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Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder: A Hannah Swensen Mystery with Recipes!

Joanne Fluke

ISBN 0758211457
Publish Date 10/1/2004
Format Trade Paperback
Categories Kensington, Cozy, Joanne Fluke, Hannah Swensen Mystery

Take one amateur sleuth. Mix in some eccentric Minnesota locals. Add a generous dollop of crackling suspense, and you’ve got the recipe for this delicious new mystery series featuring Hannah Swensen, the red-haired, cookie-baking heroine whose gingersnaps are almost as tart as her mouth and whose penchant for solving crime is definitely stirring things up.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder

Hannah already has her hands full trying to dodge her mother’s attempts to marry her off while running The Cookie Jar, Lake Eden’s most popular bakery. But once Ron LaSalle, the beloved delivery man from the Cozy Cow Dairy, is found murdered behind her bakery with Hannah’s famous Chocolate Chip Crunchies scattered around him, her life just can’t get any worse. Determined not to let her cookies get a bad reputation, she sets out to track down a killer. But if she doesn’t watch her back, Hannah’s sweet life may get burned to a crisp.

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

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Bomber Jacket, Black Butter-Leather, James Dean? (Friday, March 31, 2006)
Reviewer: Linda G. Shelnutt

In CCCM, Hannah steps off the page with her second-hand bomber jacket in primary sensual focus, briefly hinting of the leather-scent-significance of a tough-but-wounded James Dean type rebel... who blows her cover by nurturing friends and family at every turn of subplot with freshly baked cookies. This novel reads with a deeper, more serious & sensual style than the other Hannah offerings (I like both styles, and the way they evolved, and I’m definitely itching to get my hands on the latest hardback). To know the early Hannah, before she ironically became so popular as a cozy mystery diva: To know the precise ways Hannah became seated snugly into two romantic interests who amazingly and believably tolerate each other in a genuinely friendly manner: To see how Hannah began her amateur sleuthing by helping her brother-in-law earn his detective wings: Read or reread this pilot. Hannah seemed to be a more complex character in this first book than in the later 4 offerings I read first. Her depth in CCCM seemed to emanate from an undercurrent of being wounded in a childhood with a fluky mother who was sunny or dark in inexplicably instant transitions. Hannah’s depth also seemed to emanate from an embarrassing, betrayed intimacy with a married professor, and from her having been too Einstein-ish to be popular as a girl. Bill’s respect for Hannah’s intelligence, and his wisdom and security as a male policeman (with no detective experience), work together in an endearing way as he asks for Hannah’s help solving a murder, as he works with her humbly, not as an equal, but as her assistant. This arrangement is strangely believable, even though it may seem rare for a man in Bill’s position to set up this situation. In the novel’s resolution, Hannah didn’t get full credit for what she had done, except privately from Bill and those who were in on it. For me, this “hidden agenda” added cream-cheese frosting on the cake of Hannah’s mystique as a leavened, spiced, and brightened James Dean, butter-leather, black Bomber Jacket Persona. That rebel/outcast persona quickly dissolved as the series progressed. It didn’t have a chance under the chocolate-chip, bitter-sweetness of Hannah’s ongoing Cookie Jar business her entertaining, satisfyingly developing relationships with Mike and Norman and the deepening of a complex intimacy with just the right amount of snarly conflict, between Hannah and her family and friends.

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