Sugar Cookie Murder: A Hannah Swensen Mystery with Recipes!

Joanne Fluke

ISBN 9781617730597
Publish Date 7/3/2012
Format ePub
Categories Kensington Ebooks, Mystery Cozy
List Price: $4.99

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.

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 . . .

“Wacky and delightful characters, plus tempting recipes from appetizers to desserts, make this lighthearted offering sure to please the palate of any cozy fan.” —Publishers Weekly

“Fluke’s talent for spinning a mesmerizing tale carries on in this sixth book, and its holiday recipes are an added treat for readers.” —Times News Record

Includes Over 50 Original Recipes For You To Try!

About Joanne Fluke:

Joanne Fluke is theNew 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 gr8clues@joannefluke.com
Website: http://www.joannefluke.com

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Customer Review

Minnesota & Mistletoe. Holiday-Wreathed Lock-Down (Sunday, April 2, 2006)
Reviewer: Linda G. Shelnutt

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 testing recipes, the names and flavors of which paraded through the plot. As I skimmed the included cookbook, I realized I’d be able to fondly recall titles from the story, with each recipe becoming a “history” laden treat, sans off-beat ingredients, easy to conjure in real life even for a hair-brained cook who rarely follows a recipe. As usual, the plot melted out like heated butter. I was crossing fingers that the murder wouldn’t occur until the holiday event had extended into relishing the pot luck entrees. I had visions of Sugar Plums going sour as characters’ mouths watered in vain, as each recipe was 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 culinary concoctions, social machinations, and a school jazz band. Since Mike was a Fluky fool when it came to seeing through Shawna Lee, Hannah seethed her dark-side toward the “lady,” which may have taken the heat off Hannah’s mother (the early morning phone call from Dolores hadn’t even received a hiss from Moshie, though it did get slight spits of steam from Hannah). 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 the charm was in full simmer, Fluke popped the murder on the “grill” and sizzled it (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. 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. Like the Partridge in a Pear Tree, the denouement had a new baby 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 (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. Prior to SUGAR COOKIE, I had no clue, and enjoyed that state of balanced confusion. I’m now 99% certain I know. This one’s a winner, a complex (more than I would have anticipated), perfect gift 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 (too) many medicines.

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