Cinnamon Roll Murder Hardcover – Mar 1 2012
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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 the Mass Market Paperback edition.
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In the last few books, it seemed as though Hannah was leaning towards Norman rather than Mike as her real love, but the appearance of Bev has put a wrench in the works. In this book, Hannah has to decide if she cares for Norman enough to fight for him and how she is going to do it. There is something not quite right about Bev and Hannah and her crew decides they are going to find out what it is. So, Hannah finds herself solving two mysteries and baking some mighty fine confections at the same time.
I enjoyed this book. The mystery is never a really complex one in this series but it does hold the reader's attention. The added plot with Norman and Bev also added to the suspense. As always, the recipes were wonderful, I always feel hungry when I finish one of Ms. Fluke's books. I am definitely going to try the Piggy Chicken (pg 207) and the Chocolate Caramel Pecan Bars ( pg. 331).
The book opened up nice enough with a little intrigue in just a few pages. The mystery part was not bad, even though for most of the book I anticipated a different killer. The characters aren't bad either- they are a nice sounding group of people and definitely a "cozy". What bothers me the most of this series is that some parts Joanne Fluke just keeps rinsing/repeating. Ex. We all know Andrea can't cook. She's the fashionable, perfectly put together one. So when Hannah made a note about 'whole eggs" in her recipe and said "Andrea would have to be told to crack the eggs and then use them" (I'm paraphrasing), that bothered me a little because seriously even if you're not a "baker" this still seemed to be a common-sense thing. Of course, in the next chapter, Andrea lets us know that this did happen to her 1 time, but still.
The men. Hannah keeps dating them, but no progress with either really. Mike drops in at all hours for food and Norman can be wimpy. Hannah's own mother is making far more headway in her romantic life with Doc, than Hannah is with either man.
The books are still ok, they are semi-entertaining, and are similar to an old sweatshirt that has seen a better day- you know you should get rid of it, but it makes you feel comfortable, so you keep it.If you're looking for something light and fluffy- you've found the right series.
1. Hannah's mother finding the body, therefore showing Joanne Fluke can break her mold for these books.
1. The bus driver- never really resolved- murder/accident.