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Cream Puff Murder (Hannah Swensen #11)

3.77  ·  Rating Details  ·  6,616 Ratings  ·  509 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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Lisa I agree with Ronda! I really like these books. The characters aren't perfect, but they remind me of people I could actually know. They're easy reads…moreI agree with Ronda! I really like these books. The characters aren't perfect, but they remind me of people I could actually know. They're easy reads that let me unwind when I have had a crummy day or when my anxiety is acting up. I think people just believe they're very formulaic, and while it's probably true, I think it's a wonderful series. The best thing is that I would feel comfortable with my daughter reading them because they're not tawdry or graphic. (less)
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Dec 08, 2015 Francie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 06, 2009 Ruby rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 11, 2010 Traci rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ugh
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
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
May 30, 2011 lisa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 25, 2009 Katie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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.
Dec 31, 2015 Allison rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, read-2015
These books are entertaining but it has been a while since I have read one and, now that the series is fresher in my mind, I'm realizing just how... not good they are? Certainly a good read to lower my expectations and try to get me out of this reading slump but not something I will rave about forever.

The writing in this was both too much and clumsy at the same time. The dialogue was so unrealistic and way too proper. Everything was being told, nothing shown. I was getting explanations for jokes
Aug 10, 2012 Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: murder-mystery
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
Feb 09, 2010 Rachelle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 08, 2009 Glenna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Eh. I keep stopping this series only to pick it back up for a book or two every few years. The darn love triangle just drives me bananas. There is no way two men would hang on that long in limbo and while also not getting "any." I had glimmers in this one that the scales were finally going to tip one direction or the other and while it ended slightly unbalanced, there is still no resolution. Part of me wants to keep reading to see who she finally ends up with and part me wants to give up. But, t ...more
Sep 28, 2014 Lacey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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Nov 14, 2010 Suzanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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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
Feb 12, 2013 Jodi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 28, 2010 Cici rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 27, 2016 Diane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Cream Puff Murder is book number 11 in the Hannah Swensen mystery series by Joanne Fluke. Delores Swensen, Hannah's mother, is releasing her first Regency romance novel. Delores has ordered special dresses for all of her daughters to wear at the Regency party for her book. Hannah and Andrea go to Claire's dress shop to try on the dresses. Hannah's dress is too tight and there is no time to order a new dress. Hannah and Andrea work out a plan to go to the Lake Eden's new health club, Heavenly Bod ...more
Nov 12, 2015 Ruth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hannah is getting ready for her mother's book launch. She makes cream puffs with a variety of fillings and her sometime boyfriend, Mike loves them so much he asks her to make some for him to take to a party that is being held for the new trainer, Ronnie. Ronnie works at a gym and also with the men of the police department. Trying to lose a few pounds, Hannah goes to the gym early in the morning to work out with her sister. She finds some clothing in the hot tub and when she tries to pull it out ...more
Jul 08, 2015 Sarah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Once again baker Hannah Swenson finds a romantic rival dead. What makes this so annoying is that Hannah has two beaus, both who have previously proposed. One, Norman, is loyal and supports Hannah in all of her endeavors. The second, Mike, we discover, is condescending and not so loyal and the only thing he really has going for him is his good looks. My enjoyment of the mystery is eroded because I can not understand why a seemingly intelligent woman like Hannah would continue to put up with him. ...more
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
Robin Green
May 19, 2015 Robin Green rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
When I first started this series, I didn't like it as well as some of the other cozy mysteries I follow. But that's OK. Since I like to finish what I start, I have been reading the rest in the series. I do like the characters. But at this point in the series, a couple things stand out. Vividly.

One, I wish all those recipes were listed at the back of the book instead of throwing them in between parts of the story. They do not add that much to the story but I think they are nice to have. So theref
Jan 31, 2014 Vilo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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
Jun 20, 2010 Amber Jones rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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...
May 25, 2009 Ragan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan 25, 2010 Donna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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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.” 1 likes
“BONNIE BROWNIE COOKIE BARS Preheat oven to 350 degrees F., rack in the middle position.   4 one-ounce squares semi-sweet chocolate (or 3/4 cup chocolate chips) 3/4 cup butter (one and a half sticks) 1½ cups white (granulated) sugar 3 beaten eggs (just whip them up in a glass with a fork) 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cup flour (pack it down in the cup when you measure it) 1/2 cup chopped cashews 1/2 cup chopped butterscotch chips 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (I used Ghirardelli)   Prepare a 9-inch by 13-inch cake pan by lining it with a piece of foil large enough to flap over the sides. Spray the foil-lined pan with Pam or another nonstick cooking spray.   Microwave the chocolate squares and butter in a microwave-safe mixing bowl on HIGH for 1 minute. Stir. (Since chocolate frequently maintains its shape even when melted, you have to stir to make sure.) If it’s not melted, microwave for an additional 20 seconds and stir again. Repeat if necessary.   Stir the sugar into the chocolate mixture. Feel the bowl. If it’s not so hot it’ll cook the eggs, add them now, stirring thoroughly. Mix in the vanilla extract.   Mix in the flour, and stir just until it’s moistened.   Put the cashews, butterscotch chips, and chocolate chips in the bowl of a food processor, and chop them together with the steel blade. (If you don’t have a food processor, you don’t have to buy one for this recipe—just chop everything up as well as you can with a sharp knife.)   Mix in the chopped ingredients, give a final stir by hand, and spread the batter out in your prepared pan. Smooth the top with a rubber spatula.   Bake at 350 degrees F. for 30 minutes.   Cool the Bonnie Brownie Cookie Bars in the pan on a metal rack. When they’re thoroughly cool, grasp the edges of the foil and lift the brownies out of the pan. Place them facedown on a cutting board, peel the foil off the back, and cut them into brownie-sized pieces.   Place the squares on a plate and dust lightly with powdered sugar if you wish.   Hannah’s Note: If you’re a chocoholic, or if you’re making these for Mother, frost them with Neverfail Fudge Frosting before you cut them.” 1 likes
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