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Cream Puff Murder

(Hannah Swensen #11)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  9,264 ratings  ·  688 reviews
"New York Times"-bestselling author Fluke serves up another yummy installmentof her Hannah Swensen mystery series, and this time Hannah's sometime squeezeis a prime suspect.
Hardcover, 310 pages
Published March 1st 2009 by Kensington (first published November 24th 2008)
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Ronda As annoyed as I sometimes get with Hannah and the guys and all the waffling (not food--the lack of decision), I suspect that, if she makes a decision…moreAs annoyed as I sometimes get with Hannah and the guys and all the waffling (not food--the lack of decision), I suspect that, if she makes a decision (or they do), there will be complaints as to who Hannah chooses. Has the series become predictable? Sure. But that seems to be true of any series I have ever read after a while. I read these books as a chance to pop in and catch up with some fun characters in a town I would like to visit. When I'm not in the mood for that, I read something else. Meanwhile, I do continue to enjoy the recipes (and there actually is a cookbook available now.) Just my two cents. (less)

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3 out of 5 stars to the eleventh book, Cream Puff Murder, in the "Hannah Swensen" cozy mystery series by Joanne Fluke. And yes, it was hard to read without wanting a cream puff the entire time!

Why This Book
I've been reading the Joanne Fluke series for several years and had asked for a few of her books for my birthday last month. One was Cream Puff Murder, and once I finished a rather difficult book just before this one, I needed something light and fluffy to shock me back to normalcy. Lake E
Feb 28, 2010 rated it did not like it
I read the first couple of pages before realizing that all these books are the same. Someone kills someone else,Hannah sticks her nose in it, while Lisa does all the grunt work at the Cookie Jar. Hannah always answers the phone with "Hello mother" because her cat just knows its her. She's dating 2 guys she's totally unsure about, even though it's totally obvious who she should be with. Once she figures out who the killer is, the killer finds out that she knows, the killer tries to kill her, she ...more
Apr 06, 2009 rated it liked it
These are kind of funny books. The tone of the story is kind of annoying. I am kind of tired of the series, they are getting preditable. She will find a body and solve the murder, bake more cookies and debate which boy she likes better and leave them equal. I am ready for something new to happen and she needs to pick Norman already. Hopefully in this book she finally learned that Mike is a player and she is over him and maybe the next book will be more interesting. She does include a lot of reci ...more
Brooke — brooklynnnnereads
I have to admit this was not one of my favourite novels in the Hannah Swensen series.

Similar to Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series, I like these novels as a consistently quick, fun, read. There really isn't anything too surprising in each installment because they are quite similar from one novel to the next. However, even if they are similar, they consistently are entertaining reads with a relatable main female character.

Breaking my disappointment down for this novel, it was not necessaril
Mar 09, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: ugh
Absolutely terrible.

If Joanne Fluke wanted to write a cookie cookbook, she should have just written a cookie cookbook. I was expecting a good murder mystery with a couple of cute recipes woven into a solid storyline and it was the exact opposite. I counted 25 recipes in this book. Twenty-five! It was ridiculous. Someone walks by Hannah's cookie truck, "Here! Have some ______ cookies" and bam! there's another recipe. What does this have to do with the STORY? Nothing. "This is the best egg-salad
Wendi Lee
This is my first cozy mystery read of the year, and I think that’s why I enjoyed it so much. There’s a great element of unreality in cozy mysteries, and this is no exception: with the amount of dead bodies showing up year after year in her small town, Hannah is often more unsettled about, say, whether her cat Moishe is over-eating or not, than about the murder victim. The love triangle is equal parts amusing and irritating.
Rachel Aranda
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Joanne Fluke is back to her normal great writing! I loved this book so much. I'm 100% Team Norman now after reading this book! He was so considerate and supportive of Hannah's independence and diet. He has done everything he could to make her strict diet easier. Mike was such a prick in this book. I couldn't stand him and his attitude! He told her [Hannah, his girlfriend] to go back to baking cookies and to write up a report about what she learned in her investigation to help clear him. He even ...more
May 29, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The best thing that I can say about this book is that it is completely consumable. I started reading this book at about eight thirty last night and I'm already finished with it. It's true that I couldn't put it down, but that's not necessarily because it was a fantastic read. It was just an easy read. An easy read that didn't demand too much of my mental capacity and allowed me to just consume it. It's completely forgettable, and, though I totally think of this series as brain candy, it's not th ...more
Hannah Swenson, baker, is back at it again. This time she needs to fit in a dress to celebrate her mother's newly published book. the dress has been ordered but Hannah seems to have gained some weight. While joining her sister Andrea to work out, Hannah stumbles across the dead body of one of the personal trainers. Ronni, the murdered woman, was known to be rather free with her favors and there is more than one possible suspect, including three of Lake Eden's own police force.
Why only three star
Feb 07, 2010 rated it it was ok
The Hannah Swenson mysteries are light & fluffy. They're very good easy reads. However, the books are starting to get annoying. I find it hard to believe that a woman of Hannah's age is still so concerned with what society thinks of her. The most risque part of the book was when Hannah & Mike kiss. Furthermore, it's gotten to the point that Mike is turning into a sleaze & yet Hannah still can't decide between him & Norman. The constant grammatical corrections are becoming obnoxio ...more
Nov 24, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I give up on these books. I enjoyed the first several in the series, but the characters seem to be getting dumber and dumber. The characters over explain the simplest details about everything. I didn't even finish this one. It felt like the author must be getting paid by the word.
Apr 16, 2011 rated it did not like it
So much fail in this instalment of Fluke's series. Body image, dieting, losing weight to please mother, sister and whomever. I almost threw the book out. Why did I keep reading? Because Norman was still the best thing in this. Really. It's about time Fluke puts an end to the romantic triangle (and gets rid of Mike). Too many cookie recipes, too thin a mystery plot, too much body image fail. One star because of Norman, the rest of the characters are so paper thin it's annoying and sad.

My copy is
Mar 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not only are these books good stories, but the recipes are great. I have tried several cookie recipes over the years and now I'm going to have to try cream puffs.
✨ Gramy ✨

This was the introduction to the series entitled, A Seagrass Sweets Cozy Mystery by Sandi Scott.
On the positive side, this was the first installation of this cozy mystery, which captures the reader's attention and entertains, if you proceed through the slow beginning and unusual, culinary vocabulary. The mystery was complicated with many and twists and turns.

A little voice popped in her head.
"You had your chance, it'll never work out now." She silenced it by thinking "one foot in front of
Aug 23, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: own, read-2015
These books are entertaining but it has been a while since I have read one and, now that the series is fresher in my mind, I'm realizing just how... not good they are? Certainly a good read to lower my expectations and try to get me out of this reading slump but not something I will rave about forever.

The writing in this was both too much and clumsy at the same time. The dialogue was so unrealistic and way too proper. Everything was being told, nothing shown. I was getting explanations for jokes
Aug 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: murder-mystery
This is my second Joanne Fluke murder. I picked it up to listen to it in the car while driving around (kill two birds with one stone). This series is about a woman named Hannah, who owns a cookie shop where people come for treats and tea. She finds a dead body and goes about solving the mystery of who killed them. The characters are light, the book is an easy read (a "cozy"), and there's not a whole lot of suspense and "bad energy." Bonus points for clean language and moral values. (I hate being ...more
Jul 25, 2009 rated it liked it
I'm addicted to the Hannah Swensen Murder Mystery Books. They are all the same, but enjoyable. I love the recipes.

So, like all the books. The body that turns up dead is Ronnie Ward, the beautiful, home-wrecking aerobic instructor. She also would lead some classes at the police station. Certain police officers had to take themselves off the case because they were too "involved." One of those would be Mike, Hannah's boyfriend (one of the two, anyways). So Mike finally wants Hannah to solve the cas
Aug 28, 2010 rated it did not like it
If you are looking for a book you can keep in your suitcase and not care about finishing for 6-12 mos, then this series might work for you. If you actually want to read a well-written mystery with well-developed characters (rather than a cookie cook book masquerading as a mystery) then you should check out titles by Katherine Page Hall, Mary Daheim or Dana Stabenow. Compared to their books, this one comes across as if it was written by a grade schooler. Don't waste your time or $$.

Read the previ
Holiday travel allowed this one to be knocked out quickly. I actually liked that in this one, most of the cops in town were benched, eliminating some of the usual friction between Hannah and Mike. It was refreshing. That said, I wish she'd just marry (view spoiler). The title cream puffs in this book sound interesting and easy enough to make. I also am getting tired of hearing how Hannah, who's "thirty-ish" is old. But it did kind of make me want to go to the gym more...
Jan 28, 2009 rated it it was ok
This is the new book in a mystery series that involves a cook. (the book includes recipes for the things she makes). I think this series is becoming too predictable because I did not enjoy this one as much as I have some of the others. I probably prefer Diane Mott Davidson who does similar books
 Readaholic Jenn
Oct 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I truly love this series. This book reminds me why I dislike Mike. It's an excellent book in a great series.
Lori McD
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Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cosy-mysteries
Hannah's mother's book is finally out and they are having a book signing at the community center. Her mother wants her three daughters to wear regency dresses to help with the book signing and has already ordered the dress in a size that fit Hannah a couple years ago. She needs to loose 20 pounds fast.

Andrea gets her into an exercise and diet program that will help her achieve her goal but instead they find a body in the jacuzzi after working out one morning.

Since most of the detective force h
Jul 08, 2018 rated it liked it
I haven’t read a book from this series for awhile, and it definitely goes into my problematic fave category.

Things I love: the cast of characters, the town of Lake Eden, and the food. The books I’ve bought from the series live in my kitchen and not on my regular bookshelves because the recipes are awesome.

Things I don’t love: the love triangle (Mike is a jerk and Norman is too long suffering - dump them both and run off with the sugar salesman), the constant explaining of the joke or reference
Apr 12, 2018 rated it liked it
I am so torn about how to rate this book. I hated the beginning when Hannah was just complaining about her diet and having to work out for two weeks. Everything was centered around that. But I didn't figure out who the killer was before Hannah did which always makes me rate these higher. Plus her diet talk was tolerable in the second half.

(view spoiler)
Katherine Decker
Dec 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-bingo
An always enjoyable series, I really enjoyed this adventure for Hannah and her entire gang. What happens when your detective friends must all be removed from the case? It is time for Hannah and the legacies, with the help of Norman, to take up the charge. I liked the different dynamic surrounding the case. Also great was the fact that I thought I had figured out who the killer was somewhat early on and was proved wrong. It’s one of the few times I was happy to be wrong. Exercise is important for ...more
Oct 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Fun to read on CD as you really get the most out of Hannah's 2 sided conversations with her cat. Hannah stumbles upon a dead body at the spa (of course it's no one that was well liked) and initiates a hunt to find the killer. There were no surprises in that area as it could have only been 1 of 2 minor characters. There's more waffling on Hannah's part as she tries to decide upon 1 of 2 boyfriends, but near the end, she "seems" to be leaning toward the more sensible choice.
Nov 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Hannah has a lot of trouble making decisions. She can't decide between two guys, but doesn't want anyone else to have them. Mike can't be trusted. Hannah talks to herself and doesn't listen to her own thoughts. She take unnecessary chances and thinks she is the only one who can. And yet, I still read this annoying stories.
Sep 19, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Liked it and very similar to all of her other books but regardless, it was enjoyable. I would recommend it.
This was a great mystery. One problem though-- Hannah never got to try one of her delectable cream puffs!
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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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“NORMAN’S EGG SALAD 4 cups peeled and chopped hard-boiled eggs.*** (That’s about a dozen extra large eggs—measure after chopping) 1/2 cup crumbled cooked bacon (make your own or use real crumbled bacon from a can—I used Hormel Premium Real Crumbled Bacon) 1 Tablespoon chopped parsley (it’s better if it’s fresh, but you can use dried parsley flakes if you don’t have fresh on hand) 1/4 cup grated carrots (for color and a bit of sweetness) 4 ounces cream cheese 1/4 cup sour cream 1/2 cup mayonnaise (I used Best Foods, which is Hellmann’s in some states) 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (or 1/2 teaspoon freshly minced garlic) 1/2 teaspoon onion powder (or 1 teaspoon freshly minced onion) salt to taste freshly ground black pepper to taste   Peel and chop the hard-boiled eggs. Add the crumbled bacon, the parsley, and the grated carrots. Mix well.   Put the cream cheese in a small bowl and microwave for 30 seconds on HIGH to soften it. If it can be easily stirred with a fork, add the sour cream and mayonnaise, and mix well. If the cream cheese is still too solid, give it another 10 seconds or so before you add the other ingredients.   Stir in the garlic powder and onion powder.   Add the cream cheese mixture to the bowl with the eggs and stir it all up. Add salt and freshly ground pepper to taste, and chill until ready to serve.   Serve by itself on a lettuce leaf, as filling in a sandwich, or stuffed in Hannah’s Very Best Cream Puffs for a fancy luncheon.   Yield: Makes approximately a dozen superb egg salad sandwiches.” 2 likes
“BONNIE BROWNIE COOKIE BARS Preheat oven to 350 degrees F., rack in the middle position.   4 one-ounce squares semi-sweet chocolate (or 3/4 cup chocolate chips) 3/4 cup butter (one and a half sticks) 1½ cups white (granulated) sugar 3 beaten eggs (just whip them up in a glass with a fork) 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cup flour (pack it down in the cup when you measure it) 1/2 cup chopped cashews 1/2 cup chopped butterscotch chips 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (I used Ghirardelli)   Prepare a 9-inch by 13-inch cake pan by lining it with a piece of foil large enough to flap over the sides. Spray the foil-lined pan with Pam or another nonstick cooking spray.   Microwave the chocolate squares and butter in a microwave-safe mixing bowl on HIGH for 1 minute. Stir. (Since chocolate frequently maintains its shape even when melted, you have to stir to make sure.) If it’s not melted, microwave for an additional 20 seconds and stir again. Repeat if necessary.   Stir the sugar into the chocolate mixture. Feel the bowl. If it’s not so hot it’ll cook the eggs, add them now, stirring thoroughly. Mix in the vanilla extract.   Mix in the flour, and stir just until it’s moistened.   Put the cashews, butterscotch chips, and chocolate chips in the bowl of a food processor, and chop them together with the steel blade. (If you don’t have a food processor, you don’t have to buy one for this recipe—just chop everything up as well as you can with a sharp knife.)   Mix in the chopped ingredients, give a final stir by hand, and spread the batter out in your prepared pan. Smooth the top with a rubber spatula.   Bake at 350 degrees F. for 30 minutes.   Cool the Bonnie Brownie Cookie Bars in the pan on a metal rack. When they’re thoroughly cool, grasp the edges of the foil and lift the brownies out of the pan. Place them facedown on a cutting board, peel the foil off the back, and cut them into brownie-sized pieces.   Place the squares on a plate and dust lightly with powdered sugar if you wish.   Hannah’s Note: If you’re a chocoholic, or if you’re making these for Mother, frost them with Neverfail Fudge Frosting before you cut them.” 2 likes
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