“If your reading habits alternate between curling up with a good mystery or with a good cookbook, you ought to know about Joanne Fluke.”—Charlotte Observer
This summer has been warmer than usual in Lake Eden, Minnesota, and Hannah Swensen is trying to beat the heat both in and out of her bakery kitchen. But she’s about to find out the hard way that nothing cools off a hot day like a cold-blooded murder. At the grand opening of a local hotel, a police department employee nearly dies falling from a penthouse—and then another woman, with whom Hannah has a less-than-friendly relationship, winds up dead. Hannah is the prime suspect—and to clear her own name, she’s got to find out who iced the victim…
Features cookie and dessert recipes from The Cookie Jar, including Red Velvet Surprise Cupcakes and Chocolate Covered Peanut Cookies!
“Culinary cozies don't get any tastier than this winning series.”—Library Journal
“Loaded with mouthwatering recipes and clever plotting, the latest Hannah Swensen mystery delights.”—RT Book Reviews
Despite the 26 sweet and savory recipes scattered throughout, crime buffs may find little nourishment in bestseller Fluke's 16th Hannah Swenson novel (after 2012's Cinnamon Roll Murder). As the owner of the Cookie Jar coffee shop and bakery in Lake Eden, Minn., Hannah helps cater the Albion Hotel's grand reopening, where the main event proves to be the return of the notorious town floozy, "Doctor Bev," on the arm of the hotel's owner, wealthy playboy Roger Dalworth. More than gossip is in the air, though, after the Lake Eden sheriff's secretary, Barbara Donnelly, falls from the hotel penthouse, sustaining serious brain damage. A subsequent fatal automobile accident suggests to Hannah that murder is once again stalking the small town. Fluke fans should appreciate the reappearance of series regulars like Hannah's two boyfriends, Mike Kingston and Norman Rhodes (who turns out to be an old flame of Bev's), but the tepid humor and meandering storyline are unlikely to win newcomers. Author tour.