Gingerbread Cookie Murder (Hannah Swensen #13.5)

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Alright, so there is 2 stories in this book similar to book 9.5. I still have not read the Jaine Austen series so I will only be reviewing the first 1/2 if the book… and when I say the 1st half I mean like the first 100 pgs.

The Christmas season has gotten very loud in Hannah’s condo as soon as Ernie Kusak moved in. After many complaints, Mike and Hannah head to Ernie’s condo to turn off the music. However, when Mike goes to restore the power, Hannah finds Ernie dead in his kitchen. Now she has to find the killer during the busy Christmas season.

This book was a fun little short for this series. Delores plays a crucial role in solving the murder. I am enjoying how much Delores has grown in this series. At the begin, I found her quite annoying but now I quite enjoy her. This mystery was quite simple, but you can’t really expect anything difficult for such a short story. Norman and Mike don’t really make much of an appearance in this book, but it didn’t hurt the story at all. I enjoy these little stories that get added to the story.


Devil’s Food Cake Murder (Hannah Swensen #14)
Apple Turnover Murder (Hannah Swensen #13)

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Sugar Cookie Murder (Hannah Swensen, #6)

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What happens when there is a murder right outside of the community service where everyone in town is having a meal together? Mike investigates and finds an excuse as to why everyone needs to stay in the building. Thankfully the weather takes a turn for the worst and the citizens are all suggested to remain inside except for emergencies. Hannah and her sisters aim to find the murderer before they slip away into the blizzard.

I was a little surprised that 1/2 of the book was recipes, so don’t go in expecting a 300 pg book. The concept of the book isn’t new, however, Fluke puts her own little spin on it. We also get to be Winthrop for the first time in this book and I must say he’s quite a character. Hannah must navigate the party as well as her mother while she tries to find the murderer. Mike is a little abrasive in this book and I feel like he’s a little too all over the place for me to enjoy. Personally, I aim rooting for Norman in this book series because he’s the nicer, more level headed of the 2 men. I am still loving this book series.


Fudge Cupcake Murder (Hannah Swensen Mystery #5)

Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder (Hannah Swensen Mystery #1)

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Oh NO!!!! Another book series. Good news… Or bad news depending on how you look at it. I don’t have access to the full series at the moment as my library doesn’t hold them all. I will be looking for this book in either Ebook form or in second-hand bookstores (Which ever is cheaper, though the E-books only cost 5.50 CAD a book). I love the hallmark movie series that this is based on, but the characters are very very different so if you have watched the movies and the storey lines are very different. You will know the ending but the story progresses a very different way.

We follow Hannah Swensen, the local baker who owns the cookie jar. After finding her high school friend shot dead behind her shop, she starts working with her brother-in-law to find the murderer. Meanwhile, her mother, Delores, is still trying to hook her up with every available man in town, including new inhabitant Norman Rhoades, the local dentist.

This is a fun novel that mixes of Murder she wrote and a baking book. This book has 4 recipes in it and if I wasn’t trying to lose weight I would make them as to try them. The characters are well developed and more believable than the movies. Hannah’s family is wacky and loveable even though they are a family that I wouldn’t want to have. I am looking forward to finding these books, though there are currently 22… So it may be a 2nd book post for 5 months. if I decide to read through them quickly.