Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke

The main character Hannah Swenson returns to her hometown Lake Eden, Minnesota after her father’s death. She opens the coffee shop “The Cookie Jar” where gossip travels as fast as can be expected in a town of 3,000 residents. One morning she finds a delivery driver killed in the alley behind her bakery with one of her cookies in his hand. To save her cookies’ reputation she starts investigating the murder. Bill, her police brother-in-law, appreciates her assistance.

Surprisingly Bill leaves most of the investigation to Hannah and she is the one who discovers a second murder victim at the company where the first victim was employed. Bill does not even argue when she refuses to reveal the identity of a woman who was with the first victim shortly before his murder. I find this a bit too unbelievable.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder is the first book in a series. Each book also contains cookie and/or dessert recipes. It is a cozy mystery, buy I doubt that I will read another Hannah Swensen novel. However, I will definitely try some of the recipes found in the book.

The 13th Hannah Swensen mystery Apple Turnover Murder will be released on February 23, 2010.

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