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Devils Food Cake Murder [Hardcover]

Joanne Fluke
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March 1 2011 Hannah Swensen Mysteries
These days, everyone in Lake Eden, Minnesota, is buzzing with activity, and Hannah Swensen is no exception. But no matter how busy she may be, Hannah can always find time to help a friend in need - especially when there's a murder to investigate. A new minister is in town to cover for Reverend Bob Knudson, who's honeymooning with Hannah's good friend Claire. But when the replacement is found face down in a plate of devil's food cake with a bullet in his head, Hannah starts asking questions. She soon discovers that the good Reverend wasn't quite the saintly fellow he appeared to be. It will take some more digging to find the culprit, but Hannah is sure of one thing: even the most half-baked murder plot can be oh so deadly...

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing Nov. 15 2011
By Harper
Format:Paperback
The recipes are great but the characters are losing their charm (I NEVER thought I would say THAT, as they are one of Fluke's strongest points) and the mystery is only OK.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Joanne Fluke Sept. 7 2013
By Shirley
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
great author - hope she continues to write a lot more books. She is one author I know I can always sit down and enjoy!!
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2.0 out of 5 stars A disappointment all around Feb. 26 2011
By ancient grandmother - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Reading on my new Kindle is a thrill. Reading this book was not. A long-time fan of Hannah's, this outing was a disappointment to say the least. An occasional recipe is fun, a book full is a cookbook, not a mystery. The plot had promise, the premise was good, but the word that springs to mind is lack-luster. And the number one, topmost ANNOYING thing, is the ending that doesn't end. A sales ploy for the next book? Come on, Joanne, I hope this is a Fluke and not an omen for books to come.
Grandma Knudson would have enjoyed a little more depth, and Delores deserves far more details concerning her venture into undercover work. And as for Norman and Mike, bor-ing for Mike, and SO out of charactor for Norman!!!
Too many names of too many 'friends' whose recipes are included add to the dreary read. 'of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these'.....it could have been a good book!
32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring And Silly March 12 2011
By Miss Marple - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I've read the whole series. It was pretty good in the beginning. But now, in the latest one, there are way too many recipes, way too much talk about food and too little mystery. Hannah's relationship with Mike and Norman is tedious beyond measure. The mystery was almost non-existent, and the ending ridiculous and out of character for Norman, who was at one time a good guy. Joanne Fluke can write an interesting and fun book, but this one wasn't it.
62 of 70 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's not often a book makes me mad Feb. 25 2011
By Judith M. Miller - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I think the title of the review says it all. The murder and the plot were as expected in the series - and the recipes are as solid as ever. But it is rare that when I finish a book I am angry. At least one member of the regular cast was completley out of character and I am angry with the author for doing such a thing. It's not one I will re-read as I often do with books I have enjoyed. And I'm not sure I will even consider reading the next in the series - which saddens me.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Jumping The Shark March 5 2011
By M. R. Hansen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Sigh, where to begin? BE AWARE THERE ARE SPOILERS IN THE BELOW OPINION
I suppose with the recipes. There were quite a few recipes and they all looked great. I feel that there were so many more recipes this time to fill out what would have been nothing more than a short story if they weren't there.
To me, this was a very poorly constructed mystery. The plot was so transparent. The only mystery really worth pursuing was the sock balls, the rest of it was really too simple and once the second character showed up, it was all very clear except to ANYONE in the story. and could have ended much faster (and less painfully to the reader)than it did....
Hannah continues to play the role of doormat letting 2 men walk all over her and use her and she continues to tolerate it. She actually ALMOST shows some real feeling about the situation but then quickly turns into Pollyanna again.
The ending is beyond belief. The spineless eunuch dentist shows his true colors and stupidity. There are lawyers who deal with the sort of situation he is given at the end, but true to form, instead of fighting for what he believes in, he rolls over and just accepts it.
This could easily lead to the next fiasco in this series.. The Wedding Cake Murder.. .picture it... the towns biggest wedding, Hannah of course (in her usual saintly and all forgiving manner) is asked to bake the wedding cake. But HORRORS, the bride mysteriously ends up dead (with the requisite wedding cake in the scene) and her grieving groom is the major suspect. Mighty Mouse (Hannah) comes in to save the day, and exonerates the spineless eunuch and accepts his apology and decides that she'll forgive all the hurt and pain he caused her and just go on as if nothing happened, but now with the child that she has hinted about wanting in Devils Food Cake Murder. I can see it all now. YAWN.
I was so looking forward to this addtion (even though I was mildly disappointed with her last endeavor, I thought this migh be redemption..not so) that I pre-ordered and waited expectantly for it to be released and to arrive.
I read the thing in a couple of hours (think again, short story not novel) and as one reviewer stated, ended up being MAD about the whole experience.
Next time, I'll wait for the release and read the reviews before I waste money on another of these. But, perhaps I've just written the synopsis of the Wedding Cake Murder LOL.
I now truly understand why good writers of mystery series usually end their series around volume 5 or 6, while the stories and characters are fresh and the story lines are interesting and still really good.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring Nov. 29 2011
By Silver Tosca - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This series got more and more ridiculous with each book. I agree with the other reviewers about the love triangle between Hannah, Mike and Norman. I thought that maybe with the new vixon in the plot it would pick up but it continued in the same boring vein. Get real. It would have been great to have Norman just tell her "that's it - I'm done waiting" and when she turns to Mike, he's taken too. Even the nicest of men would never stand for this nonsense of not being able to make up her mind which one she loves more. Not to mention that she already knows that Mike can't be trusted. This romance triange is on the same level as Nancy Drew and Ned Nickerson. Then there's the "Are you going to investigate?" plot. Are you kidding me? She bakes cookies for a living and the town's lead detective is coming to her for advise on how to solve murders? A little help ok, but the storyline makes her out to be the chief detective that entire townspeople are turning too for solving the murder. I agree with the other reviewer that the Diana Mott Davidson series have way more substance to them. Fluke's recipes are good, but there again the reviewers are right, there's too many recipes and not enough story.
I get my audio books from the library so I'm not out any money. Luckily there are some recipes I plan on trying, but I believe this will be my last Fluke book. I might change my mind if the next one is more spicy, Norman developes a backbone, Mike moves on and the reviews are better.
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