Raspberry danish murder / Joanne Fluke.

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    • Publication Information:
      First Kensington hardcover edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: 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.
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      "March 2018"--Title page verso.
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Booklist Reviews 2018 January #1

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.

PW Reviews 2018 January #1

In bestseller Fluke's flaky 22nd Hannah Swensen mystery set in Lake Eden, Minn. (after 2017's Banana Cream Pie Murder), Hannah's new husband, Ross Barton, vanishes, leaving her mopey but otherwise strangely unaffected by his absence. For someone who can't resist trying to solve murders, she doesn't really search for Ross at all, other than to note that, since he took only his condo keys, he must be planning on coming back one of these days. When Ross's assistant at the local radio station dies after eating poisoned candy that he found in Ross's desk, Hannah jumps into the investigation. Was the candy actually meant for Ross, and if so, could he have disappeared because someone is out to get him? Hannah's sleuthing is haphazard at best, and the solution is far-fetched. Ross's disappearance is beside the point, even if the reader gets a partial answer at the end. But the Hannah Swensen books have always been more about the food than the mystery, and this installment contains enough recipes to satisfy the most enthusiastic baker. Agent: Meg Ruley, Jane Rotrosen Agency. (Mar.)

Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly.