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Cream Puff Murder (Hannah Swensen #11)

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  5,433 ratings  ·  441 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
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Published February 1st 2010 by Kensington Publishing Corporation (first published November 24th 2008)
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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
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.
Another wonderfully cozy mystery in this series. There is something about these books and the perfect narration (in the audiobook) that is so cozy and wonderful to listen to (even when murder is involved). The characters are funny and lovable and I could read about their daily lives any day.

I am getting pretty tired of the Hannah, Norman, and Mike love triangle, even though I completely understand it will probably NEVER be resolved. It just urks me because Norman is painted and the perfect gentl
I honestly do not know why I still read this series. The whole Hannah can't choose between Norman and Mike thing is so ridiculous and has been going on so long it's just annoying and doesn't add anything to the story. Hannah is getting so spoiled it makes me start to really dislike her and I seem to care more for characters like Lisa and Andrea. There are way too many recipes thrown in to fill the book.It would be nice if the recipes were included in the end but not everywhere when the recipe/co ...more
Barbara ★
I found most of this book incredibly annoying. The first 1/3 involved Hannah new exercise program. A program she started to fit into a way-to-small dress for a book signing party. If anyone has dieted seriously, you know that it is unlikely you'd lose 20 pounds in two weeks and spot lose exactly where you wanted to. I found myself rolling my eyes again and again over this impossibility. Oh it's nice for fiction but not likely to happen in real life.

I also have serious issues about love interest,
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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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