Christmas Cupcake Murder
by Fluke, Joanne

Firing up The Cookie Jar's ovens to attend a lengthy holiday checklist, Hannah Swensen helps loved ones manage seasonal doldrums before she is challenged to identify a skilled antique restorer found near death outside her bakery.

JOANNE FLUKE is the New York Times bestselling author of the Hannah Swensen mysteries, which include Chocolate Cream Pie Murder, Raspberry Danish 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

*Starred Review* Fans of Fluke's wildly popular cozy series featuring cookie baker Hannah Swensen and her family in Lake Eden, Minnesota, will be thrilled with this twenty-sixth entry, which offers a kind of origin story, as the action takes place before Hannah solves her first missing-person case and before her mother, Delores, opens an antique store with her friend Carrie Rhodes. When Hannah finds an injured man on the floor of a vacant building that her mother is renting to house her antiques, she learns that he's had a blow to the head that's rendered him with memory loss. Determined to help the man, who seems to identify with the name Joe and is experienced with furniture repair and restoration, Hannah begins a search to find his family. When Joe befriends Freddie, the intellectually disabled man who helps at the hospital, he recalls that he has a brother with a similar condition. As Hannah follows further clues about Joe's identity, she discovers that someone has attempted to murder him. The mystery is finally solved by locating a recipe in a library book. At the end of nearly every chapter of this fun story, there is a delicious holiday recipe.There is also a handy index of recipes at the back. Don't miss this charming mystery, which will also satisfy your sweet tooth. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

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