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Hannah Swenson lives in Lake Eden Minnesota and is the owner of The Cookie Jar the most popular bakery in town. She has a cat called Moishe, two sisters, Andrea and Michelle and her mother, Delores, who is always trying to marry her off. The trouble is, she's always finding dead bodies and they nearly always have some of her cookies laying around them.
When a body is found behind her bakery, Hannah takes it upon herself to find out who the murderer is and what was their motive, plus she doesn't want her cookies to get a bad reputation. With the help of her sisters and various friends, and not without getting into some sticky situations, Hannah gets to the bottom of the murder and clears the Cookie Jar's reputation.
I don't want to go into too much detail about the plot as that would spoil your enjoyment of reading the book.
I first came across this book in Orlando International Airport whilst waiting for my flight home. It was the title that grabbed my attention first, Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder, who wouldn't go for a book with chocolate in the title, as well as the bright yellow cover and I've been a fan of Joanne Fluke ever since. Her style of writing is very easy to read, her characters are believeable without being too over the top. And eventhough there are murders being commited she doesn't go into too much graphic detail of what the body looks like, which to me is a bonus as she leaves it up to your imagination.
As well as the story, there are the recipes for some of the things that Hannah cooks throughout the book, complete with instructions. As Hannah is American, then the weights are those used in the USA, however there is a conversion table for volume, weight and oven temperatures at the back of the book.
Imagine Hannah as a modern day Miss Marple, she snoops around and stumbles on clues without really knowing what she's doing, but she always gets her man or woman in the end.