Wedding Cake Murder (B&N Exclusive Signed Edition) (Hannah Swensen Series #19)

Wedding Cake Murder (B&N Exclusive Signed Edition) (Hannah Swensen Series #19)

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by Joanne Fluke

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This special Barnes & Noble Exclusive Edition is signed by the author and contains a behind-the-scenes peek at Hannah's wedding reception, plus two additional recipes.

Everyone in Lake Eden, Minnesota, may have had their doubts, but at long last, Hannah Swensen is getting married!

Hannah is thrilled to be marrying Ross Barton, her


This special Barnes & Noble Exclusive Edition is signed by the author and contains a behind-the-scenes peek at Hannah's wedding reception, plus two additional recipes.

Everyone in Lake Eden, Minnesota, may have had their doubts, but at long last, Hannah Swensen is getting married!

Hannah is thrilled to be marrying Ross Barton, her college crush. And her excitement only grows when she learns he’ll be able to join her on her trip to New York City for the Food Channel’s dessert chef contest. She’s especially nervous about facing Alain Duquesne, a celebrity chef with a nasty reputation. But before he can tear into Hannah’s layer cake, she finds him stabbed to death on the show’s kitchen set. Out of the oven, as the saying goes, and into the bright lights of Broadway, as Hannah tries to solve a mystery with more layers than a five-tiered wedding cake…

Indulge In Joanne Fluke’s Criminally Delicious Hannah Swensen Mysteries!

Double Fudge Brownie Murder

“Lively…Add the big surprise ending, and fans will be more than satisfied.” —Publishers Weekly

Blackberry Pie Murder

“Fluke offers a new twist to the series…the cookie-shop owner’s character gains depth…but there’s still room for recipes and for Hannah to move toward an overdue decision on the question of which of her two boyfriends she prefers. Readers will be eager for the next installment.” —Booklist

“Lake Eden’s favorite baker, Hannah Swensen finds herself on the wrong end of a police investigation…in Fluke’s good-natured 19th [installment].” —Kirkus Reviews

Red Velvet Cupcake Murder

“Culinary cozies don’t get any tastier than this winning series.” —Library Journal

“If your reading habits alternate between curling up with a good mystery or with a good cookbook, you ought to know about Joanne Fluke.” —The Charlotte Observer

Cinnamon Roll Murder

“Fans of this wildly popular series will not be disappointed. Fluke has kept this series strong for a long time, and there is still plenty to enjoy for foodie crime fans.” —Booklist

Devil’s Food Cake Murder“Fabulous.” —Publishers Weekly

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Hannah Swensen Series , #19
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Signed Edition
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5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.50(d)

Meet the Author

JOANNE FLUKE is the New York Times bestselling author of the Hannah Swensen mysteries, which include Double Fudge Brownie Murder, Blackberry Pie Murder, Cinnamon Roll Murder, and the book that started it all, Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder. That first installment in the series premiered as Murder, She Baked:  A Chocolate Chip Cookie Mystery on the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Channel. Like Hannah Swensen, Joanne Fluke was born and raised in a small town in rural Minnesota, but now lives in Southern California. Please visit her online at

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Wedding Cake Murder (Hannah Swensen Series #19) 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all of the Hannah Swensen series and I love this book!!! I couldnt put it down!!
Anonymous 5 months ago
Wait, so the arrogant & self-righteous Hannah strings 2 guys along over 18 books only to turn around & marry a guy out of left field. Hmmm. Mike & Norman, both, should buy lottery tickets. They had a lucky escape. What an unpleasant character she has become. I wouldn't let friends or family treat me the way she treats her friends and family. I know these are supposed to be "clean" cozy mysteries. However, I find Hannah's lack of basic manners and respect towards people for whom she supposedly cares far more repugnant than a tasteful love scene. This series needs to be put out of it' s misery. Also, the cost of each book is getting too high! $12.99 for the next one to be released? Really!?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hannah didn't get an engagement ring.. With all the unimportant details, where's the ring? Come on, Jo!!! So disappointed with you!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Better than last two books. Should have developed ross better or had him killed off. Killing off fiance would have been more exciting.
CozyMysteryLover1 More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my fair and honest review. All thoughts and theories are my own. I have been reading this series for at least 13 years, give or take. I have read the opinions about her Norman/Mike romance, I have read all the negative opinions as well as the positive. Everyone has a right to their own opinion and I think everyone is entitled to state their opinion as well. This is mine: I feel like I know all the Swenson sisters as I have read each book more than once. I am happy with the marriage between Ross and Hannah, I believe Hannah deserves happiness and contentment and I don't think she would find it with Mike or Norman. We all know Mike has a wandering eye and he can be very arrogant at times. Norman is sweet, kind, caring and he does love Hannah, however, I think the author would feel obligated to keep up that image if they were to marry, and to be honest, the book would go from mystery to romance in a flash. With her marriage to Ross, her college friend, a man we know very little about, it can lead to all kinds of wild ideas for further books. In this book, Hannah is preparing for the Dessert Chef Competition, as well as her up and coming wedding. As nervous as she is, Hannah really wants to win the competition and with having her sister Michelle by her side, it could be a win win situation. When the competition is moved to an earlier date, Hannah has no choice but to leave the wedding plans in Andrea and Delores' hands, and well, we know how that can be! As Hannah prepares for the competition, she gets some insight on one of the judges and hopes her stunning desserts will land her a win. Unfortunately, the judge Hannah hopes to impress is a nasty piece of work and someone decides to take him out, literally. Now Hannah has a competition to win, a wedding to prepare for and a murder to solve, all in a few days! Will she make it to the altar on time? I think the wonderfully talented Joanne Fluke did a marvelous job with this book. The story was well developed and fast paced. There were times I actually suspected Ross as being the murderer. This story really blends the relationship of Hannah, Ross, Mike and Norman. It didn't feel overdone or too mushy. There are so many Hannah fans that will appreciate the smooth writing style as well as the story itself. Well done and I can't wait for the next one.
Anonymous 8 days ago
I love cooking
Anonymous 4 months ago
What? She doesnt marry the hot detective? So mad!!! What the heck Joann? Grrr ruined my fav series!! >:(
Anonymous 9 months ago
As always I loved this book.
jbarr5 10 months ago
Wedding Cake Murder by Joanne Fluke Wow Can't believe Hannah is gonna get married-finally!? After all the books where she's undecided about marrying Mike the cop or Norman the dentist an old beau comes to town and he's involved in TV broadcasting and she's agreed to marry him. Not only that but all the drama about her and assistant Michelle, her sister entering a contest in NYC! After the first contest the contestants will go to the winner's hometown to finish the competition. So many plans along with recipes and how others like them. Problem is one of the guys is leery of Ross....the ride to the airport, the breakfast prior to boarding, the plane seating and the hotel were all upgraded by Ross for his assistant and the ladies. Hannah knows he can't afford the luxuries on his salary. The men are there to film the contest. Enjoy the parts where the judges tell you some hints as to make the dish just perfect. After another night of competition they are onto the cookie portion and their team is the first to practice but things change when Michelle goes to the walk-in cooler... Love how Hannah sticks her nose and others in the family, into the thick of things to get down to the truth-lots of clues from everybody as there are a lot competing... What I really love is the learning: how to make new recipes by experimenting-love the idea of frozen bananas-will be trying this for sure as I know what happens to butternut squash when frozen. As the girls strive to figure out who the murderer is by just talking to a lot of people and piecing things together... Love the idea of the wedding cake, so colorful and tasty! Shocked at who really did the deed! Love the gift the Food Channel gave to the bride and groom-will Hannah actually get married? Excerpt from another book by the same author: Eyes is included. I received this book from The Kennsington Books in exchange for my honest review
Anonymous 11 months ago
This book is OK. I love all the other books in this series but not this one. This was boring. I love Andreas character and she was barely in it. Both Mike and Norman weren't really in it. The mystery solving was not consistent with Hannah's past. I like how she works with her family and friends as well as other town members to solve murders. The fact that she didn't tell Mike and Norman she was engaged to another man is inconsistent with her personality. She is supposed be an honest and forthright person who says what she feels. She doesn't make apologies for who she is. In this book she was portrayed as weak. I hope in the next book in this series she is more like herself and that the other characters are more involved. Also she was just all of a sudden engaged to a man she doesn't see much and he is living in town. There should have been more built up to it in the last book. So you don't have to try to play catchup with what is going on. I hope the next book is better.
Nancy0708 More than 1 year ago
I have read all of the books in the Hannah Swenson Mystery series. For a number of books Hannah has had two men wanting to marry her and she just couldn't decide what to do. The odd part is the men just waited as it went on and on and on and they would even all eat together and were friends. Then suddenly enters man #3, a friend from college, and Hannah quickly falls in love with him. In this book all three men are are now friends and all eat together?! Hannah even ends up asking the first two to be groomsmen in her marriage to man #3 and they accept. With that being said it is an easy to read story and the mystery is okay. Also, there are a lot of good sounding dessert recipes included.
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Hannah Must Solve a Murder Before She Can Get Married I’m going to start this review with a spoiler warning. No, not because I’m going to spoil Wedding Cake Murder in my review. But the fact that Hannah Swensen is getting married is big news for fans of the series, and I will be discussing her choice of groom in my review, so if you don’t know and you don’t want to know, stop reading now. We’re good? Then let’s move on to discuss this book. Hannah has a busy few weeks ahead of her. Not only is she getting married in just three short weeks, but the dessert competition she’s entered on the Food Network has been moved up and will now take place just before her wedding. Fortunately, her mother and sisters are running with the wedding planning, so all Hannah has to focus on is the dessert challenge. However, that’s not as sweet as it sounds since there is tension between the contestants and the judges that involves more than just worry over the scores. While Hannah and her sister Michelle are having their practice round one morning, they stumble over a dead body connected to the competition. Will the murder distract Hannah from the competition? Can she solve the murder before the suspects all leave town? Obviously, with the baking competition, there is lots of talk of food. Unlike some books where I feel this gets in the way of the story, it feels like a part of things, so I enjoyed it. After all, Hannah and Michelle do need to decide what they are baking and test it out. I did still feel like it over shadowed the murder a bit at times, but it wasn’t as much of an issue as in some books. Yes, there is a murder, and there are a viable number of suspects. I didn’t figure out who the killer was until Hannah did, and I must say the climax was a nice twist on the traditional killer confrontation scene, although Hannah was fairly stupid for part of it. With the baking competition set up, we don’t see quite as much of some of the series regulars, but they do get at least cameos. It’s always fun to hang out with these friends again. The new characters are interesting and viable suspects in the murder. Which brings us to the wedding. (I didn’t realize I’d take this long to get to it.) Yes, there is a wedding in this book. And those who were upset by the love triangle being resolved with a none of the above choice will probably still be upset. Mike and Norman are both in the book, and I must say I found their part in the book to be a bit laughable. On the other hand, I really do like Ross, Hannah’s fiancée. In fact, since Hannah obviously couldn’t decide between Mike and Norman, this was a great way to go. Yes, the wedding is definitely rushed, but I am looking forward to seeing their relationship grow as the series continues. Of course, there are recipes – more so than any other book I’ve found in the culinary cozy realm. By my count, we get 18 (not counting the frostings separately). Since Hannah is a cookie baker, we get plenty of those, but we also get other dishes and desserts. They all sound mouthwatering. The ones I made from earlier books were as delicious as they sounded, and I really need to get motivated to start baking again. I think series fans will be happy overall with Wedding Cake Murder. If you are new to the series, back track and work your way up to this lovely addition.
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JaneiceDior More than 1 year ago
I started reading Joanne Fluke books, on a whim at an airport 8 years ago. I was addicted, and I have loved her books since. Wedding Cake Murder was no different, a lovely book. I'm a little disappointed that I finished it so fast. With these books you want them to last a while. The writing is incredible, and its such an easy read. These books have inspired me to bake even, and the recipes are awesome and so tasty.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Wedding Cake Murder by Joanne Fluke is the nineteenth book in the Hannah Swensen Mystery series. Hannah Swensen is getting married (but not to Mike or Norman much to my dismay)! Hannah is marrying Ross Barton, an independent producer for KCOW Television (they dated in college). Hannah wants a small wedding because of Mike and Norman (does not want to upset them or throw it in their face). However, it comes to Hannah’s attention that this would not be a wise move (she is being manipulated). So Delores (her mother) and Michelle (her sister) get to plan a big wedding. While they work on the wedding, Hannah is preparing for the Dessert Chef Competition. The competition starts in New York and the winner of the first round gets the hometown advantage (the contest will move to the winner’s hometown). When Hannah wins, everybody heads for Eden Lake, Minnesota. Things are going well until the head judge, Chef Alain Duquesne ends up dead. Hannah sets out to solve the murder, win the competition, and find a wedding dress before her big day! Will Hannah be able to solve the crime (probably better than finding a wedding dress she will like)? Fans of the Hannah Swensen series, you will want to read Wedding Cake Murder. It is a simple book (easy to read though) and the mystery is a piece of cake (pun intended). However, Hannah is finally getting married (just not to Norman or Mike). If you have not read any of the previous books in the series, you do not want to start with Wedding Cake Murder (you will be lost). I give Wedding Cake Murder 3 out of 5 stars. There were too many recipes in this book (yes, there is such a thing). There are twenty-two recipes which takes up a third of the novel. Wedding Cake Murder was not of the same caliber as the earlier books in the series. I think it is time for the Hannah Swensen Mystery series to retire (just being honest). I received a complimentary copy of Wedding Cake Murder from NetGalley (and Kensington Books) in exchange for an honest evaluation of the novel.
SewWrite More than 1 year ago
Hannah Swensen is very busy. Not only does she have her own wedding to plan, she has been chosen to compete in a baking contest in New York. The winner of the New York contest will get to bring the rest of the contest to their home town. I don't like to give spoilers away but, in this case I'm sure that reeaders will know that Hannah wins the first leg of the competition and the entire Baking competition comes to Lake Eden. For Hannah to accomplish everything that needs to be done she turns all of the wedding preperations over to her mother and sister Andrea. Her younger sister, Michelle will be Hannah's baking assistant. I have always enjoyed the way Hannah and Michelle work so well together. Unfortunately, Michelle finds one of the judges dead in the walk in cooler. Hannah has no choice but to find the killer. I really enjoyed the baking cometition featured in this book, while the wedding drama was always in the background. As a long time reader of this series I have waited patiently for Hannah to decide between Mike and Norman, as I'm sure other long time readers have done. I have been on team Norman for a long time. Even though Mike has often been Hannah's hero when she's in danger, Norman is always there for everything else. That being said, I found myself hoping that Hannah's fiance Ross would turn out to be the bad guy/murderer by the time I was halfway through the book. I will not tell you if the wedding takes place, you need to read the book to find out.
ethel55 More than 1 year ago
While Hannah is the final stages of a hastily put together wedding with her college sweetheart Ross, she is also busy with a nationwide cable network's Dessert Chef competition. In fact, the competition was so interesting, the book almost didn't need a murder to fulfill all the twists and reveals that were part of the television show. I always forget how quickly these read, there are almost twenty recipes sprinkled throughout the book, which makes reading them go very quickly. I enjoyed returning to Lake Eden, Minnesota and happy to report that the resolution to the books-long love triangle seems to be solved.
wendywhiner More than 1 year ago
Very good
TessT More than 1 year ago
Hannah Swensen is back, smart and a bit sassy, as she prepares for the biggest day of her life, her wedding. .Before she and her family get too busy with the plans, Hannah has one task that she must honor, She and several bakers from around the country have been invited to appear on the Food Channel, Dessert Chef Competition. How much trouble can Hannah get into there? Seriously? This is Hannah that I'm talking about. Between the competition, the wedding and the murder, oh wait I think I forgot to mention that earlier, Hannah tries her very best not to be late for her wedding. I have loved Joanne Fluke and her Hannah books, since I read the very 1st one. Joanne had a role in my continued love of cozy mysteries. FTC Full Disclosure - A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.
MorghanVaughn More than 1 year ago
This book is the 19th installment in Joanne Fluke's Hannah Swenson mystery series. I have read and enjoyed a few of the books in this series before so I was quite excited to read this one. In this book Hannah is getting married (!) As well as participating in a Food Network baking competition. Drama ensues as Hannah works feverishly to try and prepare prize winning recipes while also getting fitted for a wedding dress and planning her reception. When one of the baking competition judges turns up murdered, Hannah adds solving a murder to her already full plate. Will she be able to catch a killer, win the contest, and get married to the love of her life? As with every Hannah Swenson mystery, hilarity and mayhem ensue but Hannah gets the crook in the end. I have not read this series In order so for me this book felt a little out of place. I thought having a baking competition AND a murder AND a wedding all felt a little forced. Also, SPOILER ALERT her fiance is someone that she just met in the previous book and not one of the two men that she has been dating throughout the series. For me, the baking competition was the highlight of the story. I thought the challenges were fun and I loved that Hannah was working with her sister Michelle. In fact, this book was filled with very positive Swenson sister interaction. Overall, not my favorite of her books, but a solid mystery nonetheless. 3 out of 5 I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
Calliegh0 More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. In this installment of the series, Hannah is chosen to participate in a Food Channel's dessert chef contest. She and her assistant, her sister Michelle, fly to New York in order to begin the competition. Meanwhile, Hannah is also set to marry her one true love, Ross. Her mother and sister, Andrea, plan her wedding while Hannah concentrates on the baking contest. However, when one of the judges for the show is murdered, Hannah feels that she must solve the case before her wedding. Will she be able to determine who had motive to kill? Will she be able to win the competition? And will she make it to her own wedding alive? I have read all of the Hannah Swenson series. However the last two books have a somewhat of a let down. The love triangle between Hannah/Mike/Norman has always been somewhat redundant but to re-introduce a fourth party and her decide to marry so soon is really a disappointment. I do not feel that there is any chemistry between she and the "love of her life". His nickname for her was also quite annoying. It just feels like Hannah has lost some of her spunk. She seems to take whatever "her love" says without question which the old Hannah would not do. I do hope if this series continues that Hannah regains some of her former qualities. I did enjoy the competition part of the book. The recipes provided would be some that I intend to try soon.
Buecherwurm161 More than 1 year ago
A Bit Disappointing. I was super excited when I got a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for a review, which I am always happy to provide. I am really torn about this book, because I had read previous one's in the long series, and liked them, but somehow Book 19 fell short for me. First off if you are not familiar with the series it can be a bit confusing to know who all the players are, because there is no backstory for new readers, it seems to pick up where the other book has left off. And even though I think it is a cute idea to have all the recipes of the cookies and desserts that are being discussed included in the book, they took up about 40% of the book and the murder did not even happen until I was almost halfway through with the book. The pacing seemed slow and the relationship between our main characters seemed so forced and certainly not very passionate, it almost felt like you are reading a YA novel and not about adults, and that the bride would drive herself to the church when she has so many family members around did not seem believable. Overall I just did not connect with the book, and feel rather disappointed about it.
52chickadees More than 1 year ago
“Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Someone Murdered” In Author Fluke’s 21st Hannah Swensen mystery, we find that our beloved protagonist’s plate is full—and we don’t mean with delectable cookies! Keeping up with the hectic schedule at “The Cookie Jar” is enough for anyone to try to handle, but when you add firming up plans for a fast approaching wedding, and tweaking recipes for the Food Channel’s “Dessert Chef Competition”, the chaos explodes like a pressure cooker whose lid was unsafely removed. What started out as a simple, private ceremony and reception may not stay that way—and when the competition date is moved up, Hannah’s last nerve is raw. So many details to consider for both—how will she ever manage? Oh, I think you can figure who might step in and take over the multitude of details. This shift in responsibility gives Hannah time to concentrate on her desserts for the competition. Her Sister, Michelle, will be her assistant. What a dynamic duo they make! Hannah must win the first round of the competition to bring the reality show back to Lake Eden, and she doesn’t want to let her hometown down. However, their delicious delights must pass the taste buds of 5 tough, well-renowned judges, with the picky, nasty, outspoken Alain Duquesne being the pivotal judge to impress. Thanks to Lisa’s Aunt Nancy, Hannah learns a lot about his sordid past. So when his lifeless body is discovered, it’s no surprise that there are more names on the suspect list than there are heartbroken followers. As per her norm, Hannah dons her sleuthing cap,(much to Officer Mike Kingston’s dismay) and is on the hunt for clues as to who the perpetrator might be. Author Fluke has the reader heading in several directions while trying to unravel the mystery, while holding our breath over the Dessert Chef Grand Prize and whether the Nuptials will actually take place. In this title you’ll be introduced to Heiti, Aunt Nancy’s handyman, and possibly more. If you’ve been following Hannah’s adventures and rooting for one groom or another—you won’t want to miss this one. Will she finally say “I Do”? Nancy Narma