In her debut mystery, Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder, intrepid amateur sleuth and bakery owner Hannah Swensen proved that when it comes to crime, nothing is sweeter than a woman who knows how to really mix it up Now, the flame haired, tart talking and baking heroine is back, judging a contest where the competition is really murderStrawberry Shortcake Murder When the president of Hartland Flour chooses cozy Lake Eden, Minnesota, as the spot for their first annual Dessert Bake Off, Hannah is thrilled to serve as the head judge But when a fellow judge, Coach Boyd Watson, is found stone cold dead, facedown in Hannah s celebrated strawberry shortcake, Lake Eden s sweet ride to fame turns very sour indeedBetween perfecting her Cheddar Cheese Apple Pie and Chocolate Crunchies, Hannah s snooping into the coach s private life and not coming up short on suspects And could Watson s harsh criticism during the judging have given one of the contestants a license to kill The stakes are rising faster than dough, and Hannah will have to be very careful, because somebody is cooking up a recipe for murderwith Hannah landing on the necessary ingredients list Another delicious adventurea superior cozy sure to leave readers satisfiedbut hungry for Publishers Weekly Includes seven delicious recipes


10 thoughts on “Strawberry Shortcake Murder

  1. James James says:

    Hannah is great She seems very real but I don t know the mid west all that well, so I have a fewbooks to read in this series before I come to a conclusion but I m looking forward to it MINOR SPOILER, skip next paragraph I was glad the coach bit the dust in this one, as he was not a very nice guy the whole abuse factor not brought up a lot made it clear he had to go OK to read I loved the way this one was portrayed on the TV series with Alison Sweeney when the made it into a show Hannah is great She seems very real but I don t know the mid west all that well, so I have a fewbooks to read in this series before I come to a conclusion but I m looking forward to it MINOR SPOILER, skip next paragraph I was glad the coach bit the dust in this one, as he was not a very nice guy the whole abuse factor not brought up a lot made it clear he had to go OK to read I loved the way this one was portrayed on the TV series with Alison Sweeney when the made it into a show Fun books in the beginningAbout MeFor those new to me or my reviews here s the scoop I read A LOT I write A LOT And now I blog A LOT First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at where you ll also find TV Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I ve visited all over the world And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who what when where and my pictures Leave a comment and let me know what you think Vote in the poll and ratings Thanks for stopping by Note All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them Many thanks to their original creators


  2. Kat Kat says:

    Hannah and her zany orange cat Moisha are back at it again A baking contest has come to Lake Eden, and Hannah is making her famous Strawberry Shortcake Swenson yum I always get so hungry and want to fill my house with cupcakes reading Joanne Fluke s cozies with all the delicious descriptions and recipes But when one of the judges is murdered, and it happens to be the basketball coach who Hannah knows has been abusing his wife Danielle, suspicion turns to her Hannah and her sister Andrea ha Hannah and her zany orange cat Moisha are back at it again A baking contest has come to Lake Eden, and Hannah is making her famous Strawberry Shortcake Swenson yum I always get so hungry and want to fill my house with cupcakes reading Joanne Fluke s cozies with all the delicious descriptions and recipes But when one of the judges is murdered, and it happens to be the basketball coach who Hannah knows has been abusing his wife Danielle, suspicion turns to her Hannah and her sister Andrea have to figure out what other clues there are and what other suspects there could be before the police make it a too easy case of domestic abuse turned murder This one was fun for all the twists, Hannah running all over town with a million cookies in the back of her truck, and the way the plot eventually worked out I always love settling down in Lake Eden for a good cozy Please excuse typos name misspellings Entered on screen reader


  3. ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪SomeBunny Reads (Phoenix)•*¨*•♫♪ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪SomeBunny Reads (Phoenix)•*¨*•♫♪ says:

    Most people don t lock their garages in Lake Eden There s practically to crime If you don t count murderWhen Lake Eden is chosen to host the annual Bake Off competition, Hannah gets busy baking special creations to show off on television Unfortunately, the violent death of one of the judges will leave everyone with a bitter taste in their mouths And, once again, Hannah will find a way to get as involved as possible in the investigations is someone developing a taste for murderHannaMost people don t lock their garages in Lake Eden There s practically to crime If you don t count murderWhen Lake Eden is chosen to host the annual Bake Off competition, Hannah gets busy baking special creations to show off on television Unfortunately, the violent death of one of the judges will leave everyone with a bitter taste in their mouths And, once again, Hannah will find a way to get as involved as possible in the investigations is someone developing a taste for murderHannah is up for another adventure, and she s having evenfun than the first time discovering corpses, breaking properties and tricking people into giving information Man, that woman would steal a grandma s purse and punch her in the face with a roll of cookie dough if she would think it would benefit her This time, she even involves her nice, unsuspecting little sister whose husband is the town cop in her evil plans, so she can also show off her talent in fabricating excuses for the poor girl so she can lie to her cop husband without damaging the investigation Will Hannah be able to uncover the truth behind the evil actions that stained Lake Eden s water with scarlet blood And will she able to do so without being convicted for the hundreds of crimes she has to commit meanwhile and without having to close her shop because she literally has no time to bake since she has to do the job of the town cops who, by her own admission, were perfectly able to solve the crime without her But the most important question is why are these books so entertaining Man I love cozy mysteries


  4. Amanda Amanda says:

    I really liked book 1 and I quickly bought and finished the second installment Had to lower my rating though because the book is EXACTLY the same as the first one As if it was written by a template or paint by numbers view spoiler In both books there is a murder committed and then a second murder committed because someone was a witness to the first murder Hannah investigates unofficially and ends up in a final confrontation with the killer that is EXACTLY the same in both books They ha I really liked book 1 and I quickly bought and finished the second installment Had to lower my rating though because the book is EXACTLY the same as the first one As if it was written by a template or paint by numbers view spoiler In both books there is a murder committed and then a second murder committed because someone was a witness to the first murder Hannah investigates unofficially and ends up in a final confrontation with the killer that is EXACTLY the same in both books They have a gun, she keeps talking to stall for time and to wrap up any questions the reader may have , she makes a wild effort to disarm them, she ends up with the gun and the killer on the floor, the cop s come in and take over from there She also repeats a lot of the same phrasing and imagery in the books Like, exactly the same words to describe things hide spoiler I gave three stars because it was still a light, easy, enjoyable read, and I may even give the third one a try to see if Fluke has any other tricks up her sleeve But if nothing changes then I won t be reading any


  5. Elle& Elle& says:

    4 Delicious Stars I adore this series It is light, action packed, fun, and leaves readers craving forHannah Swensen the books heroine amateur sleuth is very likeable She is smart, charming, and really knows how to dish out delicious treats While I do feel like her character could be a bitdynamic, there really isn t anything bad I can say about her Hopefully as the series progresses her character will develop a bitIn addition to this, the plot is a bit predictable 4 Delicious Stars I adore this series It is light, action packed, fun, and leaves readers craving forHannah Swensen the books heroine amateur sleuth is very likeable She is smart, charming, and really knows how to dish out delicious treats While I do feel like her character could be a bitdynamic, there really isn t anything bad I can say about her Hopefully as the series progresses her character will develop a bitIn addition to this, the plot is a bit predictable in this book Those who enjoy a good cozy mystery will notice that this is true for most of them However, that s okay because these books are made to be light and fluffy the brain doesn t have to go into overdrive to figure out what is going to happen next So, all in all I enjoyed this book and I will continue to read the series Joanne Fluke does a wonderful job mixing in yummy recipes with the story and I can t wait to try some of them Fans of cozy mystery, I do recommend this book Try to read the first one in the series first though Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder as it gives a bitcharacter information You can also find a movie adaptation of that book on the Hallmark Channel and another one coming out December 2015 You can find my full review andby checking out my blog www.prettylittlebookreviews.com


  6. Rebbie Rebbie says:

    This is the second cozy mystery in the Hannah Swensen series by Joanne Fluke For those of you who don t know, you can currently watch this series on the Hallmark channel I personally haven t seen it, although I have heard it s great.Set in the fictional tiny town of Lake Eden, MI, Hannah Swensen is the owner of a bakery called The Cookie Jar Once again, there s been a murder, and once again, we find Hannah placing herself in the middle of the investigation Why she gets away with this, I don This is the second cozy mystery in the Hannah Swensen series by Joanne Fluke For those of you who don t know, you can currently watch this series on the Hallmark channel I personally haven t seen it, although I have heard it s great.Set in the fictional tiny town of Lake Eden, MI, Hannah Swensen is the owner of a bakery called The Cookie Jar Once again, there s been a murder, and once again, we find Hannah placing herself in the middle of the investigation Why she gets away with this, I don t know, but maybe it s because one of her love interests is a detective Plus, it doesn t hurt that her brother in laws is also a detective, so she s easily able to talk her way out of trouble PIn this particular story, the victim is a wife beating sleazeball, so it was hard to feel sorry for him Of course, that doesn t mean that a killer should be allowed to run loose in the usually safe town of Lake Eden, but it s worth a mention.Overall, this is brain candy for people who just want to sit down and enjoy a simple book without having to think too much Also, it s worth noting that this novel is written a bitsmoothly than the first one, perhaps because the author iscomfortable with the characters, or hasconfidence Either way, that s a great sign, although I personally enjoyed the first story a little bitBut that s just a matter of preference


  7. Liralen Liralen says:

    It s a cop out, but the Hannah Swensen mysteries really only need a lump review For some reason, I keep reading these when they show up at the library I don t know why Do I enjoy them Sure They re trashy murder mysteries that don t always make sense I can huff at them in irritation when the main character does, or thinks, something especially stupid They involve recipes.Actually, the books are formulaic enough that they themselves were written by recipe.Yes, I will keep reading them, assum It s a cop out, but the Hannah Swensen mysteries really only need a lump review For some reason, I keep reading these when they show up at the library I don t know why Do I enjoy them Sure They re trashy murder mysteries that don t always make sense I can huff at them in irritation when the main character does, or thinks, something especially stupid They involve recipes.Actually, the books are formulaic enough that they themselves were written by recipe.Yes, I will keep reading them, assuming that new books keep showing up on the library shelves I will enjoy them, and I will probably root for Norman as Suitor of the Day But no, I will not be spending any money on these books


  8. Fred Fred says:

    Strawberry Shortcake Murder book is used in the Just Desserts movie.2nd in the Hallmark TV series Murder She Baked Book and Movie Comparisons List Hallmark s Murder She Baked TV series A cozy mystery with Hannah Swensen of Lake Eden, Minnesota, running The Cookie Jar , her coffee shop serving and selling goodies.In this book, Hannah bakes her Strawberry Shortcake Swensen organizes runs the Lake Eden Inn town s first annual Bake Off contest Jordan High s basketball coac Strawberry Shortcake Murder book is used in the Just Desserts movie.2nd in the Hallmark TV series Murder She Baked Book and Movie Comparisons List Hallmark s Murder She Baked TV series A cozy mystery with Hannah Swensen of Lake Eden, Minnesota, running The Cookie Jar , her coffee shop serving and selling goodies.In this book, Hannah bakes her Strawberry Shortcake Swensen organizes runs the Lake Eden Inn town s first annual Bake Off contest Jordan High s basketball coach Boyd Watson husband is killed with his own hammer Found face down in a cake, whipped cream and crushed strawberries in his home garage Hannah finds Daniele abused wife crying with a black eye at home.The Lake Eden sheriff s investigation case is rushed, because of upcoming town elections.Hannah her sister sneak into the hospital to meet Daniele investigate clues.Why was Boyd s pegboard hammer used No robber weapon Suicide Retribution against Boyd Then missing town reporter Killed Like Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder other series book, humor breaks the plot with cooking recipes at the end of some chapters.


  9. Chrissy Chrissy says:

    Another delicious murder mystery Hannah has become a cooking judge in front of a live audience She is also given her few minutes of fame before each contest begins by baking a recipe and sharing it with the viewers.One of the judges has to back out at the last minute due to a dental emergency, so the station has to have another person randomly choosen to be a judge on such short notice They draw the name Boyd Watson A basketball coach at the local high school where they are filming the bakin Another delicious murder mystery Hannah has become a cooking judge in front of a live audience She is also given her few minutes of fame before each contest begins by baking a recipe and sharing it with the viewers.One of the judges has to back out at the last minute due to a dental emergency, so the station has to have another person randomly choosen to be a judge on such short notice They draw the name Boyd Watson A basketball coach at the local high school where they are filming the baking contest.It s a rather interesting mystery surrounding Boyd Watson s murder Secrets are kept in this small town with someone blackmailing almost each and everyone Hannah finds herself introuble than she bargins for when she promises the wife Danielle that she would help prove she is innocent since the new cop and her brother in lasw are pretty much not looking for another suspect and she is their main target.I could not put this book down, it was a wonderful read Without spoiling the book, there was one part in particular where I could not read fast enough The first person that I felt was the killer and then changed my mind, I should have stuck with my initial instinct as I would have been correct This book had me laugh out loud a few times because of the silly puns, or because of an insult coming from one of the characters when you had not expected it.I am really getting sucked into this series and will have to look at getting the recipe book that was just released this month since all of them seem so tasty.If you re ready for a good read that will have you on the edge of your seat, can t stop turning the pages even though you sould be making dinner or going to sleep, and have a sweet tooth this is the book for you


  10. Mandy Mandy says:

    The bad thing about these books is that I want to eat the entire time I m reading I enjoy Hannah Swensen and her uncanny ability to find herself in yet another murder mystery It sort of reminds me of Scooby Doo and the gang and how they always wound up at the scene of a crime or in the middle of a case no matter what I could do without the too cheerful dialogue and way happy ambience of these books, but I do enjoy them This one had me stumped until the end Now I m on to the 3rd one