Joanne Fluke Books

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Joanne Fluke is the pen name of Joanne Fischmann, an American author that has also written under pseudonyms like R.J. Fischer, Kathryn Kirkwood, Chris Hunter and Jo Gibson. Born in 1943 in Swanville, Minnesota, Fluke got her degree in psychology from St. Cloud State College. The author’s love for baking manifested at a very young age and has continued to influence her literary efforts.

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Order of Hannah Swensen Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder 2000 Description / Buy
2 Strawberry Shortcake Murder 2001 Description / Buy
3 Blueberry Muffin Murder 2001 Description / Buy
4 Lemon Meringue Pie Murder 2003 Description / Buy
5 Fudge Cupcake Murder 2004 Description / Buy
6 Sugar Cookie Murder 2004 Description / Buy
7 Peach Cobbler Murder 2005 Description / Buy
8 Cherry Cheesecake Murder 2006 Description / Buy
9 Key Lime Pie Murder 2007 Description / Buy
10 Candy Cane Murder ( With: Laura Levine) 2007 Description / Buy
11 Candy for Christmas (Short Story) 2008 Description / Buy
12 Carrot Cake Murder 2008 Description / Buy
13 Cream Puff Murder 2008 Description / Buy
14 Plum Pudding Murder 2009 Description / Buy
15 Apple Turnover Murder 2010 Description / Buy
16 Gingerbread Cookie Murder ( With: Laura Levine) 2010 Description / Buy
17 Devil's Food Cake Murder 2011 Description / Buy
18 Cinnamon Roll Murder 2012 Description / Buy
19 Red Velvet Cupcake Murder 2013 Description / Buy
20 Blackberry Pie Murder 2014 Description / Buy
21 Double Fudge Brownie Murder 2015 Description / Buy
22 Wedding Cake Murder 2016 Description / Buy
23 Christmas Caramel Murder 2016 Description / Buy
24 Banana Cream Pie Murder 2017 Description / Buy
25 Raspberry Danish Murder 2019 Description / Buy
26 Christmas Cake Murder 2019 Description / Buy
27 Chocolate Cream Pie Murder 2019 Description / Buy
28 Coconut Layer Cake Murder 2020 Description / Buy
29 Christmas Cupcake Murder 2020 Description / Buy
30 Triple Chocolate Cheesecake Murder 2021 Description / Buy
31 Christmas Dessert Murder 2021 Description / Buy
32 Caramel Pecan Roll Murder 2022 Description / Buy
33 Pink Lemonade Cake Murder 2023 Description / Buy
34 Pumpkin Chiffon Pie Murder 2025 Description / Buy

Order of Joanne Fluke Standalone Novels

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Stepchild 1980 Description / Buy
2 The Other Child 1983 Description / Buy
3 Winter Chill 1984 Description / Buy
4 Cold Judgment 1985 Description / Buy
5 Vengeance is Mine 1986 Description / Buy
6 Video Kill 1989 Description / Buy
7 Final Appeal 1989 Description / Buy
8 Dead Giveaway 1990 Description / Buy
9 Fatal Identity 1993 Description / Buy
10 Deadly Memories 1995 Description / Buy
11 Eyes 1996 Description / Buy
12 Wicked ( By: Jo Gibson) 1996 Description / Buy
13 A Match For Melissa 1998 Description / Buy
14 Caitlyn's Cowboy 1999 Description / Buy
15 A Season For Samantha 1999 Description / Buy
16 A Husband For Holly 1999 Description / Buy
17 A Valentine For Vanessa 2000 Description / Buy
18 Cookies and Kisses 2000 Description / Buy
19 A Townhouse for Tessa 2001 Description / Buy

Order of Joanne Fluke Non-Fiction Books

# Read Title Published Details
1 Joanne Fluke's Lake Eden Cookbook 2011 Description / Buy

Joanne Fluke Anthologies

# Read Title Published Details
1 Sugar and Spice 2006 Description / Buy
2 Candy Cane Murder 2007 Description / Buy
3 Gingerbread Cookie Murder 2010 Description / Buy
4 Christmas Sweets 2019 Description / Buy
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Fluke worked hard to succeed as a writer, pursuing the career even while undertaking all manner of jobs and employment opportunities, at one point in time working as a psychologist, pharmaceutical secretary, a florist’s assistant, party planner and even a computer consultant to mention but a few.

In attempting to give her writing career life, Fluke initially turned her attention to a blend of young adult and horror stories, writing books under the pseudonym Jo Gibson. A conversation with her editor convinced her to give cozy mysteries a try. Luckily for Fluke, she was already looking for opportunities to create a cookbook. Hannah Swensen, Joanne Fluke’s famous amateur sleuth manifested when the author blended her cookbook idea with a cozy mystery concept, giving the character and her small Minnesota town life.

Joanne Fluke is married to Ruel E. Fischmann, a television writer. The pair has children and stepchildren.

Joanne Fluke Awards

Joanne Fluke Won the 2009 RT Reviewers Choice Award for Amateur Sleuth.

Joanne Fluke Books to Movies

One of Fluke’s most notable achievements has been to see her books come to life on the big screen as an American/Canadian Film Series known as ‘Murder, She Baked’.

From ‘A Chocolate Chip Cookie Mystery’ to ‘A Deadly Recipe’, ‘A Plum Pudding Mystery’ and ‘ Peach Cobbler Mystery’, the movies follow Hannah Swensen, a small-town baker played by Alison Sweeney.

Best Joanne Fluke Books

Most people probably wouldn’t name Joanne Fluke among the greatest cozy mystery writers, but her work still has a decent following, with some of the best books she has ever written including the following:

Peach Cobbler Murder: Things haven’t been looking too good for Hannah, not since the popularity of the new Magnolia Bakery exploded. What she hoped would be little more than a passing fad has cut rather drastically into her profits.

As such, Hannah has nothing good to say about Shawna Lee and Vanessa Quinn, with her only hope being that spring will bring with it new opportunities, that and the fact that Lisa, her business partner’s wedding could deliver some much-needed cheer.

Hope seems to falter for Hannah when Shawna gets her hands on an invitation to the wedding reception and promises to bring some of her Southern Peach Cobbler. Things only get worse when Hannah learns that her sometime-boyfriend might not make it to the wedding.

The unexpected death of Shawna, who Hannah finds shot at the Magnolia Blossom Bakery, throws everything into confusion. Hannah looks to her friends to help her track down the murderer.

Hannah, the protagonist of this book, basically bakes pies and solves murders. Most of Joanne Fluke’s books are simple and enjoyable, not that difficult to read but bringing little to the table in terms of substance.

This book doesn’t differ that drastically from other Hannah Swensen books, and people who have read Fluke’s work will know what to expect. The one notable element is the love triangle between Hannah and two suitors which has been running for several books and makes an appearance here to the irritation of many readers who hoped the whole situation would have been resolved in previous novels.

The sooner Fluke wraps that particular thread up, the better. Serious fans of the mystery genre shouldn’t look to this book to test their intelligence; in fact, most readers tend to solve the mystery by the half way point.

Cherry Cheesecake Murder: A Hollywood film crew doing some shoots in the small town of Lake Eden is plagued by a killer. Luckily for them, Hannah is just around the corner, catering for the film crew and cast. The advent of two marriage proposals does little to slow Hannah down as she puts her mind to the task of solving some crime.

The funny thing about this cozy mystery novel is the fact that it has a relatively compelling mystery and yet most conversations about the book tend to revolve around the drama in Hannah’s personal life rather than the killer in their midst.

This isn’t a particularly complex novel; none the less, it’s quite entertaining, probably because of all the fun characters involved.

When Does The Next Joanne Fluke book come out?

The next book by Joanne Fluke is Pumpkin Chiffon Pie Murder and will be released on August, 26th 2025. It is the newest book in the Hannah Swensen Series.

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  1. I have been with Hannah since the first book and every book after, Still look forward to the next book!

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