Authors: Joanne Fluke
Books by Joanne Fluke
Hannah Swensen Mysteries
CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE MURDER
STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE MURDER
BLUEBERRY MUFFIN MURDER
LEMON MERINGUE PIE MURDER
FUDGE CUPCAKE MURDER
SUGAR COOKIE MURDER
PEACH COBBLER MURDER
CHERRY CHEESECAKE MURDER
KEY LIME PIE MURDER
CANDY CANE MURDER
CARROT CAKE MURDER
CREAM PUFF MURDER
PLUM PUDDING MURDER
APPLE TURNOVER MURDER
DEVIL’S FOOD CAKE MURDER
GINGERBREAD COOKIE MURDER
CINNAMON ROLL MURDER
RED VELVET CUPCAKE MURDER
BLACKBERRY PIE MURDER
DOUBLE FUDGE BROWNIE MURDER
WEDDING CAKE MURDER
JOANNE FLUKE’S LAKE EDEN COOKBOOK
THE OTHER CHILD
VENGEANCE IS MINE
Published by Kensington Publishing Corporation
WEDDING CAKE MURDER
All copyrighted material within is Attributor Protected.
Table of Contents
Books by Joanne Fluke
Wedding Cake Murder Recipe Index
Baking Conversion Chart
This book is for Anne Elizabeth, my lovely and talented
who’s married to a SEAL
(the Navy kind)
Big hugs to the kids and the grandkids.
Having such a wonderful family is a real blessing.
Thank you to my friends and neighbors: Mel & Kurt, Anne
Elizabeth & Carl, Dee Appleton, Lyn & Bill, Lu, Gina and
her family, Adrienne, Jay, Bob, R.T. Jordan, Laura Levine,
Dr. Bob & Sue, Danny, Mark B., Angelique, Mark &
Mandy at Faux Library, Daryl and her staff at Groves
Accountancy, Gene and Ron at SDSA, and everyone at
Boston Private Bank.
Thanks to Brad, Stephanie, Eric, Nancey, Bruce, Alison,
Cameron, Barbara, Gabriel, Lisa, Toby, and everyone at the
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Channel who gave us the
Murder She Baked
Hannah Swensen movies. What fun to
see Hannah on TV!
Thank you to my Minnesota friends: Lois & Neal, Bev &
Jim, Lois & Jack, Val, Ruthann, Lowell, Dorothy & Sister
Sue, Mary & Jim, Pat and Gary at Once Upon a Crime
Bookstore, and Tim Hedges.
Hugs to my multi-talented friend and Editor-in-Chief,
Thanks to all the wonderful folks at Kensington Publishing
who keep Hannah sleuthing and baking up a storm.
Thanks to Meg Ruley and the staff at the Jane Rotrosen
Agency for their constant support and their wise advice.
Thanks to Hiro Kimura, my wonderful cover artist for the
incredible wedding cake on this book cover! There are
designs and decorations all over the book jacket, and I
especially love his drawings of Moishe!
Thank you to Lou Malcangi at Kensington Publishing, for
designing all of Hannah’s deliciously stunning covers.
Thanks to John at
for Hannah’s movie
and TV placements, and for always being there for me.
Thanks to Rudy at
for editing and
compiling snippets from my televised interviews and
baking segments, for maintaining my website at
and for giving support
to Hannah’s social media.
Big thanks to Kathy Allen for the final testing
of Hannah’s recipes.
Hugs to Judy Q. for helping with Hannah’s e-mail at
and searching for answers to
Grateful hugs to my super friend Trudi Nash for going
on book tours with me, for keeping me comfy and
cossetted, and for coming up with new and
innovative recipes for us to try.
If Trudi’s oven ever breaks, Hannah’s sunk!
Thanks to the Honey Moon Sweets Bakery in
Tempe, Arizona, for baking the fabulous wedding
cake we’ll serve at the launch party for
Wedding Cake Murder
Poisoned Pen Bookstore in Phoenix.
And thanks to food stylist and
media guide extraordinaire Lois Brown
for her friendship and her talented assistance.
Special thanks to my publicist, Vida Engstrand,
for all she does.
Thank you to Nancy and Heiti for all sorts of wonderful
recipes, and for giving me permission to use their names in
Hugs to the Double Ds, Fern, Leah, and everyone on Team
Swensen who helps to keep Hannah’s Facebook presence
alive and well.
Thank you to Dr. Rahhal, Dr. and Cathy Line, Dr. Wallen,
Dr. Koslowski, Drs. Ashley and Lee, and Dr. Niemeyer
reminds me of Doc Knight)
for putting up with my pesky
Hannah-book-related medical and dental questions.
Norman and Doc Knight would be lost without you!
Grateful thanks to all of the Hannah fans who share
their favorite family recipes with me, post on
Facebook, watch the Hannah movies, and
devour each and every book.
I hope you find
Wedding Cake Murder
o, it’s not the wedding I dreamed of, but it
the wedding I want!” Hannah Swensen’s hands shook slightly as she replaced her cup of coffee in the bone china saucer. She’d been so startled by Grandma Knudson’s question that a few drops had sloshed out of her cup and landed in its matching saucer. The matriarch of Holy Redeemer Lutheran Church was known for being outspoken, but Hannah hadn’t expected to be grilled about her upcoming nuptials when Grandma Knudson had called her at The Cookie Jar, Hannah’s coffee shop and bakery, and invited her to the parsonage for coffee.
“Everyone’s talking, you know,” Grandma Knudson confided, leaning forward in her chair. “No one can understand why they haven’t been invited to the wedding. I told them you preferred a small, intimate family affair, but they feel left out. And almost everyone from my Bible study group asked me if there was something wrong.”
“Wrong?” Hannah repeated, not certain what Grandma Knudson meant.
“Yes. People always think that there’s something wrong when a wedding takes place behind closed doors. Weddings aren’t supposed to be private. They’re supposed to be joyous celebrations.”
joyous! I mean,
. And so is Ross. I just thought it might be easier for everyone if we didn’t have a big public display.”
“Because of Norman and Mike?”
“Well . . . yes. That’s part of the reason. This is rather sudden, and they haven’t had time to get used to the idea that Ross and I are getting married. I thought it would be . . .” Hannah paused, trying to think of another word, but only one came to mind. “I thought it would be
for them this way,” she finished.
Grandma Knudson was silent as she stared at Hannah, and that made Hannah want to explain. “You know . . .” she continued. “If I’d invited everyone to a huge wedding and reception, it would be almost like . . . like . . .”
The older woman let her struggle for a moment, and then she gave a nod. “Like rubbing their noses in it?”
“Yes! I mean, not exactly. But some people might think that that’s what I was doing.”
“Perhaps,” Grandma Knudson conceded. “Tell me about Ross. Did he think that a small, private wedding was a good idea?”
“I . . . actually . . .” Hannah paused and took a deep breath. “Ross and I didn’t really talk about that. He just told me that anything I wanted to do about the wedding would be fine with him.”
“I see. Did you at least meet with Mike and Norman and talk to them about what you’d decided?”
“No. I wanted to spare their feelings. I thought it might be too painful for them to discuss it.”
“You mean you thought it might be too painful for
to discuss it, don’t you?” Grandma Knudson corrected her bluntly.
Hannah sighed heavily. She had to be truthful. “Perhaps you’re right,” she admitted, and made a move to pick up her cup and saucer rather than meet the older woman’s eyes. “I guess I really wasn’t thinking clearly, and I certainly didn’t think that a small wedding would cause all this fuss. I just wanted to get married before I had to leave for the Food Channel
Dessert Chef Competition
. I thought that Ross could go with me and it would be our honeymoon.”
“I see. And the competition is in three weeks?”
“That’s right.” Hannah managed to take a sip of her coffee and then she put it back down on the table again. Why was Grandma Knudson asking all these questions? There must be a reason. As Hannah sat there, trying to think of why Grandma Knudson was giving her the third degree, the light dawned. “Mother!” Hannah said with a sigh.
“What did you say?”
. She put you up to this, didn’t she? She wanted me to have a big wedding and I refused. So Mother came running to you to see if you could convince me to change my mind! Isn’t Mother the reason you invited me here for coffee?”
“She’s part of the reason. But the other part is that I wanted you to taste my lemon pie. It’s the easiest pie I’ve ever made. All you need is a lemon, sugar, butter, and eggs. You put everything in a blender, pour it into one of those fancy frozen piecrusts Florence carries down at the Red Owl, and bake it. But you haven’t even sampled it yet.”