Peach Cobbler Murder (Hannah Swensen Mystery)
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Now A Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Original Movie MURDER, SHE BAKED: A Peach Cobbler Mystery
As she sits in her nearly empty bakery on Groundhog Day, Hannah Swensen can only hope that spring is just around the corner—and that the popularity of the new Magnolia Blossom Bakery is just a passing fad. The southern hospitality of Lake Eden’s two Georgia transplants, Shawna Lee and Vanessa Quinn, is grating on Hannah’s nerves—and cutting into her profits—at The Cookie Jar.
At least Hannah has her business partner Lisa’s wedding to look forward to. Unfortunately, Shawna Lee has finagled an invitation to the reception—and is bringing her Southern Peach Cobbler for the dessert table. Things go from bad to worse when Shawna Lee and Hannah’s sometime-boyfriend, Detective Mike Kingston, are no-shows to the wedding. When Hannah sees lights on at the Magnolia Blossom Bakery after the reception, she investigates—and finds Shawna Lee shot to death.
Everyone in town knew the Cookie Jar’s business was suffering—a fact that puts Hannah at the top of the initial list of suspects…
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had first opened. “Why?” Andrea asked, echoing the question that was in everyone’s mind. “I’m making a timeline for the day Shawna Lee was shot and I need to talk to Kyle.” “Who’s Kyle?” Lisa wanted to know. “The deliveryman for Bouchard’s Bouquets.” Hannah paused as she took in everyone’s identical frown. “I know a timeline’s never done us any good before, but maybe it’ll work this time. It’s just that…I’m really not sure what else to do. I’m stymied.” There was a moment of silence worthy
exactly how Vanessa’s octogenarian husband had died. If Neil Roper had been hacked up into body parts by an intruder, Vanessa might very well have had a part in it. “Neil was so wonderful to me! I had everything I ever wanted and you should see the showplace he left me. It’s a real southern mansion, with magnolia trees and everything.” It was Andrea’s turn to nod and smile. “I’ve always wanted to live on a southern plantation, ever since the first time I saw Gone With the Wind. Where is your
jealousy. But every single wife had an alibi and so did their deputy husbands. They’d all attended Lisa and Herb’s wedding and they’d arrived at the reception in a group. Ronni Ward’s name was next on her list, but Hannah had crossed it out. While it was extremely unlikely that Ronni had hobbled around the back of the bakery with her ankle in a cast to shoot Shawna Lee, Hannah had called to make certain that Ronni had spent the whole day and night at Lake Eden Hospital. Barbara Donnelly’s name
question and he didn’t really want an answer. And all the while her mind was spinning, trying to think of some means of escape. “I assume you figured out that I planned to meet up with Vanessa in Lake Eden after her husband was killed?” “Killed?” Hannah couldn’t help asking. Her only chance was to keep him talking and perhaps some escape route would open up for her. “I thought her husband died of natural causes.” “Oh, he did.” Winthrop laughed a mean little laugh that didn’t bode well for
peered down the embankment at Vanessa’s car buried in the snow. Two sheriff’s deputies had Vanessa in handcuffs and Mike was supervising her arrest. When he finished, he turned, saw Hannah, and motioned for her to wait as he climbed the bank. “Why were you following Vanessa?” Mike asked when he arrived at her side. Hannah swallowed hard. Mike didn’t sound pleased at all. “Well…Mother and I thought that maybe…” “That maybe I was so dumb I wouldn’t stake out her apartment?” Mike finished the