Series: Hannah Swensen, #22
Genres: Cozy Mystery
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Thanksgiving has a way of thawing the frostiest hearts in Lake Eden. But that won’t be happening for newlywed Hannah Swensen Barton—not after her husband suddenly disappears . . .
Hannah has felt as bitter as November in Minnesota since Ross vanished without a trace and left their marriage in limbo. Still, she throws herself into a baking frenzy for the sake of pumpkin pie and Thanksgiving-themed treats while endless holiday orders pour into The Cookie Jar. Hannah even introduces a raspberry Danish pastry to the menu, and P.K., her husband’s assistant at KCOW-TV, will be one of the first to sample it. But instead of taking a bite, P.K., who is driving Ross’s car and using his desk at work, is murdered. Was someone plotting against P.K. all along or did Ross dodge a deadly dose of sweet revenge? Hannah will have to quickly sift through a cornucopia of clues and suspects to stop a killer from bringing another murder to the table.
INDULGE IN JOANNE FLUKE’S CRIMINALLY DELICIOUS HANNAH SWENSEN MYSTERIES!
BANANA CREAM PIE MURDER“Fans of the long-running cozy series will enjoy catching up with Hannah and the rest of Lake Eden’s residents as well as perusing the numerous, delicious-sounding recipes.” —Booklist
WEDDING CAKE MURDER“There are plenty of Fluke’s trademark recipes on view here, and the New York trip and reality‑show frame give the episode a fresh twist.” —Booklist
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
“Fluke offers a new twist to the series . . . the cookie-shop owner’s character gains depth . . . but there’s still room for recipes and for Hannah to move toward an overdue decision on the question of which of her two boyfriends she prefers. Readers will be eager for the next installment.” —Booklist
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
I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
This book is part of the Hannah Swensen series and may be read as a stand alone but and this is a huge but the backstory continues from one book to the next. I for one could not wait to dive right into this installment of the Hannah Swensen mystery series, mainly because I am dying to know what happened to Ross! Let’s be honest , I am not a fan of Ross at all and cannot stand seeing him with Hannah, I also could not stand the way he treated her on the honeymoon it seemed very controlling. In this book Hannah is solving the mystery of P.K. , her husband Ross’s assistant. Ross has mysteriously vanished into thin air and Hannah is trying to figure out where Ross is. In the meantime P.K. is murdered while driving Ross’s car which leaves Hannah busy trying to solve his murder. Hannah is running around town chasing clues to P.K.’s murder and baking up a storm at the same time. I love all of the recipes included in this book because they sound so delicious and decadent! The murder of P.K. and the investigation moves along in the usual Hannah Swensen style of collecting clues and working with Mike and Norman , her two best friends/ex-boyfriends, which is entertaining and one of the reasons that I enjoy this series so much.
The murderer turned out to be a surprise and for reasons that I never saw coming! There is also a big cliffhanger at the end of the book and I really cannot wait for the next book!!