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Christmas Caramel Murder

REVIEW Christmas Caramel Murder

Christmas normally descends on Lake Eden Minnesota as gently as reindeer alighting on a rooftop but this yuletide season the only thing coming down Hannah Swensen’s chimney is a case of murder   The holidays have arrived and Hannah and her good pal Lisa have agreed to provide all the goodies for the town’s annual production. If you've been following my reviews closely for the last few months you're probably thinking how many baking murder books does this guy read Or how many did that Joanne Fluke author woman write Well the Hannah Swensen series is up to 25 in 2018 I've just finished reading #20 entitled Christmas Caramel Murder I have the next three on my Kindle to read this fall but I want to be fully caught up so I can get back to many other series I also enjoy As for this one it's a shorter novella version but still packs uite a little punch around Christmas season It's a good one to read as you start thinking about the upcoming holidays but for now I'm still thinking about Halloween and fall so I wouldn't allow myself to totally immerseIt's written as backstory which was a different kind of read The first and last chapters are appended to the main story allowing Fluke to use current relationships in Hannah's life without confusing readers Essentially Hannah's telling the story to her new husband about what happened the prior year's Christmas I stopped myself from trying to find any timeline issues in case something happened in this book that was different since the last few but the story on the whole is fun so it wouldn't matter if it hadHerb Lisa's husband is playing Santa Claus in the town Christmas play Lisa is Hannah's best friend and partner at The Cookie Shop Herb's ex girlfriend has returned to town and is cast as Mrs Claus but the naughty kind Serves her right she ends up dead Unfortunately it looks like Lisa is the culprit because she was jealous when the ex kisses Herb in the play Throw in a some high school memories old rivalries and teachers who want to help keep their students focused and you've got a case full of shenanigansI enjoyed the read less than 90 minutes as it was barely 100 pages once you remove the recipes Someday I will cook a few from them I do like caramel but that's hard to get right Next up is banana cream pie murder my favorite kind of PIE Did you think I'd say murder Obviously you know me well


Of A Christmas Carol But before anyone can say “Bah humbug” a Santa sized sackful of trouble ensues Like the fact that Lisa’s husband will be playing Mr Claus to his ex girlfriend Phyllis Bates’ Mrs Claus Or that before the curtains even go up Phyllis is found dead in the snow wearing a costume that the real Mrs Claus wou. I have faithfully read Joanne Fluke's 'Hannah Swenson' series since the first book I used to even buy each one but 3 4 books ago I stopped and began borrowing them from the library The last book was so 'out of steam' that I thought I might stop reading this series altogether Old habits die hard and I ended up borrowing this one At least it's short I have had the nagging feeling that Ms Fluke herself is bored with the series With this book I am convinced she has lost interest It is obvious she is not putting a lot of thought or creativity into it any It's truly a shame because I used to like reading about Hannah her sisters mom nieces assorted other characters in the town that she lives and of course her cookie shop I think most of us who read cozies read them because they like the characters and setting We feel like we are revisiting old friends I am not looking for clever twists and turns or Machiavellian plotting in a cozy I turn to other authors for that kind of thriller Andrea is not in this story at all and Norman makes one brief appearance For shame Ms Fluke I would rather you uit writing the series or even kill Hannah off then throw together a rather lame imitation of your creation

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Ld put on the naughty list Soon after the suspects pile up faster than snowdrifts in a blizzard while a merry murderer remains on the loose With clues even harder to find it might take a visit from ghosts of Christmas past to wrap up this mystery in time for the holidays  Includes Over a Dozen Holiday Recipes from The Cookie Jar. I've read all the Hannah Swensen mysteries This one left than a little to be desired The dialogue was written as if the author was trying to achieve a predetermined word count There was an exchange between Hannah and Lisa while hanging decorations Hannah said I'll stretch up Lisa replies I will bend down ReallyEven with the verbosity it took less than 24 hours to read Including working and sleeping At least I didn't pay for this book Thank heavens for the LibraryTrue to form Hannah once again visits someone she suspects is a murderer alone ALL BY HERSELF Ms Fluke you have beaten that horse thoroughly and completely to death Add that to the new marriage between Ross and Hannah I have always been on Team Norman maybe it is time to put the cookie jar away for good Chantilly, guimauve et chocolat jar away for good

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