Candy Cane Murder

Candy Cane Murder Tis the season for trimming the tree caroling baking cookies and curling up by the Yuletide waiting for Santa to drop down the chimney But in this festive collection of holiday whodunits murder is

  • Title: Candy Cane Murder
  • Author: Joanne Fluke Leslie Meier Laura Levine
  • ISBN: 9780758221995
  • Page: 131
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Tis the season for trimming the tree, caroling, baking cookies, and curling up by the Yuletide waiting for Santa to drop down the chimney But in this festive collection of holiday whodunits, murder is also paying a visit Candy Cane Murder by Joanne Fluke Bakery owner Hannah Swensen feels a little stuffed in her elf costume but it s too late to count calories La Tis the season for trimming the tree, caroling, baking cookies, and curling up by the Yuletide waiting for Santa to drop down the chimney But in this festive collection of holiday whodunits, murder is also paying a visit Candy Cane Murder by Joanne Fluke Bakery owner Hannah Swensen feels a little stuffed in her elf costume but it s too late to count calories Lake Eden s annual Christmas gala is upon her and eager children are waiting Wayne Bergstrom, owner of Bergstrom s Department Store, happily ho ho hos his way through the festivities in his Santa suit But when a trail of candy canes leads to his corpse in a snow bank, Hannah must find Kris Kringle s killer The Dangers of Candy Canes by Laura Levine When a wealthy suburbanite takes a lethal tumble off his roof while installing a giant candy cane, the roofing contractor being held responsible for murder asks freelance writer Jaine Austen to investigate But solving this untimely holiday death means delving into the cutthroat Christmas decorating wars among scheming neighbors with dirty secrets in their stocking It takes a fruitcake hiding a weapon and a stunning confrontation to expose the mastermind of this holiday murder Candy Canes of Christmas Past by Leslie Meier Twenty some years ago, Lucy Stone arrived in Tinker Cove, Maine, and discovered her knack for solving mysteries when she met Miss Tilly, the town librarian, whose mother took a fatal fall down the basement stairs one Christmas Eve The accident left a cloud of suspicion on Miss Tilly s father and a slew of other suspects The only clue was a glass candy cane found smashed to bits by the victim s body Now Lucy must learn the mystery of the glass candy cane as she unlocks the doors of Christmas past, exposing secrets, scandal, and a killer who got away with murder Whether a gift for yourself or that special someone on your list, there s no better way to spend the holidays than with these tantalizing mysteries of murder Includes over 15 scrumptious holiday recipes Santa gets bludgeoned, neighbors knock neighbors off their light festooned roofs and householders nearly blow themselves into next year cooking Yule dinner in this triple decker helping of holiday cheer Fluke gives her regular sleuth the starring role in the saga of Santa s sad demise Hannah Swenson finds skinflint department store magnate Wayne Bergstrom with his neck broken after playing St Nick at the Lake Eden Inn s gala Even her boyfriend, Detective Mike Kingston, knows Hannah s going to investigate, although he tells her for the record to leave it to the professionals Levine s Jaine Austen, a freelance writer who can resist anything but temptation, is in a holiday tizzy trying to clear Seymour Fiedler, proud proprietor of Fiedler on the Roof Roofers, of the charge that he doctored the roofing tiles that led to irascible Garth Janken s untimely demise And Meier takes Lucy Stone back in time, as Christmas with her grandson Patrick reminds her of her first Christmas in Tinker s Cove Their house on Red Top Road was a mess, she was pregnant with her second child and her husband Bill tried to fix the pilot light on their cantankerous stove, causing an explosion that burned his arms When librarian Julia Tilley comes to her rescue, Lucy in return tackles the mysterious death of Miss Tilley s mother.

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    1. 3 stars to Joanne Fluke's Candy Cane Murder, a short novella edition for the holidays between books 9 and 10 of the "Hannah Swensen" mystery series. Given this is only 100 pages, and just a teaser in between full-length books, I adjusted my expectations, but it still fell a little short for me. I'll keep reading the series, but nothing really changes in the overall series with this book, so if you skip it, not a huge deal.StoryHannah's preparing for Christmas in Lake Eden by volunteering as an e [...]

    2. I love Christmas, cookies, and candy canes! This book was so much fun. I only read the Hannah Swensen story since I'm read them in order, but it was great and it was one of the best mysteries that Hannah has been tied up in! Dead Santa, a trail of candy canes, and delicious cookie recipes makes for a great novel!

    3. I read the Joanne Fluke's christmas novella because I'm an addict and a completist. In this short novella, Hannah is still torn between her two suitors (it's time Fluke puts an end to this triangle), solves who murdered Santa, captures and nets the murderer all under 130 pages. There are way too much recipes for such a short novella but they sound yummy especially the candy cane bars but yummy recipes do not make a plot. This relied too much on the telling and well known "tricks" of the series, [...]

    4. I picked up this book to read as it was the next book in the Hannah Swensen series. That is not the story that got the rating. This book is a collection of 3 shortish stories. The first is the Hannah Swensen story that I choose it for. The story is good but if you have read any of the other stories in the series I need say no more. I enjoyed it and would have given it 3 stars. Great continuation but nothing that I did not expect.The second story which is part of the Janie Austen series I did not [...]

    5. This book is actually three stories. The first, 'Candy Cane Murder,' was typical Joanne Fluke. Hannah Swensen murder mystery. Good but not great. Not a lot to say about it.The second, 'The Dangers of Candy Canes,' was horrible. HORRIBLE. Jaine may be the least likable character of any book I've ever read. (1)Elastic waist jeans. (2)Self-deprecating humor. (3)No regard for ethics or law. (4)Immature beyond belief. (5)Unbelievable cat character with stupid name. If you read this book, I'd recommen [...]

    6. Like many people, I picked this up for the Joanne Fluke entry. The theme of this anthology is candy canes. All three stories must have candy canes as a central theme. In Fluke's story a stingy Santa leaves a trail of mini candy canes that only Hannah and her sisters can follow when Hannah stumbles over the Santa dead in the parking lot after a Christmas celebration. Add in some delicious recipes and you have a mini-mystery that has everything you've come to expect from a Hannah Swensen story. Th [...]

    7. I love mystery "who dunnit" stories. I love good ones, I love cheesy ones, there's even a fine art to the really bad ones. Joanne Fluke has created a series based upon the idea that a small Minnesota cookie baker solves crime in her spare time. Well, becausewho doesn't? The other hook is that the books contain the recipes for whatever dessert are being discussed. So I thought to myselfI like cooking. I like murder mysteries. Two great thingsI wonder if they go great together? Sadly, much like so [...]

    8. Awesome book! All 3 stories were very well written. I have added all of Laura Levine's books to my library to read. I am already a big fan of Joanne Fluke and Leslie Meier. Stories included in this book are Candy Cane Murder (Joanne Fluke) part of her Hannah Swenson series. The Dangers of Candy Canes (Laura Levine) part of her Jaine Austen series and Candy Canes of Christmas Past. (Leslie Meier) part of her Lucy Stone series. This is a very cute cozy mystery anthology and I recommend it along wi [...]

    9. Three candy cane-themed short stories in this book, each was pretty good, to varying degrees as good as most of the stories in my monthly Alfred Hitchcock magazine. Slight, not memorable, but a fun read.

    10. Not going to lie. I only read Candy Cane Murder. It was the only one I was interested in reading as it was next in the series I'm working my way through. I enjoyed it also enjoyed it being a shorter read. Now I'm ready to pick back up with the next book in the series.

    11. A short and sweet introduction to Hannah Swensen and her delicious cookies. Though not the most ingenious mystery as I'd figured out the murderer even before the murder was committed 😂.

    12. 3.25. Cute, like all books in the series. But nothing to say; “You’ve gotta read this!” Christmas fluff book.

    13. So this goes down as the best holiday book I’ve read this season. I liked it so much that I’ve downloaded multiple books by these authors from multiple sources.You get three Christmas-oriented mysteries in this book, and all three are most excellent, with the title story being the weakest of the three, oddly enough.In the title story, you visit a Minnesota Christmas party where Santa is putting in an appearance. Trouble is, when he finally arrives late, he has a nasty case of laryngitis. Aft [...]

    14. Candy Cane Murder by Joanne FlukeLove this book because it not only is about the Christmas holiday but there are 3 stories in total, with recipes.The murder/mystery parts are just the added topping to make these a good gift for anyone this year.Hannah is helping Santa pass out gifts to the children and is dressed up in an elf costume.Santa is very hoarse but makes it through the presents. He doesn't make it through the night.Her sister and family come to aid her in gathering information as to wh [...]

    15. This is a collection of three novellas, tied together by the theme of murders where candy canes are involved either in the crime or the solution.I had never read any of these authors before. The first story, by Joanne Fluke, is obviously part of a series and assumes background information on the characters and setting. The mystery was okay, but not memorable.The second, by Laura Levine, has a main character who is a parody of stereotypes about single women. (At least I hope it was meant as a par [...]

    16. Candy Cane Murder was another enjoyable holiday read that I found hard to put down. Fluke delivers another delightful tale full of mentions of delicious desserts, a good mystery, and another holiday adventure for Hannah Swensen. I find myself really enjoying this series the more of them I read, and "Candy Cane Murder" was another wonderful addition to the series. "The Danger of Candy Canes" was another great read that had me laughing out loud in some parts because Jaine gets herself into quite a [...]

    17. I don't know how I managed to miss this one when I was reading the Joanne Fluke series. This one comes after Carrot Cake Murder. Anyway, I enjoyed it quite a bit and I really want to try out the cookie recipes. The second story was one of the Jaine Austen stories by Laura Levine. I have only read one other of the Jaine Austen stories in another Christmas compilation of the same three authors. I remember not being all that excited by it, so I wasn't expecting much this time around. Boy was I wron [...]

    18. Another 3 pack of just so so. And again, the story by Leslie Meier was my favorite, probably because I'm so familiar with her series characters. This one, Candy Canes of Christmas Past, helped to fill in Miss Tilly's history, while giving Lucy another mystery to solve--even though it was a mystery from the past. Candy Cane Murder by Joanna Fluke is a wealth of cookie recipes if nothing else. The last offering, The Dangers of Candy Canes by Laura Levine was my least favorite mostly because I don' [...]

    19. This book is a collection of three mystery novellas taking place at Christmas time, Joanna Fluke's being the one with top billing. I actually made one of the recipes this time and people seemed to like it. The second mystery was my least favorite of the three mainly because I wasn't crazy about the main character, but she did break a wall (4th? 5th? 6th?) when she acknowledged that the Hannah Swensen mystery was probably the reason the reader picked up the book. I really liked the last one as we [...]

    20. Candy Cane Murder by Candy Cane MurderThe CEO of Bergstrom's dept. store is found dead behind a pile of snow on a road. The strange part of the story is that Hannah is a want to be sleuth finds candy canes on the ground as she and her sisters are walking home from a Christmas party that lead right up to the victim. Why was this man murdered? Did it involve money, revenge, or a scorn lover? Interesting twist on this mystery at the end of every few chapters their is a recipe for either a drink, co [...]

    21. Nothing says Merry Christmas like murder. This book contains a short story mystery by 3 different authors. The first two stories were pretty good, the third one (by Leslie Meier) was not as good as some of her other work. I had never read anything by Laura Levine, so it was kind of fun to discover a new author. At first I didn't like her story (who names their cat Prozac?! Crazy), but then I found myself laughing every so often, so it was good. And of course there's Joanne Fluke, who's character [...]

    22. I'm 2/3 through this book. Joanne Flukes Hannah Swenson mystery was ok, Laura Levine's story was irritating (she tried way too hard to be cute, and I skimmed through the last 15 pages or so). I don't know the last author, Leslie Meier, so I'll let you know my take on her later. Some of the recipes look interesting but the pecan shortbread cookies sound like an abomination of any shortbread cookie I've ever made. Oatmeal and rice krispies in shortbread? Ugh!!I finished the last story, and it was [...]

    23. I liked the 3 stories in one. I still like Hannah and the other 2 stories were very contrasting but interesting. The third was more of a novel type explaining the life of a young mother having to make ends meet with her child and husband and her coping of the new life that was challenging for her. Enjoyable for this time of year.

    24. I usually enjoy Joanne Fluke's books but felt a bit cheated on this one as the book was only half hers. I did still enjoy the story but always feel that when it is this short that things are all over and done with relatively quickly - I prefer the slightly drawn out process in her other books. You get to know characters better and enjoy the story more.

    25. I really liked this book. It's three Christmas novellas from three cozy mystery authors: Joanne Fluke, Laura Levine and Leslie Meier. I enjoy books in series so I really enjoyed Laura Levine's and Leslie Meier's since I have been reading the Jaine Austen and Lucy Stone mysteries for a while. But they were short and cute and I enjoyed them.

    26. This novella collection contains three Christmas themed mysteries starring the author's regular series characters. As a fan of the first two, I loved their stories. Leslie's left me a little cold, but I do intend to give her series a try soon.Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.

    27. I liked the Hannah Swensen mystery, I mean for once she manages not to end up in a pickle because she did something incredibly dumb. The second story with Jaine Austen kind of drove me nuts and I skipped a bunch of chapters just trying to get to the end of it. The last story I quite enjoyed, although I was a bit disturbed that the pregnant mom was drinking alcoholic beverages.

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