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Cherry Cheesecake Murder (Hannah Swensen #8)

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  8,565 ratings  ·  340 reviews
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
ebook, 384 pages
Published February 1st 2007 by Kensington Publishing Corporation (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
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
Kasia S.
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
May 25, 2008 Tiffiny rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
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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
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.
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
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
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
#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
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
I just finished this. I needed some light escape reading because I'm up to my eyeballs in working on Prop 8, and there's too much drama and stress with the election and economy. So I recommend hiding in a fluffy mystery about a cookie baker.
Reen Graham
It's always good to park your brain and escape into a Hannah Swensen murder mystery. I enjoy this character so much and wish I could live in this near perfect world. Her five year old neice taught herself to read when she was 3 1/2 is a bit much to take but I'm willing to overlook that considering the wonderful world of Lake Eden allows me to escape the pressures of my own real world. It's wonderful to see the interaction of sisters and a difficult mother. They manage to get along despite annoyi ...more
A movie crew comes to Lake Eden. They want to use main street in the movie. Two of Hannah's college friends are among those that come to town. Ross is the writer.
Dean, the director, is not a very nice man. He chases women and is rather rude in his directing style. He wants cherry cheesecake every day and Hannah is commissioned to make them.
Andrea's daughter Tracey is cast as the little girl for flashbacks to childhood in the movie.
In the cocktail scene for the movie, Dean winds up dead shot by
With two, yes two, marriage proposals, Hannah Swensen is in a dilemma as the whole town places bets on who she'll choose. Just in time, Hollywood glamour arrives in the shape of a studio filming a movie in Lake Eden and using Main Street as the movie set. When the director is murdered, it's up to Hannah and her two sisters to "help" solve the case. Suspects abound...could it be the chauffeur, Connor? Ross Barton, Hannah's college friend? Burke Anson, the hunk actor? This has a "quirky" ending th ...more
Quite entertaining. The series is slowly getting better - the plots are slightly more complicated, the pacing has definitely improved, and the writing is smoother although Fluke still doesn't trust the reader and so provides explanations that are not necessary. Hannah continues to irk me with her condescending attitude but I'm finding her more tolerable, especially in the last two books. The one thing I have trouble believing is the romantic interests of Mike and Norman. Fluke's writing has yet ...more
This was a fun, easy read, and there was a good twist to the mystery. But the thing I liked best were the recipes! Sinfully delicious!
Paula Ratcliffe
When a film is being made in Lake Eden all sorts of things go crazy. After having two men in Hannah’s life propose to her she finds herself backed into the wall on having to pick one of them. Then a movie is being filmed in Lake Eden and everyone seems to have stars in their eyes. Hannah’s niece Tracy Todd is one of the lead actresses in the film. Hannah finds the director Dean less than desirable as he hits on everyone in a skirt, until he coaches the actor in the suicide scene using a gun and ...more
Sarah Jane
Hollywood comes to Lake Eden and things get turned upside down.

This book included a little prologue and it was told in the director's POV. Right off the bat, you learn he is the one who is killed. Then the regular chapters start and it's weeks prior to the director's death. There is all the traditional Swensen stuff: Norman and Mike competing for her attention, Delores, Moishe, and cookies and other delicious treats, of course! But things get mixed up a bit when two of the movie crew happen to b
Janastasia Whydra
Joanne Fluke's Cherry Cheesecake Murder is the eigth book in the series and is set up differently from the seven previous installments.

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The little town of Lake Eden gets caught up in a blur of excitement when a famous Hollywood director decides to film on Main Street. Local baker and amateur sleuth, Hannah Swensen finds herself drawn into the mix when an old college buddy turns out to be the film's writer. But it seems that the real drama concerns the film's director, womanizer and perfectionist, Dean Lawrence. When a murder occurs on the set, it's up to Hannah to put her best snooping skills to use and solve the mystery.


Fun, fast, easy read. I really enjoyed this book. The writing is simple and not real deep or intense the way some murder mysteries I read are, but it was an enjoyable read. I haven't read any other books in this series, because it was picked for book club, though I usually prefer to read series in their exact order. However, the author did a great job of providing enough details about the main, recurring characters that I didn't feel lost, although the little entourage of suitors Hannah has lead ...more
Lori McD
Fun book, but not very realistic. If Eden Lake had truly been swamped by the movie folks... and one of the more famous ones was murdered, the press from all over (especially entertainment press) would have hounded the life out of everyone!

Regardless, I find Ms. Fluke's Hannah Swenson books like their titles - sweet, tasty little treats that make you crave the next one, even if they are empty calories. The mysteries aren't ever too difficult to solve. But the main characters and the town are cozy
Sue T
Generally I like this series. The Mike/Hannah/Norman triangle doesn't bother me as much as I know it does some people. I don't find Hannah's mother and one sister THAT annoying, although they are annoying. But I really didn't like this one. I'm giving it two stars because the character that most deserved to die, did. But there were a lot of things that really drove me up the wall. In no particular order:
1. The phrase "parka coat." What? Most anyone with half a brain knows that a parka is a type
Rachel Cotterill
This is the 8th Hannah Swensen murder mystery, and although they series is of somewhat variable quality, something about the fierce Minnesota winters and cozy baking backdrop keeps me going back for more.

This was one of the better murder mysteries in the series, with a fun supporting cast of movie stars and crew, and plenty going on to keep everyone busy. Although the death is shown in the prologue, it's then over half of the book before that scene actually happens in the natural chronology, mea
Lis Carey
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
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
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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“CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES 6 tablespoons chilled butter ( ¾ stick, 3 ounces) 12-ounce package semi-sweet chocolate chips (two cups—I used Ghirardelli’s) ½ cup firmly packed powdered sugar (confectioner’s sugar) 6 egg yolks 1 Tablespoon rum, brandy, flavored brandy, or vanilla extract   Put an inch or so of water in the bottom half of a double boiler and heat it to a gentle boil. Cut the butter in chunks and place them in the top half of the double boiler. Add the chips and then the powdered sugar and set the top half over the bottom half. Put on the cover and let everything melt while you…   Beat the egg yolks in a small bowl with a whisk. Whisk until they’re thoroughly combined, but stop before they get fluffy or lighter in color.   Stir the chocolate until it’s completely melted. It will be thick, almost like fudge. Remove the top half of the double boiler and set it on a cold burner.   Stir several spoonfuls of beaten egg yolk into the chocolate mixture. When that’s incorporated, stir in several more spoonfuls. Keep adding egg yolk in small amounts, stirring constantly, until all the egg yolks have been incorporated and the chocolate mixture is smooth and glossy.   Stir in the rum, brandy, or vanilla. Put the lid back on the top of the double boiler and refrigerate the chocolate mixture for 3 hours. To Decorate Truffles: finely chopped nuts powdered (confectioner’s) sugar chocolate sprinkles shaved chocolate cocoa powder finely shredded coconut   Warning: This next step is fairly messy. If you like, wear disposable plastic food-server gloves. You can also lightly grease your hands, or spray them with Pam or other non-stick cooking spray so the chocolate won’t stick to your fingers.   Form small balls of chilled chocolate with your hands and roll them in bowls of the above ingredients.” 0 likes
“CREAM CHEESE PUFFS Hannah’s Note: If you’re not going to serve these right away, you can mix up the cream cheese part and refrigerate it until it’s time to spread it on the crackers.   8-ounce package cream cheese (the firm kind, not the whipped) 2 Tablespoons ( 1/8 cup) mayonnaise (We used Hellmann’s***) 3 Tablespoons minced green onion OR 3 Tablespoons minced dried onion OR 3 Tablespoons minced shallots 1 beaten egg   A box of salted crackers (We used Ritz Crackers and they were great!)   Unwrap the cream cheese and put it in a microwave-safe bowl. Nuke it on HIGH for 30 seconds, or until it begins to soften.   Mix in the mayonnaise and stir until the mixture is smooth.   Mix in the onion. (If you use green onion instead of shallots or dried onion, you can use up to one inch of the stem.)   Mix in the beaten egg.   Lay out the crackers on a broiler pan, salt side up. (We used a disposable broiler pan so we could trash it at Granny’s Attic and we wouldn’t have to carry it back to The Cookie Jar.)   Spread the cream cheese mixture on top of the cracker in a circle that reaches the edges. Mound it slightly in the center. Use about two teaspoons of cheese mixture per cracker.   Position the rack approximately three inches below the coil of the broiler and turn it on HIGH. Broil the crackers (with the oven door open to the first latch so the broiler doesn’t kick on and off) until the cream cheese puffs up and is just starting to turn golden. This should take about 90 seconds if the rack is correctly positioned.   Let cool for a minute or two, so your guests won’t burn their tongues. Transfer the Cream Cheese Puffs to a platter and serve.   Yield: Approximately 2 dozen hot and yummy hors d’oeuvres.  ” 0 likes
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