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Title:
Christmas cake murder

Hannah Swensen mysteries ;

Thorndike Press large print mystery

Hannah Swensen mystery.

Thorndike Press large print mystery series.
Title:
Christmas cake murder
Edition:
Large print edition.
Publisher Info:
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2018.
Physical Description:
327 pages ; 23 cm.
Series:
Hannah Swensen mysteries ; [book 23]

Thorndike Press large print mystery

Hannah Swensen mystery.

Thorndike Press large print mystery series.
General Note:
"With recipes"--back cover.

Pagination may vary.
Abstract:
It's Christmas many years ago, and topping young Hannah Swensen's wish list is becoming the go-to baker in Lake Eden, Minnesota. But as Hannah finds out, revisiting holiday memories can be murder . . . With her dream of opening The Cookie Jar taking shape, Hannah's life matches the hectic December hustle and bustle in Lake Eden--especially when she agrees to help recreate a spectacular Christmas Ball from the past in honor of Essie Granger, an elderly local in hospice care. But instead of poring over decadent dessert recipes for the merry festivities, she instantly becomes enthralled by Essie's old notebooks and the tale of a woman escaping danger on the streets of New York. Hannah's surprised by Essie's secret talent for penning crime fiction. She's even more surprised when the story turns real. As Hannah prepares to run a bakery and move out of her mother's house, it'll be a true miracle if she can prevent another Yuletide disaster by solving a mystery as dense as a Christmas fruitcake.
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Summary

Summary

New York Times Bestselling AuthorA Hannah Swensen Mystery with RecipesIt's Christmas many years ago, and topping young Hannah Swensen's wish list is becoming the go-to baker in Lake Eden, Minnesota. But as Hannah finds out, revisiting holiday memories can be murder . . .


Author Notes

Joanne Fluke was born in Swanville, Minnesota in 1943. While pursuing her writing career, she worked as a public school teacher, a psychologist, a musician, a private detective's assistant, a secretary, a short order cook, a florist's assistant, a caterer and party planner, a computer consultant, a production assistant on a TV quiz show, and half of a screenwriting team with her husband.

She writes the Hannah Swensen Mystery series which includes original family recipes for baking. Her other works include The Stepchild, Vengeance Is Mine, Video Kill, Dead Giveaway, and Deadly Memories. In 2014, her title's Blackberry Pie Murder and Double Fudge Brownie Murder made The New York Times Best Seller List.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Publisher's Weekly Review

Bestseller Fluke's diverting 23rd Hannah Swensen mystery (after Raspberry Danish Murder), an origin story, finds college student Hannah home in Lake Eden, Minn., with her grief-stricken mother, Delores, three weeks after the funeral of Hannah's father and Delores's husband, Lars. When several of Delores's women friends come up with a project that will cheer her up, Hannah is all for it. Lonely widow Essie Granger is in the hospital recovering from a fall, and the women decide to recreate the annual Christmas Ball that Essie always loved. In the course of their preparations, Hannah and Delores discover a set of notebooks in which Essie began a mystery novel, and they read a few pages from it each night, unaware that Essie's thrilling tale is based on real events and that everything is poised to come to a head the night of the ball. Series fans will enjoy learning how the Cookie Jar bakery came to be, but others should be aware that the mystery element is slight in an entry with a heavy focus on food descriptions and Hannah's recipes. Agent: Meg Ruley, Jane Rotrosen Agency. (Oct.) c Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Booklist Review

In this holiday mystery, which flashes back to an earlier point in small-town baker Hannah Swensen's life, Hannah's father has recently passed away, and her mother, Delores, is inconsolable. To help bring Dolores out of her depression, Grandma Knudson requests Dolores' help with a project the re-creation of the famous Christmas Ball (including the celebrated Christmas Cake Parade) formerly held at the now-crumbling Albion Hotel. The re-creation is the ailing Essie Granger's dearest wish, and the residents of Lake Eden pull together to make it happen, largely because many remember the charming storytimes Essie provided for their children at the hotel. While working in the hotel, Hannah finds Essie's unfinished novel about a young woman running for her life in New York. Fiction and fact become intertwined at the Christmas Ball, and Hannah solves the long-ago mystery of the woman in Essie's story. While the solution will be readily apparent to many readers, fans of the series will appreciate the delicious-sounding recipes, the holiday frame, the familiar characters, and the backstory about how Hannah started her bakery, the Cookie Jar.--Sue O'Brien Copyright 2018 Booklist


Library Journal Review

Set in a time before the Cookie Jar bakery was Hannah Swensen's home away from home, this newest addition to the series could be thought as the first mystery Hannah ever solved. While dreaming of starting a business, Hannah is distracted by reading Essie Granger's old notebooks of original crime fiction. Could there be a real-life true crime hidden inside Essie's writings? Trademark recipes and family banter (or bickering) are sprinkled throughout this whodunit that Hannah helps piece together. VERDICT Longtime series fans will enjoy this glimpse into the past of their favorite characters and get a few new insights into established bonds. © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.