Book Review: Wedding Cake Murder by Joanne Fluke

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I’ve been waiting for the Hannah Swensen series by Joanne Fluke to bounce back from a few lackluster books, and Wedding Cake Murdermade it happen. I’d give this fun caper somewhere between 4 and 4.5 stars.

After 18 books debating between Norman and Mike, Hannah finally makes a decision when a third man’s proposal suddenly enters the ring. Ross Barton was a great friend in college, and we saw some hints of romance in one of the earlier books, but nothing came of it. In the last book in the series, Ross came back into her life and proposed… Wedding Cake Murder is all about Hannah’s wedding. But besides that wonderful sub-plot, we also see Hannah as a contestant in the Food Network’s latest dessert show. She’s actually on TV! She’s competing against professional dessert chefs. And she finds another dead body. We must be up to 20 at this point, as a few books had multiple murders, and she didn’t actually discover every single one herself.

When you strip away the recipes, you’re down to about 200 pages, but they are packed full of drama and witty conversations. I love the bonds between Hannah and her sister. I like her romance with Ross, but something seems a little shady. I’m still rooting for Norman even though Hannah’s now married. :O Yes, I said it out loud. Nonetheless, these are Fluke’s best desserts and the description of the Food Network show is spot on. Loved everything about it. The culprit really could have been at least five different killers which helped round out this story more than others. It was like an early book in the series where the balance between fun and mystery was a fair split.

I can’t wait to dive into the next one… already ordered two more from the library so I can hopefully catch up this fall to be current.


About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My stand-alone novels, Watching Glass Shatter and Father Figure, can be purchased on Amazon as electronic copies or physical copies. The debut book, Academic Curveball, in my new mystery series, Braxton Campus Mysteries will fit those who love cozy mysteries and crime investigations. I read, write, and 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 –and multiple Readathons. 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.


9 thoughts on “Book Review: Wedding Cake Murder by Joanne Fluke

    Noriko said:
    September 12, 2018 at 11:31 PM

    Wait, what?? The third man is thrown into the game?? Gosh! But I’m with you, Jay. I’m definitely on team Norman!

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      September 13, 2018 at 7:40 AM

      Yes! It gets complicated and changes rather quickly…. I can’t wait for you to catch up. One a day for 2 weeks and you’ll be there?

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        Noriko said:
        September 13, 2018 at 7:49 AM

        Pleeeeeaaaaseee!!! I just cannot read as fast as you do!! lol But I will try to catch up! hahahaa

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        September 13, 2018 at 7:57 AM

        LOL I’ve got 2 more planned this month. And 2 next month. Then I will have to buy or go to the library to get the last few.

        Good luck!

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    carhicks said:
    September 14, 2018 at 8:17 AM

    I’m with Noriko, a third man???? I have only read a few of these books as quick poolside reads when in Florida and out of order. I have most of them on my tablet, so perhaps I need to do back and read them in order. Nice review Jay, you have me pondering whether I want to do this or not.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      September 14, 2018 at 6:31 PM

      I appreciate it. Yes, it will get complicated. But if you like the setting, it’s definitely worth the commitment.

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    robbiesinspiration said:
    September 15, 2018 at 7:22 AM

    Sounds like this series is getting most interesting as you go along, Jay.

    Liked by 1 person

    Lashaan (Bookidote) said:
    September 18, 2018 at 10:28 PM

    It’s nice to see you not give up on the author and being rewarded for doing just that. Nice review, sir.

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