Publisher's Note:  

Featuring over a dozen cookie and dessert recipes from The Cookie Jar—Hannah Swensen’s famous bakery, this festive new Christmas mystery from the Queen of Culinary Cozies is just the holiday treat you need this season!

As December turns Lake Eden into the North Pole, the heat is on in Hannah Swensen’s kitchen to honor two Christmas promises: baking irresistible holiday cupcakes and preventing murder!
While Hannah speeds through a lengthy holiday checklist, drama in town grows like Santa’s waistline on Christmas Eve. Her sister Andrea wants to stave off the blues by helping out at The Cookie Jar, Michelle’s love life is becoming complicated, Lisa needs Hannah’s advice, and Delores has a Christmas secret she’s not willing to share. But nothing dampens the holiday mood more than the chilling mystery surrounding the man found near death in an abandoned storefront two doors down from Hannah’s bakery . . .
The befuddled John Doe can’t recall a thing about himself—except for his unusual knowledge of restoring antique furniture. With a smattering of clues and barely enough time to frost Christmas cookies, Hannah must solve a deadly puzzle that could leave her dashing through the snow for her life!

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Kensington Publishing

Christmas Cupcake Murder

by Joanne Fluke

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Overall Review:  

Joanne Fluke adds to her Hannah Swensen mystery series with Christmas Cupcake Murder.  Readers familiar with the series will find more of the same in terms of Hannah's personal life and her being involved in discovering a mystery.  The thing that sets it apart is that it takes place before the time period of the previous most recent story.

The mystery has a bit of a different twist as well, but saying much more would be considered plot spoiling.  Readers might be disappointed to find that the decision that Hannah needs to make is not advanced any in this book, because it takes place in the past.

Overall, this book feels just a little bit lighter than some of the others and a bit like Joanne Fluke threw it together just to put out another book and so she did not have to address the looming end of the Mike, Norman, Hannah situation.  Don't start this book as your first book in the Hannah Swensen series. 

Review of a Digital Advance Reading Copy

Content Analysis:  

Profanity/Language:  None

Violence/Gore:  Report of a person having received a blow to the head; a character confesses to intending to kill someone. 

Sex/Nudity:  A character wonders if another is a rapist.

Mature Subject Matter:  

Death of a parent.

Alcohol / Drug Use:  

Many mentions of characters consuming alcoholic beverages with their meals.

Reviewed By Susan
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