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Cherry Cheesecake Murder

(Hannah Swensen #8)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  13,655 ratings  ·  620 reviews
When Main Street in Lake Eden becomes a movie set, a clever killer rewrites the script and bakery owner Hannah Swenson, while trying to decide which marriage proposal to accept, must sift through a cast of suspects before the film wraps with an even deadlier ending.
Paperback, 382 pages
Published February 1st 2007 by Kensington Publishing Corporation (first published March 1st 2006)
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Aug 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
With the eighth installment of the Hannah Swensen series, Cherry Cheesecake Murder delivers strong. I was very excited by the story, characters and forward motion in this book.

The introduction of Ross as a new suitor for Hannah could have gone the wrong direction, but Ross combines the great attributes of Mike and Norman into a single man. I'm rooting for Ross to win Hannah's love; and let's get real, she needs to make a choice soon.

I'm only saying so because the story dictates her to choose
Oct 19, 2014 rated it liked it

In this 8th book in the 'Hannah Swensen' series, the baker/amateur sleuth investigates when an actor is murdered with a 'prop gun.' The book can be read as a standalone.

Hannah Swensen on the television series


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
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“Why were you smiling like that?” “Smiling like what?” “Like the cat that got into the cream pot.”

Lake Eden, a small cozy town in Minnesota, has been chosen by a famous director to be the set for a movie, and of course everyone is head over heels and trying their best to be chosen for a small part. Everything is going as smooth as a cheesecake, until the fake revolver used in a suicide scene turns out to be not so fake after all... the director gets killed on the spot and, guess what? Hannah
Apr 29, 2013 rated it did not like it
The structure of this book was interesting. The murder would happen halfway through, so a prologue showing the incident from the victim's view was written.

The book has some heart and it won me over gradually. I was prepared to rate it 3 stars. But the last few pages undid all that goodwill. I'm always a sucker for an unorthodox climax. However that Dolores character not only ruined the mood for me but reminded me of the insufferable antics of that cat that I'd forgotten.

I'm taking a hiatus
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library-4
A film is being shot in Lake Eden. Stage mothers. Walk on roles for extras and 25-pound orange cats. Oy vey! Hannah is reeling after being proposed to by two men. There may be a third suitor waiting in the wings. And her cherry cheesecake may be the only thing that can keep an overly picky and at times creepy director under control.

This mystery had at interesting format because (view spoiler)
So, I Read This Book Today
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 ...more
Cherry Sparkles
Dec 11, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Jammin Jenny
I love the Hannah Swensen series and all the recipes in the books. Another great installment!
Elle's Book Blog
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Such a fantastic series! It never gets old for me. Whenever I am in a book slump I dive into a Hanna Swensen novel because she always seems to save the day! Now, I may be way behind in the series but I am going to try and finish them up within the next year! Fingers crossed.

Highly recommended cozy series. Just make sure to read them in order of publication.
Jun 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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 :)
It was all I could do to get through this poorly written, men’s rights advocating dumpster fire of a book.

Joanne Fluke and her Mary Sue are sanctimonious, woman hating twits, and I’m done gritting my teeth over this.

I’m convinced that Fluke is writing exclusively for an audience of midwestern, socially conservative housewives, with a healthy heap of misogynists “mixed in”

This series is reliably sexist; there’s lots of female murder victim-blaming, slut shaming, biological essentialism, and
Mar 24, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Apr 29, 2008 rated it it was ok
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.
Jan 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Hannah Swensen, professional baker and amateur detective, is on the case again in the 8th book in this fun culinary cozy series. This is my favorite cozy series, so when snow was in the forecast here in NC, I went right to my best cozy pal to help me weather the storm. Fuzzy socks. Hot tea. And Hannah Swensen. Perfect snowy weather combination for me.

In Cherry Cheesecake Murder a movie is being filmed in Lake Eden. The entire town is excited about the production. Hannah is hired to provide
Hannah investigates the murder of a director from the movie that's being made in Lake Eden.

And here is where I part ways with this series. It's a little sad, actually. Food, cozy mystery, small town, nice people, lots of dessert descriptions. It should have stayed better. I've read eight books in this series and given them three's and four's. This one was slowwwwwwww and awkwardly written (as was the last one). The murder didn't happen until half way through the book. Hannah is starting to show
Moriah Venable
Aug 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 04, 2016 rated it it was ok
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
Feb 29, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened, 2016
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Mar 31, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 04, 2018 rated it liked it
I actually kind of missed these fluffy, saccharine-filled confections. I'd gotten a little sick of the Hannah-Norman-Mike triangle and had to stop reading for a while. These books are quite formulaic and the writing isn't anything special, but in small doses they are fun. Warning to readers with a sweet tooth: these recipes will have you craving sugar 24/7. I've tried a few and they are all very tasty, and of course always perfect with a cup of coffee (when do these people sleep? They all drink ...more
Apr 12, 2010 rated it it was ok
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 ...more
Annamaria Jackson-Phelps
Long on cats, food, and a Mary Sue main character, short on plot and mystery. Decent beac blanket read, but I'd probably only revisit this series for the recipes.
Lis Carey
Aug 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Oct 07, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Nola Arganbright
Jun 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
Hannah is at the point of frustration with the entire town about whose marriage proposal she will accept. Norman and Mike are driving their co- workers and townsfolks bonkers waiting on her answer.
There is a movie company coming to town and everyone is excited to be involved with the production including Mochie. Hannah's family have the acting bug and Hannah is providing catering for many of the activities.
The excitement goes up a notch with the discovery on a body. Can Hannah figure out this
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love a good mystery

Joanne Fluke held me in suspense once again. As I floated from suspect to suspect, I always find out something new and totally unexpected about someone in Hannah’s town. And this time wasn’t any different, I love finding out new facts about the people Hannah loves and lives with as neighbors. My favorite part of this though was the ending. I’m still laughing while trying to write this. I hope you love surprises as much as I do, especially when they make you happy and laugh.
Dec 28, 2013 rated it did not like it
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.
Apr 29, 2014 rated it it was ok
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.
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