Hannah Swensen already has her hands full trying to dodge her mother's attempts to marry her off while running The Cookie Jar, Lake Eden, Minnesota's most popular bakery.  But once Ron LaSalle, the deliveryman from the Cozy Cow Dairy is found murdered behind her bakery with one of Hannah's Chocolate Chip Crunch Cookies in his hand, her life gets as complicated as a 12-layer checkerboard cake.  Determined not to let her cookies get a bad reputation, Hannah sets out to track down a killer.

Original dessert & cookie recipes included.
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Joanne Fluke's lovable Hannah Swensen makes her delightful debut staking her claim not only in the culinary genre, but cozy, too. Which is terrific news for cozy lovers! Welcome to Lake Eden, Minnesota, home of The Cookie Jar and its spunky owner Hannah Swensen. Early one bone chilling morning, Hannah discovers the body of a delivery truck driver dead in the alley behind her shop. Determined to find out who would do such a terrible thing to the milk man Hannah decides to investigate the reason for his untimely demise.

Hannh's brother-in-law, Bill, the county's deputy sheriff joins in officially on Hannah's sleuthing adventure. Joanne Fluke's debut is chock full of suspects. Motives run the gamut and whodunit is anyone's guess. Fluke's characters are extremely appealing and add to the mix of a great recipe in this engaging series.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder is packed with plot twists, red herrings and delicious cookie recipes! If you can read this without baking or reaching for a treat my chef hat is off to you. Definitely for the keeper shelves!

Diane Williamson