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Cream Puff Murder by Joanne Fluke
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Cream Puff Murder

by Joanne Fluke

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Hannah Swensen, Lake Eden, Minnesota's finest bakery owner and amateur sleuth, discovers a body floating in a health club jacuzzi. When her part-time flame, Detective Mike Kingston, becomes the prime suspect, he recruits Hannah to find out whodunit.
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Cream Puff Murder by Joanne Fluke
This book starts out with Hannah and her sister has talked her into going to the gym so she'd be able to fit into her regency romance award ceremony her mother is putting on.
Love the new recipes she tries to make, cheeseburger cookies, quite the imagination....
Love the trial and error phase of baking and when Hannah finds the solutions!
Everything goes perfect getting up early and exercising til she finds a dead body at the gym, at least her sister is with her.
Facts are hard to collect as the men at the police dept can't help as they were all involved with the dead person so Hannah picks up her pace to find the culprit.
So detailed as the girls gather the clues and proceed to investigate before a new deputy is on the case.
Hilarious about Delores book being fashioned out of people in town... You never guess who it could possibly be, they almost had her fooled also!
Index of recipes is included at the end.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device). ( )
  jbarr5 | Jan 13, 2020 |
The publication of Delores’s romance novel means she’s throwing a launch party. Hoping to fit into her dress, Hannah agrees to an hour of gym exercise with Andrea, only to discover the body of fitness instructor Ronni Ward floating in the Jacuzzi.

Who was angry enough to murder the woman? Could it possibly be Detective Mike Kingston? Hannah’s determined to find the truth and clear Mike’s name.

The eleventh story in the series finds the Eden Lake gang excited about the launch party. Hannah, as usual, jumps into the investigation, but this time at Mike’s request. Along the way, she arrives at the conclusion that she needs to decide between Norman and Mike. [Cue the loud cheering!]

But the body image/dieting issues in this story raise a huge flag of alarm. That message is horrible in the real world and it doesn’t need any repeating in the Eden Lake universe.

Adding to that disappointment, Mike’s attitude and behavior hit an all-time low throughout the telling of this tale, leaving readers to wonder why in the world Hannah is having so much trouble making a choice. Somehow, this feels like a deliberate character assassination designed to force Hannah’s decision in this overly-annoying triangle.

Thankfully, the rest of the Eden Lake folks remain the steady, reliable characters readers have come to expect. Readers can try some of the recipes while they enjoy the newest story in this easy-read series that’s found itself a comfortable niche. ( )
  jfe16 | Nov 19, 2019 |
Hannah Swensen's has a dress she needs to fit into and her love of baking hasn't helped. Her sister has a solution to the problem - visiting Heavenly Bodies, the new health club. The two start an early morning schedule of exercise, which Hannah isn't a big fan of, and discover the man-eating bombshell, Ronni Ward is one of the teachers! Talk about making the morning ever harder to face.

When Ronni is found floating in the club's jacuzzi, things get complicated. Ronni has quite the reputation of being a 'man-izer' which means she probably has a list of enemies a mile long. No man is off limits in Ronni's book, married or single. Hannah has quite a list to pare down to find the killer.

Another fun read in the series, complete with more recipes. (I need to stop reading them and maybe make a few!) ( )
  ChazziFrazz | Sep 24, 2018 |
Does anyone else find Hannah incredibly frustrating? This series would be much better if she ever said what she was actually thinking. Also, it's not really fair for her to get upset at one of her boyfriends dating other people when she refuses to choose between them. ( )
  lovelypenny | Feb 4, 2016 |
I enjoyed this book but must admit that it was largely due to my ongoing interest in the characters and little to do with the mystery. The mystery was better towards the end, but it was a long time coming and moved slowly at take off.
If Hannah doesn't make a clear choice for Norman soon, I think I am going to scream. ( )
  StephLaymon | Jan 26, 2016 |
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Bakery owner Hannah Swensen has a dress to fit into and a date with her sister, Andrea, at Lake Eden's new health club, Heavenly Bodies. Dragging herself out of bed on a frigid Minnesota morning for exercise, of all things, is bad enough. Discovering the body of man-eating bombshell Ronni Ward floating in the gym's jacuzzi? Okay, that's worse. Nor does it help that there's a plate of The Cookie Jar's very own cream puffs garnishing the murder scene.

Trying to narrow the list of Ronni's enemies down to fewer than half the town's female population, Hannah has her plate full. Trouble is, when it comes to cookies--and to murder--there's always room for one more...
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