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I told you I’d be back this week for a book review! Double Fudge Brownie Murder is written by author Joanne Fluke. She is known for her New York Times bestselling series of the Hannah Swensen mysteries. I hate to say that before I got the opportunity to review this book, I never read one of Joanne’s novels.
BUT, I have to say that I really enjoyed this one! Although, I do have to warn you, Hannah works at The Cookie Jar, her bakery and talks about and eats food… A LOT! You will get hungry reading this book! LOL.
Lucky for you (and me!) Joanne (or Hannah) gives you recipes to some of her most famous creations and then some from The Cookie Jar! The recipe for Double Fudge Brownies was what inspired me to make my Double Fudge Double Mint Brownies with just a couple tweaks from the original recipe! Check out the recipe by clicking on the image below:
They are truly a decadent treat!! For the review I am not going to get into much detail. I really hate when I read book reviews and they just give everything away! So I’ll just give you a quick run down of the story in Double Fudge Brownie Murder.
This is the 18th book for the series. Hannah Swensen lives in a small town in Minnesota, Lake Eden.
She owns and works at The Cookie Jar, a small but very successful bakery. The story opens with a big surprise as her mother, Dolores is getting married! The groom, Doc King is sweeping Hannah, her mother and sisters off to Las Vegas for an elopement.
While in Las Vegas, Hannah is reunited with an old friend from college, Ross who Hannah had a huge thing for in college and had kept in contact ever since. Ross and Hannah end up getting romantically involved and he tells her he will be moving soon to her town! Finally, Hannah feels like things are falling into place, if only her upcoming trial will turn out the way she hopes.
After the wedding and back home, the trial is falling heavily on her shoulders and nervous as ever. When the trial date finally arrives, the Judge standing in ends up murdered while Hannah, waiting patiently alone outside his chambers rushes in to help.
Now, Hannah, the number one suspect in a new murder trial tries to piece together “who done it” to save herself and finally, clear her name.
I have to say, I was a little confused at some points because I hadn’t read the first 17 books. BUT, I think Joanne does do a good job of reminding the reader of things that happened from the previous stories.
I really enjoyed this book and I think I will start from the beginning!
If you were curious about the winner from my last post, they have been contacted already, congrats!!
I hope I didn’t give too much away. Please go check out the book for yourself! It is now available on ereaders, audio books and on book shelves. I even saw it front and center at Target today! Please learn more about the publisher and author below:
Here is some info about the author, Joanne Fluke:
Joanne Fluke is the New York Times bestselling author of the Hannah Swensen mysteries, which include Apple Turnover Murder, Cream Puff Murder, Cinnamon Roll Murder, and the book that started it all, Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder. Like Hannah Swensen, Joanne Fluke was born and raised in a small town in rural Minnesota, but now lives in Southern California.
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