Strawberry Shortcake Murder (Hannah Swensen Series #2)

Strawberry Shortcake Murder (Hannah Swensen Series #2)

by Joanne Fluke

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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

Whenthe 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!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780758272980
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 10/01/2011
Series: Hannah Swensen Series , #2
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 41,134
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)

About 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

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Strawberry Shortcake Murder (Hannah Swensen Series #2) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 303 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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. Harriet Klausner

Anonymous 5 months ago
Loved the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good plot. Kept me interested. Particularly liked the plug for the pro-hin lobby.
thebookbabe on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm not, so far, very impressed with this series. The writing is simplistic, the plots almost laughable, and I'm sick to death of this grown woman carrying bags of cookies around with her all the time. Can't she bake anything else???? What came to mind as I'm plodding through this book is "prepubescent Nancy Drew". Ah, if only a coujple of cookies could make all-better for us; Hannah thinks so. I was planning to read through this series, in order, and *will* give books 3 & 4 a shot - but if those aren't any better than the first two I'm deep-sixing my plans. The only redeeming feature is that they were library books; if I'd shelled out money for them I'd be tempted to ask for my money back.
miyurose on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was fairly pleased with this second book in the Hannah Swensen series. I like Hannah, even if she does have a knack for finding dead bodies. In this book, some of Hannah¿s friends are acting a bit mysterious after the murder of the high school basketball coach, and she¿s having a hard time figuring out what¿s going on while juggling judging duties at the baking contest and keeping things going at her cookie shop. Secrets are in the air, and one person¿s attempt at blackmail has serious consequences. There are elements to this series that I enjoy besides Hannah¿s snooping around ¿ I like her burgeoning relationship with her sister, Andrea, and her kinda romances with Mike and Norman. It¿s a little refreshing to have a female main character who isn¿t rushing to be in a relationship with the first guy who shows her a little interest. Hannah knows she has options, and she¿s considering them! I used to be pretty heavily in favor of Detective Mike, but Dentist Norman is starting to grow on me. The recipes scattered throughout the book are a nice bonus, and I can¿t wait to try a few. I did have one problem with the plot (spoiler ahead). The crime ends up being rooted in steroid use on the basketball team, and that part of it wasn¿t especially believable for me. Steroids aren¿t generally a problem in basketball, because in basketball, while strength is good, bulk is bad. But that might just be me being picky.
punxsygal on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This second book in the Hannah Swenson Mystery series, finds our cookie baker serving as head judge for the Desset Bake-off. When fellow judge and high school coach, Boyd Watson, is found dead face down in Hannah's straberry shortcake, Hannah begins to snoop. There are many suspects, including the coach's wife who had suffered at the hands of her husband. This return to "Eden, Minnesota" in winter was particularly appreciated while Minnesota was literally engulfed by a Christmas blizzard.
CheriePie69 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was another good read. Though not quite as witty as Donna Andrews cozy mysteries (her bird series in particular since those are the only ones I've read so far), these have a good story and mystery to them nonetheless, which always keeps me on my toes. In this book, I was able to deduce some of who might be involved early on, but the whole thing didn't fall into place until the end, thus keeping me in suspense.
Brandie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Again, another great book,and I am itching to try lots of those recipes too!
DreamingInFiction on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the 2nd book in the Hannah Swenson series..I thought it was a bit predictable and the way Andrea (the sister) kept needing Hannah to need her was really ANNOYING! However the story centered around a cooking contest which was really fun to read about especially since it was all sweets and I sure do love my sweets! Also had some really yummy sounding recipes included in this book...
sunfi on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The second in the series of a "cozy mystery" that centers around an owner of a cookie bakery. Dead bodies somehow keep showing up in her small town and she steps in (without the local police knowing) and solves the crime. Usually she pieces together knowledge gathered from just talking with neighbors and other folks without the use of CSI types of forensic equipment.
kymmayfield on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a great book. I so had the murderer picked out about 2/3 of the way through but that didnt stop the books from being a page turner whenever i got an extra minute to read. A great cozy and the recipes sounded devine :)
elliepotten on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I bought this book before I'd even finished Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder, the first of Joanne Fluke's Hannah Swensen mysteries, and happily I wasn't disappointed! Fluke serves up another dose of dessert-related criminal mayhem, and it's just as delicious as ever!In this installment, our cookie-baking cafe-owner-turned-sleuth is delighted to have been chosen as the Head Judge for the Hartland Flour Dessert Bake-Off being held in Lake Eden. But when she finds fellow judge Boyd Watson dead in his garage in a heap of her famous strawberry shortcake, she soon realises that there's something more sinister going on in town than fruit pies and frosting...This series is seriously frothy and great fun to read. Hannah is a wonderful heroine, with a fiery personality tempered with just the right amount of sugar, and I'm looking forward to getting to know her friends and family even more as the series goes on. The mouthwatering recipes scattered throughout the book are a bonus too - seven this time, including Molasses Crackles, Chocolate Highlander Cookie Bars and, of course, Strawberry Shortcake Swensen, all of which appear in the novel - and I'm definitely considering buying some American measuring cups so I can try them out! I'll be eagerly looking forward to reading the next book, Blueberry Muffin Murder...
krissa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Well, I didn't love this one as much as the first, but it was still an enjoyable read. I like that Hannah has her sister Andrea with her this time. It is a pet peeve of mine when the main character in a second novel seems to either have learned nothing from their experience in the first, or it makes them a seasoned expert. This wasn't the case with Hannah. I like that she was jumpy, and appropriately scared in the beginning when she heard a crash, and thought there was someone in her apartment. With, that said, I¿m not sure how believable her motivations were, jumping right back into a murder investigation, despite everyone telling her to stay out of it. The more I read, the girls started to come across as false. They felt gooey and dippy and overly sweet. It felt a little contrived and started to irritate me. No, I didn't enjoy this one as much as I hoped, but there was still a fun, light, easy to read feel, and enough twist, turns and characters to keep me reading (and finish). Well worth the time or a rainy afternoon, or a sick day.
ConstanceHilliard on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Thus far all of Joanne Fluke's books have been entertaining. I do love the recipes. But I'm beginning to feel uncomfortable about the characterization of Hannah Swensen. Okay, she has two boyfriends. But is she supposed to be a thirty year old virgin? I have no interest in explicit sex in my culinary mysteries. But author, Diane Mott Davidson has created a much more well-rounded character in Goldie Bear. In comparison Hannah seems unbalanced and almost irritatingly immature in her relationships with men.
miamismartgirl09 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As the second book in the Hannah Swenson mystery, this book is a delightful read, focusing this time on the death of a judge from a local baking contest.Another hit from Joanne Fluke!
MerryMary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another light mystery set in Lake Eden, Minnesota, and involving Hannah Swensen, proprietor of The Cookie Jar and amateur sleuth. Never deep or intropective, but interesting, with delicious sounding recipes. This one involves the murder of the local basketball coach and secret wife abuser.
Lastgalnj on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ahhh...more fun with Hannah. Sweet, lovable Hannah and more recipes to think about trying. Of course, its better for my diet if I just THINK about them.These books always help me to just take a break.Thank you Joanne Fluke. Keep em coming.
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
When a fellow judge at a dessert bake off is killed, Hannah begins poking around. A bit too many plot points like book one, but still a surprising ending and some delicious recipes.
ryanphoffmann88 More than 1 year ago
This is another murder mystery that has gives another killer sweet tooth, it is the second book in a cozy mystery series involving a baker and amateur sleuths that not only bakes delicious and temping sweets, but has a real sweet tooth when it comes to murder. Again in this second installment to a delicious murder mystery series, Hannah Swensen is back, and this time she's selected to be a judge at a baking competition held at Lake Eden High School. The owner of Hartland Flour is holding the event. And after one of the judges is unable to attend, Hannah takes his place. The only downside is that harsh, critical, and also stearn coach Boyd Watson is also judging the evening, and later he is found by Hannah in his garage, his head bashed in, and also face down in Hannah's Strawberry Shortcake. Boyd's battered wife, Danielle is the most likely suspect in the case, because it's the whole "the spouse is the most likely suspect" and while she is admitted to the hospital to be checked out due to shock. Hannah and her sister, Andrea, decided to go behind Detective Mike Kingston's back and find enough evidence to clear Danielle's name and find the real killer.
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