in the salt and the baking soda. Make sure they’re well incorporated. Add the flour in half-cup increments, mixing after each addition. Spray cookie sheets with Pam or another nonstick cooking spray. You can also use parchment paper if you prefer. Roll dough balls one inch in diameter with your hands. (We use a 2-teaspoon cookie scooper at The Cookie Jar.) Roll the cookie balls in the bowl of white sugar and place them on the cookie sheet, 12 to a standard-size sheet. Bake the Watermelon Cookies at 325 degrees F. for 10 to 12 minutes (mine took 11 minutes) or until they’re just beginning to turn golden around the edges. Don’t overbake. Let the cookies cool on the cookie sheets for no more than a minute, and then remove them to a wire rack to cool completely. Yield: Approximately 6 dozen pretty and unusual cookies that kids will adore, especially if you tell them that they’re made with Kool-Aid. Hannah’s 2nd Note: Brandi’s mother baked these cookies to send to school on birthdays. She” 0 likes
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