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Wedding Cake Murder

(Hannah Swensen #19)

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  6,134 ratings  ·  869 reviews
Everyone in Lake Eden, Minnesota, may have had their doubts, but at long last, Hannah Swensen is getting married! Hannah is thrilled to be marrying Ross Barton, her college crush. And her excitement only grows when she learns he’ll be able to join her on her trip to New York City for the Food Channel’s dessert chef contest. They get a taste of the Big Apple before Hannah w ...more
ebook, 304 pages
Published February 23rd 2016 by Kensington
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Leah Yes. I hated Ross Barton character because there was no character. I mean his earlier “pining” for Hannah, as said in Cherry Cheesecake Murder, for…moreYes. I hated Ross Barton character because there was no character. I mean his earlier “pining” for Hannah, as said in Cherry Cheesecake Murder, for over four years (overlapping the time he was in a serious relationship, engaged, with Lynne) was over the top. I mean it just sounds like a whole pack of lines. I was always on the side of Norman as he really cared for her and Mike wasn't ready for a strong commitment as he is grieving for his wife/enjoying being single. If she marries Ross I will extremely disappointed; but I have a feeling the author is heading that way as I just read Blackberry Pie Murder and it gives me a feeling that the series is winding to an end. And even though Hannah goes on about Lake Eden being the best place in the world and the only place she'd like to live; I have a feeling the author will end with her moving away.(less)
Marla Mutch I went to the book signing of this the other day and she has more coming out. Fear not! It was super fun, I highly recommend going to signings.

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Lisa Kleinert
This is a pretty rough book. I haven't been happy with the past several in the series, and this one only escalates the writing problems. Almost every chapter has nearly two full pages of weird stiff dialogue that is basically a commercial for the recipe which follows. This is supposed to be a mystery, a cozy but still a mystery- I don't want to read about people moaning over desserts that are 'so clever and just the right amount of crispy around the edges' and then hear everyone else agree for a ...more
I've been waiting for the Hannah Swensen series by Joanne Fluke to bounce back from a few lackluster books, and Wedding Cake Murder made it happen. I'd give this fun caper somewhere between 4 and 4.5 stars.

After 18 books debating between Norman and Mike, Hannah finally makes a decision when a third man's proposal suddenly enters the ring. Ross Barton was a great friend in college, and we saw some hints of romance in one of the earlier books, but nothing came of it. In the last book in the serie
Feb 26, 2016 rated it it was ok
It only took me a full day to finish because I had to keep putting it down and walking away.

So, so bad.

Why do I keep reading this series? After the last five or so books, I promise/threaten myself with 'I'm breaking up with Hannah', but I always take her back.
is it masochism? I don't know.
Eight pages in and I was already regretting it.
At least we were spared the 'Moishe/Cuddles table chase' sequence this time...

Too much focus on some things, sudden, last-minute revelations about others and a
Jan 09, 2019 rated it liked it

In this 19th book in the 'Hannah Swensen' series, the baker/amateur sleuth is finally getting married - but she has to solve a murder first! 😲 The book provides enough background to be read as a standalone, but familiarity with the characters is a plus.


Hannah Swenson, owner of 'The Cookie Jar' bakery in Lake Eden, Minnesota, has a lot going on in her life. Right after she competes in the Food Channel's 'Dessert Chef Competition', which is scheduled to take place in a couple of weeks, Hannah
Feb 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
4 Stars

I felt a little let down and disappointed by this book. Don't get me wrong. I love this world. The Cookie Jar and the residents of Lake Eden are my jam. But I expected more.

I felt like Hannah's choice of Ross over Mike or Norman was the chicken's way out. (I know that choice happened in the previous book but it does effect this book.) We, the audience, have become so invested in these two men that Hannah not choosing either of them was like a slap in the face of the reader. It was just un
Elizabeth Thornton

I absolutely love the Hannah Swenson series, but the past two books have been disappointing. The last book didn't even sound like Joanne Fluke wrote it. I have only negative feelings about Ross and Hannah. Ross came from out of nowhere. I really hope he dies on their honeymoon. I've always wavered between Mike and Norman, and I really like them and their relationships with Hannah. You just don't know how much I wanted there to be no wedding. Add to this The Murder She Baked movies i
Jack Reynolds
Jul 07, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
*Warning, there will be mild spoilers*

I tried to finish this book; I really did. But unfortunately, this didn't keep me invested enough to read more.

The mystery is better than Double Fudge Brownie Murder. I will say that. But it takes more than 50% of the book for the actual murder to take place. It worked fine in Cream Puff Murder; it didn't here. I wasn't really invested at all in the daily life of Hannah Swensen as she strives to win the Food Channel dessert competition. Those parts weren't a
Jul 14, 2015 rated it it was ok
Why is it so hard to find a good cozy mystery series? If you have any recs, please comment. I read the first of this series AGES ago and thought it was rather dim. But after I exhausted my other cozy options and was trying to save money by getting more books at the library, I picked these back up. I don't think I've actually liked any of these books. I don't know why I keep reading them. If I had to pay for them, I certainly would not.

The writing here is HORRIBLE. The conversations are extremel
Feb 29, 2016 rated it did not like it
Having read 14 of the books in the series, and then giving up due to the absolutely ridiculous love triangle, I went back to the series knowing that the love triangle had been done away with in the previous book. I THOUGHT that was a positive, but no. The writing is so awful. It is almost as if the author is being paid by the word. At least the character of Tracy was MIA in this book, but Hannah's new love is now featured & wow...what a bore! Snooze alert. Here we have two independent people ...more
Mar 15, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars. This has been my favorite cozy series but this installment was disappointing. It was pretty simplistic and in the end I didn't even care who did it. I still dislike Ross and the whole thing about Norman and Mike being happy to serve as groomsmen was ridiculous. Team Norman!
Christopher Hicks
Feb 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
Whenever you finish reading a chapter in a book and you roll your eyes or audibly gag or groan it's probably time to stop reading that book. That's how I feel about these books. This series started off strong and used to be Fantastic but the last few books have not been that good at all. I always find myself confused when I'm reading them. I know it's supposed to be set in modern times but it feels like it's set in the 1950's. The characters are becoming more and more pretentious and outright la ...more
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I entered this giveaway as I've read each one of the books in the series despite its steady decline.
After listening to the book, I decided that this will be the last I read of the Hannah Swensen series as the majority of the book was dedicated to recipes, stating the obvious, and providing sterile factoids about spices and home improvement projects. Indeed, I tracked how much of the book was actually dedicated to the mystery and I noticed that I fast forwarded through the majority of the
J.H. Moncrieff
Mar 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Even though there are moments in Fluke's books that drive me absolutely mad (the unnecessary info dumps--did we really need to know where cardamom originated, and why on earth would Hannah know and why would her fiancé ask?, the excruciatingly annoying mother and sister, the unrealistic virginal nature of the protagonist), I will drop everything to read each new release. Her books are also the only ones that drive me to join a chat group so I can discuss the plots with other readers.

I've banged
Delaney Starr
Jan 01, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I am so very, very unhappy with this book. After 19 books or back and forth between Mike and Norman, Hannah is going to marry Ross. Ross. A guy we have met a grand total of what 3 other times? It's terrible. Norman was hardly in the book at all, Mike was in the book only out of necessity, it's just a horrible ending to their love triangle. I can't stand it. The murder was obvious and the investigation was sloppy. The food channel competition was stupid. A very disappointing book all around.
Lisa Morin
Jan 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my fair and honest review. All thoughts and theories are my own.

I have been reading this series for at least 13 years, give or take. I have read the opinions about her Norman/Mike romance, I have read all the negative opinions as well as the positive.
Everyone has a right to their own opinion and I think everyone is entitled to state their opinion as well. This is mine:

I feel like I know all the Swenson sisters as I have read each book more than on
May 31, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
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I have faithfully read every Hannah Swensen since the first one, but I've grown weary as each one seems more ridiculous than the last. Especially the last 3-4. I always thought the exceedingly drawn out triangle between Hannah, Norman and Mike was off putting. Mike is sort of an ass and Norman is waaay too nice (as in doormat nice) and I thought it verged on cruelty that Hannah could not decide between the two of them so continued to 'have them' both. That whole scenario became more sickening wi ...more
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Julie Craig
Jan 25, 2016 rated it it was ok
This was disappointing. I have read every book in the series and, as other reviewers have stated, it didn't seem like Joanne Fluke wrote it. The dynamics of the wedding party were unbelievable (who's this Ross guy anyway?). I was actually annoyed by some of the awkward banter between the characters that was supposed to be humor, I think. As a member of "team Norman", I am wishing Hannah a fond farewell.
Dec 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is the first book I’ve ever read by this author so not being familiar with prior stories or the characters, my perspective is going to be quite a bit different than someone who has followed the series.

Hannah has been accepted to participate in the Dessert Chef Competition put on by the Food Channel. And her wedding to Ross will take place immediately afterward. Of course, as apparently happens in all of the books, there is a murder and Hannah feels the need to investigate. So the story is s
Jan 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Hannah Swenson is getting married! And competing on a baking show. And solving a murder! Can she get it all done without become a victim herself?

I've followed this series from the beginning, so I have come to love and cherish all the characters in Lake Eden. Sometimes this series goes a little over the top and a tad unbelievable, but mostly it is a fun series about solving local murders and includes countless tasty treats.

I think it just a little ridiculous (view spoiler)
Jan 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The seconds pass by slowly, at least, it seemed to Hannah and Michelle as the commentator for the Food Challenge slowly announced placements of the first night's, Desert contest.They are jubilant as Hannah is announced the winner. They are going back to are going back to Lake Eden for rest of the contest. Hannah is preparing for her wedding to Ross Barton the day after her contest is completed. Hannah 's Mother has turned the wedding into a major social event. Amid this turmoil, the head judge i ...more
Shelley Lawrence
Feb 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery, 2016
I know that these books rarely get good reviews. I know they are a bit simple. We don't normally talk that way in real life or state the obvious, as the charters in these books tend to do. However, I really enjoy them. I find them so comforting, and wholesome, and endearing. I love the characters. I want to know them, and eat cookies and drink coffee with the them. There is something in the simplistic writing style I find very engaging and even entertaining and I hope Joanne Fluke continues to w ...more
Sep 14, 2016 rated it it was ok
You wouldn't know it from my two stars, but I have actually loved this series. I wouldn't miss reading one for the world. That being said, I'm sooooo disappointed in this book - it's just dumb! I'm kinda hoping it's all over now, but if there's another book coming, I'll be right there in line to read it.
Sarah Jane
Mar 18, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Fluff Smut & Murder
Jun 18, 2015 rated it liked it

Thank you to and to the publisher for the ARC of this novel in exchange for my honest review.

I have been such a fan of Hannah Swenson since her first mystery so long ago. Unfortunately, this is also the first time I’ve been disappointed by one of her tales as well. Since I was reading an ARC on my Kindle, I was able to see that this book was about 45% of recipes for amazing cookies and other sweet treats and about 55% of a murder mystery – so more of a novella instead of a full fle
Hannah, happily engaged in this 19th installment in this series, after the end of the previous book (no names in case you’ve never read any and would like to read through to see how it all plays out over the books) is getting ready to be married and to participate in a national cooking contest her younger sister secretly entered her into in a previous installment. Her mother, naturally, wants to plan the wedding to ease her load.

Things get really tense once the head judge, Alain Duquesne, is fou
Jan 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Picture this: You’re about to get married – after several really nice boyfriends, you finally said yes to the man who will be your husband, and your wedding is coming up fast; you’re in a national Food Channel dessert contest, one of five contestants chosen from all the great chefs in the country and somehow you landed a spot; moreover, if you win the first night, then the show will move to the winner’s hometown and little Eden Lake, Minnesota, could use the business in the dead of winter; and t ...more
Elizabeth Meadows
I enjoyed this book. There was less focus on mystery and more on the story of what is going on in our main character's life, which I enjoyed very much. The murder didn't happen until halfway through the book, but I was so interested in Hannah's experiences doing a cooking show competition that I almost forgot that there would be one. Ha! If you have been following along and reading this whole series, like I have, then by the 19th book you are really invested in the characters and how they are do ...more
Mar 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*Note: I received this audio book through a Goodreads giveaway.
For long time fans of Hannah and her friends and family this book is a satisfying treat. I love Hannah's adventures for so many reasons including the delicious recipes included in each book. To see Hannah through the big change in her life that happens in "Wedding Cake Murder" is like seeing it happen to a good friend. Of course, it wouldn't be a Hannah story without a little murder and cats and good food. An exciting trip to New Yor
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