Hannah, owner of The Cookie Jar, Lake Eden's most popular bakery, is busy trying to dodge her mother's attempts to marry her off. But Ron LaSalle, the beloved delivery man from the Cozy Cow Dairy, is found murdered behind her bakery -- with Hannah's famous Chocolate Chip Crunchies scattered around him. Determined to not let her cookies get a bad ...
Hannah, owner of The Cookie Jar, Lake Eden's most popular bakery, is busy trying to dodge her mother's attempts to marry her off. But Ron LaSalle, the beloved delivery man from the Cozy Cow Dairy, is found murdered behind her bakery -- with Hannah's famous Chocolate Chip Crunchies scattered around him. Determined to not let her cookies get a bad reputation, Hannah sets out to track a killer.
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This is a likable, entertaining start to the Hannah Swensen cozy mystery series. We are introduced to her mother Delores, sister Andrea, brother-in-law Bill and little niece Tracey. We also meet Hannah's partner in The Cookie Jar Lisa, and several other folks from the small town of Lake Eden, Minnesota. Plus her one-eyed tomcat Moishe gets some attention in this book too.
Hannah's potential love interests, Norman Rhodes and Mike Kingston, are introduced here too. Toward the end of the book, Hannah's mother Delores (who is pressuring Hannah to get married at the `old' age of 29) happily claims that Hannah will be asked out by both men. Hannah doesn't think so, but sure enough, she winds up with two dates.
Plus we get seven cookie recipes in this book: Chocolate Chip Crunch Cookies, Regency Ginger Crisps, Pecan Chews, Black and Whites, Chocolate-Covered Cherry Delights, Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies and Lovely Lemon Bar Cookies (because the murderer is going to end up behind bars!).
Mar 24, 2007
This is the first book in the Hannah Swensen Murder Mystery set. It is wonderful. It made reading fun again.
Publishers Weekly, 2000-04-03 Independent-minded Hannah Swenson makes her debut in a cleverly plotted cozy, full of appealing characters and delicious cookie recipes. Returning after her father's death to her hometown of Lake Eden, Minn., Hannah opens her own shop, the Cookie Jar, where much of the town's gossip percolates along with the strong coffee. Early one morning, she finds the driver of a delivery truck shot dead in the alley behind her shop. Hannah's brother-in-law, Bill, the county's deputy sheriff, recruits her to help him chase down the culprit. A surprising number of suspects emerges, but due to her cafe business and catering of local social events, Hannah is admirably placed to hear all, see much and investigate a little. Motives ranging from blackmail to extortion abound, as do descriptions of clothing and shopping. Cat fanciers will appreciate knowing how Hannah found her cat, but separating the wheat of the significant from the chaff of the irrelevant can be challenging. Fluke also stretches the imagination when Bill leaves most of the sleuthing to Hannah and when the sheriff's men fail to discover a second body at the dairy where the first victim was employed. But these are minor lapses in a story satisfyingly packed with plot twists and red herrings. The Pecan Chews recipe is especially recommended. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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