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Christmas Cake Murder

In this “episode” of Joanne Fluke’s Hannah Swensen Mysteries, we are taken back in time to perhaps the beginning…ish.  Hannah’s father had recently died, she dropped out of school and her sisters are much younger and unmarried.  When an elderly neighbor’s “last wish” was to relive the Christmas Ball of her youth, the town and the Swensen’s pick up the ball and work to make it happen.  As per the author’s M.O. there are lots of cooking and baking with recipes a plenty.

Blackberry Pie Murder

blackberry pie murder 2The Blackberry Pie Murder is the latest (for me) in the Hannah Swensen “baking” murder mysteries.  The novel is the seventeenth in the series by author Joanne Fluke.  It features the usual cast of characters and Ms. Swensen, her family and the “getting tiresome” love triangle with Mike and Norman.  As usual the book feature numerous recipes for baked goods mentioned in the story.  By my count of all of the books that I read The Cookie Jar, Swensen’s fictitious baker/coffee shop, must have about four hundred cookie on the menu.  In the interest of full disclosure I have actually tried some in the past.

Cinnamon Roll Murder

Murders, munchies, manipulation, machinations, mystery, and musicians.  For once someone other than Hannah finds the body though the family member who gets the “treat” still triggers a family investigation. In Cinnamon Roll Murder author Joanne Fluke deftly ties the murder mystery directly to Hanna Swensen’s personal life and the cliff hanger from her previous novel (Devil’s Food Cake Murder). 

I feel like I same about the same thing with each new edition of Fluke’s Hanna Swensen novels.  They are always enjoyable, but never keep me up at night “Jonesing” to finish.  This one is no different though Hanna is a little more spicy in her unspoken thoughts. 

Devil’s Food Cake Murder

Another fine mess Hanna Swensen finds herself in when she finds…yes another dead body.  One might wonder why a small Minnesota town like Lake Eden has so many murders or one can just enjoy the mystery.  A murder once again has Ms. Swensen and her cohorts on the trail of the killer.  I think that this novel didn’t quite have a “novel” ending as the criminal was somewhat predictable.  As usual the intensity and intrigue isn’t part of the formula for the Devil’s Food Cake Murder, but it is a very enjoyable read.  I truly look forward to each new edition by Joanne Fluke.

Fudge Cupcake Murder

Hannah Swensen finds yet another body and finds herself in the middle of yet another murder investigation.  Enlisting the help of her family and friends she works outside the purview of the police to do her sleuthing as she tries to clear a family member from suspicion.  The Fudge Cupcake Murder has all of the hallmarks of other Joanne Fluke mysteries; good plot, likable characters, no real violence, and lots of recipes.  I’ve always liked the way the author included the recipes for the goodies mentioned in the story.  I have gotten some good ones over the years.

Cream Puff Murder

Cream Puff MurderJoanne Fluke’s Hannah Swensen finds another body in her small hometown of Lake Eden, Minnesota.  This time the victim in not well liked in the town and Hannah, her sisters, and about half the town takes the “case” to solve the crime.  As usual, the novel centers around Swensen’s cookie business and there are lots of references to her cookies. 

Carrot Cake Murder

Carrot Cake MurderI am catching up on the Hannah Swensen murder mysteries and in the latest, Hannah Swensen discovers the dead body of a long-lost relative of her business partner.  Gus took off when he was very young only to return decades later.  Gus had a lot of enemies and when he found himself stabbed in the heart, a lot of past grievances are revealed including a unique tattoo that many of the women of the town knew about.

Candy Cane Murder

Candy Cane MurderOne of my favorite mystery authors is Joanne Fluke and her Hannah Swensen series.  I have been a little behind in the series and am trying to catch up.  Candy Cane Murder came out in 2007 and has been sitting on my shelf for a while.  One of my favorite things about the Hannah Swensen series is that they fit into what I call a “weekend read.”  These are books that are enjoyable, keep me interested, but I can read in a weekend or less.