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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 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, Michele’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!   Features Over a Dozen Cookie and Dessert Recipes from The Cookie Jar!


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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 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, Michele’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!   Features Over a Dozen Cookie and Dessert Recipes from The Cookie Jar!

30 review for Christmas Cupcake Murder

  1. 4 out of 5

    James

    Christmas Cupcake Murder is the 26th book in the Hannah Swensen cozy mystery series by Joanne Fluke. Yes, I've read all of the previous ones, including several short stories about Hannah's investigations in a collection with other authors. And... though this one comes out in about a month, the next one, #27, is already confirmed for early 2021 and I can't wait to read it! Why, you ask? Keep on reading... In this caper, Fluke rolls us back a good decade to the year Hannah first opened her cookie s Christmas Cupcake Murder is the 26th book in the Hannah Swensen cozy mystery series by Joanne Fluke. Yes, I've read all of the previous ones, including several short stories about Hannah's investigations in a collection with other authors. And... though this one comes out in about a month, the next one, #27, is already confirmed for early 2021 and I can't wait to read it! Why, you ask? Keep on reading... In this caper, Fluke rolls us back a good decade to the year Hannah first opened her cookie store. We've done a trace back to history before, learning how and why Hannah chose to open a store, but this time, we look at what happened when a seemingly homeless man shows up asking for a cup of coffee and some work. Hannah, of course, helps him out... only to find him knocked unconscious several days later in the building that her mother eventually buys to open her antiques business. Talk about learning a lot in this book! As usual, the story is less about the mystery and more about Hannah's life and her various family and friends. The books are about 250 pages, of which 100 are dedicated to recipes, and in the remaining 150, at least 75 pages focus solely on how to bake or what's happening around town with relationships and town business. So... the mysteries are always light. In this one, it's not who killed someone but who is this homeless man that has amnesia. We know he'll be connected to someone in Lake Eden, one of the many (250+) characters we've met in the past... and it's always a joy to revisit some old faves. Warning... if you want a series with great mysteries, this will not be the right set of books for you. This is more about relaxing in a cozy town, getting to know hundreds of fun people over decades and ~30 books of food heaven. I like this aspect... and while I wish the murders and mysteries were about twice as complex, just to give us enough meat, I still enjoy them for what they are... and I can honestly say, once I'm done, I feel like I want to move there. I miss the people, and they sometimes feel all too real. So... in that respect, kudos to the author for creating such a magnificent sense of connection and longing. When we do find out who the John Done / Joe Smith is, we also learn how to make German Chocolate Cupcakes, so it's a win all around.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    This is a cozy mystery, and it is the 26st in the Hannah Swensen series. This book has cute short mystery, several recipes, and cute characters. I have to say the mystery is not the best. If you are looking for a cute fun book with recipes then this is the book for you. I receive an e-copy from Netgalley or Goodreads Giveaway, and I will post a honest review that is 100% my own opinion about the book. This book is schedule to be released on September 29-2020.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    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, Michele’s love life is becoming complicated, Lisa need 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, Michele’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! This was a very good book if you like hallmark movies this would definitely be a book you would love it’s a very good wholesome book and I will be buying more in this series and the recipes are an amazing bonus. PSA, have some cake, cupcakes or cookies because you will be craving them as you read this book or better yet use one of the recipes in here I definitely want to try the chocolate surprise cupcakes Features Over a Dozen Cookie and Dessert Recipes from The Cookie Jar! This was a fun book to read. Highly recommend!!!!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Rosemary Reeve

    OK, let's say it's Christmas, and you need a bit of a break. Maybe it's snowing, or you wish it would snow. Maybe you're overwhelmed with relatives, or you're feeling alone. Maybe you've been shopping too much, or you're struggling to lower expectations. Maybe you're trying to avoid the dishes or the tryptophan coma. Whatever it is, maybe you just want to spend some predictable time with old friends, a lot of sugar, and a very loose definition of murder. If that is how you're feeling, this may be OK, let's say it's Christmas, and you need a bit of a break. Maybe it's snowing, or you wish it would snow. Maybe you're overwhelmed with relatives, or you're feeling alone. Maybe you've been shopping too much, or you're struggling to lower expectations. Maybe you're trying to avoid the dishes or the tryptophan coma. Whatever it is, maybe you just want to spend some predictable time with old friends, a lot of sugar, and a very loose definition of murder. If that is how you're feeling, this may be the book for you. Number 26 in the Cookie Jar cozy mystery series is set at Christmas. It includes a tree trimming for children in the hospital and many Christmas-themed cupcakes (recipes included - dolled-up cake mixes). The story revolves around baker Hannah's efforts to identify the amnesiac homeless man to whom she opened her door early one morning. Everyone wants to help. Everyone eats a lot of cupcakes. Everyone spends a lot of time specifying their drink orders. Hannah falls out of bed. I liked the way Hannah ultimately identified the homeless man. Although the resolution seemed prolonged, the approach was consistent with her character. There is a helpful tip for keeping your chocolate chips from falling to the bottom of your cupcakes. (And no, not flouring them.) The book is light on plot, repetitive (pages are devoted to characters telling each other what we just learned), implausible, and extremely sweet. But that may be the point. Many thanks to NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Julie Barrett

    Christmas Cupcake Murder A Hannah Swensen Mystery with Recipes! by Joanne Fluke Starts out with Hannah and she's busy with the holidays, trying to help others who give a lot to the community. She is also helping her mother with her antiques and trying to help Carrie also... The real estate agent Al has led them to a business that is no longer running and they check it out to only find a body under the tarps. Hannah remembers the man from his visit to the shop in the morning and he was very polite a Christmas Cupcake Murder A Hannah Swensen Mystery with Recipes! by Joanne Fluke Starts out with Hannah and she's busy with the holidays, trying to help others who give a lot to the community. She is also helping her mother with her antiques and trying to help Carrie also... The real estate agent Al has led them to a business that is no longer running and they check it out to only find a body under the tarps. Hannah remembers the man from his visit to the shop in the morning and he was very polite and they rush him to the hospital and he recovers.... the people in the village all come together and try to find out where Joe belongs. Love the clues leading up to where that is with help from an ingredient in a recipe. Lots of recipes are included. Listing of author's works are highlighted at the beginning of the book, index of recipes at the end and conversion charts at the end. I received this review copy from Kensington Books via NetGalley and this is my honest opinion #ChristmasCupcakeMurder #NetGalley

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jan Fore

    Christmas Cupcake Murder Joanne Fluke September 29, 2020 Joanne Fluke gives us her 26th Hannah Swensen novel. It’s a Christmas holiday adventure with plenty of new recipes. This is an introduction to Hannah Swensen. You thought the Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder was her series start? Fluke has added this new beginning to the Swensen murder sequence. Hannah starts her usual early baking this time of year it is exceptionally busy due to the holidays. She has had it in her mind to make German chocolate Christmas Cupcake Murder Joanne Fluke September 29, 2020 Joanne Fluke gives us her 26th Hannah Swensen novel. It’s a Christmas holiday adventure with plenty of new recipes. This is an introduction to Hannah Swensen. You thought the Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder was her series start? Fluke has added this new beginning to the Swensen murder sequence. Hannah starts her usual early baking this time of year it is exceptionally busy due to the holidays. She has had it in her mind to make German chocolate cupcakes. Her first batch is in the oven when she hears a knock at the back door. Odd she thinks, that is an unknown rap. She usually recognizes the tap of her family and friends’ knock. Each has their own sound and pattern. Upon opening the door she finds a young man, probably in his 20s. He appears to be shabby, possibly homeless. He doesn’t look well. Mike Kingston the local Chief Detective would be unhappy with her just answering the door but she invited him in, inquiring how she could help. He wanted to do work for something to eat. Hannah commented on the cold and thought the first item should be coffee and perhaps a freshly baked cupcake. Thus begins the relationship with John Doe. The entire book is centered around Christmas and all the trimmings. Finding out who John Doe is and working on returning him to his family is the crisis that she, her family, and friends need to resolve. A note to the reader, this book is set before Delores and Carrie open the antique store. Family matters that have transpired in subsequent novels have not happened as yet. If you have read the entire series (or most of it) the plot can sometimes feel like you have read the book before, not so. I rather liked Fluke’s method of giving us a glimpse of Hannah’s life as it began in the early stages of The Cookie Jar. It is also a good one to pick up if you have not read any of her Swensen mysteries or perhaps watched them on the Hallmark Channel. Each has been a pleasant and a fun story to read. If recipes are good as well as the read this one has many as well. Christmas Cupcake Murder by Joanne Fluke will be released by Kensington Books on September 29, 2020. I am appreciative of Kensington for allowing me to read and review #26 in Fluke’s Swensen series. I look forward to each new selection.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Juli

    I get really excited when the annual Christmas Hannah Swenson story comes out....or a new book in the series! I have been visiting Hannah & the crew in Lake Eden, MN since the first book in this series was published in 2000! While not the first culinary cozy series, this one is definitely my favorite....and one of the first! A couple of the most recent books in the series were disappointing (changes in writing quality, bizarre plot choices....things just seemed off), but I am happy to say that th I get really excited when the annual Christmas Hannah Swenson story comes out....or a new book in the series! I have been visiting Hannah & the crew in Lake Eden, MN since the first book in this series was published in 2000! While not the first culinary cozy series, this one is definitely my favorite....and one of the first! A couple of the most recent books in the series were disappointing (changes in writing quality, bizarre plot choices....things just seemed off), but I am happy to say that things in Lake Eden appear to be coming back to their usual feel and quality. Although certain side plots (long time fans of this series know which side plot I am referring to) still has yet to be resolved. Hannah will make a decision someday. I hope....it's been 20 years...get on with it already, Hannah! lol And none of that stupid R-like stuff again! This story is sweet and fun to read! Hannah bakes holiday cookies and cupcakes....and the gang discovers a homeless man who has lost his memory and needs help. So, while Hannah does not find a dead body laying about this time, there is still an enjoyable mystery. Who is Joe? And why can't he remember who he is or how he came to Lake Eden? This story is the usual Christmas holiday filler story.....Joanne Fluke publishes a Christmas Hannah story each year. It's a shorter read than the novels in this series, but a very enjoyable holiday treat! The recipes included between chapters are varied.....everything from colorful pickles to cherry frosted cupcakes! Mmmmmmmm! And the recipes include cute little comments from Hannah and the gang. I was VERY happy to see that the next novel -- Triple Chocolate Cheesecake Murder -- is coming out in February 2021!!!! (I think I gained 3 lbs just reading the title though!) I wonder if The Decision will be made? or hinted at? Or discussed? Or.....anything???? I have a few months to ponder on that..... **I voluntarily read a review copy of this book from Kensington. All opinions expressed are entirely my own. Even this one: Hannah, make up your mind already!**

  8. 4 out of 5

    Madoka Kamimura Mason

    Joanne Fluke brings us back to the small town in Minnesota with Hannah and her family and friends. This is life before Hannah starts finding dead bodies and solving cases. A knock on her back kitchen door brings a new man into her life. Hannah, her mom and Carrie scope out a new storefront to place all the antiques they have been collecting throughout the years. Inside, they find her mystery man unconscious. Hannah finds herself trying to help this man who is suffering from amnesia and recruits Joanne Fluke brings us back to the small town in Minnesota with Hannah and her family and friends. This is life before Hannah starts finding dead bodies and solving cases. A knock on her back kitchen door brings a new man into her life. Hannah, her mom and Carrie scope out a new storefront to place all the antiques they have been collecting throughout the years. Inside, they find her mystery man unconscious. Hannah finds herself trying to help this man who is suffering from amnesia and recruits all the usual suspects to rally with her. It is nice to visit Hannah and the gang at Lake Eden to see where it all began. We get to see what everyone is up to and see how it all began. With the bits of information John Doe gives Hannah and the hospital staff, will she be able to solve this mystery? Is it a case of simple amnesia from a fall, or did something more sinister happen before he got to Lake Eden? If anyone can get to the truth, we know that we can always count on Hannah to figure it out all while helping out her friends and family and serving delicious treats. Joanne Fluke has given us another chapter in the life of Hannah Swenson and those she holds dear. We get to visit Lake Eden and enjoy our time visiting with everyone. As always, my visit with Hannah and everyone is always short. But, I look forward to our next adventure together. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I would like to thank NetGalley and Kensington Books for this privilege.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kristy Weldon

    Thank you to Kensington Books for the gifted review copy of Christmas Cupcake Murder by Joanne Fluke. All opinions are my own. Hannah Swenson is back and she's trying to solve a missing person case. The story goes back in time to before her mother and Carrie own the antique business near her. When a nice man knocks on her back door and asks for work Hannah wants to help him. He's very polite but also very cold and thin. She knows he needs help. Soon "Joe" is hospitalized. He doesn't know his nam Thank you to Kensington Books for the gifted review copy of Christmas Cupcake Murder by Joanne Fluke. All opinions are my own. Hannah Swenson is back and she's trying to solve a missing person case. The story goes back in time to before her mother and Carrie own the antique business near her. When a nice man knocks on her back door and asks for work Hannah wants to help him. He's very polite but also very cold and thin. She knows he needs help. Soon "Joe" is hospitalized. He doesn't know his name or how he got to Lake Eden. It will take Hannah with all of her family and friends to help him. I do recommend the entire series but for anyone new to the series this could work as a stand alone or be read out of order. It is not a continuation of her current storyline so this book will work for all readers. Joanne Fluke has a way with her feel good Hannah Swenson series. The characters are people you would want to be your friend. The town of Lake Eden feels like a family. I read the series because I love the characters. As with all of the books in the Hannah Swenson series, it is full of beautiful recipes. I'm looking forward to trying some of the recipes in Christmas Cupcake Murder. All of the recipes I have tried from previous books and her cookbook have been amazing. Cozy mysteries are perfect for light and fun reads. Mystery & Thrillers Release Date: September 29, 2020

  10. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    Christmas Cupcake Murder by Joanne Fluke is the 26th book in the Hannah Swenson series. I always get so excited when I know a new book is coming out from Ms. Fluke. I have read every single one, including the novellas, and have loved every minute of it. I have been around Hannah and the Lake Eden gang for so long, I feel as of they are part of my family. This book actually takes place before many other books, when Hannah’s Mom and Carrie had yet to have their own antique store, and before Hannah Christmas Cupcake Murder by Joanne Fluke is the 26th book in the Hannah Swenson series. I always get so excited when I know a new book is coming out from Ms. Fluke. I have read every single one, including the novellas, and have loved every minute of it. I have been around Hannah and the Lake Eden gang for so long, I feel as of they are part of my family. This book actually takes place before many other books, when Hannah’s Mom and Carrie had yet to have their own antique store, and before Hannah really got into solving mysteries. This book did not disappoint. I loved the Christmas theme, festivities, and of course the cupcake and cookie recipes!!! My favorite recipe (which I have successfully already made once) was the Cinful Sugar Cookies. They were so easy, and divine. I next want to try the cocktail chex mix recipe. There was more of a mystery plot this time vs the traditional murder/mystery, however it was a nice change from murder and mayhem. It seemed a little more uplifting, too. I enjoyed my time with Hannah and the gang and I look forward to the next book in this series. 5/5 stars Thank you NetGalley and Kensington for this ARC and in return I am submitting my unbiased and voluntary review and opinion. I am posting this review to my GR and Bookbub accounts immediately and will post it to my Amazon and B&N accounts upon publication.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    Christmas Cupcake Murder by Joanne Fluke is the 26th book in the Hannah Swenson series. I always get so excited when I know a new book is coming out from Ms. Fluke. I have read every single one, including the novellas, and have loved every minute of it. I have been around Hannah and the Lake Eden gang for so long, I feel as of they are part of my family. This book actually takes place before many other books, when Hannah’s Mom and Carrie had yet to have their own antique store, and before Hannah Christmas Cupcake Murder by Joanne Fluke is the 26th book in the Hannah Swenson series. I always get so excited when I know a new book is coming out from Ms. Fluke. I have read every single one, including the novellas, and have loved every minute of it. I have been around Hannah and the Lake Eden gang for so long, I feel as of they are part of my family. This book actually takes place before many other books, when Hannah’s Mom and Carrie had yet to have their own antique store, and before Hannah really got into solving mysteries. This book did not disappoint. I loved the Christmas theme, festivities, and of course the cupcake and cookie recipes!!! My favorite recipe (which I have successfully already made once) was the Cinful Sugar Cookies. They were so easy, and divine. I next want to try the cocktail chex mix recipe. There was more of a mystery plot this time vs the traditional murder/mystery, however it was a nice change from murder and mayhem. It seemed a little more uplifting, too. I enjoyed my time with Hannah and the gang and I look forward to the next book in this series. 5/5 stars Thank you NetGalley and Kensington for this ARC and in return I am submitting my unbiased and voluntary review and opinion. I am posting this review to my GR and Bookbub accounts immediately and will post it to my Amazon and B&N accounts upon publication.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Bobbie Kirkland

    Through NetGalley, I received a free copy of CHRISTMAS CUPCAKE MURDER (A Hannah Swenson Mystery Story) by Joanne Fluke in exchange for an honest review. Before Delores Swenson had her antique shop, she had a shed full of antiques with a collapsed roof. Hannah suggests her mother rent an empty storefront to provide temperature-controlled storage and enough space to repair and refinish her tarnished treasures. In viewing a property two doors down from the Cookie Jar, they find the unresponsive bod Through NetGalley, I received a free copy of CHRISTMAS CUPCAKE MURDER (A Hannah Swenson Mystery Story) by Joanne Fluke in exchange for an honest review. Before Delores Swenson had her antique shop, she had a shed full of antiques with a collapsed roof. Hannah suggests her mother rent an empty storefront to provide temperature-controlled storage and enough space to repair and refinish her tarnished treasures. In viewing a property two doors down from the Cookie Jar, they find the unresponsive body of a homeless man who had recently been seen around Lake Eden. A call for help and a hospital stay restores the malnourished man’s physical health; however, he has amnesia caused by a traumatic brain injury and recalls very few details about his life. The Sheriff refuses to take the case since John Doe isn’t, technically, missing and since there is no evidence the traumatic brain injury resulted from foul play. Hannah takes the case and struggles to piece snippets of the man’s memories together while navigating all of the obligations and festivities brought on by the Christmas season. I enjoyed the series and liked this story. I recommend this tale to fans of the series, to fans of Joanne Fluke, and to fans of cozy mysteries featuring Christmas, recipes, bakeries, amnesia, and missing persons. #ChristmasCupcakeMurder #NetGalley

  13. 5 out of 5

    Betsy

    I'm new to the world of Joanne Fluke and I understand this book was a prequel of sorts. I enjoyed the book but the mystery centers around a homeless man who comes into Hanna's bakery asking to do small jobs in exchange for something to eat. A few days later, Hannah finds him in a serious medical state in an abandoned building her mother and friend are looking into leasing. and has him rushed to the hospital The mystery resolves around trying to identify the young man and he has suffered a traumat I'm new to the world of Joanne Fluke and I understand this book was a prequel of sorts. I enjoyed the book but the mystery centers around a homeless man who comes into Hanna's bakery asking to do small jobs in exchange for something to eat. A few days later, Hannah finds him in a serious medical state in an abandoned building her mother and friend are looking into leasing. and has him rushed to the hospital The mystery resolves around trying to identify the young man and he has suffered a traumatic head injury and has amnesia. Hannah and her friends and relatives all try to get "Joe" to remember things and take notes of the memories he does have. The ending seems a bit rushed to me and a bit off as well. But it is a cute holiday story. and I enjoyed meeting Hannah's friends and family in Lake Eden, Minnesota. I'm not a baker but I enjoyed the discussions around coming up with cookies and cupcakes ideas and the author also provides the recipes with quite detailed instructions. I look forward to reading more of the author's books and maybe trying some of her recipes! I received an ARC from Kensington but the opinions expressed are my own.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lorraine

    Many thanks to NetGalley for an advance copy of this novel. This story takes place early in the series before Delores has opened her antiques store. Hannah is working in the Cookie Jar one morning when she gets a visit from a homeless man who asks for work in exchange for food. Seeing that he is very cold and hungry, Hannah gives him food and coffee and finds him a warm sweater and scarf from her lost and found box. A couple of days later, Hannah, Delores and Carrie are checking out an empty stor Many thanks to NetGalley for an advance copy of this novel. This story takes place early in the series before Delores has opened her antiques store. Hannah is working in the Cookie Jar one morning when she gets a visit from a homeless man who asks for work in exchange for food. Seeing that he is very cold and hungry, Hannah gives him food and coffee and finds him a warm sweater and scarf from her lost and found box. A couple of days later, Hannah, Delores and Carrie are checking out an empty storefront for a potential spot for the antiques storage, when they find the homeless man lying under a pile of rags, unconscious and near death. After he's taken to the hospital, he tells them he thinks his name is Joe, but can't remember much else. Doc finds he's had a severe head injury. But Joe has a talent for restoring wood and furniture, so ends up doing odd jobs around the hospital and for Delores. Eventually, Hannah gets enough info from him to find out where he comes from. This was a nice story, but the ending was too rushed with several big holes in the story. But I enjoyed it anyway. It's always nice to get back to Lake Eden.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Julie Barrett

    Christmas Cupcake Murder A Hannah Swensen Mystery with Recipes! by Joanne Fluke Starts out with Hannah and she's busy with the holidays, trying to help others who give a lot to the community. She is also helping her mother with her antiques and trying to help Carrie also... The real estate agent Al has led them to a business that is no longer running and they check it out to only find a body under the tarps. Hannah remembers the man from his visit to the shop in the morning and he was very polite a Christmas Cupcake Murder A Hannah Swensen Mystery with Recipes! by Joanne Fluke Starts out with Hannah and she's busy with the holidays, trying to help others who give a lot to the community. She is also helping her mother with her antiques and trying to help Carrie also... The real estate agent Al has led them to a business that is no longer running and they check it out to only find a body under the tarps. Hannah remembers the man from his visit to the shop in the morning and he was very polite and they rush him to the hospital and he recovers.... the people in the village all come together and try to find out where Joe belongs. Love the clues leading up to where that is with help from an ingredient in a recipe. Lots of recipes are included. Listing of author's works are highlighted at the beginning of the book, index of recipes at the end and conversion charts at the end. I received this review copy from Kensington Books via NetGalley and this is my honest opinion #ChristmasCupcakeMurder #NetGalley

  16. 4 out of 5

    Debby

    The "Christmas Cupcake Murder" is (Hannah Swensen, #26) and I have read 25 of them. Since Hannah has been married and done wrong, I was ready to see where that would take her ( hopefully into Norman’s arms) but instead this books takes us back to the early years. If you are a Hallmark Christmas Movie fan then this is the book for you. It has a holiday spirit, wonderful recipes, interesting characters, and a really good mystery. The plot is light and sweet and unlike the others in the series ther The "Christmas Cupcake Murder" is (Hannah Swensen, #26) and I have read 25 of them. Since Hannah has been married and done wrong, I was ready to see where that would take her ( hopefully into Norman’s arms) but instead this books takes us back to the early years. If you are a Hallmark Christmas Movie fan then this is the book for you. It has a holiday spirit, wonderful recipes, interesting characters, and a really good mystery. The plot is light and sweet and unlike the others in the series there is no murder. This Christmas time cozy mystery is about a nice guy who has lost his memory and the whole gang pitches in to help him regain it. As always I enjoyed my time with Hannah and this group of characters, although I did miss Hannah’s little sister who is one of my favorites, and I look forward to the next book in this series. Thank you Kensington Books via NetGalley for my copy. #ChristmasCupcakeMurder #NetGalley

  17. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Plunkett

    Christmas came early for me this year! Thanks to Kensington Books and NetGalley for this advanced copy of Christmas Cupcake Murder to review. Joanne Fluke’s Hannah Swensen series is the gold standard of cozy mysteries and Christmas Cupcake Murder is an instant Christmas classic! Hannah Swensen and her pals are at it again solving a case around Christmas time. This mystery takes us back in time to before Hannah started solving crimes. The cookies and story are as sweet as ever, Hannah helps a Joh Christmas came early for me this year! Thanks to Kensington Books and NetGalley for this advanced copy of Christmas Cupcake Murder to review. Joanne Fluke’s Hannah Swensen series is the gold standard of cozy mysteries and Christmas Cupcake Murder is an instant Christmas classic! Hannah Swensen and her pals are at it again solving a case around Christmas time. This mystery takes us back in time to before Hannah started solving crimes. The cookies and story are as sweet as ever, Hannah helps a John Doe figure out who he is while whipping up some delicious recipes along the way. I loved getting to see my favorite midwestern bunch at an earlier, simpler time in the series. From Blue Apple Pie to Vegas Cookies there’s a recipe for everyone in this book! Pick this one up today and pair with your favorite hot drink and cozy seat!

  18. 5 out of 5

    FMSWarrior

    When a homeless man knocks on the bakery door early one morning, Hannah feeds him and gives him a small job to do, before he disappears with the promise to return the next morning. Later that night Hannah takes her mother and friend to look at store front they are interested in and they find the homeless man clinging to life. After Joe is admitted to the hospital they discover he has amnesia and the whole gang comes together to help solve the mystery. Can they find Joe’s identity and family and When a homeless man knocks on the bakery door early one morning, Hannah feeds him and gives him a small job to do, before he disappears with the promise to return the next morning. Later that night Hannah takes her mother and friend to look at store front they are interested in and they find the homeless man clinging to life. After Joe is admitted to the hospital they discover he has amnesia and the whole gang comes together to help solve the mystery. Can they find Joe’s identity and family and get him home in time for the holidays, or will they find someone who wanted to get rid of Joe and become collateral damage as they finish the job once and for all? A fun read with a good plot set at Christmas time in Minnesota. The recipes for items in the bakeshop are included and will have you baking up a storm to enjoy the treats right along with your reading.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Maureen

    A cute Christmas treat without much meat to it. I've read a lot of books in this series and consider Fluke to be the godmother or the cozy mystery world. She's been around forever and usually hits home runs every time. However, this book was not like her others. The character's voices and personalities are different than they normally are and there are a few strange techniques used in the narrative. There is a huge cheese factor in this one as well. Everyone is completely dorky and the most inno A cute Christmas treat without much meat to it. I've read a lot of books in this series and consider Fluke to be the godmother or the cozy mystery world. She's been around forever and usually hits home runs every time. However, this book was not like her others. The character's voices and personalities are different than they normally are and there are a few strange techniques used in the narrative. There is a huge cheese factor in this one as well. Everyone is completely dorky and the most innocent jokes or puns get huge laughs. It just wasn't up to the normal quality of a Joanne Fluke book. I don't feel like I've visited Lake Eden this time. That said, it's a sweet book for the holidays and will help put you in the festive spirit. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this book.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Myarn

    Christmas Cupcake Murder by Joanne Fluke 5 stars This is a Hannah Swensen Cozy Mystery and it is kind of a prequel of sorts. Ms. Fluke sometimes writes books that fill in gaps in between mysteries. This takes place during a time when the The Cookie Jar is in business, but Delores (Hannah's mother) and Carrie (Norman's mother) have not opened their antique shop yet. It is a mystery of a man who has lost his memory. Hannah and her gang seek to help him find his way home. A heartwarming light myster Christmas Cupcake Murder by Joanne Fluke 5 stars This is a Hannah Swensen Cozy Mystery and it is kind of a prequel of sorts. Ms. Fluke sometimes writes books that fill in gaps in between mysteries. This takes place during a time when the The Cookie Jar is in business, but Delores (Hannah's mother) and Carrie (Norman's mother) have not opened their antique shop yet. It is a mystery of a man who has lost his memory. Hannah and her gang seek to help him find his way home. A heartwarming light mystery with recipes that are fun to read [even if I can't cook them]. I enjoyed this a great deal and look forward to the next Hannah Swensen Mystery - Triple Chocolate Cheesecake Murder coming out in early 2021. Thank you Netgalley and Kensington Books for this ARC.

  21. 4 out of 5

    May

    Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington books for my copy of Christmas Cupcake Murder by Joanne Fluke in exchange for an honest review. This published September 29, 2020 This is par for the course of the recent Christmas-themed Hannah books. They aren’t my favorite, just because they are shorter (I am greedy!). I also haven’t loved the flashbacks because I struggle with some of the continuity errors, but then wonder maybe I am just forgetting. However, I don’t think Hannah had a cell phone before h Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington books for my copy of Christmas Cupcake Murder by Joanne Fluke in exchange for an honest review. This published September 29, 2020 This is par for the course of the recent Christmas-themed Hannah books. They aren’t my favorite, just because they are shorter (I am greedy!). I also haven’t loved the flashbacks because I struggle with some of the continuity errors, but then wonder maybe I am just forgetting. However, I don’t think Hannah had a cell phone before her mother had her antique shop. Not that it’s super important, I just find it distracting. That being said, this still has the hallmarks of a great Hannah book and I am ready for the next one! Also, there are so many great cupcake recipes in there!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Angela Williamson

    I was so thrilled when I got the chance to read Christmas Cupcake Murder by Joanne Fluke in advance. Thank you NetGalley and Kensington Books for the chance to read this book for a fair and honest review. Reading Hannah Swenson cozy makes me feel like I'm at home with Hannah and the gang. This book is actually set before Hannah started solving so many murders and there was not a murder in it! After discovering a John Doe with her Mother and Carrie while touring a space for the antique store, Hann I was so thrilled when I got the chance to read Christmas Cupcake Murder by Joanne Fluke in advance. Thank you NetGalley and Kensington Books for the chance to read this book for a fair and honest review. Reading Hannah Swenson cozy makes me feel like I'm at home with Hannah and the gang. This book is actually set before Hannah started solving so many murders and there was not a murder in it! After discovering a John Doe with her Mother and Carrie while touring a space for the antique store, Hannah wants to help him find out who he is and where he is from. Along the way, she is getting ready for Christmas and baking up a storm. Of course, there are amazing recipes and I can't wait to try some of them out. I enjoyed this one as much as ever and can't wait for another trip back to Lake Eden.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Shaun

    If you subtract all of the recipes and talk of food, there really is not very much substance to the story, which is unfortunately how the past few books have been going. Also, there have now been "flashback" books recently for the series. It makes me wonder if the series has run its course (this is book #26 in the series, so it does have a respectable number of books in it!) as the overall story arc that was created earlier in the series doesn't really seem to get moved forward very much anymore If you subtract all of the recipes and talk of food, there really is not very much substance to the story, which is unfortunately how the past few books have been going. Also, there have now been "flashback" books recently for the series. It makes me wonder if the series has run its course (this is book #26 in the series, so it does have a respectable number of books in it!) as the overall story arc that was created earlier in the series doesn't really seem to get moved forward very much anymore. I received an advance copy of this title from the publisher, through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    This is a light little mystery involving an amnesia victim that is a quick read with some pleasant characters ... not much suspense or intrigue but it does have, and what got my five-star rating, wonderful recipes. Most are Christmas oriented but they can be adapted for any time of the year. I loved the fact that they involved shortcuts, lots of tips, actual brands that were used and some unusual ingredients that make the mostly sweet deserts more interesting. Can't wait to try the blue apple pi This is a light little mystery involving an amnesia victim that is a quick read with some pleasant characters ... not much suspense or intrigue but it does have, and what got my five-star rating, wonderful recipes. Most are Christmas oriented but they can be adapted for any time of the year. I loved the fact that they involved shortcuts, lots of tips, actual brands that were used and some unusual ingredients that make the mostly sweet deserts more interesting. Can't wait to try the blue apple pie and the raisin rum cupcakes. A nice, relaxing story with some treats on the side ... what more could you want? I won a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway for this honest review.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    I really love this series, especially the holiday themed books. This one is set back in time, before any of the Mike/Norman/Ross drama so don’t expect any progress on that point. We learn how Hannah’s mom came to open her own antique store and there is a mystery revolving around a new man in town who is hurt and has amnesia. Holiday recipes feature throughout, Mike and Norman are both around and the holiday setting makes for a story that any Hannah Swenson fan will enjoy reading. Thank you Kensi I really love this series, especially the holiday themed books. This one is set back in time, before any of the Mike/Norman/Ross drama so don’t expect any progress on that point. We learn how Hannah’s mom came to open her own antique store and there is a mystery revolving around a new man in town who is hurt and has amnesia. Holiday recipes feature throughout, Mike and Norman are both around and the holiday setting makes for a story that any Hannah Swenson fan will enjoy reading. Thank you Kensington for the ARC!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Steph Elias

    Christmas Cupcake Murder is a deliciously fun Chrtismastime cozy mystery. It has a holiday spirit, wonderful recipes, interesting characters, and a really good mystery. I really can't say anything bad about it. It was just a fun read. The recipes after each chapter were so cool, and I can't wait to try some of them this holiday season. This is my first Joanne Fluke book and it will definitely not be my last, I really enjoyed her writing.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Frances

    This was a very good book if you like hallmark movies this would definitely be a book you would love it’s a very good wholesome book and I will be buying more in this series and the recipes are an amazing bonus. PSA, have some cake, cupcakes or cookies because you will be craving them as you read this book or better yet use one of the recipes in here I definitely want to try the chocolate surprise cupcakes

  28. 4 out of 5

    Nicki - The Overflowing Bookcase

    In typical Hannah Swensen style, the readers are given a great storyline and a bunch of wonderful sounding recipes that i myself cannot wait to try. However what is different about this the 26th book in the series is the loose definition of murder. While there is no dead body there was still a heart warming family inspired tale that will please everyone who picks up the book. I just love this series.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Amy Wigand

    Another flashback to earlier in Hannah's life., complete with Mike and Norman madly trying to get Hannah to fall in love with them. This time all the usual characters are trying to help a homeless man with amnesia remember who he is. I really enjoyed it, and found myself laughing at the craziness that is Hannah's life quite a bit. Now I'm dying to make white chocolate eggnog cupcakes and cinful sugar cookies though.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Paula

    It has been a while since I've read a Joanne Fluke book, but I was able to dive right into Christmas Cupcake Murder with Hannah Swenson and the characters I remember. I love the recipes included in each chapter. Christmas Cupcake Murder was a solid, quick read with good characters and a good mystery. I enjoyed escaping for a few hours and reading this book and savoring the recipes! #ChristmasCupcakeMurder #NetGalley

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