Christmas Caramel Murder by Joanne Fluke

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 of A Christmas Carol. But before anyone c...

Title:Christmas Caramel Murder
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ISBN:161773229X
Edition Language:English
Number of Pages:204 pages

Christmas Caramel Murder Reviews

  • Susan Johnson

    There is one thing about cozy mysteries. You have to suspend your believability.. How many times in a small Minnesota town can a cookie store owner find dead bodies? This goes for knitters, librarians, interior decorators and real estate agents too. You have to just go with the flow. I also find it questionable that a cookie store owner could make enough to support her business, herself and a partner. Still you're not reading this for great literature but for the cookie recipes.

    The recipes take

    There is one thing about cozy mysteries. You have to suspend your believability.. How many times in a small Minnesota town can a cookie store owner find dead bodies? This goes for knitters, librarians, interior decorators and real estate agents too. You have to just go with the flow. I also find it questionable that a cookie store owner could make enough to support her business, herself and a partner. Still you're not reading this for great literature but for the cookie recipes.

    The recipes take me back to my mother who was a master cookie maker. It made me sad she isn't around to share the recipes with. It also uses ingredients I haven't used in a long time like Karo syrup, molasses, sweetened condensed milk, etc. It harkens back to cooking from the 50's and 60's and is quite tasty. It's comfort food for me.

    The plot is negligible. Hannah finds yet another dead body. She investigates and finds the killer. She is still having romances with both Mike, the Sheriff's Deputy, and Norman, the faithful dentist. Norman is remodeling his house to put in a huge movie screen so he and Hannah can watch old movies together. I found this rather creepy. Who does this?

    It's a short book, 206 pages, and about a quarter of them are recipes. I read it in one day. It wasn't my favorite Hannah Swenson book.

  • Alaine

    I've read all the Hannah Swensen mysteries. This one left more 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." Really?

    Even 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 Library.

    True to form,

    I've read all the Hannah Swensen mysteries. This one left more 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." Really?

    Even 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 Library.

    True 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?

  • Lena Harper

    If you take out the recipes, the hokey conversations about how well they know each other, the declarations of love from Mike and Norman (which are super weird considering that this whole book is a story that Hannah is telling her husband Ross [who coincidentally is a virtual stranger]), and the analysis of everyone's door knocking patterns, you'd have a fairly decent story of about 40 pages. For me this series is like that black sheep cousin. You have a sentimental attachment, nice memories abou

    If you take out the recipes, the hokey conversations about how well they know each other, the declarations of love from Mike and Norman (which are super weird considering that this whole book is a story that Hannah is telling her husband Ross [who coincidentally is a virtual stranger]), and the analysis of everyone's door knocking patterns, you'd have a fairly decent story of about 40 pages. For me this series is like that black sheep cousin. You have a sentimental attachment, nice memories about the good old days, and a desire to find out every once in a while how they're doing and what they're up. But in the end you know they're only going to disappoint you.

  • Marissa

    I have read all the books in this series, but now I'm finding them to be stale and annoying. I keep hoping they will get better but they don't. I know these are cozy but they are starting to feel more corny than anything. Everyone who causes Hannah turmoil or does her wrong, dies immediately. If we could all be so lucky. Why can't they stick around for a couple of books before they get killed off? And I like cookies as much as anyone else but I am tired of there being more recipes than story. I

    I have read all the books in this series, but now I'm finding them to be stale and annoying. I keep hoping they will get better but they don't. I know these are cozy but they are starting to feel more corny than anything. Everyone who causes Hannah turmoil or does her wrong, dies immediately. If we could all be so lucky. Why can't they stick around for a couple of books before they get killed off? And I like cookies as much as anyone else but I am tired of there being more recipes than story. I don't want to read cookbooks. The characters have become boring and all the conversations as others readers have said, are basically about the recipes, how they make them, and how everyone likes them, how delicious and great they are. Hannah seemed like a good character but she thinks she is smarter than everyone else and has to correct, and or comment about what others say or do wrong. Plus the way she talks and her mannerism doesn't jive with her supposed age. She is probably in her late 30's early forties by now, however she started out younger but has always been frumpy, not so good looking and she has always acted more like someone who is about 20 years older. She doesn't care for clothes, make-up, jewelry and stuff that younger women generally care about. I find this hard to believe. Also, everything she owns has come from the Helping hands thrift store. Why? Doesn't she ever long for something NEW or DIFFERENT? Then the two men in her life both love her and she can't choose so she gets with Ross. Okay. Also the talk of "pantsuits" and "wall phones" needs to go away. Small town I know but they seem a few decades behind everyone else. My other issue is the names of these characters. Like Phyllis? Herb? I like old names too but these people are not that old and the names don't match the time period they were born in. I understand a couple here and there but it seems like everyone has a name that just doesn't fit. This series either needs to get more exciting or end. Maybe the author should just focus on cookbooks since all the efforts seem to be in that area anyway.

  • Kelley

    ARC received courtesy of Goodreads.com First Reads Giveaway

    Jumping into this series at Number 20 is probably the reason that I gave this book 3 stars. More my fault than the book, I think. There are lots of characters that readers who follow this series know and love, I'm sure. I just couldn't figure out the relationships in such a short novel.

    The recipes in the book need to be made!

    I'm going to hand this book off to someone who follows the series!


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