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Joseph C. (joec) - ,
Subject: Question about Joanne Fluke Books
Date Posted: 11/27/2010 2:59 PM ET
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My girlfriend has the first 10 Hannah Swensen books but she hasn't read them yet.  Because of the holiday season she wants to read the Sugar Cookie Murder, which is No. 6.  We wanted to know if it is okay to read them out of order, or will she be lost? 

Date Posted: 11/27/2010 3:53 PM ET
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No, she won't be lost, I think the book will stand alone okay.  But if you are going to read more of them I would start at the beginning and read the rest in order, as relationships do develop and things concerning the main characters do change.  I've read all of them and I highly recommend the series - it's great! 

Joseph C. (joec) - ,
Date Posted: 11/27/2010 6:38 PM ET
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Thank you very much.  I'm sure she'll be very happy to know she can read her book in time for Christmas. 

Date Posted: 11/28/2010 1:34 PM ET
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I recommend spacign them out or they'll seem like you are reading the same book over and over again.

Date Posted: 11/28/2010 3:37 PM ET
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I agree with Joy and Mary. I'm just finishing up the earlier anthology with Fluke/Levine/Meier, CANDY CANE MURDER, the last Hannah Swensen til the new one comes out.

I fell in love with Laura Levine's "Jaine Austen" character from the two holiday anthologies, so I'm reading through that series now. It's both a blessing and curse to discover a new author.

Gail

Date Posted: 11/29/2010 7:17 PM ET
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I read The Sugar Cookie several months ago..( out of order with the rest of the Series ) and..since then have read Carrot Cake Murder.

It seemed OK to read them "out of order".  But I do agree, if you start at the beginning - the characters and stories do build on each other.