Throwing herself into the holiday season in the aftermath of her husband Ross' disappearance, Hannah Swensen investigates the murder of her husband's television-station assistant, who had been driving Ross' car and working from his office at the time of his death. Includes recipes. By a New York Times best-selling author. - (Baker & Taylor)
Thanksgiving has a way of thawing the frostiest hearts in Lake Eden. But that won’t be happening for newlywed Hannah Swensen Barton—not after her husband suddenly disappears . . .
Hannah has felt as bitter as November in Minnesota since Ross vanished without a trace and left their marriage in limbo. Still, she throws herself into a baking frenzy for the sake of pumpkin pie and Thanksgiving-themed treats while endless holiday orders pour into The Cookie Jar. Hannah even introduces a raspberry Danish pastry to the menu, and P.K., her husband’s assistant at KCOW-TV, will be one of the first to sample it. But instead of taking a bite, P.K., who is driving Ross’s car and using his desk at work, is murdered. Was someone plotting against P.K. all along or did Ross dodge a deadly dose of sweet revenge? Hannah will have to quickly sift through a cornucopia of clues and suspects to stop a killer from bringing another murder to the table . . . - (Random House, Inc.)
Heartbroken by the unexplained disappearance of her new husband, Ross, Hannah Swensen Barton soldiers on, running her bakery and coffee shop while trying to locate her missing spouse. When Ross' assistant, P. K., dies after eating poisoned candy left in Ross' desk at work, police detective Mike Kingston and Hannah must first determine who the intended victim was—Ross or P. K.? Hannah and her friends and family members investigate, interviewing possible suspects in P. K.'s murder while trying to locate the missing Ross from clues he left behind. Along the way to identifying the killer, the self-esteem-challenged Hannah broods about what she might have done to cause Ross to leave, all the while baking up a vast array of yummy cookies and other treats (mouth-watering recipes included). Another satisfying entry in the long-running series with its small-town Minnesota frame, familiar cast of well-drawn characters, and details of baking and running a bakery. A final twist will have fans eagerly awaiting the next installment in this ever-popular cozy series. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.