Lovers of the Hannah Swenson murder/recipe series will certainly be in for a real treat with Joanne Fluke’s lasted release in the series, Christmas Cake Murder.
This book veers from Fluke’s usual mystery as it opens with our heroine Hannah Swenson still in college, her sister Michelle and her friend Lisa in High School, her sister Andrea pregnant with her first child and sadly with Hanna’s dad’s recent passing. During the story we learn how Hannah moved from a college student to a bakery owner. A great backstory idea I might add!
Intertwined is a story about a Lake Eden elderly resident, Essie Granger. She has fallen on hard times and the whole community comes together to create a fundraiser called the Christmas Ball which is a party she had attended years ago. They also try to duplicate a Christmas Cake Parade in which there are multiple cakes with candles walked around the room….see all the yummy recipes which are gathered in the book for holiday baking ideas.
Essie had dabbled in writing years ago and Hannah finds her notebooks and begins to read them and hence begins the Christmas Cake Murder.
As with all of Fluke’s books recipes are attached to many of the chapters, a few I will be trying for sure. Oh, and reader beware! DO NOT READ THIS WHEN YOU ARE HUNGRY!
The Christmas Cake Murder is a fast-paced enjoyable cozy mystery waiting to be read with a cup of hot chocolate and some yummy cookies. The book will be out September 25, 2018.
3 thoughts on “Christmas Cake Murder by Joanne Fluke”
Great series. I just finished #18 and have the next 3 coming in the mail soon.
I’ve read all of Joanne Fluke’s Hannah books and even attended her launch party for Cinnamon Roll Murder. She’s very nice and she can really bake. We ate cinnamon rolls at her party and she autographed books for us. I also had a baseball cap with the cover art on it. Fun! I’m eagerly awaiting the release of her newest book. Maybe I should re-read the first four or five to get ready?
Hi Virginia! Sorry I have not been able to reply, my husband and I were traveling. No you do not have to re-read any of them! This book stands alone as it is a prequel to them all and it would not be worth reading the first few as some references are for even later books. I really enjoy it and I am sure you will also! Cheers! Lisa