First Kensington hardcover edition.
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New York, NY : Kensington Books, [2018]
ix, 374 pages ; 22 cm
Throwing herself into the holiday season in the aftermath of her husband Ross' disappearance, Hannah Swensen investigates the murder of her husband's television-station assistant, who had been driving Ross' car and working from his office at the time of his death
9781617732249 (hardcover)
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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. <p> 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. <p> (Bowker Author Biography)
Fiction/Biography Profile
Hannah Swensen (Female), Bakery shop owner, Married, Newlywed, Owns the Cookie Jar, a bakery; spent her honeymoon on a cruise; eager to settle down into domestic life; her mother's neighbor, a renowned stage actress, is discovered murdered
Small town life
Women-owned businesses
Murder investigations
Minnesota - Midwest (U.S.)
Time Period
2000s -- 21st century
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  Publishers Weekly Review

In bestseller Fluke's flaky 22nd Hannah Swensen mystery set in Lake Eden, Minn. (after 2017's Banana Cream Pie Murder), Hannah's new husband, Ross Barton, vanishes, leaving her mopey but otherwise strangely unaffected by his absence. For someone who can't resist trying to solve murders, she doesn't really search for Ross at all, other than to note that, since he took only his condo keys, he must be planning on coming back one of these days. When Ross's assistant at the local radio station dies after eating poisoned candy that he found in Ross's desk, Hannah jumps into the investigation. Was the candy actually meant for Ross, and if so, could he have disappeared because someone is out to get him? Hannah's sleuthing is haphazard at best, and the solution is far-fetched. Ross's disappearance is beside the point, even if the reader gets a partial answer at the end. But the Hannah Swensen books have always been more about the food than the mystery, and this installment contains enough recipes to satisfy the most enthusiastic baker. Agent: Meg Ruley, Jane Rotrosen Agency. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

  Booklist Review

Heartbroken by the unexplained disappearance of her new husband, Ross, Hannah Swensen Barton soldiers on, running her bakery and coffee shop while trying to locate her missing spouse. When Ross' assistant, P. K., dies after eating poisoned candy left in Ross' desk at work, police detective Mike Kingston and Hannah must first determine who the intended victim was Ross or P. K.? Hannah and her friends and family members investigate, interviewing possible suspects in P. K.'s murder while trying to locate the missing Ross from clues he left behind. Along the way to identifying the killer, the self-esteem-challenged Hannah broods about what she might have done to cause Ross to leave, all the while baking up a vast array of yummy cookies and other treats (mouth-watering recipes included). Another satisfying entry in the long-running series with its small-town Minnesota frame, familiar cast of well-drawn characters, and details of baking and running a bakery. A final twist will have fans eagerly awaiting the next installment in this ever-popular cozy series.--O'Brien, Sue Copyright 2018 Booklist
Thanksgiving has a way of thawing the frostiest hearts in Lake Eden. But that won't be happening for newlywed Hannah Swensen Barton--not after her husband suddenly disappears . . . <br> <br> Hannah has felt as bitter as November in Minnesota since Ross vanished without a trace and left their marriage in limbo. Still, she throws herself into a baking frenzy for the sake of pumpkin pie and Thanksgiving-themed treats while endless holiday orders pour into The Cookie Jar. Hannah even introduces a raspberry Danish pastry to the menu, and P.K., her husband's assistant at KCOW-TV, will be one of the first to sample it. But instead of taking a bite, P.K., who is driving Ross's car and using his desk at work, is murdered. Was someone plotting against P.K. all along or did Ross dodge a deadly dose of sweet revenge? Hannah will have to quickly sift through a cornucopia of clues and suspects to stop a killer from bringing another murder to the table . . .
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