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Cherry Cheesecake Murder (Hannah Swensen Mysteries) Mass Market Paperback – February 1, 2007

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Book 8 of 18 in the Hannah Swensen Series

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The mildly entertaining seventh Hannah Swensen mystery (after 2005's Sugar Cookie Murder) finds our heroine up to her usual tricks: keeping her hometown of Lake Eden, Minn., happily fed with tasty cookies, chatting with her precocious niece and, of course, sleuthing. A movie crew in search of a quaint Minnesota location has landed in Hannah's 'hood, and filming goes smoothly until the director, a womanizing tyrant, accidentally shoots himself on the set. But was his death really an accident? Of course not. Someone nabbed the unloaded prop gun and left another revolver in its place. Between baking batches of Double Flake Cookies and Angel Kisses, Hannah figures out whodunit. What she can't figure out is her personal life. Hannah still refuses to choose between her two beaux. Nerdy Norman and hunky Mike put up with her indecisiveness, but readers are likely to weary of Hannah's by now tedious shilly-shallying.
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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 alternate Mass Market Paperback edition.

Product Details

  • Series: Hannah Swensen Mysteries
  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington (February 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758202954
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758202956
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (177 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,387,804 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Joanne Fluke is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 20 novels. Like Hannah Swensen, she was born and raised in a small town in rural Minnesota, but now lives in sunny Southern California. She is currently working on her next Hannah Swensen mystery, "Double Fudge Brownie Murder" and readers are welcome to contact her at the following e-mail address,, or by visiting her website at

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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Mark Baker - Carstairs Considers HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 5, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Living in a small town has certain advantages and disadvantages. Right now, Hannah Swensen would list among the disadvantages everyone knowing her business. Ever since both town dentist Norman and police detective Mike proposed to her, she has been getting lots of phone calls from people telling her whom to marry. The phone calls start even before she leaves for her shop, The Cookie Jar, early in the morning.

All that gets set on the back burner when Hollywood comes calling. Director Dean Lawrence chooses Lake Eden as a location for the independent movie he's making, using many of the locals as extras or giving them bit parts. Hannah's niece Tracey lands the part of the main character as a child, and even Moishe finds a roll as the movie's cat.

Hannah is shocked to discover old college friends among the cast and crew. The script's writer is Ross Barton, a man Hannah had secretly had a crush on back then. When they begin spending lots of time together, the rumor mill starts up and both Mike and Norman are seeing red.

The movie is not without controversy, however. Mr. Lawrence wants to move a statue to film one scene, and the sculptor's sister will have none of it. He is generally rude to the locals and hits on every woman in sight. He's demanding of those under him. At least he does love the cherry cheesecake Hannah made especially for him and jumps at the idea of using mini cherry cheesecakes in one scene.

Then the unthinkable happens. Dean Lawrence is demonstrating a scene for an actor who is having a hard time grasping how he should play it when the prop gun goes off and Dean is killed. There's no way it was an accident and little likelihood is was suicide, so the police begin to investigate.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Eunice on December 31, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I am an avid reader, but this book is so out of sync with human nature I could not force myself to finish even half of it. I read an average of two books a week and the last time I put a book down without finishing it was two years ago. I read everything from "real literature" to mysteries to non-fiction. As a lifelong Minnesota resident, I am always eager to find writers who set their books in "my" state. I grew up in a very small Minnesota town (1,500 people) and I can promise you that none of us were this stupid (and we had our share of dim bulbs). Ms. Fluke has been in California too long; she is writing about a Minnesota that disappeared around 1950. Also we have other seasons besides winter. In fact, where I live the average temperature in the summer is in the mid 80's. Please, Ms. Fluke stop the inanity! It is as if Ms. Fluke read Keillor's Lake Woebegone as fact!

I have read many cozy mysteries (the all the books in the series composed by M.C. Beaton, Mott Davidson and Lilian Jackson Braun ) and I do not believe that I have unrealistic expectations as far as plot, or character development. Hannah's response to her suitors' proposals is such an obvious cop out and an insult to readers of cozy mystery fiction across the globe. Either Ms. Fluke intends us to believe that Mike and Norman are masochistic or she has completely given up attempting to add any realism to her books relying on her skill in the kitchen and the popularity of "recipe" mysteries to bolster her sales. I do not know of a single man in this world who would tolerate Hannah's refusal to choose between them and happily return to their status as dual paramours of this obviously self-centered and inhumane woman. The recipes may be good, but if that is what you are looking for do yourself a favor and buy a cookbook, because there is little else to recommend this book.
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34 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn Rowe Hill on March 19, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Joanne Fluke's latest offering, Cherry Cheesecake Murder, was a mixed bag for me. I absolutely adore the cover and will leave this book sitting out for a while because it looks good enough to eat. The cover on Amazon or elsewhere does not do it justice. The bright cherry red foil is stunning!

The story has a lot of fluff in it, which is typical Fluke. It also has fourteen scrumptious cookie recipes. I like the fact that they were dispersed throughout the novel and not lumped all at the back (Sugar Cookie Murder).

I do wish Fluke would give the reader more credit for a brain. As others have frequently noted, she has a strong tendency to explain everything to the reader as if he/she couldn't figure it out his/herself. Sometimes it detracts from the flow of the scene. For example, on page 315, the statement is made that an actor could do the part if the makeup artist can "age him down." I get that, but Fluke proceeds to explain what that means as well as what "aging up" means. The story itself is a mildly entertaining whodunit, but could be more intriguing if some of the fluff and unnecessary explanations (of every little thing) were left out.

The story surrounds a movie crew which has come to town to film some small town scenes for a movie entitled, Crisis in Cherrywood. The director is a real meanie and ends up dead as the last scenes are being filmed (opening pages). Then, we backtrack over the few weeks leading up to the event until we find out who did it. Hannah Swenson, Cookie Jar shop owner and snoop extraordinaire, has added a third beau to her stable. That also gets a little tiresome, but, in spite of it all, Fluke's characters are loveable, and one can see some big screen entertainment possibilities here. Besides, as an almost entirely unknown author with, as yet, only one published book, who am I to argue with the writing style of Joanne Fluke's considerable literary success!!!

Carolyn Rowe Hill
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