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Devil's Food Cake Murder Hardcover – Mar 1 2011

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington (March 1 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758234910
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758234919
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 3 x 21.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #934,812 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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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
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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' could have been a good book!
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's not often a book makes me mad Feb. 25 2011
By Judith M. Miller - Published on
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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
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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.
2.0 out of 5 stars Hannah is becoming a doormat... June 20 2016
By Pamela Fulk - Published on
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The first books in this series were pretty good, nice reads, a little romance, murder, mystery, but these last couple have done me in. Boring. Why is Hannah such a doormat with Mike? And quit being such a prude, your mom is going to date, get over it. How long is Michelle going to be in college? Take Norman by the head and have your way with him and choose a man once and for all! Don't let that prissy little dentist get in your way, child or no child. Joanne Fluke needs to up the game here a bit and make this a little more serious.
3.0 out of 5 stars You have to try this recipe!!!! Aug. 2 2016
By SEM Rowell - Published on
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OMG! The chocolate-covered raisin oatmeal cookie recipe is the best! My family loves them. This has to be the best cookie recipe of all the books. I usually ignore Hannah’s jello recipes, but this one totally works because it's jello pudding mix. Also, I never used butterscotch chips before, and they are also amazing in this cookie. So worth it!