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Christmas Caramel Murder By Joanne Fluke: Review/Giveaway

IN THE November 5 ISSUE

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 Christmas Caramel Murder, and a link to order it from Amazon, as well as a link to purchase it from an indie bookstore where a portion goes to help support KRL.

For readers who enjoy a little back story, a quick read, and new recipes for the holidays, this book fits the bill. As the story unfolds, Hannah is at a leisurely dinner with Ross. The tale she tells is about an old schoolmate returned to town, rumors about her relationship with a certain someone, a disappointed Mrs. Claus, a husband not where he’s supposed to be, and homemade caramels as a clue.

Herb has been Santa before, but this year it was Lisa’s turn to be Mrs. Claus, who gets to share a nice hug with the big guy after the gifts are handed out. Things don’t turn out that way once Phyllis returns. Her Mrs. Claus outfit is more appropriate for a lap dancer than for someone handing out (and bending over to do it) gifts to little kids. Nothing left for the imagination. When she “misunderstands” the stage direction to give Santa a “stage kiss” and instead plants a big kiss on Herb as Lisa watches, things really get uncomfortable. book

It’s not but a couple of hours later that Phyllis’ body is found in a ditch alongside the restaurant where Hannah and Lisa are meeting for dinner. Did Lisa go home to feed the dogs or sneak over early to do Phyllis in and then sit down for a nice meal?

Of course, knowing Phyllis’ personality, there are more suspects that just Lisa. Michelle is home for the holidays to lend a hand where necessary, Mike welcomes Hannah’s help, and Norman makes an appearance to help with the Christmas bazaar. There’s a nice twist for the ending.

Find twelve new recipes for treats like chocolate flan with caramel whipped cream, red velvet whippersnapper cookies, grilled ham and double cheese sandwiches (Mike’s favorite), gingerbread pancakes, angel jellies, chocolate caramels, chocolate mint cookies, raspberry muffins, butterscotch crunch candy, cashew candy roll, and cherry shortbread bar cookies.

Let the baking begin!

To enter to win a copy of Christmas Caramel Murder, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “caramel,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen November 12, 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.

Use this link to purchase the book & a portion goes to help support KRL & indie bookstore Mysterious Galaxy:

You can also use this link to purchase the book on Amazon. If you have ad blocker on you may not see the link:

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 mystery books of her own, hoping, someday, they will see the light of Barnes and Noble and a Kindle. You can find several of Sandra’s short stories at Untreed Reads including her newest, “Arthur,” included in the anthology titled, Flash and Bang, available now. Look for Denali, in the anthology Dogs and Dragons.

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.

{ 53 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Anne November 5, 2016 at 8:08am

I was a bit disappointed in how Fluke pulled a new suitor out of thin air for Hannah, but now that she’s married to Ross I’m curious to see if there are any changes in the series.



2 Sandy November 6, 2016 at 5:36pm

As I recall, Ross was in the first books, got famous and moved away. Hannah then bounced back and forth between Norman and Mike for eons, no passion with either one so no real choice between the two of them. Mike wasn’t so trustworthy and Norman was too bland. I foretell a baby in her future to add some interest.


3 Dianne Mossor November 5, 2016 at 1:25pm

I love this series! Can’t wait to read the new one. ?


4 Debbie N November 5, 2016 at 5:39pm

I love Joanne Fluke’s books. I am so excited there is a new one.


5 Donamae Kutska
Twitter: @donamaekutska
November 5, 2016 at 8:52pm

The recipes sound delicious! The story even better!


6 Donamae Kutska
Twitter: @donamaekutska
November 5, 2016 at 8:53pm

Donamaekutska7@gmail.com I want to read this book!


7 Judy Weaver November 6, 2016 at 5:41am

Love reading Joanne Flukes books and so enjoy watching them when they are made into movies on Hallmark!


8 Valerie Hoynacki November 6, 2016 at 7:07am

Fluke’s books are always YUMMY!!


9 Nora-Adrienne
Twitter: @NoraAdrienne
November 6, 2016 at 8:46am

I love this series AND the recipes. I own three of her previous titles and would love to add this one to my library.
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10 Linda Herold
Twitter: @Linda
November 6, 2016 at 10:01am

I discovered this series by watching the movies on Hallmark! Now I need to read all the books!! Thanks for this chance!!


11 Karen B November 6, 2016 at 10:01am

Looking forward to the latest – always a good read – and the recipes!


12 Barbara November 6, 2016 at 11:39am

I love to get books for holidays and this would be great


13 Kristina M. Anderson
Twitter: @booklover43
November 6, 2016 at 11:55am

I have read every Hannah Swenson novel. I look forward to the latest installment. Thank you for your review. Christmas Caramel Murder looks like it will be enjoyable!
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14 peggy clayton November 6, 2016 at 11:59am

Sounds so good would love to read and post a few reviews ptclayton2@aol.com


15 Tracy Shafer November 6, 2016 at 4:18pm

I love Joanne’s books! Thank you so much!


16 Brittany Abbott
Twitter: @ilovefinnegan
November 6, 2016 at 5:17pm

Who doesn’t love Hannah and The Cookie Jar.


17 Doward Wilson November 6, 2016 at 5:51pm

Nice post! Thanks for the giveaway!


18 Becky Richardson November 7, 2016 at 6:35am

Love all of Joanne Fluke’s books. Would love to read this one as well. brichardson0056(at)yahoo(dot)com


19 Jenny November 7, 2016 at 6:53am

So excited for another book in this series!


20 Donna Ingalls November 7, 2016 at 6:59am

Sounds absolutely delicious. Love all your recipes to!


21 Christy November 7, 2016 at 7:00am

Would love to win a copy. The hold list at the library is quite long.


22 kellie woodling November 7, 2016 at 7:04am

i love these books. and all the recipes. can’t wait to read this new one!


23 Margherita November 7, 2016 at 7:25am

Love this series and can’t wait to read this one..


24 Heather Brown November 7, 2016 at 7:50am

Love Joanne Fluke’s books!!


25 Michelle Burnham November 7, 2016 at 8:04am

I would love to win. Love Hannah and the recipes. Thank You for this chance!


26 Paula Metz November 7, 2016 at 8:11am

I love this series! I can’t wait to read this one. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.


27 Kathy Brown November 7, 2016 at 8:13am

I have not gotten my hands on this book yet & would love to have it. I have ALL her other ones – just have not had a chance to snag this one – Would be great to win it !!! <3 🙂


28 Kathy Brown November 7, 2016 at 8:15am

I would love to win it ! I have not had a chance to get my hands on this one & I have ALL of the other ones. It would be awesome to win it ! 🙂 <3


29 Cindia Quinones November 7, 2016 at 8:47am

I love all of Joanne Fluke’s books! She never disappoints.


30 Marissa Tressler November 7, 2016 at 8:49am

I love this series! Good luck to all!


31 Karen Brennan November 7, 2016 at 9:01am

I love the whole series. Don’t say anything more about Ross. I want to be able to read all the books without prejudice.
Good article. I am behind and need to catch up.


32 Alisha Collins November 7, 2016 at 9:17am

I haven’t read the book yet but I can’t wait! Thanks for the chance to win one!


33 Tiffany November 7, 2016 at 9:23am

I love these books!!!!!??????


34 Peggy F
Twitter: @pegpenquin
November 7, 2016 at 9:26am

Love Hannah and all her adventures. Can’t wait to read this one.


35 Jaime November 7, 2016 at 11:31am

I read this and loved it. It would absolutely be a treasure to own it. I have read and love all of the books!


36 Debbie Lenz
Twitter: @Greatgran0812
November 7, 2016 at 12:00pm

I really enjoyed this book. Can’t wait for the next one to come out. Lenzdeb@aol.com


37 Debbie Lenz
Twitter: @Greatgran0812
November 7, 2016 at 12:03pm

I really enjoyed this book. Can’t wait for the next one to come out. Lenzdeb@aol.com


38 johnna smith
Twitter: @johnnabooks135
November 7, 2016 at 12:02pm

How exciting! A new Hannah book. I would love to win a copy of this title. Thank you for the chance

johnnabooks AT hotmail DOT com


39 sara hyman November 7, 2016 at 12:03pm

I always enjoying reading this series (recently re-read from book 1)


40 Mary Anne November 7, 2016 at 12:31pm

I loved her books too till she married her off to Ross. It may get better with him. I guess we will see.


41 Pam November 7, 2016 at 12:50pm

I can’t wait to read this!


42 Debbie Erickson
Twitter: @debbi_erickson
November 7, 2016 at 12:51pm

I have enjoyed all of the books in this series and look forward to reading the newest one! Thanks for the review.


43 Cheryl Smith November 7, 2016 at 1:59pm

I love this series and would love to read this one..


44 Sharon Forrest November 7, 2016 at 2:48pm

I love this series and the recipes. Can’t wait to read the latest.


45 Charlene Radcliff November 7, 2016 at 4:13pm

Love Hanna and her cookies.


46 Ria Shay November 7, 2016 at 4:33pm

I love the Christmas-themed Hannah books – the only ones I own are the cookbook and the Christmas ones, for the recipes of course! The rest I borrow from the library.


47 Jennifer Hansen November 7, 2016 at 5:17pm

Love this series! parkeremma2003 at yahoo dot com


48 Elizabeth November 7, 2016 at 6:37pm

love these books!


49 Debbie November 7, 2016 at 6:47pm

Love the series. Anxious to read Christmas caramel murder.


50 Terri Crossley November 8, 2016 at 3:33am

I love this series! I have read almost everyone and I love collecting all the recipes! Thanks for the chance!


51 Pam Fields November 8, 2016 at 11:55am

I have all the book up to Blackberry Pie! I am working on getting them all in hard bound, someday. I would love to add this to my collection! Thank you for the opportunity to win!


52 KarenM November 9, 2016 at 7:44am

I have not read any of Joanne Fluke’s series. Is his a good one to start with?



53 Lorie
Twitter: @mysteryrat
November 28, 2016 at 12:12pm

We have a winner!


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