UGH! I really don't know WHY I continue to torture myself by reading this series! It's a good thing I'm getting them via PBS, and NOT paying for them!
Where to begin ...
In the early Hannah Swensen mysteries, the characters were interesting, even engaging. By about book #7, they became plastic and flat. Now they are getting beyond annoying! Hannah is a whiny, waffling waste of good ink and paper.
I'll admit to not figuring out who the killer was. But I think that was because the author didn't know herself until she wrote the final scene. The "evidence" was just that "manufactured" ...
And ... there wasn't much to the mystery part of the story .. so it was filled with a lot of pointless, meaningless stuffing. I kept wondering what this scene or that scene added to the story ... a whole lot of nothing!
Save yourself the time and money (or PBS credit) .. don't bother!!
Kim W. (Kim1264) - reviewed Carrot Cake Murder (Hannah Swenson, No 10) on
Helpful Score: 3
It had been a while since I had read the previous book in this series, but I was surprised to realize that I had actually been looking forward to finally getting this book from my WL. As much as Hannah annoys me sometimes, ok a lot of the time, I felt like I was re-visiting an old friend while I was reading this book. Hannah is still investigating and showing up her cop "friend", who apparently doesn't know how to solve a murder, since Hannah has to do it for him. And then there's Norman... why can't she just admit she loves him and be done with it? He is much better for her than Mike anyway! All in all, another great read from Joanne Fluke, and I look forward to the next one, which is coming up soon on my WL!
While this book was very entertaining, the plot was not as well crafted as it has been for some of the other books in the series. There are also some places where Hannah's naivety is a little hard to believe. I also think that it is time for Hannah to choose a boyfriend to marry. Maybe a change of scenery would be good too? Hannah goes on a trip...I don't know! :) I still really enjoyed this book as light reading.
Need some light, fluffy reading? How about a new recipe? You get both in this book. A light murder mystery with some truly excellent recipes. The Scandinavian Almond Cake is incredible. All recipes have easy to follow instructions and every one I tried turned out well. The story is interesting without being demanding. A perfect weekend filler or lunch-time read.
This book did not have the same quality as the rest of the series. The plot was thin, the "whodunit" easy to figure out, and basically the characters were very 2 dimensional.
The relationship between Hannah, Norman & Mike is never really explored beyond a few interactions, and the ending leaves you thinking "Huh?". It ends in a whisper, and having already figured out 1/3 of the way through who did it & why (and the motive for the killing is VERY pathetic) the rest of the book wasn't worth finishing - but I suffered through it.
It was, overall, a very weak attempt from Ms Fluke to continue with a series that started great....but is slowly losing it's appeal.
This is another excellent read by Ms. Fluke. Hannah finds the murder victim a man most of his family hasn't seen in years but she manages to find the killer and aid her boyfriend at the same time. The only thing that would make these books is for her to make a choice about her love life but no the less an excellent read.
Hannah Swensen has a lot on her plate, baking up a storm for The Cookie Jar. But she'll slways make time for her business partner, Lisa, who's preparing for a big family reunion. Everyone is delighted when Lisa's long-lost uncle makes a surprise appearance. No one has heard from Gus in twenty-five years. Uncle Gus is immediately the hit of the reunion. He's almost as popular as Hannah's scrumptious carrot cake. But the next morning, as the whole family gathers for the group photo, one person is missing. Hannah offers to track down Uncle Gus, but her search leads to a shocking find. Over by the bar at the pavilion, she spots two slices of her infamous carrot cake, frosting-side down on the floor-and Gus's corpse with an ice pick jutting out of his chest.
A little snooping reveals that not everyone was celebrating Gus's return. And when Hannah unearths secrets from Gus's past, she discovers many more people with an axe to grind. Now Hannah's got to sift through a long list of suspects to find a killer-even if it could mean a recipe for her own demise...
A piece of cake to read. Har har har. I've read almost every book in this series. The plots are formulaic but it's good when you don't have to think and in my jobs I read for work, not pleasure, too much of the time. I read culinary mysteries for the recipes. I get just as tired of goody-goody Hannah trying to choose between two boyfriends in this one -- oh grow up -- as I weary of Goldy in Diane Mott Davidson's series reminding everyone what a horrible abusive ex-husband she has -- you have a better one now, let it go already and teach me how to cook something. Hannah's character at least talks and behaves like someone her age -- I always think Goldy is way older than she is and her character is supposed to be about my age.
Book 10 in the Hannah Swensen's mysteries. I love this series. The characters are entertaining and amusing. The recipes are good also and so fun to try. Now if only Hannah would make up her mind which boyfriend she really wants!