If you’re looking for more cozy mystery writers in your life, and you haven’t yet read Joanne Fluke, then you’re in luck. Her Hannah Swenson series has all the hallmarks of the best cozy mysteries: it’s full of mouthwatering baked goods, small-town shenanigans, and, of course, it’s got a no-nonsense, crime-solving heroine. The series currently has 27 titles, with a 28th on the way. Not sure where to start? Check out this list of Fluke’s five most popular titles, plus a sneak peek of her newest book, coming in 2022. Grab a plate of your favorite baked goods, and get ready for some delicious mystery suspense novels with a side helping of chocolate.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder
Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder introduces readers to Hannah Swenson, intrepid home sleuth and owner of The Cookie Jar, Lake Eden, Minnesota’s most beloved bakery. Hannah has her hands full trying to avoid her mother’s attempt to get her married while also running a successful business. And then Ron LaSalle, her favorite delivery man, is found dead behind her bakery, her signature Chocolate Chip Crunchies strewn around him. Determined to save her bakery’s reputation, Hannah does the only thing she can: sets out to find the killer. Only, it would be a lot easier if there weren’t so many suspects…
Blueberry Muffin Murder
Hannah Swenson is none too happy when the honor of baking the official cake for Lake Eden’s Winter Carnival goes to out-of-towner Connie Mac, a lifestyle guru with a cable cooking show. Hannah has never liked Connie, and her dislike grows when Connie rolls into town, bossy and rude. But things get a lot worse when Connie is found dead in the kitchen at The Cookie Jar. With her bakery a crime scene, and nowhere to bake her own Winter Carnival cake, Hannah does what she does best (other than baking): finds Connie’s killer herself.
Lemon Meringue Pie Murder
When Hannah’s boyfriend Norman Rhodes surprises her with his plan to buy a house and tear it down so they can build their dream home together, she’s a little shocked. But that’s only the first surprise. When Hannah and her mother begin going through the antiques left in the house, they discover the body of its previous owner, Rhonda Scharf, lying near a half-eaten fancy dinner, including one of Hannah’s lemon meringue pies. If she wants her dream house, Hannah is going to have to get to the bottom of what happened to Rhonda.
Fudge Cupcake Murder
Murder and small town politics collide in Fudge Cupcake Murder, the fifth Hannah Swenson mystery. Hannah is rooting for her brother-in-law Bill, who is running for sheriff against longtime incumbent Sheriff Grant. She’s not the only one who thinks it’s time someone gave Sheriff Grant a good fight. But when Hannah finds Grant’s body in a dumpster, fudge frosting from a cupcake she’d given him visible on his shirt, she’s suddenly got bigger problems on her hands.
Sugar Cookie Murder
In Sugar Cookie Murder, baker-detective Hannah Swenson is snowed in at the annual Christmas Buffet, along with most of the residents of Lake Eden—and one killer. Recently divorced Martin Dubinski arrived at the buffet with his new wife, but he isn’t going to leave with her—not after she’s found dead with Hannah’s mother’s antique cake knife in her chest. It’s up to Hannah to make sure no one else leaves the buffet on ice.
Caramel Pecan Roll (coming February 2022)
Embracing a sweet escape from her usual routine at The Cookie Jar, Hannah gets asked for her help in baking pastries at the local inn for a flashy fishing competition with big prizes and even bigger names. But the fun stops when she spots a runway boat on the water and, on board, the lifeless body of the event’s renowned celebrity spokesperson…