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Book Critique - Candy Cane Murder (Hannah Swensen Series #9.5)

For review of all books in this series: Go here.

For review of all books in the anthology: Go here.

Stars: 3 / 5

Recommendation: A cozy mystery with a pinch of family dynamics, a twist of love triangle along-side a huge dash of mystery, is a recipe that would not only sweeten your tooth while appeasing your stomach, but also increasing your cravings and keep your grey cells active.

Candy Cane Murder is the third novella in the long-running Hannah Swensen Series by Joanne Fluke published in October of 2007, as part of the anthology Candy Cane Murder, titled the same as Joanne's novella. She co-authored this anthology with Laura Levine and Leslie Meier.

It's close to Christmas and everyone is happy to see the Santa Claus, played by the owner of the Bergstrom Department Store. And a little while after he is found dead by the snow bank outside the inn. And who do you know finds the body. None other than our very own amateur detective and full-time baker, Hannah Swensen. Now, Hannah wears her investigator's hat to find who killed Santa Claus.

I like that Joanne uses a lot of phrases and idioms all through her books, like "when pigs fly", "carrot & stick routine", "a slip of a girl", etc. It is interesting because I end up digging more about those phrases and idioms, origin and meaning, making my time with the book all the more longer, and exciting.  

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Book Critique - Fudge Cupcake Murder (Hannah Swensen Series #5)

For review of all books in this series: Go here

Stars: 3 / 5

Recommendation: A cozy mystery with a pinch of family dynamics, a twist of love triangle along-side a huge dash of mystery, is a recipe that would not only sweeten your tooth while appeasing your stomach, but also increasing your cravings and keep your grey cells active.

Fudge Cupcake Murder is the fifth book in the long-running Hannah Swensen Series by Joanne Fluke published in March of 2004. The plot is set in October of the same year that Andrea got pregnant in Blueberry Muffin Murder, 2 books ago.

Hannah Swensen is back with some more yummy baking treats, while she is busy solving a murder again. This time she is working fast to save her brother-in-law. Bill Todd is running for Sheriff against the current Sheriff, Jim Grant. But someone murders Jim Grant a couple weeks before the final election. And Bill is the primary suspect. Now off goes Hannah on her investigation despite strong objections from Mike Kingston, the resident homicide detective. And we get to solve another case right along her side.

This book was made into the movie as part of Hallmark's Murder, She Baked series. It was released as Murder, She Baked: A Deadly Recipe, in June of 2016. So I was prepared for the scenes in the book to be very similar to what they showed on film. It was no surprise that I found the same differences between the book and movie, as I found when I was reading Blueberry Muffin Murder, and a few more.

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Book Critique - Blueberry Muffin Murder (Hannah Swensen Series #3)

For review of all books in this series: Go here.

Stars: 3 / 5

Recommendation: A cozy mystery with a pinch of family dynamics, a twist of love triangle along-side a huge dash of mystery, is a recipe that would not only sweeten your tooth while appeasing your stomach, but also increasing your cravings and keep your grey cells active.

Blueberry Muffin Murder is the third book in the long-running Hannah Swensen Series by Joanne Fluke published in February of 2001. 

I was first introduced to Hannah Swensen in the Murder, She Baked series of TV films made for the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries channel during 2015 and 2017. Alison Sweeney had portrayed the role of Hannah Swensen in all of the five movies produced so far. And now finally I got to pick one of the books that became the basis for the series of movies, and my review on it.

Normally I prefer to read a series from the beginning, but this time I am starting at #3, as that is what I have at home. If I like this as a book as well, probably I will start it from the beginning, if not just finish the three books I have in this series and put a full stop there. :)

Hannah Swensen is in full-speed geared up to prepare a feast for the Lake Eden's Winter Carnival festival. However, that honor goes to celebrity chef, Connie "Mac" MacIntyre, the "Cooking Sweetheart" of America. But someone murders Connie Mac and now it's up to Hannah to solve case before the cops do it, so she can get her bakery back before she gets bankrupted in the process.

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