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)
ISBN9781617732324
Author
Release DateSep 25th, 2018
PublisherKensington Publishing
GenreMystery, Cozy Mystery, Holiday, Christmas, Fiction
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Reviews Christmas Cake Murder (Hannah Swensen #23)

  • Juli
    1970-01-01
    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 some....disappointments....in 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
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • NicoleG
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Lori
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Melodie
    1970-01-01
    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 ...
  • Mary
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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.
  • Kim
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • RO G'ma
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Kate
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Nate
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Christine
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Laura
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Lisa Leone-campbell
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Jamie Holzberg / Fluff Smut & Murder
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Wanda
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Bibliofiendlm
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Laura
    1970-01-01
    I got this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I also find Joanne’s books like a warm blanket you can throw in on a cold day. You know exactly what you’re gonna get and I like that. I can’t say I was a huge fan of the characters who all seem like they’d be more suited to a Victorian era romance novel than a modern day (even cosy) murder mystery. This story involves a story within a story which was quite neat but...
  • Anita
    1970-01-01
    Years ago, when Hannah first came up with the idea to open The Cookie Jar, she assisted her mother in recreating a spectacular Christmas Ball in honor of an elderly lady in hospice care, Essie Granger. After finding Essie’s notebooks, Hannah gets sidetracked by the mystery she reads. Hannah is astonished to find the story could be true. Can she put all the clues together to create a happy holiday ending?This is a departure from the usual Hannah...
  • Wendi Lee
    1970-01-01
    This is a cute addition to the series! This is Hannah’s “origin story,” so to speak, involving the events that lead her to open her bakery/coffee shop. Hannah’s father has just passed away, and all of her sisters are together, trying to pull mother Dolores out of deep mourning. This is a light cozy mystery series, so it only seemed a little odd that mourning is something you try to snap someone else out of, even if it’s your own father ...
  • Judy
    1970-01-01
    I enjoyed this book as much as I enjoy her books made into Hallmark movies. This book to me is the beginning of the Hannah Swensen story. It’s always good to know how things came to be. Of course, having watched the shows on Hallmark, the characters already had faces to me. The characters are awesome and I enjoyed learning more about them. The food that Hannah cooked and baked, wow, it all sounds soooo good. Bonus! You get the recipes included ...
  • Kerry
    1970-01-01
    #23 in the Hannah Swenson book series, I've come to know and love all of the characters. What makes this book enjoyable is that it is a prequel to the original series so we get to see Hannah and her family right as she is starting the Cookie Jar. I loved seeing her family before and especially the bond she has with her mother and sisters. Although there wasn't much of a mystery, the story within a story was a nice technique and kept you reading. ...
  • Donna
    1970-01-01
    This Christmas edition story (Hannah Swensen #23) begins with a look back at Hannah Swensen as she finishes college and returns home right after the death of her father. Her mother helps a friend, Essie, while she is spending time convalescing from a broken hip. They plan to recreate a Christmas party from years gone by at a local ballroom. Hannah decides to open her own bakery and to be the chief baker for the party. As usual, delicious sweet an...
  • Alice Teets
    1970-01-01
    I was given this book by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.This book is a little different from previous Hannah Swenson cozy mysteries in that it is set in the past, right at the beginning of the opening of The Cookie Jar. Hannah is mourning her father, helping her mother get past her grief, working with others to plan a Christmas Ball, and making plans for opening her store, all at once! The main mystery comes from a s...
  • Kathleen Gray
    1970-01-01
    This is a prequel of sorts to a looonnng running series and it's short. While I was looking forward to an "origin story" for Hannah to get me back into the swing of the series (which I had stopped reading for a while), I was confused by this. The story is good enough but it is seriously in need of an editor. The writing doesn't flow and there are some odd bits of dialogue. It made me wonder whether this was one of those rejected scripts that gets...