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Blueberry Muffin Murder (Hannah Swensen Series #3)

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Bakery owner Hannah Swensen is back?and the cookies are crumbling?as acclaimed author Joanne Fluke serves readers another helping of murder, mayhem, and mouthwatering mystery. . .

Blueberry Muffin Murder

Preparations are underway for Lake Eden, Minnesota's annual Winter Carnival?and Hannah Swensen is set to bake up a storm at her popular shop, The Cookie Jar. Too bad the honor of creating the official Winter Carnival cake went to famous ...

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Overview

Bakery owner Hannah Swensen is back—and the cookies are crumbling—as acclaimed author Joanne Fluke serves readers another helping of murder, mayhem, and mouthwatering mystery. . .

Blueberry Muffin Murder

Preparations are underway for Lake Eden, Minnesota's annual Winter Carnival—and Hannah Swensen is set to bake up a storm at her popular shop, The Cookie Jar. Too bad the honor of creating the official Winter Carnival cake went to famous lifestyle maven Connie Mac—a half-baked idea, in Hannah's opinion. She suspects Connie Mac is a lot like the confections she whips up on her cable TV cooking show—sweet, light, and scrumptious-looking, but likely to leave a bitter taste in your mouth.

Hannah's suspicions are confirmed when Connie Mac's limo rolls into town. Turns out America's "Cooking Sweetheart" is bossy, bad-tempered, and downright domineering. Things finally boil over when Hannah arrives at The Cookie Jar to find the Winter Carnival cake burnt to a crisp—and Connie Mac lying dead in her pantry, struck down while eating one of Hannah's famous blueberry muffins.

Next thing Hannah knows, the police have declared The Cookie Jar's kitchen crime scene off-limits. She's a baker without an oven—and the Carnival is right around the corner. Hannah's only alternative is to cook up a plan to save her business—by finding the killer herself. . .

Includes seven original cookie and dessert recipes for you to try!

"Delicious food descriptions and recipes, warm and familiar characters who grow into real people. . .a vivid picture of the small lake town and a well-crafted mystery provide the ingredients for yet another tempting feast that should satisfy all fans, old and new."—Publishers Weekly

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Publishers Weekly
In her third top-of-the-line culinary cozy (after 2001's Strawberry Shortcake Murder), the delightful amateur sleuth Hannah Swensen once again faces murder and mayhem with good cheer. To fight the late February doldrums, Lake Eden, Minn., is about to celebrate its first winter carnival with ice sports on the lake, activities for children and Hannah's delicious cookies from her shop, the Cookie Jar. The whole town is involved, and even Hannah's mother, who usually spends her time trying to get Hannah married, has found a new interest in recreating the home of one of Lake Eden's founding fathers. Connie MacIntyre, bestselling cook book author and star of a popular cable TV cooking show, has agreed to make the cake for the carnival banquet. But when Hannah discovers Connie's dead body in the pantry of the Cookie Jar, Hannah and her sister Andrea join forces to track down the killer, despite warnings by one of her boyfriends, policeman Mike Kensington, to stay out of the investigation. Since everyone who had contact with the abusive Connie disliked her, the sisters have plenty of suspects. Delicious food descriptions and recipes, warm and familiar characters who grow into real people (Hannah's increasing respect for Andrea is a highlight), a vivid picture of the small lake town and a well-crafted mystery provide the ingredients for yet another tempting feast that should satisfy all fans, old and new. (Mar. 5) Forecast: A simple, bold jacket featuring a skull formed by blueberries in a sliced muffin sends just the right message to attract cozy fans. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
Hannah's (Strawberry Shortcake Murder) baking plans for Lake Eden's Winter Carnival get stalled when a despotic rival baker is murdered in Hannah's bakery. With her oven declared part of a crime scene, Hannah must find the murderer before she can bake. A delightful confection and a recipe included. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Hannah Swenson should be making a bundle. As sole supplier of cookies for the Lake Eden (Minnesota) Winter Carnival, she and Lisa Herman, owners of The Cookie Jar, are selling Peanut Butter Melts and White Chocolate Supremes as fast as they can bake them. But when the Carnival's star attraction, deceptively nasty Connie MacIntyre-known to cable TV fans everywhere as "Connie Mac," America's Cooking Sweetheart-gets her head bashed in right inside their pantry, detective Mike Kingston seals the store shut until further notice, leaving Hannah literally out in the cold. You'd think that getting The Cookie Jar reopened would be motive enough for her to look into Connie Mac's murder. So should clearing her childhood friend Janie Burkholtz, who, as Connie Mac's assistant and frequent target of her ill temper, is Mike's favorite suspect. Or clearing Norman Rhodes, Mike's second-favorite suspect-at least in part because Hannah just might prefer Norman's friendly, familiar kisses to Mike's more stirring embraces. But you'd be wrong each time, for Hannah seems far more interested in tweaking Mike's adorable nose by investigating a murder he specifically warned her away from. And she succeeds brilliantly, placing herself in peril repeatedly as she breaks into hotel rooms, steals keys, pays after-hours visits to deserted shopping malls-and ultimately unmasks a killer. A more engaging supporting cast and less-routine plots kept Hannah's earlier adventures (Strawberry Shortcake Murder, 2000, etc.) a hair away from soap opera. This one lands her firmly in the suds.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780758278418
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 9/1/2011
  • Series: Hannah Swensen Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 123,256
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Joanne Fluke

Like Hannah Swensen, Joanne Fluke was born and raised in a small town in rural Minnesota but now lives in sunny Southern California. She is currently working on her next Hannah Swensen mystery.

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  • Posted June 26, 2010

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    I think my review's more interesting....

    This is the worst mystery novel I've ever wasted my time reading. Instead of leaving it at that, I took it upon myself to finish it (as tortuous as that was for me) to explain to the human race why it's so bad.
    But first, let's discuss what a good mystery should be. They're subtle and usually fast-paced. Page-turners. You just HAVE to know who did it and why. So you keep reading. The characters are interesting and the murder victim (in my opinion) should be beloved (by the reader!). If the victim is a b*tch or an a$$, then who cares who killed him/her? A good mystery writer can place clues with so much finesse and subtlety that you're probably not aware it's a clue until later.
    My first complaint: the characters. They were shallow, two-dimensional and they all got along. The only one that didn't get along with everyone else was Connie Mac, our murder victim, and she was taken out of the narrative early. Even characters that are related, Hannah Swenson and her sister Andrea, speak to each other like stiff, uptight coworkers trying to impress each other with how much they know. Believable characters are supposed to appeal to the reader on a fundamental level so that we can relate to their emotions, thoughts, actions, etc. These didn't.
    Second complaint: Unnecessary details. The reader is "treated" to all of Hannah's goings-on. We're with her when she gets out of bed in the morning, when she feeds her stupid overweight cat, when she bakes and delivers cookies for the Winter Carnival, when she takes a shower, ad nauseum. It adds nothing to the plot and slows it down to a crawl. This is not a good combination with 2-D characters, generic dialogue, and a reader's who's not that interested anyway.
    Third complaint: Unnecessary dialogue. I've touched on this already, but it deserves a closer look. On page 172 the reader is told how to build a snowman. Well, didn't we just run into a big stroke of luck? Who would've known? Apparently the "awesome" Hannah Swenson had to remind Andrea how to build one, because, she says, "I forgot." Who in the hell forgets? And who cares? We're trying to read a murder mystery, not a snowman-building manual!
    Fourth complaint: Joanne Fluke gives her characters the clues, not her readers. People who like (good) murder mysteries like them because they want to see if they can solve the case before the author lets the cat out of the bag. This is also a testament to the writer's skill in crafting a good story. For two or three pages I was one step ahead of the characters in figuring out who the murderer was, but that was only because Fluke felt like (FINALLY) letting us in on it.
    This book has a naivete that is almost childish. My biggest beef with this story is its lack of an antagonist, which might've injected some drama. Instead we have a protagonist that everyone likes, everyone likes her confections and everybody knows everybody. It's just a happy ol' winter wonderland in Lake Eden, MN. And that, to me, equals BORING fiction. It reminds me of what would happen if you subtracted everyone in Scooby Doo except Daphne and Scoob, turned Scooby into a 23 lb. orange tabby named Moishe, and added cookies. Now think of a convenient murder victim and a dessert that the victim can fall face-first in when they're murdered, and ta-da! A Joanne Fluke mystery, and it's a fluke it was published at all.

    3 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 11, 2013

    Great Read I Highly Recommend

    I love this series of murder mysteries. I find once I start reading I can't put it down because I want to know what it happening next. Her character Hannah is a bakery owner who seems to always find murder and it is fun to watch her put the case together while still baking goods for her bakery. I love how she involves her family and friends while sleuthing. If you like to bake there are recipes in all her books and some are so yummy. Give her a read you will find it entertaining.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 1, 2012

    So very enjoyable!

    Nothing beats a murder mystery that includes an independent female, a little romance and recipes...I love Joanne Fluke's books!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 5, 2011

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    Great lighthearted mystery book

    I love this series and have enjoyed the 1st 3 books very much.When i finish i cant wait to read the next one. I love to bake and I love that these books are based on a woman who owns a bakery and there is great recipes included in the books A MAJOR PLUS!! hats off to joanne for writing a great series look forward to reading the rest

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Enjoyable culinary cozy

    To drum up tourism during the off season, Lake Eden, Minnesota hosts its first annual Winter Carnival. The Cookie Jar bakery owners Hannah Swensen and Lisa Herman are providing many pastries though not the official Winter Carnival cake. That honor has been bestowed on TV show celebrity, Connie ¿Mac¿ MacIntyre, host of ¿Cooking with Connie¿. <P>Connie Mac expects everything her way and even overruns the most obstinate of local individuals Hannah¿s mom to gain what she wants. When the truck carrying the official cake rolls into a ditch ruining it, the abusive SOB orders Hannah to lend her the bakery¿s oven. Though tempted to tell Connie Mac where to stick her dough, Hannah acquiesces for the good of the Carnival and a friend who works for the nasty bully. The next morning Hannah finds her shop a total mess and angrily begins to clean up until she finds the murdered body of Connie Mac. Though warned by her potential boyfriend a cop to stay out of the investigation, everyone else provides Hannah support in trying to solve the crime. <P>The BLUEBERRY MUFFIN MURDER is an engaging pastry that fans with a sweet tooth for a culinary cozy will want to read. The story line is humorous and the who-done-it is fun though why the cops were not upset over the crime scene being ruined by Hannah is a mystery too. Readers will relish the support cast¿s confidence that Hannah, not the police, will solve the case by encouraging her to set up her command post. Joanne Fluke provides sub-genre fans with a delightfully delicious delicacy. <P>Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted October 2, 2014

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    Posted September 24, 2014

    Demented

    *ish back*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2014

    Enjoyable

    It was a fun read.
    I enjoy the recipes and look forward to making some.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2014

    MUFFIN!!!!

    Can I.. can.. I... muffin! Muffin muffin muffin muffin muffin. I... I want a blueberry MUFFIN. Muffins. PLEASE!!!I NEED A MUFFIN! A... a. Blueberry one. Must... have... a... MUFFIN.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2013

    Goody,goody,goody

    Muffins rule!

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    Posted July 2, 2013

    Speaker

    ... Nope.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2013

    I liked this book. I have read a few of the books. I didn't get

    I liked this book. I have read a few of the books. I didn't get to read them in order like I would have liked too, but that's just the way it goes. I was very surprised by who the killer was. I had thought of him earlier in the book, but didn't put it together until Hanna figured it out. Very good book.

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    Posted April 17, 2013

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    Posted April 6, 2013

    Feather

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