Fudge Cupcake Murder (Hannah Swensen Series #5)

Fudge Cupcake Murder (Hannah Swensen Series #5)

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by Joanne Fluke
     
 

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Bakery owner Hannah Swensen just can't keep her hands out of the batter when murder stirs things up in Lake Eden, Minnesota, leaving the sheriff dead, a deputy accused, and a killer on the loose. . .

For Hannah, life seems to be lacking a certain flavor lately. Maybe it's the local sheriff's election that's got her down. For years, Sheriff Grant's been the…  See more details below

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Bakery owner Hannah Swensen just can't keep her hands out of the batter when murder stirs things up in Lake Eden, Minnesota, leaving the sheriff dead, a deputy accused, and a killer on the loose. . .

For Hannah, life seems to be lacking a certain flavor lately. Maybe it's the local sheriff's election that's got her down. For years, Sheriff Grant's been the iron hand in town. But now, Hannah's brother-in-law Bill is giving the old blowhard the fight of his long, dubious career—and Grant's not taking it well, especially once the polls show Bill pulling ahead.

But before anyone can taste victory, things go sour. While Hannah's emptying the trash, she makes a very unappetizing discovery: Sheriff Grant's body in the Dumpster behind the high school where she's teaching her cooking class. And as if that weren't bad enough, the poor man still has fudge frosting on his shirt from one of her cupcakes.

The number one—and only—suspect is Bill, but Hannah's not swallowing it. Plenty of people had reason to hate Sheriff Grant. Soon, Hannah's dishing up scandalous secrets, steaming hot betrayals, and enough intrigue to keep the gossip mill at The Cookie Jar going through several pots of decaf. And the closer Hannah gets to the truth, the closer she gets to smoking out a murderer with a very nasty recipe for silencing people. . .

Includes Ten Original Dessert Recipes For You To Try!

"For fans of culinary mysteries."—Library Journal

"Fudge Cupcake Murder should not be read on an empty stomach because there are mouth-watering recipes and descriptions of desserts in almost every chapter." —The Midwest Book Review

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Library Journal
Small-town baker Hannah (Blueberry Muffin Murder) discovers the body of Lake Eden's longtime sheriff in a dumpster. The main suspect happens to be her brother-in-law, who planned to run against the sheriff in the upcoming election, so it's Hannah to the rescue. Dependable entertainment for fans of culinary mysteries. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781617731280
Publisher:
Kensington
Publication date:
06/07/2011
Series:
Hannah Swensen Series , #5
Sold by:
Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
9,310
File size:
617 KB

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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Fudge Cupcake Murder (Hannah Swensen Series #5) 4 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 181 reviews.
Faith65 More than 1 year ago
I just can't get enough of her books. I am on the 9th in her series. They are easy to read. With my husband's cancer treatments, these books are light & easy to stop & continue through all his appointments. And they give me something to laugh at or see humorous during this tough time in my life. Keep on writing & I will keep on reading your books Joanne.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like these books, they take you out of your world and into Hannah's. I have read 1 thru 5 and reading 6 now. Good Books.
Patokagwp More than 1 year ago
If you love to eat and read, this series is for you. I enjoy the reading. It isn't a rush to the end kind of book. However, it is far better than a lot of the junk I've decided to try. It is finishable. I do get a bit tired of her putting up with the hunk because he is a hunk and not really a good fellow. But, that is personal prejudice. The stories are good. However, I do wonder when the only ones left in the small town will be her small circle of friends. Maybe the cookie lady is doing in everyone just to pin it up on someone she doesn't like?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. Great story line. Love that the reader can figure the murder mysteries out along with Hanna and Andrea. I wonder which man Hanna will end up with. Both are great, but I think she has more in common with Norman than Mike. Norman got her Halloween costume when no one else did. Mike might be nice looking, but there is more to an relationship than that. Back to the orginial subject, loved this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
great read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is another great book by Joanne Fluke. I love her Hannah Swensen mysteries
Guest More than 1 year ago
True to her series¿ successful addictions, again Fluke provides readers with an anticipated invite into morning routines with Hannah¿s macho cat, Moishe, this time introducing the battle of the Crunchies. This cat continues to do a reader capture, maybe a kidnap. His shenanigans could make a cat-a-phobic warm up to hair balls. Loved the various executions Moishe devised for flavorless Crunchies. The Vet had advised Hannah to cajole Moishe to gobble up Senior Cat Food, with a force-feed-tag included if necessary. Throughout the novel I prayed that Hannah wises up and gives Moishe his 'burger' HIS way. (This was a ruff-n-tumble alley cat prior to Hannah taking him in eating who knew what out of the sewers of life.) Of course Hannah's morning ministrations wouldn't be complete without her unwelcome mother clanging into a busy daughter's life, a mother reviled with relish. Dolores doesn't appear to be a Joan Crawford parading the 'Mommie Dearest' mystique. The mother here is merely a nosey, critical, demanding, domineering, bad taste influence in Hannah's life, a woman who always refers to Hannah, tellingly, as 'dear,' and never hits a good time to step into Hannah's constant rush. It seems that Fluke dearly wants to paint Dolores as a hometown, modern day, sour-milk-mamma, destructive to a daughter's spirit shining gleefully off-beat to her own drummer. Yet, I catch welcome flashes of redemption flickering through devious Dolores's seemingly thin veneer of character. Enjoyed the morning routine twist in this book when Hannah was dreading Dolores's voice on the phone and heard Andrea instead. Liked the fact that Dolores distanced herself a bit from her daughters in this book. Maybe Dolores is stepping out of a warn-out character, turning the tide of interest toward her instead of away? This may be a good sign for those daughter readers who've lost Mom and felt that loss. Also enjoyed the focus on Mike in this mystery, with Norman kept off page somewhere through most of the plot (though I honestly like both these men, almost equally). The draw of Mike's sex appeal is played up well in this book, stimulating Hannah's bemoaned lack of sophistication into steaming up her cookie wagon windows, as she happily learns a little late in life about adolescent auto alignment. Fluke fills up the tank of readers' questions about to whom (when, why, and where) Hannah will give an exclusive commitment. With coffee for blood, this cozy author percolates ongoing, unanswered questions. I closed the book with hunger pangs satisfied, yet with an appetite for the newest hardback in the series.
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FionaCA More than 1 year ago
I really like the Hannah Swenson series. The stories are fun to read, even though they all deal with murder! I especially like the recipes that are included--I've tried a few and they came out great! The recipes are easy to follow. I haven't tried this cupcake recipe, but now that I know the "secret" ingredient, it may be time to try it!
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I am enjoying this whole series. Hannah accidentally enters into murder investigations and does even better than the cops. The recipes at the end of each chapter are great, too.
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