Strawberry Shortcake Murder (Hannah Swensen Series #2)

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In her debut mystery, Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder, intrepid amateur sleuth and bakery owner Hannah Swensen proved that when it comes to crime, nothing is sweeter than a woman who knows how to really mix it up. Now, the flame-haired, tart-talking (and baking) heroine is back, judging a contest where the competition is really murder.

Strawberry Shortcake Murder

When the president of Hartland Flour chooses cozy Lake Eden, Minnesota, as the spot ...

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Overview

In her debut mystery, Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder, intrepid amateur sleuth and bakery owner Hannah Swensen proved that when it comes to crime, nothing is sweeter than a woman who knows how to really mix it up. Now, the flame-haired, tart-talking (and baking) heroine is back, judging a contest where the competition is really murder.

Strawberry Shortcake Murder

When the president of Hartland Flour chooses cozy Lake Eden, Minnesota, as the spot for their first annual Dessert Bake-Off, Hannah is thrilled to serve as the head judge. But when a fellow judge, Coach Boyd Watson, is found stone-cold dead, facedown in Hannah's celebrated strawberry shortcake, Lake Eden's sweet ride to fame turns very sour indeed.

Between perfecting her Cheddar Cheese Apple Pie and Chocolate Crunchies, Hannah's snooping into the coach's private life and not coming up short on suspects. And could Watson's harsh criticism during the judging have given one of the contestants a license to kill? The stakes are rising faster than dough, and Hannah will have to be very careful, because somebody is cooking up a recipe for murder. . .with Hannah landing on the "necessary ingredients" list.

"Another delicious adventure. . .a superior cozy sure to leave readers satisfied. . .but hungry for more." —Publishers Weekly

Includes seven delicious recipes!

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The stakes start rising faster than dough when a judge from the Hartland Flour company's Dessert Bake-Off is found dead in Hannah Swensen's strawberry shortcake. Can she catch the killer before he or she cooks up another recipe -- for murder?
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Following her successful debut, 2000's Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder, Fluke brings back amateur sleuth and Lake Eden, Minn., bakery owner Hannah Swensen for another delicious adventure. Hannah has the honor of serving as head judge of the first annual Hartland Flour Dessert Bake-off, which she anticipates will be good advertising for her already popular bakery, The Cookie Jar. Then one of the judges, high school basketball coach Boyd Watson, is found dead, face down in Hannah's strawberry shortcake, and suspicion falls on Watson's abused wife, Danielle. Determined to prove Danielle's innocence, Hannah ignores the warnings of romantic interest Mike Kingston, the supervisor of detectives at the Winnetka County sheriff's station, not to get involved. Tempting descriptions of meals served at the local establishments, mouth-watering recipes and a warm family of characters ward off the vividly depicted bitter chill of a Minnesota winter. While the other characters tend to be stereotypical, Hannah is a believable, down-to-earth protagonist who can't function without her morning coffee, justifies her passion for chocolate as a biological need for endorphins and deals with a matchmaking mother and a needy sister with understanding and humor. Add the ingredients of a cleverly crafted mystery and a realistic portrayal of smalltown life, and you have a superior cozy sure to leave readers satisfied... but hungry for more. (Mar. 12) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
After a last-minute replacement judge for Lake Eden, MN's, first annual dessert bake-off alienates several contestants with his snide comments, he winds up dead. Did one of them kill him in retaliation, or did his physically abused wife finally get up enough gumption to do the deed? Cookie-store owner/sleuth Hannah Swensen (Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder) aims to find out. Hannah somehow finds time, while tending her shop, baking desserts, delivering cookies, and judging the bake-off, to milk her would-be boyfriend/detective for details and do her own sleuthing. A comfortable, cozy read, with a few recipes thrown in for later enjoyment. For fans of culinary mysteries. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
Adult/High School-Cookie entrepreneur Hannah Swensen is recruited to judge a bake-off but gets embroiled in a bittersweet murder. The victims are not Lake Eden's finest; one is a wife abuser and the other is a snippety blackmailer, but the town is small, concern is rampant, and Hannah is curious. She and her sister Andrea begin sleuthing to prevent their friend (the wife of the first victim) from being accused of a crime she did not commit. The story is at times dense with detail, but the relationships among family and neighbors are pleasingly homespun-and occasionally sophomoric. Spanning the time of the bake-off, this whodunit is appropriately interspersed with mouthwatering dessert recipes. Readers who don't like guts or gore will enjoy this mystery and stick with the amateur detectives as they reach an action-packed conclusion.-Karen Sokol, Fairfax County Public Schools, VA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
From The Critics
The citizens of Lake Eden, Minnesota are very proud of hosting the first annual Hartland Flour Dessert Bake-off. Bakery owner, Hannah Swensen is the head judge and even makes it on the evening news, showing how to bake strawberry shortcake. The first day of judging is not quite as smooth as the pre-event setup. Showing no tact, last minute replacement judge, Coach Boyd Watson accurately but viciously rips the desserts of four of the contestants, irritating everyone.That night Boyd's wife Danielle calls Hannah pleading with her to come over quickly. Hannah does only to find someone murdered Boyd in his garage. All the circumstantial evidence points towards Hannah. She was a battered spouse and even now sports a black eye. Her fingerprints are on the murder weapon, a hammer. Finally the victim's blood is all over her clothing. Hannah believes Danielle did not kill Boyd, but she worries that even her best friend, police detective Mike Kensington, thinks the wife killed the abusive husband. Having solved a previous homicide (see Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder), Hannah decides to investigate because she also realizes that in this election year, the sheriff, re-running for office, will want a fast solution. The Strawberry Shortcake Murder is an entertaining amateur sleuth tale starring a person who seems more like a neighbor than a character in a book. The story line is fun and Chef Joanne Fluke, who proves with this tale that she is not a one-book fluke, bakes the who-done-it to a tasty morsel.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780758272980
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 10/1/2011
  • Series: Hannah Swensen Series , #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 88,413
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Joanne Fluke
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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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2012

    Strawberry Shortcake Murder

    I really enjoyed this book, although it is just summer fluff reading. The recipes sound great, and the plot line is mostly interesting, although there is a little too much detail at parts. To be honest, I like her writing style and appreciate the slight overuse of detail, since any story I write lacks in that specific area. I found the ending hilarious! Although in the last book I had absolutely no idea who the murderer was right up until they pulled out the gun, this one was a bit more predictable. Overall, a great book, and I just bought the next in the series! Can't wait to read it!:). Also, as an afterthought, if you haven't yet read the series, and I know I haven't read that far into it either, but anyways, the first book is my personal favorite, so you should read it!!!~Anonymous Reviewer

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2011

    Fun Reading

    I hope I'm not at an affair with Hannah, Jessica Fletcher, Dick Van Dyke, and a few others in the same room, I'm leaving because there's sure to be a body! I just happened to see the Apple Pie Mystery, bought the book and have enjoyed it so much I'm always looking for new ones to buy. I don't keep them in my book case, but in my kitchen. Some reciepies look fun to try. Always making me laugh, sometimes hungry. Thanks From a Des Miones, Iowa satisified reader

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Delightful amateur sleuth tale

    The citizens of Lake Eden, Minnesota are very proud of hosting the first annual Hartland Flour Dessert Bake-off. Bakery owner, Hannah Swensen is the head judge and even makes it on the evening news, showing how to bake strawberry shortcake. The first day of judging is not quite as smooth as the pre-event setup. Showing no tact, last minute replacement judge, Coach Boyd Watson accurately but viciously rips the desserts of four of the contestants, irritating everyone.<P> That night Boyd¿s wife Danielle calls Hannah pleading with her to come over quickly. Hannah does only to find someone murdered Boyd in his garage. All the circumstantial evidence points towards Hannah. She was a battered spouse and even now sports a black eye. Her fingerprints are on the murder weapon, a hammer. Finally the victim¿s blood is all over her clothing. Hannah believes Danielle did not kill Boyd, but she worries that even her best friend, police detective Mike Kensington, thinks the wife killed the abusive husband. Having solved a previous homicide (see CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE MURDER), Hannah decides to investigate because she also realizes that in this election year, the sheriff, re-running for office, will want a fast solution.<P> THE STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE MURDER is an entertaining amateur sleuth tale starring a person who seems more like a neighbor than a character in a book. The story line is fun and Chef Joanne Fluke, who proves with this tale that she is not a one-book fluke, bakes the who-done-it to a tasty morsel. Harriet Klausner

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2012

    Call me crazy but i always enjoy these books!

    No, they are not the most exciting or intriguing mysteries but i always enjoy them. The situations are so mundane that i find it interesting that the author can turn them into murder mysteries. Also, i love cookbooks almost as much as i love mysteries so the recipes are a great bonus. Cant wait to try some.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2012

    Definitely recommend for light reading

    Love this series...mainly because there is no blood and guts. And especially because it includes fab recipes in each book. Every one I have tried have been excellent. And there is a plot and humor included.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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