It's Christmas many years ago, and topping young Hannah Swensen's wish list is becoming the go-to baker in Lake Eden, Minnesota. But as Hannah finds out, revisiting holiday memories can be murder . . . With her dream of opening The Cookie Jar taking shape, Hannah's life matches the hectic December hustle and bustle in Lake Eden-especially when she agrees to help recreate a spectacular Christmas Ball from the past in honor of Essie Granger, an elderly local in hospice care. But instead of poring over decadent dessert recipes for the merry festivities, she instantly becomes enthralled by Essie's old notebooks and the tale of a woman escaping danger on the streets of New York. Hannah's surprised by Essie's secret talent for penning crime fiction. She's even more surprised when the story turns real. As Hannah prepares to run a bakery and move out of her mother's house, it'll be a true miracle if she can prevent another Yuletide disaster by solving a mystery as dense as a Christmas fruitcake . . .
American author Joanne Fluke has written several works using pen names. Her given, actual name, is Joanne Gibson Fischmann, born in 1943 in Swanvile, Minnesota. Under pen name, Joanne Fluke, she is most recognized for her mystery series, Hannah Swensen, based around a small town bakery. Five Hallmark Channel movies have been made from Fluke's Swensen series. She has written under the other pseudonyms of John Fischer, R. J. Fischer, Jo Gibson, Chris Hunter, Gina Jackson and Kathryn Kirkwood.
Fluke attended St. Cloud State University, and earned a B.A. Degree in psychology in 1973 from California State University. She had several second jobs while she worked at building her writing career, but her most important titles were mother, wife and homemaker. She lives in Southern California with her television writer husband, Ruel E. Fischmann, her children and step-children.
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