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Chocolate Cream Pie Murder

(Hannah Swensen #24)

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  3,626 ratings  ·  659 reviews
Not even Lake Eden's nosiest residents suspected Hannah Swensen would go from idealistic newlywed to betrayed wife in a matter of weeks. But as a deadly mystery unfolds in town, the proof is in the pudding . . .

When The Cookie Jar becomes the setting of a star-studded TV special about movies filmed in Minnesota, Hannah hopes to shine the spotlight on her bakery--not the un
Paperback, 304 pages
Expected publication: January 28th 2020 by Kensington Publishing Corporation (first published February 26th 2019)
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One of the first few cozy mysteries I began reading almost fifteen years ago was the Hannah Swensen series by Joanne Fluke. For years, I adored the series, but then I switched to something else to try and experience a wider variety. About two years ago, I jumped back into its safety and caught up to the latest one... that is, until Chocolate Cream Pie Murder was published (or will be in the coming weeks). I won it via NetGalley and had to devour it today. How exciting to catch up in Hannah's lif ...more

In this 24th addition to the Hannah Swensen cozy mystery books, we learn the truth about Ross Barton - a central character in the last few novels. If you're behind in the series this review will contain spoilers.


Hannah Swensen, owner of 'The Cookie Jar' bakery in Lake Eden, Minnesota, devotes most of her time to devising new recipes and baking cookies/ activity that provides a creative outlet and helps her relax.

As Valentines Day appr
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had to laugh conspiratorially as I opened my review copy of this much awaited book and saw at the bottom of the the author's acknowledgements: You've been asking for this book and here it is!

Yes, I did. Yes, we did. Yes....we ALL did.

Thank you, Joanne.

I have been reading the Hannah Swensen series since book 1, Chocolate Chip Cookie Mystery, came out in 2001. Almost 19 years invested in these characters. Lots of recipes and baking. Lots of dead people....cozily murdered, of course. Culinary c
Jan 12, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’ll open with saying that I don’t think this book was as bad as the last few in the series. Maybe someone is trying to clean up the mess and listen to readers. It seems someone on team Joanne may be listening to us readers because this book has the first iteration of Hannah calling Delores Mom and Mommy instead of Mother. In the book even Delores is surprised and blurts our that Hannah hasn’t called her Mom or Mommy for years and she actually THANKS Hannah for calling her Mommy. Poor Delores, e ...more
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Having heard of Joanne Fluke and her Hannah Swanson series, I was mighty excited when I got approved for this book. My friend and author James J Cudney, the fourth, took time from his writing to explain the entire series to get me up to date with the story so far. With all the details in my brain, I stepped up enthusiastically into the pages of the book and I was shocked!!

The writing, though perfect in English, did not attract me at all. There were a lot of characters, all Hannah's friends, who
Mar 11, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, 2019, library
There was barely a story in this one. It was all recipes or people discussing the recipes. On the occasions that there was talk not centered around the recipes, it all felt like it came from a sitcom with a laugh track. This book was ridiculous. I’m finally done with this series. The characters aren’t even quirky and cute anymore; they’re just annoying and predictable.
The 24th book in the Hannah Swensen series by Joanna Fluke. I haven't read all of the books in this series. I've read six or seven books, and hopped around in the order. I do plan to go back and read the entire series. Anyway, this book is best read after reading the others in the series.

Hannah's personal life is front and center as the truth about her marriage to Ross is revealed. As her scoundrel of a (fake) husband makes a reappearance, Hannah is trying to get on with her life.

These books usu
Mar 14, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozies, mystery
The public finally gets what it wants.

After apologizing to her church for lying to them about the Ross situation, the whole town rallies around her, and Ross is definitely persona non grata. Between baking sessions, Ross calls Hannah alternately whining, begging and demanding she give him the money he left in her bank account. Like a dolt, she put it all back in Ross's account. He even threatens her.

This goes on for most of the book. Then guess who winds up dead in Hannah's condo?

There's a pacin
Dawn Michelle
This is strictly my friend James' fault - I had swore I was never reading another one of these books and then he read this one and wrote a review that would make ANYONE want to read this and here we are. Sigh.

I didn't hate this book as much as I hated previous ones. Which is saying a lot. And I am glad that the author cleaned up the mess that was "Ross" [HOW HOW HOW Hannah could have THREE men be in love with her is still and will forever be a humongous mystery to me] and did it in a prett
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, galleys-arcs
If it weren't for the fact that I got this from NetGalley I most likely would not have bought this book. I thought the last book about Ross really bit the big one. (see my review of Banana Cream Pie Murder) .

I see that a lot of people really love this book, so while it's not my glass of wine, it may be yours!

This book tries to explain in more depth why Ross took off shortly after the wedding to Hannah -keyword tries. And it does, sort of.

Okay, pros and cons of this book:

It is a cozy and simp
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Too Many Recipes / Too Little Plot

I've read all the books in this series and until the last few, I had been enjoying them. However, the stories just aren't as interesting as they used to be and the "who done it" isn't that hard to figure out.

In Chocolate Cream Pie Murder, Hannah has decided to tell the town the truth about Ross at the end of a Sunday church service. That is far from the end of it though as Ross is still causing trouble and stress for her when he shows up in town a few days later
Diane Hernandez
How many books in this series am I going to read hoping they return to the interesting plots and non-stilted dialogue of the first few? It appears at least one more called the Chocolate Cream Pie Murder.

Hannah is once again being harassed by the annoying Ross. Usually I would describe the murder that Hannah must solve around now. However, this time it occurs so late in the book that it would be a major spoiler.

Without a murder, nothing much happens in the first 2/3 of the book. There is a chapt
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have been a devoted reader of this series--all 24 books. What would Hannah do when she found out that Ross was not who he said he was and that her marriage to him was not legal? Most of this book, she baked and gave us readers plenty of recipes with very little mystery. I do enjoy trying some of the cookie recipes but I am baffled as to why the dialogue continues to be so stilted--when there are only two people in the room and they constantly refer to each other by first names? The kindle edit ...more
Mark Baker
Mar 12, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 2019
Valentine’s Day is coming, and The Cookie Jar is getting ready to cater various Valentine’s Parties with new treats. Hannah Swensen is throwing herself into this baking in order to not think about the news she’s gotten that Ross was already married, so their wedding was all a lie. She has told the town of Lake Eden in an effort to curb gossip, and all of her friends are with her. Which is why Ross sneaks back into town in the early hours of the morning demanding something from Hannah – something ...more
Patty Smith
Many thanks to NetGalley, Joanna Fluke, and Kensington Books for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are 100% my own and independent of receiving an advance copy.

I am not sure what happened with this book. I have read many others in this series and have had various degrees of enjoyment. I know what to expect so I am not comparing this to some highbrow literature and expecting the get the same experience. Sometimes you just want what you want and the ease of reading, the expectat
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the 24th book in the Hannah Swenson series. Hannah is still dealing with her failed non marriage to Ross. So the last thing she wants is to see or hear from him again. But Ross is a jerk and comes to see Hannah to get the money he had left . Hannah tells him she put it back in his account so if he wants it so badly he can go and get it. Ross wants Hannah to get it for him since he doesn't want to be seen since the entire town hates him for what he did to Hannah. So we he is murdered towa ...more
Megan O'Neill
Apr 05, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If I could have given this piece of utter garbage zero stars, I would have.

These last few books have been nothing but an insult to the intelligence of the people who have stuck with the series, and I sincerely doubt that Joanne Fluke has any hand at all in writing them anymore; the quality of the writing suggests perhaps a third-grader, but that might actually be an insult to a third-grader. The constant repetition of phrases, characters repeating the names of people to whom they’re talking, an
 Readaholic Jenn
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
The Hannah Swensen series is the first cozy mystery series I read and it's one of my favorites. Some books are better than others but this is one of my favorite books. I'm glad that Ross is out of the picture.
Apr 02, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The absolute worst!  Stilted dialogue throughout, ridiculous murder premise, stupid behavior, and seemingly endless discussions about what to eat next, followed by overly detailed recipes for unbelievably unhealthy food.  Do people really eat like this?  Does Fluke have an eating disorder?  Does anyone who lives alone have quarts of whipping cream and multiple pounds of cheese in their refrigerator at all times?  I’m expecting the next book to be “Everyone Dies of a Coronary.” Fluke throws in a ...more
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I had given up on this series but wanted to give it one more shot.
Since I don’t want to post spoilers it’s hard for me to really express my opinion.
There was some hints of the series I used to love but not enough to save this series.
I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.
Christina/ The Blog for Teachers, Readers, & Life!
There are some slow parts, and I found most of the mystery predictable. I thought, overall, it was a good read!
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
For an avid Hannah-maniac, this was truly disappointing. The series seems to have turned away from mystery and become a ridiculous soap opera, and the continuity (or lack of) leaves a lot to be desired. I've noticed the last several books have changed things about the characters and while this one drops hints at several occurrences from past books, it gets a lot of them wrong! It refers to Norman as an amateur magician (it was never Norman, it was Herb) and states that movie director Dean Lawren ...more
Mar 14, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ms. Fluke redeemed herself A BIT. But the formulaic story was even more predictable than previous installments. Thankfully, She did the ONLY decent thing that could have been done with Ross. But WHO didn't see Hannah's upset stomach's true origins coming from a MILE away?? The dialogue remains stiff, stilted and forced. People JUST don't talk like that, and they certainly don't use each other's names EVERY time they speak to each other!

I will continue to read the series, but ONLY because I can
Fluff Smut & Murder
Yes - this is the book that all of Hannah Swenson's fans have been asking for - almost! One of these days she will just need to suck it up and marry Norman because its kind of obvious that Mike is still hung up on his dead wife. (which is totally fine!). I swear that these characters get simpler as each new books comes out - life can be fixed for all of them with some sort of baked good. How are they all not 500 lbs? As for the cliffhanger at the end - it was kind of obvious but I think it will ...more
Lisa Morin
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm a huge fan of this series and I found this book to be an excellent addition.
Hannah still can't believe what Ross has put her through, and when he threatens
her life, residents of Lake Eden gather together to support their favorite baker.
I found this story captivating and I was eager to solve the mystery.
The author left us with a cliffhanger and I can't wait to see what happens next.
Meh. The victim of the crime didn't surprise me, but the story took way too long to get there. Simultaneously, it resolved too quickly and with a motive that the reader couldn't have known about based on the book. In honesty, though, I wish that (view spoiler). Definitely not my favorite in the series.
Beverly Neuner
Mar 08, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not a cookbook

The book has so many recipes! They are written like a five-year old was going to be using them. The story is so weak. Hannah is constantly battling inside her head. Her rational mind viruses her suspicious mind. By the end of the book you're rooting for Tom to shoot her already. I've read all the previous books but I will not read anymore.
Cris (The Biblio Blonde)
Chocolate Cream Pie Murder is the latest in the Hannah Swensen series by Joanne Fluke. There have been a *lot* of changes for Hannah in the last few books, so I was anxious to see how some things worked out for her. (Some minor spoilers may lie ahead - more so if you're not caught up on the series - but I won't give away anything major for the new book!)

As the book opens, we find Hannah faced with the difficult task of telling her fellow Lake Edenites that not only is Ross gone, but that it appe
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Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers of Mysteries, Cosy Mysteries
“Chocolate Cream Pie Murder” is the twenty-fourth book in the Hannah Swensen Series by the author, Joanne Fluke. Why did I want to read this novel? Well, I love to curl up on the sofa on a dark winter’s night, or any time, really, with a mug of hot chocolate and a good cozy mystery and if it’s about food, as this one is, then so much the better!

I haven’t read any of the other books in this series yet, however, I don’t think that this spoilt my enjoyment of this novel. That said, there is nothing
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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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