Life in Lake Eden, Minnesota, is usually pleasantly uneventful. Lately, though, it seems everyone has more than their fair share of drama to manage. With so much on her plate, Hannah Swensen can barely find the time to think about her bakery - let alone the town's most recent murder... Hannah is nervous about the upcoming trial for her involvement in a tragic accident. She's eager to clear her name once and for all, but her troubles only double when she finds the judge bludgeoned to death with his own gavel. Now Hannah is the number-one suspect.
As she sets out in search of the culprit, she discovers that the judge made more than a few enemies during his career. With time running out, Hannah will have to whip up her most clever recipe yet to find a killer more elusive than the perfect brownie....
©2015 H.L. Swensen, Inc. (P)2015 Recorded Books
Another murder for Hanna and co. to solve. And 3 very special questions Hanna has to answer. Please please get the next cookie murder mystery. And make a cookie jar fan very happy.
"Terrible. just terrible"
An actual plot, and some serious editing.
All of them
I've read or listened to all the other books in this series so I knew what to expect. So my expectations were already low. I just needed something easy to listen to and usually enjoy these enough to keep up with the series. This book was terrible. No plot. Boring. The characters blabber on and on with no purpose...worse than usual, that is. I may be done with this series if this is how they are going to go now.
"What?? Don't know if I can force myself to finish"
Maybe, if this one turns around and become enjoyable.
Snooty, put-on voices don't really work for me.
This story drags and makes me want to just ditch it and choose another book from my library. Very disappointing. I love light reads, but this is just pedantic. And what era is it supposed to be set in? It seems to verge on being a 1940's Deep South kind of thing, but I think it's actually supposed to be current day (2015). It seems prudish and very young. Am I reading a young adult book by accident? The author goes on at length about things. "Who wants dessert?" "Oh I do enjoy a little treat after supper!" "They have German chocolate cake!" said The Mom. "German chocolate cake?!" said Whoever. "I do like German chocolate cake!" "They also have cupcakes - look at all the cupcakes they have" exclaimed Whoever, pointing to the full page in her menu. "Yes, but you know what kind I'm sure they DON'T have??" explained Some Other Person? "Angel food cake..." blah blah blah. I'm almost two hours in and I don't know if I'll finish it.
"About food, not a murder mystery"
If you want to hear about food and recipes then this book is for you. It is not really a murder mystery. It is 95% recipes and eating with 5% murder mystery.
cut out the recipies
make the book more to the point - Ross is to sugary
she should practice voices
the whole first 13 chapters
is the author writing a mystery story or a cookie book ?
"Too much swooning and not enough sleuthing!"
I will read the next book in the series, but if it still pays more attention to the romance than the murder plot, that will be the last one.
I really enjoy Suzanne Toren's performance and would be pleased to listen to more of her work.
The Hannah series needs a follow-up, but not this particular story line. The character of Ross needs to GO AWAY.
I have enjoyed every other book in this series, but this one went off in another direction. It had more swooning than sleuthing. I always enjoy the recipes and this one had some good ones. Although it bothered me when it talked about Jo Fluke's ideas about the recipe when it has always kept in character and referred to Hannah's ideas in the recipes.
Boring first 5chapters didn't like the whole storyline
Or the slow moving unbelievable ending would never read again as I do most her audiobooks
"Hannah is a mess"
SPOILER ALERT! Hannah is a mess. I understand this has been a long time dream for readers to see Hannah finally settle down but, I never saw this coming. This love triangle is warped. How does the new character (well partially new) suddenly arrive as a serious love interest? It seemed pretty obvious that Norman would be the one she eventually end up with. However, Ross seems to steal the scene. Hannah gives her heart and soul to her old college friend quite quickly. She has been so cautious in the past. It seems quite out of character and convenient for the writer. Then suddenly, Hannah is unsure again?! What a conundrum.
On another note in regards to the mystery, how could Anna be the prime suspect of the murder case? Being bludgeoned to death by a gavel would surely leave blood splatters all over the killer's clothing. Since Hannah was present in finding the body and her attorney met her soon after the crime scene was discovered, wouldn't it be common sense for the witnesses to notice this? Hannah is intelligent, why didn't she think of it? Another convenience. The murder mystery was interesting but not plausible with Hannah as a prime suspect.
I feel that Hannah's cat, Moisha, is a distraction to the story and unnecessary. Adding a mystery to her cat's peculiar ways has no relevance to the plot. It would be impressive to connect it somehow. Other than that, omit it.
However, my disgruntled review does not change my love for the Hannah Swenson series. I will continue reading on in hopes for improvement.
"I Must Be a Glutton for Punishment"
I have read all of the books in this series. I enjoyed the first ones and later kept reading even when I was getting frustrated with some of the ridiculous situations. Now it has become unbearable. So many things bug me! I will go into a few of them.
There are spoilers here but who the hell cares, really?
Hannah and her sisters and mom are such know-it-alls. There are so many "lessons" in these books and the author seems to think we were born yesterday. How bell peppers get their color. How a smart phone works. The type of soil hydrangeas need. How to make a pork chop. What sweet lemonade is. And on and on.,..and on. It's so obvious that the author wants us to know how clever she is and how much trivial knowledge she has. It's insufferable! Even Michelle says, "I think I could have lived my whole life without knowing the history of the bell pepper." This also applies to this reader, Michelle.
Hannah says, "Maybe I should get a phone that can send and receive text messages." You mean a smartphone, Hannah? You own your own business and are smarter than cops but you still don't own a smartphone?
Tracy, the child genius, Enough said.
Hannah in a "pantsuit" and maybe hose. (Not sure if she wore hose in this one.) lol How old is she? And she still has not gotten a computer? Her recipes are not on a computer? They're all hand-written? SO unbelievable.
Moishe. How many times do we have to hear about how Moishe and Cuddles run around the table and how clever they are that we have to put our feet up and hold onto our dishes? Ad nauseum. And the last time they did it, everyone was laughing so hard they couldn't catch their breath! Or wait, maybe that was when Lonnie was "questioning" Moishe as a suspect. GAG. NOT funny.
Ross getting into a pi**ing contest with Norman because his tickets may not have been as expensive as the other ones Hannah got.
EVERYONE eats cookies and sweet all day long! They must all be 400 lbs.
So much time spent on on cooking pork chops and then Hannah and Tracy making candy in the kitchen! We don't need to hear every step. Especially when the chapter ends with the exact same recipe. And then later that day, when Norman, MIke AND Ross are all at the table together at Hannah's house, we hear nothing except how well the party went. Completely glossed over. THIS was what we were waiting for! Why didn't we hear Ross stick up for Hannah when Mike was giving her a bad time? Why didn't Ross get to hear Norman talk about how much he loved Hannah? So many hints at this and then it went undone. And so unbelievable that Mike and Norman didn't catch on that Hannah and Ross were getting serious? Too unbelievable.
The fact that they were all at that dinner party at all! Hannah invited Ross and never told him that the "whole gang" was going to be there. Ridiculous.
When Hannah and Ross kissed and hugged after he saved her, Mike didn't get suspicious? Too unbelievable.
Didn't we hear a similar "cat burglar" scenario in another book from this series? I'm quite sure we did.
Doc had Ross be his best man? Tracy calls Ross "Uncle Ross" and hugs him? HUH? Time warp.
Michelle is STILL in college and 21? And yet Bethie is now nearly talking and Tracy is in school?
The murderer being introduced in the last few pages? What a cop out!!
The narrator is not suited for this book. Hannah is a young woman and the narrator sounds way too old to be a 30 year old woman. And when she does Michelle's voice it sounds like a fairy in an animated cartoon. Got on my nerves so much I hoped Michelle remained silent throughout the book.
The only thing I was SO HAPPY about is that Hannah and Ross spent some time in the hotel room! Maybe she had S--E--X!! (Please spell it out so we don't get embarrassed.) Finally we are in the 21st century! So tired of her prudish ways.
"Good clean fun"
I just love these books. They are light and fun. I love following the lives of the people of Lake Eden. I'm not afraid of what my kids will hear, so I can listen anytime. The narrator has really brought these books to life for me.
The series is no longer enjoyable and the narrator makes Hannah sound even more patronizing.
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