Red Velvet Cupcake Murder (A Hannah Swensen Mystery #16) (Paperback)

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This is book number 16 in the A Hannah Swensen Mystery series.


The Queen of Culinary Capers, New York Times bestselling author Joanne Fluke, concocts a criminally delicious mix of sleuthing, humor, and mouthwatering recipes in this classic Hannah Swensen Mystery, wrapped in a beautiful trade paperback package!

It’s been a warmer-than-usual summer in Lake Eden, and Hannah finds out the hard way that nothing cools off a hot summer day like a cold-blooded murder…

It’s a muggy summer evening in Lake Eden, Minnesota, and Hannah Swensen is attending the Grand Opening of the refurbished Albion Hotel, where her famous Red Velvet cupcakes are being served in the Red Velvet lounge. The event is abuzz with the surprise arrival of Doctor Bev, a local who fled in shame after she two-timed her fiancé one too many times. But the party’s over when a guest takes a dive off the rooftop garden . . .

The victim is the sheriff’s secretary, and the question is, did she fall—or was she pushed? The only one who isn’t preoccupied with the case is Doctor Bev. She’s too busy trying to stir things up with her old flame, Norman—who’s reunited with Hannah. Just as Hannah’s patience runs thin, Bev is found dead at the bottom of Miller’s Pond . . .

The only clue the police have is the Red Velvet cupcake Bev ate right before she died—and the tranquilizers someone seems to have baked into it. To everyone’s shock, Hannah is now the target of a murder investigation—and she’s feeling the heat in a way she never has before . . .

Features over Ten Cookie and Dessert Recipes from The Cookie Jar, including Red Velvet Surprise Cupcakes and Chocolate Covered Peanut Cookies!

About the Author

JOANNE FLUKE is the New York Times bestselling author of the Hannah Swensen mysteries, which include Caramel Pecan Roll Murder, Triple Chocolate Cheesecake Murder, Coconut Layer Cake 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. She is also the recipient of Mystery Writers of America’s Grand Master Award.  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 Hannah Swensen Mystery Series
“The mystery is page-turning AND the bakery treats are mouthwatering.” Jules Herbert, B&N Reads on Caramel Pecan Roll Murder
“A good puzzle, lots of delicious recipes, and time spent with Hannah’s beloved fan-favorite cat, Moishe…Fluke reinforces her place as the queen of culinary cozies.” —Publishers Weekly on Caramel Pecan Roll Murder
“Naturally, there are suspects aplenty, but Hannah wants to make sure the Lake Eden police find the right one. Will her investigation place the plucky baker in danger? You betcha.” —Kirkus Reviews on Caramel Pecan Roll Murder
“Fluke’s fans call her ‘the queen of culinary capers’—and her stories have shown me just how cozy mysteries can be when food
is at the heart of them.” —Bon Appetit
“Fans of the long-running cozy series will enjoy the baking frame, the delicious-sounding recipes interspersed throughout the story.”Booklist on Caramel Pecan Roll Murder
"The coziest cozies remain those by Joanne Fluke." —The New York Times Book Review on Banana Cream Pie Murder
“Fans of the beloved long-running series will revel in another encounter with the familiar cast of characters, all the while relishing the baking frame and the delicious-sounding recipes that are interspersed throughout.” —Booklist on Triple Chocolate Cheesecake Murder
“Another sweet-tempered outing filled with tempting sweets.” —Kirkus Reviews on Triple Chocolate Cheesecake Murder
“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
"Fluke demonstrates why she's considered the queen of culinary cozies." —Publishers Weekly on Coconut Layer Cake Murder
"Cozy mysteries don't get any cozier than Joanne Fluke's, and her latest in the Hannah Swensen series is no exception...The continued antics of Lake Eden's quirky characters make Coconut Layer Cake Murder a treat—everything a cozy mystery should be." —ForeWord Reviews
"Congratulations to Joanne Fluke for pulling us in once again into a world where food is plentiful, true friends are faithful, and someone is always there to help when problems come along." —The Food Channel on Chocolate Cream Pie Murder
“My favorite guilty-pleasure reading material.” —Eater
“Full of delicious recipes, this novel is sure to give sweet-tooth sleuths a lot to dig in to!” —Woman’s World on Banana Cream Pie Murder

Product Details
ISBN: 9781496743084
ISBN-10: 1496743083
Publisher: Kensington Cozies
Publication Date: January 23rd, 2024
Pages: 336
Language: English
Series: A Hannah Swensen Mystery