Hannah Swensen Mysteries by Joanne Fluke

I am hooked on these cozy mysteries. No gore, no heavy drama, just fun relationships and a murder thrown in for good measure!

Hannah is a small town girl – well, woman – who came home from college and opened The Cookie Jar. The Cookie Jar is a cafe style baked goods and coffee restaurant. She and her business partner, Lisa, bake scrumptious goodies all day long and the people of Lake Eden, Minnesota adore them. The cookies and the people.

Hannah is not your typical heroine. She is not petite and helpless, she is not gorgeous and blonde, she is above average; however, and she stands out in a crowd. Hannah is tall, she has unruly, curly, red hair, and she has a tendency to be a bit soft. She is not anorexic. She is curvy.

Hannah has a propensity for finding dead bodies and “snooping” around until she discovers the culprits behind them. She also has quite a few men in her life. The local lawman, the neighborly dentist, and a rescued cat named Moishe. Hannah is also surrounded by family. Her mother runs the local antiques store, her married younger sister is a “real estate professional,” and her youngest sister is still in college.

What I like is the quirky personality given to Hannah AND the fact that Fluke shares the recipes created and written about in the books. I plan to buy the cookbook as well. I want to create some and re-create some with gluten free substitutes. Can’t replace the sugar and butter!

Fun reads, not hard, no gut wrenching drama, just good old fashioned giggles and easy reading.