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Joanne Fluke
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Aug. 11 2010 Wheeler Cozy Mystery
A New York Times Bestselling Author -- Hannah Swensen is set to bake up a storm at The Cookie Jar for Lake Eden, Minnesota's annual Winter Carnival. Too bad the honor of creating the official Winter Carnival cake went to lifestyle maven Connie Mac. Hannah suspects she's just like the confections she whips up on her TV cooking show -- sweet but with a bitter aftertaste. Turns out she's right. But then Hannah finds the bossy, bad-tempered "Cooking Sweetheart" dead -- after eating one of her muffins.

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In her third top-of-the-line culinary cozy (after 2001's Strawberry Shortcake Murder), the delightful amateur sleuth Hannah Swensen once again faces murder and mayhem with good cheer. To fight the late February doldrums, Lake Eden, Minn., is about to celebrate its first winter carnival with ice sports on the lake, activities for children and Hannah's delicious cookies from her shop, the Cookie Jar. The whole town is involved, and even Hannah's mother, who usually spends her time trying to get Hannah married, has found a new interest in recreating the home of one of Lake Eden's founding fathers. Connie MacIntyre, bestselling cook book author and star of a popular cable TV cooking show, has agreed to make the cake for the carnival banquet. But when Hannah discovers Connie's dead body in the pantry of the Cookie Jar, Hannah and her sister Andrea join forces to track down the killer, despite warnings by one of her boyfriends, policeman Mike Kensington, to stay out of the investigation. Since everyone who had contact with the abusive Connie disliked her, the sisters have plenty of suspects. Delicious food descriptions and recipes, warm and familiar characters who grow into real people (Hannah's increasing respect for Andrea is a highlight), a vivid picture of the small lake town and a well-crafted mystery provide the ingredients for yet another tempting feast that should satisfy all fans, old and new. (Mar. 5)Forecast: A simple, bold jacket featuring a skull formed by blueberries in a sliced muffin sends just the right message to attract cozy fans.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Hannah's (Strawberry Shortcake Murder) baking plans for Lake Eden's Winter Carnival get stalled when a despotic rival baker is murdered in Hannah's bakery. With her oven declared part of a crime scene, Hannah must find the murderer before she can bake. A delightful confection and a recipe included.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Blueberry Muffin Murder March 25 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Hannah Swensen, tart-talking and red-haired baker at the successful desserts bakery The Cookie Jar in small town Lake Eden, Minnesota, starts up the amateur sleuthing once again as another vicious murder makes the whole town's gossip hotlines explode for the third time.
All the residents of little Lake Eden, Minnesota, are pitching in to help prepare for a spectacular annual celebration event: The Winter Carnival. Hannah is especially excited about the Winter Carnival because she has been chosen by the Lake Eden residents the honor of baking the enormous and delicious Winter Carnival Cake, which everyone will feast upon once the Prince and Princess of Winter are elected.
But then Hannah's mood changes from intense happiness to intense anger, when Connie McIntyre, otherwise known as Connie Mac, "America's Cooking Sweetheart," is instead picked to bake the Winter Carnival Cake. Connie Mac is well-known amongst everyone for her fancy yet expensive cooking appliances boutiques, best-selling cookbooks, and sky-high-rated cable TV show, "Cooking with Connie Mac." Hannah's angry about the whole Connie Mac ordeal, because she thinks that if Connie Mac bakes the cake, then it will be just like the rest of the sugary delicacies she makes on her shows---pretty and delicate, but likely to leave a dull taste in your mouth.
And as it turns out, no one else who personally knows Connie Mac likes her, either. Connie Mac is rude, pushy, self-absorbed, materialistic, and downright domineering to everyone in her presence. She coerces or sweet-talks people to get what she wants, and what she wants is always something hard to get. Even worse, Hannah's hatred for Connie Mac deepens when Connie Mac forces Hannah to let her use The Cookie Jar to bake the Winter Carnival Cake.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Delightful Confection! June 21 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Although this is Hannah Swenen's third adventure, it is the first I've read. I'm now looking forward to reading both past and future installments in the series.
Celebrity chef Connie Mac (think a Minnesota Martha Stewart) is found murdered in the pantry of Hannah's store, The Cookie Jar, and Hannah is plunged into the murder investigation. There is no shortage of suspects, as Connie wasn't known for her pleasant manner. Hannah manages to investigate while fending off the matchmaking attempts of her sister and mother, and while baking batches of cookies for the town's winter festival. Her investigation is complicated by the fact that one of her suitors is conducting the police investigation, the other is a suspect, and her mother is concerned that Hannah's habit of finding dead bodies (this isn't the first) may ruin her reputation.
The characters and plot elements are blended as skillfully as the ingredients in Hannah's delectable cookies. Speaking of which, the recipes in the book are a wonderful addition. Gotta go--I've got a batch of Peanut Butter Melts in the oven and I can't wait to taste them!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Cute Series March 20 2003
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
I enjoy the premise of this series. However, there are just some things about it that prevent me from giving it more stars, and unfortunately none of these things have been resolved in this installment.
When a murder takes place in town, it seems everyone seeks out the local cookie shop owner to make sure she'll be investigating. The police forbid her to get involved, yet turn around and give her confidential information, which she then proceeds to tell to others. She questions suspects as if she's an official and they immediately spill their guts to her. She even refers to the case as "her murder investigation."
I also find it annoying that everyone in town seems to whine and snivel at her feet. Her sister can't make a move without getting Hannah's approval and reassurance that she's doing a good job. She orders people around, all the way up to the mayor, and they just do whatever she says. People break the law and totally ignore the police in order to assist Hannah with whatever she needs. It just seems there's got to be a more believable way for an amateur sleuth to work on a case in a novel than by blatantly breaking the law and doing things she shouldn't be able to do since she's not an official.
I also can't stand the writing style when it comes to dialogue. Conversations between the characters comes off as stilted and unnatural. And enough already with the constant use of characters' names in every sentence ("Hi Hannah." "Hi Norman." "How are you Hannah?" "I'm fine Norman, how are you?" "Good, Hannah.") -- I'm quite capable of keeping track of who's talking to who without being reminded of it in every sentence of the conversation.
Finally, there's really no need for so many subplots to be going on at once, especially when they're obvious.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blueberry Muffin Murder Aug. 24 2002
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Hannah Swenson should be making a bundle. As sole supplier of cookies for the Lake Eden (Minnesota) Winter Carnival, she and Lisa Herman, owners of The Cookie Jar, are selling Peanut Butter Melts and White Chocolate Supremes as fast as they can bake them. But when the Carnival's star attraction, deceptively nasty Connie MacIntyre-known to cable TV fans everywhere as "Connie Mac," America's Cooking Sweetheart-gets her head bashed in right inside their pantry, detective Mike Kingston seals the store shut until further notice, leaving Hannah literally out in the cold. You'd think that getting The Cookie Jar reopened would be motive enough for her to look into Connie Mac's murder. So should clearing her childhood friend Janie Burkholtz, who, as Connie Mac's assistant and frequent target of her ill temper, is Mike's favorite suspect. Or clearing Norman Rhodes, Mike's second-favorite suspect-at least in part because Hannah just might prefer Norman's friendly, familiar kisses to Mike's more stirring embraces. But you'd be wrong each time, for Hannah seems far more interested in tweaking Mike's adorable nose by investigating a murder he specifically warned her away from. And she succeeds brilliantly, placing herself in peril repeatedly as she breaks into hotel rooms, steals keys, pays after-hours visits to deserted shopping malls-and ultimately unmasks a killer. A more engaging supporting cast and less-routine plots kept Hannah's earlier adventures (Strawberry Shortcake Murder, 2000, etc.) a hair away from soap opera. This one lands her firmly in the suds.
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4.0 out of 5 stars another fun read
Lake Eden, Minn. is celebrating its first winter carnival. There are sports and activities for the children including hot chocolate and cookies from Hannah's shop, The Cookie Jar. Read more
Published on April 22 2012 by AceofHearts
3.0 out of 5 stars WORST BOOK OF THE SERIES
I have read the whole series and this one was my least favourite book. It dragged and the worst part was the who the murderer was and the reason for the murder - it was so stupid... Read more
Published on Dec 13 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars Third Great Book in the Series...
There are some mystery series that although cozy, just get boring after awhile. The Joanne Fluke series are NOT of this genre. Read more
Published on March 14 2004 by K. A. Stevenson
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightfully Delicious
This author has a way with words, and ingredients. Along with a tasty read with satisfying characters, each of her books contain at least 5 recipes. Read more
Published on Feb. 14 2004 by S. Vogt
5.0 out of 5 stars A Darling Story
This is the first book I have read by this author and now I'm looking forward to reading others by the same author.
Hannah is the local cookie chef of a small town. Read more
Published on Dec 3 2003 by apoem
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read
I have really enjoyed each of Joanne Fluke's novels. She makes you wish you were living in that small town, eating cookies for breakfast. Read more
Published on March 30 2002 by stonica
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific series
This is the third book in the Hannah Swensen series, and each one is solid. The characters are warm and wonderful, and Hannah, the heroine, is spunky, smart and funny. Read more
Published on March 20 2002 by Nancy Sapir
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Addition to this Cozy Series
Hoping to boost their winter economy, Lake Eden Minnesota is holding it's first annual Winter Carnival. Read more
Published on March 15 2002 by Mark Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
What a great "cozy". I snuggle down in bed and read it in one evening. The only problem is that I crave sweets as I read. :o)
Published on March 8 2002
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