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27 November 2015

#BookBeginnings & #Friday56 -- Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder

For well over a decade now I've had people & websites recommend Joanne Fluke's Hannah Swensen cozy mystery series to me. There was always something else in my mind that I wanted to read next, though, so it kept getting shoved aside. Then came this week when the Thanksgiving-y book I was reading wasn't doing anything but annoying me and I decided that I needed some fluff to bide my time until Thanksgiving passed and my holiday read-a-thon could really officially begin. So I finally picked up the first in the series, Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder, and it was just the perfect amount of fluff needed! 

It's your typical cozy with the amateur sleuth who somehow manages to be more awesome than local law enforcement when it comes to solving crime (they even encourage her to do so) ... all the while managing to run her own bakery and coffee shop and juggle her dysfunctional family. The downside is that I'm having a big huge cookie craving now. The upside? It was delightfully easy to zip through in a couple of days and now I'm all set to get my ho-ho-ho on! (AND I have another series to add to the ever-growing pile!)

As always, Friday56 (share a blurb from the 56th page or 56% mark) is hosted at Freda's Voice & Book Beginnings (share the first few sentences & your thoughts) is at Rose City Reader.


  1. I'd love to know where the cow comes into it! If it does at all that is and it's not just one of those weird dream things!

  2. I have read some books by the author, but not this series. However, I'm hooked on the televised versions now playing on the Hallmark Channel, with Alison Sweeney, so I must grab the books!

    Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog. I love the look of your blog!

    1. Thanks for coming by! We didn't have the channel when the first movie with Ali was on so I'm hoping to find it on demand somewhere!

  3. I want to read this series! I have been watching the shows on Hallmark based on this series and love them! :)

    Friday Memes

  4. A friend of mine just read this a few days ago and loved it. :)

    Check out my Friday 56 (With Book Beginning).

  5. This one has been on my stack for years too. I am having a little trouble picturing a homicidal Guernsey though. Sounds like I need to read this book soon. I am spotlighting Play by Kylie Scott this week. Happy reading!

  6. I keep meaning to read this series and catch the Hallmark movies but somehow other things keep distracting me. This sounds like a fun story that I'd enjoy.
    Thank you for stopping by my blog.
    Sandy @ TEXAS TWANG

  7. I enjoy reading this series - I've fallen behind on it and of course I too didn't have the Hallmark channel when the movies first started but I'm determined to find them on demand and watch them - saw a bit of one this morning and it was really cute! Here's My Friday Post

  8. Everyone got to me also, Karen. I've now read the first two. I really like Hannah.

  9. I actually have this book so I definitely need to read it.

  10. I cracked up when I read this title. Almost spit tea all over my computer! LOL I have got to read this one now.

    Here's my 56 - http://fuonlyknew.com/2015/11/27/the-friday-56-86-the-dead-girls-of-hysteria-hall/

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    Sounds like a good read.
    Happy weekend!