What I’m Reading: Hannah Swensen Mysteries [with Recipes!]

I love cozy mysteries! What makes a mystery a cozy? Well, I’m not sure of the official definition, but the main character is usually a woman, and the plot always seems to involve food or B&Bs or magic. The stories are usually shortish, humorous, and light. Sometimes I read a cozy or two in one day. I think they are the best books for curling up with hot chocolate and an afghan, and they often include recipes. There’s one cozy author who is my favorite, so much so that I’ve collected all her cozy novels, plus her cookbook. Her name is Joanne Fluke, and at last count her Hannah Swensen books number more than twenty. She does write other mysteries, but these are my favorites. I’ve read all of them except her newest one, which I have on hold in Kindle format at my local library. It’s popular enough that they have 5 copies and I’m in line behind a bunch of other people.

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder        Banana Cream Pie Murder

The oldest and newest of the Hannah Swensen mysteries.

Hannah owns a cookie shop and lives in Minnesota, driving her cookie delivery van everywhere in her small town of Lake Eden. She’s always coming up with new cookie recipes, and you get all of them in the books. They are great cookies, too. Once when I took some to a thing at my work, they got rave reviews and requests for the recipe.

Up until recently, Hannah had two suitors and now she’s finally married to her old flame. Everywhere Hannah goes, people get murdered (like in Murder, She Wrote) and the police need Hannah’s help in solving the crimes, even though they tell her to stay out of it. One of her former suitors is a cop, and the other is a dentist, and they are all still friends. Hannah has a cat, Moishe, that attacks people he doesn’t like (such as her mother, who is a Regency romance novel author). There’s a sister who “borrows” crime files from her unsuspecting cop husband, who works with the former suitor. Hannah always gets to the bottom of the mysteries, but also ends up in danger. What more can I say? I’m addicted. If you’re looking for a cookie recipe, why not get a great read along with it? She’s brave, she’s pretty, she bakes a mean cookie, and she’s slightly overweight.

Go Hannah!

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