Books by Joanne Fluke

Like Hannah Swensen, Joanne Fluke grew up in a small town in rural Minnesota where her neighbors were friendly, the winters were fierce, and the biggest scandal was the spotting of unidentified male undergarments on a young widow's clothesline. She insist


CHRISTMAS CAKE MURDER  by Joanne Fluke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"Fluke's prequel cleverly reinvigorates a series that had been somewhat stalled by her heroine's marriage (Wedding Cake Murder, 2016) and the subsequent disappearance of her groom (Raspberry Danish Murder, 2018)."
Fluke takes her popular series way back in time, chronicling the start of Hannah Swensen's success as Lake Eden's premier purveyor of tasty treats. Read full book review >
BANANA CREAM PIE MURDER  by Joanne Fluke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"Baking maven Fluke wants to have her cake and eat it too. Grafting Hannah's new relationship with Ross onto her lingering attachment to two previous boyfriends, her family of origin, her business, and the rest of the Lake Eden crew leaves precious little room for mystery."
Newlywed Hannah Swensen Barton (Wedding Cake Murder, 2016, etc.) is disconcerted to find that her husband Ross' favorite dessert is a clue in a murder investigation. Read full book review >
WEDDING CAKE MURDER by Joanne Fluke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"Since the interplay between Hannah and Ross has even less sex appeal than the Baking Conversion Chart at the end of the volume, any interest in whether they do finally get hitched is strictly pro forma. At least there are 22 recipes."
Even in the world of desserts, competition can be murder, as Hannah Swensen discovers on the eve of her nuptials. Read full book review >
DOUBLE FUDGE BROWNIE MURDER by Joanne Fluke
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Hannah's love life has gotten so complicated that the mystery seems a mere afterthought. Twenty-eight recipes provide further competition."
A trip to Las Vegas brings an unexpected twist to Hannah Swensen's love life. Read full book review >
BLACKBERRY PIE MURDER by Joanne Fluke
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 25, 2014

"It's amazing how little a vehicular homicide charge changes Hannah's life in Fluke's good-natured 19th."
Lake Eden's favorite baker, Hannah Swensen (Red Velvet Cupcake Murder, 2013, etc.), finds herself on the wrong end of a police investigation. Read full book review >
RED VELVET CUPCAKE MURDER by Joanne Fluke
Released: Feb. 26, 2013

"Even when she's in pantyhose, Hannah's grit and quick thinking once more save the day."
All of Lake Eden is agog when the police chief's secretary takes a tumble from the penthouse of a condo complex. Read full book review >
CINNAMON ROLL MURDER by Joanne Fluke
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 2012

"Fluke wraps up her 16th recipe-studded entry sweetly but not neatly, leaving just enough loose ends to hint at a tasty sequel."
A bus crash diverts cookie maven Hannah Swenson (Devil's Food Cake Murder, 2011, etc.) at least momentarily from the train wreck of her love life. Read full book review >
DEVIL'S FOOD CAKE MURDER by Joanne Fluke
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 2011

"Fluke's latest puzzler boasts 25 recipes and even more surprises."
A cruise may be romantic for Lake Eden's Lutheran minister and his wife, but it's murder for Hannah Swensen (Gingerbread Cookie Murder, 2010, etc.) and her pals. Read full book review >
PLUM PUDDING MURDER by Joanne Fluke
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 2009

"Fluke's tale of an unorthodox entrepreneur is really just business as usual. Neither the domestic details nor the staggering number of recipes give the mystery any more traction than an Oldsmobile in a Lake Eden winter."
Sleuthing Minnesota baker Hannah Swensen (Carrot Cake Murder, 2008, etc.) discovers that something just doesn't add up at a local holiday emporium. Read full book review >
CREAM PUFF MURDER by Joanne Fluke
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 2009

"Despite its caloric restrictions, Fluke's 11th cozy is a tasty treat."
A new fitness regimen allows Hannah Swensen (Carrot Cake Murder, 2008, etc.) to exercise her ingenuity along with her abs when she finds a dead body in the local health club's Jacuzzi. Read full book review >
CARROT CAKE MURDER by Joanne Fluke
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 2008

"Like the Swanville Funeral Committee's famous hot dish (recipe included, along with 20 others), Fluke's tenth uses only familiar ingredients and makes a really big serving."
A family reunion turns deadly when a long-lost brother suddenly returns to bucolic Lake Eden. Read full book review >
CANDY CANE MURDER by Joanne Fluke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"Like a box of holiday chocolates, this recipe-studded assortment gives all readers a crack at their favorites."
Santa gets bludgeoned, neighbors knock neighbors off their light-festooned roofs and householders nearly blow themselves into next year cooking Yule dinner in this triple-decker helping of holiday cheer. Read full book review >
CHERRY CHEESECAKE MURDER by Joanne Fluke
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 2006

"Fluke lavishes so much attention on the mechanics of location shooting that there's scant time for the murder, much less its solution."
Even the murder of its cranky director can't stop the filming of Crisis in Cherrywood or halt the snooping of Lake Eden's premier baker. Read full book review >
PEACH COBBLER MURDER by Joanne Fluke
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 2005

"Although she ties up false leads a little too quickly, Hannah's sixth—even without the 14 recipes—would be her tastiest yet."
Trouble brews along with decaf when the poisonous Quinn sisters open a bakery across the street from The Cookie Jar. Read full book review >
SUGAR COOKIE MURDER by Joanne Fluke
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 5, 2004

"The 81 appended recipes (a record for the genre?) run the gamut from radish soup to candied pecans. The mystery is plainer fare, though Hannah still proves she's smarter than Mike gives her credit for."
Cookie-monger Hannah Swenson (Lemon Meringue Pie Murder, 2003, etc.) continues to juggle one career, two suitors, and assorted corpses in Fluke's latest confection. Read full book review >
LEMON MERINGUE PIE MURDER by Joanne Fluke
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 2003

"As always, the whodunit pales before the larger question: Will Norman or Mike, or possibly both of them, pop the question before Hannah is even older than Rhonda?"
Osso buco is the favorite dish of so many people in tiny Lake Eden, Minnesota, that it's hard for baker Hannah Swenson to discover who shared a helping of the dish from Alfredo's takeout counter, along with a slice of lemon meringue pie from Hannah's own cookie shop, with 50-something flirt Rhonda Scharf just before someone knifed her and stashed her body in the basement of the Voelker property, which she'd inherited from her recently deceased aunt. Read full book review >
BLUEBERRY MUFFIN MURDER by Joanne Fluke
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 2002

"This one lands her firmly in the suds."
Hannah Swenson should be making a bundle. Read full book review >
STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE MURDER by Joanne Fluke
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 12, 2001

"Fluke's small deviations from formula are laudable, but not enough to counterbalance her draggy pace and clumsy clueing."
After what she promised her anxious mother would be her one and only foray into crime-solving, Hannah Swenson (Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder, 2000) is ready to return to relative obscurity as proprietor of The Cookie Jar, the favorite spot for coffee-and-whatever in Lake Eden, Minnesota. Read full book review >
CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE MURDER by Joanne Fluke
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2000

"In all: a modestly entertaining debut with some delectable recipes as a bonus."
Hannah Swensen of Lake Eden, Minnesota, has a better excuse than most of fiction's lady sleuths to excuse her nosiness: her sister Andrea's husband Bill Todd is deputy sheriff for the county and Hannah tirelessly maintains that she's helping him. Read full book review >