Joanne Fluke: Cherry Cheesecake Murder



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Such a fantastic series It never gets old for me Whenever I am in a book slump I dive into a Hanna Swensen novel because she always seems to save the day Now I may be way behind in the series but I am going to try and finish them up within the next ear Fingers crossedHighly recommended cozy series Just make sure to read them in order of publication I love the Hannah Swensen series and all the recipes in the books Another great installment It was all I could do to get through this poorly written men s rights advocating dumpster fire of a book Joanne Fluke and her Mary Sue are sanctimonious woman hating twits and I m done gritting my teeth over this I m convinced that Fluke is writing exclusively for an audience of midwestern socially conservative housewives with a healthy heap of misogynists mixed in This series is reliably sexist there s lots of female murder victim blaming slut shaming biological essentialism and sneering at working mothers but Cherry Cheesecake Murder is the worst of the lot To digress for a bit I suspect that Hannah s treatment and oppinion of Andrea stems from a bone deep jealousy After all Andrea is Die Reisenden younger and better looking dresses better and has two beautiful children She has a husband and unlike Hannah didn t strike out in the romance department like Hannah did with the professor she was sleeping with in college Hannah is butthurt because she tanked her academic career to come home and parent her mother Meanwhile Andrea gets to be a mostly unfettered professional woman instead of being chained to the crib and stove Andou can just bet that Hannah has heard the why can t Undercover Pregnancy you be like Andrea speech all her life but I digress Fluke through her female characters articulates the following about girls women and sexual predators1 If a grown man interacts inappropriately with a 15ear old girl the child on the wrong end of the power balance is a Lolita in training and a burgeoning sex kitten Fluke2 If ยอดบุรุษพลิกคดี เล่ม 1 you have a child out of wedlockou are especially understandably inviting to sexual predators because Hummer you ve clearly let a man have the milk for free3 Ifou are married and have children With Baited Breath (Warhammer 40,000) you are a terrible mother ifou decide against a paternal economically dependent relationship with our husband4 Women in Hollywood are morally bankrupt whores who unlike the virtuous women of insert Podunk bastion of American conservatism here invite the attentions of sexual predators I know that most books involving female protagonists and killers are inherently sexist in that authors almost always write in a male love interest he usually takes on the role of high handed protector and serves to reassure a certain segment of readers that for all the heroine s skill and intrepidity she is still a physically and emotionally vulnerable female who wants strong arms marriage and children Thing is though that that genre convention is tolerable for most people because the likability relatability mental agility and backbone of the protagonist and the investigation to biological essentialism ratio serve to counteract the sexism and romance For example whereas James Patterson and his team of ghostwriters do an excellent job of balancing the detectivepolice work with Lindsay Boxer s personality and personal life Joanne Fluke often to the exclusion of the murder and mystery focuses on her protagonist s romantic entanglements antifeminist precepts political leanings and moral judgments One of the biggest problems I have with the Hannah Swenson series is the ham fisted way in which Fluke tries to make a case for traditional values Fluke litters her books with alienating poorly disguised political screeds and dog whistles The female characters spend time worshiping conceding to cooking for and. When Main Street in Lake Eden becomes a movie set a clever killer rewrites the script

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Accommodating men than they do on investigating murder They moralize and judge and twist themselves into knots trying to be ladylike right down to the language they use I can understand trying to accurately represent the attitudes and behaviors specific to a region but Fluke beats us over the head with the social conservatism something that distracts as much as it offends Again if there were to recommend the books I could grit my teeth and deal I do this with JD Robb s In Death series even as Eve Dallas s husband gets increasingly controlling Thing is Eve isn t a sanctimonious incompetent feckless jellyfish Robb rarely if ever employs the damsel in distress trope the stories are tight and mostly coherent and cohesive the investigating figures prominently in the books and most importantly Eve isn t an inauthentic mean spirited judgmental Mary Sue who fancies herself to be better and smarter than everyone else This book really makes me dislike Hannah She s a pompous ass There is apparently nothing she can t cook and even though she is constantly described as being plump with frizzy red hair she is the femme fatale of her sleepy little Minnesotan townThis book Hannah decides which marriage proposal she will accept Being the condescending twit that she is she is put out that someone had the audacity to propose to her and actually expect a response Sheesh seriously In the ultimate fence sitting move Hannah turns down both guys with the statement that she will decide where when and whom she marries but hey guys please keep taking me out spending money on me and showering me with attention even though I just made a public spectacle out of ou and shown that I could care less about The Alcohol Experiment your feelingsSeriously Unfortunatelyes What guy puts up with that Hannah gets put out every time Come on Joanne Mike is a slut Norman is everything a woman could possibly want and this is what Menggairahkan Perjalanan Halaqah you do Sigh I give up You make Hannah look like some kind of nasty tease Norman needs to go find a woman who won t lead him around by the nose and then go chasing off after some pretty boy who has told her than once that his job is important than her No Joanne I didn t finish this one and I am really disappointed Not only is Hannah such a screw up that she not only teases two men but then decides that maybe she wants to try someone new What You were afraid ifou put her in a stable loving relationship we wouldn t read any BUZZZZZ Wrong I give up here And it is a shame I was really enjoying seeing Hannah as a strong thoughtful considerate and loving woman well able to make her decisions knowing that she could rely on her own heart Point me at Norman I will take him if she doesn t want him A film is being shot in Lake Eden Stage mothers Walk on roles for extras and 25 pound orange cats Oy vey Hannah is reeling after being proposed to by two men There may be a third suitor waiting in the wings And her cherry cheesecake may be the only thing that can keep an overly picky and at times creepy director under control This mystery had at interesting format because view spoiler it was one of those where the murder didn t take place until most of the way through the book Still there were lots of great scenes with familiar Lake Eden residents and Hannah s personal life is always fun Not sure I m such a Ross fan I think we ve got enough men in Hannah s life with just Mike and Norman I m having enough trouble deciding who to ship between the two of them personally my money s always been on Norman hard to pass up a man who loves Spiritual Warfare for Every Christian your cat hide spoiler Why wereou smiling like that Smiling like what Like the cat that got into the cream pot Lake Eden a small cozy town in Minnesota has been chosen by a famous director to be the set for. Nd bakery owner Hannah Swenson while trying to decide which marriage proposal to accept.

A movie and of course everyone is head over heels and trying their best to be chosen for a small part Everything is going as smooth as a cheesecake until the fake revolver used in a suicide scene turns out to be not so fake after all the director gets killed on the spot and guess what Hannah Swensen owner of the local cookie shop and amateur investigator is around and will stick around till the end Hannah is either very lucky or very unlucky I mean after all she met seven killers and she s still alive On the other end if ou are not a cop nor a mortician being in contact with so many dead bodies must certainly be a case of very bad luck Unless of course ou enjoy it But it looks like it s never enough for Hannah seven investigations and almost double the bodies seven murderers and oh Demonica yes two men to date at the same time can t possibly satisfy her greed She needset another body another killer and another potential husband it s never enough for cunning manipulative back stabber Hannah Swensen In this 8th book in the Hannah Swensen series the bakeramateur sleuth investigates when an actor is murdered with a prop gun The book can be read as a standalone The star of this series is Hannah Swenson amateur sleuth and entrepreneur who owns a cookie bakery and loves to create new cookies for her shop and prepare treats for her friends and relatives Luckily for readers who d like to try the sweets recipes are provided In this story some scenes for a Hollywood movie are slated to be shot in Hannah s home town of Lake Eden Minnesota The producer director actors and supporting staff flood into town and to the delight of the townsfolk local citizens will be involved as advisors and bit players The murder in this book involves a character dying from a bullet wound from what was supposed to be a prop gun This doesn t occur until about page 200 however and until then we visit with the characters and follow Hannah s apparently eternal romantic triangle with Norman the dentistand Mike the detective In fact this book has an additional boyfriend Hannah s attractive friend Ross who s on the movie staff It s hard to believe Hannah s beaus would put up with her indecisiveness forever but it s a book not real lifeOnce the murder occurs Hannah and her sisters are on the job not investigating which is frowned on by Mike the detective but rather snooping to help find the killer As usual with amateur detectives in these kinds of stories they withhold information from the police go where they shouldn t etc This isn t a complex mystery but rather an entertaining cozy with fun characters that are staples of the series and lots of good pastriesThese are some of the recipes in the bookCocalattasPeanut butter and jam cookiesFruit pocket French toastCherry cheesecakeMini cherry cheesecakesChocolate trufflesCream cheese puffsLemon cream torteAngel kissesOoey gooey chewy cookie barsYou can follow my reviews at The structure of this book was interesting The murder would happen halfway through so a prologue showing the incident from the victim s view was written The book has some heart and it won me over gradually I was prepared to rate it 3 stars But the last few pages undid all that goodwill I m always a sucker for an unorthodox climax However that Dolores character not only With the eighth installment of the Hannah Swensen series Cherry Cheesecake Murder delivers strong I was very excited by the story characters and forward motion in this bookThe introduction of Ross as a new suitor for Hannah could have gone the wrong direction but Ross combines the great attributes of Mike and Norman into a single man I m rooting for Ross to win Hannah s love and let s get real she needs to make a choice soon I m only saying so beca. Must sift through a cast of suspects before the film wraps with an even deadlier endin.

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