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Joanne Fluke brings us her Blueberry Muffin Murder... A real treat!

But who is this author who loves cakes as much as she does mysteries?

Joanne Fischmann, better known by her pen name Joanne Fluke, née Gibson, is a mystery writer born in Swanville, Minnesota in 1943. She studied at Saint Cloud State University and in 1973 received a degree in psychology from California State University at San Bernardino.

Joanne Fluke, Blueberry Muffin Murder
Joanne Fluke

Joanne Fluke is also known to her readers as Jo Gibson, under which name she writes horror stories for young adults. But her breakthrough came in 2000 with her first novel (with her amateur sleuth and baker, Hannah Swensen), Chocolate Chips Cookie Murder in which she had the good idea of including recipes in addition to a very cosy mystery story, much appreciated by a gourmet readership eager for detective stories.

Since 2000, again with Hannah Swensen, Joanne has concocted over twenty novels, each with a title as appetising as the next... Five TV movies have been made from her novels.

Which is our favourite Joanne Fluke novel?

Blueberry Muffin Murder - we love muffins, too bad for you - is one of our favourites. It was recently published in 2021.

Blueberry Muffin Murder
Front Cover Blueberry Muffin Murder by Joanne Fluke

The plot?

Lake Eden is about to celebrate its first Winter Carnival. There will be ice sports, children's activities and, of course, delicious treats from the cookie jar, lovingly prepared by the charming Hannah Swensen. The icing on the cake is that Connie McIntyre, star of a famous cookery show, will be there to sign her book. The whole town is out in force - even Hannah's mother, who usually spends her time trying to marry her off. But when Connie McIntyre turns up dead in Hannah's shop, she can't resist the urge to investigate for long, and it's an investigation full of twists and turns.

A mystery to solve, a bounty of sweets and new, criminally delicious baking recipes to make at home. What better way to get through the winter?


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