Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder: A Hannah Swensen Mystery Mass Market Paperback – 29 Mar 2001
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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!
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!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Another good mystery by Joanne Fluke - greatly enjoyed this talePublished 12 months ago by Pamela Williams
The first of the Hannah Swensen Mysteries. We get to know the setting, the main characters and off course lots of cookie recipes. Read morePublished on 25 Feb. 2014 by perchap
Thoroughly enjoyed meeting Hannah. Looking forward to trying out the recipes. Good story line, not slow, not too many characters, but got to know the regulars. Read morePublished on 23 Feb. 2014 by Norma Owen
CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE MURDER was a gift from a friend of mine who loves reading as well. Read more
Honestly I was surprised at how much I have enjoyed this book. The first but not the last Joanne Fluke book I will be reading.Published on 23 Nov. 2013 by LG the Hairy Trucker
I really am enjoying this authors series although a bit predictable they are very easy reading and once into the book find it had to put down and when finished look for the nextPublished on 18 Oct. 2013 by A. Maddison
Really enjoyed this book, and I've tried several of the recipes too! I'm looking forward to reading the next onePublished on 20 April 2013 by Laloo
I've been enjoying reading Agatha Raisin and wondered if I would ever find something comparable when I complete the collection. Read morePublished on 2 Oct. 2011 by Fleurie