Christmas Cupcake Murder: A Festive & Delicious Christmas Cozy Mystery (A Hannah Swensen Mystery #26) (Paperback)

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This is book number 26 in the A Hannah Swensen Mystery series.


Queen of culinary capers Joanne Fluke cooks up the most delicious gift of all: a recipe-filled Hannah Swensen holiday mystery in a festive trade paperback package! As December turns Lake Eden into the North Pole, the heat is on in Hannah Swensen's kitchen to honor two Christmas promises: baking irresistible holiday cupcakes and preventing a person who attempted murder from succeeding the second time around...

While Hannah speeds through a lengthy holiday checklist, drama in town grows like Santa’s waistline on Christmas Eve. Her sister Andrea wants to stave off the blues by helping out at The Cookie Jar, Michelle’s love life is becoming complicated, Lisa needs Hannah’s advice, and Delores has a Christmas secret she’s not willing to share. But nothing dampens the holiday mood more than the chilling mystery surrounding the man found near death in an abandoned storefront two doors down from Hannah’s bakery . . .

The befuddled John Doe can’t recall a thing about himself—except for his unusual knowledge of restoring antique furniture. With a smattering of clues and barely enough time to frost Christmas cookies, Hannah must solve a deadly puzzle that could leave her dashing through the snow for her life!

About the Author

Joanne Fluke is the New York Times bestselling author of the Hannah Swensen mysteries, which include Chocolate Cream Pie Murder, Raspberry Danish Murder, Cinnamon Roll Murder, and the book that started it all, Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder. That first installment in the series premiered as Murder, She Baked: A Chocolate Chip Cookie Mystery on the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries® Channel. Like Hannah Swensen, Joanne Fluke was born and raised in a small town in rural Minnesota, but now lives in Southern California. Please visit her online at

Praise For…

Praise for Joanne Fluke’s Christmas Cozies
“Don't miss this charming mystery, which will also satisfy your sweet tooth.” —Booklist, STARRED REVIEW for Christmas Cupcake Murder
“Dripping with sweet desserts and mystery!” —PopSugar on Christmas Cupcake Murder
“A lighthearted murder mystery that also happens to have some delicious recipes sprinkled throughout.” —Romper on Christmas Cupcake Murder
“Fun characters, delicious treats and a dash of danger abound in this super-sweet whodunit.” —Woman’s World (Book Club Pick) on Christmas Cupcake Murder
“Many delightful and mouth-watering recipes…Perusing these sweet treats is sure to have the reader salivating without even consuming a morsel!” —New York Journal of Books on Christmas Cupcake Murder

“Tasty…Hannah is irresistible as a cookie fresh from the oven.” Publishers Weekly on Christmas Caramel Murder
“If you’re looking for something delightfully decadent to sink your teeth into while waiting for Santa, you might wish to consider one of these recent holiday-themed treats…This year also brings a seasonal offering from New York Times bestselling author Joanne Fluke.” —Criminal Element on Christmas Cake Murder
“Get in the holiday spirit with the help of Joanne Fluke's new Hannah Swensen Mystery, complete with festive recipes.” —Bustle on Christmas Cake Murder
“This bonne bouche of a novel is almost lighter than air, and goes down as easily as one of the cookies Hannah is constantly baking…Throughout the book are recipes, mostly for cakes, cookies and pies (a Fluke trademark), and I almost felt my waistline expanding while I read. (And I, uh, may have copied one or two for my recipe notebook.) This is a lovely, frothy treat, a perfect no-hassle Christmas read.” Mystery Scene on Christmas Cake Murder
Christmas Cake Murder is, at its heart, a story within a story, and both tales engage you and carry you along as the storie unfold. For those who are already Hannah fans, it’s nice to go back in time and understand the beginnings of The Cookie Jar seeing it with fresh eyes and a new appreciation for Hannah and her family.” —Food Channel Online on Christmas Cake Murder
“The perfect heart-warming novel for the holiday season, one that is light on danger but full of emotional moments for those dealing with loss through the support of love and friendship.” —Kings River Life Magazine on Christmas Cake Murder
“A lighthearted look at an aging crime writer and Fluke’s decidedly handy baker heroine, Hannah Swensen. Added bonus—the book comes with recipes for those who aren’t already deep in their cake bowls baking for Christmas.” —The Bourne Enterprise (Falmouth, MA) on Christmas Cake Murder
“Series fans will enjoy learning how the Cookie Jar bakery came to be.” —Publishers Weekly on Christmas Cake Murder
“Longtime series fans will enjoy this glimpse into the past of their favorite characters and get a few new insights into established bonds.” —Library Journal on Christmas Cake Murder
“Fans of the series will appreciate the delicious-sounding recipes, the holiday frame, the familiar characters, and the backstory about how Hannah started her bakery, the Cookie Jar.” —Booklist on Christmas Cake Murder

“A pleasant read.” —Seattle Book Review on Christmas Cake Murder  
“Enjoy this as a tasty escapist treat. Speaking of treats, the book is stuffed with a dozen delicious-sounding holiday recipes from The Cookie Jar, Hannah’s bakery.” The Fort Worth Star Telegram on Christmas Caramel Murder
“Small town Minnesota life, familiar and well-drawn characters, the warm frame of the Christmas season, and a dozen delicious-sounding recipes add to this satisfying entry in a comfortable, always entertaining series.” Booklist on Christmas Caramel Murder
Product Details
ISBN: 9781496740366
ISBN-10: 149674036X
Publisher: Kensington Cozies
Publication Date: October 24th, 2023
Pages: 304
Language: English
Series: A Hannah Swensen Mystery