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Cherry Cheesecake Murder (Hannah Swensen #8)

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Hannah Swensen and her bakery, The Cookie Jar, bask in the glow of Hollywood glamour when Main Street becomes a movie set. And although tensions simmer as the cameras roll, no one expects the action to turn deadly - until it's too late...


There s no such thing as privacy in Lake Eden, but Hannah never thought things would go this far. Everyone has been telling her what to d
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ebook, 384 pages
Published February 1st 2007 by Kensington (first published January 1st 2006)
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Come on, Joanne! Mike is a slut, Norman is everything a woman could possibly want, and this is what you do? Sigh. I give up. You make Hannah look like some kind of nasty tease. Norman needs to go find a woman who won't lead him around by the nose and then go chasing off after some pretty boy who has told her more than once that his job is more important than her! No more, Joanne - I didn't finish this one - - and I am really disappointed. Not only is Hannah such a screw-up that she not only teas ...more
Barbara
The star of this series is Hannah Swenson - amateur sleuth and entrepreneur - who owns a cookie bakery and loves to create new cookies for her shop and prepare treats for her friends and relatives. Luckily for readers who'd like to try the sweets, recipes are provided.

In this story some scenes for a Hollywood movie are slated to be shot in Hannah's home town of Lake Eden, Minnesota. The producer, director, actors and supporting staff flood into town, and - to the delight of the townsfolk - loca
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Mandy Blair Crider
Another great Hannah Swensen murder mystery! As usual I enjoyed the characters and the plot. This murder made a lot of sense in the end and I enjoyed reading it :)
Moriah Venable
This is another book that started slow but as you continue reading it starts to get better.

After the end of the last book, Lake Eden Resident Hannah Swensen, has a big pridicment on her hands. She has two proposals and she doesn't know which one to pick. The town are both equal divided on which one she should choose. After getting three phone calls telling her to make a decision, she goes to the place where Mike and Norman are tells me that she is is declining both and wants to continue dating t
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Meg
Mar 24, 2012 Meg rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was picked up after reading book three of A Song of Ice and Fire and it did its job in being something completely different. It was light, it was fluffy, but to be honest, I was very disappointed in a lot of the book. Fluke tried to change things up at the end of the last book by having both of Hannah's regular suitors propose so I was expecting something to come from that but the status quo is quickly reestablished in the beginning of the book. And don't even get me started on Hannah ...more
Cherry Sparkles
This book really makes me dislike Hannah. She's a pompous ass. There is apparently nothing she can't cook and even though she is constantly described as being plump with frizzy red hair, she is the femme fatale of her sleepy little Minnesotan town.

This book, Hannah decides which marriage proposal she will accept. Being the condescending twit that she is, she is put out that someone had the audacity to propose to her and actually expect a response. Sheesh - seriously? In the ultimate 'fence-sitti
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Tiffiny
May 25, 2008 Tiffiny rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ehhh, I guess the people who want to complete a series they may have started.
This book was okay. Not the same charm as the previous ones. I'm really staring to tire of the Mike/Hannah/Norman triangle and was really incensed she added Ross to the mix. I really dislike love triangles and this one is really ridiculous. It's far-fetched the two men would get along so well and be okay with the woman they love dating others.

The love triangle seriously detracts from the mystery (which was again somewhat predictable).

Hannah is also very much becoming a Mary Sue character. http
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Paraphrodite
Mar 01, 2016 Paraphrodite rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened, 2016
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Toni
Feb 18, 2016 Toni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 Stars

The movies have made their way to Lake Eden and the townsfolk are just head over heels to get a part in the production. Hannah has more than one link to the movie: her little sister, Michelle, is working on the crew and two old friends from college have made their appearance.

Having new friendly faces around may be nice for Hannah but Norman and Detective Mike find that Hannah has the eyes of another man on her as her old friend, Ross, who is the producer on the movie, takes an interest in
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Kasia
May 29, 2011 Kasia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sour cherries, check.. luscious cheesecake...check...murder..check.. All is in place for Joanne Fluke's delightful culinary installment that manages to leave the reader hungry for more. Lake Eden is enchanted by Hollywood and everyone is dying to be a part of the movie that is being filmed there. When an accident causes the director to die it takes a while for the shock to clear and suspicions of foul play to rise on everyone's mind. The filming continues but troubles are just begging to start, ...more
Lynn
May 16, 2014 Lynn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book dragged on and on and Hannah has stopped being someone I admired but someone who is tedious and tiresome. It is the 8th book in the series and Hannah has not decided between Mike and Norman still. Mike is selfish and is pompous about his job and abilities, whereas Norman is her partner in crime. Mike stands her up to a party so he can be with another woman, and Norman treats her like she is the most amazing person in the room. And apparently, these ridiculous relations go on for a few ...more
Bryn
Aug 04, 2016 Bryn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book of the series that I have read.

I found the mystery to be plodding and predictable. It starts on page one with the murder, then you have to read 2/3 of the book in flashback to get back to where you started.

I also really disliked the main character Hannah. Who really lets 2 guys that proposed to you wait 2 weeks (or more. This happened in a previous book so it could be even longer) while you decide who you want to marry. And then, even though it is a small town, she publicl
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QNPoohBear
A Hollywood film crew has taken over Lake Eden and everyone has a part in the film. Hannah's niece Tracey has a starring role and even her cat Moishe and The Cookie Jar will be in the film. Hannah's job is to bake cherry cheesecake for the notoriously temperamental director Dean Lawrence. The whole town has been waiting to hear which one Hannah will marry and now there's a new man in Hannah's life. With the film crew comes Hannah's old college friend/crush Ross Barton who admits he had a thing f ...more
Glen
Feb 11, 2016 Glen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, cozies
Taking place directly after the last book, The Peach Cobbler Murder, the entire town of Lake Eden is wagering on whether she will marry either Mike or Norm. This gets Hannah "steamed." I think she spends at least half of the book being "steamed" at something or other.

A movie crew is filming at Lake Eden, and Hannah's bakery is catering the crew. Of course there's a murder, and of course, Hannah has to help solve it.

Not a bad cozy, but apparently, many think this is where the series jumped the s
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Lis Carey
Aug 22, 2011 Lis Carey rated it really liked it
This is a new paperback edition of Fluke's 2006 eighth entry in her Hannah Swensen mystery series. In the last book, both Mike and Norman proposed to Hannah, and she's still (and will for at least several more books) engaging in her irritating dithering and inability to choose between the two men. As annoying as this is, she is 100% justified in her outraged reaction to receiving a half dozen calls before 6am demanding that she make an immediate decision so that the two men will stop acting like ...more
Suzanne
Nov 27, 2010 Suzanne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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JoAnne McMaster (Any Good Book)
Although I am only a quarter way through the book, I am not sure I will finish it. I have to say that the writer obviously either got lazy with this book or just tired of writing the series, because it is not on the same level as the previous ones. That said, At the end of the last book, Hannah was proposed to by both of her suitors. The way she was acting, I fully expected her to accept Mike's proposal, since she apparently has been head-over-ears about this guy since the first book. I must say ...more
Dana
Oct 07, 2012 Dana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this book of the series about small town baker, Hannah Swensen the movies are coming to town. There is a movie being shot here. When the director shoots himself with a proper gun that was just checked for safety Hannah just has to investigate.

Who could have or would have wanted to change the prop gun for a real one? Hannah and her sisters start their 'snooping' and of course, solve the crime before the police.

What is wrong with this book: The way Hannah has decided to not accept her two propo
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Jodi
In this outing, Hannah must deal with a movie director who gives new meaning to the word casting couch. He never saw a woman undeserving of a pass. So when he winds up dead of a gunshot wound by what should have been a prop gun, there are a host of suspects. The problem was that it was actually pretty obvious. The book moved slowly and didn't make a lot of sense. As always, the recipes sounded yummy.
Annalissa
Jul 23, 2015 Annalissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really wanted to give this book a 5 star review but because of the sudden love instead that was thrown in I couldn't. I loved the twists and the sisterly bonding that has grown so much stronger, but this whole love triangle turned square was too far. I understand blast from the past but the way Hannah treated Norman and mike was just too much. Good read otherwise.
Denise
Jan 19, 2015 Denise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2015
A Hollywood film crew brings new excitement to Lake Eden - and a new murder for hobby sleuth Hannah Swensen to investigate with the help of her sisters and assorted others bent on assisting in her hobby of beating the police to the punch. Then there are the two marriage proposals Hannah has yet to make her mind up about, causing the entire town to flood her with unsolicited advice on which of her potential partners to pick. And since a love triangle just isn't complicated enough, an old college ...more
Lindsay
Apr 09, 2016 Lindsay rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
So, I don't know if I was wiped out from reading the last book, or if this book was just really bad, but I could not get into it. I've liked some of other stuff by this author, but actually, I think her work is getting worse as time goes by. The mystery in this one doesn't even start until about 200 pages into the book. I forgot I was even reading a mystery until some action finally happened. And the main character has 3 guys who are smitten with her. Two of which asked her to marry him. Does th ...more
Julie Morales
Feb 15, 2016 Julie Morales rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was one of my favorites. I don't think I can say yet which one is my absolute favorite, but this one is definitely up there.
In the last book, there was an excerpt from this one in which we learned that Hannah was going to be faced with the decision of Mike and Norman and that decision came up right in the beginning of the book. I have to say it turned out nothing like I thought it would, but then at the same time, it was characteristically Hannah and things couldn't have turned out the way
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Stacey
This time, Hollywood is coming to Hannah! A small movie crew comes to town to shoot an indy film with an A list director, who happens to also be a real jerk. There are plenty of suspects because almost everyone has a reason to want him dead! Hannah finds a couple of links to her past college days and that leads to some funny sub-plots. I totally adore these characters, and the book was as enjoyable to me as the others. I still think visiting my friends at Lake Eden make for a good time. However, ...more
Mouza
Jan 24, 2016 Mouza rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm starting to see Hannah more as a Mary Sue & I hate that.. And the last chapter made me feel so sick with Hannah "owing it" to Mike & Norman to make them feel better after Ross left!!

The only reason I'm going through with the series is because I already have all the books and listening to the audiobook before bed help me go to bed easier.. But the more I read, the more I'm starting to see the error in this, as opposed to just the easy light read I started this series with.
Peggy Huey
Nov 27, 2015 Peggy Huey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hannah Swensen runs a bakery called The Cookie Jar that becomes a key set piece when Lake Eden's Main Street becomes a movie set, thanks to her little sister Michelle and Hannah's former boyfriend Ross Barton, depicting the events of a story that had happened in the 1950s. Ross throws a monkey wrench into Hannah's efforts to choose which proposal to accept: the one from Mike, the local sheriff's detective, or Norman, the local dentist. Hannah is challenged with baking the perfect cherry cheeseca ...more
Dawn
Apr 22, 2016 Dawn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, series, mystery
Another fun visit with Hannah and the residents of Lake Eden. If you've read the rest of the series, you know what to expect. I laughed out loud a couple of times and enjoyed narrowing down my suspect list as the tale unfolded. I'll definitely be picking up the next book to see what Hannah gets mixed up with next.
George
Feb 09, 2014 George rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
#8 in the Hannah Swensen mystery series. Hannah is co-owner of The Cookie Jar bakery in Lake Eden, Minnesota and the novel is filled with recipes of the items mentioned in the story. Much of the story revolves around Hannah's relations with the two men she loves and love her and her family members with the mystery playing second fiddle. This story open with the murder in the prologue and then goes back two weeks and doesn't reach the murder until about two-thirds into the story. A movie is being ...more
Blow Pop
Aug 23, 2015 Blow Pop rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fluff, reviewed, 2015
Content warnings: love triangle, death

I can't describe how much I DESPISE love triangles (and this will literally be the first sentence on every single review of this series). Especially when her relationship at this point basically resembles a kind of healthy polyamorous relationship (both men know about the other, they're both dating the same person, and they're all more or less ok with it).

The murder mystery is pretty easy to solve in this series. Honestly at this point in life, I'm more read
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Jenn
May 09, 2014 Jenn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one was slightly unique in that the murder didn't actually happen until more than halfway through the book. But the very first chapter was that character's death, from his POV. Other than that, it was business as usual. Hannah thinks she's incredibly clever and everyone else is a moron. She makes silly, inane comments that are supposed to be extremely clever. But they're probably only clever to a middle schooler. That drives me crazy more than anything about this series. Also, it reads like ...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.

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