Christmas normally descends on Lake Eden, Minnesota, as gently as reindeer alighting on a rooftop—but this yuletide season the only thing coming down Hannah Swensen’s chimney is a case of murder . . .
The holidays have arrived, and Hannah and her good pal Lisa have agreed to provide all the goodies for the town’s annual production of A Christmas Carol. But before anyone can say “Bah, humbug!” a Santa-sized sackful of trouble ensues. Like the fact that Lisa’s husband will be playing Mr. Claus to his ex-girlfriend Phyllis Bates’ Mrs. Claus. Or that before the curtains even go up Phyllis is found dead in the snow—wearing a costume that the real Mrs. Claus would put on the naughty list. Soon after the suspects pile up faster than snowdrifts in a blizzard, while a merry murderer remains on the loose. With clues even harder to find, it might take a visit from ghosts of Christmas past to wrap up this mystery in time for the holidays . . .
Includes a Dozen Holiday Recipes from The Cookie Jar!
Indulge In Joanne Fluke’s Criminally Delicious Hannah Swensen Mysteries!
Double Fudge Brownie Murder
“Lively…Add the big surprise ending, and fans will be more than satisfied.” —Publishers Weekly
Blackberry Pie Murder
“Lake Eden’s favorite baker, Hannah Swensen finds herself on the wrong end of a police investigation…in Fluke’s good-natured 19th [installment].” —Kirkus Reviews
Red Velvet Cupcake Murder
“Culinary cozies don’t get any tastier than this winning series.” —Library Journal
“If your reading habits alternate between curling up with a good mystery or with a good cookbook, you ought to know about Joanne Fluke.” —The Charlotte Observer
Cinnamon Roll Murder
“Fans of this wildly popular series will not be disappointed. Fluke has kept this series strong for a long time, and there is still plenty to enjoy for foodie crime fans.” —Booklist
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“The Perfect Cozy Mystery to Find in Your Stocking”
(Tuesday, September 27, 2016)
Reviewer: Nancy Narma
As Hannah regaled to (now Husband) Ross, it all began with a caramel-colored tale. Christmas was just around the corner in Lake Eden. What could be more traditional than the talented Lake Eden Players in a production of “A Christmas Carol”? As we have all experienced from time to time, nothing seems to be going smoothly—a broken popcorn machine, a long-standing candy company going out of business, etc., which also means a double order of cookies and candy from the Cookie Jar at their busiest time of the year. Santa and Mrs. Claus make their appearance at the end of the play and hand out goodie bags to the children in attendance. Sounds sweet, right? Any other year perhaps—but when skirt-chaser Mayor Bascomb appoints Herb Beeseman’s ex-girlfriend Phyllis Bates as Mrs. Claus, (as well as Herb’s Assistant in the Town Marshal’s Office) everything is not sugar and spice! In fact the claws come out for Mrs. Claus in some parts of town. Especially where Herb’s Wife (And Hannah’s Cookie Jar partner)
Lisa is concerned. Jealousy is flying faster than Santa’s reindeer. Suspicions are added to the daily baking schedules. More trouble brews when Hannah’s “Slaydar” works overtime and a body is
discovered. With a long list of suspects in hand, Hannah dons her sleuthing cap in an attempt to find the perpetrator. Will she discover the identity of the guilty party? As you know, friendship and loyalty reign supreme in Lake Eden. Ms. Fluke has written a sticky situation for Hannah and the Cookie Jar crew to untangle, and has included some delectable recipes such as: “Red Velvet Whippersnapper Cookies”, Christmas Orange Raisin Cake, Red Raspberry Muffins, Cashew Candy Rolls, as well as eight others. I intend to make the “Angel Jellies” for our own Christmas nibbling. Here’s a hint for established “Hannah-ites” as well as newly-discovered Hannah Aficionados—you should buy two copies—one for your Yuletide break from the hustle and bustle of the holidays, and one for that special Cozy Mystery Lover’s stocking. Neither one of you will be disappointed.
(Sunday, August 28, 2016)
I've read all of the novels with Hannah and The Cookie Jar amd her sisters and mom. Lake Eden, a wonderful fictional town. Just so much fun. And her cat Moishe. Cuddles, and the other characters. These books just leave the reader feeling good. Great recipes. One of myany favorite authors and series.