Cream Puff Murder (Hannah Swensen #11)

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After a long work out at Lake Eden’s new health club, Hannah stumbles upon the body of Ronni Ward in the Jacuzzi. This instructor did not have many friends, which leaves Hannah with a suspect list as long as her arm. Also, with her mother’s book launch party around the corner and 10 pounds to loose, Hannah doesn’t have time for this murder.

This is the book that caused the downfall of Mike in my opinion. In the movie series, he’s a lovable character, however, in this book he’s very annoying and shows how little he takes Hannah’s feelings into consideration. It’s understandable that since they have an open relationship that he can see other people, but he should at least tell her and not find out the way she did. She worked really well with Andrea to solve this murder using little tidbits of information that she gets from Mike and Bill. However, how they ended up solving the murder was just sheer luck in the end. I know not everything needs to be planned out but it Kinda bothered me in the end. It’s a good continuation of the series just not my favourite book.

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Carrot Cake Murder (Hannah Swensen #10)

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Hannah gives Lisa a day off to be part of her family reunion. Everyone was happy when Lisa’s long-lost uncle, or were they. When Gus is found dead the day of the reunion, Hannah has a long list of suspects to go through. As no one has heard from him in over 25 years, Hannah has to dig into the past of some of the Lake Eden citizens to figure out who would have had the motive to kill him.

I loved this story. It adds a lot of depth to some of the characters in the Lake Eden universe. Jack, who I’ve come to love, has finally gotten a love story past having Alzheimer’s and being Lisa’s father. Through this book, Lisa has also gotten more of a background and history, we also get a glimpse of what kind of person her mother was. This book really built up the world of Lake Eden more and makes it feel like a more real place. I enjoyed the teamwork between Lisa and Hannah in this book, though they always have great chemistry, I enjoyed seeing Lisa get her hands dirty in this case. All in all, this was a great addition to the series.

Candy Cane Murder (Hannah Swensen #9.5)

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After agreeing to be an elf for the annual Christmas gala, she regrets it slightly. She works with Wayne Bergstrom, the owner of the Bergstrom’s Department store. However, when Hannah finds him dead behind a snowbank. Hannah has to find out who would have killed him, however, there is a very long suspect list.

Hannah seems to work well with Mike in this book. I feel like Fluke doesn’t have any consistency with how well Mike and Hannah work together. The chemistry between Hannah and Norman really increase in this book, and they work really well together, but then again they always did. I wished the book was a little longer because Wayne has such a complicated past that I wanted to delve deeper into it. This was a cute little short to add to the story line.

I haven’t read the other 1/2 of this book because I haven’t read the Jaine Austen series yet but once I do, I’ll let you know how the other short it.


Key Lime Pie Murder (Hannah Swensen #9)

Key Lime Pie Murder (Hannah Swensen #9)

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The tri-city fair is in town and Hannah has been roped into judging the bake-off after Edna hurt her arm. But, no matter where Hannah goes, tragedy is bound to follow. When Willa Sunquist is found dead, Hannah adds finding her murder to her ever growing to do list. The list contains, figure out which guy to marry, figure out why Moishe isn’t eating and helping Herb with his magic show. Just another week in the life of Hannah Swensen really.

Hannah is slowly starting to lean towards Norman as he husband until Mike blindsides her. Though I snuck a peak at the future, Norman is so sweet in this book and there is more growth in their relationship than with mike this book. the description of the fair was dead on and makes me want summer to come so I can go to the local fair. Though it’s really easy to figure out who killed Willa it’s really fun watching it go down. I kinda wish there was more character development on Michelle though because she’s just a placeholder right now but I would love to have more information about her as a person.


Cherry Cheesecake Murder (Hannah Swensen #8)
Candy Cane Murder (Hannah Swensen #9.5)

Cherry Cheesecake Murder (Hannah Swensen #8)

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Hannah is at it again. When her little sister comes home with a movie crew in tow, Hannah is thrown into the thick of things. As she was hired by the movie’s producer to make the Director, Dean, a cheesecake every morning, she gets to be on set a lot. During one rehearsal, when Dean was demonstrating the suicide scene the prop gun was switched out for a real gun while no one notices. Now Hannah has to sift through clues and discover who the killer is before the movie crew leaves town and their chance of finding the killer leaves with them.

I liked this book, it’s not the best in the series but we get to meet Ross Barton for the first time in this book. We also get to find out more about Hannah’s past than we did before. After dealing with Mike’s and Norman’s marriage proposals, Hannah gets handed a 3rd man. I love the chemistry the Fluke gives to Hannah and Ross, as well as the history. Out of the 3 of them, he seems to be the best fit. This book plays on a lot of aspects of Hannah’s life, not only her solving murders like in the other books. I feel like Fluke finally sunk her teeth into a man that Hannah can actually have a relationship with as they are so in tuned with each other. I can’t wait to find out what happens next.


Peach Cobbler Murder (Hannah Swensen, #7)
Key Lime Pie Murder (Hannah Swensen #9)

Peach Cobbler Murder (Hannah Swensen, #7)

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After Shawna Lee and her sister Vanessa come back to Eden lake, the open a bakery right across from the cookie jar. It starts cutting into her bottom line, that is until Shawna Lee’s murder in her bakery. Hannah happens to find her after she returned from Lisa and Herb’s wedding. She ends up being a suspect in her murder. Hannah must put back on her detective’s hat to clear herself and find Shawna Lee’s real killer.

I have to admit that the ending kinda floored me, but enough on that. This book was very interesting. As a few other ones, as there was a movie made of this I had to wipe it from my minds. Shawna Lee being the victim gives more of connection to the character than in the movie. I loved the fact that Lisa comes back to help her at the cookie jar while she finds out who killed Shawna Lee.

The relationships between the 2 men are a little flat and dry, which is probably why the ending came out of no where. I would love if the character development with the men was expanded a little more.

Over all this is an awesome book.


Sugar Cookie Murder (Hannah Swensen, #6)
Cherry Cheesecake Murder (Hannah Swensen #8)

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)