The beloved New York Times bestselling author and Queen of the Culinary Mystery delivers a new mouthwatering Hannah Swensen Mystery with brand new recipes, but it’s not just chocolate bunnies and Peeps on the menu, this year someone is serving up murder for Easter!
New York Times and USA Today Bestseller!
Spring has sprung in Lake Eden, Minnesota, but Hannah Swensen doesn’t have time to stop and smell the roses—not with hot cross buns to make, treats to bake, and a sister to exonerate . . .
Hannah’s up to her ears with Easter orders rushing in at The Cookie Jar, plus a festive meal to prepare for a dinner party at her mother’s penthouse. But everything comes crashing to a halt when Hannah receives a panicked call from her sister Andrea—Mayor Richard Bascomb has been murdered . . . and Andrea is the prime suspect.
Even with his reputation for being a bully, Mayor Bascomb had been unusually testy in the days leading up to his death, leaving Hannah to wonder if he knew he was in danger. There are plenty of suspects to sift through for sure. And as orders pile up at The Cookie Jar—and children line up for Easter egg hunts—Hannah must spring into investigation mode and identify the real killer . . . before another murder happens!
Features Over a Dozen Cookie and Dessert Recipes from The Cookie Jar!
“Another sweet-tempered outing filled with tempting sweets.” —Kirkus Reviews
Bestseller Fluke's padded 27th mystery featuring Lake Eden, Minn., baker Hannah Swensen (after 2020's Christmas Cupcake Murder), with its 31 meticulously detailed recipes, including one for the mega-calorific cheesecake of the title, amounts to a cookbook with a slim slice of crime on the side. After Hannah's sister, Andrea, has a shouting match with Richard Bascomb, the town's bullying, misogynist mayor, Andrea returns later in the day to the mayor's office with a peace offering, a large piece of triple chocolate cheesecake, only to find Bascomb's bloody body. Despite Andrea, wife of the Winnetka County sheriff, not being taken seriously as a suspect, Hannah decides to get to the bottom of the mayor's death. Her list of possible killers grows as she discovers that Bascomb has managed to offend almost everyone he has ever come in contact with, including his wife, city council members, and his various former lovers and their angry husbands. Hannah's internal dialogues between her rational and her suspicious minds occupy far more space than the sleuthing. This one's for established fans only.
Why is Hannah living with Norman?
I still enjoy the easy read series. However, I do not like the back and forth conversations that Hannah has with herself. Midway through I just skipped them. Also, did I miss something? Why is Hannah just now living with Norman?
Ross died awhile back in the series.
I can get them to make a reservation at my friends place for a few minutes to watch a few games for the girls for dinner so we can go together with them and we have a few questions together with us so we can
Going Down Hill
I stopped reading this series when it started to include Ross in Hannah’s life. I only read this one because it was cheap in Bookbub. I’ve been reading other series and it’s made me realize how badly these later ones were written.
As numerous other reviews have commented, there is too much talk about food and little to do with the actual mystery. And, why do the characters have to keep mentioning each other’s names in conversation. It’s annoying!
There are also too many recipes. The number of pages the book says it has is deceptive. A good third of the book is recipes - of cookies that aren’t that unique, and frosting recipes that have appeared numerous times in other books.
I won’t be bothering with this series anymore. This is one time the TV is better than the book.