Cream Puff Murder (Hannah Swensen Series #11)

Cream Puff Murder (Hannah Swensen Series #11)

by Joanne Fluke
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Cream Puff Murder (Hannah Swensen Series #11) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 222 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Lake Eden, Minnesota, Hannah Swensen and Lisa Herman Beeseman co-own the Cookie Jar bakery. Business is booming as the winter cold sends people in for hot coffee and a tasty dessert. However the store is not Hannah¿s top priority at the moment because she has to lose weight in two weeks to fit in her Regency costume she will wear at her mom¿s book launch party. A desperate Hannah enrolls in Heavenly Bodies fitness center.

When she goes to use the center¿s Jacuzzi she finds the corpse of instructor Ronnie Ward floating inside. Ronnie also served as the fitness instructor to the sheriff¿s department. Most men adored her but women despised her because her morals were less than that of an ally cat as she went after any male, married or not.. Hannah¿s sometimes boyfriend Police Detective Mike Kingston, her sister¿s husband Sheriff Bill, and her other sister¿s police officer spouse ask her to investigate since she has solved several homicides and each excuse themselves having a history of sorts with the deceased. The three cops offer advice to Hannah, but she makes her inquiries her way; as she gets closer to the truth the killer gets closer to killing her.

Putting aside the plausibility of Hannah finding the corpse and of the professionals asking a civilian even with the heroine¿s résumé to sleuth, rather than a nearby law enforcement friend, CREAM PUFF MURDERS is a delicious amateur sleuth mystery. Besides the mouth watering dozen dessert recipes, the whodunit is cleverly constructed around severable viable suspects including Mike yet none fully stand out in a crowd of haters. Clues abound that eliminate some of the potential culprits as Joanne Fluke provides a marvelous wintry Minnesota mystery.

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beanernab More than 1 year ago
I have read every book in the series. At first i though it was very clever the way the author mixed mystery/love/recipes. But after all these books it is ALL the same. She finds all the bodies, solves all the mysteries and can't decide on her man!! Please put Hannah out of her misery and start a new series. I have come to far to quit!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The basic mystery story was good reading but the romance in the book is much like the last TWO books, boring!
DeeGee5683 More than 1 year ago
Yes its DEFINITELY time for Hannah to chose a man. I enjoy the series but I am growing tired of the unrealistc love triangle.
CatLadyMA More than 1 year ago
I always liked the author but this is the first book in this series that I can't seem to get into. I'm about half way through - usually I would have finished this book days ago - but I'm not getting excited, so far I could care less who turns out to be the murderer. Rather disappointed as I had been looking forward to her next book.
mysterybuffMS More than 1 year ago
This is the 4th book in the series that I have read and I enjoyed it just like the others. Hannah Swensen is wary when her mother wants her to lose weight for her book releasing party. So Andrea and Hannah make a pact to lose weight together and start working out every morning at Heavenly bodies. But one day their fitness instructor is unable to teach because he was in a car accident, so the resident woman fitness instructor fills in and pretty much insults all of the women in the class. Not surprisingly, she later ends up dead in the gym sauna. So, like always, Hannah starts her sleuthing and ends up face to face with the killer. This book is a very enjoyable read and fans of the series and newcomers will equally enjoy it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If Lake Eden really existed I would never, ever patronize Hannah's cookie shop. Everyone who ends up dead has one of her cookies, pastries, or whatever next to their body. If only that was the biggest problem with this series. The Hannah, Mike, Norman triangle is as stale as an old cookie. The local police department is completely inept. Why can't they solve a murder without Hannah's help/interference? This series has gone on too long. It needs a serious overhaul or it needs to end. Still lots of good cookie recipes, though.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So I've read 11 of these now. Originally found them cute and a pleasant read, but with each addition to the series I found them more and more predictable. This one in the series was mostly about everything else going on in Hannah's life than very much "investigating". The whole Norman/Mike thing has been dragged out WAY too long. Aside from the weak plot the author's writing style has really started to grate on my nerves. She can't just say "a delicate pink blush crept up into Andrea's face" she has to say "a color of pink about the shade of the pillow shams on Hannah's bed started at Andrea's neck and kept going" (not a direct quote but pretty close). If you don't know what I mean and read this book anyway get back to me after you've read the last chapter. Ugh! Recipes or no - I'm totally done with this series.
Dawn--MysLovCorner More than 1 year ago
When Hannah goes for the fitting of the Regency dress her mother picked out for her book party, she is appalled to find out it doesn't fit and can't be let out enough. She has two weeks to lose the weight, and her sister, Andrea, offers to help. She has keys to Heavenly Bodies health club since she is a member and is allowed to work out after hours. They join one of Ronni Ward's exercise classes, even though Ronni is not one of Hannah's favorite people. Ronni is constantly flirting, and thus most women do not like her. One morning when Hannah and Andrea are working out, they decide to get into the Jacuzzi. When they arrive, they find Ronni dead in it. Bill, Mike, and Lonnie are all suspended due to personal involvement with the deceased. So since they can't work the case, they each ask Hannah (through someone else) to find the killer. Hannah is quite surprised and not too thrilled when they each have their own opinions about how she should be conducting her investigation. She enlists the help of her sisters Andrea and Michelle, her mother, Norman-who wants to be more than a friend, Norman's mother, Lisa-Hannah's business partner, and Lisa's husband to help with this investigation. With the plethora of suspects, can they figure out who killed Ronni? I love this series, but I hope that Hannah soon makes a decision between Mike and Norman. I was pulling for Mike originally, but I'm starting to really pull for Norman. I like that through the series, Hannah and Andrea have gotten much closer. I think even their mother has mellowed out some. I like this small town in Minnesota. The author has done a great job of creating small-town America. There are always plenty of characters for her to pull from. I highly recommend this book and the whole series. Hope the next one comes out soon!
BlueDog807 More than 1 year ago
I enjoy these easy reads from Joanne Fluke and her baker/detective Hannah! The quirky murder mysterys, the love "triangle" and of course the recipies from Hannah's bakery make this a winner! And, just a hint, TRY the recipies. I have made many from the various books in this series and they are always GREAT!
msyfan More than 1 year ago
I so enjoy the characters, romance, and mystery of each of her stories.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Joanne Fluke's Hannah Swenson stories are hard to put down . I really enjoy them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a good, fun read! I don't think it was quite as good as her previous ones, though. Some things happened in this one that will be important if you keep reading the series!
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Great recipes and story line.
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I like this book. Some of the other books were better, but I still liked this book. I was surprised by the murder in this book though. I think that Hannah should choose Norman for her boyfriend though. Mike doesn't seem to care about her at times. He doesn't take you seriously at times. I will say that the book was slow in places. I didn't get into this book like I have with some of the others.
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great