Christmas Cake Murder (Hannah Swensen #23) by Joanne Fluke

Christmas Cake Murder (Hannah Swensen #23)

It’s Christmas many years ago, and topping young Hannah Swensen’s wish list is becoming the go-to baker in Lake Eden, Minnesota. But as Hannah finds out, revisiting holiday memories can be murder . . .  With her dream of opening The Cookie Jar taking shape, Hannah’s life matches the hectic December hustle and bustle in Lake Eden—especially when she agrees to help recreate a spectacular Christmas Ball from the past in honor of Essie Grang...

Details Christmas Cake Murder (Hannah Swensen #23)

TitleChristmas Cake Murder (Hannah Swensen #23)
Release DateSep 25th, 2018
PublisherKensington Publishing
GenreMystery, Cozy Mystery, Fiction, Holiday, Christmas

Reviews Christmas Cake Murder (Hannah Swensen #23)

  • Juli
    I have been a fan of the Hannah Swensen series for years. Although there are a lot of culinary cozy series now, this series was one of the first. After 23 books, this series is still one of my favorites, despite the last couple of books (not going to say what so I don't spoil things for newer readers but those who have read the entire series know I'm talking about R.) This book is a prequel taking readers back to bef...
  • Elle's Book Blog
    Release Date: September 25, 2018 Genre: Cozy Mystery Actual Rating: 5 starsThis is my absolute favorite cozy mystery series! There's just something about Hannah Swensen and the delicious desserts she dishes up that calls to me! Not only that, the murders that she solves are a whole lot of fun and I simply cannot get enough. This is a bit different than the other books in the series though. It's like a story within a story. Plus, it's a prequel...
  • Melodie
    First off, thanks to Kensington and NetGalley for approving me to read this one. That said, I really hate the fact that this book was just BAD! I was a big fan of the Hannah Swensen books for many years. I have several recipes that are used often at my house that came from these books. The last book in the series that I read was Red Velvet Cupcake Murder. It finally got on my last nerve with the dreaded "triangle". When I saw that this one was a ...
  • NicoleG
    Hannah Swensen is at it again! Baking cookies and solving mysteries!This book takes you back the humble beginnings of The Cookie Jar and gives you a taste of what came before Hannah starts catching killers. Mike and Norman do not make an appearance so the Swensen women really pick up the slack. Lots of recipes (except I think Hannah can do a little better than cool whip frosting in multiple desserts), a story within the story, and secrets from de...
  • Kristina
    Christmas Cake Murder takes us back to before Hannah opened The Cookie Jar. It has been three weeks since her father, Lars has passed away. The girls have been trying to get her mother, Delores out of a funk without success. The Grandma Knudson and Annie Winters stop by with a project for her. Essie Granger has broken her hip and is staying in hospice care since her residence is on the second floor with no electricity or water. Essie's one wish i...
  • Lori
    This book actually tells of an event which took place early in Hannah Swensen's cookie-baking career. Hannah and her sisters charge their mom with recreating a Christmas Cake Parade like the one an older lady named Essie discusses. They discover a manuscript written by Essie. Hannah purchases the building which will become the Cookie Jar. We finally reached an "attempted murder" near the end of the book, but most of this is simply back-story. Whi...
  • Mary
    This book did not have Hannah finding a dead body! So I think that it was not named properly.Still it was very well planned out and written! Joanne Fluke does a great job with Hannan, her sisters, her mother and all the people who live and work in Lake Eden, Minnesota.In this book she is back because her Dad just died and she was at the funeral. She came home from College and has decided she is not going back. With some help from her Mother she f...
  • Lisa Morin
    I've been fan of this series for a very long time. In each of the books we get a little peek into Hannah's early life, but this story tells it all.I loved reading about how Hannah got her start at The Cookie Jar.The story is well written and full of mouthwatering recipes. As a fan of this series, I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to read a fast paced holiday cozy mystery.Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for approving me to read and r...
  • Piepie
    A quick, easy read - pre-Cookie Jar and pre-love triangle. No Moishe either! This book takes place soon after Hannah's dad passes away.Delores is still bossy and the characters still say dumb things and the writing is still clunky. Still, I like these books because they're quick and I love all the descriptions of food.Thank you, Netgalley, for this arc.
  • Nate
    I will always read Joanna Fluke, there I have said it and I no longer feel guilty. I have read and reviewed all of the books and the past couple have been the brunt of some critical reviews. Christmas Cake Murder falls into the “let’s say the same set of facts over and over and over” it makes me wonder if for this short novel (novella) Joanne was told it has to be over 200 pages and she went back through and added in the same points so that...
  • Kim
    I'm back again with another review in this series. I know, I can't believe it either. The description of this book had me thinking it would go back to the fun stories at the beginning of the series but I was wrong.This book does take place when Hannah has just left college (because of drama over a man!) and is now living with her mother Delores who is recently widowed after the death of Hannah's father. In the beginning of the book Delores is muc...
  • Patty Smith
    Thanks to Netgalley, Kensington Books and Joanne Fluke for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are 100% my own and independent of receiving an advanced copy.So you know when it is a Saturday afternoon, it’s quiet outside and you’re in one of those moods when you just want to curl up in front of the TV. A Hallmark movie or some such comes on and for the next two hours you surrender yourself to pure saccharine. Ahhh bliss…Fi...
  • RO G'ma
    Christmas Cake Murder is the twenty-third book in Joanne Fluke’s Hannah Swensen series and is a prequel that takes readers back to before Hannah opened her bakery, The Cookie Jar. The writing seemed a little stiff, things were often repeated, and many of the conversations were too formal, with dear, mother, and names used too often. Some of the lengthy recipe preparation references seemed tedious to me and I found myself skimming over them. Tha...
  • Christine
    Hannah Swensen and her sisters Andrea and Michelle are worried about their mother Delores. Delores is grieving after her husband's death and is withdrawing from everything and everyone she loves. Delores is able to put her grief aside to plan a Christmas Ball in honor of an elderly woman who is beloved in the town of Lake Eden. Hannah is put in charge of baking for the Ball which gives her the confidence to pursue her dream of opening her very ow...
  • Kate
    This is my favorite cozy series and this installment doesn’t disappoint! We leave behind the Norman/Mike/Ross drama and are transported back to a Christmas season before Hannah ever opened The Cookie Jar. We learn how her business came to be, how she came to own her condo and more. There’s a mystery involving a very suspenseful manuscript and Hannah is baking up a storm for a Christmas party. It was interesting to go back in time and The stor...
  • Jamie Holzberg / Fluff Smut & Murder
    Are you freaking kidding me? You need to have a dead body to call it the Christmas Cake Murder. Instead this book was I don't even know how many pages of Essie needing to be hospice not because she was dying but that she lived in two rooms with no electricity or no running water (Where the heck was the building inspector for this?) and basically the origins of The Cookie Jar. I'm glad Delores basically picked out everything for Hannah.I think the...
  • Bin
    Joanne Fluke writes a fun, short, and easy read about the beginning of Hannah’s knack for solving mysteries. We get to visit Lake Eden before The Cookie Jar was a reality, get an introduction to the many cast of characters we have come to know and love, and see how Hannah solves her first mystery. We even get a mystery within a mystery? But you’d have to read the novel to find out how. It’s a perfect novel for longtime fans of this series t...
  • Sarah
    I've written this review for Really Into ThisCheck out all of our reviews at https://reallyintothis.comHappy Reading, friends!CHRISTMAS CAKE MURDER BY JOANNE FLUKE BOOK REVIEWGetting back to Lake Eden, MN & hearing from my old friend, Hannah Swensen is like slipping on the most comfortable pair of slippers. I wonder why I ever left.MY INTRODUCTION TO JOANNE FLUKE’S HANNAH SWENSEN SERIESIn case you didn’t know, I’m a huge fan of the Hannah S...
  • Really Into This
    Sarah contributed this review for Really Into ThisCheck out all of our reviews at https://reallyintothis.comHappy Reading, friends!CHRISTMAS CAKE MURDER BY JOANNE FLUKE BOOK REVIEWGetting back to Lake Eden, MN & hearing from my old friend, Hannah Swensen is like slipping on the most comfortable pair of slippers. I wonder why I ever left.MY INTRODUCTION TO JOANNE FLUKE’S HANNAH SWENSEN SERIESIn case you didn’t know, I’m a huge fan of the Han...
  • Laura
    The Hannah Swenson series is a long running favorite of mine . I have read the entire series and loved it over the years so I was thrilled to receive this for review. Thank you to the publisher and to the author for the opportunity. This is a fascinating step back in time with Hannah to the beginning of her story. This is before her bakery opens and begins right after the death of her father. Hannah is helping her Mother navigate being a widow an...
  • Lorraine
    Thanks to NetGalley for an advance copy of this book. This is a prequel to the series - Hannah has come home from college after her disastrous relationship with a professor that she mentions in the later books. Her father has just died, and Dolores is in despair. Her two friends come to visit and give Dolores a task that she cannot refuse to do - organize a Christmas ball for their old friend Essie. Essie has been living in a hotel without heat o...
  • Julie Barrett
    Christmas Cake Murder by Joanne FlukeHave read most all of other books in the series, can be read as standalone also.This one starts out when Hannah is just in college and they've lost their dad. Delores, their mom is taking it bad spending a lot of time in bed, napping.One day her friends come up with a suggestion that might help get her going again. Only she'd be able to handle the huge event.She accepts and we learn about how it all came toget...
  • Lisa Leone-campbell
    Lovers of the Hannah Swenson murder/recipe series will certainly be in for a real treat with Joanne Fluke's lasted release in the series, Christmas Cake Murder.This book veers from Fluke's usual mystery as it opens with our heroine Hannah Swenson still in college, her sister Michelle and her friend Lisa in High School, her sister Andrea pregnant with her first child and sadly with Hanna's dad's recent passing. During the story we learn how Hannah...
  • Wanda
    Received this as a Goodreads Giveaway. Easy reading cozy mystery with some good recipes to try. Have read all the previous books in this series and this one goes back to the beginning and tells how Hannah Swensen first started her store, The Cookie Jar, how she got her condo and quite a few other things to do with her family. The story centers around the community coming together to help a lady who has fallen and is in the hospital. The woman, Es...
  • Joana Barroca
    I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.I haven't read any previous book of this series before, and I didn't know what I would encounter, but this was not it. I thought the premise was really interesting and that's a great step to get my attention but when I started reading it took a while for me to start liking the book (a long while).At 50% I was thinking of giving up, but I really wan...
  • Rebecca
    Thanks to the publisher, via Netgalley, for an advance e-galley for an honest review!There are plenty of things readers can complain about with this series (the formal dialogue, the fact that Lake Eden is actually in the Land that Time Forgot instead of semi-rural Minnesota, the everlasting love triangle, the list goes on), but if you're still reading the series at this point, it's probably time to accept these things for what they are and move o...
  • Connie
    While this is numbered book 23, it is more like the first book. If you’re new to the Hannah Swensen series, read this one first. You don’t have to worry about picking up a book so far along because it’s a great introduction to the characters, location and how Hannah started her business. I have seen books numbered 1/2 before, and that might have been a good way to number this. This book has an interesting story within the story that takes y...
  • Bibliofiendlm
    The Christmas Cake Murder is a unique entry to Fluke's popular Hannah Swenson cozy mystery series. This book is in fact a prequel to the bestselling books. Readers catch a glimpse at life for our Lake Eden favorites just after the dead of Hannah's father. With her mother depressed, Hannah and her sisters are unsure how to help her until, another friend and Lake Eden resident is in need. The Swenson ladies rush to the rescue, determined to help th...
  • Susan
    This book goes back in time to when Hannah had returned home from dropping out of college and was living with her mother. The best part of the book was that there was no Russ, Norman, or Mike. I know that sounds bad but I think Ms. Fluke might have written herself into a corner and isn't sure how to get back out so instead she time warps. What was a bit grating in this prequel installment was that everyone agreed with everything everyone said, to...