Wedding Cake Murder
Book 19, A Hannah Swensen Mystery
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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. They get a taste of the Big Apple before Hannah wins the Hometown Challenge and the producers bring all the contestants to Lake Eden to tape the remainder of the show. It’s nerve-wracking enough being judged by Alain Duquesne, a celebrity chef with a nasty reputation. But it’s even more chilling to find him stabbed to death in the Lake Eden Inn’s walk-in cooler—before he’s even had a chance to taste Hannah’s Butterscotch Sugar Cookies! Now Hannah has not only lost her advantage, she’ll have 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
From Publishers Weekly
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Received An ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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
19th book in series!
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.
A bit boring
There will be no murder happening till you read up half of the book. Moreover the protagonist's mother is going over and overboard. Lagging times before she talk important things, trying to get spotlight and concentration and interrupting too much in her oldest daughter's life. And Hannah pretends to be a professional and very independent woman in her life, but actually her youngest sister Michelle helps her too much, not even mentioning Lisa, Hannah's business partner. Hannah keeps not only shifting works on Lisa and other people, but leaving her personal matters on her family to do. She used to be strong and independent when the series had begun, but slowly changed. So had the stories. The mystery takes only one fifth of the whole episode but the rest of the story is about cooking and miscellaneous things.
In a nutshell, I was disappointed with this episode.
Other Books in This Series
- Category: Mysteries & Thrillers
- Published: Feb 23, 2016
- Publisher: Kensington
- Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
- Print Length: 304 Pages
- Language: English
- Series: Book 19, A Hannah Swensen Mystery