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Christmas Caramel Murder by Joanne Fluke

Christmas Caramel Murder

by Joanne Fluke

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I have NEVER given a book one star but this book was SO disappointing it deserved it. This book, imho, should NEVER have been published. I waited 4-6 months for this?!?! The overall idea of this book, discussing a mystery Hannah solved a year a go to her new husband, Ross, over dinner, was pathetic. Please Mrs. Fluke, make Ross stop calling Hannah "Cookie", could you have been more original with a nickname. Sheesh!! This book was a total disappointment, actually the rest of the series is since Hannah, stupidly, married Ross! ( )
  ne.may97 | Jan 1, 2018 |
What fun to have Hannah recount to her new husband the story of the Christmas Caramel disaster! We see Hannah still in the midst of her romantic dilemmas and as successful as ever at figuring out who killed the latest victim.

And the recipes! I will never get back to a Size 10 if she keeps give us such scrumptious recipes! ( )
  cyderry | May 7, 2017 |
Lisa's husband will be playing Mr. Claus to his ex-girlfriend Phyllis Bates' Mrs. Claus. Before the curtains even go up Phyllis is found dead in the snow - wearing a costume that the real Mrs. Claus would put on the naughty list. Soon after, the suspects pile up!
  mcmlsbookbutler | Jan 2, 2017 |
In this latest book by Joanne Fluke, Hannah Swensen is recounting to her new husband Ross the tale of a murder that took place last year at Christmastime before he came back to Lake Eden. Lisa's husband Herb is working late and she is worried that something may be going on with the woman he is now working with, Phyllis Bates, his old high school girlfriend. To make matters worse, the mayor announces that Phyllis, and not Lisa will be Mrs. Claus to Herb's Santa.

The high school is putting on their annual A Christmas Carol and at the end, Santa and Mrs. Claus come on stage and the kids come and sit on Santa's lap and tell him what they want. At the rehearsal Phyllis shows up not in the outfit she is supposed to be wearing but in an outfit perfect for a stripper. And when the director decides to not end the production with Santa and Mrs. Claus hugging but with a stage kiss, Phyllis kisses Herb for real. And Lisa is there to see the whole thing as she and Hannah agreed to make the candy to sell for the concession stand and they were there to find out how much they sold last year so they could determine how much to make.

Later that night after eating dinner, Hannah and Lisa are walking back to their cars at the Corner Tavern when they see what looks like a mitten in a snow bank. So Hannah goes to get it and of course finds the dead body of Phyllis Bates. Lisa is naturally a suspect especially since she has no alibi for part of the time the murder could have taken place as she was alone at her house feeding her dogs and taking them out before meeting up with Hannah at the restaurant. But there are others who had it in for Phyllis, including the mayor's wife who just found out that Phyllis demanded that the mayor, with whom she was having an affair with, put her up in a condo.

At night, Hannah is visited by her dead father who shows her a scene from the recent past on one night and a scene from the present that she will be doing that day on another night all to help her solve the murder. The last one, a scene from the future will be a personal one. This is a sweet way to do a twist on the Christmas Carol story. I really enjoyed that aspect of it. And for those who are interested in the recipes, they include gingerbread pancakes, chocolate-covered mint cookies, red raspberry muffins, butterscotch crunch candy, cashew candy rolls, and more. ( )
  nicolewbrown | Dec 21, 2016 |
This story is really a flashback – Hannah is regaling Ross, her husband, with a tale of yet another time when she stumbled across a body. If you don’t pay attention to the first couple of pages, it may be confusing. Ross, of course, makes no appearance until the very end when Hannah finishes her tale, and for those readers who wished she had married either Norman or Mike, well, it is just a case hoping for the impossible. (Could it be that the author wishes Hannah hadn’t committed to Ross, too? Are the stories more interesting to write and to read when Hannah was single?) The murder itself is only mildly interesting – the solution almost takes a back seat to the Christmas festivities and cookie recipes! But still, for readers of the series and for those who just love any tale of Christmas, it is a quick read worth the time. ( )
  Maydacat | Oct 11, 2016 |
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The holidays have arrived, and Hannah and her good pal Lisa have agreed to provide all the goodies for the town's annual production 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 would 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.… (more)

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