It's Murder Dontcha Know: A Quirky Murder Mystery with Recipes
It's Murder Dontcha Know: A Quirky Murder Mystery with Recipes

It's Murder Dontcha Know: A Quirky Murder Mystery with Recipes

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After a hard life on a farm in northwestern Minnesota’s Red River Valley, Doris Connor buries her philanderer husband and moves her century-old Sears and Roebuck farmhouse into the small Scandinavian community of Hallock, located on the edge of nowhere. She longs for a retirement heavy on solitude and serenity, but her plans are put on hold when her flamboyant sister and a ninety-year-old friend of the family move in. To further complicate matters, the local pharmacy is robbed, the suspect is murdered, and the sheriff believes Doris’s two adult children are complicit in the crimes. Doris realizes that a placid existence is possible only if she first proves her children’s innocence. But can she find the killer among the folks in Hallock? And if she does, will the sheriff, an old flame but a new headache, believe her?


“The ingredients are a widow, her semi-reformed hippie sister, an elderly but certainly sprightly friend, an overzealous Casanova with a medical degree, and a chattery (albeit part Chatterley) lady. Fold in a seemingly myopic police staff and a few other personalities for seasoning. Blend them together in your standard Minnesota small-town café that doubles as Gossip Central where the topic of discussion is an assisted living facility and the drug-laced plot about the dead body in the dumpster. Drizzle it with some clever wit and wisps of eye-winking humor and you get Jeanne Cooney’s latest: IT’S MURDER, DONTCHA KNOW. Stick a toothpick in it – it’s done perfectly!” —Charlie Johnson, Book Reviewer, Taking it up to Sixty
It's Murder, Dontcha Know will keep you reading past bedtime. Bravo, Jeanne Cooney, for another well-told tale.“ —Candace Simar, Award-winning author of The Abercrombie Trail Series, Escape to Fort Abercrombie, and Shelterbelts

“It’s another terrific and original mystery from the pen of Jeanne Cooney and once again documents her complete mastery of the genre.” —
Midwest Book Review on A Potluck of Murder and Recipes

“What makes the book so fun is Cooney’s ability to spit out phrases such as ‘uff da’ and dish out recipes such as Jell-O Salad and Tater-Tot Hot Dish faster than you can say, ‘Yah, you betcha.’” —
Minneapolis-St. Paul Magazine on Cooney’s Hotdish Heaven

About the Author

Jeanne Cooney is the author of the Hot Dish Heaven Mystery Series-- Hot Dish Heaven, A Second Helping of Murder and Recipes, and A Potluck of Murder and Recipes. She lives and writes in Northern Minnesota. Visit

Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ North Star Press of St. Cloud (April 19, 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 354 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 168201133X
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1682011331
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.02 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches

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