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Candy Cane Murder (A Hannah Swensen Mystery) by [Levine, Laura, Fluke, Joanne, Meier, Leslie]
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Three big-name cozy writers contribute candy cane-themed novellas to this entertaining yuletide anthology. Levine's series heroine Jaine Austen (Death by Pantyhose, etc.) spots a wealthy suburbanite's killer in the unfortunately skimpy The Danger of Candy Canes, where the subplot about a troubled teen is more compelling than the actual mystery. Hannah Swensen (Key Lime Pie Murder, etc.) experiments with new Christmas cookies (recipes included, of course) and gets to the bottom of a Santa slaying in Fluke's complex Candy Cane Murder, which includes several plausible suspects and a surprising twist-an impressive feat in just 150 pages. Meier's powerful Candy Canes of Christmas Past takes heroine Lucy Stone (Bake Sale Murder, etc.) back to December 1983, when, newly arrived in Tinker's Cove, Maine, she found herself investigating the circumstances of a decades-old local death and struggling with her own financial and domestic difficulties. Fluke and Meier ably make up for Levine's shortcomings to create a sweet holiday treat for mystery lovers. (Oct.)
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“Like a box of holiday chocolates, this recipe-studded assortment gives all readers a crack at their favorites.”
–Kirkus Reviews
“Entertaining…a sweet holiday treat for mystery lovers.”
–Publishers Weekly
“Delicious…will have your mouth watering.”
 –Romantic Times

Product Details

  • File Size: 875 KB
  • Print Length: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington; Reprint edition (August 30, 2008)
  • Publication Date: October 1, 2008
  • Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001F2T9CM
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By Mark Baker - Carstairs Considers HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 9, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is a collection of three Christmas mystery novellas written by three great cozy writers. Starring their series sleuths, they stand alone well enough to be entertaining for any cozy fan looking for some light reading in December.

Up first is the title story. "Candy Cane Murder" by Joanne Fluke finds Hannah Swenson playing Santa's helper, literally, at the Lake Eden Inn. Wayne Bergstrom, owner of a local department store, is doing his annual good deed playing Santa for the underprivileged kids in the area. But when leaving the party a little while later, she follows a trail of candy canes to find Wayne's body in a snow bank. Who would want Wayne dead? For a novella mystery, this one is fairly complex. Any of Hannah's numerous fans will love this story. It's a cozy Christmas offering and includes 8 cookie recipes, 2 drink recipes, and 2 quiche recipes.

Next comes "The Dangers of Candy Canes" by Laura Levine. I'm a fan of Laura's books so was thrilled to find another story starring freelance writer Jaine Austen. When one of Jaine's clients, Seymour Fiedler of Fiedler on the Roof Roofers, is sued for wrongful death, he hires Jaine to put down her pen and solve the crime. Seems that Garth Jankin fell off his recently reroofed house while decorating for his neighborhood's annual Christmas decorating contest. Since Garth had numerous enemies, Jaine quickly decides that the tiles were loosened. But who would do something like that? As with the books, this story is very funny. A sub-plot about Jaine volunteering with a group that mentors underprivileged girls almost slows the story down at times. But in the end this is a fun read.

Even though she's a staple of the cozy sub-genre, I have never read Leslie Meier before.
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I am not the biggest fan of short stories. I want more content to sink my teeth into. However, this book was the exception. I loved it! Hannah was in her usual keen sleuthing mode. I liked how the second short story referred back to Joanne's story and recipes. I am especially thrilled to be introduced to Leslie Meier. I enjoyed her story and I plan to read more of her books.
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This is one of the most wonderful, charming, interesting, and fun books that I have ever read. I was very satisfied when I finished it. This book is three books in one, by three different authors. All three books are fun, very well-written, clever, and entertaining.

"Candy Cane Murder" by Joanne Fluke:

The first book is by Joanne Fluke. Anybody who reads my reviews knows how crazy I am over the Hannah Swensen series, and this book is no exception.

This book starts out with Hannah at the Christmas party, dressed up as an elf. They are having a dinner and invited the children at the children's home. Hannah has a bucket of miniature candy canes for the children, and is looking forward to making candy cane cookies with the leftovers. When leaving the party, Hannah and her sisters find a miniature candy cane. . . Hannah also finds a body. I will not say more about the candy cane because I do not want to ruin the book.

There are lots of clever clues and fun adventures. The final solving of the mystery is very interesting and clever. And the recipes really look good. On a scale of 1 to 5, a hundred stars would not be enough for Joanne Fluke's part.

"The Dangers of Candy Canes" by Laura Levine:

While putting a huge, decorative neon candy cane on a roof, the person falls off because a shingle is loose. Was the roofer negligant in making sure the shingle was in place, or did someone deliberately loosen the shingle? Jaine is determined to find out. She goes on some interesting investigative adventures until she finds out who did it. The mystery solving was interesting.

This book was fun and funny. I had never read anything by this author before. By itself, this book would definitely have been 5 stars. Actually, a lot more than that.
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The holidays are upon us once again; and with them come a large array of holiday stories that will assist us in finding the holiday spirit within. None, however, may do the job as well as Joanne Fluke, Laura Levine, and Leslie Meier's CANDY CANE MURDER. Bringing their trademark mystery, humor, and yummy recipes to the table, this is one collection you'd be crazy to pass up.

CANDY CANE MURDER - By: Joanne Fluke - Hannah Swensen, owner and proprietor of Lake Eden, Minnesota's popular business, The Cookie Jar, is looking for a quiet holiday at home, curled up with her badly behaved kitty, Moishe, and a plate or two of her famous Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies. But when she's roped into playing an elf for Lake Eden's annual holiday gala, which includes a visit from Wayne Bergstrom - the owner of Bergstrom's Department Store - in the role of Santa, she realizes that her holiday dreams may be dashed. Bad enough that she's forced to squeeze into a tunic and tights that make her look hippy, but when she discovers a trail of miniature candy canes leading to Wayne's lifeless body at the bottom of a snow bank, Hannah is positive that her holiday shopping, and baking, will certainly be taking a backseat to an impromptu holiday investigation. One that could leave her in the midst of a very silent night. 5 stars.

THE DANGERS OF CANDY CANES - By: Laura Levine - Freelance writer, Jaine Austen, would give anything to simply go to sleep and wake up when the holidays are over, but her fish gut-loving kitty, Prozac, and her mounting bills are determined to keep her from indulging in such a luxury. Not to mention her dreaded Christmas trip to Florida to lounge around the pool with her parent's and her size two, bikini-clad cousin - along with her obnoxious family.
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