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Joanne Fluke is a famous author of women’s fiction and mystery novels. She has written many bestsellers and her fans love her books because they are so well-written and addictive.
Before we dive into a list of Joanne Fluke books in order, let’s learn a little more about the author.
Who is Joanne Fluke?
Joanne Fluke, born Gibson in Minnesota in 1943, is the most well-known pen name for Joanne Fischmann. Her family is a long lineage of bakers, so it’s not surprising that she has created a series of books where food is important.
Joanne began writing horror stories for young adults in the 1980s as Jo Gibson. But she was most successful with her cozy mysteries series, starring Hannah Swensen (an amateur sleuth, baker, and writer). She also wrote books together under John Fischer’s pen name and R.J. Fischer and Chris Hunter. Kathryn Kirkwood is also a pseudonym.
Hannah Swensen’s Mystery Series reflects her childhood and adolescence. Lake Eden reminds her of her hometown with its harsh winters and many lakes.
Joanne grew up in a community of friendly neighbors who led happy lives. She is a clinical psychologist and has been a counselor for both children and adults. She enjoys reading, painting, target shooting, and cooking.
Joanne is an author of suspense thrillers and mystery novels. Joann married a TV scriptwriter; they would talk about her ideas for a book and develop a plan until Joann had a clear picture of the story. Hannah Swensen Mystery Series is one of her most famous works.
It centers on a woman who runs a bakery in Lake Eden. These stories are a reflection of Joanne’s Minnesota girlhood.
Joanne Fluke Books In Order
Below is a list of Joanne Fluke books in order of publication starting with the Hannah Swensen series.
Hannah Swensen Books in Order
- Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder (2000)
- Strawberry Shortcake Murder (2001)
- Blueberry Muffin Murder (2001)
- Lemon Meringue Pie Murder (2001)
- Fudge Cupcake Murder (2004)
- Sugar Cookie Murder (2004)
- Peach Cobbler Murder (2005)
- Cherry Cheesecake Murder (2006)
- Key Lime Pie Murder (2007)
- Candy Cane Murder (2007) (Short Story/Anthology)
- Carrot Cake Murder (2008)
- Cream Puff Murder (2009)
- Plum Pudding Murder (2009)
- Apple Turnover Murder (2010)
- Gingerbread Cookie Murder (2010) (Short Story/Anthology)
- Devil’s Food Cake Murder (2011)
- Cinnamon Roll Murder (2012)
- Red Velvet Cupcake Murder (2013)
- Blackberry Pie Murder (2014)
- Double Fudge Brownie Murder (2015)
- Wedding Cake Murder (2016)
- Christmas Caramel Murder (2016)
- Banana Cream Pie Murder (2017)
- Raspberry Danish Murder (2018)
- Christmas Cake Murder (2018)
- Chocolate Cream Pie Murder (2019)
- Christmas Sweets (2019) (Short Story/Anthology)
- Coconut Layer Cake Murder (2020)
- Christmas Cupcake Murder (2020)
- Triple Chocolate Cheesecake Murder (2021)
- Caramel Pecan Roll Murder (2022)
Joanne Fluke Books in Order – Standalones
- The Stepchild (1980)
- The Other Child (1983)
- Winter Chill (1984)
- Cold Judgment (1985)
- Vengeance is Mine (1986)
- Video Kill (1989)
- Final Appeal (1989)
- Dead Giveaway (1990)
- Fatal Identity (1993)
- Deadly Memories (1995)
- Eyes (1996)
- Wicked (1996)
Published as Kathryn Kirkwood (Out of Print)
These Joanne Fluke books in order were written under the pseudonym of Kathryn Kirkwood. These Regency Romance books were published before her first Hannah Swensen book was released and are no longer available for purchase.
Though if you look hard enough, you might be able to track a heavily used copy down.
- A Match For Melissa (1998)
- Caitlyn’s Cowboy (1999)
- A Season For Samantha (1999)
- A Husband For Holly (1999)
- A Valentine For Vanessa (2000)
- Cookies and Kisses (2000)
- A Townhouse for Tessa (2001)
- Sugar and Spice (2006)
- Candy Cane Murder (2007)
- Gingerbread Cookie Murder (2010)
- Christmas Sweets (2019)
Summary of Joanne Fluke Books In Order: First 15 Books
Take some time to read through an overview of the first 15 books in the Hannah Swensen series. You will love it!
Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder (2000)
Hannah Swensen’s life can’t get any worse as a master cookie baker with the death of her favorite delivery man. They found his body behind her bakery, with Hannah’s famous Chocolate Chip Crunchies all around him. But, first, she must prove her innocence and ensure that her cookies do not get a bad name as she set out to find a killer.
Strawberry Shortcake Murder (2001)
Hannah is delighted to be the head judge when Hartland Flour’s president chooses Lake Eden as their first annual Dessert Bake-Off. However, an unfortunate event ruins Lake Eden’s sweet journey to fame when Coach Boyd Watson, a fellow judge, is found face down in Hannah’s strawberry shortcake. She must search through many suspects to find the killer.
Blueberry Muffin Murder (2001)
Preparations for Lake Eden’s annual Winter Carnival are well underway. Hannah Swenson will be baking up a storm in her popular shop, The Cookie Jar. Unfortunately, Connie Mac was given the honor of making the Winter Carnival cake. Hannah thinks it’s a half-baked idea.
Connie Mac looks a lot like the confections she makes on her cable TV cooking program – light, sweet, and delicious-looking but likely to leave a bitter taste. Hannah’s suspicions about Connie Mac are confirmed when Connie Mac’s limousine rolls into town.
America’s “Cooking Sweetheart,” Connie Mac, turns out to be bossy, impulsive, and domineering. Hannah arrives at The Cookie Jar and finds the Winter Carnival cake burned to a crisp. Unfortunately, Connie Mac is also found dead in her pantry. Hannah had been enjoying Hannah’s blueberry muffins.
Lemon Meringue Pie Murder (2001)
Hannah Swensen is the owner of The Cookie Jar in Lake Eden and Minnesota’s best amateur sleuth. She returns to LEMON MERINGUE PEIE MURDER to find the killer of a neighbor with a sweet tooth.
It’s summertime in Lake Eden, and Hannah’s younger sibling Michelle is returning home for a visit. Unfortunately, Hannah discovers that a woman living in her basement has been murdered before starting the family reunion.
Fudge Cupcake Murder (2004)
Hannah, a small-town baker (Blueberry Muffin Morder), discovers the body in a dumpster of Lake Eden’s former sheriff. Her brother-in-law planned to run for the sheriff in the next election. So Hannah comes to her rescue. For fans of culinary mysteries, reliable entertainment. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Sugar Cookie Murder (2004)
The owner of the Cookie Jar wants to edit the Lake Eden potluck book to remove Shawna Lee Quinn’s brownie recipe. So, on her way to the Christmas party, she brings a pan of jalapeno-laced brownies along to the Winnetka County Sheriff’s Office to jolt Mike.
But, unfortunately, Hannah is the one who gets shocked at the party. After reviewing the entrees and appetizers, she forgets her mother’s Regency cake cutter. She then finds it in Brandi’s bosom, Martin Dubinski’s new Vegas showgirl wife.
Mike advises Hannah to trust the professionals and leave the investigation to them. However, with Norman Rhoades as her alternate boyfriend, Hannah soon discovers that the murder is not what it seems to be. If only she could get out of the snowbound center before Andrea gives her baby to Andrea and before Mike eats those brownies.
The record-breaking 81 recipes are included in the appendix. The recipes range from candied pecans to radish soup. The mystery is simpler, but Hannah proves that she is more intelligent than Mike.
Peach Cobbler Murder (2005)
Hannah Swensen, The Cookie Jar, has a monopoly in Lake Eden, Minnesota’s bakery market. Tensions rise when a competitor’s store opens. Hannah sits in her almost empty store on Groundhog Day, and only hopes spring is around the corner.
And that Magnolia Blossom Bakery’s popularity is only a fad. Hannah is feeling the southern hospitality of Lake Eden’s Georgia transplants Shawna Lee and Vanessa Quinn. This is cutting into her profits. Hannah is at least looking forward to Lisa, her business partner.
This is a stunning Wedding Cookie Cake, one of Lisa’s childhood favorites. Lisa’s aunt will bring her famous Peach Cobbler to reception. Hannah’s steam starts to rise when she learns that Shawna Lee is invited and will be bringing her Peach Cobbler.
Cherry Cheesecake Murder (2006)
Hannah Swensen and her bakery, The Cookie Jar, bask in Hollywood glamour as Main Street transforms into a film set. Although tensions simmer while the cameras roll, nobody expects the action will turn deadly until too late. There is no privacy in Lake Eden.
But Hannah didn’t think things would get this far. Since she received not one but two marriage proposals, everyone has been telling Hannah what to do. The votes are equally divided between Detective Mike Kingston and Norman Rhodes, the town dentist.
Key Lime Pie Murder (2007)
Hannah Swensen promises a busy week. She’s not only making treats for the chamber booth at the fair, but she’s also acting as a magician’s assistant for her husband’s business partner; trying to persuade Moishe, her once rapacious feline, to stop his hunger strike; and performing her private carnival act by managing the demands of her mother, sisters, and father.
Hannah has so much on her plate that she finds herself on the midway just moments before the fair closes. She realizes she is not the only one among all the carnival attractions and shuttered booths as she watches the lights turn off.
Candy Cane Murder (2007) (Short Story)
The annual Christmas Gala at Lake Eden is nearing, and eager children are awaiting. Wayne Bergstrom, the owner of Bergstrom’s Department Store, happily ho-hoo-hos through the festivities wearing his Santa suit. But, Hannah must track down Kris Kringle’s killer after a trail of candy canes leads him to his body in a snowbank.
Carrot Cake Murder (2008)
It’s finally summertime in Lake Eden, Minnesota. Hannah Swensen is the owner of The Cookie Jar bakery and looks forward to enjoying warm, lazy days, eating Ice Cream, and having picnics with her friends. However, she must find the killer when a family reunion turns deadly.
Hannah Swensen is busy with many things, including baking for The Cookie Jar and investigating the mysterious behavior of Moishe, her cat. She’ll always be there for Lisa, her business partner. Lisa is currently preparing for a large family reunion.
A surprise visit from Lisa’s long-lost uncle is a delight for everyone. Gus has not been heard from in over twenty-five decades. Everyone is thrilled at his surprise appearance.
Cream Puff Murder (2009)
Winter in Lake Eden, Minnesota, is the perfect season to snuggle up next to a warm fire and enjoy something (and someone) sweet. Hannah Swensen, a bakery owner, can indulge in the sweets, but cuddling will be required to investigate when her sometimes-squeeze is a suspect in a murder.
Hannah has a dress to wear and an opportunity to meet her sister Andrea at Heavenly Bodies, Lake Eden’s new fitness club. It’s bad enough to drag herself out of bed in the frigid Minnesota morning for a run.
Is it worse than finding a corpse in the Jacuzzi at the gym? Okay, that’s worse. It doesn’t help that The Cookie Jar’s cream puffs are garnishing the crime scene. They were bought by Detective Mike Kingston, Hannah’s half-time love. This is just the frosting on what’s already a messy cake.
Plum Pudding Murder (2009)
The Cookie Jar’s busiest season is also the most romantic. Hannah is slated to be the dessert host at Reverend Knudsen’s upcoming nuptials. She is as busy as she can and loves it. A fun and witty carnival that takes place right in the middle of the village green is ‘Lunatic Larry Jaeger’s Crazy Elf Christmas Tree Lot.’
Again, Larry believes he’s crazy with his wild business plans, but the entrepreneur might have eaten too much this time. Rumors suggest that Larry is in the red. This idea takes a sinister twist when Hannah discovers Larry dead in his office.
Apple Turnover Murder (2010)
It’s a busy June in Lake Eden. For Hannah Swensen, this is the time for bridal showers and a huge fundraising event. Not to mention the killer who has never learned that charity starts at home. Hannah Swensen is busy in early summer, even before Mayor Bascomb’s spouse stops by The Cookie Jar and places an order for 11-hundred cookies. Stephanie Bascomb organizes an elaborate three-day event in support of local charities.
Hannah nearly flips when Lisa, her business partner, suggests setting up an apple turnover stand. Hannah has never attempted to make a turnover before, but being the pushover she is, she trusts Lisa’s mother inlaw’s recipe and accepts to help with the talent show’s magician’s set.
Gingerbread Cookie Murder (2010) (Short Story)
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 list.
Final Thoughts on Joanne Fluke Books In Order
In the end, we have to say that there is no “best” book in this series. Each one has its own merits and strengths, which make it an excellent read for different reasons. We hope you enjoyed reading our review of Joanne Fluke Books In Order!
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