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Hannah Swensen Mysteries by Joanne Fluke

Updated on April 23, 2012

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Hannah Swensen Mysteries by Joanne Fluke

A Review

My daily life is a constant juggling act much like everyone else I'm sure. I'm married, work full time, go to graduate school at night, bring my niece to dance class once a week, and have a large extended family which always seem to need my undivided attention. Between the commute in and out of Boston, studying American History, and finding time to ask my husband how his day was, I need to find time to read. Usually this comes during the 5 minutes before I fall asleep or sometimes when I know I should really be working on my course work for my degree I just have to pick up something to read that is essentially mindless. This is where Hannah Swensen comes into my life.

Joanne Fluke's character Hannah Swensen is a young woman of an undisclosed age living in her hometown of Lake Eden, MN where she owns a small shop called 'The Cookie Jar'. I started reading these books on a whim and have not stopped since. Not because they're thrilling or gripping, but simply because they are comforting. The first in the series, Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder, made me feel as though I was reading about Andy Griffith's Mayberry. It was cute and hokey, but in a good way. Despite the fact that bodies are dropping left and right throughout the series, you still feel like Lake Eden is the perfect place to raise a family, the kind of place where no one locks their doors. The characters are clean-cut all-Americans who you come to know and love. Whenever I feel as though I am truly buried by the pressures of daily life I have picked up the next in the series and for a small period of time felt at ease. Unfortunately now I have caught up in the series, just having finished Apple Turnover Murder, and am now awaiting the release of Gingerbread Cookie Murder this September (it will come just in time for the start of my next semester of classes). This series is the American version of a British cozy mystery series, such as the Agatha Raisin series.

If you want to investigate Hannah further, I would strongly advise you to start at the beginning with Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder. There are some small running story lines throughout the series, so if you are like me and like to know everything that is going on you won't want to miss them! Some of the novels are slightly better than others, but overall I would say they all go between 3 and 4 out of 5.


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      valbond 7 years ago from UK

      I agree. It's god to have an entertaining book for bedtime rather than something that is too in-depth and heavy.

      The Dandy Gilver books,, are quite fun.

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      Styles1920 7 years ago from North Shore, Massachusetts

      Hi Marie, thanks for the comment! I will admit that the covers did draw my attention when I first saw them, and I have a huge sweet tooth so a series that revolved around sweets seemed right up my alley!

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      Marie Leonard 7 years ago

      I agree that Fluke's books are a fantastic way to unwind. And they are quite the page turner. The covers make me so hungry! While reading her Key Lime Pie mystery. I had to make one! Welcome to HubPages.