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Sugar Cookie Murder

(Hannah Swensen #6)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  12,012 ratings  ·  720 reviews
When it comes to holidays, Minnesotans rise to the occasion—and the little town of Lake Eden is baking up a storm with Hannah Swensen leading the way. The annual Christmas Buffet is the final test of the recipes Hannah has collected for the Lake Eden Holiday Buffet Cookbook.

The recently divorced Martin Dubinski arrives at the buffet with his new Vegas showgirl wife—all wra
Paperback, 380 pages
Published October 1st 2005 by Kensington Publishing Corporation (first published October 1st 2004)
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Ley No, you don't have to read the previous books. However, this is more of a novella than a full novel because its only 200 pages, the rest is recipes.…moreNo, you don't have to read the previous books. However, this is more of a novella than a full novel because its only 200 pages, the rest is recipes. She references other things that have happened in the series which would make more sense if you have read all of them but you can enjoy the story without it as well.(less)

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Story was fine. Way too short. I thought it was a full book. I finished the actual story 60% through the book and the remaining parts were recipes and commentary. I was a little disappointed. Maybe I should have looked at it more before buying it, but then again, it's part of a series, so you gotta read em all, right? I understand short releases to keep your audience happy, so it doesn't stop me from reading more. I will keep going... there's only what, 15 more to go?

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Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library-2
Oh, I was sold on this one from the moment the green-eyed monster reared its ugly head and Hannah was having a bake-off with the police detective’s ex-girlfriend. So cute! This was perfect to read in between getting my pies ready for Thanksgiving… it got me into such a holiday baking mood. Hannah and crew are having a potluck dinner for the entire town, and this is just another thing I love about Joanne Fluke’s writing… when she does a Christmas book she goes all out 5-reindeer on it, and it’s s ...more
Jun 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Feb 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
I enjoyed the story itself, but little did I imagine that the actual story would be THIS short and the rest 30% would be spent listing up all the recipes of what supposedly appeared in this book. I hate to say this but I couldn't help but feel a bit cheated. I wasn't expecting this.

Nonetheless, as I mentioned earlier, the story itself is well-written. The pacing is brisk, crisp and clear. Entertaining, heart-warming, and it gives you a cozy, festive cheer. A perfect read for Christmas time, I ca
Lady Ozma
Dec 30, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2008, chicklit, mystery
I gave this book four stars after some debating. I finally decided that I liked the characters and the basic thought process behind the book itself a lot. Enough that I want to read the rest of the series sitting on my TBR shelf. However, if I was rating it on mystery alone, I'd definitely have to go lower.

For me, this book wasn't about the mystery so much as the quirky and fun characters. What can I say, small-town Minnesota pot luck? I mean how do you go wrong? I've been there, doing the churc
Feb 28, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened, 2016
The more I get into this series, the less I like Mike. He needs to be kicked out!
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Book # 6 in the Hannah Swenson series has our heroine / amateur sleuth coordinating the Lake Eden Christmas Potluck supper. Everyone will be bringing the dishes they’ve offered for inclusion in the latest community cookbook, and Hannah’s mother has offered a beautiful antique cake knife to cut a very special cake. This is Minnesota and a snowstorm isn’t about to keep the residents of Lake Eden away from the Community Center, so the place is packed. But before the desserts are even set out on the ...more
Elle's Book Blog
Feb 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mystery, sleuths
Release Date: October 1, 2005
Genre: Cozy Mystery

This is my favorite cozy mystery series and I can never get enough of Hannah Swensen and the murder mysteries she always seems to get involved in! In this installment, it is christmas time and everyone is gathering together to test out the recipes that are being used in the Lake Eden Cookbook. But when someone goes missing, and then ends up dead it is up to Hannah and the police to find out who did it before the killer strikes again!

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Jun 27, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery, library
This was a disappointment. As with others I thought I was getting a whole book instead of a novella. The mystery felt forced, perhaps if she'd had an entire novel to work with Fluke could have rounded the characters out a bit more. Hannah was pushier and more controlling that ever. Mike was total jerk,but he is always a jerk, it was just more emphasized in this one. Mike's jerkiness made Hannah seem very shallow. He's rude, overbearing and sexist to her but because he is tall dark and handsome a ...more
Jun 25, 2010 rated it did not like it
This is my first book of Joanne Fluke's. It might even had been my last, if I didn't get the other book free as well (when I volunteered at the library's yearly book sale). Gosh it was awful! I found the characters lacking personalities, and I was really shocked with the reactions or I should say lack of reaction of some of the people, including the main character Hannah, when the victim is murdered (can't say who it is). The reason I picked this book was basically because, I thought it was real ...more
Jun 07, 2008 rated it really liked it
The problem is with this book is that it was TOO SHORT!

A fun, easy read mystery.

I like the fact that the author:

* does not feel like she needs to make it gory or gross with the deaths that occur
* doesn't resort to promiscuity or sexual innuendos
* does show a strong, independent, smart woman as a main character
* shows fun family dynamics with siblings and parent relationships
* makes it fun to peak into the lives of small town residents
I struggled with deciding what to rate this one. It is probably about a 2.5. I found this book extremely unbalanced. There is less than 200 pages to the story since the last half of the book is filled with the recipes for Hannah's cookbook. The first 90 pages of that is filled with Hannah preparing for the potluck dinner and everyone in Lake Eden gathering at the community center and eating their meals. After the first 90 pages, the body is finally discovered and the rest of the book is about Ha ...more
Jul 22, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, 2010
I usually enjoy the crime/mystery genre. And I'm okay with reading something light. This just wasn't worth it, though.

What bothered me most was that Hannah seems unhappy with Mike, one of the men she's dating. He's rude, takes credit for her work, and he's sexist. I expected her, in the end, to tell him to get lost. But no. She just sucks it up and takes it. Um, hello? Self respect? Hannah has none, apparently. I guess the fact that he's a handsome guy means more than how he treats her.

And the s
Feb 14, 2015 rated it really liked it

Sugar Cookie Murder (Hannah Swensen #6)
by Joanne Fluke (Goodreads Author)

Paperback, 352 pages
Published October 1st 2005 by Kensington (first published January 1st 2004)

The holidays are the icing on the cake for bakery owner Hannah Swensen. Surrounded by her loved ones, she has all the ingredients for a perfect Christmas until murder is added to the mix...
When it comes to holidays, Minnesotans rise to the occasion and the little town of Lake Eden is baking up a storm with Hannah leading the way
Lauri Saplad
Nov 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 30, 2014 rated it it was ok
The usual Hannah Swensen book, a good, quick read. I will say, though, that I was surprised by some stereotyping of gender roles in this book. Usually, I feel like Fluke does an ok job of bending gender roles by making a strong, independent female lead (although, now that I think about it, she does live in a city where every cop is male...). So, I was shocked to read about the male shop teacher's "boys" who built churches for a display and the female home economics teacher's "girls" who had made ...more
J.H. Moncrieff
Mar 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is one of my favourites of Fluke's...maybe because it's almost half recipes. It's comfort food for the brain, like curling up on the couch with an old trusted friend.

If anyone's tried any of the recipes, I'd love to hear about it. Particularly the coconut cake!

Update from 2018 reading: I'd forgotten how many of the recipes require a slow cooker. That's a bit disappointing. Still haven't tried any, but I will.
Oct 28, 2013 rated it liked it
I wondered if I would tired with Joanne Fluke's books after a while but I did enjoy this one except for two disappointments. One disappointment was the very predictable theft at the beginning of the novel. The second was the extreme brevity of the story. It was over before I realized it. I thought I was only halfway through.

For bakers though, there are a ton of recipes at the back of the book.
Liz Whipps
Jul 31, 2014 rated it liked it
This was a novella which took up only the first half of the book.. The second half was devoted to many different kinds of yummy recipes..not just cookies this time. As usual, Hannah was able to solve the mystery with a little help from her sister, Mother, and sometime boyfriend, Norman. This is a very light, "fluffy" type of read; just perfect for a summer aftrnoon.
Jul 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Probably the cutest book out of the series so far. Loved the Christmas small town feel, and the sisterly love throughout the whole story. Mike is starting to truly annoy me but other then that it was a great read. Very fast and short but super cute!
I really enjoy this series, although I don't seem to be reading them in order. I really like both guys but I am rooting for Mike. I really thought the brownie incident was pretty funny. I wish I had thought of it. Overall, this is a book that I would recommend.
Lindsey Gandhi
Ok, so this book is a little cheesy (no chef pun intended...). Having said that it was still a fun light hearted read. Not sure I would track down all the books in the series, but I got a good chuckle here and there.
3.5 Stars
Aug 15, 2014 rated it it was ok
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Hannah must figure out who murdered an ex-stripper at her small town's Christmas potluck.

This series is the epitome of cozy. There's very little violence and the death takes place off screen. The story, as always, is really about Hannah and her family and friends. The mystery is slight and allows Hannah to interact with all the people at the potluck (while describing in yummy detail all the foods they're eating). This book is actually a novella with more than a third of it taken up by recipes.

Tabby Kat
In her first holiday mystery, Fluke (Fudge Cupcake Murder, etc.) takes her series heroine, Hannah Swensen, amateur sleuth and owner of the Cookie Jar bakery in Lake Eden, Minn., through a delectable culinary romp. Hannah has compiled a cookbook of the locals' favorite recipes, which are to be featured at the Christmas party at Lake Eden's community center. All the residents gather for a festive evening, including Martin Dubinski and his wife of two days, Brandi Wyen, a Las Vegas dancer who's dec ...more
Aug 03, 2012 rated it it was ok
Uggh, this is probably my least favourite of the series so far! Not only was I incredibly disappointed to discover that about half the book was recipes, but I am also getting sick of the main character, Hannah Swensen. I won't go into the long list of reasons I dislike her, but one of my main annoyances is that she doesn't even consider if she loves Norman or Mike more, it's merely all about who's the most good-looking, and what they have to offer her.

Anyway, I would have given this book a high
Jan 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The recently divorced Martin Dubinski arrives at the buffet with his new Vegas showgirl wife all wrapped up in glitter and fur. His ex-wife, however, seems as cool as chilled eggnog. And when Hannah s mother s antique Christmas cake knife disappears, its discovery in the d�colletage of the new and now late Mrs. Dubinski puts the festivities on ice.
With everyone stranded at the community center by a blizzard, Hannah puts her investigative skills to the test, using the ingredients at hand: half th
Feb 25, 2011 rated it did not like it
I am not going to finish this book. I started reading it because, as I said in my last review, I'm trying to read a bit of everything so that I have a better idea of what our patrons are interested in. This book is just a bit too silly to keep reading. If I had one more day off of work for the holiday, I would have stuck with it, but leisure time is too short during a work week to keep reading this. There is too much inane dialouge. If I wrote down everything I said and slapped it in a novel, wo ...more
May 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
All I can start by saying is SO MANY RECIPES, SO EXCITED! There is nothing I love more than a Christmas Mystery because usually there is extended family around. With this the entire Lake Eden gang is stuck in the community center during a blizzard which happens to hit during the cookbook tasting. While I thought that I would be obsessed with this idea of everyone around and no where to go I missed The Cookie Jar and other businesses and Mochie. But it was still an enjoyable read and I loved the ...more
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