• Strawberry Shortcake Murder

  • By: Joanne Fluke
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (887 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A New York Times best-seller, Strawberry Shortcake Murder by Joanne Fluke is a scrumptious concoction of fresh-whipped mystery and culinary intrigue.

Hannah Swensen, amateur sleuth and boutique bake store proprietor extraordinaire, is judging a dessert contest when fellow judge Coach Boyd Watson is found dead, face down in a delicate confection no less.

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Excellent

I find that Suzanne Toren is an excellent nararrator and Joanne Fluke's books are excellently written, exciting and holds suspense. I have even reproduced some of her recipes which are better than anything I've bought from a bakery!

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Love this series

A fun and easy to follow mystery.
Narrator is pleasing to listen to.
I can't wait for the next one.

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Easy Listening

I love Joann Flukes books. Hannah is a hoot and she sure keeps the book moving. Just purchased the newest book Cream Puff Murder. Haven't finished it yet.

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Enjoyable Family Listen

My three children, ages 9 to 13, and I listen to Hannah Swensen books together during lunch. My 13 year old son asked for one to listen to by himself so I bought this audiobook. When he was done, I listened to it. We all enjoy the narration and main characters. Most importantly the Hannah Swenson books are solid mystery books that don't have cursing. taking the Lord's name in vain, or sexual content (just a few kisses). Great books for family listening.

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Not for me

I tried to give this book multiple chances. I finally gave up. It is so slow paced and I was bored. There wasn't anything that made me want to stay with the story. I didn't get attached to the characters or have any interest in seeing how things turn out.

The narrator was so-so. She wasn't bad but I didn't really care for her voices. She does seem to have a good range.

This is the first book I have read/listened to by this author. Not sure if I will try another. This is actually book two in the series. I bought books one and two in a sale but accidentally started with this one instead of the first. I doubt I will ever go back to listen to book one. I don't think that it will make it better since my issues were primarily with the pacing and the fact that I didn't like the main character.

Oh and I pretty much hated having to listen to the random extended recipes included throughout. I had to skip ahead to get back to the actual book.

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I won't order these again

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I'm sure this series is very popular but I find them more simplistic that I prefer

What could Joanne Fluke have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

The plot is pretty good, but the presentation is a bit trite and transparent

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Suzanne Toren?

Her voice was not as flexible as I would have liked to make the character sound more realistic

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Cozy mystery with recipes!

Eden Lake, Minnesota, has been chosen as the site of the Heartland Flour Dessert Bake off. Bakery owner Hannah Swensen was named the head judge for the contest. High School Basketball Coach Boyd Watson is one of the other judges. Shortly after the contest ends, Boyd Watson is found bludgeoned to death. His wife, Danielle, who was abused by Boyd for years, is the number one suspect. Hannah doesn't believe that Danielle would hurt anyone and sets out to prove that she is innocent. Hannah questions people who were close to Boyd, learning that more than one person wanted him dead.

This is a cute cozy mystery with lots of suspects. I enjoyed watching Hannah and her sister, Andrea, sift through evidence a piece at a time. no also thought some of the recipes sounded delicious.

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Horrible

This story is HORRIBLE. I mean, AWFUL. The main character is the most entitled, rude, condescending, arrogant, mean person. She’s the reason for the modern-day “Karen” label. Every time another character says ANYTHING, the first thing she does is correct or contradict them. And all the characters in the book exist for a si hole purpose - to agree with Hannah, idolize her, and give her compliments. Her sister follows her around like a lost puppy dog. Her employee BEGS Hannah not to pay her more money or make her a partner in the business (despite the fact that she works 20 hour days at the cookie jar and Hannah never works) because she “just likes working here so much!” Hannah gloats incessantly throughout the book because she’s ALWAYS the smartest person in the room. In fact, she’s an expert on EVERYTHING! Sitting through this was insufferable. I honestly cannot reason why I finished the book. There is nothing appealing about it.

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Hannah Swenson does it again...

Great story line, I always enjoy her defective antics. and love all the characters

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Given up on this series!

Overall: Stopped reading finally in Chapter 3. Don’t know how I even made it that far. If you wanna read a book with sprinkles of fat phobia, sexist remarks….oh and racist content. This is it. I had to rewind my audiobook just make sure I heard that last part correctly.

Also….the voices of the child character voiced by an adult was terrible. Actually all the voice acting was ridiculous.