Hannah Swensen Mysteries: All the books in Joanna Fluke’s series

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The Hannah Swensen series is a cozy mystery series written by Joanne Fluke. The series is also sometimes called the Cookie Jar Mystery Series.

Reading Hannah Swensen Series in Order

The publication order of the Hannah Swensen mystery series is almost the same as the chronological order, except for two stories.

Christmas Cake Murder is a prequel book published seven years after the first Hannah Swensen book. The short story Candy for Christmas was published in 2008, with the mass paperback edition of Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder and takes place between the first and the second book.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder (2001)
Candy for Christmas (2008, short story)
Strawberry Shortcake Murder (2002)
Blueberry Muffin Murder (2002)
Lemon Meringue Pie Murder (2003)
Fudge Cupcake Murder (2004)
Sugar Cookie Murder (2004)
Peach Cobbler Murder (2005)
Cherry Cheesecake Murder (2006)
Key Lime Pie Murder (2007)
Candy Cane Murder (2007, short story)
Carrot Cake Murder (2008)
Cream Puff Murder (2009)
Plum Pudding Murder (2009)
Apple Turnover Murder (2010)
Gingerbread Cookie Murder (2010, short story)

Devil’s Food Cake Murder (2011)
Cinnamon Roll Murder (2012)
Red Velvet Cupcake Murder (2013)
Joanne Fluke’s Lake Eden Cookbook (2013, includes recipes and a short story)
Blackberry Pie Murder (2014)
Double Fudge Brownie Murder (2015)
Wedding Cake Murder (2016)
Christmas Caramel Murder (2016)
Banana Cream Pie Murder (2017)
Raspberry Danish Murder (2018)
Christmas Cake Murder (2018, prequel story)
Chocolate Cream Pie Murder (2019)
Christmas Sweets (2019, Short Story)
Coconut Layer Cake Murder (2020)
Christmas Cupcake Murder (2020)
Triple Chocolate Cheesecake Murder (2021)
Caramel Pecan Roll Murder (2022)
Pink Lemonade Cake Murder (2023)

The Story of Hannah Swensen

Take one amateur sleuth. Mix in some eccentric Minnesota locals. Add a generous dollop of crackling suspense, and you’ve got the recipe for this mystery series featuring Hannah Swensen, the red-haired, cookie-baking heroine whose gingersnaps are almost as tart as her comments and whose penchant for solving crime is definitely stirring things up.

At first, Hannah is a woman trying to dodge her mother’s attempts to marry her off, while running The Cookie Jar, Lake Eden’s most popular bakery. She became an amateur sleuth after Ron LaSalle, the beloved deliveryman from the Cozy Cow Dairy, is found murdered behind her bakery—with Hannah’s famous Chocolate Chip Crunchies scattered around him. She’s determined not to let her cookies get a bad reputation, so she sets out to track down a killer. It was maybe her first, but not the last crime Hannah will resolve!

More about the Hannah Swensen series

Does the Hannah Swensen series need to be read in order?

It is recommended to follow the publication order for first-time reader. Writer Joanna Fluke published a prequel titled Christmas Cake Murder almost two decades after the launch of the series.

If the story takes place before Hannah opened the Cookie Jar, it is better to be familiar with the characters to appreciate more the story.

How many books are there in the Hannah Swensen series?

Harry Swensen made her debut in 2001 in the book Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder. The cozy mystery series now consists of 29 books (including the one to be published!)

Where can I find Hannah Swensen’s short stories and novellas?

Joanna Fluke published several short stories/novellas throughout the years, but there is not, at this date, a book collecting all of them. Here where you can find all those stories:

– “Candy for Christmas” was included as a bonus read in a paperback edition of Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder (2008).
– “The Twelve Desserts of Christmas” was first published in the collection Sugar and Spice (2006). Since, the story has been reprinted in the anthology Christmas Sweets (2019).
– “Candy Cane Murder” was published in the festive collection of holiday whodunit of the same name in 2007.
– “Gingerbread Cookie Murder” was also published in a merry collection of mysteries of the same name in 2010.

Has the Hannah Swensen books series ended?

The Hannah Swensen series is still ongoing, with the next book Pink Lemonade Cake Murder, announced for 2023.

Is there an adaptation of the Hannah Swensen books series?

Hannah Swensen doesn’t only bake in the pages of Joanne Fluke’s books, she’s also cooking on the screen for Hallmark!

The cozy mysteries series has been adapted as a television film series airing on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries where Hannah is played by Alison Sweeney. The first five films were aired under the title Murder, She Baked. After a four-year hiatus, the series made its return as the Hannah Swensen Mysteries.

Alison Sweeney as Hannah Swensen in Sweet Revenge: A Hannah Swensen Mystery.

About the author of the Hannah Swensen series

Who is Joanne Fluke?

Joanne Fluke is one of the pen name of American writer Joanne Fischmann, née Gibson. Like her popular heroine, Joanne Fluke grew up in a small town in rural Minnesota.

According to her website, “While pursuing her writing career, Joanne has worked as: a public school teacher, a psychologist, a musician, a private detective’s assistant, a corporate, legal, and pharmaceutical secretary, a short order cook, a florist’s assistant, a caterer and party planner, a computer consultant on a now-defunct operating system, a production assistant on a TV quiz show, half of a screenwriting team with her husband, and a mother, wife, and homemaker.”

Joanne’s grandmother and mother were both bakers, and she quickly learned to bake and create original recipes for her books.

What has Joanne Fluke written beyond the Hannah Swensen series?

The Hannah Swensen mysteries series is Joanne Fluke’s most notable work. Under that pen name, she has also written stand-alone novels, mostly before launching the Hannah Swensen series.

She wrote several regency romance novels as Kathryn Kirkwood, and teen thrillers under the pseudonym Jo Gibson.


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