Sugar Cookie Murder (Hannah Swensen Series #6)

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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 ...

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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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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

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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 Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 10/28/2005
  • Series: Hannah Swensen Series , #6
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 4.34 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 1.10 (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, 2011

    Nancy Drew Grown Up

    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!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2013

    To good for me.

    Looks yummy.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 16, 2011

    disappointed

    I expected more of a story line and not so many recipes in one book. I think the recipes should be put in a cook book , that was just too many, it took up half of the pages, other wise I like the Hannah Swenson series

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 6, 2011

    Nice short read.

    This one was shortie but a goodie. It begins to tie up the loose ends from previous books. And the foreshadowing makes you anxious to grab Peach Cobbler Murder. By the you'll love Tracey even more.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2013

    I loved this book. The fact that everyone was at the Christmas p

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2013

    Fun SHORT Christmas read

    Tad predictable but still fun and some good recipes - more of a cookbook then mystery.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2012

    Beesring

    Sat

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2012

    Great for fans of clean fiction & cookie recipes

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2012

    Cole

    Michella ur hackin awesome Gamn it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2012

    Finn

    I think ur pretty cool

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2012

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    Tcyu

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2012

    Someone

    I like michela i hate tavia. XP

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2012

    good but....

    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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  • Posted September 20, 2011

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    Standard Hannah Swensen but enjoyable

    #6 in the Hannah Swensen murder mysteries. What's different about this book, is it takes place almost entirely in one evening in the community center during a Christmas potluck. Brandi, a Vegas showgirls who married one of the locals after 5 hours, is found dead in the parking lot, of course by Hannah and of course, with Hannah's mother's cake knife in her chest. This was a quick read, enjoyable but predictable. The only problem is there are SO many characters in the book, and it's hard to remember who is who from past mysteries.

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  • Posted July 20, 2010

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    Sugar Cookie

    Book 6 was a cute and quick read. It was nice to see some new characters added along with some of the old ones. Hannah and her sisters really go all out on this one.

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  • Posted May 17, 2010

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    Wonderful read!

    Joanne Fluke is a great author. Every book in her series is one that you hate to put down. I tend to finish one and dive right into the next in the series. The endings are rarely predictable and the story line is very interesting. She includes some very interesting and yummy recipes for each book as well. Great book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2010

    great murder mystery with super recipe

    great fun to read and curl up with very fun series and enjoyable

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  • Posted June 18, 2009

    Stick with the formula!

    This is one of my favorite series but this one was sorta dissapointing. I don't want to give away the ending, but it was very blahhhhhh and was ironic that it could call itself a murder mystery.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2006

    Minnesota & Mistletoe. Holiday-Wreathed Lock-Down Blizzard

    SUGAR COOKIE MURDER was an ingenious holiday offering, which would satisfy off-season as well. Being snowed in under high flavor was great entertainment escape. I enjoyed the leap into the reality of my kitchen of Hannah and friends tweaking, testing recipes, the names and flavors of which paraded through the plot. As I skimmed the ¿cookbook¿ section, I realized I¿d be able to fondly recall titles from the story. Each title promised a unique, ¿history¿ laden treat, sans off-beat ingredients, easy enough to conjure in real life even for a wild, hair-brained cook who rarely follows a recipe. As usual, the plot melted out like heated butter. Since Mike was a Fluky fool when it came to seeing through Shawna Lee, Hannah was allowed to seethe her dark-side toward the ¿lady,¿ which may have taken the heat off Hannah¿s mother. In this one the early morning phone call from Dolores didn¿t even get a hiss from Moshie, though it did get spits of steam (well chewed down) from Hannah. I was relieved that the murder didn¿t occur until the holiday event had extended well into relishing the pot luck entrees. I had visions of Sugar Plums going sour as characters¿ mouths watered in vain. Instead, each recipe was mentioned and described as it was placed onto the banquet tables. I enjoyed Lake Eden¿s Cookie Jar town being condensed into the community center walls and parking lot, with satisfying entertainment flowing through the culinary concoctions, social machinations, and a school jazz band. Fluke proved the point that small towns are very much NOT boring, as Brandi Wyen had whined. Lake Eden was the antithesis of that for people who weren¿t boring themselves. I wondered if Fluke set the murder midway into the plot to dramatize that Hannah¿s ¿Cookie-Jar-Town¿ didn¿t need murder and detecting to make it an interesting, satisfying read. (Is there a contrast to Sinclair Lewis here?) Fluke perfectly piled on small town charms, without being too sentimental, interjecting plenty of spice and savory, expanding every-which-way beyond Hannah¿s basic but crafty cookies. After Fluke had the charm simmering, she popped the murder and sizzled it perfectly (on ice), with a twist in the resolution which returned full circle to her original point of dramatizing The Good Life and The Good People. In a Partridge in a Pear Tree denouement, a new baby was brought into the fold as a delicious ¿line dance,¿ floor-pacing was performed poshly without practice, in the maternity ward hallway. Fluke¿s light touch can fool readers (while reading but afterthoughts can be telling) into thinking her stories are mere entertainment confections. How mere are confections? How potent is entertainment? Some of the best hints came out here about which beau Hannah might favor. I¿m now 99% certain I know. Prior to SUGAR COOKIE, I had no clue, and enjoyed that state of balanced confusion. SUGAR COOKIE MURDER is a winner, a complex (more than I would have anticipated), perfect gift to buy for yourself any time you need a lift into the inner warmth of a Minnesota winter. The before, during, and after effect is better than Prozac. Take the small-town-sugar-pill! For whatever ails, it treats better than many medicines.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2006

    Deliciously Fun !!

    I loved this book! Sugar Cookie Murder is the first book I have read in the Hanna Swenson Murder Mystery Series and now I'm hooked! The author made me feel as if I were wrapped in a flannel blanket sipping hot cocoa in front of the fireplace while the snowfakes fell outside my window. Hanna Swenson seemed to be a dear friend visiting for the holidays telling me her down home gossip while sharing some delicious winter recipes! What a warm and fuzzy book! P.S. I've tried 7 of the 50 recipes and they were easy and fabulous!

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