Book Review: Red Velvet Cupcake Murder by Joanne Fluke

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In the 16th book in the Hannah Swensen cozy mystery series,Red Velvet Cupcake Murder, written in 2012 by Joanne Fluke, Hannah’s under suspicion for killing the competition for her love-interest. Could she have done it? Did she finally go bonkers and make a decision between Norman and Mike? Nah… she just looks guilty. But you’ll have to read more to find out who actually committed murder.

The book starts off with an old-favorite, Barbara, the secretary at the police force we’ve come to know over the years, taking a topple off the roof of a new hotel. Was she pushed, did she fall, or was it suicide? Given another mystery from the last book involved suicide (and spills over into this book), we know that didn’t happen twice, but the truth takes a while to come out. Fluke weaves together these storylines until we get a clearer picture of the sinister and shady on-goings around Lake Eden.

I’d give the book 3.5 stars, and I’ll round up on Goodreads, but down on Amazon. As a mystery plot, it lacked multiple suspects. There was only 1 new character introduced and suspicion was never cast on anyone other than Hannah. It needed more red herrings. As a fun story about the townspeople, it was overly sweet-and-simple when it came to Barbara’s head injury. To be honest, it felt like we were dealing with Rose Nylund from the Golden Girls… whom I love… but is always funnier in smaller doses. Pages of dialogue trying to associate names and playing word games was a distraction.

But I adore Hannah and her family. I like getting lost in this world, so the series will always be something I want to read. I just may not like some of the books as much as others.

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For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My novels, Watching Glass Shatter and Father Figure, can be purchased on Amazon as electronic copies or physical copies. I write A LOT. I read A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge – words and humor. You can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.


5 thoughts on “Book Review: Red Velvet Cupcake Murder by Joanne Fluke

    Priyasha said:
    August 28, 2018 at 1:00 PM

    Super cosy review 💖

    Liked by 1 person

    shalini said:
    August 28, 2018 at 2:25 PM

    More red herrings… I remember telling someone that..😘❤️

    Liked by 1 person

    Beware Of The Reader said:
    August 28, 2018 at 4:00 PM

    Well too bad it was lacking on the mystery plot but seriously Jay if you compare with Father Figure nearly every book is lacking in that department! 😉

    Liked by 1 person

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