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Joanne Fluke

by Sandra Murphy
& Joanne Fluke


Hannah Swensen of Cookie Jar fame, has a confession to make. Although her family says she doesn’t have to, she’s determined to make her announcement after the Sunday sermon. Confession is good for the soul, right?

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by Cynthia Chow
& Joanne Fluke


Before Hannah Swensen baked mouthwatering treats out of Lake Eden’s premier bakery The Cookie Jar, before she dated both Norm and Mike, and before she finally married only to discover that her husband… Before all of this, Hannah was a graduate student who returned to her hometown following the death of her beloved father. Hannah and her two sisters were at a loss on how to pull their mother out of her understandable depression, but Grandma Knudson knew exactly how to nudge Delores out of bed and back into her normal domineering role.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Joanne Fluke




Hannah Swensen’s cookie shop is doing well. It keeps her busy and her mind off the fact that her husband has disappeared. Newlywed, she’s now in limbo until she knows where Ross is and why he left without a word.

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by Doward Wilson


Many of us are now following all the wonderful Cozy Mystery book series that the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries channel has brought to life on the small screen. Currently Hallmark has seven different series in production with at least one more being added in the coming months.

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by Sandra Murphy


Hannah’s only been married for a short time. In fact, it’s time for the romantic honeymoon to come to an end. While it’s nice to be with her new hubby all the time, sometimes it does feel a bit overwhelming to someone used to living alone.

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by Sunny Frazier


Welcome to Yeast of Eden, the Mexican bread shop in Santa Sofia, California, and the first in the series by Winnie Archer. Struggling photographer Ivy Culpepper has lots of soul-searching when she came back to town. When she enters a bread making class, it’s the aroma of fresh conchas in the oven, or her instant connection with the owner and her sisters, but Ivy knows she’s found the missing ingredients in her life.

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by Sandra Murphy


For readers who enjoy a little back story, a quick read, and new recipes for the holidays, this book fits the bill. As the story unfolds, Hannah is at a leisurely dinner with Ross. The tale she tells is about an old schoolmate returned to town, rumors about her relationship with a certain someone, a disappointed Mrs. Claus, a husband not where he’s supposed to be, and homemade caramels as a clue.

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by Sunny Frazier


We say good-bye to a well-loved series, hello to the Farmer’s Daughter, and celebrate Christmas just a wee bit early. Looking for recipes? Have we got books for you!

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Murder She Baked Movie Series on Hallmark

IN THE August 6 ISSUE

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by Doward Wilson


Today we are introducing you to the Murder She Baked Series on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. These movies are based on Joanne Fluke’s popular and long-running cozy mystery series, starring Hannah Swenson. Hannah’s bakery is called the Cookie Jar and is located in Lake Eden, Minnesota.

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by Joanne Fluke


This week we have a recipe from Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke. At the end of this post are details on how to win copy of this book!

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by Sandra Murphy


As if running the Cookie Jar, getting married to the man of her dreams, and planning a honeymoon isn’t enough, Hannah Swenson has been chosen to be the home cook (non-chef) contestant for the Food Network dessert challenge, thanks to her sisters submitting her application without telling her. If everything goes according to plan and if hubby-to-be can go along for the challenge, it will be their honeymoon. The newest challenge is—the Food Network changed the dates which means Hannah will now be getting married after the show airs—if she can pull it all together. Of course, her mom and oldest sister, Andrea, take over, and plan everything.

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by Joanne Fluke
& Staci McLaughlin


This week we have recipes from Double Fudge Brownie Murder by Joanne Fluke and Murder Most Wholesome by Staci McLaughlin. At the end of this post are details on how to win copies of both books!

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by Sunny Frazier


Candy is fattening; flowers wilt. Books make the best gifts for book lovers!
Brew a cup of tea while you enjoy The Grim Steeper, #3 in Amanda Cooper’s Teapot Collector Mysteries. It’s time for the annual Fall Fling Town-wide Tea Party in the upstate NY town of Gracious Grove.

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by Joanne Fluke,
Laura Levine & Leslie Meier


This week we have another fun recipe from a Kensington cozy mystery, this one from Gingerbread Cookie Murder By Joanne Fluke, Laura Levine & Leslie Meier. Enjoy the recipe for Gingerbread Cookies, check out the synopsis of the book, and enter to win a copy of Gingerbread Cookie Murder!

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