This fun new story from the Queen of Culinary Cozies is just the indulgence you need this winter! Cozy mystery fans know that a trip to The Cookie Jar—Hannah Swensen’s famous bakery—will always result in a delightfully page-turning whodunit…
“Another sweet-tempered outing filled with tempting sweets.”
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—or “Ricky Ticky,” as Hannah’s mother likes to call him—had been unusually testy in the days leading up to his death, leaving Hannah to wonder if he knew he was in danger. Meanwhile, folks with a motive for mayoral murder are popping up in Lake Eden. Was it a beleaguered colleague? A political rival? A jealous wife? Or a scorned mistress?
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!
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.