New York Times Bestseller: A baker in small-town Minnesota finds the heat is on after a musician is murdered…
When bakery owner Hannah Swensen hears that the Cinnamon Roll Six jazz band will be playing at Lake Eden, Minnesota’s Weekend Jazz Festival, she's more than happy to bake up a generous supply of their namesake confections to welcome them to town.
Before the festival even begins, tragedy strikes when the tour bus overturns. Among those injured is Buddy Neiman, the band’s beloved keyboard player. His injuries appear minor, until his condition suddenly takes a turn for the worse—as in dead. Hannah’s no doctor, but she suspects that the surgical scissors someone plunged into Buddy’s chest may have something to do with it.
Fortunately, she’s on the case, because she knows from experience that nothing’s sweeter than bringing a killer to justice…
Features cookie and dessert recipes from The Cookie Jar, including Peaches and Cream Cookies and Chocolate Caramel Bars!
“Joanne Fluke is the doyenne of deadly desserts with her deliciously popular Hannah Swensen series.”—Publishers Weekly
“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
At the start of bestseller Fluke's savory 15th Hannah Swensen mystery set in Lake Eden, Minn. (after 2011's Devil's Food Cake Murder), Hannah and her sister, Michelle, are en route to deliver cinnamon rolls to the Lake Eden Inn. When they come to a multicar pileup on a slick roadway, the sisters hurry to check on the passengers of an overturned bus in a ditch. What they find is a dead driver and minor injuries among members of the Cinnamon Roll Six, a jazz band booked to perform at the inn. At the local hospital, the keyboard player's relatively minor injury lands him in an ER exam room, where a short time later he's found stabbed to death. Hannah flips open her murder book and launches into action, with scarcely a police presence. Recipes and passages devoted to cooking and eating overshadow the sleuthing. The basic plot wraps to a satisfying conclusion, but the overall feel is overdone foodie and underdone characters. Author tour.