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Cinnamon Roll Murder

(Hannah Swensen #15)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  9,493 ratings  ·  823 reviews
With the Cinnamon Roll Six jazz band heading toward Lake Eden for the Weekend Jazz Festival, Hannah Swensen is more than happy to bake up a generous supply of their namesake confections. But tragedy strikes when the band's tour bus overturns on its way into town. Among those injured is Buddy Neiman, the band's beloved keyboard player. At first, Buddy's injuries appear mino ...more
Hardcover, 335 pages
Published March 1st 2012 by Kensington
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Cinnamon Roll Murder by Joanne Fluke is the 15th book in the Hannah Swensen cozy mystery series. I borrowed this book from the library as I couldn't find it in the store last week, and I'm trying to finish them all up this summer before I take on any new lengthy series. I love these books... sometimes the recipes take up more than I'd like, but any time I get a chance to spend time in Lake Eden, Minnesota, I'm a happy camper.

In this caper, the Cinnamon Roll Six jazz band sweeps into town during
May 07, 2012 rated it it was ok
I'll give it two stars since Norman grew a backbone, but I'm really tired of being treated like an idiot...the recipes, using a term only to define it just in case we're so dumb we've never heard it before, the overusing of character's names like we can't keep the people straight. Why, for the love of Pete, is Bev always referred to as "Doctor Bev"? Who would talk like that? I think we know who Bev is. Norman is a doctor, he's not referred to as Doctor Norman all the time. (Doc Knight I can live ...more
Oct 29, 2012 rated it did not like it
I don't know why I tortured myself with this series. I guess I liked the first book enough to continue? Thankfully, I didn't pay for any of these books. Thank you public library for saving me $$$.

By this latest book, I have grown to really hate Hannah. She is condescending, selfish, childish, and her needing to correct everyone's grammar drives me crazy. I liked Andrea and Michelle earlier in the series, but I've also grown to dislike them. The Swensen matriarch is the worst of all! The scene wh
Mar 15, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016-challenge

In this 15th book in the 'Hannah Swensen' series, Hannah gets involved when a keyboard player is murdered. The book can be read as a standalone though knowing the characters is a bonus.


Hannah Swensen in the television series

Hannah Swensen (owner of 'The Cookie Jar' bakery/café) and her sister are on the icy roads of Lake Eden, Minnesota, planning to deliver an order of scrumptious cinnamon rolls. They come across a serious accident involving a tour bus and several cars. The bus crash kill
Tonia Dempsey
Mar 13, 2012 rated it it was ok
I had such high hopes for this book, being the last was somewhat of a cliffhanger. But sadly, it turned out like all the other Hannah books lately...disappointing. When Doctor Bev was introduced into this series, she had the potential to be a "real" character, giving Hannah a little competition for Norman. Instead, the author went in a ridiculous direction with the "marry me or never see your daughter" claim. Seriously, what man would move a woman into his home and agree to instant marriage beca ...more
Chris Curtis
Oct 16, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: joanne-fluke, mystery
These books could be so much better with just a few changes. Have the characters talk to each other like adults instead of kindergarten teachers explaining things to small children. Enough of how frumpy Hannah looks and how wonderful her mother and sisters look. And my goodness how much can these people eat? Especially chocolate and coffee!
Alannah Davis
Jan 10, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Lazy writing, poor editing, flaccid filler posing as dialogue, characters as limp as overcooked macaroni and about as appealing.

Joanne Fluke is a good writer with a very readable style, but "Cinnamon Roll Murder" is clearly riding on the laurels of the series' popularity.

The premise sounded good, and the first paragraph (I always try to check for that "grabber") showed promise. Hannah bakes goodies for the jazz band Cinnamon Roll Six, the tour bus overturns on its way to town, and the mysteriou
Jammin Jenny
I love this series! Hannah investigates the murder of a local jazz musician and all clues point to Seattle. But isn't that where Doc Bev is from? And Hannah's family is telling her to stand up to Bev and stop being so nice - she has to figure out a way to stop the wedding!! Great storytelling, and I didn't guess who the killer was so that's always fun for me. ...more
Rachel Aranda
4.5-5 stars

It’s been a long time but this book was pretty dang close to perfect, and it’s been a while since a book in this series has earned 5 star rating. The mysteries, drama, and cat fights were so engaging that I couldn’t help but enjoy the ride. The plot and writing seemed pretty close to how it was. The only thing that felt slightly off was that the ending seemed a bit rushed and not quite as big as I would have liked. Overall, it was satisfying and I’m glad things will get back to normal
Mar 28, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-in-2014
This book is so horrible that I just can't believe I am still reading this series. If I could give a negative star, I would give it a -10, it's that bad. This series started off being kinda funny and entertaining, and at one point I even looked forward to reading the next one in the series. But the last few have gotten ridiculous. There are two more in the series, and I do plan to read them, though why I should subject myself to them I have no idea!!

The author is writing as is if she writing a c
Jul 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Every time I read one of these books I get hungry at all the awesome food they make and eat! There are twenty-two recipes included in this book, most of which are Hannah's specialty, desserts. In this installment, she and her sisters were determined to keep their good friend Norman from marrying someone just because she claimed he was her child's father. In the murder department, a jazz band that had gone off the road lost their driver for one thing, then their keyboardist was murdered at the ho ...more
May 19, 2012 rated it it was ok
The last one was a cliffhanger and it seemed like the series was really going to perk up. This was one of the worst books since the very first one, going back to tired (and not even necessarily accurate) cliches about Minnesota weather and small town living. Hannah still plays the part of someone's grandmother (though not my MN grandmother because she's way hipper than Hannah). The part where she wanted to "protect" her sister from the sight of the dead body was lame, since Michelle is 20-someth ...more
Jan 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Springtime in Lake Eden brings relief from the cold winter months but since this is a Hannah book, there will be no rest for the wicked. Another murder ( good thing there are so many visitors or this would have been a ghost town by now lol) shakes the community and who else but Swensen and the gang to the rescue. One of the members of the Cinnamon Rolls Six Jazz Band ( what a rad name for a band) meets his end in Lake Eden, ironically enough there are some cinnamon rolls involved.

This was the u
Maria Birnell
Mar 17, 2012 rated it did not like it
Pretty awful. Don't waste your time. I listened to the audiobook version and considered stopping several times but kept going to see if it could get worse. It did. I have no idea how this series is a bestseller. The author beats the reader over the head with everything - we are not morons, we can follow along without everything being repeated and over-explained. Also, Hannah does so many dumb things it is hard to take her seriously as a detective. I mean really when a killer is chasing you and y ...more
Mar 01, 2012 rated it it was ok
I am still trying to figure out why I keep reading this series. Though we finally seem to have made some progress in the Hannah-Norman relationship in this outing I still find that the background story is very unrealistic. How often does an overweight, frizzy haired woman in her thirties have the two most eligible bachelors in town pursuing her. Are her cooking and baking skills that amazing? Is her company that fascinating? Or is that she is such a doormat willing to make meals for people in t ...more
Shannon Binegar-Foster
Interesting twists in this one.

I have never been so pleased with an ending as I was with this one. I was worried it would have a different outcome. I can't wait to see what happens next.
this one annoyed me more than the others in this series. it also didn't help that they seemed to have switched narrators. ...more
Jun 25, 2018 rated it did not like it
I usually wouldn't review a book I didn't finish, but that was possibly the dumbest 22 pages I ever read. ...more
Barbara ★
I've been skipping around in this series - just picking the books I need for challenges. I was annoyed with myself as this book is further along in the series than I am and the events threw me a little at first.

I enjoyed the story and was happy with the conclusion. Maybe now Hannah will finally make up her mind between Mike and Norman. One can only hope she learned something from this installment.
This is my first book to read in this series and I loved it. Hannah and her sister, Michelle, see a local jazz band's bus overturned and go to investigate if people are okay. They find a dead driver and possibly suspicious circumstances of his death.

The ladies investigate a murder victim, Buddy Neiman's death. I think what I loved most about this book is that it is a "cozy mystery" but the element of surprise at whodunnit was spectacular. I didn't guess it at all.

I also loved the sisters invol
Andrea Cox
What a start! Sometimes the Swensen books begin at a steady pace, but this one leaped out with a bang! It stayed entertaining throughout with surprises along the way. The felines were hilarious.

Content: alcohol
Jan 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
What do you serve when the jazz band Cinnamon Roll Six is coming to play at a weekend festival? Cinnamon Rolls, of course! In Cinnamon Roll Murder, Hannah Swensen is busily baking goodies for the festival when an accident occurs. The band's tour bus wrecks, injuring the keyboard player, Buddy Neiman. Buddy's injuries are minor and he's recovering in the hospital when someone decides he should take a turn for the worse. Hannah's mother discovers Buddy's dead body in his hospital room. The keyboar ...more
Dec 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
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Apr 02, 2012 rated it liked it
I really like this series, but the romantic thread is beginning to grow weary. You just get to the point when you want something to change/happen. I do feel like the series needs to take a turn here or it will grow too mundane to continue reading. I can't imagine that most readers aren't ready for things to change. Even the author's got to be tired of the same old same old. And as I've said before, this isn't amazing literature, but it does the job. It's fun, it's quick, it's simple. You can usu ...more
Mark Baker
Mar 10, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012, mystery
When the piano player of a jazz band is killed, Hannah springs into action to find his killer. Meanwhile, she's also looking for a way to stop Hannah from marrying Dr. Bev. The characters were great as always, and the mystery was fun. But the Norman/Dr. Bev story was unrealistic. I'm hoping, however, that it is leading to the end of the Hannah/Norman/Mike love triangle.

Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
Sep 21, 2018 rated it did not like it
This was the first book by this author and it was too cozy for me. The only good thing was the recipes looked nice.
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Whenever I need a brain break I turn to familiar, easy, fun mysteries. This time I downloaded a bunch of these cozy mysteries. They are sweet, simple, predictable and formulaic, but they are also fun. I like all of the characters. I am invested in their lives. They are perfect when a palate cleanser is needed.
Nancy Narma
Jan 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
“A Spicy Mix of Scandal and Murder You’ll Devour”

“Mud Season’ has arrived in Lake Eden, Minnesota. Hannah and her younger Sister, Michelle, are enroute with a delicious-smelling delivery of Cinnamon Rolls for the Lake Eden Inn. Innkeepers; Sally and Dick are sponsoring the first Weekend Jazz Festival featuring the well-known “Cinnamon Roll Six”. Hannah’s yummy rolls will be served after the group’s rehearsal. With the unseasonably warm weather during the day, the accumulated snow has melted and
Nov 13, 2019 rated it did not like it
This is where my Hannah Swensen journey ends. When I started reading these books, I was reading them mostly because I wanted to crush my reading goal and these were perfect because I could knock one of these out in a couple hours. I kept reading them periodically because they’re just so bad that they’re laughable and I’ll be damned if I don’t love a whodunnit - even terrible whodunnits.

Something about ol’ Lake Eden shook me differently this time. Maybe it’s because it’s been so long since I’ve
Apr 02, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
That's my first foray into the cozy mystery scene, thwarted. To say that I hated this book would be an exaggeration. I couldn't give two shits about this book, which was why I started skipping 10 minutes ahead every 5 minutes of listening to the audiobook. Given the amount of time the characters spend talking about the most inane things ever (like how in the beginning the author had 4 separate characters explaining the circumstances of the highway accident in exactly the same words), how the aut ...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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“STUFFIN’ MUFFINS Preheat oven to 350 degrees F., rack in the middle position. 4 ounces salted butter (1 stick, 8 Tablespoons, ¼ pound) ½ cup finely chopped onion (you can buy this chopped or chop it yourself) ½ cup finely chopped celery ½ cup chopped apple (core, but do not peel before chopping) 1 teaspoon powdered sage 1 teaspoon powdered thyme 1 teaspoon ground oregano 8 cups herb stuffing (the kind in cubes that you buy in the grocery store—you can also use plain bread cubes and add a quarter-teaspoon more of ground sage, thyme, and oregano) 3 eggs, beaten (just whip them up in a glass with a fork) 1 teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon black pepper (freshly ground is best) 2 ounces (½ stick, 4 Tablespoons, pound) melted butter ¼ to ½ cup chicken broth (I used Swanson’s) Hannah’s 1st Note: I used a Fuji apple this time. I’ve also used Granny Smith apples, or Gala apples. Before you start, find a 12-cup muffin pan. Spray the inside of the cups with Pam or another nonstick cooking spray OR line them with cupcake papers. Get out a 10-inch or larger frying pan. Cut the stick of butter in 4 to 8 pieces and drop them inside. Put the pan over MEDIUM heat on the stovetop to melt the butter. Once the butter has melted, add the chopped onions. Give them a stir. Add the chopped celery. Stir it in. Add the chopped apple and stir that in. Sprinkle in the ground sage, thyme, and oregano. Sauté this mixture for 5 minutes. Then pull the frying pan off the heat and onto a cold burner. In a large mixing bowl, combine the 8 cups of herb stuffing. (If the boxed stuffing you bought has a separate herb packet, just sprinkle it over the top of the mixture in your frying pan. That way you’ll be sure to put it in!) Pour the beaten eggs over the top of the herb stuffing and mix them in. Sprinkle on the salt and the pepper. Mix them in. Pour the melted butter over the top and mix it in. Add the mixture from your frying pan on top of that. Stir it all up together. Measure out ¼ cup of chicken broth. Wash your hands. (Mixing the stuffing is going to be a lot easier if you use your impeccably clean hands to mix it.) Pour the ¼ cup of chicken broth over the top of your bowl. Mix everything with your hands. Feel the resulting mixture. It should be softened, but not wet. If you think it’s so dry that your muffins might fall apart after you bake them, mix in another ¼ cup of chicken broth. Once your Stuffin’ Muffin mixture is thoroughly combined, move the bowl close to the muffin pan you’ve prepared, and go wash your hands again. Use an ice cream scoop to fill your muffin cups. If you don’t have an ice cream scoop, use a large spoon. Mound the tops of the muffins by hand. (Your hands are still impeccably clean, aren’t they?) Bake the Stuffin’ Muffins at 350 degrees F. for 25 minutes. Yield: One dozen standard-sized muffins that can be served hot, warm, or at room temperature. Hannah’s 2nd Note: These muffins are a great accompaniment to pork, ham, chicken, turkey, duck, beef, or . . . well . . . practically anything! If there are any left over, you can reheat them in the microwave to serve the next day. Hannah’s 3rd Note: I’m beginning to think that Andrea can actually make Stuffin’ Muffins. It’s only April now, so she’s got seven months to practice.” 2 likes
“GERMAN PANCAKES Preheat oven to 375 degrees F., rack in the middle position.   Prepare an 8-inch square pan by spraying it with Pam or another nonstick cooking spray, or coating the inside with butter. Hannah’s 1st Note: You can double this recipe if you like, so that it will serve 8 people. If you double this recipe, it will take approximately 55 minutes to bake. Hannah’s 2nd Note: This dish works best if you use an electric mixer. 6 strips bacon (I used applewood smoked bacon) 4 large eggs 1 cup whole milk (I’ve used heavy cream and that works also) 1 cup flour (Just scoop it up and level it off with a table knife.) 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 teaspoon salt 4 ounces cream cheese (half of an 8-ounce package) minced parsley to sprinkle on top (optional) Fry the bacon in a frying pan on the stovetop until it’s crispy. Let it cool to room temperature, and then crumble it into the bottom of your baking pan. In an electric mixer, beat the eggs with half of the milk (that’s ½ cup). Continue to beat until the mixture is light and fluffy. Add vanilla extract and salt. Beat until they’re well combined. Mix in the flour and beat for 40 seconds. Add the second half of the milk (another ½ cup) and beat until everything is light and fluffy. Pour half of the mixture over the bacon crumbles in the 8-inch square pan. Cut the cream cheese into 1-inch-square cubes. Place them evenly over the egg mixture in the pan. Pour the second half of the mixture over the cream cheese. Bake at 375 degrees F. for 45 to 55 minutes, or until it’s golden brown and puffy on top. Hannah’s 3rd Note: This breakfast entree is excellent when served with biscuits or crispy buttered toast.” 1 likes
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