Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder

Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder

A Hannah Swensen Mystery

Book - 2008
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"Take one amateur sleuth. Mix in some eccentric Minnesota locals. Add a generous dollop of crackling suspense, and you've got the recipe for this delicious new mystery series featuring Hannah Swensen, the red-haired, cookie-baking heroine whose gingersnaps are almost as tart as her mouth and whose penchant for solving crime is definitely stirring things up. Hannah already has her hands full trying to dodge her mother's attempts to marry her off while running The Cookie Jar, Lake Eden's most popular bakery. But once Ron LaSalle, the beloved delivery man from the Cozy Cow Dairy, is found murdered behind her bakery with Hannah's famous Chocolate Chip Crunchies scattered around him, her life just can't get any worse. Determined not to let her cookies get a bad reputation, she sets out to track down a killer. But if she doesn't watch her back, Hannah's sweet life may get burned to a crisp"--Goodreads.com.
Publisher: New York : Kensington Books, 2008
Characteristics: 431 pages ; 17 cm
Edition: Special edition
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Copyright Date: ©2000
ISBN: 9780758273291 (paperback)
0758273290 (paperback)
Call Number: FICTION FLUKE

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Cookie-baking sleuth Hannah Swenson must protect her reputation when a popular delivery man is found murdered behind her bakery with Hannah's cookies scattered around his body. This book is the first in a series and includes tasty and tempting recipes. Joanne Fluke is often compared to Diane Mot... Read More »


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MrsNikki
Mar 01, 2019

💖 great movie

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kimh454
Dec 06, 2018

A light read, but a good one.

JCLOctavia Mar 03, 2016

Cozy fast moving cozy mystery that has everything you ever wished for. Lots of cookie recipes and a cat named Moishe.

teddypawz Dec 21, 2015

great easy read.

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ebbalytle
Feb 03, 2015

I love this series, even though the story is sometimes interrupted with recipes. But! :) Having said that, I love the recipes. This first story in the series is really nice... just a "cozy" read without having to work your brain hard to keep up. You can actually relax with these books and yet the stories are well thought out and the books run along at a good pace. I highly recommend them if you're not after an "intellectual" mystery.

hania4987 Aug 20, 2014

small town + murder + baker/amateur detective + cookie recipes = a too cutesy set up!

Full of cliches, it was very difficult to buy the premise of this story (and, I guess, the rest of the series). Hannah is single, 30 yr old, moved back home, with a cat, iffy relationship with younger prettier sister, obsessive mother, looking for love ... etc.
It takes a while to set up the first murder, which is supposed to establish the atmosphere, relationships, and routine. Hannah seems to have a more understanding relationship with her brother-in-law, who actually is a member of the local police and investigating the murder, than with her sister and mother. He allows her to join the murder investigation; she ends up taking it over. No one seems to question her authority to usurp a murder investigation, there is no concern about contaminating a crime scene or the importance of the chain of evidence.
There is an opportunity for some humor with her mother and her constant search for a beau for her eldest daughter, but that seems to be a missed opportunity. I was expecting something in the style of Meg Cabot or Nancy Martin who both have series with touches of humor and a light style.
This story was trying too hard to be cute!

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Jennifer Rivera
Jul 19, 2014

Excellent book! I love the whole series. This is a funny light mystery. I love Hannah!

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JackieFC13
Jan 15, 2014

This was absolutely ADORABLE!! I love cozy mysteries! It's more 3.5 stars but I went with 4. I am excited to read the next one in the series

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LaPhenixa
Nov 22, 2013

A little bit campy, but I loved this book. Her many characters, were distinct and memorable. Though it follows the typical murder mystery formula, Fluke avoided clichés and and kept me guessing to the end. The recipes "rewards," as I called them, were fantastic, and the pointers she includes were great as well.

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nidofito
Sep 12, 2013

Personally, I'm not a huge fan of cookies. Sure, I'll have them once in a while but eating them for breakfast, dessert and an in-between meal snack??? I don't think so. Unfortunately, neither was I a fan of this book. One of the reviewers called it a clean mystery book...I say it's too clean. There's no magic, no bang. I understand it's a light mystery novel but come on! You gotta have a little chaos in the townsfolk's lives. I mean we just found the body of a supposedly town hero...Doesn't that mean anything? Another HUGE problem I had was: why the heck was Hannah allowed to investigate like that. She's asking everybody these questions and NOBODY seems to realize that they need to have the right to know why the local bakery chef is playing detective...they just give her the answers right away! Overall, little character development and predictable story line makes this a somewhat dry cookie.

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