Preparations are underway for Lake Eden, Minnesota s annual Winter Carnival and Hannah Swensen is set to bake up a storm at her popular shop, The Cookie Jar Too bad the honor of creating the official Winter Carnival cake went to famous lifestyle maven Connie Mac a half baked idea, in Hannah s opinion She suspects Connie Mac is a lot like the confections she whips up on her cable TV cooking show sweet, light, and scrumptious looking, but likely to leave a bitter taste in your mouth Hannah s suspicions are confirmed when Connie Mac s limo rolls into town Turns out America s Cooking Sweetheart is bossy, bad tempered, and downright domineering Things finally boil over when Hannah arrives at The Cookie Jar to find the Winter Carnival cake burnt to a crisp and Connie Mac lying dead in her pantry, struck down while eating one of Hannah s famous blueberry muffins Next thing Hannah knows, the police have declared The Cookie Jar s kitchen crime scene off limits She s a baker without an oven and the Carnival is right around the corner Hannah s only alternative is to cook up a plan to save her business by finding the killer herself