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  • By: Joanne Fluke
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

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Christmas Cake Murder

By: Joanne Fluke
Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
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Summary

It's Christmas many years ago, and topping young Hannah Swensen's wish list is becoming the go-to baker in Lake Eden, Minnesota. But as Hannah finds out, revisiting holiday memories can be murder....

With her dream of opening The Cookie Jar taking shape, Hannah's life matches the hectic December hustle and bustle in Lake Eden - especially when she agrees to help recreate a spectacular Christmas ball from the past in honor of Essie Granger, an elderly local in hospice care. But instead of poring over decadent dessert recipes for the merry festivities, she instantly becomes enthralled by Essie's old notebooks and the tale of a woman escaping danger on the streets of New York. 

Hannah's surprised by Essie's secret talent for penning crime fiction. She's even more surprised when the story turns real. 

As Hannah prepares to run a bakery and move out of her mother's house, it'll be a true miracle if she can prevent another yuletide disaster by solving a mystery as dense as a Christmas fruitcake....

©2018 H.L. Swensen, Inc. (P)2018 Recorded Books

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Not what I expected.

I liked the narration, the recipes too. I didn't see the ending coming though. Great book.

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  • Mystery Lover
  • 26-09-18

Why are we going backwards??

I am wondeeing if she doesn’t know how she is going to deal with the current situation. Why else would we have a story that is written in the past?

I started this book wanting to see the story progressed from the last book, and to see what what is going to happen. So, as this book doesn’t do that, I was disappointed.

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  • Bonnie
  • 15-10-18

Not what expected from this author

While it was interesting to go into the past there was no mystery. I have always enjoyed these books as light mystery reading, however this book just was almost silly.

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  • TRC
  • 03-10-18

Horrible Story Line

DON’T WAISTE YOUR MONEY!! DONT BUY THIS BOOK.
I hated the fact the story is going back in time. Please write the next book to wrap up this series and give poor Hannah a happily ever after!!! I will only buy the next book if it wraps up the series!!!

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  • Shantel
  • 03-10-18

Horrible!!!!

If I could rate this book 0 stars I would. It might be time to end this series. Each book gets worse and worse… I keep thinking that the next one will be better but that’s not the case. I had to restart this book about 10 times because I found my mind wandering...

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  • Happy quilter
  • 06-01-19

The Rest of the Story

Fun story that gives us the background of how the Cookie Jar came to be.

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  • Debra
  • 01-12-18

story good, performance fair.

Reading sounded juvenile and choppy at times. Story was very good. Nice to see where the characters began.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 15-10-18

Need the Recipes!

I liked it, even though I agree it's weird to be going backwards in time.
Would really like to get the recipes. I hope they will post them in a pdf in the future.

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  • Texas Great Grams
  • 07-01-24

My favorite so far of this series.

I have enjoyed listening to this series and this book is a little different from the others in a good way. There is a murder, although many years ago, and a recent shooting. However, in this “episode”, there is another story that pulled at my heart. The timeframe of this “episode” is shortly after Hannah completes college. If you like “family” stories, I think you will enjoy this.

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  • Suze
  • 21-12-23

Unfortunate narration

This is my first book by Joanne Fluke. I feel like the book was negatively affected by the narration. I will give this author another try but will read it instead of listen. If a narrator is going to “act” the parts of the dialogue, it should sound like people actually talk and not an affected, caricature-like portrayal. Every time Dorothy spoke, I cringed. Tough getting through it.

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  • Kate
  • 05-12-23

so good

as always a wonderfully beautiful story!! I have loved every book I have read so far and I cannot wait to read the next one!!! 🖤

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