Just like her protagonist, Hannah Swensen, Joanne Fluke was brought up in a remarkably small town in Minnesota, an expanse where the winters were fierce, and the neighbors were very friendly. According to Joanne Fluke, the mosquito is not the State bird of Minnesota and the region is home to more than 1,000 lakes. While working as an author, Joanne has also worked as a psychologist, a public school teacher, a detective’s assistant, a pharmaceutical secretary and a musician. Joanne Fluke has also worked as a short order cook, a party planner, a caterer, a production assistant and a computer consultant. Currently, Fluke resides in South Carolina with her kids, her husband, and their three dogs.
Order of Hannah Swensen Series
|1||Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder||2000|
|2||Strawberry Shortcake Murder||2001|
|3||Blueberry Muffin Murder||2001|
|4||Lemon Meringue Pie Murder||2003|
|5||Sugar Cookie Murder||2004|
|6||Fudge Cupcake Murder||2004|
|7||Peach Cobbler Murder||2005|
|8||Cherry Cheesecake Murder||2006|
|9||Key Lime Pie Murder||2007|
|10||Candy Cane Murder||2007|
|11||Carrot Cake Murder||2008|
|12||Cream Puff Murder||2008|
|13||Plum Pudding Murder||2009|
|14||Apple Turnover Murder||2010|
|15||Gingerbread Cookie Murder||2010|
|16||Apple Turnover Murder||2010|
|17||Devil's Food Cake Murder||2011|
|18||Cinnamon Roll Murder||2012|
|19||Red Velvet Cupcake Murder||2013|
|20||Blackberry Pie Murder||2014|
|21||Double Fudge Brownie Murder||2015|
|22||Wedding Cake Murder||2016|
|23||Christmas Caramel Murder||2016|
|24||Banana Cream Pie Murder||2017|
Hannah Swensen Awards
None of the books in the Hannah Swensen book series have been adapted for screenplay.
Hannah Swensen Books into Movies
Five of the books in the Hannah Swensen book series have been adapted for screenplay by Hallmark Movies and Mystery. The latest movie based on the series aired on 26 March 2016.
Best Hannah Swensen Books
The Chocolate Chip Murder: The independent-minded, Hannah Swensen makes her first appearance in the Chocolate Chip Murder, a cleverly plotted cozy that is full of delicious cooking recipes and appealing characters. Returning after the sudden death of her father, to Lake Eden, her hometown, Hannah sets up her shop, the Cookie Jar. It does not take long before the Cookie Jar becomes a place where the town’s gossip percolates along with Hannah’s exceedingly strong coffee. One fine morning, Hannah Swenson finds out that a delivery truck driver had been shot dead right behind her coffee shop. The county deputy sheriff, Bill happens to be Hannah’s brother, thus he recruits Hannah to assist him with the case.
As the case continues, a number of suspects emerge, however, due to Hannah’s catering of the local events and her café business, she is splendidly placed to hear everything, hear much but investigate a little. Numerous motives emerge ranging from extortion abound to blackmail as well as the descriptions of shopping and clothing. Cat lovers are going to love the fact that Hannah finally found her cat. The author also stretches the imagination of the readers, especially when Bill, the deputy sheriff leaves much of the investigation to Hannah and also when the local Sherriff’s fail to locate the second body at the same location where the first body had been found. However, these are just minor lapses, in a story that is full of red herrings and plot twists.
Strawberry Shortcake Murder: Following Fluke’s successful debut, the Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder, the author brings back the amateur investigator and baker-owner, Hannah for another exceedingly adventure. In this installment, Hannah is presented with the opportunity of being the head judge during the Hartland Flour Dessert Bake-off, which is normally held yearly. Hannah Swensen sees this as a perfect opportunity to market her business, the Cookie Jar. However, before the event begins, one of the judges who serves as a high school coach is found dead, with his face down in one of Hannah’s strawberry cakes. The main suspect in this murder investigation is the coach’s abused wife, Danielle. Determined to prove to everyone about Daniele’s innocence, Hannah chooses to ignore the warnings of the supervisor of detectives, Mike Kingston of not getting involved in the case. Tempting descriptions of mouthwatering recipes, meals served in the local establishments, and the warm family characters are some of the things that you should expect in this novel.
While all the other characters in the novel tend to be somehow stereotypical, Hannah is not only down to earth but also believable and just seem to function correctly without her daily dose of morning coffee. Hannah also goes to the extent of justifying her love for chocolate as a natural need for endorphins. She deals with a needy sister and a matchmaking mother with humor and understanding. Apart from all these the author has also added all the ingredients of a cleverly crafted mystery together with the realistic portrayal of a small town.
Other Book Series That You May Like
If you are a fan of the Hannah Swensen book series then you are going to love “A Tea Shop Mystery” by Laura Childs. The first novel in the Tea Shop Mystery series is Pokoe Most Poison, which introduces the reader to the protagonist, Theodesia Browning. Theodesia has just been invited by one Doreen Briggs, who is one of the most prominent hostesses to a Rat Tea. During such an event, all the hosts are dressed in rodent costumes and white gloves. They not only offer fine tea but also finger sandwiches.