Banana Cream Pie Murder (B&N Exclusive Signed Book) (Hannah Swensen Series #21)

Banana Cream Pie Murder (B&N Exclusive Signed Book) (Hannah Swensen Series #21)

by Joanne Fluke

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ISBN-13: 9781496713339
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 02/28/2017
Series: Hannah Swensen Series , #21
Edition description: Signed Edition
Sales rank: 158,473
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 2.20(d)

About 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 www.JoanneFluke.com.

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Banana Cream Pie Murder 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There were more recipes than plot. The suspense came at the very end of the book and was not really part of tjhe story. Maybe this was a quickly written book to fill in until the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was terrible. Why has hannah turned into some suddenly weak woman? Why are the names of everything and everyone repeated over and over? I actually hope ross was murdered and I hope Norman did it. Was this book written for a 5 year old?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Did not have the epilogue as promised and extra recipe .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Certainly not as great as the other books in the series
Nate_Stolldorf1 More than 1 year ago
Hannah and Ross are on a beautiful Mexican cruise when they get a message from Delores that she has found the body that of her neighbor Tori Bascomb, sister of the mayor, murdered in her condo. Note: the final 2 pages are amazing! I have loved every single Joanne Fluke book in this series and read them religiously! Starting with Double Fudge Brownie Murder I began getting signed hardcovers because I felt like they brought me closer to Joanne. I stood up for her in every book and balked at all naysayers who gave the books poor reviews. In a nutshell I was disappointed with this story for a variety of reasons. First being Hannah cannot seem to understand sarcasm and scolds anyone who has it. Second being the cell phone, I understand that some people have trouble with a cell phone but Hannah, who is in her 30's, should be able to know if she missed a call or text message. It baffles me that she cannot do that. Third her play to be the most domesticated housewife bothered me it was as though she was turning into Lisa whom I love because she is not Hannah. I feel like Hannah at the beginning of the series would say who is this chick. The last issue was Sally who owns the best hotel and restaurant in town offering Hannah all of her recipes. It never got to me as much as in this book. What restaurant owner gives another person let alone one in the food business their recipes, especially new items on the menu. Every character seems to be a goodie goodie caricature of themselves, very 1 dimensional. I feel like these books have ceased being mysteries and more like cookbooks with a story. We sometimes get a whole page in which Hannah or one of the other characters literally makes the recipe and says every step they are doing and then we get the recipe. I cannot fault the recipes because they are delicious and Joanne Fluke should win an award for this Banana Creme Pie, I made it and it is delicious, but I miss the story and it seems like the pages are really just being filled with fluff, and not the marshmallow kind. If you took out the recipes and the mentions of making the food I bet you might have maybe 15 actual pages.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Banana Cream Pie Murder by Joanne Fluke is the twenty-first book in A Hannah Swensen Mystery series. Hannah Swensen is enjoying a honeymoon cruise with her new husband, Ross Barton. It is the last night of the voyage when they receive a message from Delores Swensen, Hannah’s mother. Delores found the body of her downstairs neighbor, Victoria “Tori” Bascomb and she wants Hannah to return home right away (to investigate). Tori Bascomb is the sister of Lake Eden’s mayor, Richard Bascomb. Tori was a retired actress who settled in Lake Eden and provides private acting lessons. Tori also directs the Lake Eden Players and teaches drama at Jordan High School. Hannah and Ross return home the next day and find the whole family waiting for them at Hannah’s condo. As a wedding gift, Hannah’s condo has been completely redecorated (except the kitchen for which Hannah is very grateful). The following day Hannah is ready to get updated on the case and to start sleuthing. Tori was not a well-liked woman which leads to a long suspect list. Hannah is busy questioning suspects and looking into Tori’s movements on the day of her death. Hannah also has to adjust to having a husband. Hannah is used to making her own decisions, but now she must consider Ross (and consult him). When Hannah gets a little too close, the killer strikes back. Join Hannah along with her family and friends in her latest adventure in Banana Cream Pie Murder. I thought that Banana Cream Pie Murder had a good pace which makes it an easy and quick novel to read. Hannah is not her usual confident, independent self in this book. Hannah is used to making her own decisions and living independently. She now has another person to consider. Hannah and Ross rushed into marriage and they never discussed what happens after they are married (like does Ross want children or does he mind Michelle staying in the guest room). Mike and Norman know more about Hannah than Ross (like how Hannah dislikes sweeping). I did not feel any chemistry between Ross and Hannah. I did not like how Hannah is portrayed as technologically incompetent. She cannot figure out how to use her phone (change ringer, get her messages, etc.). Another un-Hannah moment is when Hannah is shopping for pale ale for a beer muffin recipe. Hannah has never purchased lager previously. I would expect Hannah to figure it out on her own (that she just needs to look at the labels) or ask someone in the store. Hannah has never been helpless or a dimwit. Michelle, Hannah’s sister, is the more self-possessed sister in this story (especially since Andrea is MIA). I give Banana Cream Pie Murder 3 out of 5 stars. Banana Cream Pie Murder was more cozy than mystery. Every chapter revolved around the baking, making, or eating of food with recipes at the end of the chapter. The murder investigation does not ramp up until a reader is about 70% of the way through the novel. That is when the author starts introducing the suspects. It does not take much brain power to identify the guilty party. Banana Cream Pie Murder seemed to be written by someone other than Joanne Fluke. Banana Cream Pie Murder is nothing like the earlier books in the series. I did not appreciate the cliffhanger ending. I am hoping, though, that the person involved (spoiler) will get bumped off (a girl can dream). Because of the cliffhanger, I will be reading the next book in A Hannah Swensen Mystery series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I selected 'below average' because this book doesn't match the quality of the rest of Fluke's Hannah Swensen series, with the exception of the Wedding Cake Murder which was also a disappointment. It almost seems like Joanne Fluke didn't write the book herself. There is a LOT of weak dialog but not much story. Yes, the plot is in there but it's so poorly developed it's difficult to follow. I had to keep reminding myself that it was November in MN and therefore very cold but the weather which normally an integral part of the narrative is almost completely missing from this book. As others have already mentioned, Ross is nearly just a figment of someone's imagination not a fully fleshed out character. I'm on Team Norman, so I'd like Ross to simply disappear into the sunset as we find out that their marriage wasn't valid for whatever reason but he feels really bad and leaves Hannah a pile of money before he flees to some obscure country never to be heard from again. Then after Hannah has a sufficient mourning period she can start dating Norman more seriously. Or maybe, it's all just a very weird dream that Hannah is having because she's been in a coma after one of the murders she's chased hit her on the head. Finally, that pumpkin scone recipe is just weird. I haven't tried it but based on my extensive baking experience the use of a pre-packaged baking mix just doesn't seem quite right.
Calliegh0 More than 1 year ago
I have always been a fan of the Hannah Swensen murder series. Hannah is a small town baker who solves the many murders which take place in her small town. However, I was disappointed in this book. Hannah has returned from her honeymoon but things do not appear to be as they should be. It makes me wonder if the pairing of Hannah with Ross was a decision which the author is regretting. I am definitely not a fan of Ross and find it difficult to follow the storyline with him involved. The newlyweds seem a bit distant to one another. Aside from this unusual situation, I did enjoy the aspects of Banana Cream Pie Murder. Hannah's mother finds the body this time of her downstairs neighbor. Tori has taken over the theater group in Lake Eden. Did someone kill her for her harsh reviews of the actors? Or did someone from her past want her dead? This is the mystery Hannah must solve before the play can go on. I love all of the characters that return. I especially like her sister Michelle who is a talented baker in her own right. I love the recipes in this book. As with other books in the series, the recipes are presented with notes that help when preparing them. I received a copy through Netgalley. I wrote my review on my own.
Anonymous 24 days ago
here?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like the style with recipes included, but the writing style sometimes bores me at times. I am still stunned by the ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No ending. You have to buy the next book in the series to finf out who dunnit. I don't like that and will not be buying any more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed all of the Hannah Sweden books!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
On the edge of my seat to find out what happens next love the mystery ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Who is this Ross guy? Like, where the heck did he come from and why did Hannah decide to marry him? I honestly wanted her to marry Norman. Definately not happy that she married Ross. But you never know I might grow to like him...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very little story. Too many recipes. Dialog boring. Who cares about Ross his character has not been fleshed out so we know or care about the character. Have read most of her other books, this one disappointing.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The last three books in this series haven't been the best. Not too thrilled with the way it's going.
InspirationalAngel531 More than 1 year ago
Title: Banana Cream Pie Murder - Hannah Swenson Mystery Book 21 Author: Joanne Fluke Publisher: Kensington Books Published: 2-28-2017 Pages: 304 Genre: Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense Sub-Genre: Amateur Sleuth, Culinary Mystery; Women Sleuths; Cozy Mystery ISBN: 97817732218 ASIN: B01GBAIXD8 Reviewed For NetGalley and Kensinton Books Reviewer: DelAnne Rating: 3.75 Stars A romantic seven-day cruise is the perfect start to bakery owner Hannah Swensen’s marriage. However, with a murder mystery heating up in Lake Eden, Minnesota, it seems the newlywed’s homecoming won’t be as sweet as she anticipated . . . After an extravagant honeymoon, Hannah’s eager to settle down in Lake Eden and turn domestic daydreams into reality. But when her mother’s neighbor is discovered murdered in the condo downstairs, reality becomes a nightmarish investigation. Victoria Bascomb, once a renowned stage actress, was active in the theater community during her brief appearance in town . . . and made throngs of enemies along the way. Did a random intruder murder the woman as police claim, or was a deadlier scheme at play? As Hannah peels through countless suspects and some new troubles of her own, solving this crime—and living to tell about it—might prove trickier than mixing up the ultimate banana cream pie . . . I can't be the only one wondering what in the world Hannah was thinking when she married Ross. I know we joked about the Mike, Hannah, and Norman sandwich, and when she would choose, but Ross has done nothing to add to her character. She has become a skittish, self effacing, dithering idiot who can do nothing without wondering what would Ross say or do. please. I'm surprised The Cookie Jar is still in operation. She needs to get down on her knees and kiss Lisa's feet for constantly covering for her as she runs around sleuthing instead of working. Now I have ranted let me tell you what I liked. Hannah has returned home so it is understandable when she checks out her mother's friend's murder. We are happy recipients of some great recipes and get to watch as Hannah uses her strange logic to add and remove suspects and comes up with the killer in the end. And guess what Ross disappears in the end and no one knows what happened to him. Maybe he will turn out to be a bad guy who is not really married to Hannah. Without him around we get glimpses of our old Hannah. I miss her. My rating of "Banana Cream Pie Murder" is 3.75 out of 5 stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I will admit to being one of those people who was NOT happy that Hannah married Ross. However l decided to read this next installment to see if Ros could either get more interesting or get dead. Well, he chose the former! The Hannah books are fully redeemed, and the cliffhanger ending has me hooked afresh. Sorry for doubting you, Ms. Fluke!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For next book please
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Honeymoon’s Over – Time for a Murder The last book in the Hannah Swensen series ended with the event longtime fans thought we’d never see – Hannah got married. Banana Cream Pie Murder picks up not too long after this momentous event as Hannah and her new husband are returning from their honeymoon. Unfortunately, while they are gone, Hannah’s mom Delores finds a dead body. When she hears screaming and what sounds like a gunshot from her downstairs neighbor, Tori Bascomb, she goes to investigate and is horrified to find Tori’s body in her acting studio. Tori was a retired Broadway actress who had settled in Lake Eden to be near her brother, the town’s mayor. Of course, when Hannah returns, Delores wants her to find the killer and figure out what is happening. Tori didn’t seem to have too many friends, but she doesn’t seem to have many enemies either. The lack of suspects begin to frustrate Hannah. Will she find anything that points to the killer? Because not too much time has passed since the last time we saw Hannah and the gang, we don’t need too much catch up before diving into the murder. All the talk of food and the various desserts that Hannah is making do still slow down the mystery a bit in the early stages of the book, but the further we go into the story, the more the mystery takes over. I appreciated how the clues were sandwiched in with the red herrings. Yes, I did figure things out before Hannah, but only a few pages. And we get a strong climax. Those who have been enjoying this series for a long time know there are a lot of characters, and I always enjoy spending time with them. In fact, they are a draw of the series. I’m not sure how it would feel jumping in here and not knowing them. The development could be stronger, but that’s a minor issue. And we can’t leave out the recipes. By my count, we get 23 new recipes in this book, including the title recipe as well as orange fudge cookies, salted caramel bar cookies, and peanut butter cheesecake with chocolate peanut butter sauce. Honestly, with all the talk of food in this series, it’s hard to believe all of the characters aren’t very overweight. I know I gain weight just reading about all the delicious sounding food. Hannah’s life takes an interesting turn in this book. I have a feeling this is setting us up for something I’ve been dreading for a few books now, but I hope not. While I am dreading the outcome, I do find the twist presented here intriguing, and I’m curious to see where things go in the next book. At this point in the series, it would be hard for anyone to jump in and fully enjoy what is happening here. However, diehard fans of the series who are interested in the next chapter of Hannah’s life will find checking in with their friends fun when they read Banana Cream Pie Murder.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The only book in the series I did not care for.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm not sure if I like the ending.