Hannah Swensen is in the process of baking up a storm at the shop she owns, The Cookie Jar in preparation for Lake Eden, Minnesota's Winter Carnival. Connie Mac the star of a very popular cooking show requests the use of her kitchen for baking the official Winter Carnival cake.
Connie Mac is very manipulative and bad tempered in real life. She has many people who are very outspoken in their dislike for her. She is found dead in The Cookie Jar the morning after she was to have baked the cake and the shop is closed as a crime scene. This leaves Hannah in a fix as she has promised to bake cookies for many of the winter display and warm up tents. She needs to solve this crime as soon as possible.
A famous TV chef comes to Lake Eden for the Winter Carnival celebration. She is killed in Hannah Swenson's Cookie Jar shop so it is closed as a crime scene. For Hannah to reopen her shop she must find out who murdered the chef. Very good story
This one didn't hold the same appeal for me that the previous two did.
Connie MacIntyre, Connie Mac to her friends, a Martha Stewart type character, isn't the sweetheart that she pretends to be and when Connie is found dead in Hannah's pantry next to Hannah's Blueberry Muffins what's Hannah to do. She needs her kitchen back so she can finish baking for the Lake Edna Winter Carnival so Hannah doesn't want any other enterprising baker would do, she sets out to solve the crime.
Quite a lot of goings on in this book that take away from the main story and who-done- it was such a secondary character that you had to remind yourself of who-was-that-person-again.
In this book you learn a little bit more about Andrea, who turns out to be quite funny in her own scatterbrained way and poor Hannah just can't decide who her love interest will be, the cop or the dentist. One actually makes the decision easier for her, but Hannah really doesn't take no for an answer, especially when one is the man of her evening dreams and the other is the man for her day dreams.
Even though this book didn't have a very good flow, I will continue on to the next book.
This was another wonderful read, I could not put the book down. The town of Lake Eden is preparing for the winter carnival that they have each year and this year is especially special because they are having a celebrity chef joining in their festivites, Connie Mac. They consider her televisions cooking sweetheart and the mayor and other businesses want to please the pain in the rear end.
The mayor asks Hannah if she would give Mrs. Mac a tour of Lake Eden as she has requested Hannah to be the one to give her the official tour. Hannah agrees to keep the mayor happy and she is sorry she accepted the task. She sees first hand how rude this cooking "sweetheart" treats and manipulates everyone. Hannah learns that her best friend from childhood (Janie) is the stars personal assistant and she feels sorry for her, and anyone else that has to work with her.
After her encounter with Connie she is glad to go back to the Cookie Jar to be able to be away from the wicked with of the west. But it is short lived as Janie calls her at the store to ask her a huge favor, Connie's delivery truck that was carrying the carnival cake had crashed and was ruined. She needed to use a commercial kitchen to make a new cake in time for the winter carnival. Hannah agrees only because she doesn't want the star to take out her anger of rejection on her assistant.
The next day the star is found murdered and there is a long list of possible suspects including her childhood friend. Hannah knows that Janie didn't do it and she wants to clear her friends name. The book takes some twists and turns with more secrets and lies. It didn't take long to figure out who the murderer was but was still fun to read. I was glad to have been done with Connie Mac after a few pages, she's someone that you would just want to slap silly.
The whole is the sister pregnant thing got annoying, you would think after already having one child she would have figured out that she was pregnant with child number two or at least take a pregnancy test just to shut Hannah up after being told repeadedly that she was. The only other flaw of the book is that the author really needs to have Hannah just pick a guy already, she keeps going back and forth. The author really needs to make the relationship between either Norman or Mike stick and be more adult and not so juvenile. I hope in the next book she has Hannah pick one already or kill one of them off, SOMETHING!
Overall, great read! The blueberry muffin recipe and the grilled cheese recipe sounded yummy, I can't wait to try them, yum!
Preparations are underway for Lake eden's winter carnival. Then the famous life styles maven with her own cooking show comes to town. Thought to be sweet, light , and scrumptious, she turns out to be bossy, bad tempered, and down right domineering. Hannah has agreed to let Connie use her kitchen to bake her winter carnival cake. Hannah returns to the cookie jar to find the cable cooking star dead in her pantry. Now Hannah is in search of the murderer so her business can re - open.
Another in the series featuring bakery owner Hannah Swenson in Lake Eden Minnesota. Lake Eden is getting ready for the Winter Carnival and Hannah is baking up a storm when the star of a cable TV cooking show is found dead in her pantry. Of course the police close her shop down since it is a crime scene so in order to get back to baking for the carnival, Hannah has to solve the crime in a hurry.
A fun quickie murder mystery with lots of good cookie recipes. I enjoy all Ms. Fluke's books and have tried many of her recipes and have taken them to meetings, scout events and family gatherings. The books are are G rated so anyone can read them and of course anyone can eat the cookies!
Preparations are underway for Lake Eden, Missesota's annual Winter Carnival -- and Hannah Swensen is set to bake up a storm at her popular shop, The Cookie Jar. Too bad the honor of creating the official Winter Carnival cake went to famous lifestyle maven Connie Mac -- a half baked idea, in Hannah's opiniion. She suspects Connie Mac is a lot like the confections she whips up on her cable TV cooking show -- sweet, light, and scrumptious-looking, but likely to leave a bitter taste in your mouth.
Murder never tasted so good! This mystery keeps you on your toes and the cookies just keep on coming! A fun read both ways. Hannah's family and friends are amusing and, as she discovers the unfortunate victims, she finds she has a talent for ferrting out the truth, despite hunky Mike's objections. Great read!
Hannah and her extended family are back in full force, investigating murder while cooking up some very Delicious treats. If for nothing else you have to try her Blueberry muffin recipe. I have also tried it with raspberries. YUM!
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.
These books are cute. But I think after the one I'm reading now I'll take a break for a bit!
Bakery owner Hannah Swensen is back--and the cookies are crumbling--as acclaimed author Joanne Fluke serves readers another helping of murder, mayhem, and mouthwatering mystery....
Preparations are underway for the Lake Eden, Minnesota's annual Winter Carnival-and Hannah Swensen is set to back up a storm at her popular shop, The Cookie Jar. Too bad the honor of creating the official Winter Carnival cake when to famous lifestyle maven Connie Mac is a lot like the confections she whips up on her cable TV cooking show-sweet, light, and scrumptious-looking, but likely to leave a bitter taste in your mouth.
Hannah's suspicions are confirmed when Connie Mac's limo rolls into town. Turns out America's "Cooking Sweetheart" is bossy, bad-tempered, and downright domineering. Things finally boil over when Hannah arrives at The Cookie Jar to find the Winter Carnival cake burnt to a crisp-and Connie Mac lying dead in her pantry, struck down while eating one of Hannah's famous blueberry muffins.
Next thing Hannah knows, the police have declared The Cookie Jar's kitchen crime scene off-limits. She's a baker without an oven-and the Carnival is right around the corner. Hannah's only alternative is to cook up a plan to save her business-by finding the killer herself..........
As Lake Eden prepares for its annual Winter Carnival, America's "Cooking Sweetheart, " Connie Mac, is named creator of the official carnival cake. That leaves a bitter taste in Hannah Swensen's mouth. But when Hannah opens her bakery, The Cookie Jar, and finds the domineering Connie dead in her pantry, she must save her shop by finding the killer herself.
From back cover:
Preparations are underway for Lake Eden, Minnesota's annual Winter Carnival - and Hannah Swensen is set to bake up a storm at her popular shop, The Cookie Jar. Too bad the honor of creating the official Winter Carnival cake went to famous lifestyle maven Connie Mac - a half-baked idea, in Hannah's opinion. She suspects Connie Mac is a lot like the confections she whips up on her cable TV cooking show - sweet, light, and scrumptious-looking, but likely to leave a bitter taste in your mouth.
Hannah's suspicions are confirmed when Connie Mac's limo rolls into town. Turns out America's "Cooking Sweeheart" is bossy, bad-tempered, and down-right domineering. Things finally boil over when Hannah arrives at The Cookie Jar to find the Winter Carnival cake burnt to a crisp - and Connie Mac lying dead in her pantry, struck down while eating one of Hannah's famous blueberry muffins.
Next thing Hannah knows, the police have declared The Cookie Jar's kitchen crime scene off-limits. She's a baker without an oven - and the Carnival is right around the corner. Hannah's only alternative to to cook up a plan to save her business - by finding the killer herself...