Red Velvet Cupcake Murder (Hannah Swensen Series #16)

Red Velvet Cupcake Murder (Hannah Swensen Series #16)

by Joanne Fluke
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Red Velvet Cupcake Murder (Hannah Swensen Series #16) by Joanne Fluke

This summer has been warmer than usual in Lake Eden, Minnesota, and Hannah Swensen is trying to beat the heat both in and out of her bakery kitchen. But she's about to find out the hard way that nothing cools off a hot summer day like a cold-blooded murder.

It's a hot summer evening in Lake Eden, Minnesota—and the grand opening of the refurbished Albion Hotel. Hanna Swensen's famous red velvet cupcakes are being served in the new Red Velvet lounge. The party starts off with a bang with the arrival of Doctor Bev, who left town in shame after she two-timed her fiancé. But the gossip comes to a screeching halt when another partygoer takes a dive off the hotel's roof. As the police investigate, the only one who isn't preoccupied with the case is Doctor Bev. She's too busy trying to stir things up with her old flame, Norman.

—Features more than ten cookie and dessert recipes from The Cookie Jar, including Red Velvet Surprise Cupcakes and Chocolate Covered Peanut Cookies!

"Culinary cozies don't get any tastier than this winning series." —Library Journal

"Loaded with mouthwatering recipes and clever plotting, the latest Hannah Swensen mystery delights." —RT Book Reviews

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780758280350
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 01/28/2014
Series: Hannah Swensen Series , #16
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 74,973
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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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Red Velvet Cupcake Murder 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 118 reviews.
SGW53 More than 1 year ago
Hannah needs to make up her mind about her love life. I am tired of her indecision. It is unbecoming for a woman her age. She is sounding more & more like a teenager. This book had so many improbable situations that it was a disappointment. Grow up, Hannah. For a woman in business, in a small town, Hannah's character has to mature. I preferred the earlier books.
judiOH More than 1 year ago
it was soooo good to go back to minnesota and see hannah again. the characters in the lake eden stories are so real they seem like family. there is a grand opening for a new condo, and hannah is comissioned to bake for it. she cose her red velvet cupcakes among other items. barbara the secretary for the police dept. is pushed(?) or jumps (?) from the penthouse roof and is hurt and is hospitized. a few days later dr bev, (yes niorman's ex is here), is fouond dead in the lake iin her fancy sports car. hannah is the prime suspect because her cupcake is part of the evidence. can hannah clear herself? hannah is still on the fence about mike and norman too. barbara keeps referring to her 'brother', but everyone knows she was an only child. as usual, ms joanne has written a story that will keep you interested all the way through. and the recipes are to die for, (no pun intended)! gotta read this newest of hannah ventures.
HeatherLB More than 1 year ago
Sigh... I keep thinking Hannah will grow, but I've seen little of that. After this many books, While I realize that love triangles seem to keep books going for a time, they get stale. Since the beginning, I've thought that the natural choice was Normal and that's only solidified. He doesn't insult her the way Mike seems to. He's more sensitive to her needs and feelings... blah, I can go on. Hannah even says in this one or Cinnamon Roll that he loves her and her cat and she loves him and his cat and so what is she waiting for. That's my question as well. It's getting old that after all this time, she still can't or won't make a decision. And after nearly losing him to Dr. Bev? If that didn't convince her that she needs to crap or get off the pot, I don't know what will. While I enjoy the stories as a fast read to get me through my work-outs, if the characters don't develop any soon... I doubt I'll spend more money on this one. The mysteries are okay for series mysteries... I don't expect them to be "wowing", just interesting, and they're at least that. But the relationship between Hannah and Normal and Mike has become so ridiculous, it's distracting from the rest.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all the books in the series, but this is my last. The characters have seemed to "dumb down" over the years, with the dialogue even more stillted. The characters don't sound or behave as if they're in this century. At least Hannah has a cell phoned now. The love triangle is ridiculous; the most eligible bachelors in town are content to be strung along by frumpy Hannah who from the sound of it doesn't have an intimate relationship with either one. What adult male would tolerate being strung along as these men are. This is another way the characters don't seem as if they're from this time.
NanaofCA More than 1 year ago
The book was enjoyable but there were no surprises. The Hannah Swensen books seem to be stuck in a rut
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Far too much information about everything except the plot. Poor editing and writing also detract from whatever the story-line was supposed to be. I could not finish this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had to wonder if Ms. Fluke had help writing this edition to the Hannah Swensen stories. There were obvious inconsistencies between this book and previous books. How could the author not know that Hannah's Cookie Mobile was a Chevy Suburban, not a Chevy Blazer? The dialogue between characters was uncharacteristically juvenile and stilted. While it was a nice read, the plot was predictable and the dialogue redundant by repeating references far too often.
Nonnie2seven More than 1 year ago
No more, please!!! These last several editions have seemed like they were formula written with no real substance. I'm totally tired of the "love triangle" and would love to see Ms. Fluke find someone for Mike and Norm (please, especially Norm!). Please, please let Hannah grow up...right now, she and her sister are both a hot mess!! Would love to see Ms. Fluke introduce a more sophisticated man for Hannah - may be that would help the story line because as it is right now...I'm not interested in any more editions of the same ole, same ole!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I buy murder mysteries. If i wanted more recipe books, i would buy them!!!! Jnet
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I used to be a huge fan of the Hanna Swensen books but this will be the last one I buy. The love triangle has gone on way too long and Hannah really needs to grow up and get on with her life. The series would be much better if Ms. Fluke would put an end to the triangle and let Hanna grow up and get married and have children. The books are getting stale and the so called love triangle is incredibly juvenile. They are all supposed to be mature adults but the relationships are high schoolish and silly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
These culinary mysteries are getting old hat.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Living in calif or anywhere but there? Receipes do not make a. mystery just filler and padding. One of the most poorly written books in the cozy mystery genre sub genre receipes so far there are a lot. Include covers buska
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The recipes were great in this book, however the mystery really was non existant. Also, just out of curiosity, what century is this happening in? Panty hose? Pant Suits? Do these even exist anymore? Also, Hannah's fear of her mother is silly. It gets on my nerves. Just tell her to mind her own business! I love this series but I hope the next book brings some resolution to the love triangle and updates Hannah to this century.
BeckyMcF 8 months ago
#16 is vintage Hannah Swenson and a good read. I still like the people in the book, the cookie shop, the pets, and the mystery part, but I wish the recipes are all at the end of the book and the love triangle would be resolved. If you are new to Hannah Swenson books, those last 2 comments can be ignored. Solving the murder is the reason for the story and that part is well-done! Having the recipes at the end of each chapter disrupts the reading flow. I would still read them if they are at the end of the book, because they are interesting reading and I want to know how those delicious-sounding foods are made. Hannah's added details make them fun reading. Hannah, Mike, and Norman seem stuck in their relationship, although Mike seemed much more straight forward in this book. Hannah always seems like she could have that big kiss with Mike but not Norman.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm digging the plot so far. Maybe fix up the spacing and make sure you use the ' (what are these even called? I just call them air commas). Other than that, nice job. Keep up the good work! <p> Nebula&star
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
(You can just use the < p> or use 2 < br>s.) Next time, try to make your chapters longer! You have a great start!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The plot is going great so far! It would be a lot better if you added a lot more description. Remeber, show dont tell. Why does she love cupcakes? What do the characters look like? All these questions can be answered, and plus it makes your chapter longer. Also, when characters are talking you want to seperate the text. For example: <br> "Rowlet is the best Pokemon," he noted. <br> "No way. Litten is way better," she shot back. <br> <p> To skip a line, put < br > without the spaces and skipping two lines is < br > < p > without spaces. Another quick things is that there are a few unnessesary spaces in your punctuation. Overall, the plot so far is great and I hope you continue!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thanks for the support guys. Any character ideas ) <p> I looked at my computer. "Wow, " l thought to myself . "As long as l have a permit it wont be that hard to do." According to my computer , l could get a buisness permit and sell stuff. But then my parents came into the picture. "Eloise honey are you sure about this " my mom asks . My dad nodded in agreement "yeah. Are you sure that you are dedicated and love cupcakes enough to do it every day." I could not believe it. "WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT !!!! " l exclaimed. My mom looked at me. "Hmm whatta bout if you win the city cupcake contest you c have a buisness. " My dad agreed. "Ok ." I nodded. I had this.
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Good read with the addition of some scrumptious recipes.
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Looks Charli then says sorry embarresed
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KnitterStar More than 1 year ago
As you read this book you get to try out some pretty good recipes I was reading this on my Nook and finally had to get the book because of all the good stuff in it. I really enjoy this book and will now have to read the other books by Ms. Fluke because if this one is good I can imagine what the others are like. So read and cook!!!