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Wedding Cake Murder By Joanne Fluke: Review/Giveaway


FROM THE 2016 Articles,
andFood Fun,
andMysteryrat's Maze,
andSandra Murphy

by Sandra Murphy

Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of Wedding Cake Murder and a link to purchase the book where a portion goes to help support KRL & an indie bookstore, and a link to purchase it on Amazon as well. This giveaway has been extended to March 14!

As if running the Cookie Jar, getting married to the man of her dreams, and planning a honeymoon isn’t enough, Hannah Swenson has been chosen to be the home cook (non-chef) contestant for the Food Network dessert challenge, thanks to her sisters submitting her application without telling her. If everything goes according to plan and if hubby-to-be can go along for the challenge, it will be their honeymoon. The newest challenge is—the Food Network changed the dates which means Hannah will now be getting married after the show airs—if she can pull it all together. Of course, her mom and oldest sister, Andrea, take over, and plan everything. book

Aunt Nancy (she’s Lisa’s aunt, Lisa being Hannah’s partner) is a great cook and baker, so she’s able to help with recipe selection. The first leg of the trip is to New York City. Whoever wins there gets hometown advantage since the whole show then moves to their city, a great boon to tourism.

For a challenge like this, contestants always look for an advantage, and Hannah’s no exception. Aunt Nancy knows one of the judges! She went to school with him, and although he’s a tough judge and gourmet on TV, Nancy knows he likes Jell-O and peanut butter and white chocolate (not all together). The recipes are planned around those items. Hannah is talked into wearing a wedding veil during the cake challenge.

I don’t think it’s giving anything away to say Hannah wins Round One, and the show moves to Lake Eden—after all, who else would we be rooting for? Besides Brooke, who we like, had her dish sabotaged by Gloria, who we definitely do not like, which caused some bad comments from the judges. Chef Dusquesne, the judge Nancy knows, can be the most caustic on the panel. Rumor has it, he’s also a womanizer, which gives at least one contestant ideas of how to improve her chances.

Each team gets practice time in the kitchen. Hannah and her sister Michelle are first up. They enter the locked kitchen, only to find Chef Dusquesne’s body in the cooler. He’s been stabbed. There are two wine glasses on the counter, so Chef must have invited his killer into the room.

Suspects include all the contestants, of course, the crew, a woman reported to have come out of Chef’s room crying, Brooke, also seen exiting his room, Aunt Nancy, of all people, her new love interest—and the list goes on and on.

Because Michelle discovered the body, Hannah feels obligated to ask a few questions. Once the challenge is over, everyone goes home, making it that much harder to figure who did it.

Each challenge is a nail-biter to see how the contestants do in the judge’s eyes. Hannah has the additional worry of the dead chef, the wedding, and keeping up with cookie sales, as more and more people drop by the shop to hear about the murder.

This is the twenty-second book in the series and no, I will not tell you who Hannah marries or even if the wedding takes place—let’s just say, things have a way of getting a bit out of control where she’s concerned, making a close call a regular thing.

There are twenty new recipes in the book, and all sound good. This is a book you’ll want to read in one sitting to find out if the wedding happens or not, but you don’t want it to end either.

To enter to win a copy of Wedding Cake Murder, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “wedding,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen March 14, 2016. U.S. residents only. If entering via email please include your mailing address, and if via comment please include your email address.

Check out other mystery articles, reviews, book giveaways & short stories in our mystery section.

You can use this link to order this book & a portion goes to help support KRL & Mysterious Galaxy:

Sandra Murphy lives in the shadow of the arch, in the land of blues, booze and shoes—St Louis, Missouri. While writing magazine articles to support her mystery book habit, she secretly polishes two mystery books of her own, hoping, someday, they will see the light of Barnes and Noble. You can also find several of Sandra’s short stories on UnTreed Reads including her newest, “Arthur”, included in the anthology titled, Flash and Bang, available now.

{ 39 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jeanetta March 5, 2016 at 1:49am

This book sounds like a delightful read. I will have to check out this series. Thank you for the giveaway.


2 Kelly March 11, 2016 at 5:19am

THis series is so much fun to read. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have!!!


3 Lisa Brown March 5, 2016 at 4:31am

One of my favorite authors; thanks for the chance 🙂
jslbrown2009 at aol dot com


4 Anne March 5, 2016 at 9:01am

As a fan from the beginning, I wasn’t thrilled how the competition between Norman and Mike ended in the last book. Still, I’m interested to find out what happens next.



5 Michele March 11, 2016 at 10:40am

Anne- I couldn’t agree with you more about not liking the twist the story has taken. I was really rooting for Mike from the beginning & I’m still not sure how I feel about the new path Hannah is on but I’ll continue to read these books as long as Joanne keeps writing them.


6 Cindy Hoffman March 5, 2016 at 12:57pm

The title is really eye catching and from the review, I can tell that it’s something. The book really sounds like there is a good story in it which I must get and read. Thanks for the review.



7 Jeanine Lesperance March 5, 2016 at 1:13pm

I would love a copy of this one. Theficster@aol.com


8 Dianne Casey March 5, 2016 at 1:26pm

I have read all the books in this series except this one. It is one of my favorite series. Would like to read “Wedfing Cake Murder” to finally see Hannah get married.
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9 Kathleen Costa March 5, 2016 at 3:02pm

I have entered through email hoping to be very lucky, and am commenting to support KRL Magazine and the book’s review.
I am a big fan of Joanne Flukes…a bit late, but better late than never. I enjoy the plausible stories and characters with whom I can easily identify. Lucky to win? I’m crossing my fingers!


10 Jill March 6, 2016 at 5:24am

I’ve read the whole series so far so I’m eager to find out about the wedding.


11 Valerie Hoynacki March 6, 2016 at 9:11am

Joanne’s books are always enjoyable!


12 Doward Wilson March 6, 2016 at 5:23pm

It’s time to catch back up with this series. Thanks for the chance to win.


13 Sandy Todd March 6, 2016 at 7:11pm

I’ve read almost all of this series & am anticipating this one especially. Hannah has finally made up her mind! Thank you for the review & a chance at the give-a-way.


14 Judy Weaver March 9, 2016 at 9:31am

Love these books!!!


15 Linda Herold
Twitter: @Linda
March 9, 2016 at 1:23pm

Wow, a chance to win one of her books! Count me in Please!


16 Mary Duffer
Twitter: @mlduffer
March 11, 2016 at 5:26am

Can’t wait to read this book! I’ve read all the books in the series and am anxious to see if the wedding goes off as planned. Would love to win a copy!


17 Deidre Swann March 11, 2016 at 6:06am

I love Joanne Fluke’s book and her recipes are awesome! I would love to win this new book…Thanks for the chance!


18 Maggie March 11, 2016 at 6:11am

This is the book I have been looking forward to reading in the Hannah Swenson series. Finally Hannah’s getting married and we all know her Mom is very happy.


19 Shayelyn March 11, 2016 at 6:59am

Nice review of the book – I’ve not yet had a chance to read it but look forward to the story and the recipes! Thank you for the opportunity to try and win a copy. shayelyn@aol.com


20 Diana Fulton March 11, 2016 at 7:08am

Can’t wait to read this! thanks for the opportunity to win!


21 Jane Carlson March 11, 2016 at 7:15am

Oh I will be so glad to finally find out who she picks. Thanks for the review and a chance to win her new book.


22 Heather Brown March 11, 2016 at 7:23am

I wait every year for a new book from Joanne Fluke. As usual it was great. I am still hoping Hanna will end up marrying Norman.


23 joan piatt March 11, 2016 at 7:43am

Always look forward to her new books….this one sounds special!!


24 Debbie Erickson
Twitter: @debbi_erickson
March 11, 2016 at 7:47am

Looking forward to reading the latest Joanne Fluke/Hannah Swenson mystery! I love this series.


25 Katie Heaney March 11, 2016 at 8:41am

I’ve lived all of the other books to this series! Easy reads and worth every penny! The movies they made were awesome too! Would loves hance at winning a copy!

Ktbug710 at AOL dot com


26 Lori Dale March 11, 2016 at 9:04am

Can’t wait!


27 Cecelia Kreppenneck March 11, 2016 at 9:09am

I enjoyed this article. It has me intrigued. I now have to read the book.


28 Rosie G March 11, 2016 at 9:10am

Yes,yes, yes she is finally getting married! Love this series and have read most of all the books. Thanks for a chance to win a copy of this book.


29 Becky Frakes March 11, 2016 at 9:26am

Cannot wait to read this book. The suspense is killing me.


30 Margherita Sperandeo March 11, 2016 at 1:51pm

I own all the previous Hannah Swenson mysteries by Joanne Fluke and can’t wait to get and read this one. I am still hoping Hanna will end up marrying Mike. I love the recipes and love using them for Christmas Cookie exchanges. Last year everyone in the cookie exchange decided to use a recipe from my Hannah books, best cookie exchange ever!!


31 Barbara March 11, 2016 at 2:38pm

I have read this book, as well as the entire series, and loved it. I was confused by the negative reviews on Amazon and then realized that those people had not read the series but were comparing it to the made for tv movies. How wrong! This book was a wonderful birthday gift I gave myself and urge everyone who loves cozies to read it and enjoy.


32 Betty Jones March 11, 2016 at 7:00pm

I and my girlfriends are hooked on your books. Love them and love the recipes too. Keep them coming!


33 Karen Teal March 11, 2016 at 7:01pm

I love this series!! Great summary, can’t wait to read it. kmteal at gmail dot com


34 Alane Bronson
Twitter: @Catwomanmsp
March 12, 2016 at 5:05am

Sounds great! Can’t wait to read it!


35 Jill Broussard March 12, 2016 at 5:24am

Wow! 22 books and I haven’t read any. I don’t know where I’ve been! I have to catch up. This sounds like an awesome book and great series! Thankyou for the opportunity! Jill Broussard; minishoes@msn.com


36 Shelly Savory March 12, 2016 at 5:15pm

Love this series. Can’t wait to see who she marries. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of this book!


37 Marilyn Watson
Twitter: @MarilynWatson18
March 17, 2016 at 4:35am

Sounds great …love cozies…thank you so much for the contest.
Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com


38 Kathy Gonzales
Twitter: @kathambreyahoo.com
March 19, 2016 at 6:07am

I adore this series , and own every book . I especially enjoy the audio versions ! kathambre@yahoo.com


39 Lorie
Twitter: @mysteryrat
March 21, 2016 at 2:23pm

We have a winner!


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