Carrot Cake Murder

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Summertime has finally arrived in Lake Eden, Minnesota, and Hannah Swensen, owner of The Cookie Jar bakery, is looking forward to warm, lazy days, eating ice cream, and sharing picnics with friends. But when a family reunion takes a deadly turn, it's up to Hannah to find a killer. . .

Between baking up a storm for The Cookie Jar and unraveling the mystery of her cat Moishe's recent strange behavior, Hannah Swensen has a lot on her plate. But she'll always make time for her ...

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Carrot Cake Murder (Hannah Swensen Series #10)

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Overview

Summertime has finally arrived in Lake Eden, Minnesota, and Hannah Swensen, owner of The Cookie Jar bakery, is looking forward to warm, lazy days, eating ice cream, and sharing picnics with friends. But when a family reunion takes a deadly turn, it's up to Hannah to find a killer. . .

Between baking up a storm for The Cookie Jar and unraveling the mystery of her cat Moishe's recent strange behavior, Hannah Swensen has a lot on her plate. But she'll always make time for her business partner, Lisa, who's in the midst of preparing for a big family reunion. Everyone is delighted when Lisa's long-lost uncle makes a surprise appearance. No one has heard from Gus in twenty-five years--and his arrival has everyone buzzing with excitement.

Uncle Gus is immediately the hit of the reunion, telling tales of his great success and flashing money for all to see. He's almost as popular as Hannah's scrumptious carrot cake, which is also Gus's favorite dessert. But the next morning, as the whole family gathers for the group photo, one person is missing. Hannah offers to track down Uncle Gus, but her search leads to a shocking find. Over by the bar at the pavilion, she spots two slices of her infamous carrot cake, frosting-side down on the floor--and Gus's corpse with an ice pick jutting out of his chest!

A little snooping reveals that not everyone was celebrating Gus's return. And when Hannah unearths more secrets from Gus's past, she discovers even more people with an axe to grind. Now Hannah's got to sift through a long list of suspects to find a killer--even if it could mean a recipe for her own demise. . .

Includes 12 original dessert recipes for you to try!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Filled with juicy scandal, delightfully eccentric characters and 21 tempting recipes from Cream Cheese Frosting to Lemon Fluff Jell-O, bestseller Fluke's 10th Hannah Swenson mystery (after 2007's Key Lime Pie Murder) centers on a family reunion that turns deadly. Hannah's friend Marge Beeseman is thrilled when her brother, Gus Klein, who disappeared from Lake Eden, Minn., more than 30 years earlier, unexpectedly arrives. At the big family party, everyone wonders how the elegant, well-dressed Gus heard about the reunion and why he came back. When Gus fails to show up for the group photo the next morning, Hannah finds his body on a pavilion floor-with ants crawling around pieces of her carrot cake nearby. Hannah's malcontented cat, Moishe, and flickers of romance with her devoted dentist and the no-less attentive local police chief add spice to the subsequent murder investigation. The ending will leave cozy fans gasping for breath. (Mar.)

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Kirkus Reviews
A family reunion turns deadly when a long-lost brother suddenly returns to bucolic Lake Eden. Even though it isn't her family that's gathering from across the county to sing, dance, swim and eat in rented cottages on the shores of Eden Lake, Hannah Swensen (Cherry Cheesecake Murder, 2006, etc.) is of course a key player in the Beesemans' family frolic. Who else makes carrot cake worthy of topping off the opening night's dinner? But the real topper is the appearance of Gus Klein, who hasn't been heard from since he drove off one night 30 years ago with the money squirreled away in the family teapot. Marge is thrilled to see her brother, tricked out in a fancy suit and a Rolex, boasting about the string of clubs he owns in Atlantic City. Her twin Patsy is more reticent, and Patsy's husband Mac, who remembers that Gus never repaid the money Patsy lent him, is downright hostile. Marge's husband Jack is angrier still, although no one knows why; his Alzheimer's has erased the cause of the grievance, but not the hurt. So when Gus is found stabbed to death in the lakeside pavilion, suspicion swirls around Jack, and Hannah relies on both her boyfriends-a sexy cop and a loyal dentist-to help her unmask the real killer. Like the Swanville Funeral Committee's famous hot dish (recipe included, along with 20 others), Fluke's tenth uses only familiar ingredients and makes a really big serving.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780758287090
  • Publisher: Kensington
  • Publication date: 5/1/2012
  • Series: Hannah Swensen Series, #10
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 160,743
  • Product dimensions: 4.17 (w) x 6.78 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Joanne Fluke

Like Hannah Swensen, Joanne Fluke was born and raised in a small town in rural Minnesota, but now lives in sunny Southern California. She is currently working on her next Hannah Swensen mystery.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2008

    Little bit torn

    Well I have read the whole series so far and honestly I'm starting to go back and forth on it. I'm soooooooo tired of the love triangle! I know everyone else is too, at this point I'd rather both men walked away and we just let Hannah be. She's happier with Moishe apparently and is completely bliind if she doesn't realize that Norman is the one for her. Just because Mike is hot doesn't mean he's quality...and most of the time he treats her like some would be damsel in distress...and that is not the Hannah we know and love! I'm also getting tired of the grammar lessons. Obviously those of us who read the series know enough grammar to get by...I feel like Hannah is kind of stuck up on that point...it could be cut down at the very least...HOWEVER....all that being said, I still loved the mystery and do recommend it for all those who love Hannah or for those just looking to read something different. So pick it up anyhow and cross your fingers that Hannah makes up her mind fast! That dream house isn't gonna wait forever!!

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 23, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    great

    absolutely fantastic. had me entertained for hours. would recommend

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 20, 2009

    Joanne Fluke is steady as a close friend.

    Having read all of the Hannah Swensen books, I usually order them before they are available. This book was another winner. I like the involment of the sisters as well as the two moms. Of course Moishe is my hero. All the recipes are yummy looking but I don't dare try any. Hannah looks skinny campared to me. Romance is always in the picture and, like Hannah, I don't know which man she will finally choose. Start at the beginning of the series and see how a character developes over time.

    I recommend any of the Hannah Swensen books and also Susan Wittig Albert's series about an herb shop, set in Texas.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2009

    Yummy

    I not only enjoyed the mystery of the story, but I also enjoyed the recipies included with many chapters. It was a fun read. I will probably look for other books written by this author. Although the idea of mystery books with recipies is not original, I found the story in itself entertaining. It kept me reading and wanting to solve the mystery. It was an easy read.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2009

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    Joanne Fluke cannot be beat

    I always enjoy Ms. Flukes Hannah Swensen series. And the recipes are good, too. I only wish she could write faster.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2008

    A must for Hannah fans, but a little disappointing.

    I have read the entire Hannah Swenson series, and I was a little disappointed with this one. As a previous reviewer mentioned, it's time she wrap up the Hannah/Norman/Mike love triangle. It's getting pretty hard to believe that 2 grown men in their 30's, are willing to wait around while she decides which one is her true love, or whatever. Either have her chose, or have them walk away from her. I mean, if she hasn't decided by now, maybe it's neither of them. Overall, I enjoy this series, and will continue to read it, for now.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2008

    Enough Is Enough

    I cannot believe I actually made it through to the end of this book. I justified checking it out from the library by telling myself this newest installment should finally wrap up the Norman/Mike triangle. But no such luck. Except for the victim, the scenario is the same in each book - a new dessert, a person found dead with the new dessert nearby, Hannah solving the murder, Hannah in danger, Hannah being rescued by Mike & Norman...DESSERT, MURDER, RESCUE, OH MY, 'sing along with me now'. The only good thing about this one is that Hannah is less condescending to the people not quite as intelligent as she. I think the Hannah character is quickly becoming unlikeable. Is she really that much smarter than the entire Lake Eden Police Department? So much so that people beg her to investigate?! She's always just one step ahead of Mike. Another thing I find totally unrealistic 'in this book & the previous ones' is that Norman & Mike seem to be fine with Hannah dating both of them at the same time - sitting between them at dinners, having them both walk her to the van. Seriously, are they going to take turns kissing her goodnight? I am also getting tired of the way recipe talk is thrown in so awkwardly 'pg 105 & 106 Sunny Vegetable Salad', especially when Hannah is talking to her sisters who don't cook. I think the author needs to re-evaluate where she is going with this series & wind it up fast before she loses all her fans. If she decides to keep it going, she needs to shake it up a bit.

    3 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 9, 2010

    First Cake Murder

    It is a nice shorter story.

    Not intense and enough to scare the pants off you like a serial killer or gruesome.

    Agatha Christie style writing.

    Writing is good since it does not delve into too much detail. You know the characters right off in the beginning.

    Plan on reading them all. Absolutely fun little mystery.

    Easy reading and you can get through quickly.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2008

    i liked it

    well, i just finished reading this book. i will say, that i enjoyed it a lot. i like all of joann fluke's 'hannah swensen' mysteries. i do wish that hannah would make up her mind about mike and norman. norman all the way!! that part is getting a little old. i also don't like how hannah can be kind of wishy-washy when it comes to mike. other than that, it was a good cozy mystery. i liked the setting at the lake, some new characters, and of course the recipies. so i recommend this book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2013

    Light and fluffy, like a good cake

    Hannah Swensen is back, and this mystery brings back her sisters as well. This book brings Hannah out of the Cookie Jar as she assists with the events at her partner's family reuniin at Eden Lake. The recipes include casseroles and "hotdish" meals in addition to some yummy sounding cakes and Red Velvet Cookies. Oh, and there's a murder mystery too, but you'll probably solve it before she does. I don't mind. Sometimes I need a fluffy weekend read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2012

    Fabulous read

    Always fun to read these books
    Great recipes too!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2012

    recommend this series of books. very enjoyable read!

    I have been reading all of this series and have enjoyed everyone of Joanna Fluke book so far!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 1, 2012

    4 star-an easy way to sspend an afternoon

    another goldy winner-

    food-plus murder -and a great supporting cast of the usual friends-
    its a good read-

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2012

    Entertaining and Mouth-watering

    I'm hooked on this series! Entertaining mystery accompanied by recipes that make you want to head for the kitchen to try them!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2012

    Very Enjoyable Cozy Murder Mystery

    I have enjoyed all of Joanne Fluke's cozy murder mysteries. It is a fun, light-hearted read...quick and easy with great recipes. It does not go into all of the gory details of the murdered victim which is what I appreciate about "cozy" murder mysteries.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2011

    Love It!!

    I have read several of Joann's books and like her style. Comfortable, good old mysteries!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 21, 2011

    Recommend

    Fluke does it again. Good escape, quick reading. And, those recipes!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2011

    Great read

    I love this series. An easy read that keeps you coming back for more.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 26, 2011

    love this series

    i was drawn to the series because of my love of cooking but the characters just wont let me put these down! who will hannah pick?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 19, 2011

    Great light mystery!!

    If you like to cook,Joanne Flukes books are for you. I like a light mystery without gore and too much mayhem and this book produces. I like the characters that make up the town and the sublte romance that is woven throughout the book. I reccommend it to anyone not wanting a too serious mystery.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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