Joanne Fluke’s Books in Order: Chronological Reading Order

Joanne Fluke’s Books in Order: Chronological Reading Order

Joanne Fluke, also known as Joanne Fischmann, is a renowned American author who makes a chocolate cake for her readers.  She’s, however, best known for her notable work, The Hannah Swenson mystery series.

Joanne is the New York Times bestselling author of the Hannah Swensen mysteries, which started with Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder.  Also, she was opportune to have five movies created based on her Hannah Swenson series for the Hallmark Channel. Aside from the series, Joanne has also written other captivating novels, some under different pseudonyms. 

How Many Joanne Fluke Books are There?

So far, she has released a total of 28 novels of the series, and each one portrays a different cooking recipe. Below is a list of her work according to their release date. Each book talks more about Hannah Swenson, manager of the cookie jar and main character. 

In each book, she is faced with mysterious murder cases surrounding her and tries to solve them. Joanne also did well to include some of her delicious cookie recipes, which have become a treasure for female readers.

Books Arranged According To Release Date

Below are her books arranged according to their order of release.

  1. The Step-Child(1980)
  2. The Other Child (1983)
  3. Winter Chill(1984)
  4. Cold Judgement (1985)
  5. Vengeance is Mine (1986)
  6. Video Kill- Final Appeal(1989)
  7. Dead Giveaway (February 1990)
  8. Fatal Identity- The Dead Girl (1993)
  9. Dead Memories (1995)
  10. Eyes (1996)
  11. Wicked (1996)
  12. A Match For Melissa
  13. Caitlyn’s Cowboy (1999)
  14. A Season for Samantha (1999)
  15. A Husband For Holly (1999)
  16. A Valentine For Vanessa (2000)
  17. Cookies and Kisses (2000)
  18. A Townhouse for Tessa (2001)
  19. Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder (2001)
  20. Strawberry Shortcake Murder (2002)
  21. Blueberry Muffin Murder (2002)
  22. Lemon Meringue Pie Murder (2003)
  23. Fudge Cupcake Murder (2004)
  24. Sugar Cookie Murder (2004)
  25. Peach Cobbler Murder (2005)
  26. Cherry Cheesecake Murder (2006)
  27. Sugar and Spice (2006) (with Beverly Barton, Shirley Jump, and Fern Michaels)
  28. Key Lime Pie Murder (2007)
  29. Candy Cane Murder (October 2007) (novella)
  30. Carrot Cake Murder: A Hannah Swensen Mystery (2008)
  31. Cream Puff Murder (March 2009)
  32. Plum Pudding Murder (October 2009)
  33. Apple Turnover Murder (February 2010)
  34. Gingerbread Cookie Murder (October 2010) (novella)
  35. Devil’s Food Cake Murder (February 2011)
  36. Joanne Fluke Christmas Bundle (2011) (with Laura Levine and Leslie Meier)
  37. Cinnamon Roll Murder (February 2012)
  38. Red Velvet Cupcake Murder (February 2013)
  39. Joanne Fluke’s Lake Eden Cookbook (September 2013) (includes short story and recipes)
  40. Blackberry Pie Murder (February 2014)
  41. Double Fudge Brownie Murder (February 2015)
  42. Wedding Cake Murder (February 2016)
  43. Christmas Caramel Murder (September 2016)
  44. Banana Cream Pie Murder (February 2017)
  45. Raspberry Danish Murder (February 2018)
  46. Christmas Cake Murder (September 2018)
  47. Chocolate Cream Pie Murder (February 2019)
  48. Coconut Layer Cake Murder (February 2020)
  49. Christmas Cupcake Murder (September 2020)
  50. Triple Chocolate Cheesecake Murder (February 2021)
  51. Caramel Pecan Roll Murder (2022)

Joanne has also published under several pseudonyms, including Jo Gibson, Chris Hunter, John Fischer, R.J. Fischer, Kathryn Kirkwood, and Gina Jackson.

Chronological Arrangement of The Series at a Glance

Joanne Fluke’s Books in Order: Chronological Reading Order

The Hannah Swensen book series has continued to thrive with the upcoming release of a new addition in 2022. The books follows a particular order that unfolds deeper into Hannah’s life. Each book reveals new characters that you’d love, and they each play a role in her life.

This is a chronological arrangement of the books to avoid getting confused with the characters and events. In addition, following this order makes the series more enjoyable to read easy to follow.

  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder (2000)
  • Strawberry Shortcake Murder (2001)
  • Blueberry Muffin Murder (2001)
  • Lemon Meringue Pie Murder (2003)
  • Fudge Cupcake Murder (2004)
  • Sugar Cookie Murder (2004)
  • Peach Cobbler Murder (2005)
  • Cherry Cheesecake Murder (2006)
  • Key Lime Pie Murder (2007)
  • Candy Cane Murder (With Laura Levine) (2007)
  • Carrot Cake Murder (2008)
  • Cream Puff Murder (2008)
  • Plum Pudding Murder (2009)
  • Apple Turnover Murder (2010)
  • Gingerbread Cookie Murder (With Laura Levine) (2010)
  • 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 (2019)
  • Christmas Cake Murder (2019)
  • Chocolate Cream Pie Murder (2019)
  • Coconut Layer Cake Murder (2020)
  • Christmas Cupcake Murder (2020)
  • Triple Chocolate Cheesecake Murder (2021)
  • Christmas Dessert Murder (2021)
  • Caramel Pecan Roll Murder

Joanne Fluke Books in Order

As earlier mentioned, Joanne Fischmann wrote other novels aside from the Hannah Swenson series. These novels, however, were under different pseudonyms.

She also wrote several wonderful and captivating books using the alias Jo Gibson. Also, she wrote a couple of wonderful horror novels, such as ” Slay Bells,” which is my favorite. 

Teen Thrillers as Jo Gibson

Obsessed” – June 2014: combines “The Crush”-March 1994 and “The Crush II” -September 1994

Twisted” – July 2014: combines “My Bloody Valentine”-January 1995, “The Séance” and “Slay Bells”-December 1994

Afraid” – August 2014: combines “Dance of Death” -December 1996 and “The Dead Girl” -November 1993

Regency Romances as Kathryn Kirkwood, also known as the Zebra Regency series, is a romantic book series that has received a lot of love from the reading community. Said to be written by the mother of Hannah Swenson, the series features the romantic life of various couples. These books include;

  • A Match for Melissa
  • A Season for Samantha
  • A Husband for Holly
  • A Valentine for Vanessa
  • A Match for Mother (novella)
  • A Townhouse for Tessa
  • Winter Kittens (novella)

Joanne Fluke’s books can be arranged in order as each one tells its own story about Hannah Swenson. Here is a short review of some of her books in the series.

1. Chocolate Chip Murder

Joanne Fluke’s Books in Order: Chronological Reading Order

The first book of the series opens us into Hannah Swenson’s world, the cookie Jar manager. She is faced with the murder of her delivery man and decides to find the culprit responsible.

2. Strawberry Shortcake Murder

Here, she is placed as head judge over a baking competition held in Lake Eden, Minnesota. Her co-judge, Coach Boyd Watson, is, however, murdered.  She goes into the life of Boyd and tries to solve the mystery behind his murder.

3. Blueberry Muffin Murder

Once again, Hannah Swenson is faced with the death of Connie Mac. Connie had just gotten the honor of making the Official Winter Carnival Cake but was found dead. Hannah, shocked by the incident, goes into investigations to find the murderer.

4. Lemon Meringue Pie Murder

Hannah is expecting a visitor but is cut short by discovering a resident’s body in the basement. She tries to pin the murder suspect with her only clue- her luscious lemon meringue pies with a slice missing.

5. Fudge Cupcake Murder

Joanne Fluke’s Books in Order: Chronological Reading Order

Sheriff Grant’s body is found in the dumpster behind a school she taught cooking lessons on weekends. She has to find the culprit to clear Bill’s name.

6. Sugar Cookie Murder

Martin Dubinski arrives with a new wife, a Dallas showgirl who was later found dead. The prime suspect is Martin’s former wife, but Hannah knows more than meets the eye in the case.

7. Peach Cobbler Murder

Magnolia Blossom Bakery, owned by Shawna Lee and Vanessa Quinn, competes with Hannah and cuts into her profits. Unfortunately, things go from bad to worse when Hannah finds Shawna Lee shot in the Magnolia Blossom Bakery.

8. Cherry Cheesecake Murder

Hannah and her bakery 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.

9. Key Lime Pie Murder

Hannah judges the baking contest, acting as a magician’s assistant for her business partner’s husband. And then, she discovers Willa Sunquist, a fellow bake contest judge, dead alongside an upended key lime pie.

10. Candy Cane Murder

Joanne Fluke’s Books in Order: Chronological Reading Order

Kris Kringle has been murdered, and Hannah sets out to find the murderer led by a trail of candy Cane lines.

11. Carrot Cake Murder

The family reunion has worsened as a corpse is discovered in Lake Eden, Minnesota.

12. Cream Puff Murder

Hannah has a date with her sister, but it doesn’t go as planned as she discovers the body of man-eating bombshell Ronni Ward floating in the gym’s jacuzzi.

13. Plum Pudding Murder

Swenson gets a kick out of “Lunatic Larry Jaeger’s Crazy Elf Christmas Tree Lot,” a kitschy carnival taking place smack-dab in the middle of the village green. But then Hannah discovers the dead man in his own office.

Do You Need to Read Joanne Fluke Books in Order?

To enjoy the series’s full experience, it is ideal for reading the books in chronological order. This helps give a basic understanding of the story as the characters are developed. 

Will There be More Joanne Fluke Books?

Joanne Fluke also has a few books coming up in 2021 and 2022. They include;

  • Christmas Cupcake Murder in September 2021, 
  • Christmas Dessert Murder coming up in October 2021 
  • Triple Chocolate Cheese Murder coming up in January 2022
  •  Caramel Pecan Roll Murder is coming up in February 2022.

       But whether or not she will continue after these books is quite uncertain. Fans, however, look forward to seeing more of her works and, of course, more delicious recipes.