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Plum Pudding Murder (Hannah Swensen Series #12)

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2 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

PLUM PUDDING MURDER is brilliantly executed

December may be freezing in Lake Eden, Minnesota, but hearts are warm as the residents celebrate the holidays. This year entrepreneur Lunatic Larry Jaeger has created a Christmas shopping mall where he sells trees at cost. There are rides adding to the colonial like a...
December may be freezing in Lake Eden, Minnesota, but hearts are warm as the residents celebrate the holidays. This year entrepreneur Lunatic Larry Jaeger has created a Christmas shopping mall where he sells trees at cost. There are rides adding to the colonial like atmosphere as well as the Tree Lot store and food court in which the cookies are supplied by Cookie Jar owner Hannah Swensen and her business partner Lisa.

The Mayor has cut short his fishing trip because he is concerned over Jaeger's business practices and as an investor wants to make sure his is safe and as the mayor he wants to keep everyone who goes to the Crazy Elf Christmas Tree Lot safe from Larry's financial maneuvering. Larry's business partner and fiancée gives accountant Luanne the books for Jaeger's Crazy Elf Christmas Tree Lot to audit; she is up all night to find why they fail to balance. Hannah looks in on her and helps her return the books. When Hannah and one of her boyfriends Norman go to Larry to pick up her check, they find him dead and his large screen TV shot with holes. Her other boyfriend Mike the cop zeroes in on a suspect, but Hannah disagrees. She investigates with the help of friends and family and is almost killed by the real culprit.

Minnesota in the winter as seen through the eyes of the natives is pictured as a freezing, snow filled and wind blown; yet these same natives find plenty of fun things to do to keep from going stark crazy. Thus the cast adds a sense of a vivid seasonal place that anchors the whodunit. This long running amateur sleuth retains the freshness of the first snow of the year. PLUM PUDDING MURDER is brilliantly executed and Hannah's inquiry seems credible though she should know by now an investigation can prove potentially lethal even when she asks a few penetrating questions out of inquisitiveness that she failed to recognize as dangerous.

Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on August 10, 2009

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Most Helpful Critical Review

6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

This series has run its course. Enough already.

I found this one just plain annoying. The characters aren't growing at all. Hannah needs to make up her mind between the dentist and the cop or cut them both loose and go for someone else. Norm has moved beyond simply courteous to outright obsequious. Mike is just o...
I found this one just plain annoying. The characters aren't growing at all. Hannah needs to make up her mind between the dentist and the cop or cut them both loose and go for someone else. Norm has moved beyond simply courteous to outright obsequious. Mike is just obnoxious. Seriously, who shows up at someone's home at 10:30 at night when they know the person gets up at 4:00 am? And who answers the door?

The plot of this one was totally predictable - I figured it out about a third of the way through.

I'm done with this series, which makes me sad, since I've read them all and enjoyed them greatly up until the last few.

posted by CozyFanPA on March 5, 2010

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  • Posted March 5, 2010

    This series has run its course. Enough already.

    I found this one just plain annoying. The characters aren't growing at all. Hannah needs to make up her mind between the dentist and the cop or cut them both loose and go for someone else. Norm has moved beyond simply courteous to outright obsequious. Mike is just obnoxious. Seriously, who shows up at someone's home at 10:30 at night when they know the person gets up at 4:00 am? And who answers the door?

    The plot of this one was totally predictable - I figured it out about a third of the way through.

    I'm done with this series, which makes me sad, since I've read them all and enjoyed them greatly up until the last few.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 28, 2012

    This was a little boring...

    Every Christmas season, cozy mystery authors like to pen a Christmas story with a little mystery.

    And I don't read these christmas cozies anymore....and this book is one of the reasons why.

    Pages and pages of finding a tree, decorating a tree, and trying to keep your cat off of the tree. Enough!

    We will take a little Christmas cheer with our mystery but this was too drawn out and dull.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2013

    First and last one of these I will read.  I was looking for some

    First and last one of these I will read.  I was looking for some light holiday reading and picked this up, attracted by the Minnesota setting (where I grew up).  This book was inane:  endless, pointless details and dull characters eating and drinking coffee.  I thought I would like the setting, but this book is full of dumb cliches about Minnesota and Minnesotans.  (Yes, it does get cold and people plug in their cars, but enough already.)  Written for people who know nothing about the North Star State.  Shallow and annoying.   

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2010

    Waste of time

    This is the first book by this author I have read. The murder took place more than halfway through the book. It wasn't a great mystery who killed the victim either. It seems that the book is basically a cookbook surrounded by simple, inane conversation. All the characters do is eat....& talk about food.There are recipes at the end of every chapter & a ton more at the end of the book. There is no substance to the story. It was a total waste of time for me. If I wanted recipes, I would get a cookbook.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2009

    Lame effort

    It took so long for any action to take place that the murder just seemed secondary. Then it was really hard to care about the person who was murdered. He had no rooting value to find his killer. The killer was kind of a ho hum character. It really seemed as if a tiny little bit of plot was woven around the recipes to get a book out in time for Christmas. All in all, a waste of time and money.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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