Devil's Food Cake Murder (A Hannah Swensen Mystery Book 14) and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
  • List Price: $24.00
  • Save: $5.73 (24%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Only 1 left in stock.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Devil's Food Cake Murder ... has been added to your Cart
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: Fast Shipping - Safe and Secure Bubble Mailer!
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Devil's Food Cake Murder (Hannah Swensen Mysteries) Hardcover – March 1, 2011


See all 17 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Hardcover
"Please retry"
$18.27
$7.46 $0.01
Best%20Books%20of%202014


Frequently Bought Together

Devil's Food Cake Murder (Hannah Swensen Mysteries) + Cinnamon Roll Murder (Hannah Swensen Mysteries) + Red Velvet Cupcake Murder (Hannah Swensen Mysteries)
Price for all three: $51.16

Buy the selected items together

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Best Books of the Year
Best Books of 2014
Looking for something great to read? Browse our editors' picks for 2014's Best Books of the Year in fiction, nonfiction, mysteries, children's books, and much more.

Product Details

  • Series: Hannah Swensen Mysteries
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington; First Edition edition (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758234910
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758234919
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 1.2 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (187 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #391,683 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Bestseller Fluke's fabulous 14th foodie mystery (after 2010's Apple Turnover Murder) finds Hannah Swenson, the baking whiz of the Cookie Jar in Lake Eden, Minn., still torn between the two less than perfect men in her life—dentist Norman Rhodes, whose attractive former fiancée and fellow dentist, Bev Thorndike, has just joined Norman's practice, and Mike Kingston, Winnetka County's chief detective, who has a roving eye. When someone shoots visiting Lutheran minister Matthew Walters, who's covering Rev. Bob Knudsen's duties at Holy Redeemer while Bob is on a belated honeymoon cruise, the only witness to the murder is Jacob, a mynah bird, who squawks, "The wages of sin is death." Unlike your typical boyfriend cop, Mike is thrilled to have Hannah tracking down clues. Between eating and baking, Hannah and cronies investigate Matthew's background, especially his relationship to his creepy, paroled convict cousin, Paul. Mouthwatering recipes include butterscotch bonanza bars and pineapple casserole. (Mar.)
(c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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, Gr8Clues@joannefluke.com, or by visiting her website at www.JoanneFluke.com.

Customer Reviews

My review title sums it up...reading this book was a waste of time.
Margie
Reading the entire series (A Hannah Swensen Mystery Book) by Joanne Fluke.
L. Draves
Love the cookie recipes that are included at the end of each chapter.
GMack

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

77 of 87 people found the following review helpful By ancient grandmother on February 26, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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'.....it could have been a good book!
12 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Miss Marple on March 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I've read the whole series. It was pretty good in the beginning. But now, in the latest one, there are way too many recipes, way too much talk about food and too little mystery. Hannah's relationship with Mike and Norman is tedious beyond measure. The mystery was almost non-existent, and the ending ridiculous and out of character for Norman, who was at one time a good guy. Joanne Fluke can write an interesting and fun book, but this one wasn't it.
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
63 of 71 people found the following review helpful By Judith M. Miller on February 25, 2011
Format: Hardcover
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.
6 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
35 of 39 people found the following review helpful By M. R. Hansen on March 5, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Sigh, where to begin? BE AWARE THERE ARE SPOILERS IN THE BELOW OPINION
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.
Read more ›
5 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mystery Reader on May 10, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I've hung in with the series up until this point but this will be my last book. I find Hannah's mental corrections of everyone's grammar very condescending. Also the conversations the characters have in order to define common terms like "droves" and "spot on" rather insulting. It is as if the author thinks her readers are clueless. The love triangle is past old and the mystery part of the book in the past several books has really taken a back seat.

I did see an error in the book too calling Minnesota's basketball team the Wild instead of the Timberwolves. Such a surprise coming from Miss Smartypants.
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Douglas R. Stack on March 4, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I was really looking forward to this latest installment in the Hannah Swensen mysteries. The major flaw in the past with this series is that we get too much of the mundane play-by-play of the cookie jar, "Andrea took a bite, chewed, swallowed...." and the main thing that has kept us coming back for more has been the ongoing love triangle between Hannah, Mike and Norman. But this love triangle has lost its sizzle. I find myself annoyed with Hannah's inability to choose between 2 men and keeping them both dangling (while she inwardly criticizes them for also seeing other women).
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.
****spoiler alert*****
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.
Read more ›
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews


What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?