Devil's Food Cake Murder Hardcover – Mar 1 2011
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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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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!
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.
The plot in this latest release is very weak. It didn't keep me guessing at all, not even with the author's attempt at a twist. The major intrigue is what is going on with Norman and his ex-fiance and new dental practice partner. That was the only thing keeping me turning the pages. The ending is not so much of a shock as it is unbelievable.
I am not buying the situation we are presented with at the ending. Norman is not a man without money or resources. It is nearly impossible for an individual to succeed with the threat that is being made against him, especially with the character and reputation that Norman has with such a stabile life and career. Not only that but where is this missing character all this time? Hiding in a suitcase? Any sensible individual would head for a good lawyer. I also think Norman would have confided in Hannah if only for her deductive/problem solving skills. If Norman is really that much of a doormat and if Mike doesn't start doing more than showing up at Hannah's late at night to kiss her passionately and then get Hannah to feed him, then this gal needs to move on from both these guys. Which ends up leaving the reader annoyed that she and we have wasted all this time wanting to know which one she would pick.
To agree with another review here i won't be reading this book again, which is a shame since i also re-read my mystery series. I will probably buy the next book to give this author another chance. But it seriously will be her last chance. I think she deserves another chance since she has made me really laugh in the past with moise's antics. But even his antics in this edition failed to give me even a smile.
hoping for better in the future from this previously enjoyed series.