Blackberry Pie Murder (Hannah Swensen Series #17)

Blackberry Pie Murder (Hannah Swensen Series #17)

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by Joanne Fluke

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It's been a sleepy summer for the folks of Lake Eden, Minnesota. In fact, it's been a whole four months since anyone in the Swensen family has come across a dead body—a detail that just made the front page of the local paper. And that means Hannah Swensen can finally focus on her bakery.  .  .or can she?

Life is never really quiet for Hannah.

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It's been a sleepy summer for the folks of Lake Eden, Minnesota. In fact, it's been a whole four months since anyone in the Swensen family has come across a dead body—a detail that just made the front page of the local paper. And that means Hannah Swensen can finally focus on her bakery.  .  .or can she?

Life is never really quiet for Hannah. After all, her mother's wedding is a little over a month away and guess who Delores put in charge of the planning? Yet just when Hannah believes her biggest challenge will be whether to use buttercream or fondant for the wedding cake, she accidentally hits a stranger with her cookie truck while driving down a winding country road in a raging thunderstorm. Hannah is wracked with guilt, and things get even worse when she's arrested.  .  .for murder! But an autopsy soon reveals the mystery man, his shirt covered in stains from blackberry pie, would have died even if Hannah hadn't hit him. Now, to clear her name, Hannah will have to follow a trail of pie crumbs to track down the identity of the deceased, find a baker who knows more about murder than how to roll out a perfect pie crust—and get herself to the church on time.  .  .

Indulge In Joanne Fluke's Criminally Delicious Hannah Swensen Mysteries!

Red Velvet Cupcake Murder

"Culinary Cozies Don't Get Any Tastier Than This Winning series." —Library Journal

"Loaded with mouthwatering recipes and clever plotting, the latest Hannah Swensen mystery delights." —RT Book Reviews

"If your reading habits alternate between curling up with a good mystery or with a good cookbook, you ought to know about Joanne Fluke." —The Charlotte Observer

Cinnamon Roll Murder

"Fans of this wildly popular series will not be disappointed. Fluke has kept this series strong for a long time, and there is still plenty to enjoy for foodie crime fans." —Booklist

Devil's Food Cake Murder

"Fabulous." —Publishers Weekly

Apple Turnover Murder

"The ever popular Fluke writes engaging cozies with one part great characters, one part gentle story, and three parts the best recipes in the genre." —Library Journal

Cream Puff Murder

"Entertaining and sprinkled with tempting recipes. It's a sweet treat of a novel." —The Star Tribune (Minneapolis, MN)

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Audio
Veteran narrator Toren draws on her special gift for dialogue in the audio edition of the latest installment in Fluke’s popular series describing the adventures of Hannah Swensen, a smalltown Minnesota baker/sleuth. Toren does an effective job of moving the often over-the-top events along, but the highlight is her ability to capture the nuances of individual characters and the speech patterns and flavor of the region. Her turn as Hannah’s high-strung and high-maintenance mother certainly delivers palpable energy and enthusiasm, whether she’s fretting over the details of her upcoming wedding or visiting Minneapolis with her daughter to solve the sordid prostitution case at the heart of the story. Toren even takes pains to voice the distinctive meows of Hannah’s cat. She also handles the recipe segments at the end of each chapter with a pleasant conversational tone. A Kensington hardcover. (Mar.)
Publishers Weekly
Early in bestseller Fluke’s witty 17th novel featuring bakery owner Hannah Swensen of Lake Eden, Minn. (after 2013’s The Red Velvet Cupcake Mystery), Hannah finds yet another dead body—that of the unidentified man she hit and apparently killed while driving on a highway during a summer rainstorm. Of course, it was an accident, but Hannah winds up arrested and arraigned. After one of her two suitors, dentist Norman Rhodes, bails her out, Hannah learns that the stains on the victim’s shirt are not blood but blackberry pie—and an autopsy reveals that he was dead before her car hit him. Hannah is now free to look for a killer, as well as look into the case of a runaway who has been missing for years. Tempting recipes at the end of most chapters, including one for fresh blackberry cookies, will appeal to anyone who loves to bake. Author tour. Agent: Meg Ruley, Jane Rotrosen Agency. (Mar.)
Kirkus Reviews
Lake Eden's favorite baker, Hannah Swensen (Red Velvet Cupcake Murder, 2013, etc.), finds herself on the wrong end of a police investigation. Dodging lightning on an icy road, Hannah finds herself facing a driver's worst nightmare: Her car hits something, and all of a sudden, there's a body lying on the pavement. Hours later, her mother's fiance, Doc Knight, delivers his terrible findings. The man she hit was alive when Hannah struck him, and he died on impact. Sheriff Bill Todd orders Hannah's arrest and fires Deputy Sheriff Mike Kingston for refusing to bring her in. Eventually, Hannah winds up in the Winnetka County jail, where she spends three days, surrounded by friends and family (and three nights covered in a fuzzy blanket supplied by boyfriend Norman Rhodes), before Judge Colfax grants her bail. Once sprung, amateur sleuth Hannah is faced with an unusual case. She knows who the killer is, but who's the victim? Armed with scant physical details—height, weight, approximate age and a diamond set in one of the man's teeth—Hannah sets out to find out exactly whom she killed. The investigation, of course, requires multiple dinners in Hannah's cozy apartment, where she and Norman, her mom and Doc, her sisters Michelle and Andrea (the latter is too mad at her husband, Sheriff Bill, to eat at home), and even Mike brainstorm over plates of Smothered Chicken and Oodles of Noodles as Hannah's cat, Moishe, and Norman's cat, Cuddles, play "chase." It's amazing how little a vehicular homicide charge changes Hannah's life in Fluke's good-natured 19th.

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Product Details

Recorded Books, LLC
Publication date:
Hannah Swensen Series, #17
Edition description:
Unabridged, 8 CDs 9.75 hours
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 5.70(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

JOANNE FLUKE is the New York Times bestselling author of the Hannah Swensen mysteries, which include Double Fudge Brownie Murder, Blackberry Pie Murder, Cinnamon Roll Murder, and the book that started it all, Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder. That first installment in the series premiered as Murder, She Baked:  A Chocolate Chip Cookie Mystery on the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Channel. Like Hannah Swensen, Joanne Fluke was born and raised in a small town in rural Minnesota, but now lives in Southern California. Please visit her online at

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Blackberry Pie Murder 3.1 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 82 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Honestly.....who else is sick to death of the Mike and Norman sandwich? For a smart woman, Hannah is dumb when it comes to men. After 19 books of this back and forth tennis match PLEASE....let it end!! It's all a big to do about nothing on the trumped up charges against Hannah. Fluke wants us to buy into her next book afraid we are tiring of her triangle (we are!) so she has it was not much of a mystery to continue in the first place! Hannah gathered the evicence needfed to prove her innocents so why even throw in a court date? The other Judge will be back in town by then and throw it out as was mentioned early on if he hadn't been on vacation. This was my least favorite book and they have been going downhill. Hannah's mother, Dolores and her never-ending "can't make a decision" on her wedding food, deco's, bridesmaid gowns, etc, every few days is annoying. I was waiting for one of the daughters to tell her to get herself a wedding planner and quite wasting their time! But....nobody ever says anything negative to anyone in these stories. This is not a real family....too perfect down to not making waves or even thinkiong of hurting anyone's feelings. I'd like a good shouting match once in a while and some truth spoken. Too much filler about the up coming wedding and Moishe exercsing and even the recipes are not as inspiring as they once were a long time ago. If I could write an ending, I'd have Norman tell her and Mike off and walk out and find someone else to marry. he's the perfect catch but I guess not perfect enough for Hannah and you don't hear her mother or sisters telling her what a catch he is and she better marry him or lose him . Mike is a bad boy....we all know them but apparently hannah is too dumb to see that if she ended up with him she'd spend every minute worrying about who he may be with other than her. So it goes......... Please, Ms. Fluke, either end the series or get Hannah married and have her and Norman solve mysteries as husband and wife. What's the hold up? Even their cats love each other.
jeena350 More than 1 year ago
I have really enjoyed this series up to this book.  The plot was silly and felt like Ms. Fluke was under a deadline and had to write something.  It felt like the ending was missing, not just a cliffhanger.  Too contrived.  Also, having read the books since the beginning, it is past time for Hanna to decide whether to marry Norman or just let him go and find someone to make him happy.  For goodness sake!  He bailed her out of jail and put his house up for collateral and she's still undecided?  He is definitely too good for her.  Mike is a womanizer and everyone but Hanna,who is supposed to be a smart and independent  woman, sees it.  Enough already!  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was an okay book. Disappointed that the story did not conclude at the end and the reader was just left hanging. Also, getting very weary of the two boyfriend scenario. It isn't realistic and is making these books less and less readable for me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I kept thinking that the end of the book was missing!  I love the series, but this one was very disappointing.  
wiseowlOH More than 1 year ago
Hannah has been left hanging..recipe for a good storyline but not thoroughly incorporated and can not be baked  because necessary  ingredients left out also oven wasn't  at right temperature.  In other words Joanne Fluke n  did not finish her product! Recommend sending back to kitchen!    Post Haste!  Finish the Story  Don't leave us hanging with Hannah!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was this the whole book?! Feels as if therr are a few chapters missing on this one. Very disappointing if this is it..
jingleJE More than 1 year ago
Hannah needs to choose a man. No normal men would hold out this long. A lot of space is used for recipes which makes the actual story short. I wish the stories were a bit more developed and longer. I read them but am getting bored
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is this a new mode of writing? James patterson now Ms. Fluke.No Ending? What gives? I am glad I got it from the library and was HAPPY I didn z't buy it. NOT WORTHY OF YOUR TIME AND YOUR MONEY... ..SKIP IT
LegoDinolady More than 1 year ago
I have read every book in this series. I am saddened to say that this is the last one I will purchase. I was really hoping after several comments to the author on her Facebook page that she would finally end the love triangle. This was the worst book in her series thus far. It had tons of potential. I could tell who the killer was at the get go. It just did not feel like the author was into this series anymore. There is no more excitement or any kind of relationship going on between Hannah , Mike, and Norman. Honestly what man would let any woman go on dating another man without wanting the other one out. She needed to choose several books ago who she was going to be with once the proposals happened. Sorry, but I am over this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
book was good up to end every left you wanting to know what happen not my favorite in Hannah Swenson series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I do like her stories. BUT I won't buy anymore. I'm not looking for a cook book! I'm paying for a novel, way too many pages taken up with recipes!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been reading Joanne Fluke since Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder and have enjoyed them. But they seem to have less mystery in them and more and more baking instruction and trivial kitchen talk outside of the recipes. I am also tired of the story line of Hannah's inability to pick between Mike and Norman. I think she should quit trying to look at them as potential mates and just accept them as both good friends. She obviously doesn't need to be married to have them at her side whenever.
csid More than 1 year ago
I have read and enjoyed all of the previous Hannah Swenson murder mysteries. I did not find this one to be as entertaining as the rest. I especially did not like the way the book ended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have loved this series until now. I thought the book was disjointed and did not fliw very well.
ArmyWife2102 More than 1 year ago
Check this one out from the library, it's not worth the cost to buy it! Or at the very least, wait for it to hit the .99 rack. I'm real disappointed in her last few books. I'm by no means a natural Sherlock Holmes so when I can figure out the ending of a book a few chapters in, it's pretty sad. The last few books have been this way, but I keep reading in hopes that Hannah finally decides which guy to stop stringing along. That whole story line...please. **insert eye roll** She's lost a lot flair and the book was fairly repetitive, the cats, her weight, Norman, Mike....ok...and the damn recipes take up so much space I'm convinced she gets paid by the word, who else could drag out recipe instructions for three pages? (I read it on my Nook). Just save your money and go to the library folks. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Did not enjoy this book. I have read all of Joanne Fluke's Hannah Swenson books and this was so disappointing! It did feel like the last chapters were missing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book did not have an ending. Did not leave you in suspense, just ended without any resolution. I thought maybe I was missing the end of my Nook book. Not her best.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Meh. This is the worst of the series. I thought the Nook version had lost the last few pages and then realized that the end was just the end, no resolution.
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Millie47 More than 1 year ago
Do not buy this book! It is the same trying story from the last two books with indecision from Hannah as to who she will marry. Too many recipes makes this a cookbook instead of a mystery book. I loved Hannah and her family but the writer is just fluffing them now. Come on Joanne, have Hannah chooses one of them. How celibate can these guys be waiting for Hannah?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This left you thinking that chapters were mussing This book left you thinking that chapters were missing. Left you hanging. Not one of her best. Also when is she going to chose between Norman and Mike? Seriously? Not really even a one star.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book till the end. Left you hanging not knowing how Hannah was going to come out with the trial.
RosieSC More than 1 year ago
It wasn't all that bad, but where is the ending?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was enjoying the book until it ended abruptly with no conclusion. I thought I was missing part of the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago