Christmas Caramel Murder

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...

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Title:Christmas Caramel Murder
Author:Joanne Fluke
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ISBN:161773229X
Format Type:ebook
Number of Pages:204 pages

Christmas Caramel Murder Reviews

  • Christine
    Oct 21, 2016

    This is the latest in the Hannah Swenson series. This is a flasback story. Hannah reminisces about the previous Christmas where she of course stumbled over a dead body. The body is that of Phyllis Bates, who was playing Mrs Claus with Lisa s husband Herb as Santa. It is also no secret that Phyllis was trying to lure Herb awsy from Lisa. So of course Hannah sets out to solve the crime.

    I have always loved this series it is what started me on the cozy genre. This was a bit shorter than usual. We sa

    This is the latest in the Hannah Swenson series. This is a flasback story. Hannah reminisces about the previous Christmas where she of course stumbled over a dead body. The body is that of Phyllis Bates, who was playing Mrs Claus with Lisa s husband Herb as Santa. It is also no secret that Phyllis was trying to lure Herb awsy from Lisa. So of course Hannah sets out to solve the crime.

    I have always loved this series it is what started me on the cozy genre. This was a bit shorter than usual. We saw more of Mike abd less if Norman as well and i kind of missed Norman. I do love it when Michelle is home and we get to see what new reciped she has. There were a few recipes from the book that i will be trying. While it was not my favorite book in the series, i will still continue to read them.

  • 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.

  • Loraine
    Dec 14, 2016

    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.

    I have read several of Fluke's Hannah Swenson series. They are quick, easy to read, cozy mysteries. The plots are not extremely complex and fairly predictable, but there are enough viable suspects for me to have to think about the possible murderer. I do have to admit she fooled me on this one. I love Ha

    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.

    I have read several of Fluke's Hannah Swenson series. They are quick, easy to read, cozy mysteries. The plots are not extremely complex and fairly predictable, but there are enough viable suspects for me to have to think about the possible murderer. I do have to admit she fooled me on this one. I love Hannah and her friends and the way they support one another through thick and thin. I loved how Fluke used a similar technique with Hannah's deceased dad as the ghosts in the story, A Christmas Carol. The best part of this particular book was all the wonderful Christmas cake, cookie and candy recipes that are included. I will be copying them all down because every one of them sounded incredibly delicious.

    A nice read for a break in between Christmas shopping, wrapping gifts, or being snowed in!

    FAVORITE QUOTE: "You never lose the love, Hannah. It survives forever." (Hannah's dad speaking to her.)

    ** I received a complimentary copy from a Goodreads Giveaway and the publisher to facilitate this review. Opinions are mine alone. I was not compensated for this review.

  • 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.

  • Mark Baker
    Dec 14, 2016

    It’s Christmas time again in Lake Eden, but trouble is brewing for Lisa, Hannah’s partner at The Cookie Jar. Her husband, Herb, is working late every night, and his new assistant is Phyllis, his high school girlfriend. Then Phyllis is cast as Mrs. Claus opposite Herb in the community play. Naturally, when Phyllis shows up murdered, Lisa and Herb are both suspects, and Hannah must work hard to clear their names.

    Those familiar with the series will enjoy a chance to check in with the gang in this C

    It’s Christmas time again in Lake Eden, but trouble is brewing for Lisa, Hannah’s partner at The Cookie Jar. Her husband, Herb, is working late every night, and his new assistant is Phyllis, his high school girlfriend. Then Phyllis is cast as Mrs. Claus opposite Herb in the community play. Naturally, when Phyllis shows up murdered, Lisa and Herb are both suspects, and Hannah must work hard to clear their names.

    Those familiar with the series will enjoy a chance to check in with the gang in this Christmas novella. The book is short, just 200 pages, including a dozen recipes, and the result is that some characters are reduced to cameos or even just mentions. The story touches all the usual bases, but it is fun and works its way to a logical climax. A few scenes take their cue from A Christmas Carol, but being a fan of that book I enjoyed them although they are certainly different for the series. Most interesting to me, this was a flashback, ignoring the events of the last couple of books, and a major character from those books only appears in the wrap around prologue and epilogue.

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  • 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.