Red Velvet Cupcake Murder

This summer has been warmer than usual in Lake Eden, Minnesota, and Hannah Swensen is trying to beat the heat both in and out of her bakery kitchen. But she’s about to find out the hard way that nothing cools off a hot summer day like cold-blooded murder…

It’s a hot, muggy evening, and the last thing Hannah wants to do is squeeze into a pair of pantyhose for the grand opening of the refurbished Albion Hotel. But with Hannah’s famous red velvet cupcakes being served in the hotel’s new Red Velvet lounge, she can’t bring herself to back out.

The party starts off with a bang with the unexpected arrival of Doctor Bev, a Lake Eden legend who left town in shame after she two-timed her fiancé one too many times. Bev’s splashy appearance on the arm of a wealthy investor is the talk of the night. But the gossip comes to a screeching halt when a partygoer takes a mysterious dive off the hotel’s rooftop garden.

The victim is the sheriff’s secretary, Barbara Donnelly, and she is barely clinging to life. The question is, did she fall—or was she pushed? As the police investigate, the only one who isn’t preoccupied with the case is Doctor Bev. She’s too busy trying to stir things up with her old flame Norman, who’s reunited with Hannah.

Just as Hannah’s patience with Bev runs dangerously thin, her rival is found dead at the bottom of Miller’s Pond. The only clue the police have is the red velvet cupcake Bev ate right before she died—and the tranquilizers someone seems to have baked into it. To everyone’s shock, Hannah is now the unlikely target of a murder investigation—and she’s feeling the heat in a way she never has before.

Editorial Reviews

“Even when she’s in pantyhose, Hannah’s grit and quick thinking once more save the day.”

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Author Biography

Joanne Fluke is the New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty novels and is best known for her Hannah Swensen mysteries. There are over fifteen books in the series, including The Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder, The Strawberry Shortcake Murder, The Blueberry Muffin Murder, and The Cinnamon Roll Murder. She has written more than thirty other novels and two novellas, “Candy Cane Murder” and “Gingerbread Cookie Murder.” Before becoming a writer, Fluke worked as a public school teacher, a psychologist, a screenwriter, and a production assistant. She currently lives in Southern California.

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Suzanne Toren has recorded over 900 audiobooks. She has performed on Broadway and in regional theaters in works penned by Shakespeare, Molière, and Arthur Miller. She has also appeared on Law & Order and in various soap operas. She was awarded the Narrator of the Year Award for her audiobook recordings for the Library of Congress and has earned more than two dozen Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine.

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