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
GenreMystery, Holiday, Christmas, Cozy Mystery, Fiction, Adult, Adult Fiction, Thriller, Mystery Thriller, Audiobook, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit

Reviews Christmas Cake Murder (Hannah Swensen #23)

  • James
    I am finally caught up on the Hannah Swensen cozy mystery series by Joanne Fluke. I finished reading Christmas Cake Murder, the 23rd of 24 books, published in the last year. The next one is in ARC form and I'm hoping to get my hands on it soon as I'd rather not wait until early 2019 when it's formally published. Overall, I'd give it 4 stars as it had a lot of the traditional elements we normally love in these books, but the mystery was very diffe...
  • 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...
  • Kat
    I’m sure anyone looking at my reading list this month must think it contains a lot of Christmas and murder, but really it’s just that I’ve just now discovered cozy mysteries, which are quite fun! This takes us back to the very beginning when Hannah is just leaving college and doesn’t yet run her cookie shop. Her mom needs a project to help keep her busy and so Hannah’s grandmother gets her to organize a Christmas ball with a cake parade...
  • 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 ...
  • Kristin Bateman
    In a word: AWFUL. This is one of the worst ones in the entire series, but yet, I cannot quit. The "murder" happened in the last 20 pages, there was no mystery to solve, and pages upon pages were pointless descriptions. No lie, there was about half a page of Hannah explaining how to flip a switch to turn on the fireplace. HALF A PAGE ABOUT A LIGHT SWITCH! I swear these have to be ghost-written. Will I read book 24? Likely yes because I want to fin...
  • Joan
    Do not read this review if you plan to read the book.This story goes back to the time when Hannah's father has just passed away, and Hannah, her sisters, and their friends are trying to get Delores out of her depression. After all, it has been all of three weeks, so the widow should be back to normal by now!To occupy Delores' s mind, they decide to keep her busy by organizing a Christmas Ball in honour of Essie, an elderly woman in hospice, who r...
  • 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...
  • Kristina
    Christmas Cake Murder by Joanne Fluke is the twenty-third novel in A Hannah Swensen Mystery series. It has been three weeks since Hannah’s father, Lars passed away. The three Swensen girls (Hannah, Andrea and Michelle) are worried about their mother, Delores who is spending her days in her room. When the girls run out of ideas, Grandma Knudson and Annie Winters stop by with the perfect project for Delores. Essie Granger who owns the Albion Hote...
  • Kate Baxter
    This story is not your usual cozy mystery. Oh sure, someone does get killed (as the title would suggest) but not anyone you might have expected. The book's real charm (not that one would consider murder "charming") lies in its story within the story. This 23rd installment in the Hannah Swensen Holiday Mystery series is actually a flashback to the early days before Hannah opened her bakery café. She's dropped out of school and come home to Lake E...
  • 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...
  • Amy
    This book was a prequel to the series and begins a few weeks after Hannah's father passes away. She has dropped out of graduate school, though her family does not know why, and decides she wants to open a cookie and coffee shop in Lake Eden, Minnesota. An elderly resident, Essie, has had to move into temporary housing due to a fall and Hannah and her family have gathered her belongings to help her move. They decide to read what purports to be a f...
  • Glen
    Reading the last few books in this series is like watching somebody fall down stairs. Every time you think they stopped themselves, they lose their grip and keep tumbling.This is an origin story of sorts, about how Hannah came to be in her small town, got her condo, and bakery.There's no real mystery, or a murder committed in the town. The book is mostly about the rest of the cast of of characters fawning over Hannah, and recipes.Worst book in th...
  • Maria
    Joanne Fluke should consider writing a detailed cookbook with a few stories sprinkled in instead of mysteries. Oh, wait, she’s been doing it for a few years now. While it was a cute story, there’s no real mystery. Just a lot of telling each other how awesome they are and having Hannah’s mom control her life.
  • Mark Baker
    This book is set at the first Christmas since Hannah's father has died. Hannah has dropped out of her graduate program and is home trying to help her mother, Delores, deal with life after her loss, and Hannah is beginning to worry. Fortunately, Grandma Knudson and Annie come up with the perfect project to get Delores's mind off her loss. It seems Essie, a beloved member of the community, has fallen and broken her hip. In an effort to cheer her up...
  • 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...
  • Melissa
    First problem- we don't have orphanages in the US anymore, at least nothing called that. When I was little we used to drive by a large orphanage on the way to the doctor. By the time I was a teenager the buildings belonged to the VA and it was a hospital and nursing home. This was 50 years ago! However the book cover says "it's Christmas many years ago..." Of course if that was true the newspaper would still be using linotype and hospice wouldn't...
  • 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...
  • S Vanorse
    5 chapters in and I am done, really who edits this crap, Fluke should slow down and do research on what she is saying and less on testing her recipes, which I used to enjoy reading but all sound like a heart attack waiting to happen, the pork recipe has over 6,000mg, of salt before she tells you to add salt to adjust seasonings! Then you have a run down hotel, no water, no electricity, in Minnesota, old lady living there, every one in town knows ...
  • Anastasia
    Christmas Cake Murder by Joanne Fluke is the 23rd book in the Hannah Swensen Mystery series. This book takes us back to before Hannah opened her cookie shop and tells us how it came about. This book was a major disappointment. There is no murder despite the title and no real mystery. There were plenty of recipes but they used ingredients only available in America. I kept waiting for something to happen, but the book just seemed to drag.
  • Randee
    I am addicted to serial mysteries and have quite a few that I follow. As my friend Chris would say, "We are completists" so if I read a couple of books into a series, I feel compelled to continue reading them as each new one is published. This isn't a bad thing usually since if you like the first few, why would it change so radically as to come to dislike the series? I have come to dislike this series because it began to get irritating, silly, an...
  • Dawn Michelle
    There are a few things I need to say about this book and not all of them are positive. 1. CLEARLY the author has never dealt with grief or the death of someone close to her. Or if she has. she has a very...ummm...structured? way of looking at life. The fact that everyone was stressed out that Delores [Hannah's mom] was not "back to normal" a mere 3 weeks after her husband passed [and while we are at it, let's talk about the lack of grief or sadne...
  • Mayda
    This cozy is a flashback to an early time in Hannah’s life. If you’ve wondered how she acquired her cookie shop, the answer is here. This delightful Christmas tale is a light and happy mystery, and has a story within the story. It also contains several mouth-watering recipes. Both stories have their own mystery, but eventually converge. It was interesting to see this young Hannah before she is caught in the throes of undecided romances, in th...
  • Linda Hartlaub
    Who is writing these books? Who is (not) proofreading these books? Is the author relying on AI to complete the books? Why do I do this to myself? I keep hoping that Joanne Fluke will take the reins back instead of leaving things up to some mysterious 8 year old. Why do I do this to myself?I can't believe that a grown person is creating the recent Hannah Swensen books. The conversations are so strained and lack any sophistication. They all go some...
  • Marie-josee
    The worst in the series
  • 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...
  • Anna
    This was, by far, one of the worst books I have ever had the misfortune to read. Why you might ask, did you decide to read this book?The answer, as is the answer for many other books I read, is that I read it for my family's bookclub. Our bookclub consists of my mom, sister, grandma, aunts, and a few others. The demographic is largely women of middle age or older, with my sister and I being the youngest of the bunch.We usually take turns to choos...
  • Delanie
    There is no actual murder that takes place in the book. The characters in this book were reading a book which is where the murder takes place. There is a little bit more but that's a spoiler. Inside the book the characters are reading there is a woman named "Rose", Lisa says "Hey! What if this character Rose is based off of our own friend Rose!" The others respond by saying "NO THIS BOOK TAKES PLACE IN NEW YORK IT CAN'T BE ROSE." Then the book re...
  • Karin
    This is a flashback to the origins of the Cookie Jar, when Michelle is still in high school, etc. I took it out looking for what happens after the last book in the series (a series that fit with a reading challenge, and the main reason I read it :) ). One of the things that is going on is a recreation of a Christmas ball. The Christmas cake in mind is not the typical one that "nobody" seems to like (I have relatives who like Christmas fruitcake, ...
  • 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...
  • 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...