Coconut Layer Cake Murder
by Fluke, Joanne






Racing home to wintry Minnesota when her sister's boyfriend, Detective Lonnie Murphy, is implicated in a murder case, Hannah struggles with Lonnie's foggy memory about driving the victim home. By the best-selling author of The Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder.





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 www.JoanneFluke.com.





In the midst of a California vacation, Hannah Swensen rushes back to Lake Eden, Minnesota, after learning that her sister's boyfriend, police officer Lonnie Murphy, is suspected of murdering a high-school friend. Lonnie's partner, Mike Kingston, has been pulled from the case, leaving just the sheriff and a rookie-and Hannah-to find the real killer. Lonnie had picked up a coconut layer cake from Hannah's bakery, the Cookie Jar, to take to a birthday celebration for a high-school classmate. Later, Lonnie gave a ride home to Darcy, also a former classmate, who looked like she'd had too many drinks and whose date had left her. Lonnie fell asleep on Darcy's couch, waking the next morning to find her dead. Over the course of the next several days, Hannah takes plates of cookies and other treats to those who might know more to encourage freer chatter, with the recipes woven into the story. An entertaining addition to the long-running and much-loved series; fans will be relieved that Hannah has recovered from her disastrous marriage and is again relying on friend Norman for emotional support. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.





In the midst of a California vacation, Hannah Swensen rushes back to Lake Eden, Minnesota, after learning that her sister's boyfriend, police officer Lonnie Murphy, is suspected of murdering a high-school friend. Lonnie's partner, Mike Kingston, has been pulled from the case, leaving just the sheriff and a rookie-and Hannah-to find the real killer. Lonnie had picked up a coconut layer cake from Hannah's bakery, the Cookie Jar, to take to a birthday celebration for a high-school classmate. Later, Lonnie gave a ride home to Darcy, also a former classmate, who looked like she'd had too many drinks and whose date had left her. Lonnie fell asleep on Darcy's couch, waking the next morning to find her dead. Over the course of the next several days, Hannah takes plates of cookies and other treats to those who might know more to encourage freer chatter, with the recipes woven into the story. An entertaining addition to the long-running and much-loved series; fans will be relieved that Hannah has recovered from her disastrous marriage and is again relying on friend Norman for emotional support. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.





A baker helps solve her sister's boyfriend's classmate's murder. Hannah Swensen is suffering from stress due to a trauma incurred in her last adventure (Chocolate Cream Pie Murder, 2019) but alluded to only in the most elliptical terms in her current entry. Hannah's stepfather, Doc Knight, is adamant: She must leave at once for vacation. He sends Hannah and her mom off to California for a stress-free holiday helping Hannah's college friend Lynne Larchmont pack up her palatial home and move back to Lake Eden, Minnesota, where Hannah's shop, The Cookie Jar, provides sweet treats for all. A New York minute after she arrives in Los Angeles, Hannah receives a hysterical call from her sister, Michelle. Michelle's boyfriend, Lonnie, is the main suspect in the murder of Darcy Hicks, an old friend from high school. Since Lonnie is one of Lake Eden's handful of police detectives, everyone else on the force is deemed ineligible to conduct the investigation, leaving only amateur sleuth Hannah to crack the case. Hannah moves back in, platonically of co urse, with her old flame Norman Rhodes, since her Lake Eden condo was the scene of that unspecified trauma and her husband, Ross Barton, has disappeared, or died, or maybe killed somebody—it's not quite clear which. Hannah begins her investigation by checking out Brian and Cassie Polinski, who were with Darcy and Lonnie at the Double Eagle, a dive bar, the night of her death. But it's hard for her inquiry to build up any steam because almost every chapter ends with copious directions for making another nifty treat, complete with tips on which brands to use, advice about where to buy the ingredients, and little anecdotes about the people who feast on the finished products. Nearly as many recipes as Joy of Cooking, and about as much narrative. Copyright Kirkus 2019 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.






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