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Blueberry Muffin Murder (Hannah Swensen Series #3)

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1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Enjoyable culinary cozy

To drum up tourism during the off season, Lake Eden, Minnesota hosts its first annual Winter Carnival. The Cookie Jar bakery owners Hannah Swensen and Lisa Herman are providing many pastries though not the official Winter Carnival cake. That honor has been bes...
To drum up tourism during the off season, Lake Eden, Minnesota hosts its first annual Winter Carnival. The Cookie Jar bakery owners Hannah Swensen and Lisa Herman are providing many pastries though not the official Winter Carnival cake. That honor has been bestowed on TV show celebrity, Connie ¿Mac¿ MacIntyre, host of ¿Cooking with Connie¿.

Connie Mac expects everything her way and even overruns the most obstinate of local individuals Hannah¿s mom to gain what she wants. When the truck carrying the official cake rolls into a ditch ruining it, the abusive SOB orders Hannah to lend her the bakery¿s oven. Though tempted to tell Connie Mac where to stick her dough, Hannah acquiesces for the good of the Carnival and a friend who works for the nasty bully. The next morning Hannah finds her shop a total mess and angrily begins to clean up until she finds the murdered body of Connie Mac. Though warned by her potential boyfriend a cop to stay out of the investigation, everyone else provides Hannah support in trying to solve the crime.

The BLUEBERRY MUFFIN MURDER is an engaging pastry that fans with a sweet tooth for a culinary cozy will want to read. The story line is humorous and the who-done-it is fun though why the cops were not upset over the crime scene being ruined by Hannah is a mystery too. Readers will relish the support cast¿s confidence that Hannah, not the police, will solve the case by encouraging her to set up her command post. Joanne Fluke provides sub-genre fans with a delightfully delicious delicacy.

Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on December 9, 2008

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3 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

I think my review's more interesting....

This is the worst mystery novel I've ever wasted my time reading. Instead of leaving it at that, I took it upon myself to finish it (as tortuous as that was for me) to explain to the human race why it's so bad.
But first, let's discuss what a good mystery should be....
This is the worst mystery novel I've ever wasted my time reading. Instead of leaving it at that, I took it upon myself to finish it (as tortuous as that was for me) to explain to the human race why it's so bad.
But first, let's discuss what a good mystery should be. They're subtle and usually fast-paced. Page-turners. You just HAVE to know who did it and why. So you keep reading. The characters are interesting and the murder victim (in my opinion) should be beloved (by the reader!). If the victim is a b*tch or an a$$, then who cares who killed him/her? A good mystery writer can place clues with so much finesse and subtlety that you're probably not aware it's a clue until later.
My first complaint: the characters. They were shallow, two-dimensional and they all got along. The only one that didn't get along with everyone else was Connie Mac, our murder victim, and she was taken out of the narrative early. Even characters that are related, Hannah Swenson and her sister Andrea, speak to each other like stiff, uptight coworkers trying to impress each other with how much they know. Believable characters are supposed to appeal to the reader on a fundamental level so that we can relate to their emotions, thoughts, actions, etc. These didn't.
Second complaint: Unnecessary details. The reader is "treated" to all of Hannah's goings-on. We're with her when she gets out of bed in the morning, when she feeds her stupid overweight cat, when she bakes and delivers cookies for the Winter Carnival, when she takes a shower, ad nauseum. It adds nothing to the plot and slows it down to a crawl. This is not a good combination with 2-D characters, generic dialogue, and a reader's who's not that interested anyway.
Third complaint: Unnecessary dialogue. I've touched on this already, but it deserves a closer look. On page 172 the reader is told how to build a snowman. Well, didn't we just run into a big stroke of luck? Who would've known? Apparently the "awesome" Hannah Swenson had to remind Andrea how to build one, because, she says, "I forgot." Who in the hell forgets? And who cares? We're trying to read a murder mystery, not a snowman-building manual!
Fourth complaint: Joanne Fluke gives her characters the clues, not her readers. People who like (good) murder mysteries like them because they want to see if they can solve the case before the author lets the cat out of the bag. This is also a testament to the writer's skill in crafting a good story. For two or three pages I was one step ahead of the characters in figuring out who the murderer was, but that was only because Fluke felt like (FINALLY) letting us in on it.
This book has a naivete that is almost childish. My biggest beef with this story is its lack of an antagonist, which might've injected some drama. Instead we have a protagonist that everyone likes, everyone likes her confections and everybody knows everybody. It's just a happy ol' winter wonderland in Lake Eden, MN. And that, to me, equals BORING fiction. It reminds me of what would happen if you subtracted everyone in Scooby Doo except Daphne and Scoob, turned Scooby into a 23 lb. orange tabby named Moishe, and added cookies. Now think of a convenient murder victim and a dessert that the victim can fall face-first in when they're murdered, and ta-da! A Joanne Fluke mystery, and it's a fluke it was published at all.

posted by BadFictionsWorstNightmare on June 26, 2010

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  • Posted July 5, 2011

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    Great lighthearted mystery book

    I love this series and have enjoyed the 1st 3 books very much.When i finish i cant wait to read the next one. I love to bake and I love that these books are based on a woman who owns a bakery and there is great recipes included in the books A MAJOR PLUS!! hats off to joanne for writing a great series look forward to reading the rest

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2014

    MUFFIN!!!!

    Can I.. can.. I... muffin! Muffin muffin muffin muffin muffin. I... I want a blueberry MUFFIN. Muffins. PLEASE!!!I NEED A MUFFIN! A... a. Blueberry one. Must... have... a... MUFFIN.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2014

    ('¿') the muffin man

    Handed da guy below a muffin

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    Posted September 18, 2013

    Goody,goody,goody

    Muffins rule!

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  • Posted January 11, 2013

    Great Read I Highly Recommend

    I love this series of murder mysteries. I find once I start reading I can't put it down because I want to know what it happening next. Her character Hannah is a bakery owner who seems to always find murder and it is fun to watch her put the case together while still baking goods for her bakery. I love how she involves her family and friends while sleuthing. If you like to bake there are recipes in all her books and some are so yummy. Give her a read you will find it entertaining.

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