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Chocolate Cream Pie Murder

Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
3 out of 5 stars (1 rating)
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Summary

Not even Lake Eden’s nosiest residents suspected Hannah Swensen would go from idealistic newlywed to betrayed wife in a matter of weeks. But as a deadly mystery unfolds in town, the proof is in the pudding....

When The Cookie Jar becomes the setting of a star-studded TV special about movies filmed in Minnesota, Hannah hopes to shine the spotlight on her bakery - not the unsavory scandal swirling around her personal life. But that’s practically impossible with a disturbing visit from the shifty character she once believed was her one and only love, a group of bodyguards following her every move, and a murder victim in her bedroom. 

Now, swapping the crime scene in her condo for her mother Delores’ penthouse, Hannah and an old flame team up to solve a case that’s messier than an upended chocolate cream pie. 

As suspects emerge and secrets hit close to home, Hannah must serve a hefty helping of justice to an unnamed killer prowling around Lake Eden...before someone takes a slice out of her!  

©2019 H.L. Swensen, Inc. (P)2019 Recorded Books

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was that it?

I am a big fan of this series of books. But this was a let down. To often was the flow of the book interrupted by a recipe. And LONG ones at that. This is not a nine hour book. It took forever for the murder and there was so little detecting. I was very disapointed. I waited a long time for this book and felt let down. 1/3 was recipes. And all of them can only be made if you live in america, with all the premade stuff that is in them.
The narrator is the highlight of the experience. Suzanne Toren is always good.

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  • Yvette
  • 28-02-19

Was this a full length book? Too many recipes!

After listening to all of the books in this series again in the last 6 months, I was excited that the newest addition was finally available. However, I was disappointed with:
(1) the numerous recipes in every chapter (sometimes close to half of the listen time of a chapter, so don't expect anywhere near 9 hours of story time),
(2) the number of times the characters kept repeating themselves (within the same scene), and
(3) the inability to move the story along more than 2 months in the timeline (26 books into the series and only the beginning of year 5 in the storyline).

If you're a fan of the series, then you'll enjoy hearing updates about numerous Lake Eden residents. However, I kept wondering when Hannah's sister Andrea and her family would make an appearance in this book. With only a single mention of Hannah's other sister, Michelle is the only sister involved in this book.

Some questions from prior books are resolved and a new cliffhanger is introduced in the last minutes, although it was pretty clear throughout the book that this cliffhanger was coming.

Overall: If this was the first book in the series, I probably wouldn't return for the second book. As of fan of the early series, it's just enough to keep me interested and waiting for the next book.

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  • M.K.
  • 02-03-19

Can the recipes wait until the end?

I love Joanne Fluke, books could she just put the recipes at the end of the book, and oh my leave us wondering what will happen next with not a real ending. All in all I love the series and the Reader is wonderful!

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  • Dee
  • 27-02-19

Too Many Recipes!

I usually really enjoy listening to these books about Hannah Swenson. I find them entertaining, sometimes humurous and more realistic than other cozy mysteries. I've listened to every one of them. This book was disappointing for me. There was little room for the plot with so many recipes s-l-o-w-l-y recited throughout the audiobooks. I don't mind a few recipes here and there but this one was just packed with too many! Because of this the story seemed slow and there just wasn't enough of it.

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  • April H.
  • 27-02-19

Back to Hannah

Much better than the past two books. Loved the foreshadowing!!! Great setup for the next book.

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  • Lynn
  • 30-03-19

Boring

Returned it. The narrator is great. I finally got to Chapter 6, which started to get exciting, but then went back to idle chit-chat.

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  • Washington State
  • 02-03-19

Long recipes

The recipes were longer than the book.
Looking forward to the next book in the series.

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  • jenthinks
  • 01-03-19

So disappointed

I'm about halfway through the book and no one has been murdered yet. I can't believe we have waited this long after that cliffhanger and the follow up seems to be a bunch of filler and recipes. The amount of recipes really is out of control this time around. SO MANY side conversations that don't move the story forward. I feel like the author maybe took a one book story and has tried to stretch it out to two or three books.

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  • Carrie Choat
  • 28-02-19

This book must be a fluke, because it was aweful.

I love this series but this book was horrible. The characters made me sick, everyone was over nice, caring and helpful. Too much !!!! And 18 chapters before someone dies and then sum it up fast. What a disappointment.
If Hannah thought she was pregnant why was she drinking so much coffee and even wine on a regular basis. She knows better, she is an aunt, and watches TV so she knows better. WTH ... no EPT tests in Lake Eden. Also, really missed Andrea and where was her sherriff husband. Just a really huge disappointment.
The readers voice was irritating and it made for an even more horrible experience. I am gonna get my money back.

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  • Shelly Avaritt
  • 28-02-19

Disappointing

I have read every book in this series. I enjoy the series because it is very clean and suspenseful. This book was a huge disappointment. Lots of drawn out dialogue in the beginning. It wraps up quickly without a lot of details.
The reading of the recipes drives me crazy. Over half the book is recipes!

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  • Kathleen C Barbehenn
  • 24-04-19

Chocolate Cream Pie Murder

I love this series by Joanne Fluke. They are generally simple reads with fun story lines. This one follows the same pattern of baking, murder related somehow to the bakery and discovery of "whodunit" all while providing cookies to everybody in the story. I just wish that the presentation of recipes could be handled more quickly with less repetition of ingredients. They take longer than the whole test of the book.