Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder
  • # of Books:
  • First Book:
    April 2000
  • Latest Book:
    August 2023
  • Genres:
    Cozy Amateur Sleuth Mystery
  • Setting:
  • Characters:
    Hannah Swensen, bakery owner
  • Series Rating:
  • Description:
    Are you looking for a fun food-themed cozy mystery series? Then a Hannah Swensen Mystery is for you. Set in Minnesota, Hannah is a baker and amateur sleuth who runs a local shop called The Cookie Jar in Lake Eden, a heroine who has a penchant for solving crimes.

    Five films for the Hallmark Movie Channel, collectively called “Murder, She Baked”, are based on the Hannah Swensen Mystery series.

    Joanne Fluke, author of the series, is one of the pen names of Joanne Fischmann. Joanne is a prolific writer with over 40 titles, most of them part of this series.
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The Hannah Swensen Series in Order (32 Books)

Order Book Date Rating
1 4
2 4
3 4.5
4 4.5
5 4.5
6 4
7 4.5
8 4.5
8.5 (ss) 4

9 4.5
9.5 (ss) 4
10 4.5
11 4.5
12 4.5
13 4
13.5 (ss) 3.5
14 4
15 5
16 4.5
17 4.5
18 4.5
19 5
20 5
21 4
22 4
23 4
24 4
25 4
26 4

27 4
28 4
29 4

Book Descriptions for series: A Hannah Swensen Mystery

  • Book - 1

    Take one amateur sleuth. Mix in some eccentric Minnesota locals. Add a generous dollop of crackling suspense, and you've got the recipe for this delicious new mystery series featuring Hannah Swensen, the red-haired, cookie-baking heroine whose ginger...

  • Book - 2

    In her debut mystery, Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder, intrepid amateur sleuth and bakery owner Hannah Swensen proved that when it comes to crime, nothing is sweeter than a woman who knows how to really mix it up. Now, the flame-haired, tart-talking (an...

  • Book - 3

    Bakery owner Hannah Swensen is back--and the cookies are crumbling--as acclaimed author Joanne Fluke serves readers another helping of murder, mayhem, and mouthwatering mystery... Preparations are underway for Lake Eden, Minnesota's annual Winter ...

  • Book - 4

    The residents of Lake Eden, Minnesota, are planning to paint the town red, white, and blue to celebrate the Fourth of July--but the fireworks are already going off at Hannah Swensen's bake shop, The Cookie Jar... Lemon Meringue Pie Murder Hanna...

  • Book - 5


  • Book - 6

    When it comes to holidays, Minnesotans rise to the occasion--and the little town of Lake Eden is baking up a storm with Hannah Swensen leading the way. The annual Christmas Buffet is the final test of the recipes Hannah has collected for the Lake Ede...

  • Book - 7

    With The Cookie Jar, Hannah Swensen has a mouthwatering monopoly on the bakery business of Lake Eden, Minnesota. But when a rival store opens, tensions begin to bubble... As she sits in her nearly empty store on Groundhog Day, Hannah can only hope...

  • Book - 8

    Hannah Swensen and her bakery, The Cookie Jar, bask in the glow of Hollywood glamour when Main Street becomes a movie set. And although tensions simmer as the cameras roll, no one expects the action to turn deadly...until it's too late... There's ...

  • Book - 8.5

    Take two lovestruck teachers. Add a dollop of conspiring kids. Place in a boarding school over Christmas break. And add a little help--and eight, great recipes--from amateur sleuth Hannah Swenson, and you've got a romantic holiday tale that's sweet, ...

  • Book - 9

    It promises to be a busy week for Hannah Swensen. Not only is she whipping up treats for the chamber of commerce booth at the fair; she's also judging the baking contest; acting as a magician's assistant for her business partner's husband; trying to ...

  • Book - 9.5

    'Tis the season for trimming the tree, caroling, baking cookies, and curling up by the Yuletide waiting for Santa to drop down the chimney. But in this festive collection of holiday whodunits, murder is also paying a visit... Bakery owner Hannah ...

  • Book - 10

    Between baking up a storm for The Cookie Jar and unraveling the mystery of her cat Moishe's recent strange behavior, Hannah Swensen has a lot on her plate. But she'll always make time for her business partner, Lisc who's in the midst of preparing for...

  • Book - 11

    Bakery owner Hannah Swensen has a dress to fit into and a date with her sister, Andrea, at Lake Eden's new health club, Heavenly Bodies. Dragging herself out of bed on a frigid Minnesota morning for exercise, of all things, is bad enough. Discovering...

  • Book - 12

    The yuletide season in Lake Eden, Minnesota, guarantees a white Christmas, delectable holiday goodies from Hannah Swensen's bakery, The Cookie Jar -- and murder. As a shadow hangs over her friends' Christmas wedding, Hannah's determined to cook a kil...

  • Book - 13

    Early summer brings plenty of work for baker Hannah Swensen, even before Mayor Bascomb's wife drops by The Cookie Jar to place an order for her charity event... for eleven-hundred cookies! And Hannah almost flips when her business partner, Lisa, sugg...

  • Book - 13.5

    When Hannah Swensen finds her neighbor Ernie Kusak with his head bashed in and sprawled on the floor of his condo next to an upended box of Hannah's Gingerbread Cookies, she discovers a flurry of murder suspects that's as long as her holiday shopping...

  • Book - 14

    These days, everyone in Lake Eden, Minnesota, is buzzing with activity, and Hannah Swensen is no exception. But no matter how busy she may be, Hannah can always find time to help a friend in need -- especially when he's been murdered... Hannah Swe...

  • Book - 15

    Spring has sprung in Lake Eden, Minnesota, and the mud season is turning Hannah Swensen's life upside down. But Hannah finds herself knee-deep in an even bigger mess when murder makes an unexpected visit to town... April is a busy time for Hannah Sw...

  • Book - 16

    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 ...

  • Book - 17

    It's been a sleepy summer for the folks of Lake Eden, Minnesota. In fact, it's been a whole four months since anyone in the Swensen family has come across a dead body--a detail that just made the front page of the local paper. And that means Hannah S...

  • Book - 18

    Life in tiny Lake Eden, Minnesota, is usually pleasantly uneventful. But with the upcoming trial for her involvement in a tragic accident, Hannah Swensen hardly has time to think about her bakery--let alone the town's most recent murder... Hannah ...

  • Book - 19

    Everyone in Lake Eden, Minnesota, may have had their doubts, but at long last, Hannah Swensen is getting married! Hannah is thrilled to be marrying Ross Barton, her college crush. And her excitement only grows when she learns he’ll be able to jo...

  • Book - 20

    Christmas normally descends on Lake Eden, Minnesota, as gently as reindeer alighting on a rooftop -- but this yuletide season the only thing coming down Hannah Swensen’s chimney is a case of murder... The holidays have arrived, and Hannah and h...

  • Book - 21

    A romantic seven-day cruise is the perfect start to bakery owner Hannah Swensen’s marriage. However, with a murder mystery heating up in Lake Eden, Minnesota, it seems the newlywed’s homecoming won’t be as sweet as she anticipated . . . Aft...

  • Book - 22

    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 va...

  • Book - 23

    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 ta...

  • Book - 24

    Not even Lake Eden’s nosiest residents suspected Hannah Swensen would go from idealistic newlywed to betrayed wife in a matter of weeks. But as a deadly mystery unfolds in town, the proof is in the pudding... When The Cookie Jar becomes the set...

  • Book - 25

    Bakery owner Hannah Swensen is leaving Lake Eden to help a friend in sunny California. But an unexpected phone call swiftly brings her back to a cold Minnesota winter...and murder... When Hannah learns that her sister Michelle’s boyfriend, Dete...

  • Book - 26

    As December turns Lake Eden into the North Pole, the heat is on in Hannah Swensen’s kitchen to honor two Christmas promises: baking irresistible holiday cupcakes and preventing a person who attempted murder from succeeding the second time around! ...

  • Book - 27

    In the newest installment of the New York Times bestselling Hannah Swensen Mystery series by Joanne Fluke, spring has sprung in Lake Eden, Minnesota, but Hannah doesn't have time to stop and smell the roses -- not with hot cross buns to make, tre...

  • Book - 28

    In this scrumptious cozy mystery from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Joanne Fluke, baker Hannah Swensen is tempted by a high-profile tournament in Lake Eden that quickly turns deadly... Embracing a sweet escape from her usual rou...

  • Book - 29

    Fans of deliciously charming, page-turning whodunits rejoice! Beloved New York Times bestselling author and Queen of the Culinary Mystery Joanne Fluke delivers the twenty-eighth mouthwatering Hannah Swensen Mystery!The Tri-County Summer Solstice Cele...


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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

There are 32 books in the Hannah Swensen series.

The Hannah Swensen series does not have a new book coming out soon. The latest book, Pink Lemonade Cake Murder (Book 29), was published in August 2023.

The first book in the Hannah Swensen series, Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder, was published in April 2000.

The Hannah Swensen series primarily falls into the Cozy Amateur Sleuth Mystery genre.