Chocolate Cream Pie Murder by Joanne [Book Review]

Chocolate Cream Pie Murder by Joanne

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Title: Chocolate Cream Pie Murder

Author: Joanne Fluke

Publisher: Kensington

Publish Date: February 26, 2019

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Series: Hannah Swensen #24

My Rating: 3/5

Chocolate Cream Pie Murder by Joanne Fluke


Not even Lake Eden’s nosiest residents suspected Hannah Swensen would go from idealistic newlywed to betrayed wife in a matter of weeks. But as a deadly mystery unfolds in town, the proof is in the pudding…

When The Cookie Jar becomes the setting of a star-studded TV special about movies filmed in Minnesota, Hannah hopes to shine the spotlight on her bakery—not the unsavory scandal swirling around her personal life. But that’s practically impossible with a disturbing visit from the shifty character she once believed was her one and only love, a group of bodyguards following her every move, and a murder victim in her bedroom. Now, swapping the crime scene in her condo for her mother Delores’s penthouse, Hannah and an old flame team up to solve a case that’s messier than an upended chocolate cream pie. As suspects emerge and secrets hit close to home, Hannah must serve a hefty helping of justice to an unnamed killer prowling around Lake Eden… before someone takes a slice out of her!

Chocolate Cream Pie Murder by Joanne Fluke


Chocolate Cream Pie Murder is the 24th book in the Hannah Swensen series by Joanna Fluke. I haven’t read all of the books in this series. I’ve read six or seven books, and hopped around in the order. I do plan to go back and read the entire series. Anyway, this book is best read after reading the others in the series.

Hannah’s personal life is front and center as the truth about her marriage to Ross is revealed. As her scoundrel of a (fake) husband makes a reappearance, Hannah is trying to get on with her life.

These books usually start with Hannah finding a dead body within the first couple of chapters, then going on to play amateur sleuth to solve the murder mystery. In this book, the murder doesn’t happen to really late in the book. So late, I was beginning to think one would never happen. I know these books are mostly formulaic, but I like them and was disappointed in how this book was going. So, this one is more focused on Hannah’s personal life, than a murder mystery.

While I didn’t find this one as enjoyable as others in the series, it was nice to see Hannah getting back on track. Since this is a series, these books sometimes end on a cliffhanger, and this one is a doozy. Hopefully, the next one goes in a good direction.

This is a good series for fans of cozy mysteries and food. The main character own a bakery, and recipes are included throughout the book. Honestly, I skip over the recipes because I’m not much of a cook, but this one seemed to include more dinner recipes than dessert recipes.

A quick, light read for cozy mystery fans. Delightful and entertaining.

I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Books in the Hannah Swensen Mystery Series:

  1. Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder
  2. Strawberry Shortcake Murder
  3. Blueberry Muffin Murder
  4. Lemon Meringue Pie Murder
  5. Fudge Cupcake Murder
  6. Sugar Cookie Murder
  7. Peach Cobbler Murder
  8. Cherry Cheesecake Murder
  9. Key Lime Pie Murder
  10. Carrot Cake Murder
  11. Cream Puff Murder
  12. Plum Pudding Murder
  13. Apple Turnover Murder
  14. Devil’s Food Cake Murder
  15. Cinnamon Roll Murder
  16. Red Velvet Cupcake Murder
  17. Blackberry Pie Murder
  18. Double Fudge Brownie Murder
  19. Wedding Cake Murder
  20. Christmas Caramel Murder
  21. Banana Cream Pie Murder
  22. Raspberry Danish Murder
  23. Christmas Cake Murder
  24. Chocolate Cream Pie Murder
  25. Coconut Layer Cake Murder
  26. Christmas Cupcake Murder
  27. Triple Chocolate Cheesecake Murder
  28. Caramel Pecan Roll Murder
  29. Pink Lemonade Cake Murder
  30. Pumpkin Chiffon Pie Murder

6 thoughts on “Chocolate Cream Pie Murder by Joanne [Book Review]

  1. Great review, Darinda!!! I do think cozies tend to forget they are supposed to be mysteries sometimes and get sidetracked by their characters lives. It’s a tough balance but for me it needs the mystery!

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