Related to: 'Red Velvet Cupcake Murder (Hannah Swensen Mysteries and Book 16)'

December Book of the Month

Nikki and Damien continue in Take Me

I awake to an empty bed and the smell of frying bacon. I roll over to find my phone on the bedside table, then glance at the time. Not yet six. I groan and fall back among the pillows, but I don't really want to go back to sleep. What I want is Damien. I slide out of bed, then grab the tank top and yoga pants I'd left draped across a nearby armchair. I head barefoot out of the bedroom and move the short distance down the hall to the third-floor kitchen. We're standing in Damien's Malibu house, and the wall of windows that faces the ocean is wide open, the glass panels having been thrust aside to let in the breeze. The smell of the ocean mingles with the scent of breakfast and I breathe deep, realizing that I am content. Whatever demons had poked at me during the night, Damien effectively banished them. I glance toward the windows and out at the darkened Pacific. Waves glow white in the fading moonlight as they break upon the shore. There is beauty there, and part of me wants to walk to the balcony and stare out at the roiling, frothing water. But the siren call of the ocean is nothing compared to my desire to see Damien, and so I turn away from the windows and head straight to the kitchen. It is larger than the one in the condo I used to share with my best friend, Jamie, and it is not even the primary kitchen for this house. That is on the first floor, and could easily service a one-hundred-table restaurant. But this - the "small" kitchen - was installed as an adjunct to the open area that serves as a venue for entertaining, and since it is just down the hall from our bedroom, Damien and I have gotten into the habit of cooking our meals and eating in this cozier, more informal area. Usually we're joined by Lady Meow-Meow, the fluffy white cat I took custody over when Jamie moved out. I know Lady M misses Jamie, but she's also enjoying having the run of this huge house, and Gregory - the valet, butler, and all around house-running guy - spoils her rotten. Now I lean against the half wall that marks the break from hallway to kitchen. Damien is standing at the stove cooking an omelette as if he were nothing more than an ordinary guy. Except there is nothing ordinary about Damien Stark. He is grace and power, beauty and heat. He is exceptional, and he has captured me completely. At the moment, he is shirtless, and I cannot help the way my breath stutters as my eyes skim over the defined muscles of his back and his taut, strong arms. Damien's first fortune came not form business, but from his original career as a champion tennis player. Even now, years later, he has both the look and the power of an elite athlete. I let my gaze drift down appreciatively. He is wearing simple gray sweatpants that sit low on his narrow hips and cling to the curves of his perfectly toned ass. Like me, he is barefoot. He looks young and sexy and completely delicious. Yet despite his casual appearance, I can still see the executive. The powerful businessman who harnessed the world, who shifted it to his own liking and made a fortune in the process. He is strength and control. And I am humbled by the knowledge that I am what he values most of all, and that I will spend the rest of my life at his side. "You're staring," he says, his eyes still on the stove. I grin happily, like a child. "I enjoy looking at pretty things." He turns now, and his eyes rake over me, starting at my toes. "So do I," he says when his gaze reaches my face, and there is so much heat in his voice that my legs go weak and my body quivers with want. His mouth curves into a slow, sexy smile, and I am absolutely certain in that moment that I am going to melt. "You spoiled my surprise," he says, then nods toward the breakfast table where a tray sits with a glass bud vase displaying a single, red rose. "Breakfast in bed."

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Double Fudge Brownie Murder (Hannah Swensen Mysteries, Book 18)

Joanne Fluke
Authors:
Joanne Fluke

Joanne Fluke's eighteenth Hannah Swensen mystery is packed full of intrigue and delicious recipes. Perfect for fans of M. C. Beaton and Leslie Meier.Life in Lake Eden, Minnesota, is usually pleasantly uneventful. Lately, though, it seems everyone has more than their fair share of drama to manage. With so much on her plate, Hannah Swensen can barely find the time to think about her bakery - let alone the town's most recent murder...Hannah is nervous about the upcoming trial for her involvement in a tragic accident. She's eager to clear her name once and for all, but her troubles only double when she finds the judge bludgeoned to death with his own gavel. Now Hannah is the number-one suspect. As she sets out in search of the culprit she discovers that the judge made more than a few enemies during his career. With time running out, Hannah will have to whip up her most clever recipe yet to find a killer more elusive than the perfect brownie...

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Blackberry Pie Murder (Hannah Swensen Mysteries, Book 17)

Joanne Fluke
Authors:
Joanne Fluke

Arrested for murder, Hannah really has her work cut out this time... Blackberry Pie Murder is a deliciously cosy whodunnit featuring super-sleuth Hannah Swensen from acclaimed author Joanne Fluke. Packed full of delicious recipes and perfect for fans of M. C. Beaton and H. Y. Hanna.'Witty... tempting recipes at the end of most chapters, including one for fresh blackberry cookies, will appeal to anyone who loves to bake' - Publishers WeeklyIt's been a sleepy summer in Lake Eden, Minnesota, and that means Hannah Swensen can finally focus on running her much-loved bakery... or can she? With her mother's wedding a month away, she is up to her eyes deciding whether to use buttercream or fondant for the wedding cake.When Hannah accidentally hits a stranger while driving down her Cookie Truck a country road, she finds herself at the centre of a murder investigation. An autopsy soon reveals the mystery man, his shirt covered in blackberry pie stains, would have died even without the hit. Now, to clear her name, Hannah will have to follow a trail of pie crumbs to track down the identity of the deceased - before getting herself to the church on time... What readers are saying about the Hannah Swensen mysteries: 'What more could you want from a cosy crime novel?''These books are an equal mix of charm and mystery''A homely series that harks back to the novels of Agatha Christie'

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Cinnamon Roll Murder (Hannah Swensen Mysteries, Book 15)

Joanne Fluke
Authors:
Joanne Fluke
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Devil's Food Cake Murder (Hannah Swensen Mysteries, Book 14)

Joanne Fluke
Authors:
Joanne Fluke

Murder is always just around the corner... With an endless list of suspects, Hannah Swensen has her work cut out in Devil's Food Cake Murder, the deliciously dangerous whodunnit from Joanne Fluke. Packed full of delicious recipes and perfect for fans of M. C. Beaton and H. Y. Hanna.'Fabulous' - Publishers WeeklyHannah Swensen has to admit life is pretty sweet. Things are going well in the romance department, and her bakery's delectable confections are selling faster than she can make them. Even her good friend Claire is head over heels with her new husband, Reverend Bob Knudson. If only they could find time to have their honeymoon.When Bob's childhood friend, Matthew Walters, offers to fill in for the Reverend, things couldn't be better. Until Hannah finds Matthew face-down in a plateful of Devil's Food Cake, with a single bullet in his head. The list of suspects is endless, but Hannah is sure of one thing: even the most half-baked murder plot can be deadly... What readers are saying about the Hannah Swensen mysteries: 'What more could you want from a cosy crime novel?''These books are an equal mix of charm and mystery''A homely series that harks back to the novels of Agatha Christie'

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Apple Turnover Murder (Hannah Swensen Mysteries, Book 13)

Joanne Fluke
Authors:
Joanne Fluke
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Plum Pudding Murder (Hannah Swensen Mysteries, Book 12)

Joanne Fluke
Authors:
Joanne Fluke

The holidays bring more than just festive cheer... Hannah Swensen investigates a murder amidst Christmas celebrations in Joanne Fluke's Plum Pudding Murder. Packed full of delicious recipes and perfect for fans of M. C. Beaton and Cindy Bell.'Readers can't help but love Lake Eden and its warm and welcoming inhabitants' - RT Book ReviewThe busiest time of year for Lake Eden's best-loved bakery also happens to be the most wonderful time for Christmas cookies, Hannah Swensen's special plum pudding - and romance! Hannah is busy as can be, and loving 'Lunatic Larry Jaeger's Crazy Elf Christmas Tree Lot', the carnival taking place on the village green.Things soon turn sour, however, when Hannah discovers Larry dead as a doornail in his own office... It seems quite a few people would have liked to fill Larry's stocking with coal. With suspects to investigate and the twelve days of Christmas ticking away, Hannah's running out of time in her bid to nab a murderous Scrooge who would rather she didn't see in the New Year... What readers are saying about the Hannah Swensen mysteries: 'What more could you want from a cosy crime novel?''These books are an equal mix of charm and mystery''A homely series that harks back to the novels of Agatha Christie'

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Cream Puff Murder (Hannah Swensen Mysteries, Book 11)

Joanne Fluke
Authors:
Joanne Fluke

When it comes to cookies - and to murder - there's always room for one more... The discovery of a body in a pool gives Hannah Swensen a fresh case to solve in Cream Puff Murder, the cosy crime novel from acclaimed author Joanne Fluke. Packed full of delicious recipes and perfect for fans of M. C. Beaton and H. Y. Hanna.'Entertaining and sprinkled with tempting recipes. It's a sweet treat of a novel' - Star TribuneHannah Swensen has enough on her plate running Lake Eden's best-loved bakery. But with the launch party of her mother's novel around the corner, she also has a dress to fit into and a date with her sister, Andrea, at new health club Heavenly Bodies.Things go from bad to worse when Hannah finds the body of femme fatale Ronni Ward floating in the gym's Jacuzzi. Especially when a plate of The Cookie Jar's very own cream puffs are found garnishing the murder scene. With half the town's female population on the list of suspects, has Hannah bitten off more than she can chew? What readers are saying about the Hannah Swensen mysteries: 'What more could you want from a cosy crime novel?''Delicious recipes, good plotlines, believable characters. A pleasurable, easy read''A homely series that harks back to the novels of Agatha Christie'

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Carrot Cake Murder (Hannah Swensen Mysteries, Book 10)

Joanne Fluke
Authors:
Joanne Fluke
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Cherry Cheesecake Murder (Hannah Swensen Mysteries, Book 8)

Joanne Fluke
Authors:
Joanne Fluke
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Key Lime Pie Murder (Hannah Swensen Mysteries, Book 9)

Joanne Fluke
Authors:
Joanne Fluke
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Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder (Hannah Swensen Mysteries, Book 1)

Joanne Fluke
Authors:
Joanne Fluke

Her gingersnaps are as tart as her comebacks... Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder is the first mouth-watering novel in the Hannah Swensen crime series from acclaimed author Joanne Fluke. Packed full of delicious recipes and perfect for fans of M. C. Beaton and Leslie Meier.'An entertaining debut with some delectable recipes as a bonus' - Kirkus ReviewsHannah Swensen already has her hands full running Minnesota's most popular bakery. But when Ron LaSalle, the delivery man from the nearby Cozy Cow Dairy, is found murdered behind the bakery with Hannah's famous Chocolate Chip Crunchies scattered around him, life couldn't get more complicated.Who would have the audacity - and motive - to kill the most punctual delivery man Hannah has ever had the pleasure of working with? This is one murder that's starting to leave a very bad taste in Hannah's mouth. And if she doesn't watch her back, her life could be burned to a crisp... What readers are saying about Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder: 'This book was a complete delight from start to finish''You cannot miss this''Hannah is a very likable heroine... I was hooked on the plot from the very beginning'

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Peach Cobbler Murder (Hannah Swensen Mysteries, Book 7)

Joanne Fluke
Authors:
Joanne Fluke
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Sugar Cookie Murder (Hannah Swensen Mysteries, Book 6)

Joanne Fluke
Authors:
Joanne Fluke
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Fudge Cupcake Murder (Hannah Swensen Mysteries, Book 5)

Joanne Fluke
Authors:
Joanne Fluke
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Lemon Meringue Pie Murder (Hannah Swensen Mysteries, Book 4)

Joanne Fluke
Authors:
Joanne Fluke

Fourth of July celebrations are well underway, but fireworks are already going off at Hannah Swensen's bakery... A time of celebration ends in tragedy in Lemon Meringue Pie Murder, the fourth Hannah Swensen mystery from acclaimed writer Joanne Fluke. Packed full of delicious recipes and perfect for fans of M. C. Beaton and Leslie Meier.'Fun... a delightful mystery' - Times Record NewsIt's summer in Lake Eden, Minnesota, and Hannah Swensen, owner of The Cookie Jar bakery, is looking forward to her younger sister coming to stay. But before the family reunion can begin, disaster strikes when Hannah discovers the body of a local resident in a neighbour's basement.The only clue is one of Hannah's luscious lemon meringue pies, left on the kitchen counter with a slice missing. But from the looks of the victim's kitchen, she was planning an intimate dinner for two... Can Hannah track down the killer with a sweet tooth? What readers are saying about Lemon Meringue Pie Murder: 'What more could you want from a cosy crime novel?''I sat down and read it in one sitting - just couldn't put it down''Five stars'

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Blueberry Muffin Murder (Hannah Swensen Mysteries, Book 3)

Joanne Fluke
Authors:
Joanne Fluke

The price of fame isn't cheap... The jealous rival stirs up a storm in Joanne Fluke's enchanting Hannah Swensen mystery Blueberry Muffin Murder. Packed full of delicious recipes and perfect for fans of M. C. Beaton and Cindy Bell.'A delightful confection' - Library JournalIt's the annual Winter Carnival in Lake Eden, Minnesota, and Hannah Swensen is set to cook up a storm at her popular bakery, The Cookie Jar. So she is less than impressed when the honour of creating the official Winter Carnival cake goes to famous lifestyle guru Connie Mac.When America's 'Cooking Sweetheart' rolls into town, Hannah discovers Connie is bossy, bad-tempered, and downright domineering. Things finally boil over when Hannah arrives at The Cookie Jar to find the Winter Carnival cake burnt to a crisp - with Connie Mac lying dead in her pantry, struck down while eating one of Hannah's famous blueberry muffins. Can Minnesota's favourite baking sleuth find the person responsible before others meet the same sticky end? What readers are saying about Blueberry Muffin Murder: 'A wonderful addition to this cosy series''Jessica Fletcher meets Midsomer Murders''Delicious recipes, good plotlines, believable characters.A pleasurable, easy read'

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Strawberry Shortcake Murder (Hannah Swensen Mysteries, Book 2)

Joanne Fluke
Authors:
Joanne Fluke
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Lake Eden Cookbook

Joanne Fluke
Authors:
Joanne Fluke
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Gingerbread Cookie Murder (Anthology)

Joanne Fluke
Authors:
Joanne Fluke
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Candy Cane Murder (Anthology)

Joanne Fluke
Authors:
Joanne Fluke

A tantalising trio of festive murder mysteries by three New York Times bestselling authors. Perfect for fans of M. C. Beaton and Ann Granger. This Christmas there's an unwanted guest in the form of murder...An irresistible collection of festive stories featuring baking sleuth Hannah Swensen by the master of mouth-watering murder mysteries, Joanne Fluke, plus two more holiday whodunits by US bestselling authors Laura Levine and Leslie Meier.Jam packed with candy canes, unforgivable murders, and ten luscious festive recipes - this is the perfect treat for crime fans and baking enthusiasts this Christmas.