With the Cinnamon Roll Six jazz band heading toward Lake Eden for the Weekend Jazz Festival, Hannah Swensen is more than happy to bake up a generous supply of their namesake confections. But tragedy strikes when the band's tour bus overturns on its way into town. Among those injured is Buddy...
Hannah Swensen: Owner of the Cookie Jar. She is the oldest of the three daughters---Hannah, Andrea, and Michelle---of Delores Swensen. Hannah lives in a condo with her cat Moishe. Hannah loves both Mike and Norman Rhodes.
Buddy Neiman: Member of the Cinnamon Roll Six jazz band, plays keyboard and is victim #2.
Michelle Swensen: The youngest of the three Swensen sisters, Michelle is as of right now attending Macalester College, away from Lake Eden. Michelle seems to be somewhere in between the personalities of Hannah and Andrea; Michelle is knowledgeable well enough in fashion to have a clothes conversation with Andrea, but she also contains some of Hannah's less girly traits, as well. When Michelle first came back form college for two weeks during a summer for the 4th of July celebration, she began a tight friendship with Lisa Herman, because of their closeness in ages. Michelle is in an exclusive, very secretive, and sometimes long-distance relationship with Lake Eden local Lonnie Murphy. Because of college, Michelle is not often featured. But when she is, she is equally eager to help Hannah investigate a murder. Supports her sister well.
Norman Rhodes: is Lake Eden's kind, humorous, and fun to be around dentist at the Rhodes Dental Clinic, following in his father's own career footsteps. Norman is in his early forties, and probably not considered as attractive when compared to Detective Mike Kingston. Norman's mother is Carrie Rhodes, one of Hannah's mother Delores's closest friends, and together, Carrie and Delores rambunctiously play matchmaker for Norman and Hannah. But what Hannah loves about Norman is his comfortableness, and how approachable he is when Hannah needs to talk to him.Norman's biggest hobby---which has sometimes proven quite useful in Hannah's murder sleuthing---is taking photographs, and developing the negatives in his own darkroom. Norman is now engaged to be married to Dr Bev, a woman from his past who says he's the father of her daughter. Needs to get it together with Hannah.
Beverly Thorton: Dentist, Norman's fiancee, nasty game player, not right for Norman
Lonnie Murphy: Junior Detective for the Winnetka County Sherrif's Department and boyfriend of Michelle, Hannah's sister.
Devin Murphy: Lonnie's cousin and a huge fan of Buddy Neiman, keyboard player for Cinnamon Roll Six.
Delores Swensen: The mother of Hannah Swensen, Andrea Todd, and Michelle Swensen, Delores is a widow. She is now pushing sixty years, but no one would ever be able to tell, for, according to Hannah, she "still looks great in a bikini." Similar to Andrea, Delores reads fashion magazines and likes to keep up with the times of fashion and makeup. Delores's matchmaking antics, usually by telephone, towards her oldest and still unmarried daughter often agitate Hannah. Delores positively despises being forced to admit her age to anyone, and simply refuses to do so. Who is Dolores seeing in this book?
Andrea Todd: Hannah's younger sister. Married to Sheriff Bill Todd, with two daughters, Tracey and Bethany. Andrea loves helping Hannah solve a murder
Mike Kingston: Mike Kingston is a handsome detective from the Winnetka County Police, who recently moved to Lake Eden from Minneapolis after his pregnant wife, a nurse, was killed in a drive-by shooting. He is also Hannah's love interest, and, like Norman, he is very protective of Hannah. Because of his protectiveness Mike often attempts to advise Hannah to not investigate a new murder mystery, simply for her own safety. Although Mike is fully aware that Hannah will not listen to him, he warns her anyways. Many women in Lake Eden would like to have Mike as their boyfriend or husband. What Hannah loves most about Mike is how he makes her heart beat fast whenever he is around. Not for Hannah.
Bill Todd: The loving husband of Hannah's younger sister Andrea. Due to the untimely and sudden murder of Ted Grant, Lake Eden's current sheriff, Bill was able to win the town election as sheriff of Lake Eden. Bill is the gentle father of two daughters, Tracey and Bethany. Similar to Mike, Bill often discourages Hannah from bringing herself into yet another murder investigation; Bill, however, does not seem as serious about worrying for Hannah's nonexistent uncertain safety while she is sleuthing around, for he knows his sister-in-law well enough to know that she can definitely take care of herself when she needs to.
Moishe: Hannah's cat, always adds something to the subplot, a clever cat.
Carrie Rhodes: is Norman's constantly-worrying mother and Delores's best friend. Carrie and Delores first met when Delores set up a date between Hannah and Norman, and they have been close ever since. One thing these two quirky widows they share in common is their burning desire to marry off their children to each other. Carrie and Delores also run Lake Eden's antique shop, Granny's Attic, across the street from The Cookie Jar together. Carrie is always eager to help Hannah investigate murders by keeping her ears open on the town's gossip hotline for clues.
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