Chocolate Cream Pie Murder
by Fluke, Joanne

The filming of a television special at brokenhearted Hannah Swensen's bakery is complicated by her shifty ex, an intrusive gang of bodyguards and an untimely murder that compels her alliance with an old flame.

JOANNE FLUKE is the New York Times bestselling author of the Hannah Swensen mysteries, which include Double Fudge Brownie Murder, Blackberry Pie Murder, Cinnamon Roll Murder, and the book that started it all, Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder. That first installment in the series premiered as Murder, She Baked:  A Chocolate Chip Cookie Mystery on the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Channel. Like Hannah Swensen, Joanne Fluke was born and raised in a small town in rural Minnesota, but now lives in Southern California. Please visit her online at

As Hannah Swensen struggles to come to terms with the revelation that her husband, Ross, is a bigamist, her family and friends rally around, sharing her outrage. With baking as her solace, Hannah, owner of the Cookie Jar, in Lake Eden, Minnesota, throws herself into work. However, Ross contacts Hannah, begging her forgiveness and asking for the money he left for her when he disappeared. Wanting nothing to do with him, Hannah refuses his request, and Ross threatens her. Her friends and family guard her day and night as they try to figure out why Ross needs the money so desperately. Meanwhile, an actress and friend of Hannah's mother is murdered, and naturally Hannah is determined to identify the killer. While there is little detection here, Hannah's fans will relish following Hannah's journey as she heals and becomes stronger, surrounded by the love of family and the many familiar, quirky residents of Lake Eden. Many delicious-sounding recipes are woven through the story, and Fluke ends this cozy mystery with another cliff-hanger, which will have readers eagerly awaiting the next installment. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

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