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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,858 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joanne Fluke Narrator: Suzanne Toren Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Hannah Swensen Mysteries Release Date: January 2013 ISBN: 9781449867447
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Hannah Swensen has to admit—life is pretty sweet. Things are going well in the romance department, and her bakery’s delectable confections are selling as fast as she can bake them. Even her good friend Claire is head over heels with her new husband, Reverend Bob Knudson. If only they could find time to take their honeymoon!

When Bob’s childhood friend, Matthew Walters, comes to town, it seems like divine intervention. Matthew, like Bob, is a Lutheran minister with a stubborn sweet tooth. And since he’s on sabbatical, Matthew is happy to fill in for Bob while he and Claire take that long-awaited honeymoon. It sounds like the perfect plan—until Hannah finds Matthew face-down in a plate full of devil’s food cake, a single bullet in his head. It will take some sleuthing to sift out the killer, but Hannah is sure of one thing: even the most half-baked murder plot can be oh so deadly.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Something new is always baking in Hannah’s cookie shop and, along with delectable treats, readers get a generous helping of clever sleuthing, delightful characters, and relationship drama that keeps Hannah in high demand with cozy readers.”

    RT Book Reviews

  • “As usual, the residents of Lake Eden are a warm and happy family, and it’s fun to watch the action in Devil’s Food Cake Murder as they scramble to solve the fourteenth mystery in Joanne Fluke’s Hannah Swensen series. You can’t replace the comfort of a familiar cast of characters you’ve come to know and love.”

    Bookreporter.com

  • “Fabulous.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • A New York Times bestseller
  • A Publishers Weekly bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janastasia Whydra | 2/19/2014

    " I was torn between giving Joanne Fluke's Devil's Food Cake Murder a rating of "it's ok" and "liked it." It would have ended up on the "it's ok" list because the twist has been similarly done before in the seventh, Peach Cobbler Murder, and the twelfth, Plum Pudding Murder installments. There was absolutely no effort in figuring out who the murderer was, but oddly enough none of the residents of Lake Eden could figure it out until the very end (once again). However, I ended up giving this volume a "liked it" rating because I was so distracted by the murder investigation and trying to figure out why nobody is asking the most obvious investigative questions, I forgot there is the mystery of the Doctor Bev story arc being intertwined with the story. I was reminded of the Doctor Bev mystery by another cliffhanger. I also want to point out that it was an effective timing on Joanne Fluke to not publish the next installment right away after this one. Before the reader has a chance to resume the series and find out what happens next, they must wait for the Joanne Fluke's Lake Eden Cookbook. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mommymoo | 2/6/2014

    " I actually read the next one before this. So I knew the ending but I loved the book! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 amy | 1/24/2014

    " i should really stop reading this series. the recipes are good, but i'd weigh 400 lbs if i made all of them. the actual writing is lackluster, at best. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nathalie S | 1/20/2014

    " This is the latest in the Hannah Swensen Mysteries by Joanne Fluke. I've been following this series for years and really enjoy them. Hannah is a single 30 year woman who lives in Lake Eden, Minnesota, a small town where she owns her own business, The Cookie Jar, with business partner and friend, Lisa. All of Hannah's family lives in Lake Eden--her mother, two sisters, her brother-in-law and her two nieces plus not one, but two admirers/boyfriend wannabees--Hunky detective Mike and great guy dentist Norman. But Hannah can't make up her mind--if she could, she'd marry both! Hannah is very level headed, a great amateur detective, a wonderful often long-suffering daughter and sister, and a wonderfully innovative baker. Every book has several recipies. I've enjoyed each mystery over the years and this one is no exception. I also enjoy the fact that this is a PG rated book! No bad language or racy love scenes--just some good old fun and adventure. This latest one though does have a cliff hanger that had me saying---NO WAY!?!?! and begging to find out all this all turns out! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lucy Hannigan | 1/5/2014

    " I like this series. I'd love to make my living working in my own cookie shop that the whole town frequents...and where batches of cookies are made and cooked in the space of a couple of paragraphs. Cookie making at my house never goes so quickly. I will admit that I can't tell you one book's plot from another in this series, but I keep reading them because I like the characters, the setting and the fact that the "suspense" at the end is less than one chapter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy Donovan | 12/31/2013

    " Loved it! Lots of good recipes, too. You get hungry reading this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danielle Reicks | 12/26/2013

    " This was a typical book in the Hannah Swenson series. It was funny and a quick read. For me it is time for Joanne to take the characters in another director to spice things up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Molly Hansen | 11/22/2013

    " Just a bit of trivia, the bright magenta cover of this book can be seen on a bookshelf in the 2012 episode of CSI entitled STEALING HOME. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Randalynn | 10/30/2013

    " Again murder and recipes, this was a bit better than some of the previous books, but the red herrings were a little too obvious. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 10/9/2013

    " This was another great entry to this series although it ended in a big cliffhanger so now I can't wait for the next one to come out! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gina | 8/30/2013

    " A little slow, but a good story with some unexpected twists. Some of the receipes sound yummy! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Krystle Kouture | 8/24/2013

    " Pretty good cozy. Love the recipes. A tad slow moving and confusing for my taste, but I would read more by Fluke! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tracy Haynes | 7/6/2013

    " More of the same story, sadly. I can't help myself from reading each new book and hope that something new will happen, but the characters fail to grow and the story seems the same. I was disappointed in this one and hope the next is better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 12/8/2012

    " I have to say that this was one of the better books in the series. The plot for the murder was more complex than previous books and there has finally been a development with Hannah and Norman. I'm interested in reading the next book to find out what happens. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 8/2/2012

    " Interesting twist at the end. Will have to read the next one to find out what happens with Norman! Also, way too many good cookie recipes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sonja | 6/12/2012

    " WOAH curveball... The recipes are awesome and the story is more involved with Hannah's life than the murder mystery, which I like, and the ending here makes me want to read the next one REALLY BADLY. I was just thinking that I might want to stop reading this series but then it did that... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 MaryJane | 4/4/2012

    " Great delicious looking recipes - slow story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tessa | 2/16/2012

    " The beginning of summer reading....very light and enjoyable. I always enjoy a Hannah Swensen mystery and its Minnesota setting (and the recipes). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eunys | 2/11/2012

    " Would be a good "summer read" as it is light reading. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susan Ward | 9/15/2011

    " Sort of a fluff murder mystery. Also includes many recipes - mostly desserts, but others. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracy | 5/16/2011

    " I just love these books! They never disappoint. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 5/12/2011

    " awesome book but the ending totally caught me off guard, after i read it all i wanted to do was smack norman and hopefully that would knock some sense into him. norman and hannah belong together, they're absolutely perfect for each other. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eileen | 5/11/2011

    " Really enjoyed the read. Good author and fast moving story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 5/4/2011

    " I really liked this book, as I enjoy all of Fluke's books. I especially enjoy the recipes that are included. Unlike a lot of other books that include recipes - these can actually be made by real people with what you have in your cupboards! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 February | 5/2/2011

    " The twist at the end was fantastic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth | 4/27/2011

    " Nice quick read. Makes me wanna be able to bake like Hannah.







    To how the story ended: All I can say is what a B***H!!!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terri | 4/26/2011

    " When the substitute minister is murdered, the past and present collide as Hannah investigates. Not my favorite of the series but still enjoyable. But the last chapter has a zinger that will bring changes to her life. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erin | 4/25/2011

    " I normally love these books but the premise of this one was super unbelieveable. Fingerprints people... Anyway, not the best book in the series but the bombshell at the end (which really wasn't related to anything else) will keep me reading more. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristen | 4/22/2011

    " I have faithfully read all of this series and I have to say this book was disappointing. The plot was weak, the recipes were the bulk of the book, and the dating relationships have become tiresome.
    C+
    "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Terri | 4/22/2011

    " Oh my this was the one that jumped the shark! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 4/21/2011

    " Loved it! Lots of good recipes, too. You get hungry reading this book! "

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About the Author
Author Joanne Fluke

Joanne Fluke is the New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty novels and is best known for her Hannah Swensen mysteries. There are over fifteen books in the series, including The Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder, The Strawberry Shortcake Murder, The Blueberry Muffin Murder, and The Cinnamon Roll Murder. She has written more than thirty other novels and two novellas, “Candy Cane Murder” and “Gingerbread Cookie Murder.” Before becoming a writer, Fluke worked as a public school teacher, a psychologist, a screenwriter, and a production assistant. She currently lives in Southern California.

About the Narrator

Suzanne Toren has recorded hundreds of audiobooks and has earned twenty-nine Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine. She has received the Narrator of the Year Award for her audiobook recordings for the Library of Congress. She has performed on Broadway and in regional theaters in works penned by Shakespeare, Molière, and Arthur Miller. She has also appeared on Law & Order and in various soap operas.