Chocolate Cream Pie Murder

Chocolate Cream Pie Murder

Large Print - 2019 | Large print edition
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"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's 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!"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2019
Edition: Large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781432862046
1432862049
Branch Call Number: LP FLUKE-J
Characteristics: 509 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
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Jersey_Girl
Jun 08, 2019

I've read the Hannah Swenson books from the 1st one published. The last 2 or 3 have really left me unhappy. This one was so bad, I'm not sure if I want to read the next one to come out. In fact, I should have only given it 1 star not 2. Many of the comments are really right on. There was NO MYSTERY here! The "mystery" of the murder was like solved in 8 to 10 pages after the discovery of the murder! This book was totally about the recipes. Every so many pages, someone comes up with a new recipe and it has to be cooked and then ALL the characters HAVE to try it so it can be rated etc. Got tiresome! I hate so say this, but I have very little incentive to try out any of the recipes. One commenter said the recipes were like recipes from the '50's or early '60's. I agree. I HAVE to say this....has anyone tried out these recipes? I ask because I am in my 70's and I have cooked and baked since my teens. And I was considered to be a really, really great baker especially. So when referring to measuring flour in all the recipes, what does "pack it down in the cup" mean!!?? I have never "packed down" flour when measuring and have no idea what that means! Minor detail I know, but as someone who has baked and cooked for 60 + years, this drives me nuts. Anyway, again, I am not sure if I am going to bother to read and new Hannah Swenon books. Oh and the big surprise at the end. How cheezy! The last sentence of the book...setting up for the next one. Reminds me of some of the Soap Operas, always having some BIG thing or twist or whatever hinted at or told at the end of the Friday episode. You just HAD to watch it (this is before recording devices) on Monday! Just so in your face, CHEEZY!

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EllieBlueHanson
Jun 07, 2019

Don't bother to read any of these books. Fluke is a terrible author and this is a terrible series. The actual murder and the solving of the murder were about 9 pages apart. The recipes would be comfortable in the 1950's where everyone was so excited to make things out of a box. Disappointed yet again.

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deependgirl
May 30, 2019

Long time reader of this series, and I’m finally done. Hopefully if there is another book, that one will be the last.

This shouldn’t be listed as a cozy mystery anymore. I first checked it out as a hardback and couldn’t get past all the ridiculous very out of date dialog... this is 2019! Not 1989. So I took it back without finishing lol.
Then decided to check out the ebook version and I just couldn’t take it anymore.

It made me angry and I don’t care about any of the characters anymore. Where was the mystery? Every other paragraph is a “new” recipe and repeat dialog about that recipe because everyone better taste that recipe. how many coolwhip things does this book need? The real mystery is why does the author think you can’t find pink grapefruit in grocery stores in February? Stagnant series should end! Put it out of its misery.

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Luray_50
May 15, 2019

This is the first book I have read in this series. Unfortunately, it did not encourage me to read others. The mystery definitely took a back seat to the recipes. The focus on food and recipes was overwhelming and distracting.

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bevbedel
Apr 29, 2019

Very disappointed in this book. The book was over 3/4 done when a body was discovered and the killer came in the next couple of chapters. Too much cooking and recipes in this book. The ending did leave you this a cliffhanger, but don't know if I'll read it.

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Cmh27808
Apr 07, 2019

I used to enjoy the earlier books in this series when I was looking for a light read. I've been very disappointed with the last 3 or 4. It seems like in the more recent books, Fluke has a series of recipes should like to use and crams them into the story with a heavy hand. I don't remember her earlier books as having as many recipes or having the recipe so obtrusively added. I have read some of Fluke's other books that don't involve Hannah Swensen, and her plot development is much better. I like the idea of a cozy mystery series set in a town that the more you read, the more you know the town, and the more you enjoy seeing people pop up in the background of the current story, but I feel like Fluke is running out of ideas for this series, but not out of recipes.

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kozykettle
Mar 31, 2019

I try to like this series but I just can't get into it. This one has little plot and even less mystery. I am taking a break from Hannah.

Easy read. I wish the author could spend more effort strengthening out the plot. There is a lot of "filler" details that i feel she keeps repeating ie) feet up game with the cats, meal preps, drinking coffee, eating meals..etc. there is no substance to the storyline when you keep reading these details. Overall, the poor plot makes this book not her best work.

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