Smokin' Hot eThis book may be one of the worst I vever read Here are some general problems I had with it1 The fact that I was able to figure out the Placing Memory ending several pages in It was so completely obvious that it just made the annoyingly folksy characters seemspecially moronic for not cluing in faster2 The fact that 60% of the non recipe text still consists of people a ating food that the narration simply MUST describe because OF COURSE we need to know the details of practically very single meal these characters at b discussing food they are about to at or just ate c talking about recipes and who gave them to our ridiculously bland heroine Hannah Swensen d making cookies discussing cookies naming off cookies praising cookies planning cookies ad nauseam Seriously the fact that text was devoted to food and in particular cookies rather than the mystery is ridiculous I suppose I should have Wanton Nights expected that though when I picked up a book with the title Devi s Food Cake Murder 3 The fact thatven when IMPORTANT PLOT TWISTS and I use the term plot twist loosely because Stevie Wonder could have seen these coming a mile away occur the characters STILL don t stop talking about cookies or recipes No the While My Soldier Serves earth shattering news get a throwaway sentence or two because we must have the characters talking about what s REALLY important aka the cookies or chocolate4 The ridiculous cast of folksy characters Hannah the 30 year old who has two men in love with her despite being completely bland and who goes on chaste dates that include dinner a one kiss maximum and baking bread Thevil slut Doctor Bev who is SKINNY and has a NICE HAIRCUT how dare the harlot The ridiculous mother who thinks A BAR the horror is too dangerous for her daughters to go to together ven though said daughters are in their 20s and 30s Grandma Knudson nough said 5 The stilted unnatural dialogue6 The unnecessary trick of having one character say a moderately uncommon word or phrase to be followed by another character ಪರಿಸರದ ಕತೆ Parisarada Kathe explaining what that means to the audience Is the intended audience of these books grade school children who need to learn their vocabulary for the spelling bee Seriously adults do not need to be pandered to like that they can pick up a dictionary if they really need it that bad 7 The somewhat related to no 6 trick of having one character say something and have a second character spell outxactly what that meant ven though the "Readers Have To Be Practically Brain Dead "have to be practically brain dead to understand For xample when talking about a dress that a woman Bonnie wanted to buy but that would be unflattering to her figureFor one thing it has a darling draped look over the hips Andrea told her And Bonnie has her own draped look over her hipsHannah began to smile I get it The little black dress would have accentuated one of Bonnie s figure flawsDo you get it Hannah DO YOU Was it really that difficult to understand what ANDREA WAS SAYING DID YOU REALLY was saying Did you really to spell it out for the audience I m pretty sure veryone GOT IT the first time around Really there is not a single redeeming thing about this book And it is a New York Times bestseller the reason I picked it up in the first place since that must mean it s good right JESUS TAKE THE WHEEL If you don t mind poor story construction faceless characters dialogue driven children s book plot complete lack of imagination random injections of pro gun
wtf Joanne No really references to Christianity very third or fourth sentence and a mysteriously octogenarian sounding 30 year old female protagonist who sounds like பொன்னியின் செல்வன் - புது வெள்ளம் every crappy romance novel heroine I vever read about her hair tis unruly her figure tis I read these in order so yes I have read the previous books and this was as delicious as The Return of the Carter Boys: The Carter Boys 2 expected maybe a little predictable because after all these years I do get conditioned to the formula used but never the less when I m in the mood for a Fluke nothinglse will do Best part was the nding of course It actually made me speak out loud shouting something like no way which only made waiting to read the next book harder perhaps that s why I didn tWe get the usual baking sleuthing Moishe troubles set in a cozy setting but the most important and juiciest part was Hannah and Norman and the third wheel I know she will probably never settle down cant force yourself to be attracted to Norman but reading about it is sure fun besides the woman is in her twenties although she sounds mature and who says she needs to settle down like an ancient piece of furniture bo. These days veryone in Lake Eden Minnesota is buzzing with activity and Hannah Swensen is no xception But no matter how busy she may be Hannah can always find time to help a friend in need specially when there's a murder to investiga. .Propaganda Wtf Joanne No Really
Gus hogwash anyways there were a few parts that annoyed me Hannah suggesting that certain someone marries someone Travis else because of a certain thing which brought the book back to 10000 BC to me Other than that I loved it the mystery was a little cleverer this time but I was still able to nudge most of the truth myself and the food yumm I like how she includes savory and sweet things I have tried a few over the years and they were very tasty cozy home style things Kasia S Sometimes I wonder why I like these so much I don t make the recipes which are increasing in number withvery book IT SEEMS TAKING UP A LOT OF SPACE I seems taking up a lot of space I annoyed by Hannah who is 30 but acts kind of like a grandma she doesn t know how to use mail and cell phones and is shocked at any implication of sex and I freuently feel like the author has not been back to Minnesota in a while referring to MN s basketball team as the Minnesota Wild is unforgivable The mysteries aren t ven the focus of the book any it s about revealing recipes and character development But they are a fun fast read and I do like the characters Will she AI Weiwei: Beijing Photographs, 1993-2003 ever choose between Mike and Norman What will Moishe get into next Who is Delores flirting with now Will anyonever mention that serving only cookies at a catered function is ridiculousI loved the cliffhanger The Bubble Economy: Is Sustainable Growth Possible? ending After so many books where Hannah s love affairs were left right where they started this was refreshing and I m looking forward to the next installment when I will not make the recipes and will chafe at Hannah slderly behavior Hopefully Hannah s new nemesis will be the next one to turn up baked in a pie or something I see this series around a lot but had never tried one before Why did I sample book 14 first Because the cover was pink of course I am a challenge junkyApparently from checking the reviews I started with a dud I must admit I thought there was an oversupply of recipes but I just skipped past them and they did not bother me I was a bit startled when the main character went on a date which nded with her and her male friend baking bread Seriously baking loaves of bread And I solved the murder somewhere around page 10 so the story held very few surprises for meNevertheless it all slid past uite nicely The characters were definitely on the odd side o Devil s Food Cake Murder has a twisty sort of murder Just when you think you ve guessed the twist it zigs where you thought you thought it would zag But really at this point I m reading to find out what s going on with the usual cast of characters As we inch closer to resolving the whole NormanMikeHannah triangle something lse is thrown in the mixNorman s odd behavior at the The Social Machine: Designs for Living Online end of the last book isxplained as is his habit of running off and lying to Hannah about his dental Collision Course: Endless Growth on a Finite Planet emergencies I can t say I saw that twist coming but it s really cruel to have that as the cliffhanger Next book now pleaseAlso While Mike is still doing stupid things he s dating Bev too and doesn t say a single word I am just over half way through the Hannah Swensen cozy mystery series with 14 Devil s Food Cake Murder written in 2011 by Joanne Fluke When I flipped through the Acknowledgments section in the paperback it noted that Hannah was voted as the most liked non detective crime solver that year how interesting I love the series and think she s uite fun butach book seems to get a little lighter on plot and heavier on recipes I preferred the balance in the 10 PRINT CHR$(205.5+RND(1)); : GOTO 10 (Software Studies) earlier novels yet they are still always a great readven if I m now down to about an hour to push through them despite being over 300 pages When I flip 10 pages to skip the recipe it breezes by uicklyIn this caper Hannah finds the dead body of Reverend Bob s temporary sit in while he s on his honeymoon with Claire Hannah s mom is watching Claire s fashion shop all the while trying not to insult the customers when they pick the wrong outfits for their body type But the biggest change in this Lake Eden puzzle is Hannah s dating life She s waffled between Mike and Norman for 13 books beginning to see them both wane at her indecision and start seeing other people well now there s a massive decision that will change the vents in future books In one way I m glad as she was stringing them on for far too long I agree with taking time to play the field and maybe it s only been 2 to 3 years in story time but it feels like a decadeAs for the mystery nothing xtraordinary and it didn t really involve many characters we ve met before xcept one adorable octogenarian so it wa. Te A new minister is in town to cover for Reverend Bob Knudson who's honeymooning with Hannah's good friend Claire But when the replacement is found face down in a plate of devil's food cake with a bullet in his head Hannah starts aski. .