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Coconut Layer Cake Murder

(Hannah Swensen #25)

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Bakery owner Hannah Swensen is leaving Lake Eden to help a friend in sunny California. But an unexpected phone call swiftly brings her back to a cold Minnesota winter . . . and murder . . .

When Hannah learns that her sister Michelle’s boyfriend, Detective Lonnie Murphy, is the prime suspect in a murder case, she goes straight from a movie studio sound stage to the Los
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Expected publication: February 25th 2020 by Kensington
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James
Coconut Later Cake Murder is the 25th book in the Hannah Swensen cozy mystery series by Joanne Fluke. I've read all the books in order, and when the latest showed up at both my library (I got my lending request in the day it was made available) and on NetGalley, I had to grab a copy. While the series is much lighter and getting a little too formulaic, I adore the characters. It always feels like 'going home' when I spend an hour or two with Hannah and the Lake Eden residents. And when I say an ...more
Juli
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have been reading the Hannah Swensen series ever since the first book, Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder, came out in 2000! I love the setting, the characters, the recipes, and the light mysteries. Each time a new book comes out, I nab it as quickly as possible and binge read it to find out what's going on in good ol' Lake Eden, MN.

Coconut Layer Cake Murder is the 25th book in the series. I happily curled up with this newest book, a cup of tea and my chihuahua for a long night of happy reading.
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Amy
Jan 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Can't believe it's the 25th book in the series!! A comfortable return to Lake Eden, Minnesota with characters so comfortable that they feel like my cozy family after so many years. While it was interesting to see the storyline focus on Lonnie, the mystery was lacking. The romantic triangle continues but one character doesn't seem as focused on Hannah as he did in previous books. The pages were mainly recipes and for me, way too many of Hannah's hints and suggestions. They seem like page fillers ...more
Brenda
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
There are as many recipe pages as cozy mystery in the latest Hannah Swensen mystery.

Hannah accompanies her mother to California to help a friend close up house for her move to lake Eden. Andre's in a panic when she calls Hannah for help. Lonnie is under suspicion in the death of their friend Darcy. The police chief welcomes Hannah's help when his senior officers conflict of interest hinders the investigation.

Unraveling what really happened during Darcy's last day is aided by Norman whose love
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Toni
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: january-2020-tbr
4.5 Stars

This is the twenty-fifth book in the Hannah Swensen Cookie Jar series by Joanne Fluke.

Wow! Can you believe we have hit the twenty-fifth book? So much yummy goodness in this banner foodie cozy mystery series. It is the forerunner in my mind that helped the cozy genre take off to new heights.

This book feels a little different than the rest. There is a whole section or two where Lonnie is the main character and we are seeing the action through his eyes. That seemed a new feature to me.
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Lisa Morin
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, this story is filled with a great mystery that really kept me guessing until the end.
I have been a big fan of this series for years, and I am so happy to see that Hannah is getting back to her old self after the disaster that came along with her marriage to Ross.
This book really brought all of the characters together and I appreciated the easy going relationship between Hannah and Norman.
Working together to prove Lonnie innocent made for a great story and I am looking forward to seeing what
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Crystal
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. I am not completely caught up on this series but I did not feel lost. I love how fast paced it was and all the recipes. Definitely going to be trying some of those out. The characters are great and I can’t wait to go back to Lake Eden.

I was given a copy of this book from NetGalley.
Rima Aiello
Jan 15, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
This series is consistently good, and this latest book was no different. Although it seems like even during the worst of times, the characters solve everything with eating, for some reason it really doesn’t detract too much from the story. It’s always a nice bonus when there are recipes too!
Jan Fore
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Coconut Layer Cake Murder
Joanne Fluke
February 25, 2020


Fluke is publishing her 25th Hannah Swensen novel. Each Fluke title in this series has to do with Hannah’s bakery and the treat is the new plot. In this journey, Hannah is still feeling herself overwhelmed with the death of her husband, Ross. The engagement, wedding and honeymoon plans all seemed too perfect. By the end of this story we find that Ross had lead others down the same path, one that conceals his money-making talents and
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Courtney
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you Netgalley and Kensington Books for the ARC!

Hannah doesn't feel well after everything that happened with Ross where we last left her. After confirming things with the doctor she is prescribed a wonderful trip to California with her mother to help her friend Lynne move back. As Hannah is enjoying the warmth and sunshine Lake Eden is missing, she gets a frantic all from her sister Michelle. Lonnie is in huge trouble back home and nobody can help him but Hannah. Lonnie was seen at a bar
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Melodie
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was ok
Coconut Layer Cake Murder is the 25th entry in Joanne Fluke’s long running series featuring baker and amateur detective Hannah Swensen. I have read all the books and, while I always enjoy revisiting Lake Eden and its inhabitants, I felt this was one of the weaker entries. I honestly feel like if all the references to food and recipes were removed, this book would be more of a novella. Hannah is recalled from a trip to California to aid her sister Michelle’s boyfriend, Lonnie, who is the number ...more
Melodie
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Coconut Layer Cake Murder is the 25th entry in Joanne Fluke’s long running series featuring baker and amateur detective Hannah Swensen. I have read all the books and, while I always enjoy revisiting Lake Eden and its inhabitants, I felt this was one of the weaker entries. I honestly feel like if all the references to food and recipes were removed, this book would be more of a novella. Hannah is recalled from a trip to California to aid her sister Michelle’s boyfriend, Lonnie, who is the number ...more
Brenda
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
Coconut Layer Cake Murder is the 25th installment in the Hannah Swensen series set in Lake Eden, MN and featuring Cookie Jar owner, Hannah, her family and friends. Hannah has accompanied her mother to California to help their friend Lynne pack up her house and move back to Lake Eden. The house is almost buttoned up when Hannah gets a call from sister Michelle that her boyfriend Lonnie is the prime suspect in a murder.

Hannah's brother in law and chief of police, Bill has taken both Mike an Lonnie
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Julie Barrett
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Coconut Layer Cake Murder by Joanne Fluke
This book starts out with other works by the author and acknowledgements.
Hannah finds out what's wrong with her from the blood test done in the last book and the doctor writes her a prescription.
She and her mother head to CA to help her friend pack up her house and move to MN as she's bought a mansion there.
Hannah and Lynne had gone to college in their younger years and have stayed in contact with one another. Lynne had made her money from being an
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Beachcomber
I received a free copy of this via NetGalley, in return for an unbiased review. Upfront, I’ll say that I did enjoy this series for a long time. Though it would be fair to say it’s incredibly repetitive - you could almost make a checklist of things that will get mentioned... recipes will always mention using your immaculately clean hands. Hannah will always brace herself for Moishe launching himself at her when she opens the door. People will beg Hannah to investigate because only she can solve ...more
Rachel
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Coconut Layer Cake Murder by Joanne Fluke is the latest installment featuring my all-time favorite female sleuth extraordinaire: Hannah Swensen. This time Lonnie takes center stage as the prime suspect in a murder case and it is up to Hannah and her family and friends of Lake Eden to exonerate Lonnie and find the killer.

I enjoyed this mystery and it threw a few curve balls into the mix so that I was not sure of the culprit until the end. I liked the flow and pace of the plot and best of all: I
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Rachel
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Coconut Layer Cake Murder by Joanne Fluke is the latest installment featuring my all-time favorite female sleuth extraordinaire: Hannah Swensen. This time Lonnie takes center stage as the prime suspect in a murder case and it is up to Hannah and her family and friends of Lake Eden to exonerate Lonnie and find the killer.

I enjoyed this mystery and it threw a few curve balls into the mix so that I was not sure of the culprit until the end. I liked the flow and pace of the plot and best of all: I
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Kristy Weldon
***I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. I voluntarily reviewed this book and all opinions are my own.

Hannah Swenson is back in Coconut Layer Cake Murder (#25). Hannah and her mother visit California to help a friend who is moving back to Lake Eden. Within a few days Hannah receives a call from her sister telling her to she needs to come home to help Lonnie. Lonnie is a family friend and police officer in Lake Eden. He is the prime suspect in a murder and everyone wants Hannah
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Sharon Redfern
Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, arc
Another fun entry in this long running series. At the end of the last book Hannah dropped a bombshell which is addressed right at the beginning of this book. Hannah decides to take a trip with her mother to California to visit their friend Lynn. While there she gets a frantic phone call that her sister Michelle’s boyfriend is a suspect in a murder.
Hannah of course rushes back and works with both Mike and Norman to solve the crime. Because the suspect, Lonnie, is a police officer Mike can’t work
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Myarn
Jan 13, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Coconut Layer Cake Murder by Joanne Fluke 4 stars

This is Hannah Swensen Mystery #25... wow it has been 25 books (plus some short stories) and this series is still going strong. After the events of Chocolate Cream Pie Murder, we find Hannah stressed out and told to take a vacation to help a friend in Los Angeles. Everything is going fine until she receives a phone call from her sister Michelle calling for help.. Her boyfriend Lonnie is a suspect in a homicide and over half the detective staff has
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Judy
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, kindle
I have read this series from the very beginning. I have such a love-hate relationship with this series. Some of the books have been outstanding and others not so much. This one was one of the better ones. There was more Andrea in this book and included a scene with Tracy and Bethie. Bethie talks now! And she called Hannah "Antanna" which was adorable. There was less Lisa, Marge & Aunt Nancy, who are the true heroes because they keep The Cookie Jar running. Also, alot of recipes which all ...more
Carol Deegan
I have read all the books in this series, and every one is better than the last, and this book was no exception. Hannah and her mother go to California to help a friend pack to move back to Lake Eden, Minnesota. Hannah returns early after she finds out her sister’s boyfriend is a prime suspect in a murder back home. As she investigates she is able to eliminate most of the obvious suspects. I usually am able to figure out who the murderer is in this series, but this story had me stymied until ...more
Marissa
Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Kindle Copy for Review from NetGalley and Kensington Books.

I received a free, advance copy of this book and this is my unbiased and voluntary review.

When Hannah’s sister Detective boyfriend is prime suspect in a murder case she rushes to investigate. The major problem is that the main suspect does not remember much just having a few drnks at a bar and waking up the next morning on the couch.

His partner at work and brother are both thrown off working the case. Things do not look good for him as
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Karin Carlson
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As did the 24 books in the Hannah Swenson series before this one, this mystery did not disappoint. I admit to the occasional twinge of frustration over some of the books and there have been a couple of missteps along the way but this one seems to be getting us back on track and hopefully some ongoing issues will be resolved in the next book. The plot here is solid, lots of great recipes and we got a little more insight into some characters we don't hear a lot about. All in all this series pretty ...more
Cara
Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you Netgalley for allowing me to read and review Coconut Layer Cake Murder. Hannah has done it again, always there to help her friends when they need. Hannah finally was on vacation, she then had to leave to go back home to Lake Eden to help one of her friends be cleared of a crime he didn't commit. Thanks to Hannah the true criminal was discovered and now the people of Lake Eden can rest until the next crime is committed.

I was sorry the book came to an end. Each new title is like a visit
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Angela Williamson
Reading a new Joanne Fluke book is like a family reunion! I love finding out what is going on in Hannah's life.
Hannah and her Mother have gone to California to help a friend pack and prepare to move back to Minnesota. While there, Hannah gets a phone call from younger sister Michelle asking her to come home because Lonnie, Michelle's boyfriend and a Sheriff deputy has been accused of murder. Hannah is on the next plane home and the entire family gets busy trying to clear Lonnie's name and bring
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Kate
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I think this is the coziest cozy mystery in the genre, and this book delivers on all the points that made the other 24 books in this series a joy to snuggle up and read. There’s plenty of recipes, dinners with the whole gang, doling out of cookies in the back room of the cookie jar and brainstorming theories with Norman and Mike. I only wish this series would give Hannah more forward progression, after 25 books its time for her life to shake up a bit and she needs to make some decisions. ...more
Becka
Jan 16, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
For many years, I loved this series because the mysteries were well-written and the guilty party was not obvious. However, the past few books haven’t been on par with the previous ones. Like other recent books, Coconut Layer Cake Murder was a surface-level story, with quite a few more pages dedicated to recipes than earlier books in the series. The mystery part of this book was okay, but could have been so much more development.

Thanks go to NetGalley and Kensington for the opportunity to read
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Chrisann
I enjoyed this newest Hannan Swensen mystery, as I usually do. There were definitely some parts of the book that were drawn out and unnecessary. I won't post spoilers, but the fact that Hannah waited as long as she did to do the last thing she did was beyond me. I had it nearly figured out from the get go, which is unusual for me. All in all, it was a good 'ol usual from Fluke, but she's drawing this series out way further than it needs to be.
OjoAusana
Jan 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2020, arc
*received for free from netgalley for honest review* First off I do not think ive ever read any other books from this seires but ive really wanted to because I love books like this! I really loved the book even though I didn't understand all the characters backstories but im really anzious to read the other books now too lol the only thing is I wish I would have been home when I read this so I could have tried some of the recipes while I was reading lmao
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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.

While pursuing her writing career, Joanne has worked as: a public
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