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Coconut Layer Cake Murder By Joanne Fluke: Review/Giveaway


FROM THE 2020 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 Coconut Layer Cake Murder, and links to purchase it.

Hannah Swensen hasn’t been feeling well lately. Doc, her stepfather, prescribes a vacation to relieve stress. Oddly, he’s sending Hannah’s mother along. Delores is a major stressor in anyone’s life. Apparently, Doc’s prescription will help him relax, too.

The trip to Brentwood, California, goes more smoothly than Hannah anticipated. Delores is starstruck enough to be distracted from her usual criticisms as they help Hannah’s college friend move to Lake Eden after her recent divorce. It’s a nice change to leave snow and ice behind for warm California weather.

On the fifth day, Hannah gets a panicked phone call from her youngest sister, Michelle, asking her to come home on the next flight. There’s been a murder and Lonnie, a deputy and Michelle’s boyfriend, is the prime suspect.

For once, Bill, the chief of police and Hannah’s brother-in-law, welcomes Hannah’s help in solving the case. Mike has to recuse himself because Lonnie is his partner. Others face the same problem, leaving only Bill and a new hire to investigate. They can use some added help. Joanne Fluke mystery

Hannah’s not so sure about how much she’s helping. It seems she’s finding each suspect’s alibi, which is a good thing for them. Unfortunately, it narrows the list of possibilities and leaves Lonnie as one of the few choices. Mike, Norman, Hannah, and Andrea, Hannah’s middle sister, manage to chase down clues without tampering with witnesses or evidence, to lead to a satisfying conclusion.

This is the twenty-eighth book in the popular series. At the end of the last book Hannah had some health concerns which are answered by the second page. She still faces residual feelings and fears due to her last relationship. After being unable to decide between Norman and Mike, she opted for a third choice with disastrous results.

As always, the book is full of recipes as Hannah tries out new ideas for cookies plus cooking for their crime solving meetings. The twenty-five recipes cover one hundred pages. Look for coconut layer cake and frosting, minestrone soup, corned beef and pepper jack quiche, chocolate cake in a mug, pear and apple pie, and butterscotch and pretzel cookies, to name just a few. There’s also a recipe for chocolate peanut butter toffee made with club crackers that caught my attention as easy to make and tasty.

Fluke has also written a dozen suspense novels. Find an excerpt for Cold Judgement at the back of the book.

To enter to win a copy of Coconut Layer Cake Murder, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “coconut,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen April 4, 2020. U.S. residents only, and you must be 18 or older to enter. If you are entering via email please include you mailing address in case you win, it will be deleted after the contest. You can read our privacy statement here if you like.

Check out other mystery articles, reviews, book giveaways & mystery short stories in our mystery section. And join our mystery Facebook group to keep up with everything mystery we post, and have a chance at some extra giveaways. Also listen to our new mystery podcast where mystery short stories and first chapters are read by actors! They are also available on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, and Spotify. A new episode goes up next week!

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Sandra Murphy lives in the shadow of the Arch in St. Louis Missouri. A Murder of Crows, edited by Sandra Murphy (a popular title so you need her name to search), has twenty-one cozy stories. Each features the collective name of an animal and a crime. The animals range from tarantulas, koalas, wolves, bears, jellyfish, toads, cats, dogs, alpaca, goats, penguins and more. No animals were harmed. The people weren’t so lucky. Available at the usual outlets, print or ebook.

Disclosure: This post contains links to an affiliate program, for which we receive a few cents if you make purchases. KRL also receives free copies of most of the books that it reviews, that are provided in exchange for an honest review of the book.

{ 56 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Anne
Twitter: @anne
March 28, 2020 at 9:47am

Love this series and would enjoy this book and the delectable recipes.


2 Angela Cook March 28, 2020 at 10:46pm

I love the Hannah Swenson series! Moishe is my spirit animal!


3 Glen Davis March 28, 2020 at 10:53am

When are the movies coming back?

Count me in for the drawing!


4 Linda May March 28, 2020 at 2:20pm

The book sounds delicious, Thanks for your great generosity.


5 Carol Knudtson March 28, 2020 at 4:45pm

I can’t wait to see what happens to Hannah next. Thanks for the giveaway.


6 Lisa Sabatini March 28, 2020 at 5:14pm

I would love to read this book!


7 Kara Marks March 28, 2020 at 5:52pm

I’d love to read this! legallyblonde1961@yahoo.com


8 Donamae March 28, 2020 at 7:20pm

I really want to read this book. Having recipes in it is wonderful. Thank you for the chance it sounds like fun to read.


9 Diane
Twitter: @milomom
March 28, 2020 at 11:05pm

One of my favorite series!


10 T Edwards March 29, 2020 at 12:22am

Love all the books in this series. I want to own them all.I have read them all so far and some of them two or more times.love them.?


11 Carol Schwartz March 29, 2020 at 1:53am

Thank you for these wonderful books. Always look forward to reading them, and of course the recipes.


12 Angie Harrison March 29, 2020 at 3:04am

This book sounds like something the Earth needs right. Iw. I’ve always loved Hannah, her shop, and most of all, her cat! Some of my best cookie recipes have come from this series. Can’t wait to read it!


13 Laura Nason March 29, 2020 at 3:33am

I love this book series! Thank you for the contest.


14 Colette Bapst March 29, 2020 at 3:46am

I have been reading this series for years. I love Hannah’s adventures and this one sounds like another keeper!


15 Maridele Mckinney March 29, 2020 at 4:07am

I would love to win a copy of Joann fluke’s new book!


16 Ronnette Councilman March 29, 2020 at 4:12am

Love Joanne Fluke her books are the best would love to win a copy!


17 Paula Adams
Twitter: @qnofdnile
March 29, 2020 at 4:18am

I love this series and would love to win this book. Thank you so much for this chance. pgenest57(at)aol(dot)com


18 dot normandy
Twitter: @dotnormandy
March 29, 2020 at 4:53am

Love Joanne Fluke.


19 Claire A. Murray
Twitter: @Clamo88
March 29, 2020 at 5:30am

Sounds like a delightful read and I would love to win a copy of this book. As always, I enjoy the reviews and short stories on KRL.


20 Lisa Hughes March 29, 2020 at 5:32am

Love her series, and have lots of free time to read right now!!


21 Tammy Hudson
Twitter: @Tighefan42
March 29, 2020 at 5:43am

This is one of my favorite series. I can’t wait to read this one. Thanks for the chance.



22 Peggy Darby March 29, 2020 at 5:48am

Sure would love to win this book! I’ve been waiting to read the Coconut Laye Cake Murder for so long! And since coconut cake is my favorite cake I am excited to try Hannah’s recipe!


23 Emily Kingsbury March 29, 2020 at 6:02am

I just finished the Raspberry Danish Murder and the Chocolate Cream Pie Murder. I can’t wait to see what happens!!!!


24 Sharon Piatek March 29, 2020 at 6:17am

I have loved this series since Joanne’s first book. She weaves mid-western goodness and hospitality with murder so well. Her recipes are fantastic…i have copied many that have become favorites of our family.


25 Dana
Twitter: @dana_chamnerlin
March 29, 2020 at 6:23am

I so love Joanna Flukes books…would love to win a copy..signed would even be better!! I am working my way thru her book series right now!! Thanks for the chance
Love and Cookie’s


26 Becky March 29, 2020 at 6:35am

Love series and enjoy the recipes too.


27 Caryn March 29, 2020 at 6:38am

This is a favorite series of mine as well as coconut cake being a favorite dessert. I am anxious to see Hannah’s recipe!


28 Margaret Gallagher March 29, 2020 at 6:44am



29 Bernice Kennedy March 29, 2020 at 6:53am

I love this series! I have read every book in this series except this one. Joanne Fluke is my favorite author. Thanks for the chance!


30 Hannah Kahre March 29, 2020 at 6:55am

I can’t wait to read this book. Waiting on the paperback copy to come out! How many more books are going to be in the series?


31 Susan
Twitter: @susanclaire66
March 29, 2020 at 6:56am

Love this series. Thanks so much for the chance to win a copy of this newest addition.


32 Bertha Hammond March 29, 2020 at 7:34am

This is one of my favorite authos. Thanks for a chance to win a copy of the book.


33 Kathy Small March 29, 2020 at 7:44am

I love Hannah. Cannot wait to read this book Have read all the other and watched the movies. Prefer the books. Love trying the recipes.


34 Jacqueline Goodrich March 29, 2020 at 8:01am

I’m so excited to read this book! It will be the perfect way to spend time while we are stuck at home thanks to everything closing. Hannah Swenson books are my favorite!!


35 Ruth Hill
Twitter: @Ruthhill74
March 29, 2020 at 8:10am
36 Amy March 29, 2020 at 8:14am

I have read all Joanne’s Hannah Swenson books and some of her others too. I can hardly wait until the next one comes out. They are wonderfully & tastefully written.


37 Mary Holshouser March 29, 2020 at 8:17am

this series is always fun and interesting.
Looking forward to the next installment.
thanks. txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com


38 Kayleigh March 29, 2020 at 8:18am

It sounds amazing! ^_^ I love the series on the Hallmark channel! <3


39 Mary Crane
Twitter: @sequoiachyanne
March 29, 2020 at 8:21am

I absolutely love your books I was a fan right away and I cannot wait to be able to read this.


40 Cathy Adams March 29, 2020 at 9:00am

Totally LOVE Joanne Fluke’s books and all the recipes inside them! ???


41 Cathy Adams March 30, 2020 at 5:11am

Oops! I tried to leave three hearts, but it didn’t work.


42 Cathy Adams March 30, 2020 at 5:14am

Also, just in case….My address is 172 Hammocks Dr, Fairport, NY 1445. The rules say to leave to leave this. So, I hope this doesn’t get published. Thanks!


43 Carl March 29, 2020 at 9:01am

I don’t think I’ve ever had a cake flavored totally with coconut. I’d like to try it though, and I’d love to win the book. Thanks for the chance. crs(at)codedivasites(dot)com


44 Robin M. Rose March 29, 2020 at 9:26am

Absolutely my favorite series of all time! My family loves the easy cheesy biscuits from the Plum Pudding mystery.


45 Erin Kretzschmar March 29, 2020 at 9:38am

I love these books! Looking forward to reading the newest installment!!


46 Dianne Casey March 29, 2020 at 12:53pm

One of my favorite series. Looking forward to reading. Thanks for the chance.


47 Lynne Jaffe March 29, 2020 at 1:09pm

I would love to win the latest installment of one of my favorite book series. I can’t wait to find out what happens. Thank you for the chance to win.


48 Teresa Warner March 29, 2020 at 1:24pm

I’ve been hearing a lot about this one, would love to get a copy! tWarner419@aol.com


49 Debbie March 29, 2020 at 8:48pm

Love the Hannah Swenson series and would love to have this book. Thanks for the great giveaway m.j


50 Donamae March 29, 2020 at 9:11pm

Chocolate peanut butter toffee sounds delicious. Can’t wait to read this book and see the recipes. Thank you for the chance


51 Robin Leslie Coxon March 30, 2020 at 7:38am

I’ve been a big fan of Joanne Fluke’s and her character, Hannah Swenson for many years. Hannah is a well rounded character who is family oriented and true to her friends. It would be wonderful to have her as a friend. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com


52 Sandra Hemsher
Twitter: @Sandy Hemsher
March 30, 2020 at 9:27am

Looking forward to this installment! NO ONE has the great recipes like this series. The more the merrier!!!!


53 Peggy Bodner
Twitter: @blazerrose
March 30, 2020 at 11:23am

I have so many books in the Hannah series! Looking forward to her next adventure.



54 Linda Herold
Twitter: @Linda
March 30, 2020 at 4:18pm

Would love to win the latest book in this series!


55 Kathy levernier April 4, 2020 at 1:46am

Can you imagine 28 BOOKS 🙂
This sounds like the story line could go several different ways.
Hmmmm very interesting..
A lot of things occurring ..
Nom?nom?nom?nom?lots of delicious recipes.
I really Joanna Fluke enjoy books ?.
Blessings to ALL


56 Lorie
Twitter: @mysteryrat
April 6, 2020 at 10:49am

We have a winner!


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