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In her debut mystery, "Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder, " intrepid amateur sleuth and bakery owner Hannah Swensen proved that when it comes to crime, nothing is sweeter than a woman who knows how to really mix it up. Now, the flame-haired, tart-talking (and baking) heroine is back, judging a contest where the competition is really murder.Strawberry Shortcake MurderWhen the prIn her debut mystery, "Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder, " intrepid amateur sleuth and bakery owner Hannah Swensen proved that when it comes to crime, nothing is sweeter than a woman who knows how to really mix it up. Now, the flame-haired, tart-talking (and baking) heroine is back, judging a contest where the competition is really murder.Strawberry Shortcake MurderWhen the president of Hartland Flour chooses cozy Lake Eden, Minnesota, as the spot for their first annual Dessert Bake-Off, Hannah is thrilled to serve as the head judge. But when a fellow judge, Coach Boyd Watson, is found stone-cold dead, facedown in Hannah's celebrated strawberry shortcake, Lake Eden's sweet ride to fame turns very sour indeed.Between perfecting her Cheddar Cheese Apple Pie and Chocolate Crunchies, Hannah's snooping into the coach's private life and not coming up short on suspects. And could Watson's harsh criticism during the judging have given one of the contestants a license to kill? The stakes are rising faster than dough, and Hannah will have to be very careful, because somebody is cooking up a recipe for murder. . .with Hannah landing on the "necessary ingredients" list."Another delicious adventure. . .a superior cozy sure to leave readers satisfied. . .but hungry for more." --"Publishers Weekly"Includes seven delicious recipes!...

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Number of Pages : 320 Pages
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Strawberry Shortcake Murder Reviews

  • James
    2018-11-03 13:53

    Hannah is great. She seems very real but I don't know the mid-west all that well, so I have a few more books to read in this series before I come to a conclusion... but I'm looking forward to it.(MINOR SPOILER, skip next paragraph)I was glad the coach bit the dust in this one, as he was not a very nice guy... the whole abuse factor (not brought up a lot) made it clear he had to go.(OK to read)I loved the way this one was portrayed on the TV series with Alison Sweeney when the made it into a show. Fun books in the beginning. About MeFor those new to me or my reviews... here's the scoop: I read A LOT. I write A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at, where you'll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I've visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

  • Elle ✦ Pretty Little Books ✦
    2018-10-19 20:18

    :: 4 Delicious Stars :: I adore this series. It is light, action packed, fun, and leaves readers craving for more. Hannah Swensen (the books heroine/amateur sleuth) is very likeable. She is smart, charming, and really knows how to dish out delicious treats! While I do feel like her character could be a bit more dynamic, there really isn’t anything bad I can say about her. Hopefully as the series progresses her character will develop a bit more. In addition to this, the plot is a bit predictable in this book. Those who enjoy a good cozy mystery will notice that this is true for most of them. However, that’s okay because these books are made to be light and fluffy; the brain doesn’t have to go into overdrive to figure out what is going to happen next. So, all in all I enjoyed this book and I will continue to read the series. Joanne Fluke does a wonderful job mixing in yummy recipes with the story and I can’t wait to try some of them! Fans of cozy mystery, I do recommend this book. Try to read the first one in the series first though (Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder) as it gives a bit more character information. You can also find a movie adaptation of that book on the Hallmark Channel (and another one coming out December 2015). You can find my full review and more by checking out my blog:

  • Amanda
    2018-10-21 18:21

    I really liked book #1 and I quickly bought and finished the second installment. Had to lower my rating though because the book is EXACTLY the same as the first one. As if it was written by a template or paint-by-numbers. (view spoiler)[In both books there is a murder committed and then a second murder committed because someone was a witness to the first murder. Hannah investigates "unofficially" and ends up in a final confrontation with the killer that is EXACTLY the same in both books. They have a gun, she keeps talking to stall for time (and to wrap up any questions the reader may have), she makes a wild effort to disarm them, she ends up with the gun and the killer on the floor, the cop(s) come in and take over from there. She also repeats a lot of the same phrasing and imagery in the books. Like, exactly the same words to describe things. (hide spoiler)]I gave three stars because it was still a light, easy, enjoyable read, and I may even give the third one a try to see if Fluke has any other tricks up her sleeve. But if nothing changes then I won't be reading any more.

  • Chrissy
    2018-10-24 15:17

    Another delicious murder mystery! Hannah has become a cooking judge in front of a live audience. She is also given her few minutes of fame before each contest begins by baking a recipe and sharing it with the viewers.One of the judges has to back out at the last minute due to a dental emergency, so the station has to have another person randomly choosen to be a judge on such short notice. They draw the name Boyd Watson. A basketball coach at the local high school where they are filming the baking contest.It's a rather interesting mystery surrounding Boyd Watson's murder. Secrets are kept in this small town with someone blackmailing almost each and everyone. Hannah finds herself in more trouble than she bargins for when she promises the wife Danielle that she would help prove she is innocent since the new cop and her brother in lasw are pretty much not looking for another suspect and she is their main target.I could not put this book down, it was a wonderful read. Without spoiling the book, there was one part in particular where I could not read fast enough. The first person that I felt was the killer and then changed my mind, I should have stuck with my initial instinct as I would have been correct. This book had me laugh out loud a few times because of the silly puns, or because of an insult coming from one of the characters when you had not expected it.I am really getting sucked into this series and will have to look at getting the recipe book that was just released this month since all of them seem so tasty.If you're ready for a good read that will have you on the edge of your seat, can't stop turning the pages even though you sould be making dinner or going to sleep, and have a sweet tooth this is the book for you.

  • Liralen
    2018-11-11 16:10

    It's a cop-out, but the Hannah Swensen mysteries really only need a lump review:For some reason, I keep reading these when they show up at the library. I don't know why. Do I enjoy them? Sure. They're trashy murder mysteries that don't always make sense. I can huff at them in irritation when the main character does, or thinks, something especially stupid. They involve recipes.Actually, the books are formulaic enough that they themselves were written by recipe.Yes, I will keep reading them, assuming that new books keep showing up on the library shelves. I will enjoy them, and I will probably root for Norman as Suitor of the Day. But no, I will not be spending any money on these books.

  • Mandy
    2018-11-04 15:10

    The bad thing about these books is that I want to eat the entire time I'm reading! I enjoy Hannah Swensen and her uncanny ability to find herself in yet another murder mystery. It sort of reminds me of Scooby Doo and the gang and how they always wound up at the scene of a crime or in the middle of a case no matter what. I could do without the "too cheerful" dialogue and way happy ambience of these books, but I do enjoy them! This one had me stumped until the end. Now I'm on to the 3rd one :)

  • Brooke ♥booklife4life♥
    2018-11-16 21:02

    Find this review, plus more, on my blog: Booklikes OR Blogger Basic InfoFormat: Audio Pages/Length: n/aGenre: Cozy Mystery Reason For Reading: I like the series At A GlanceLove Triangle/Insta Love/Obsession?: NoCliff Hanger: NoTriggers: n/aRating: 3.5 stars Score SheetAll out of tenCover:6Plot: 6Characters: 6World Building: 6Flow:7Series Congruity: 8Writing: 7Ending: 7Total: 7In DepthBest Part: Food, duh. Worst Part: Kinda the same plot as book 1. Thoughts Had: Being on a diet stinks. ConclusionContinuing the Series: YesRecommending: YesShort Review: When the coach dies, i did a little happy dance. For starters, how dare you not even share the damn cake with your m'effering wife. You selfish POS. And because he's a horrible person so yay death for him. Really wish Hannah wasn't dragged into it thou, should have just left it alone and once they tested the cake for poison, you would have been off the hook. Side note: i'm 100% sure it's not okay to have a bakery shop owner in a freaking bake off! Not fair at all. I like how the sisters were closer in this book than they were in book 1. Misc. Book Boyfriend: N/ABest Friend Material: Andrea Review in GIF Form:I really want some cake!

  • Mayda
    2018-11-10 18:03

    It’s not all sugar and sweetness for Hannah in this cozy mystery. Judging a Dessert Bake-Off sounds like fun, until one of the judges is found dead. But the dead man, a coach and abusive husband, had more than one enemy, and Hannah is determined to narrow down the suspects. Hannah enlists the help of her sister to do some sleuthing, but they find more than they bargained for. The only thing that will slow down your reading of this tale are the recipes that are sprinkled throughout the story. You just might want to stop reading long enough to bake some cookies to enjoy as you match wits with Hannah.

  • Sarah
    2018-10-29 21:04

    3.5 StarsThis book was good; I did really enjoy the story line and the whodunit did keep me guessing right up until the end.My biggest issue was with Hannah; she drove me crazy! She just had this attitude about her that she knew everything. The way she talked about here sister, no wonder they didn't get along as children. I enjoy cozy mysteries, I think they are a lot of fun; but Hannah's whole 'I better than the police' started to get on my nerves.Like I said, I did enjoy it and I will be continuing on with the series.

  • Bookishrealm
    2018-10-31 19:11

    I'm enjoying the heck out of this series. It isn't the best writing but goodness it definitely is one of the most relaxing reads I've had in a while. I'm loving it. And I can't wait to continue listening to them all on audiobook.

  • Janie Johnson
    2018-11-10 15:12

    I chose to read this book for the March Mystery Madness challenge that is going on. I am not at all familiar with cozy mysteries so it was a good idea for me to choose one for this challenge to kind of get an idea of what they are like. This one was for a cozy mystery involving cooking or crafting. I have not had the chance to read the first book since I do not own that one, but since this series has different cases with each book, it was fine to start with book 2. I did discover that with reading this book, it pretty much let me know that cozy mysteries are not really for me. SynopsisJoanne Fluke introduced small-town Minnesota bakery owner Hannah Swensen in Chocolate Chip Cooke Murder. Now, this intrepid amateur sleuth returns in another dangerously delicious mystery. I thought that the plot of the story was pretty good. Mixing cooking with murder with an amateur sleuth is always fun, but I did not find it as exciting as the normal mysteries I am used to reading. I am sure that is because this is how cozy mysteries are supposed to be. I the writing was fine, it was pretty fluid and easy to follow and there were even some pretty funny 'laugh out loud' parts as well. I just found the mystery itself to be pretty unrealistic, again, that could be a trait of a cozy mystery.I did not really care all that much for the main character, not because she evil or mean but because it seemed like all her answers to questions were just handed to her and clues were found way too easy. I also felt like she did not make the smartest choices while she was sleuthing around, and this made her feel pretty unrealistic. I really could not relate to her very well. Again this could be the way the characters are in cozy mysteries.Overall their were parts of the book that were entertaining, I did like the humorous parts of the book and the way it flowed, but I really thought there would be more adventure and excitement, so in that area it was a little disappointing. I can recommend this book if you do like cozy mysteries. If you want to read this but it is a first time read of a cozy mystery, like it was for me, just don't expect a lot of bone chilling excitement. I am giving this 2.5 stars.

  • Rebbie
    2018-11-12 13:59

    This is the second cozy mystery in the Hannah Swensen series by Joanne Fluke. For those of you who don't know, you can currently watch this series on the Hallmark channel. I personally haven't seen it, although I have heard it's great.Set in the fictional tiny town of Lake Eden, MI, Hannah Swensen is the owner of a bakery called The Cookie Jar. Once again, there's been a murder, and once again, we find Hannah placing herself in the middle of the investigation. Why she gets away with this, I don't know, but maybe it's because one of her love interests is a detective. Plus, it doesn't hurt that her brother-in-laws is also a detective, so she's easily able to talk her way out of trouble. :PIn this particular story, the victim is a wife-beating sleazeball, so it was hard to feel sorry for him. Of course, that doesn't mean that a killer should be allowed to run loose in the usually safe town of Lake Eden, but it's worth a mention.Overall, this is brain candy for people who just want to sit down and enjoy a simple book without having to think too much. Also, it's worth noting that this novel is written a bit more smoothly than the first one, perhaps because the author is more comfortable with the characters, or has more confidence. Either way, that's a great sign, although I personally enjoyed the first story a little bit more. But that's just a matter of preference.

  • Sheri
    2018-11-04 16:51

    Strawberry Shortcake Murder (Joanne Fluke)Murder Mystery. Hannah Swensen is a baker living in rural Minnesota. When she is not baking she is solving crimes...this job just comes naturally to her. Hannah is asked to judge a four day bake sale. After the first day one of the judges, Coach Boyd Watson is found dead and Hannah is on the scene.Hannah with the help of her sister Andrea, decide to do some investigatingFast paced who done it, with twists, turns a lot of suspects is a fun page turning all night read. Add some sweet recipes, this makes for a perfect end of the day book. I look forward to more mysteries by Joanne Fluke.

  • Erin
    2018-11-02 20:10

    these books are entertaining and a quick read. the mysteries aren't terribly complex, but they do offer some intriguing twists and turns to keep you reading! the bonus is that each book offers a handful if yummy-sounding dessert recipes. if you like to cook/bake/eat (lol), then that's just another reason to pick up these books! I've already got the next 2 on hold at the library and I can't wait to see what kind of shenanigans Hannah gets herself into next. :)

  • Naomi Blackburn
    2018-10-27 14:17

    Where is my insulin?? This book was way to sticky sweet and the emphasis was on how the author was going to be able to fit her recipes into the storyline versus the story line itself. I do believe, unless I need them for a challenge, this is my last Joanne Fluke book, unless I grab them to see what recipes she puts in them!

  • Kay Van Slyke
    2018-11-03 16:52

    Good one!! Fun murder mystery along with some new recipes. I'm definitely going to have to try to make the Chocolate Highlander Cookie Bars. Yum!! Also, my new motto from this book is: "If chocolate were a mandatory part of breakfast, people wouldn't be so grouchy in the morning"!!

  • Kate Hollifield
    2018-11-06 20:05

    While some referenced how similar the structure of the book was to its predecessor, I didn't mind. This book was a fun read, and that's what I wanted it to be.

  • Tonya Smith
    2018-10-30 17:14

    I loved it

  • Valerie Tate
    2018-10-28 19:10

    A fun read!

  • Laurel
    2018-10-20 18:00

    This is the second cozy, Strawberry Shortcake Murder, by Joanne Fluke that I have enjoyed. I am already realizing that completing these books in order is advantageous, given that each book adds more layers to the main characters: Hannah, otherwise known as The Cookie Lady, the proprietress of a very successful bake shop, Andrea, her real estate broker sister and sidekick, and several other folks who work and live in the Minnesota town of Eden Mill. This book could be read as a standalone, but I enjoyed this one even more than the first, since it was fun to learn more about the comings and goings of this community and the interactions of its members. This time, Hannah is overseeing a bake-off contest at the local high school, with it's judging being completed by the members of a local tv station, WCOW. She is serving dessert to the broadcast team on air, and providing recipes for viewers. This arrangement is a great publicity opportunity for Hannah, since she wants to expand her wares at the shop beyond various cookie types, to include desserts. When one of the bake-off judges is murdered, who happens to be the husband of one Hannah's friends, she swings into action to protect her friend's interests, and prove her innocence. This book is not all fun, baking and sleuthing. Indirectly, it addresses the serious issues of spousal abuse and steroid use in high school athletes.This book includes recipes for the desserts Hannah serves on tv, as well as additional cookie recipes. I haven't tried any yet, but they sound quite appealing. Fluke uses this book to positively develop the relationship between Hannah and her sister, and set up the possibility of competitive romantic prospects for Hannah. At this point, having competed the first two books in the series, I am content with the knowledge that there are many more cases for Hannah to solve. For some reason, I have a sudden urge to bake!

  • Toni
    2018-11-11 17:01

    This story features Hannah Swensen, and she is one of the judges of the Heartland Flour Dessert Bakeoff that is being broadcast on the local television station. One of the judges has to bow out and they bring in, Boyd Watson, a character from the Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder who was proven to be a wife beater. He is the coach of the Gulls high school basketball varsity team. He says some not so nice things to some of the contestants and they end up finding his dead body the next day. Hannah gets emersed into the mystery of this man's murder.With the help of her sister, Andrea, who is a real estate professional, they tackle the mystery of Boyd's death. Then a nosy reporter from the local tabloid wants to get some benefits from the death and then does a disappearing act. Hannah and Andrea spend quite a bit of time looking for her and then they realize that there are now two deaths to contend with. I really enjoyed following the antics of Hannah and her sister all the while trying to evade Mike, the local police detective and Andrea's husband the local sheriff. The two police men are not very hot on having the Swensen women working on cases that should be left to the police.Hannah never listens and still investigates all the murders she comes across. She is a hoot and a half. I look forward to reading the next Hannah Swensen mystery.I purchased this title with my own money and bought it on my Kindle.

  • Laura
    2018-10-27 20:05

    2nd in the Hannah Swensen series.The second installment of the series improved on the first. Hannah is obviously growing as a character. She makes better decisions, yet is still her impulsive self. Her relationship with her sister, Andrea, is also growing. This time when murder strikes in Lake Eden, Hannah needs to help her friend, Danielle, who is suspected of murdering her battering husband. Andrea insists on helping Hannah and the two become quite the investigative pair. Andrea is the charmer and can get information from people when they don't even know they are giving it, which Hannah is good at the direct approach and putting the pieces together.Once again, the mystery was good and kept me intrigued all the way to the end.

  •  Olivermagnus
    2018-10-30 19:08

    When the president of Hartland Flour chooses Lake Eden, Minnesota as the host for their first annual Dessert Bake-Off, Hannah is overjoyed to be picked to serve as head judge. When a fellow judge has to drop out due to illness, Coach Boyd Watson is selected to replace him. During the first day's competition, Coach Boyd rudely criticizes the desserts of four of the contestants, annoying everyone. Later that evening Hannah gets an urgent call from her friend and Boyd's wife, Danielle. When she arrives she finds Boyd's body in the garage. It's not long before Danielle is being investigated for the murder. Hannah knows Danielle is not capable of doing such a thing so, despite strict instructions from the police to stay out of the investigation, decides to recruit her sister and prove Danielle innocent.The cozy small town atmosphere and nice people who live there are part of the charm of the series. The dialogue between the characters gets repetitive at times, because they are constantly repeating one another names, but overall, this is an engaging mystery series. Also included in these books are some delicious sounding recipes that reference something in the book.

  • Whitney (Shooting Stars Reviews)
    2018-11-04 19:02

    Reviewed by Whitney@Shooting Stars ReviewsHannah and her friends are going to be in a bake off. But when the local high school coach gets murdered and the cops suspect the battered wife, Hannah knows she isn't the killer, so she's going to figure it out herself. But she may have a few issues along the way. This book was okay. I liked the mystery, and Hannah and her sister together. What I really didn't like was the two love interests she had, because it really felt like I missed something or there wasn't anything there because they just out of nowhere acted jealous of each other. That was annoying, but other than that I liked the book and I do look forward to more in this series.

  • Theresa
    2018-10-18 16:01

    There is a point in this book at which any basic human intelligence, or probably one of those chess-playing computers, would figure out the killer with no problem. Coincidentally, this is the exact same point at which Hannah suddenly becomes dumber than a sack of rocks. I assume she got hit in the head with an oven door off-camera or something. There was no mention of Mike's moustache but I have to assume it is still there, lurking.

  • Badseedgirl
    2018-11-07 18:18

    I'm not sure I like the dessert recipes better than the cookie recipes. I thought this plot was a tad draggy at times,which explains why it took me so long to read, but I like the light hearted love triangle developing.

  • Jasmine
    2018-10-31 20:10

    I really enjoyed how Andrea helped out a lot with the crime solving, perhaps because she acts just like I would. I also am still on team Norm personally. Also she didn't feed her cat too much in this one, which is good. I can't wait to try out some of the recipes from this series!

  • FabulousRaye
    2018-11-05 15:08

    This felt overly long. As soon as she finally figured out who the murderer was, I turned it off. This series is probably not for me.

  • Catherine
    2018-10-24 18:11

    Love this series. It took me almost to the end to figure out who the killer was. I do love Hannah and the way she takes care of her friends. Even the way she uses cookies to get information she needs. And of course the recipes are a bonus. Still a very cozy read.

  • QNPoohBear
    2018-10-26 16:11

    Hannah Swenson, owner of The Cookie Jar bakery is planning to expand her menu to include desserts. As a judge for the Heartland Flour Bake Off, she gets to try out new recipes to debut on the local news. When Hannah's fellow judge Coach Boyd Watson stings the contestants with his negative comments, Hannah tries to soften the blow with more positive comments and constructive criticism. The next time Hannah sees Coach, he's lying dead on the garage floor, his head bashed in with a hammer. The police want to believe it was Coach Watson's wife Danielle, acting in self-defense. It's not common knowledge but Hannah knows Coach was a wife beater but she also knows Danielle wouldn't hurt her husband, not even in self-defense. To save her friend from a trial and possible jail time, Hannah sets out to solve the mystery with the help of her sister Andrea. My introduction to Hannah Swenson came through the TV movie based on Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder. I like cozy mysteries and I love to bake so I thought I'd check the series out and see how I liked it. This story is very comparable to other similar cozy mysteries. It feels very dated with people recording on VCRs and using dial up internet which puts this book at a disadvantage compared to other cozy mysteries but plot wise it's a typical cozy mystery. I couldn't figure out who the murderer wad. The one thing that surprised me about this book was the lack of suspects. Hannah really wanted to believe it wasn't someone from Lake Eden so the suspect was unknown. Once she put the clues together and found the motive, then she (and I) could guess who the murderer was. There's a little romance between Hannah and Mike, the detective. They're still getting to know each other slowly. Meanwhile, Hannah's mother wants her to marry a local dentist whom Hannah considers a friend. This book contains some delicious sounding recipes. The recipes are put into the story instead of at the end, which I liked. I felt some of the scenes felt repetitive. The reader doesn't really get drawn into the baking competition to feel it was necessary to go through each day of the competition. That made the book a little long. Some readers found Hannah to be incredibly stupid but I didn't think she was any more stupid than any other cozy mystery heroine. That's the thing about cozy mysteries- the sleuth is an amateur, usually a woman, who sticks her nose in police business to save herself/a loved one/a friend. She adds up the clues until she's almost killed and then she saves the day. This does require some suspension of disbelief. If that is not your thing, stay away from cozy mysteries. I liked Hannah well enough though she's a cat person. She meddles because she cares and wants to help. She's a successful business owner (apparently residents of Lake Eden, Minnesota need cookies all day starting first thing)and yes she's too busy solving murders to do much in the way of running her business, but in this book she's giving away day old cookies as publicity and at least she's baking something if only for a news spot. She's a good boss and tries to be a good daughter to her over-involved mother. She has good taste in cookies. She's trying to be a better sister to Andrea, recognizing their differences and embracing her sister's strengths. She did do something illegal in the course of the investigation but that's pretty much a trademark of this type of mystery. However, I did find her to be a little stupid in that everyone knew she was investigating the murder and she gave herself away to the murderer pretty easily, which was not too brilliant of her but let's just say she was naive. Andrea is the brains behind the investigation. She's a real estate agent and therefore a people person. She gets people to give up information without them knowing it and she's constantly asking Hannah what her cover story will be when Hannah wants to make it up on the spot. She seems a little high strung though and does she spend any time with her kid? Dolores, Hannah's mother is the comic relief. She's overbearing and annoying at times but she loves her daughters and doesn't have anything else to do except collect antiques and gossip with friends. She also belongs to a Regency Romance book club - her favorite author? Georgette Heyer, of course. My library has this series so I will probably check out more and ignore the fat cat. This series would be a LOT better if Moishe was a dog.