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Book Lovers events are intended for people who love books, as a way to get together and enjoy conversation with each other and with interesting invited authors.

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Next event:

Book Lovers Night

Tuesday, April 8th

7:00 p.m.


Jeanne Cooney

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Author Jeanne Cooney was raised in the Red River Valley of northwestern Minnesota, the region featured in her humorous Hot Dish Heaven mystery series.

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Cub reporter Emerald Malloy is assigned to gather "church food" recipes from the owner of Hot Dish Heaven, a café in a small town in the Red River Valley. Upon her arrival, she learns of a local, unsolved murder. Confident that solving the case will catapult her from newspaper "gopher" to investigative reporter, she questions the locals while attending a benefit dinner-dance at the VFW. By the end of the night, she's consumed lots of hotdish and bars while talking to everyone from the Irish Catholic priest who lives among these Scandinavian Lutheran farmers to the café owner's eccentric aunts. She's also met a hunky deputy sheriff and learned some tough lessons about herself. But the question remains, "Will she live long enough for any of it to matter?"

The first book of a new cozy mystery series, this book is a delicious culinary mystery, complete with recipes for hot dish, bars and Jell-O salads. It serves up nicely as a contemporary romance and "pretty darn good" humorous mystery about life in rural Minnesota. Published by North Star Press of Saint Cloud.

Check out an interview with Jeanne Cooney by the North Star Press.

Author at 7:00 p.m.
Community Reader at 6:45 p.m.
Gorecki Center, Room 204
College of Saint Benedict
Saint Joseph, MN

Event is free and open to the public. CSB/SJU Bookstores will offer recommended titles at 20% discount. Author will be available to sign books afterward.