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May 26, 2011

INTERVIEW: The Perfect Recipe…For Murder: Joanne Fluke’s Hannah Swenson Series.

Both writer and heroine take the cake for ingenuity and deadly fun as Hannah, a small town baker in the Midwest turns up the heat in the search for her friend’s murderer.

Merging good food and great murder mysteries, Joanne Fluke, a New York Times Bestselling author keeps you guessing on the “who done it” while tantalizing your taste buds with at least six fantastic recipes per book.  Growing up in the Midwest herself, gave Joanne invaluable insight into the quirky characters and plots.  Set in the fictional town of Lake Eden, Minnesota, the Hanna Swenson Series gives no rest to the wicked.  There are fourteen fabulous food mysteries available to satisfy the most voracious appetite, and Joanne doesn’t end the menu there.  You can find a listing and description of all her books at www.murdershebaked.com.

Here’s a taste of three to wet your pallet.

Devil's Food Cake Murder

Published: March 1, 2011

DEVIL’S FOOD CAKE MURDER

These days, everyone in Lake Eden, Minnesota, is buzzing with activity, and Hannah Swensen is no exception. But no matter how busy she may be, Hannah can always find time to help a friend in need – especially when there’s a murder to investigate. A new minister is in town to cover for Reverend Bob Knudson, who’s honeymooning with Hannah’s good friend Claire. But when the replacement is found face down in a plate of devil’s food cake with a bullet in his head, Hannah starts asking questions. She soon discovers that the good Reverend wasn’t quite the saintly fellow he appeared to be. It will take some more digging to find the culprit, but Hannah is sure of one thing: even the most half-baked murder plot can be oh so deadly…
Apple Turnover Murder

Published: February 1, 2011

APPLE TURNOVER MURDER

Early summer brings plenty of work for baker Hannah Swensen, even before Mayor Bascomb’s wife drops by The Cookie Jar to place an order for her charity event…For eleven-hundred cookies! And Hannah almost flips when her business partner, Lisa, suggests setting up an apple turnover stand. But she places her faith in Lisa and agrees to be a magician’s assistant in the fundraiser’s talent show. The only snag is the show’s host, college professor Bradford Ramsey. Hannah and her sister, Michelle, each had unfortunate romances with Ramsey, and when the cad comes sniffing around between acts, Hannah tells him off. But when the curtain doesn’t go up, she discovers Ramsey backstage – dead, with a turnover in his hand. Now Hannah must find a killer who’s flakier than puff pastry – and far more dangerous.
Gingerbread Cookie Murder

Published: October 1, 2011

GINGERBREAD COOKIE MURDER

When Hannah Swensen finds her neighbor Ernie Kusak with his head bashed in and sprawled on the floor of his condo next to an upended box of Hannah’s Gingerbread Cookies, she discovers a flurry of murder suspects that’s as long as her holiday shopping list. “The Dangers Of Gingerbread Cookies” is written by Laura Levine. Jaine Austen has been enlisted to help with her parents’ retirement community’s play The Gingerbread Cookie That Saved Christmas. Playboy Dr. Preston McCay is playing the role of the gingerbread cookie when he ‘accidentally’ falls to his death during the final act. Now Jaine must figure out if one of the doctor’s jealous lovers was capable of murder. “Gingerbread Cookies And Gunshots” is written by Leslie Meier. When Lucy Stone discovers the body of Rick Juergens, whose five-year-old son Nemo disappeared, she senses foul play. Crumbs from a gingerbread cookie Lucy gave to Nemo are found in the back seat of Rick’s car. With the hours quickly ticking till Christmas, Lucy races against the clock to find a killer before he strikes again.
Lake Eden's Cookbook

Published: September 25, 2012

Then be on the lookout for Joanne’s LAKE EDEN COOKBOOK that will be released in September 2011 with a tasty launch party to go with it in California, where Joanne currently resides with a menagerie of family and pets.  For details go to http://www.murdershebaked.com/whats_next.htm

Bon Apetit!

 

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Jennifer St. Giles

USA Today Bestselling Author, Jennifer St. Giles/J.L. Saint/Jennifer Saints
This bewitching Georgia Peach is anything but ordinary. She’s a mother, nurse, thriller writer, award-winning paranormal/romance/contemporary author, passionate patriot, event planner and more! She’s also home schooled three children and is the Vice-President of a charitable foundation which helps women and children’s causes and in her spare time she writes screenplays!

J.L. in her own words:

Under a barrage of nagging by BFF’s, I’ve been told my bio was boring, not at all a reflection of just who I am beneath the surface, which is a compliment…I think. So, I promised to rev it up a bit. Thus the reason why I’m sitting here staring at the computer screen with nothing but crickets in my brain. I’m totally into making up wild and interesting stories with a lot of heart thrown into the mix, but telling people about myself isn’t so easy. What can I tell you about me?
I don’t play video games or watch horror because I can’t take the heat, but give me a kickass thriller every minute of every day and I am there. Be prepared for a Hoover Dam meltdown if you’re with me and the movie is sad. So, to avoid disaster, I love romantic comedies.

Read more about Jenni on her website: jenniferstgiles.com






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