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
Format Type:ebook
Number of Pages:204 pages

Christmas Caramel Murder Reviews

  • Susan Johnson
    Aug 07, 2016

    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
    Dec 14, 2016

    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?

  • Nancy Narma
    Sep 27, 2016

    “The Perfect Cozy Mystery to Find in Your Stocking”

    As Hannah regaled to (now Husband) Ross, it all began with a caramel-colored tale. Christmas was just around the corner in Lake Eden. What could be more traditional than the talented Lake Eden Players in a production of “A Christmas Carol”? As we have all experienced from time to time, nothing seems to be going smoothly—a broken popcorn machine, a long-standing candy company going out of business, etc., which also means a double order of cookies

    “The Perfect Cozy Mystery to Find in Your Stocking”

    As Hannah regaled to (now Husband) Ross, it all began with a caramel-colored tale. Christmas was just around the corner in Lake Eden. What could be more traditional than the talented Lake Eden Players in a production of “A Christmas Carol”? As we have all experienced from time to time, nothing seems to be going smoothly—a broken popcorn machine, a long-standing candy company going out of business, etc., which also means a double order of cookies and candy from the Cookie Jar at their busiest time of the year. Santa and Mrs. Claus make their appearance at the end of the play and hand out goodie bags to the children in attendance. Sounds sweet, right? Any other year perhaps—but when skirt-chaser Mayor Bascomb appoints Herb Beeseman’s ex-girlfriend Phyllis Bates as Mrs. Claus, (as well as Herb’s Assistant in the Town Marshal’s Office) everything is not sugar and spice! In fact the claws come out for Mrs. Claus in some parts of town. Especially where Herb’s Wife (And Hannah’s Cookie Jar partner) Lisa is concerned. Jealousy is flying faster than Santa’s reindeer. Suspicions are added to the daily baking schedules. More trouble brews when Hannah’s “Slaydar” works overtime and a body is discovered. With a long list of suspects in hand, Hannah dons her sleuthing cap in an attempt to find the perpetrator. Will she discover the identity of the guilty party? As you know, friendship and loyalty reign supreme in Lake Eden. Ms. Fluke has written a sticky situation for Hannah and the Cookie Jar crew to untangle, and has included some delectable recipes such as: “Red Velvet Whippersnapper Cookies”, Christmas Orange Raisin Cake, Red Raspberry Muffins, Cashew Candy Rolls, as well as eight others. I intend to make the “Angel Jellies” for our own Christmas nibbling. Here’s a hint for established “Hannah-ites” as well as newly-discovered Hannah Aficionados—you should buy two copies—one for your Yuletide break from the hustle and bustle of the holidays, and one for that special Cozy Mystery Lover’s stocking. Neither one of you will be disappointed.

    Nancy Narma

  • Randee
    Dec 05, 2016

    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 o

    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 anymore. 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 quit writing the series or even kill Hannah off then throw together a rather lame imitation of your creation.

  • Lena Harper
    Nov 04, 2016

    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.

  • Glen
    Nov 06, 2016

    This latest entry in the Hannah Swenson series lacks a little something. I read that Joanne Fluke was really too busy in Hollywood to really give this book her full attention, and I believe it.

    Taking place a year before the previous book in the series, Hannah tells Ross (whom I was hoping would be the victim in this book. Does anyone actually like Ross?) the story of the murder of Phyllis, who was a tramp and trying to steal the husband of Hannah's business partner. The whole family goes about t

    This latest entry in the Hannah Swenson series lacks a little something. I read that Joanne Fluke was really too busy in Hollywood to really give this book her full attention, and I believe it.

    Taking place a year before the previous book in the series, Hannah tells Ross (whom I was hoping would be the victim in this book. Does anyone actually like Ross?) the story of the murder of Phyllis, who was a tramp and trying to steal the husband of Hannah's business partner. The whole family goes about the business of trying to solve the murder. The ghost of Hannah's father keeps appearing and giving her hints of whodunnit. That still doesn't prevent the usual idiotic brush with death.

    I really think this was supposed to be part of one of the Christmas compilations, but for whatever reason was published solo.

    I would rate this as for completists only.

  • Marissa
    Dec 31, 2016

    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
    Jul 01, 2017

    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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