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Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder: A Hannah Swensen Mystery Mass Market Paperback – 29 Mar 2001

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Product details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing; New edition edition (29 Mar. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1575666502
  • ISBN-13: 978-1575666501
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 10.6 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,678,409 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

JOANNE FLUKE is the "New York Times" bestselling author of the Hannah Swensen mysteries, which include "Double Fudge Brownie Murder, Blackberry Pie Murder," "Cinnamon Roll Murder," and the book that started it all, "Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder." That first installment in the series premiered as "Murder, She Baked: A Chocolate Chip Cookie Mystery" on the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Channel. Like Hannah Swensen, Joanne Fluke was born and raised in a small town in rural Minnesota, but now lives in Southern California. Please visit her online at www.JoanneFluke.com" --This text refers to an alternate Mass Market Paperback edition.


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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Hannah Swenson's life is going well. Her cookie shop is successful, and she's content living a single life with her cat as company. But then she finds her delivery driver from the local dairy murdered behind her story. Assisting her brother-in-law, she starts investigating. But everyone seems to have an alibi and no motive.
This book was a complete delight from start to finish. I loved the small town Minnesota setting. Hannah's relationship with her family had me laughing and feeling for her at the same time. The other characters were enjoyable, too, and Hannah is a very likable heroine. Her cat adds charm to the story. I was hooked on the plot from the very beginning and was as frustrated as Hannah when she hit a dead end. Her cookies sounded absolutely wonderful, and I can't wait to try the recipes. Definitely don't read this book while hungry!
As soon as I can get my hands on the next book, I'm going to start reading it.
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By S Riaz HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Aug. 2012
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This is the first book in the long running Hannah Swensen mystery series and introduces us to the characters in the small town where Hannah lives, Lake Eden in Minnesota. Hannah runs a popular shop, The Cookie Jar, and works with her assistant Lisa Herman. Hannah's sister Andrea is married to Deputy Sheriff Bill Todd, who is aiming to be promoted to detective and Hannah's mother takes every opportunity to find a suitable husband for her and interfere in her life. One morning, Hannah discovers the body of the dairy delivery man shot dead in his van - Ron la Salle was a local football hero, who seemed to be without an enemy in the world. Immediately, Hannah throws herself into helping her brother in law, Bill, solve the mystery and gain his promotion.

There are a lot of plus points to this series - the author has given Hannah some human traits, such as being slightly caustic and unfeeling at times, rather than being the usual paragon of perfection shown in these types of cozy mysteries. This makes her seem more realistic, as do the family and friends she is surrounded with, which flesh out her character. On the minus side there is the other staple of such cozy books - a pet with seemingly human feelings, in this case a huge cat called Moishe, which the author gives far too much time writing about. Also, the fact that Hannah seems to follow up leads which, to the reader, seem obvious and yet she always seems to reach before Bill gets there. Of course, this leads to the question of why Bill would allow his sister in law so much information about a case and I also found myself less than totally convinced about the therapeutic uses of cookies in all emergencies.
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I was reading this as light relief during times of sleepiness, headachiness, and general weariness. It was like the book version of 'Pushing Daisies', which was rather nice. No dead people coming back to life, but where there was Ned, there is Hannah, and where there was The Pie Hole, there is The Cookie Jar. Hannah Swensen is a nice normal woman, living with her cat Moishe, fending off her mother's attempts at matchmaking, and happily running her little bakery-cum-coffee shop with her assistant Lisa. But when friendly local milkman Ron is found dead in her alley, surrounded by Hannah's cookies, she turns sleuth to help her deputy sheriff brother-in-law solve the case.

It wasn't particularly well written, let's be honest - and some of the speech was so clunky it was painful - but it was a sweet little story nonetheless. It comes with plenty of delicious cookie and candy recipes to try, and the last third of the book is actually a separate, festive Hannah Swensen novella. When a young runaway called Candy breaks into The Cookie Jar to escape another cold night on the street, Hannah and her friends have to use their sleuthing skills to find her family and give her a happy Christmas. Pure fluff, but enjoyable enough for me to go straight ahead and order the next book, the equally scrummy-sounding Strawberry Shortcake Murder!
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I had this on my wish list for a while, and it did not disappoint. Downloaded the next one already - wonderful. Shows some similarity in writing style to Sharon Kahn who writes the 'Ruby the Rabbis Wife' mysteries. Set in a Cookie shop, the story follows Hannah Swenson who has the misfortune to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, and gets involved in investigating the death of some acquaintances.
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A murder mystery with a selection of cookie recipes mixed in at the end of some chapters. I found this a bit distracting as it stopped the flow of the story. One minute you are looking for clues the next its how long to leave a dough to settle for. I also found the characters a bit confusing. It was difficult to gauge their ages which made it difficult to relate to them. Halfway through the book I realised that I had forgotten who the victim was. Then I noticed that so had the town. No one seemed to miss him. Oh dear, someone has died. How sad. Never mind, lets eat cookies.
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By Eleni TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 9 Feb. 2011
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I like cosy mysteries and I really wanted to like this one as well, but I simply could not. The obvious reason is that it is very badly written, and I don't think that being light reading justifies that.

For me a good mystery should have at least three good qualities; gripping and interesting plot, atmosphere, and last but not least well developed, convincing, likable characters. Sadly the "Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder" is unsuccessful in all three areas.

The plot is interesting but far from gripping; cookie expert and coffee house owner Hannah Swensen, discovers the body of former high school star athlete near her store and decides to investigate the murder. She then starts to aggressively question 'suspects', lying, intimidating, snooping, stealing, sometimes impersonating police officers, and breaking the law any chance she gets. Unfortunately, it is almost impossible to follow the plot, as the 'suspects' are too many, they are briefly presented and we get very little information about each character, so it is impossible to remember them. Also very few information are provided for Minneapolis where the story takes place. There are practically no descriptions and no imagery, hence no atmosphere.

However, my main problem with this book is Hannah Swensen; she is nasty and obnoxious, so I just could not like her enough to care about what happens to her. Hannah is an unattractive, overweight, disagreeable character who has problems with her mother and has something negative to say about everyone she meets. Seriously, the book should be called "People & Things Hannah Hates"; she hates (yes, that is the word she uses!
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