Devil's Food Cake Murder

  • Title: Devil's Food Cake Murder
  • Author: Joanne Fluke
  • ISBN: 9780758234919
  • Page: 141
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Devil s Food Cake Murder These days everyone in Lake Eden Minnesota is buzzing with activity and Hannah Swensen is no exception But no matter how busy she may be Hannah can always find time to help a friend in need espec
    These days, everyone in Lake Eden, Minnesota, is buzzing with activity, and Hannah Swensen is no exception But no matter how busy she may be, Hannah can always find time to help a friend in need especially when he s been murdered.Hannah Swensen has to admit that her life is pretty sweet Things are going well in the romance department, and her bakery s delectable conThese days, everyone in Lake Eden, Minnesota, is buzzing with activity, and Hannah Swensen is no exception But no matter how busy she may be, Hannah can always find time to help a friend in need especially when he s been murdered.Hannah Swensen has to admit that her life is pretty sweet Things are going well in the romance department, and her bakery s delectable confections are selling almost as fast as she can bake them Even her good friend Claire is on Cloud Nine, head over heels with her new husband, Reverend Bob Knudson If only they could find time to take their honeymoon When Bob s childhood friend, Matthew Walters, comes to town, it seems like divine intervention Matthew, like Bob, is a Lutheran minister with a stubborn sweet tooth Since he s on sabbatical, Matthew is happy to fill in for Bob while he and Claire take that long awaited honeymoon It sounds like the perfect plan until Hannah finds Matthew in the rectory, face down in a plate full of Devil s Food Cake, a single bullet in his head Determined to find out who killed Matthew, Hannah starts asking questions and discovers that the good Reverend wasn t quite the saintly fellow he appeared to be But could the gold Sacagawea coins in Sunday s collection plate hold the key to solving the crime Or is the murder connected to that big jewel heist out in Minneapolis Is it possible that Matthew s love of chocolate somehow led to his downfall It will take some digging to find out, but Hannah is sure of one thing even the most half baked murder plot can be oh so deadly.

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    About Joanne Fluke


    1. Like Hannah Swensen, Joanne Fluke grew up in a small town in rural Minnesota where her neighbors were friendly, the winters were fierce, and the biggest scandal was the spotting of unidentified male undergarments on a young widow s clothesline She insists that there really are 10,000 lakes and the mosquito is NOT the state bird.While pursuing her writing career, Joanne has worked as a public school teacher, a psychologist, a musician, a private detective s assistant, a corporate, legal, and pharmaceutical secretary, a short order cook, a florist s assistant, a caterer and party planner, a computer consultant on a now defunct operating system, a production assistant on a TV quiz show, half of a screenwriting team with her husband, and a mother, wife, and homemaker She now lives in Southern California with her husband, her kids, his kids, their three dogs, one elderly tabby, and several noisy rats in the attic Series Hannah Swensen


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    1. Sometimes I wonder why I like these so much. I don't make the recipes (which are increasing in number with every book, it seems, taking up a lot of space). I get annoyed by Hannah, who is 30 but acts kind of like a grandma (she doesn't know how to use email and cell phones and is shocked at any implication of sex?) and I frequently feel like the author has not been back to Minnesota in a while (referring to MN's basketball team as the "Minnesota Wild" is unforgivable). The mysteries aren't even [...]

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    2. This book may be one of the worst I've ever read. Here are some general problems I had with it:1. The fact that I was able to figure out the ending, several pages in. It was so completely obvious, that it just made the annoyingly folksy characters seem especially moronic for not cluing in faster.2. The fact that 60% of the non-recipe text, still consists of people a) eating food that the narration simply MUST describe because OF COURSE we need to know the details of practically every single meal [...]

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    3. If you don't mind poor story construction, faceless characters, dialogue-driven children's book plot, complete lack of imagination, random injections of pro-gun propaganda (wtf Joanne? No really, wtf?), references to Christianity every third or fourth sentence, and a mysteriously octogenarian-sounding 30 year old female protagonist who sounds like every crappy romance novel heroine I've ever read about (her hair! tis unruly! her figure! tis not a size 3!) then maybe, just maybe, this book won't [...]

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    4. As a rule, I enjoy these books. I visit each new installment in the series with the same inexplicable fascination of a family spending a few days in Disney World: glad to be there; taking in the faux scenery; but ever-so-glad to return home to more comfortable shores, devoid of excess. The "bad guy" always gets caught. The setting is familiar and cozy (albeit snowy and cold). And aside from drinking far, far, too much coffee, the characters are quirky, fun, and fairly predictable. Plus, every ti [...]

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    5. Poor grammar. Boringly predictable plot. Unbelievable and annoying characters. Tedious detail with no imagination. Unnatural, repetitive dialogue. An unfinished ending in order to get you to read the next book in the series, which I will never do. Poor writing and story construction. Since this is on NY Times Bestseller list I'm really concerned about my fellow American readers. The book is a bust, but there are some good recipes.

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    6. I read these in order so yes, I have read the previous books and this was as delicious as expected, maybe a little predictable because after all these years I do get conditioned to the formula used but never the less, when I’m in the mood for a Fluke, nothing else will do! Best part was the ending of course, It actually made me speak out loud, shouting something like “no way!” which only made waiting to read the next book harder, perhaps that’s why I didn’t…We get the usual baking, s [...]

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    7. I've read all the Hannah Swensen books, and I think this one was probably the weakest. Figured out the "who done it" pretty early on, and got bored with the details of Hannah making cookies at the shop and at home. The recipes were too many, and the directions for the ones I did skim were bordering on "baking for dummies" level. If I hadn't been reading this on my kindle, I would have skipped the recipes entirely and probably hopped to the end to see what the cliffhanger was this time. Both of h [...]

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    8. Based on other reviews, I have to assume I'm not the demographic that these books are aimed at. I picked this one up as filler and since I like cozy mysteries, especially ones involving food, I thought it'd be interesting to compare it to other books in the same genre. Personally, I was not impressed. The writing is at a young adult level, the characters a bit too folksy for my taste and not a lot happens except for baking cookies (using friends/relatives recipes), delivering cookies to others a [...]

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    9. I can't quit you, Hannah Swenson, even when you drive me crazy.In this latest installment, Hannah and 92 year old Grandma Knudson are solving the mystery of the replacement Reverend in Lake Eden. And the only thing wrong in Hannah's love life is that Norman seems to be very involved with his new dentistry partner Dr. Bev, a woman Hannah describes as 1/3 her dress size. This one was on the goofy side, with Dolores going undercover (again) at the Eagle Bar. Moishe's up to his old tricks again too. [...]

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    10. Devil's Food Cake Murder has a twisty sort of murder. Just when you think you've guessed the twist, it zigs where you thought you thought it would zag. But really, at this point I'm reading to find out what's going on with the usual cast of characters. As we inch closer to resolving the whole Norman/Mike/Hannah triangle, something else is thrown in the mix.Norman's odd behavior at the end of the last book is explained, as is his habit of running off and lying to Hannah about his "dental emergenc [...]

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    11. I was writing this review and then it disappeared. I wish I knew which key I hit that made that happen and could undo it.Well I as I was saying This book was rather disappointing to me. First about the plot. I figured out the "who dunit" as soon as the murderer was introduced.It just seemed to take Hannah a while to find it. I'm not surprised because she probably was too busy writing out all those recipes. For the first time I found that there were too many recipes here! I am a dessert junkie s [...]

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    12. I am getting a little tired of these books. I find it hard to believe that every where Hannah goes in the town people feed her and give her recipes handy for her. I also find it hard to believe that everywhere she goes she brings cookies with her and the amount of people that come in her back door and eat cookies for free. This is her livelihood. I also am getting tired of the love triangle. I like that she realizes that Mike isn't for her, but find it weird that she still keeps going out with h [...]

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    13. Oh the injustice of it all! This is probably one of the best Hannah Swensen mysteries in a while. The story was good, I hadn't fingered the murderer right away, and of the twenty recipes included, I've just got to make fifteen of them! If that isn't high praise, I don't know what is. But, and I won't give anything away, the frustrating love triangle that makes me think I won't bother reading anymore of these mysteries came to quite a dramatic head and the story ends with a cliffhanger! Seeing as [...]

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    14. Ugh! Why do I continue to read these?! There's no action, barely enough suspense to even be considered a mystery! The characters are all so proper, they sound like they should be in one of Delores' regency romance novels instead. And I find it hard to believe so many people eat cookies for breakfast, lunch and dinner! If these people are eating all those desserts and drinking all that coffee, the whole town would be obese and completely wired! And chocolate does not cure all cases of stress! I w [...]

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    15. Ugh.So. done. with. these. books.Setting aside the preposterous plot and unbelievable cliffhanger ending of this one, the most annoying thing about these books are the recipes. They sound yummy, sure, but they seem to be written for Martians just arriving on Earth who have never set foot in a kitchen before! I think the majority of people who enjoy these books for the recipes have some familiarity with baking and don't need to be told how to beat an egg or require 4 different measurements for bu [...]

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    16. You know how there are some books that you're glad you got from the library, and didn't buy it? This book is one of them. Not that I didn't enjoy it - I did, but it was such a quick read that I am glad I didn't spend $24.00 on it. _Devil's Food Cake Murder_ allows us to see a different side of Hannah Swenson - she shows emotion! Yes, Hannah is jealous, and I have to admit I am glad to see this development. The recipes, as always, are to die for, and the mystery is not as important to the plot as [...]

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    17. The Lake Eden Sheriffs Office has just been consulted about a jewel heist in Minneapolis. The city police want Bill and his deputies to look out for the stolen items. This is a job for Dolores, since many of the pieces are heirloom antiques. Meanwhile, Rev. Bob and Claire are off getting married and Grandma Knudson receives a welcome surprise; a young man from her past has returned for a visit. Matthew Walters, a Lutheran minister, stayed with the Knudsons for a time when he was a teen. Grandma [...]

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    18. If you're a Hannah fan or just a Lake Eden fan, you'll enjoy this book. If you're tired of the love triangle between Mike/Hannah/Norman, you might just enjoy this book for once, the "other woman" isn't killed off. She seems to be there to stay.Dr. Beverly is Norman's ex-fiancee and his current dental practice partner. She's just moved to Lake Eden, and others, most notably Mike, are welcoming her with open arms. Mike is known to spot a pretty face & attractive figure, and he doesn't seem to [...]

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    19. I've finally carved out some reading time. It's amazing how much I can read if I don't watch TV in the evening. Joanne Fluke has a style that I just love. Her books are light, fun with a touch of suspense. She has a formula that works and hasn't gotten stale yet (which is saying a lot for a long series like this). I highly recommend the entire series but I think this is my favorite so far (except I'm not sure I like the ending). What I liked best is that she twisted it just a little without gett [...]

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    20. Cozy mystery with a strong emphasis on baking. Hannah Swensen is the owner of the Cookie Jar bakery in Lake Eden, MN and an amateur sleuth. In this book in the series, she solves the murder of a visiting pastor found dead in the church office with a piece of devil's food cake. I found this to be a poorly written book with unrealistic, inane characters. The protagonist, Hannah, was a mix of a 12 year old girl and 85 year old woman despite being in her early 30s. She is both naive and prudish with [...]

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    21. So I like reading this series.I started reading this series since, what 7th grade?So it's something that I can't really just stop reading. All of Fluke's books have been enjoyable but not fantastic.I still got entertained reading her books but the way the story flows is ALWAYS the same.But I think you shouldn't categorize this series just as mystery novelbecause the part I enjoy the most is not the murder scene but the life of people at Lake Eden.Of course, reading how Hannah, Norman, and Mike's [...]

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    22. UPDATE: After consideration, I have demoted this book to two stars.____________________________________________________________________________________________________This is a VERY generous 3 stars, most likely motivated by the fact that it has been some time since I have read a Hannah Swensen mystery and that right now, at the tailend of studying for the bar, I am easily entertained. However, there is really nothing new in this book that Joanne Fluke hasn't in some way, shape, or form written [...]

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    23. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! I'm really starting to despise cliff hangers :(This book really seemed to focus on Hannah's personal life this time out - with a little murder mystery on the side. The twists and turns of the investigation were a bit different this time, but the outcome was pretty predictable.The love triangle is way past a little frustrating. Dr. Bev has thrown Hannah off her stride. It was nice to see Hannah get a glimpse of what she's been doing with Norm and Mike. Her first reaction to fi [...]

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    24. Sigh. Four stars because I love the recipes and because I wish I had my own cookie shop. BUTI don't even know where to start. It has been a LOT of books. A LOT of "cases". A LOT of dead bodies. Hannah is supposed to be really smart. Why is it that she insists on trapping herself one on one with the murdered EVERY SINGLE TIME she is involved in a case. And, I am about tired of the whole Norm/Mike thing. They are both dating Bevr convenience?!?!?! because they can't have Hannah every night to them [...]

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    25. It has been a long time since I read a book from this series. Picking up this one was like having a visit with old friends. I enjoyed my time in Lake Eden, Minnesota and will likely come back again soon. I did like the mystery, but it seems like the number and length of recipes included in this series has grown. It seemed more like reading a cookbook with a mystery thrown in. But that was OK with me. A very enjoyable read.

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    26. Might be one of the dumbest books I've read. Hard to get into, annoying language, annoying characters and the recipesh. I love a nice tidy mystery but this one is not good.

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    27. This was so good! I loved the mystery and the characters. I can't wait to look into the others in the series.

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    28. 2/21/18 A return to form, hurray! Full review tk.

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    29. If your looking for something light and fun to read Joanne Fluke is just what the Dr. order. Great recipes that will make you hungry. this was an easy one to read and surprisingly enjoyable.

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    30. Without the recipes, this would be a short story. Some recipes are OK, but most, just add one new thing, oh a new cookie. The mystery was solved very early. And Hannah can't make up her mind about Norman, but doesn't want any one else to have him.

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