Sugar Cookie Murder (Hannah Swensen Series #6)

Sugar Cookie Murder (Hannah Swensen Series #6)

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by Joanne Fluke
     
 

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The holidays are the icing on the cake for bakery owner Hannah Swensen. Surrounded by her loved ones, she has all the ingredients for a perfect Christmas—until murder is added to the mix...

When it comes to holidays, Minnesotans rise to the occasion—and the little town of Lake Eden is baking up a storm with Hannah leading the way. The annual Christmas Buffet is

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The holidays are the icing on the cake for bakery owner Hannah Swensen. Surrounded by her loved ones, she has all the ingredients for a perfect Christmas—until murder is added to the mix...

When it comes to holidays, Minnesotans rise to the occasion—and the little town of Lake Eden is baking up a storm with Hannah leading the way. The annual Christmas Buffet is the final test of the recipes Hannah has collected for the Lake Eden Holiday Buffet Cookbook. While Hannah is baking the day’s goodies at The Cookie Jar, the evening’s plans begin to jell. Start with the best Lake Eden culinary creations, add two of Hannah’s “sometime” boyfriends, a pinch of her ready-to-pop pregnant sister, and a dash of her mother and new significant other, an actual British lord, and what do you get? A recipe for disaster, but the juiciest ingredient is yet to come...

The recently divorced Martin Dubinski arrives at the buffet with his new Vegas showgirl wife—all wrapped up in glitter and fur. His ex-wife, however, seems as cool as chilled eggnog. And when Hannah’s mother’s antique Christmas cake knife disappears, its discovery in the décolletage of the new—and now late—Mrs. Dubinski puts the festivities on ice.

With everyone stranded at the community center by a blizzard, Hannah puts her investigative skills to the test, using the ingredients at hand: half the town of Lake Eden—and a killer. Now, as the snowdrifts get higher, it’s up to Hannah to dig out all the clues—and make sure that this white Christmas doesn’t bring any more deadly tidings…

Includes over twenty-five original recipes for you to try!

About the Author
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 and readers are welcome to contact her at the following e-mail address: Gr8Clues@aol.com, or by visiting her Web site, murdershebaked.com

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The Barnes & Noble Review
Joanna Fluke has put together a terrific recipe for a holiday-themed whodunit in this Hannah Swenson culinary mystery.

Bakery owner Hannah knows everyone has special plans and traditions for the holidays, so she's planned a grand seasonal pot-luck dinner to test the recipes the residents of Lake Eden, Minnesota, have offered to share in the cookbook she's compiling. With all that delicious food bringing so many people together, there's sure to be plenty of gossip to spice up the party -- from the showgirl Martin Dubinski brought home from Las Vegas as his new bride to Hannah's mom's lordly British beau to the mayor's latest indiscretion. Even getting snowed in at the community center can't put a damper on the festive occasion…at least until Hannah puts the crowd's holiday mood on ice by discovering the showgirl's dead body in the snow-covered parking lot. To add insult to injury (and complicate Hannah's dessert plan as well), the killer had the poor taste to use Hannah's mother's jeweled antique cake knife as the murder weapon.

To keep her beloved community from crumbling, Hannah uses all the ingredients at her disposal -- from digital photography to small-town memories -- to whip up a speedy solution to this culinary crime. And readers will find their appetites tempted by the author's wonderful descriptions of the items on the menu. You'll find more than 80 delectable holiday recipes, for everything from soups and appetizers to entrees and side dishes to drinks and desserts -- including the Cookie Jar bakery's own special Christmas Sugar Cookies. Sue Stone

Publishers Weekly
In her first holiday mystery, Fluke (Fudge Cupcake Murder, etc.) takes her series heroine, Hannah Swensen, amateur sleuth and owner of the Cookie Jar bakery in Lake Eden, Minn., through a delectable culinary romp. Hannah has compiled a cookbook of the locals' favorite recipes, which are to be featured at the Christmas party at Lake Eden's community center. All the residents gather for a festive evening, including Martin Dubinski and his wife of two days, Brandi Wyen, a Las Vegas dancer who's decked out in a new fur coat and antique emerald ring. The couple provide much food for thought and speculation, especially for Martin's mother, ex-mother-in-law and ex-wife. Cleaning up after the dinner, Hannah notices her mother's silver cake knife is missing; soon after, she finds the knife stuck in the chest of the new Mrs. Dubinski, who's lying dead in the parking lot. With her sisters and friends, she goes into action to help Det. Mike Kingston solve the case. Wacky and delightful characters, plus tempting recipes from appetizers to desserts, make this lighthearted offering sure to please the palate of any cozy fan. (Oct. 5) FYI: The book's last half consists of recipes, including an index. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Cookie-monger Hannah Swenson (Lemon Meringue Pie Murder, 2003, etc.) continues to juggle one career, two suitors, and assorted corpses in Fluke's latest confection. When the owner of The Cookie Jar is tapped to edit the Lake Eden potluck cookbook, one recipe she definitely wants to exclude is Shawna Lee Quinn's brownie recipe-cute detective Mike Kingston just likes those brownies too much. So on her way to the community Christmas party, she delivers a pan of jalapeno-laced brownies to the Winnetka County sheriff's office to see if she can jolt Mike to his senses. At the party, though, it's Hannah who gets jolted. After judging the appetizers and entrees, she loses track of her mother's prized Regency cake cutter, only to find it plunged into the ample bosom of Brandi, Martin Dubinski's brand-new Vegas showgirl wife. Once again, Mike warns her to leave investigating to the professionals. But with the help of alternate boyfriend Norman Rhoades, Hannah quickly discovers that the murder isn't what it appears to be. Now if she can only get out of the snowbound community center before her sister Andrea delivers her baby on the dessert table-and, more important, before Mike tastes those doctored brownies. The 81 appended recipes (a record for the genre?) run the gamut from radish soup to candied pecans. The mystery is plainer fare, though Hannah still proves she's smarter than Mike gives her credit for.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780758206824
Publisher:
Kensington
Publication date:
10/28/2005
Series:
Hannah Swensen Series, #6
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
4.34(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.10(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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Sugar Cookie Murder (Hannah Swensen Series #6) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 108 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
These books are fun reads. After going through all of the Harry Bosch series, I find the lightness refreshing - even if a murderis involved - and the recipes have managed to keep me busy on the weekends trying them!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Looks yummy.
Gaph 8 months ago
Very short story. Too much consumed by recipes.
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I loved this book. The fact that everyone was at the Christmas party and snowed in made it more interesting. It also made it harder to search for clues without everyone knowing what was going on. Mike's behavior, I thought, was rude. He pretty much locked himself in that room and refused to listen to Hanna and the others. Tracey's letter to Santa was interesting too. Great book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tad predictable but still fun and some good recipes - more of a cookbook then mystery.
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Joanne Fluke serves up comfort food with her Hannah Swensen series. Hannah loves - & is frustrated by - her sisters and mother. She also have a very "G rated" romance going on. Then there are all the residents of the little Minnesota town she lives in. As a Southern Californian, I am fascinted by the details such as having to plug your car battery in so it won't freeze overnight in the winter! And every book has several great cookie recipes. Only this one has almost a whole cookbook full of recipes for main dishes, salads, sides and desserts. Oh yes, almost forgot- each book contains a mystery that Hannah solves. The mysteries are interesting, but nobody buys these books for the mysteries. I love this series- cute without being too cute.
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It was good but the end was anticlimactic. Usually Hannah is in danger of being killed herself by the killer when she figures out who the killer is and the killer finds out she has pieced it together but not so with this one. It ended very tidy and she wasn't in danger.
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