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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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Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: February 25th 2020 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
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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
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Kim
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Phew lawd help me. So many highlights to mention here in my review. So many WTF things!

Hannah is back with her special brand of airhead logic. This time around Lonnie is accused of murder and since all the detectives in Lake Eden are either busy on other cases or related to the accused (WTF Lake Eden!) Hannah is called back from a vacation to do the detective work on a suspected homicide. Yes, the police have asked Hannah to do her detective work on this case alone. Reminder: Hannah is not a cop
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beachbum bookworm
I was so happy when I learned I was returning to Lake Eden! It is one of my favorite places to visit! No sooner then I got there Doc is prescribing a trip for Hannah (get it...prescribing...because he is a doctor). Per Doc's orders we were off to California with Hannah’s mom Delores. Hannah’s college roommate and friend Lynne is moving to Lake Eden after her divorce, and we are going to help her with the transition. However Hannah’s trip (and mine) is cut short when her sister Michelle calls her ...more
Lori
Feb 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Hannah accompanies her mother to California to visit a relative. Doc prescribed the vacation for her when he diagnosed her with stress. It isn't long until she receives a message the police need her help in an investigation in which Lonnie's presence makes him a suspect. Mike can't investigate because Lonnie is his partner. Only a newly minted detective and the chief himself can investigate, so even the chief wants Hannah to meddle this time. The victim's personality made her unpopular so ...more
Kim
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Hannah Swensen needs some time away from Lake Eden and the cold Minnesota weather. Hannah goes to sunny California to help a friend move back to Lake Eden. Hannah's trip is cut short when her sister’s boyfriend, Detective Lonnie Murphy, becomes the number one suspect in a murder. With a shortage of detectives to investigate this murder, Hannah and her family and friends’ investigation may be Lonnie’s best chance of clearing his name.

Coconut Layer Cake Murder picks up where Chocolate Cream Murder
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Brenda
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Nancy Baker
Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The wait is over for Hannah Swensen Mystery fans. The good news is the cliffhanger at the end of book 24 is resolved at the beginning of this book 25. What pulls me back to this series is the little teasers the author puts in each story that are not resolved until future books. I also enjoy the strong family/friend relationships and the fact that the characters recognize each others faults but are accepting of their imperfections. There is a lot of dialogue in this story and a little of it is ...more
Melodie
Jan 13, 2020 rated it liked it
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
Toni
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Brenda
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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Lorraine
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very fast read, filled with many recipes which I jumped over (except for a few which I had to read!) Hannah is still quite tender after the events with Ross from the previous book, and Doc suggests she take a vacation to visit her friend in California who's moving to Lake Eden. But after just five days, she's called home to investigate a murder that Michelle's boyfriend Lonny is accused of. (I have to smile here that a baker makes a better detective than a police man.) Anyway, she ...more
Rebecca
Jan 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, 2020
Thanks to the publisher, via Netgalley, for an advance e-galley for honest review.

This 25th Hannah Swenson book was a real delight to read. I feel that over the last few books, Joanne Fluke has really allowed Hannah to grow and has updated the books to bring Lake Eden and its residents into the 21st century. Hannah and her friends/family certainly do still have some country bumpkin moments, but as a lifelong Midwesterner, I'll allow that they certainly do still exist. I was somewhat apprehensive
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Lisa Morin
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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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Vicki
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley-2020
Coconut Layer Cake Murder is the 25th installment in the Hannah Swensen series and I have read and loved every one of them. Seems a rather difficult thing to do with the majority of book series but Hannah hasn't disappointed me yet. Lovely story this time, Hannah getting to do what she wants and nice dreams too. This one is definitely a 5 star from me.

Thanks to NetGalley and Kensington Books for the ARC in exchange for an honest opinion.
Crystal
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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.
OjoAusana
Jan 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, read-2020
*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
Rima Aiello
Jan 15, 2020 marked it as to-read
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!
Piepie
Cozy, quick read. Not much happens except a LOT of baking. I almost could read some notes of finality in the last chapter, and so I wonder if this series is winding to an end? #teamnorman all the way!

Thank you, Netgalley, for this arc.
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
Cozy Cat Reviews
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have read the entire series and I was pleased to receive this for review. Thank you with gratitude to the publisher and to Net Galley. Joanne Fluke is a long time favorite cozy author of mine. The stories have entertained me for years. This was as entertaining and fun as the previous books in the series. The receipes here are phenomenal . I believe this book has even more receipes then usual. Well done to the author and her test kitchen !

In this next in series our Hannah is leaving for
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Jan Fore
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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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Christine
Hannah Swensen goes with her mother for a well-needed vacation to Los Angeles to help an old friend prepare to move back to Lake Eden, Minnesota. Unfortunately, her trip is cut short by a frantic call for help from her youngest sister, Michelle. A woman has been murdered in her own house and Michelle’s boyfriend, Detective Lonnie Murphy, is the prime suspect. Hannah can’t refuse her sister and returns home to prove Lonnie’s innocence and catch the real killer.

I have read this series from the
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Alison
Jan 26, 2020 marked it as to-read
Thank you to Kensington and NetGalley for approving me for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Let me start by saying this series got me hooked on the cozy mystery genre many moons ago. I have faithfully read each and every one as soon as I could get my hands on it.

Here we go...

This series began in 2000 and twenty-five books later we are still in the same storyline. The Mike, Norman, Hannah trifecta needs to come to a halt. I feel like you could read book five, skip to
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Courtney
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
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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Ileana Renfroe
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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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 Angeles airport. Back in frigid Minnesota, she discovers that proving Lonnie’s innocence will be harder than figuring
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Krystal
Feb 19, 2020 rated it liked it
I used to read Joanne Fluke's Hannah Swensen books, but lost track of them at some point, so it was nice to have the opportunity to catch up on the latest in Hannah's world.

Coming in a few books on from where I last read, my first question was: what happened with Ross? It was alluded to throughout the book but never explained, relying on readers to have read the previous book.

I found the novel as a whole a bit too perfect; everyone was so agreeable and considerate, and it lacked depth, drama and
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Donna
Jan 27, 2020 marked it as to-read
I've read all of the Hannah Swensen books. The last few I haven't been all that happy with, mainly because I just did not like Ross. While I wouldn't say this picked up where we before Ross came back into Hannah's life, it definitely feels like we are getting the old Hannah back. (If you've read the series, you know what I mean. Hannah was very different around Ross.)

Hannah is ordered by Doc to take a vacation because she is very stressed (which caused her to think she was pregnant). Hannah and
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Julie Barrett
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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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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