Blueberry Muffin Murder (Hannah Swensen Series #3)

Blueberry Muffin Murder (Hannah Swensen Series #3)

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by Joanne Fluke
     
 

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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

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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 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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Editorial Reviews

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
Publication date:
09/01/2011
Series:
Hannah Swensen Series, #3
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
50,771
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

JOANNE FLUKE is the New York Times bestselling author of the Hannah Swensen mysteries, which include Double Fudge Brownie Murder, Blackberry Pie Murder, Cinnamon Roll Murder, and the book that started it all, Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder. That first installment in the series premiered as Murder, She Baked:  A Chocolate Chip Cookie Mystery on the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Channel. Like Hannah Swensen, Joanne Fluke was born and raised in a small town in rural Minnesota, but now lives in Southern California. Please visit her online at www.JoanneFluke.com

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Blueberry Muffin Murder (Hannah Swensen Series #3) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 198 reviews.
Debra1957 More than 1 year ago
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.
pretty_inpink03 More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous 12 days ago
This was an easy, fun, exciting read!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I tried all morning to lend this book as it was on the LendMe list in my library. After trying several times, I called B&N customer service to inquire. I was informed that the publisher had recently removed these titles from the LendMe list but my current listing had not been updated. Had i bought these books in paperback or hard cover format, I could have easily lent them. After purchasing this entire series digitally, I am extremely displeased about not being able to use the options that were supposed to be available.
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It was a fun read. I enjoy the recipes and look forward to making some.
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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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My stupid mom will see the word and take my nook so lets do boo r 1. And yes boo not bo.ob, boo.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For touring go to book 3 on muffins thnxs
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nancydrew123 More than 1 year ago
Winter carnival time in Lake Eden, Minnesota is the perfect setting for the third book in this series. These books are a quick and easy read that offer a good mystery, fantastic setting and charming main characters. It's always fun to jump into any season with Hannah and her family and friends. When I read these books I feel like I'm spending the weekend in Lake Eden. In this book Hannah gets more involved with Mike, the local policeman while still keeping her love interest with the local dentist, Norman. The mystery is set around "Cooking Sweetheart", Connie Mac who is bossy and ill-tempered. The mystery moves right along with a few twists and turns. Of course the blueberry recipes looked inviting. I have yet to try the blueberry muffin recipe but it's on my list of to-dos!