Blackberry Pie Murder(Hannah Swensen #17) by Joanne Fluke

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Published February 25th 2014 by Kensington (first published January 1st 2014)
t’s been a sleepy summer for the folks of Lake Eden, Minnesota. In fact, it’s been a whole four months since anyone in the Swensen family has come across a dead body. And that means Hannah Swensen can finally focus on her bakery. . .or can she? Life is never really quiet for Hannah. After all, her mother’s wedding is a little over a month away and guess who Delores put in charge of the planning? Yet just when Hannah believes her biggest challenge will be whether to use buttercream or fondant for the wedding cake, she accidentally hits a stranger with her truck while driving down a country road in a raging thunderstorm. Hannah is wracked with guilt, and things get even worse when she’s arrested. . .for murder! But an autopsy soon reveals the mystery man, his shirt covered in stains from blackberry pie, would have died even if Hannah hadn’t hit him. Now, to clear her name, Hannah will have to follow a trail of pie crumbs to track down the identity of the deceased, find a baker who knows more about murder than how to roll out a perfect pie crust–and get herself to the church on time. 
Review –
Although I did enjoy this, the latest in the Hannah Swensen series, it was not the best.  My favorite parts were the recipes. Still it is worth reading if you enjoy a cozy mystery.
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Cinnamon Roll Murder (Hannah Swensen Mysteries) by Joanne Fluke

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Publication Date: February 28, 2012 | Series: Hannah Swensen Mysteries
When Hannah Swensen hears that the Cinnamon Roll Six jazz band will be playing at a festival in Lake Eden, Minnesota, she bakes up a supply of their namesake confections to welcome them. But tragedy strikes when their tour bus overturns on its way into town. And keyboard player Buddy Neiman’s minor injuries turn deadly serious when someone plunges surgical scissors into his chest…Turns out, Buddy Neiman isn’t the victim’s real name. In fact, no one is really sure who he is. Hannah’s investigation digs up a few local suspects. There is Doctor Bev, who seems to know more about “Buddy” than she’s willing to admit. And Devon, an aspiring keyboard player who may have had a fatal case of jealousy. Hannah isn’t sure how she’ll unravel the mystery, but one thing’s for sure: there’s nothing sweeter than bringing a killer to justice…
Review –
I had read every book in this series and I love the characters and the antics they get into, but my favorite part of each book are the recipes.  In this installment of the Hannah Swensen Mysteries I especially love the recipe for  CHEESE AND GREEN CHILIES BISCUITS.  They were fantastic!
If you’re looking for a new series to read give this one a try and get the bonus of wonderful recipes.  Yum Yum, you won’t be disappointed.

Lake Eden Cookbook by Joanne Fluke

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Publication Date: September 27, 2011
Series: Hannah Swensen Mystery
It’s a picture postcard December in Minnesota. Pristine white snow is glistening in the winter sunlight, and Main Street is brimming with festive holiday decorations. Best of all, it’s the day Hannah’s mother, Delores Swensen, is holding her annual Holiday Cookie Exchange at the Community Centre – catered by none other than The Cookie Jar! The whole Swensen clan, their friends, and members of “The Lake Eden Gossip Hotline”, of which Delores is a founding member, have gathered for the delicious event. And as they share their favourite juicy tales of Lake Eden and its residents over coffee and dessert, they also share their favourite scrumptious cookie recipes – plus a mouth-watering menu of luncheon recipes…plus all the recipes from Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder to Carrot Cake Murder. Whether this is your first taste of Lake Eden, or you’re back for another helping, you can now bring the irresistible flavours of The Cookie Jar into your very own kitchen.
 Review –
I have read all of the Hannah Swensen Mystery books and loved the yummy recipes that the author, Joanne Fluke includes in every book.  Long after returning  a book to the library I found myself wanting to make a specific recipes and didn’t have it. NOW I have several of Hannah’s favorites in cookbook form.  The yummy recipes are taken from nine different books and I can’t wait to make the CHOCOLATE MINT SOFTIES, the CHOCOLATE OVERLOAD COOKIE BARS and the NORWEGIAN CHOCOLATE PIZZA , just a name a few.  I’m sure I’ll end up making all of the recipes at one time or another. Of course there is a story included among the recipes but
this time no one winds up dead. If you’re a fan of Joanne Fluke and the Hannah Swenson Mystery  Series,  you need to get this book NOW.
 

The Carrot Cake Murder (Hannah Swensen Mysteries #10) by Joanne Fluke

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Publication Date: February 1, 2009 | Series: Hannah Swenson Mysteries With Recipes
 
Between baking up a storm for The Cookie Jar and unravelling the mystery of her cat Moishe’s recent strange behaviour, Hannah Swensen has a lot on her plate. But she’ll always make time for her business partner, Lisa, who’s in the midst of preparing for a big family reunion. Everyone is delighted when Lisa’s long-lost uncle makes a surprise appearance. No one has heard from Gus in twenty-five years. Uncle Gus is immediately the hit of the reunion. He’s almost as popular as Hannah’s scrumptious carrot cake, which is also Gus’ favourite dessert. But the next morning, as the whole family gathers for the group photo, one person is missing. Hannah offers to track down Uncle Gus, but her search leads to a shocking find. Over by the bar at the pavilion, she spots two slices of her infamous carrot cake, frosting-side down on the floor – and Gus’ corpse with an ice pick jutting out of his chest!Now Hannah’s got to sift through a long list of suspects to find a killer – even if it could mean a recipe for her own demise…
 
Review –
I like this series so much that I read this book a second time.  All of the Hannah Swensen Mysteries  are light,pleasant and fun to read evcn though some of the story lines(like this one) are predictable  and easy to figure out. BACKGROUND INFO:  Hannah Swenson is the owner and operator of a bakery by the name of The Cookie Jar in Lake Eden, Minnesota and always included in the books are several recipes discussed in the story line.  Although I didn’t make any of these recipes this time,previously I had made the RED VELVET COOKIES, BLACK FOREST BROWNIES and the MEXICAN HOTDISH (what they call a HOTDISH in Minnesota we call a CASSEROLE here in Oklahoma) and they were all excellent.  So if you’re looking for a fun,fast paced, recipe packed series to start give The Hannah Swensen Mysteries a try.
 
 
 

Gingerbread Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke, Laura Levine and Leslie Meier

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“Gingerbread Cookie Murder” is written by Joanne Fluke. When Hannah Swensen finds her neighbour Ernie Kusak with his head bashed in and sprawled on the floor of his condo next to an upended box of Hannah’s Gingerbread Cookies, she discovers a flurry of murder suspects that’s as long as her holiday shopping list. “The Dangers Of Gingerbread Cookies” is written by Laura Levine. Jaine Austen has been enlisted to help with her parents’ retirement community’s play The Gingerbread Cookie That Saved Christmas. Playboy Dr. Preston McCay is playing the role of the gingerbread cookie when he ‘accidentally’ falls to his death during the final act. Now Jaine must figure out if one of the doctor’s jealous lovers was capable of murder. “Gingerbread Cookies And Gunshots” is written by Leslie Meier. When Lucy Stone discovers the body of Rick Juergens, whose five-year-old son Nemo disappeared, she senses foul play. Crumbs from a gingerbread cookie Lucy gave to Nemo are found in the back seat of Rick’s car. With the hours quickly ticking till Christmas, Lucy races against the clock to find a killer before he strikes again.
 
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This is what I call a “bonus” book. Not only did it have a wonderfully entertaining story by Joanna Fluke, but two  more stories by different authors.  All involving GINGERBREAD COOKIES.  That is a good thing.  These stories take place at the Christmas season and seeing the words on paper just seems to cool down the blistering heat of the 2011 OKLAHOMA DROUGHT.  Anything that will take my mine off this heat is a very very good thing.
 

Devils Food Cake Murder by Joanne Fluke

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These days, everyone in Lake Eden, Minnesota, is buzzing with activity, and Hannah Swensen is no exception. But no matter how busy she may be, Hannah can always find time to help a friend in need – especially when there’s a murder to investigate. A new minister is in town to cover for Reverend Bob Knudson, who’s honeymooning with Hannah’s good friend Claire. But when the replacement is found face down in a plate of devil’s food cake with a bullet in his head, Hannah starts asking questions. She soon discovers that the good Reverend wasn’t quite the saintly fellow he appeared to be. It will take some more digging to find the culprit, but Hannah is sure of one thing: even the most half-baked murder plot can be oh so deadly…
Review –
 
I love this series of books because along with a great and humorous murder mystery, the author provides  20-25 yummy recipes for cakes, cookies and any other food that’s mentioned in the story.
 
I’ve made several of these recipes and wish she (the author) would put together a cook book  so all of the recipes would be in one place. Now, to find a recipe you have to go to the book that mentions that particular item and sometimes  I bring home the wrong book.  But, that’s no great loss, I just make a recipe in that book then go back to the library and check out the correct book.
 
I recommend this series to anyone that like mysteries, humor and baking.  You can’t go wrong.