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Chocolate Cream Pie Murder
Chocolate Cream Pie Murder | Joanne Fluke
19 posts | 18 read | 8 to read
Not even Lake Edens nosiest residents suspected Hannah Swensen would go from idealistic newlywed to betrayed wife in a matter of weeks. But as a deadly mystery unfolds in town, the proof is in the pudding . . . When The Cookie Jar becomes the setting of a star-studded TV special about movies filmed in Minnesota, Hannah hopes to shine the spotlight on her bakerynot the unsavory scandal swirling around her personal life. But thats practically impossible with a disturbing visit from the shifty character she once believed was her one and only love, a group of bodyguards following her every move, and a murder victim in her bedroom. Now, swapping the crime scene in her condo for her mother Deloress penthouse, Hannah and an old flame team up to solve a case thats messier than an upended chocolate cream pie. As suspects emerge and secrets hit close to home, Hannah must serve a hefty helping of justice to an unnamed killer prowling around Lake Eden . . . before someone takes a slice out of her!
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mabell
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Well, unsurprisingly the series continues to disappoint. (My sister is still up for buddy reading these 🤪😂)

Series must evolve, sure, but the last 6 or so have just gone off the rails. Very little investigating, at least the first 5 chapters are spent talking about a new recipes (a recipe used to be a side benefit of a chapter, not the sole purpose for it), there is little of the chatter and banter that used to carry the scenes ⬇️

mabell ... the cliffhangers from previous books are not explained, but instead a new cliffhanger is plunked at the end so “you have to read the next book!”

Most important, Hannah is not the strong, independent woman she was. All of a sudden all of her self-worth was attached to a man - that‘s NOT Hannah. And that isn‘t a message this series ever allowed! ⬇️
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mabell Instead of fun stand-alone mysteries centered around Lake Eden, the series has become a soap opera centered around Hannah. 2mo
Librarybelle That‘s a great description of the series! I still read them and enjoy them, but definitely not for the mystery. And, I totally agree about Hannah! 2mo
mabell @Librarybelle I‘m sure we will continue on to Coconut Cake Murder - tradition, and good excuse to complain! 😂 Plus, have to find out what happens! Hopefully we‘ll see more of the old Hannah back in the next one. 2mo
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TheHeartlandBookFairy
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Just when I think I've grown out of this series, they throw something at you at the end of the book and you know you're going to read the next one lol Actually, what they threw at me at the end of the book was something I'd suspected for a good share of the book however, now that they confirmed my suspicions I know I have to read the next one 😂 Well played, well played 👍

Millesent I have yet to read Joanna Fluke but I have watched all of the chocolate chip cookie baker series on the Hallmark channel starring Hannah Swenson. 5mo
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paulareadsallthetime
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I love this whole series of books!!

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Reita325

This series continues to get sillier and sillier and I so wish I hadn't started it many moons ago. I won't confide any spoilers but I can't imagine why the author decided that Hannah, who was once individualistic and strong has descended into this silly, needy type girl who makes terrible decisions over and over again. The entire Ross scenario was so out of character in the first place. Now it has come full circle in dumbness,

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Panpan

No no no. With 28 books you'd expect something to new to happen but nope. There was a love triangle that lasted about 24 books and then all of a sudden a new guy shows up and steals the show and now it turns out he's not a good guy. Plus the murder in this particular installment doesn't happen until about 80% through the book! And the recipes found at the end of the chapters which used to be a quirky add-on to the story are now the story itself.

rretzler Honestly, I don‘t know why this series is so popular, I‘ve read a few here and there and I didn‘t find anything redeeming about them at all. Don‘t know why I went back for more. 9mo
MrBook Great review! 9mo
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actualdisneyprincess
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Garbage. The murder didn‘t happen until almost 300 pages in - but was obvious from the first page - and the wrap-up was rushed and totally ridiculous. Hannah‘s an idiot. The writing is horrible now. And that last-sentence “cliffhanger” was also not surprising at all, and if it‘s true, a totally unnecessary and unwanted plot twist. I really think I‘ve hit my limit for tolerating this crap. 🤷🏻‍♀️

Samplergal 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 9mo
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Mehso-so

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This one was better than the last few in the series, but not by a whole lot. The murder didn't occur til 85% into the book, but I'd figured who would die and who the killer was by about 25% into it. I borrowed this one instead of buying it, and I'm glad I did.

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actualdisneyprincess
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I have about 50 pages left to go, and honestly? I think I‘ve finally reached my limit with this shit. The writing is horrible, the plots are even more contrived, and THE RECIPES DON‘T EVEN HAVE CLEVER NAMES ANYMORE, BUT THE CHARACTERS ARE ALL ACTING LIKE THEY‘RE THE MOST CREATIVE THINGS THEY‘VE EVER HEARD. “Oh, I think I‘ll make a white chocolate cookie that‘s chewy and crunchy, and I‘ll call them...Crunchy Chewy White Chocolate Cookies!” 🙄

Tamra 😆 Good one. You made me snort. 9mo
JenFowler 🤣🤣 9mo
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actualdisneyprincess
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I haven‘t even been able to bring myself to hate-post about this one, because my irritation started ON THE FIRST PAGE. This series has honestly gotten worse beyond belief with each one of the last six or so books; I have a really hard time believing Jo Fluke is still writing them herself, because the quality of the writing has PLUMMETED. I‘m can‘t decide if I‘m more annoyed by how bad this is, or with myself for continuing to read them. 😑

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Shuga
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Well. I'm not sad that Ross gets an earful from Hannah. Not much surprised me about this book except that with everything going on with Hannah her sister Andrea & Bill are no shows in the book. Now I just have to wait to see how this latest cliffhanger plays out

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LibrarianJen
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It‘s Pi day! 3.14
This is from an old family cookbook that‘s since lost its cover and quite a few pages. I‘ve saved as much of it as I can, including this super delicious recipe!

What‘s your favorite pie? Post a pic and or recipe and let me know! #piday
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AsYouWish Cinnamon Pie is my favorite! And if cheesecake counts that is my next favorite. 10mo
LibrarianJen @AsYouWish what‘s cinnamon pie? 10mo
PatriciaU Key lime pie is a favorite, along with cherry. Happy Pi Day! 10mo
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LibrarianJen @PatriciaU yum to both of those! 10mo
AsYouWish Cinnamon Pie has a cheesecake like texture, but it is made with cinnamon, sugar and a few other ingredients. It sounds really strange, but it is so good. 10mo
LibrarianJen @AsYouWish that actually sounds really delicious! 10mo
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Bourriquet76
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Book seventeen of 2019, feeling like this series jumped the shark awhile back

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Stephaniereads1
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Mehso-so

I mean It was predictable but I kind of expect this. Again I read this series with my sister so I will continue. Lol

derr.liz This series! I read it too as a guilty pleasure, even though it's so cheesy 🤦 10mo
Stephaniereads1 It really is cheesy but I love having a series to read with my sister. Lol 10mo
E.r.joy Candy read❤ 10mo
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Stephaniereads1
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My book for the day. This isn‘t my normal read but I read the series with my sister so it‘s important.

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Librarybelle
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Fluke has managed to craft a cliffhanger with her last few books. This one, the 24th in the series, opens after a massive cliffhanger from the 23rd book. Not much mystery, but the atmosphere is much darker and less cozy than any of the prior books. There was one reveal that I guessed early on from various hints, but I applaud Fluke‘s way to keep the series fresh. I liked this one because it was so different. Read it in a day!

catebutler These sound so fun! I‘ll have to check out the first in the series. 11mo
Librarybelle @catebutler They are! Lots of fun recipes too, especially a crunchy chocolate chip cookie recipe in the first book: 11mo
catebutler @Librarybelle Oh! I love when they include recipes. Thank you for tagging the first book. It‘s been added to my TBR. 🧡 11mo
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BookHoarder32 ...and now I want pie... 😂 11mo
Librarybelle @catebutler ❤️❤️❤️ 11mo
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Librarybelle
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I vowed to read ARCs this month for #ARCMadDash , but my physical book reading has been very limited the last couple weeks. I‘m finishing up The Johnstown Flood for #JohnstownRead , but I really wanted to start this one. #Zeke is joining me for a cuddly Caturday morning. #catsoflitsy

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ReadingOver50
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Although the title promises a murder, there is not death until the 80% mark in the book. This series is comforting to me. I like revisiting the characters, and the plots are generally fun. I felt that this was not the strongest mystery of the series, but it did provide closure to the Hannah/Ross plot line, and I know that was important to the fans. Also, I felt Norman was especially charming in this one.

Flaneurette How does your kindle have a color picture? 12mo
Dolly If it held multiple descriptions of chocolate cream pie it would be worth it. 12mo
ReadingOver50 @Flaneurette it doesn‘t. That‘s from fhe filter I used. 12mo
Flaneurette Oooh, I was wondering if that was the case, or if I was losing it! 🤪 12mo
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