It was super fun, I highly recommend going to signings. I've been waiting for the Hannah Swensen series by. Company Credits | This series started off strong and used to be Fantastic but the last few books have not been that good at all. I know they are a bit simple. I know it's supposed to be set in modern times but it feels like it's set in the 1950's. As a member of "team Norman", I am wishing Hannah a fond farewell. New York Times best-selling author Jodi Picoult described Sweeney’s book as “Great fun for any reader who secretly sneaks peeks at People magazine in the checkout line at the grocery store, and wonders, What if...?”. Fear not! She said she’s focusing on the new series but leaving the door open for a new installment of Murder She Baked. Welcome back. I wanted Hannah to be with Norman, a guy who loved her enough to build her a house she helped to design. That's how I feel about these books. It's terrible. [ I figured it would be someone outside the competition and by the end I was just totally unsure. In typical Hannah fashion, she confronted the murderer...casually on the way to her own wedding. Okay, okay, we all get it...I'm team Norman. It makes Hannah seem weak, disingenuous and greedy...traits that I don't think the author means to insinuate about the character. Come on Hannah...you're smarter than that. But after I exhausted my other cozy options and was trying to save money by getting more books at the library, I picked these back up. The are suburb desserts recipes including Hannah Rainbow Wedding Cake. The writing is so awful. How are Mike and Russ coping with Hannah's decision? Along those lines of no actual story- Wedding Cake Murder still bills itself as a mystery book, but there was not even a dead body until halfway through the pages. Ugh. The only saving grace is i've read this series since the beginning (this is #19) i'd like to see how it wraps up. And they will all remain friends? So some signs of his upgrading to luxury whenever possible. I like this series less with each installment. It was pretty simplistic and in the end I didn't even care who did it. I was always on the side of Norman as he really cared for her and Mike wasn't ready for a strong commitment as he is grieving for his wife/enjoying being single. If nothing else, he is boring and we hardly known anything about him before Hannah is off and running with him while still retaining Norman and Mike as friends. I was actually annoyed by some of the awkward banter between the characters that was supposed to be humor, I think. I have faithfully read every Hannah Swensen since the first one, but I've grown weary as each one seems more ridiculous than the last. I know that these books rarely get good reviews. And then she was surprised that Norman was upset she was getting married?! But I like to think that my passion for this shows that I am emotionally invested in the books and that I have enjoyed them immensely. This series started off strong and used to be Fantastic but the last few books have not been that good at all. I don't think I've actually liked any of these books. That being said, I'm sooooo disappointed in this book - it's just dumb! This is supposed to be a mystery, a cozy but still a mystery- I don't want to read about people moaning over desserts that are 'so clever and just the right amount of crispy around the edges' and then hear everyone else agree for a good third of the text. The cast of Murder, She Baked: Just Desserts reveal their favorite baked treats to make and share with family. And competing on a baking show. We don't normally talk that way in real life or state the obvious, as the charters in these books tend to do. Mike is sort of an ass and Norman is waaay too nice (as in doormat nice) and I thought it verged on cruelty that Hannah could not decide between the two of them so continued to 'have them' both. The seconds pass by slowly, at least, it seemed to Hannah and Michelle as the commentator for the Food Challenge slowly announced placements of the first night's, Desert contest.They are jubilant as Hannah is announced the winner. This was disappointing. And I have faithfully followed and read all previous 20 books!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! A guy we have met a grand total of what 3 other times? Here we have two independent people in their 30's who have no idea if they are compatible financially or sexually, because THAT would just be awkward to talk about something like that before you hitch you wagon to someone for the rest of your life?!? I borrowed this one from the library so I will not continue to line Joanne Fluke's pockets. This book also must of somehow been sponsored by the spice Cardamom!! It was mentioned several times even complete with a page long history on the origins of the spice. Norman was hardly in the book at all, Mike was in the book only out of necessity, it's just a horrible ending to their love triangle. I kept hoping Ross would turn out to be either the murder victim or the killer. The character was originally played by Grace Cassidy. Can she get it all done without become a victim herself? Her previous novels include Scared Scriptless, with a script supervisor as the lead, and The Star Attraction, based on the story of a publicist. Alison Sweeney is an award-winning actress, producer, director, content supplier, TV host and author who constantly inspires her 1.5+ million social media followers with her balance of career and her focus on family, health and wellness. I found myself hoping that Ross would be the killer, so she could get back to Norman, but I guess that just shows how much I like. Snooze alert. In addition to her fiction writing, Sweeney previously released two non-fiction books, the first of which was All the Days of My Life (So Far) in 2004. ADAM Barton has been arrested for murdering Emma Barton in Emmerdale. We never hear those names ever mentioned again in the book. This is the first book I’ve ever read by this author so not being familiar with prior stories or the characters, my perspective is going to be quite a bit different than someone who has followed the series. Especially the last 3-4. They are going back to are going back to Lake Eden for rest of the contest. The writing is so awful. I read the first of this series AGES ago and thought it was rather dim. The seconds pass by slowly, at least, it seemed to Hannah and Michelle as the commentator for the Food Challenge slowly announced placements of the first night's, Desert contest.They are jubilant as Hannah is announced the winner. I hated Ross Barton character because there was no character. I know they are friends, but that just seems to cross a strange line. Matty Barton (formerly Hannah Barton), made his debut screen appearance on 17 July 2009. I have been a Norman fan from the beginning, and have always hoped she would marry him, but alas! I know they are a bit simple. Ross. I think Ross is another tactical mistake. The characters are becoming more and more pretentious and outright la, Whenever you finish reading a chapter in a book and you roll your eyes or audibly gag or groan it's probably time to stop reading that book. The food channel competition was stupid. I loved this installment in the Hannah Swensen series. I may not love who Hannah has married, but I still enjoy the mysteries, town, and the characters. Refresh and try again. It is almost as if the author is being paid by the word. Cameron Mathison answers fan questions about his character, Mike Kingston. Even though there are moments in Fluke's books that drive me absolutely mad (the unnecessary info dumps--did we really need to know where cardamom originated, and why on earth would Hannah know and why would her fiancé ask?, the excruciatingly annoying mother and sister, the unrealistic virginal nature of the protagonist), I will drop everything to read each new release. The scrap metal dealer - who is played by actor Adam Thomas in the ITV soap - … In the last book in the serie I've been waiting for the Hannah Swensen series by Joanne Fluke to bounce back from a few lackluster books, and Wedding Cake Murder made it happen. And solving a murder! I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my fair and honest review. I like Hannah but nothing about her strikes me as a femme fatale. by Kensington. However, I really enjoy them. It is almost becoming a 'have got to hit the word count without wanting to put in the effort of coming up with an actual compelling story' situation. Especially the last 3-4. Hannah ends up marrying him. Sweeney’s love for storytelling has extended to penning several novels, based on her Hollywood insider’s knowledge and her keen sense of romance and fun. Reading one of these books is like visiting an old friend. I wouldn't miss reading one for the world. The murder was obvious and the investigation was sloppy. I want to know them, and eat cookies and drink coffee with the them. [I really can't believe that Fluke married off Hannah and to the wrong man. I know it's supposed to be set in modern times but it feels like it's set in the 1950's. Like Hannah Swensen, Joanne Fluke grew up in a small town in rural Minnesota where her neighbors were friendly, the winters were fierce, and the biggest scandal was the spotting of unidentified male undergarments on a young widow's clothesline. | Hannah is preparing for her wedding to Ross Barton the day after her contest is completed. You wouldn't know it from my two stars, but I have actually loved this series. Hannah is preparing for her wedding to Ross Barton the day after her contest is completed. At the end of each book Hannah always discovers the killer and he or she tries to kill Hannah. A very disappointing book all around. Three books ago, when Hannah got engaged to Ross Barton, I was thrilled. However, I really enjoy them. See all 20 questions about Wedding Cake Murder…, Wedding Cake Murder by Joanne Fluke 3 stars. As the story opens, Hannah's new husband, Ross Barton, has disappeare In this 22nd book in the 'Hannah Swensen' series, Hannah investigates the death of a television station employee. As someone who has been a loyal fan of this series from the beginning, I can honestly say I'm still a fan, 19 books later. It needs to wrap up soon!! I suspect that I will have spent more time on this review than Joanne Fluke did when drafting and "revising" this tragedy of a book. So I don't think she is in for a perfect marriage. I'm kinda hoping it's all over now, but if there's another book coming, I'll be right there in line to read it. Anyone else who will feel cheated? The prolific and beloved author John Grisham, known for his courtroom thrillers, is back this month with a new pageturner, A Time for Mercy,... To see what your friends thought of this book, Yes. Whenever you finish reading a chapter in a book and you roll your eyes or audibly gag or groan it's probably time to stop reading that book. We’d love your help. This is a pretty rough book. Sweeney resides in Los Angeles with her husband Dave, a California Highway Patrol officer, and their son Ben and daughter Megan. I haven't been happy with the past several in the series, and this one only escalates the writing problems. That's how I feel about these books. For instance a sentence might say. At least the character of Tracy was MIA in this book, but Hannah's new love is now featured & wow...what a bore! I love the characters. John Grisham's Recommended Thriller Reading List. Matty is the youngest child of John (James Thornton) and Moira Barton (Natalie J. Robb). She insists that there really are 10,000 lakes and the mosquito is NOT the state bird. Haven't gotten the book yet, But I swear if she becomes a dimwit and married that cardboard character Ross, I am DONE. I don't think it was a good sign when I was hoping that the killer in this book would finally do her in!!! I don't know why I keep reading them. I found myself hoping that Ross would be the killer, so she could get back to Norman, but I guess that just shows how much I like Norman.