Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder (Hannah Swensen #1)
No one cooks up a delectable, suspense-filled mystery quite like Hannah Swensen, Joanne Fluke s dessert-baking, red-haired heroine whose gingersnaps are as tart as her comebacks, and whose penchant for solving crimes one delicious clue at a time has made her a bestselling favorite. And it all began on these pages, with a b
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However, having read all but the latest (Key Lime Pie Murder, which I am still debating whether or not to read) in the series, I have to say that the series is not that great. The latter books were written more rece ...more
Hannah Swensen, the main character, while not as pretty as her sister Andrea, or her mother, for that mat ...more
This was a stupid purchase – and a stupid thing to read, for that matter, but I did want something brainless in the middle of my Big Giant Fantasy Series. I got it. It is the first in the Hannah Swenson mystery series, which I didn’t know when I started it. I eventually caught on as the main character reacted to discovering her very first corpse. (She said something to the effect of not making a habit out of discovering bodies ...more
I heart this genre so much; it walks the tightrope between good old-fashioned, small town, hardboiled noir and straight up cutie patootie-ness.
It's a great break from all the really sad, serious stuff going on around the world and in books, and is a gentle reminder of better days gone by.
Think summertime, a warm breeze passes you by as you're sitting under a beautiful old oak tree reading a comfo ...more
Read~August 30, 2010
3 1/2 Stars
In a way, I was hoping to NOT like this book, because I so do NOT need to be starting another series. Sigh. There goes another wish ungranted, because....
I really LIKED this book. The characters are hilarious, the story/mystery is fun and challenging and the recipes are..pardon the pun..to DIE for!!! ;-)
Hannah is a delightful heroine, and the cast of characters that come along wi6th her and equally delightful! AND, I didn't know "who-dun-it"!!! YAY YAY YAY!!!!!
I've read other books in Joanne Fluke's 'Hannah Swensen' series so it was interesting to backtrack and read 'book one' for the first time.
Hannah Swensen - a tall, attractive redhead - leaves graduate school and returns home to Lake Eden, Minnesota for family reasons. Hannah decides to stay in town and opens 'The Cookie Jar' bakery and café. Hannah's mom and two sisters live in Lake Eden and often become involved in her amateur investigations.
This book features Hannah's mom Dolores - who owns a ...more
The cast of characters are delightful, and although it is a "murder mystery", it is so cozy and light ...more
Hannah Swensen is the most popular baker in Lake Eden. Hannah bakes the best cookies in town, and everyone makes sure to tell her this throughout the whole book. Not like Hannah needs their compliments, because she thinks she’s the Cookie Queen as well. She even goes far as to complain about the caterer’s cookies at the bigges ...more
It started okay and then there was the addition of a chocolate chip cookie recipe... a little gimmicky, but okay.
The characters could have been much more likeable. The main character admittedly lacks tact, which could be humorous (but I found the remarks she was making in her mind about an overweight person distasteful). The sister uses her female charms to manip ...more
The Good- It was a quick, easy read. I didn't know who the murderer was and was slightly surprised when finding it out. The recipes look delicious that were added, very cute idea! And lastly, it's good to read someone else has the same belief as I do, "Chocolate can cure just about anything!" :)
The Bad- The characters are a bit annoying, the story highly unrealistic, the main ch ...more
The style was nothing like a Christie novel, but that was okay. It was just different - definitely lighter and less serious. Maybe the target audience was a bit older than myself, but I still enjoyed the book. Although, I could absolutely see my mom liking this author's style of writing.
Basic premise revolves around a self-employed bake ...more
I found the fact that the main character was a baker very entertaining. It made me want to run to my nearest bakery every time I read what newest cookie recipe Hannah would be preparing. The characters are also very amusing, but of course, Moishe m ...more
I first learned of this author by seeing someone on the train reading one of Joanne Fluke's books and thought, "What a yummy name! I wonder what it's about." And when I saw that the book was a sweet treat of mystery and home town coziness, I thought it might make a pleas ...more
Added bonus -- 6 new cookie recipes to try out! There are 7 mentioned in the story, but I already have a version of one of them (to die for, by the way -- the Chocolate Covered C ...more
I am very glad I downloaded this book and stuck through the first two chapters. I became sucked in to trying to figure out the mystery as we ...more
Fluke's dialogue is unbelievable at best. Nobody talks like this! "Mother, Moshie just spilled his food. I have to go!" For real? The cat spilled his dry food and this is an emergency situation that is good enough for a nosy mom to accept as hang-up worthy? I kept reading only because I had nothing else to read and I do love a good c ...more
This series has a strong following I just won't be a fan.
My problems is with inchapters Hannah seems to be running the investigations instead of the cops, the relationship with her mother was painful to read and the reason for the murder was lame
Today whe i read this book Hannah was still ...more
The “hook” for this series is the inclusion of recipes, usually which have to do something with the title (I say this only based on my reading of two books so it may in no way be construed as fact). This ...more
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While pursuing her writing career, Joanne has worked as: a public sch ...more