RED VELVET CUPCAKE MURDER....
(Thursday, October 03, 2013)
Reviewer: AprilR,My Book Addiction and More
RED VELVET CUPCAKE MURDER by Joanne Fluke is an interesting Mystery set in Lake Eden, Minnesota. #16 in the "Hannah Swensen Mystery with Recipes" series, but can be read as a stand alone. Filled with lively debates, mystery,and drama. While, I have not read all of this series, I believe you can only take a character so far before it is time to move on to another chapter in their life, this is the way of Hannah Swensen. Although, it is well worth the time and expense for the delicious recipes at the end of each chapter. If you enjoy a cozy mystery,than you will enjoy this story. Received for an honest review from the publisher.
HEAT RATING: Sweet
REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Review courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
“A Cozy Filled With Mystery, Murder and Surprises”
(Monday, June 10, 2013)
Reviewer: Nancy Narma
If you enjoyed Ms. Fluke’s “Cinnamon Roll Murder”, you’re going to be over-the-top thrilled with this action-packed volume. Lake Eden is all abuzz with excitement as the Grand Opening of the poshly- renovated Albion Hotel is about to begin—complete with eye-popping condos and a jaw-dropping, bank account draining penthouse fit for a king, complete with a domed tropical rooftop garden and
breathtaking view. Owner, Roger Dalworth (From the “Cities”) spared no expense in creating the high-priced, elegant housing and asked Andrea to handle the Real Estate listings and sales, of which she gladly agreed. However, Roger brought an “Ill Wind” to Lake Eden along with his business plans—in the person of the much detested Dr. Bev, who is his Fiancée. She wastes no time flirting with every male in Lake Eden, Norman included! Will Norman fall victim to her wiles again? And when she’s not flirting, she’s her old nasty self to everyone, especially Hannah. “The Cookie Jar” has created the scrumptious, surprise-filled Red Velvet Cupcakes for the festive gathering, and while the crowd mingles, but before they can enjoy the delicious offerings, Sheriff Bill Todd’s Secretary, Barbara Donnelly falls from the lavish, but unfinished penthouse garden terrace. Was this an accident? Or was the plunge at the hands of another? Adding to Mike Kingston’s case load is the unsolved, untimely death of Clayton Wallace, devoted bus driver for the “Cinnamon Roll Six Jazz Band” whose passing was first considered a murder, and now a suicide. But was it?? And if it is, the insurance company will not honor his policy and pay the much-needed funds to his ill son. Hannah dons her sleuthing cap once more with assistance from Lisa, Andrea, Michelle, Hannah’s Mother Delores, Norman, Doc, her beloved fat-cat Moishe and reluctantly, her sometimes boyfriend wanna-be Mike Kingston. There are other surprises in store that I will not divulge..I’lll just say we’ve waited a long time— and you’ll sigh, boo, hiss, get disgusted, shake your head in disbelief and cheer more than once. Hannah, Lisa and friends share 26 yummy recipes, with everything from mouth-watering appetizers and comforting main dishes to decadent desserts. There are many twists and turns within this mixed bag of mystery that you don’t want to miss. The most difficult part of this book is getting to the last page and having to wait for Hannah’s next adventure. Be sure you add this volume to your TBR list— you will not be disappointed! Nancy Narma
What A Delightful Read!
(Monday, May 20, 2013)
Reviewer: Judy Burgi
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. There's a bit of romance, lots of humor, and plenty of mystery! Hannah Swensen is the main character in this good read and her character fits her name. She is such a delight. Not only can she bake a mean cupcake, she is a great mystery solver.
This is the first book of Author Joanne Fluke that I have read. I really didn't know what to expect. I was thrilled that this was a good clean book to read. One that I can pass on to one of my friends and not be embarrassed. I can't wait to read more books written by this author.
I received an ARC copy that included many recipes. I am looking forward to trying most of them out. I do think Easy Fruit Pie, Chocolate Covered Peanut Cookies and Three-Way Brownie Cookies might turn out to be my favorites.
I received this ARC copy from Kensington Publishing to read and give an honest review. All opinions in this review are mine alone.