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Cream Puff Murder (Hannah Swensen #11)

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  5,763 ratings  ·  460 reviews
Bakery owner Hannah Swensen has a dress to fit into and a date with her sister, Andrea, at Lake Eden's new health club, Heavenly Bodies. Dragging herself out of bed on a frigid Minnesota morning for exercise, of all things, is bad enough. Discovering the body of man-eating bombshell Ronni Ward floating in the gym's jacuzzi? Okay, that's worse. Nor does it help that there's ...more
ebook, 320 pages
Published February 1st 2010 by Kensington (first published November 24th 2008)
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Ronda As annoyed as I sometimes get with Hannah and the guys and all the waffling (not food--the lack of decision), I suspect that, if she makes a decision…moreAs annoyed as I sometimes get with Hannah and the guys and all the waffling (not food--the lack of decision), I suspect that, if she makes a decision (or they do), there will be complaints as to who Hannah chooses. Has the series become predictable? Sure. But that seems to be true of any series I have ever read after a while. I read these books as a chance to pop in and catch up with some fun characters in a town I would like to visit. When I'm not in the mood for that, I read something else. Meanwhile, I do continue to enjoy the recipes (and there actually is a cookbook available now.) Just my two cents. (less)
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I read the first couple of pages before realizing that all these books are the same. Someone kills someone else..Hannah sticks her nose in it, while Lisa does all the grunt work at the Cookie Jar. Hannah always answers the phone with "Hello mother" because her cat just knows its her. She's dating 2 guys she's totally unsure about..even though it's totally obvious who she should be with. Once she figures out who the killer is, the killer finds out that she knows..the killer tries to kill her..she ...more
These are kind of funny books. The tone of the story is kind of annoying. I am kind of tired of the series, they are getting preditable. She will find a body and solve the murder, bake more cookies and debate which boy she likes better and leave them equal. I am ready for something new to happen and she needs to pick Norman already. Hopefully in this book she finally learned that Mike is a player and she is over him and maybe the next book will be more interesting. She does include a lot of reci ...more
Absolutely terrible.

If Joanne Fluke wanted to write a cookie cookbook, she should have just written a cookie cookbook. I was expecting a good murder mystery with a couple of cute recipes woven into a solid storyline and it was the exact opposite. I counted 25 recipes in this book. Twenty-five! It was ridiculous. Someone walks by Hannah's cookie truck, "Here! Have some ______ cookies" and bam! there's another recipe. What does this have to do with the STORY? Nothing. "This is the best egg-salad
The best thing that I can say about this book is that it is completely consumable. I started reading this book at about eight thirty last night and I'm already finished with it. It's true that I couldn't put it down, but that's not necessarily because it was a fantastic read. It was just an easy read. An easy read that didn't demand too much of my mental capacity and allowed me to just consume it. It's completely forgettable, and, though I totally think of this series as brain candy, it's not th ...more
Hannah Swenson, baker, is back at it again. This time she needs to fit in a dress to celebrate her mother's newly published book. the dress has been ordered but Hannah seems to have gained some weight. While joining her sister Andrea to work out, Hannah stumbles across the dead body of one of the personal trainers. Ronni, the murdered woman, was known to be rather free with her favors and there is more than one possible suspect, including three of Lake Eden's own police force.
Why only three star
This is my second Joanne Fluke murder. I picked it up to listen to it in the car while driving around (kill two birds with one stone). This series is about a woman named Hannah, who owns a cookie shop where people come for treats and tea. She finds a dead body and goes about solving the mystery of who killed them. The characters are light, the book is an easy read (a "cozy"), and there's not a whole lot of suspense and "bad energy." Bonus points for clean language and moral values. (I hate being ...more
The Hannah Swenson mysteries are light & fluffy. They're very good easy reads. However, the books are starting to get annoying. I find it hard to believe that a woman of Hannah's age is still so concerned with what society thinks of her. The most risque part of the book was when Hannah & Mike kiss. Furthermore, it's gotten to the point that Mike is turning into a sleaze & yet Hannah still can't decide between him & Norman. The constant grammatical corrections are becoming obnoxio ...more
I'm addicted to the Hannah Swensen Murder Mystery Books. They are all the same, but enjoyable. I love the recipes.

So, like all the books. The body that turns up dead is Ronnie Ward, the beautiful, home-wrecking aerobic instructor. She also would lead some classes at the police station. Certain police officers had to take themselves off the case because they were too "involved." One of those would be Mike, Hannah's boyfriend (one of the two, anyways). So Mike finally wants Hannah to solve the cas
This is the new book in a mystery series that involves a cook. (the book includes recipes for the things she makes). I think this series is becoming too predictable because I did not enjoy this one as much as I have some of the others. I probably prefer Diane Mott Davidson who does similar books
I give up on these books. I enjoyed the first several in the series, but the characters seem to be getting dumber and dumber. The characters over explain the simplest details about everything. I didn't even finish this one. It felt like the author must be getting paid by the word.
Lori McD
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04/11/2012 I am a little more than a quarter way through the book but off the bat there was an error that irked me. Hannah had pepperoni in her hair and suddenly its sausage on the next page. I cannot stand it when Fluke makes mistakes like this after dragging the book out for as long as possible. The murder has not even happened yet.

04/13/2012- I am done with the book. This is the reason why these books all get 3 star reviews:
*Fluke drags things out too long. I don't want to wait 1/4 of the bo
One of the best of the recent books in the series, particularly if you are reading them out of order, as I am. When the entire Sheriff's department must recuse themselves of the investigation of murder of local fitness instructor, they all call on Hannah to fill in. Hannah is not impressed. She, along with almost all the women in Lake Eden are not mourning Ronni's passing. Ronni flirted with every man in sight, married or not, and didn't care if she was breaking up marriages in the process. Whil ...more
AT LAST!!!! The audiobook finally came in to the library. Woohoo!!!!

5/29: Well, Fluke had me fooled about the murderer in this one. I'd thought I had it pegged, and it completely surprised me it was someone else! I love how all the main characters have started working together on solving the cases. It's much more fun that way. I also like seeing the family coming closer together from that. And, yes, I'll admit that sadly I was pleased to have Fluke finally show a part of Mike I had suspected bei
If you are looking for a book you can keep in your suitcase and not care about finishing for 6-12 mos, then this series might work for you. If you actually want to read a well-written mystery with well-developed characters (rather than a cookie cook book masquerading as a mystery) then you should check out titles by Katherine Page Hall, Mary Daheim or Dana Stabenow. Compared to their books, this one comes across as if it was written by a grade schooler. Don't waste your time or $$.

Read the previ
So much fail in this instalment of Fluke's series. Body image, dieting, losing weight to please mother, sister and whomever. I almost threw the book out. Why did I keep reading? Because Norman was still the best thing in this. Really. It's about time Fluke puts an end to the romantic triangle (and gets rid of Mike). Too many cookie recipes, too thin a mystery plot, too much body image fail. One star because of Norman, the rest of the characters are so paper thin it's annoying and sad.

My copy is
I don't know why I didn't enjoy this book as much as the others, but a guess would be that Hannah was a bit more irritating. Yes, Hannah, there is a word called 'texting'. Language evolves, and she should know that having studied English literature. Do we speak the same as Chaucer did? No, of course not, because English evolved. New words were added, old ones dropped, and grammar changed.

(Note that I'm not making the argument that there shouldn't be an emphasis placed on grammar, but merely tha
Jenny C.
This was my first Hannah Swensen mystery, and I picked it because of the delicious-looking treat on the cover. Perhaps it was because I'm not familiar with Lake Eden, but I had a hard time remembering the names of the numerous residents in town. (Also, there was some judicious usage of alliteration in character names.) The tone of the novel seems a bit humorous, but all the jokes lacked a quick punch line--I could see how they would end way before the author told me.

I did like the intimate sett
As is the case with all these books - the author likes to use Hannah to correct other people (grammar, style etc) and since that's the case I like to correct bits of her books that just seem wrong to me.

Early on in the book when the shop gets an order for cookies Hannah says it's short notice. They end up charging the customer double for these cookies. Come to find out - the order is needed in FOUR days. She owns a cookies shop. Four days is more than enough time especially since they're COOKIE
Dawn Michelle

This was a GOOD read. Only because I have read a "MILLION" cozy mysteries did I pick up on who might have done the murder (I was partially right). Good suspense, good comradarie between the sisters and between Norman and Hannah. And Mike is just proving his colors over and over and OVER again!!!! I DO NOT KNOW how Hannah can keep seeing him. In my eyes, HE IS A PIG!!!!! UGH!!!
There seems to be a genre of mysteries so cozy that you are presented with six recipes for delicious treats before murder is even committed and you are never in genuine fear for anyone. Despite my doubts about the mystery, lack of character development, and implausibility of the plot (and recipes involving candy bars confuse me) I liked this book a lot. First of all, the main character is a caring, decent, fun person who is thoughtful about life in general. Second, the solution was a surprise. T ...more
Amber Jones
I wish I had known this book was 11th book in a series. I would have started with book one. This book reminds me of Janet Evanovich without the raunch and sex. Very clean mystery solving going on while a woman struggles to get fit. Funny, but not laugh out loud funny. Now I have to read the other 10 books. The list keeps getting longer...
This is a fun, fluffy book. It is excellent to listen to on audio because if you get distracted for a minute or two, it doesn't really matter. Plus the people are always eating cookies, which sounds great to me. Plus recipes for the food items featured in the book are included as well. Plus, these books are very clean which is nice.
About as fluffy as it sounds. The author got so preoccupied with food and recipes at the beginning that I was starting to wonder if there would be a mystery. The main character is finally (after 11 books) starting to lean more towards one of her two suitors. Overall pretty average.
I've read this entire series and I don't know if I'm just bored with it or what but this book was not good. The dialog was terrible and contrived. Thank goodness for the yummy recipes, they redeem the book. I will definitely be making a batch of the carrot cake cookies.
Luffy Monkey D.
I don't want to spend time on the review analyzing what went wrong. Or for that matter, pick out the good things in this book. Both are futile. I just want to emphasize that sometimes books that you're counting on don't come good. There's a sense of helplessness in the matter. A book cannot usually be finished in three hours. It's not like a movie where you can easily shrug off the disappointment. You invest somewhat in a book. Except for fan fictions, there's not many books that are 'so bad th ...more
Mark Baker
Hannah needs to lose weight, so she has joined Heavenly Bodies, the new gym at the mall. But one morning, she finds universally hated fitness instructor Ronnie Ward floating face down in the spa. It really is cruel to talk about losing weight in the middle of all the delicious recipes in the book. Not the strongest plot in the series, but fans will love spending time with their favorite characters.

Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
I have enjoyed the Hannah Swensen series until this book. They are "easy" reads and written to form, she will find a body and solve the murder while making new cookie recipes and agonizing over two boyfriends. At the end of the previous book in the series, there was a third love interest thrown into the mix then completely dropped from this book with no further mention of it. I don't know if it is picked up again in future books. This was unfortunately my last one. The author is cranking out boo ...more
This is the first book I've read by Joanne Fluke. I don't think I will be reading another. The is a book by recipe in my opinion. It seems that since the writer is unable to fill the book with story she has found a way to keep people buying her books with recipes for junk food in about every chapter. There is a mystery involved but its more like a short story inflated with nonsense filler. I'm really surprised that she found a publisher for this stuff or that she has people interested in this se ...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.

While pursuing her writing career, Joanne has worked as: a public sch
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“NORMAN’S EGG SALAD 4 cups peeled and chopped hard-boiled eggs.*** (That’s about a dozen extra large eggs—measure after chopping) 1/2 cup crumbled cooked bacon (make your own or use real crumbled bacon from a can—I used Hormel Premium Real Crumbled Bacon) 1 Tablespoon chopped parsley (it’s better if it’s fresh, but you can use dried parsley flakes if you don’t have fresh on hand) 1/4 cup grated carrots (for color and a bit of sweetness) 4 ounces cream cheese 1/4 cup sour cream 1/2 cup mayonnaise (I used Best Foods, which is Hellmann’s in some states) 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (or 1/2 teaspoon freshly minced garlic) 1/2 teaspoon onion powder (or 1 teaspoon freshly minced onion) salt to taste freshly ground black pepper to taste   Peel and chop the hard-boiled eggs. Add the crumbled bacon, the parsley, and the grated carrots. Mix well.   Put the cream cheese in a small bowl and microwave for 30 seconds on HIGH to soften it. If it can be easily stirred with a fork, add the sour cream and mayonnaise, and mix well. If the cream cheese is still too solid, give it another 10 seconds or so before you add the other ingredients.   Stir in the garlic powder and onion powder.   Add the cream cheese mixture to the bowl with the eggs and stir it all up. Add salt and freshly ground pepper to taste, and chill until ready to serve.   Serve by itself on a lettuce leaf, as filling in a sandwich, or stuffed in Hannah’s Very Best Cream Puffs for a fancy luncheon.   Yield: Makes approximately a dozen superb egg salad sandwiches.” 0 likes
“BLUEBERRY CRUNCH COOKIES Preheat oven to 350 degrees F., rack in the middle position.   1 cup melted butter (2 sticks, 1/2 pound) 2 cups white (granulated) sugar 2 teaspoons vanilla 1/2 teaspoon salt 1½ teaspoons baking soda 2 large eggs, beaten (just whip them up with a fork) 2½ cups flour (no need to sift—pack it down when you measure it) 1 cup dried sweetened blueberries (other dried fruit will also work if you cut it in blueberry-sized pieces) 2 cups GROUND dry oatmeal (measure before grinding)   Hannah’s 1st Note: Mixing this dough is much easier with an electric mixer, but you can also do it by hand.   Melt the butter in a large microwave-safe bowl for 1 minute on HIGH. Add the white sugar and mix it in thoroughly.   Add the vanilla, salt, and the baking soda. Mix it in well.   When the mixture has cooled to room temperature, stir in the beaten eggs. When they are fully incorporated, add 197 the flour in half-cup increments, stirring after each addition.   Mix in the dried blueberries.   Prepare your oatmeal. (Use Quaker if you have it—the cardboard canister is useful for all sorts of things.) Measure out two cups and place them in the bowl of a food processor or a blender, chopping with the steel blade until the oatmeal is the consistency of coarse sand. (Just in case you’re wondering, the ground oatmeal is the ingredient that makes the cookies crunchy.)   Add the ground oatmeal to your bowl, and mix it in thoroughly. The resulting cookie dough will be quite stiff.   Roll walnut-sized dough balls with your hands, and place them on a greased cookie sheet, 12 balls to a standard-size sheet. (If the dough is too sticky to roll, place the bowl in the refrigerator for thirty minutes and try again.) Squish the dough balls down a bit with your impeccably clean palm (or a metal spatula if you’d rather).   Bake at 350 degrees F. for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown on top. (Mine took 11 minutes.) Cool on the cookie sheet for 2 minutes, and then remove the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.   Yield: 6 to 7 dozen unusual and tasty cookies, depending on cookie size.   Hannah’s 2nd Note: These cookies freeze well if you stack them on foil (like rolling coins) and roll them, tucking in the ends. Just place the rolls of cookies in a freezer bag,” 0 likes
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