Red Velvet Cupcake Murder by Joanne Fluke

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Book Description

Release date: February 26, 2013 | Series: Hannah Swensen Mysteries
It’s a hot summer evening in Lake Eden, Minnesota – and the Grand Opening of the refurbished Albion Hotel. Hannah Swensen’s famous Red Velvet cupcakes are being served in the new Red Velvet lounge. The party starts off with a bang with the arrival of Doctor Bev, who left town in shame after she two-timed her fiance. But the gossip comes to a screeching halt when another partygoer takes a dive off the hotel’s rooftop garden. As the police investigate, the only one who isn’t preoccupied with the case is Doctor Bev. She’s too busy trying to stir things up with her old flame Norman, who’s reunited with Hannah. Just as Hannah’s patience with Bev runs thin, her rival is found dead at the bottom of Miller’s Pond. To everyone’s shock, Hannah is now the target of a murder investigation – and she’s feeling the heat in a way she never has before…
Review –
I enjoyed this book much more than the last few in the series because even though things were chaotic there didn’t seem to be as much drama for drama’s sake.  The recipes included in each book are a bonus and I’m  going to try a couple of the latest ones.  A great easy Summer read.

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

Book Description

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.