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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. After all, her mother's

Overview

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)

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
01/06/2014
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
2014-02-04
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780758280374
Publisher:
Kensington
Publication date:
02/25/2014
Series:
Hannah Swensen Series , #17
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
692,540
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 5.80(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Blackberry Pie Murder


By JOANNE FLUKE

KENSINGTON PUBLISHING CORP.

Copyright © 2014 H.L. Swensen, Inc.
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-61773-869-2


CHAPTER 1

And you actually believed Mother?!" Hannah Swensen stared at her sister in complete amazement.

"Well ... yes." Andrea shifted slightly on her stool at the stainless steel work island in Hannah's industrial kitchen at The Cookie Jar.

"Let me get this straight." Hannah's youngest sister, Michelle, looked every bit as astounded as Hannah did. "You trusted Mother when she promised not to interfere with the plans we're making for her wedding?"

"Yes. I know it sounds stupid of me, but Mother said it in front of everyone at the table. And she seemed completely sincere."

"I'm sure she was sincere ... at the time," Hannah agreed. "But sincerity isn't the issue here. Personality is. Mother's a buttinski. That's the way she is and she can't help it."

Michelle nodded. "All you have to do is look at her track record. Did you really believe she'd let us arrange everything and just show up for the ceremony?"

"Well ... no. Not when you put it that way. But she said she wanted a fall wedding and I chose fall colors for the flowers. I had beautiful bronze asters and yellow and orange chrysanthemums. Mother loves chrysanthemums. She told me they were her favorite flower just last week!"

Hannah gave a little snort. "Maybe they were ... last week. But this is this week. Why don't you try her out on roses? They come in all sorts of designer colors."

"Do you think she'll go for it?" Andrea asked, but neither of her sisters replied. Instead, they simply stared at her in utter disbelief. Then, almost in tandem, they shook their heads. It took a moment, but Andrea started to laugh. "You're right. Mother won't approve of any flowers I choose, at least not today. I'll suggest the roses and let her reject them."

"Makes sense to me," Hannah said, exchanging smiles with Michelle. Hannah's youngest sister was on a summer break from college and she was in town for two weeks before she had to go back to start the fall semester. She'd spent the previous night with her friend, Carly Richardson, who was undergoing a big change in her family dynamics.

"I didn't get a chance to ask you when I came in," Andrea addressed Michelle. "How's Jennifer Richardson doing?"

"She's doing a lot better than I expected. She's fitting right in, almost as if she never left. And I could tell that Loretta's really happy she's home. Carly told me she really likes Jennifer, but I know it's a big adjustment for her. For most of her life, Carly was like an only child."

"How old was Carly when Jennifer ran away?"

"She was four. There's almost ten years between them, and Jennifer ran away right after her fourteenth birthday."

"Then Loretta is handling it all right?" Hannah asked.

"Oh, yes. Carly says it was a big shock when her mother got that call from Jennifer, but she always believed that Jennifer would come back home someday."

All three Swensen daughters were silent for a moment, thinking about the troubles that the Richardson family had endured. It had started when Jennifer had run away from home, and it had reached a crescendo of hurt when Loretta's husband and Carly's father, Wes Richardson, had fatally shot himself in the hayloft of the barn six months to the day after Jennifer had run away. Somehow, through it all, Loretta had carried on, raising Carly and supporting them both by using the life insurance money that Wes had left her to become a full partner at Trudi's Fabrics.

"Will you tell Carly to call me if there's anything I can do for them?" Andrea asked Michelle.

"Sure. I'll tell Carly."

"The same goes for me," Hannah said. Michelle, Carly and Tricia Barthel had been fast friends in school, and Hannah had always been fond of Carly. "Now let's get back to the wedding plans before Mother gets here," she said, bringing them back to the subject at hand. "How are you coming along with the bridesmaid dresses, Michelle?"

"I'm not. Mother says she wants our dresses to match the flowers so I have to wait until she makes up her mind about them. The only thing is, Claire says it'll be a special order if we want three dresses exactly the same, and special orders take at least three weeks."

"No flowers and no dresses." Andrea was clearly frustrated as she ticked them off on her fingers. "If Mother doesn't start cooperating with us, this wedding isn't going to happen."

"At least she finally approved the menu for the reception," Michelle said, obviously trying to look on the bright side. But then she noticed Hannah's exasperated expression. "The menu's not set?"

"Not anymore. Mother called me yesterday and said she didn't want the standing rib roast. So far, she's rejected beef, pork, lamb, and poultry including Doc's favorite, Rock Cornish Game Hens."

"Then the only thing left is fish," Andrea pointed out.

"I know. I'm going to try to talk her into poached salmon with champagne sauce. Sally says she can do that for a large crowd."

"I think Mother likes salmon," Michelle said, but she didn't look convinced. "Do you think she'll go for it?"

"We'll find out in a couple of min ..." Hannah stopped in mid-sentence when there was a sharp knock at the back door. "That must be Mother now. Andrea? Will you please get the door? And if you'll pour her coffee, Michelle, I'll dish up some Chocolate-Covered Cherry Cookies. Maybe a couple of her favorite cookies will make her more cooperative."

Hannah had just finished plating the cookies when the kitchen door opened and she heard Andrea greet their mother.

"I've never been so embarrassed in my life!" Delores Swensen swept into the kitchen with the force of a hurricane. "This is absolutely ridiculous!"

"Sit down, Mother." Andrea gestured toward a stool at the work island.

"I poured your coffee, Mother," Michelle said, setting the mug in front of her mother.

"And I baked your favorite cookies," Hannah added, setting the plate directly in front of her mother.

"I'm far too upset to eat. Or sit. Or even drink coffee, for that matter."

All three sisters exchanged puzzled glances. Their mother was obviously agitated. Delores Swensen was always perfectly dressed and coiffed when she left her house, but this morning the scarf at her neck was crooked, her blouse wasn't tucked in all the way, and even more alarming, she wasn't wearing any makeup!

"You're not wearing makeup," Hannah said, commenting on her mother's less-than-perfect appearance.

"I didn't have time to put it on. I just rushed right over here to show you. Have you girls seen this atrocity?"

Hannah looked up at the paper Delores was waving over her head like a saber. "Is that the Lake Eden Journal?" she hazarded a guess.

"Yes! And I'm never going to speak to Rod Metcalf again!" Delores named the editor and owner of the town newspaper. "He's nothing but a ... a snake in the grass!"

Hannah didn't want to ask, but her younger sisters were silent and someone had to find out what was wrong. "I'm not sure what you're talking about, Mother. What did Rod do?"

"He wrote this!" Delores slammed the paper down on the stainless steel surface in front of Hannah. "Just read it and you'll see what I mean!"

Hannah glanced at the headline. "Jordan High Gulls Win Three Games in a Row?" she asked, reading it aloud.

"Not that one!"

"Loretta Richardson Never Lost Hope That Her Daughter Would Come Home?"

"Not that one, either! Read the article below it. I've never been so mortified in my entire life!"

"When Is the Next One? No Body Nose!" Hannah read the heading on the article halfway down the page.

"Yes! That awful man ridiculed us! I don't know what you girls are going to do about this, but I plan to pull the curtains closed and never leave my house again! I don't appreciate being the object of public mockery!"

Hannah's sisters were regarding her curiously and Hannah began reading the article aloud. "It's been over four months since a member of the Swensen family has sniffed out the body of a murder victim," she began, but Delores held up a hand to stop her.

"Reading it once was quite enough for me. I don't want to hear it again!"

"I understand," Hannah said, even though she was secretly amused at Rod's heading No Body Nose and his reference to sniffing out murder victims. Although it took a great deal of restraint on her part, she kept a solemn expression on her face as she pushed the cookie plate a bit closer to her mother. "I baked these just for you, Mother."

"All right, dear. I'll have one. I wouldn't want to hurt your feelings."

Hannah breathed a sigh of relief as her mother reached for a cookie. Perhaps the endorphins in the chocolate would have a calming effect. Then she spread out the newspaper in the center of the worktable and motioned for her sisters to crowd around her so that all three of them could read it silently.

The article continued in the same vein, pointing out that with the exception of Coach Watson, every other Lake Eden homicide victim had been discovered by someone in the Swensen family. There was even a tally sheet, arranged like a baseball box score, showing Hannah with the most "hits," followed by Delores and Andrea. Michelle was in last place with nothing but strikeouts. Under the score box was a quote from Andrea's husband, Bill Todd, the Winnetka County Sheriff, who said that the drop in the murder rate had made it possible for his deputies to take care of routine matters like serving warrants for smaller crimes and tracking down citizens who had failed to show up for jury duty. Then Rod quoted one of Hannah's boyfriends, Deputy Mike Kingston, who said his homicide detectives were almost caught up on paperwork. The article ended with another quote from Mike that had Hannah wincing slightly because he speculated that perhaps Hannah's uncanny ability to find murder victims, an attribute he called her "slaydar," was on the blink.

There was an awkward moment of silence as they all finished reading and then Hannah spoke. "We really shouldn't be that upset over this," she said, attempting to put the best spin on what she'd just read. "Rod didn't have enough real news so he put this in as one of his little jokes."

"It's not funny!" Delores said, and her tone was icy. "It's cruel. And after Doc reads it, he'll be just as embarrassed as I am. I wouldn't blame him a bit if he called off the wedding!"

"Doc would never do that," Hannah told her. "He loves you. You know that. And Doc knows Rod well enough to realize that this is just another one of his spoofs. Nobody's going to take it seriously, Mother." Hannah turned to her sisters. "Right, girls?"

"Right!" Michelle agreed quickly.

"Everybody in Lake Eden knows that Rod has a strange sense of humor," Andrea said. "Remember when he ran that awful picture of Bill right after he was elected sheriff?"

"The one that said Law Enforcement at Its Finest?" Hannah asked, unable to keep the grin off her face as she remembered the photo of her brother-in-law dressed in the bank robber outfit he'd worn when he took Tracey and her friends out to Trick or Treat for Halloween.

"Yes. Bill knew it was a joke. He even thought it was funny. And so did everybody else at the sheriff's station."

"That's not the same thing!" Delores said, giving Andrea the look that all three girls had named Mother's Death Ray. "You girls may think this is funny, but I'll never be able to hold my head up in this town again!"

The sisters exchanged glances, but no one was about to argue the point. Despite the fact that she'd reached for another cookie, their mother was still in a terrible mood. The silence stretched on for several more seconds and finally Michelle spoke up.

"Where's Lisa?" Michelle asked in an obvious attempt to change the subject.

"At Cyril's garage," Hannah told her. "Her car was supposed to be ready by seven and Herb dropped her off there on his way to work."

Andrea glanced at the clock on the kitchen wall. "It's eight-thirty. I guess Cyril didn't have it ready on time."

"That's not surprising." Delores gave a little laugh. "The last time I took my car in for an oil change, it took two days. What's wrong with Lisa's car?"

Hannah's spirits lifted considerably as her mother helped herself to a third cookie. "Her fuel pump went out. She was going to call if Cyril couldn't have it ready to go by nine."

As if on cue, the phone rang and Michelle got up to answer it. Hannah listened to Michelle's end of the conversation for a beat and then she got up to retrieve her car keys.

"It's not ready?" Andrea asked, as Michelle hung up the phone.

"Not yet. I'll open the coffee shop if you want to drive out there, Hannah."

"And I'll help," Andrea added. "I'm good at pouring coffee and talking to people."

Delores nodded. "I'll help too, but I'm going to stay out here in the kitchen so I don't have to talk about Rod's horrid article. I'll fill the display jars and you girls can carry the cookies into the coffee shop."

"Thanks for helping," Hannah said sincerely. Her family had never failed to volunteer whenever she needed help. She glanced out the window and frowned slightly as she realized the sky was overcast. "I wonder if it's going to ..." Hannah stopped speaking abruptly as they all heard a crashing boom outside. A few seconds later, a blinding flash lit up the darkening sky.

"You'd better take an umbrella, dear," Delores warned her. "I was listening to KCOW radio in the car on my way here and Rayne Phillips said that there was a sixty-percent chance of a summer storm this morning."

"He should have made that a hundred percent chance," Andrea commented as raindrops began to pelt against the windowpane.

Hannah grabbed an umbrella from the coat rack by the back door. "I'd better hurry. If Lisa calls, tell her I'm on the way and I've got an extra umbrella in the car for her."

"Just a minute," Delores said, stopping Hannah before she could leave.

"What is it?" Hannah asked, turning to face her mother.

"I want you to promise me you won't find any dead bodies on your way out to Cyril's garage."

There was a smile on her mother's face and Hannah was glad. The chocolate in the cookies must have helped. Delores was getting her sense of humor back.

"I promise," Hannah said.

"Or on your way back, either."

"Yes, Mother," Hannah promised, heading out the door and into the rain.

CHAPTER 2

A rainy morning in August presented problems that appeared almost insurmountable just as soon as Hannah drove out of the parking lot in back of The Cookie Jar. It was so muggy that the windows in her Suburban were already starting to fog up. By the time she got to the end of the alley, she'd used her hand to wipe off a clear space to peer through, and she had to lower the driver's side window to keep it from fogging up again. This meant the rain came in, but she figured that a little rain was better than running into a building or another vehicle.

Naturally, the air conditioner wasn't working. It seemed the only time it worked was in the winter when she didn't need it. Ditto for the heater, which seemed to work best in the summer. In order to keep the windshield from fogging up so much that she couldn't see the pavement, she had to endure a wet left sleeve. "At least I don't wear glasses," Hannah muttered as she turned right on First Street and headed for the highway that would lead her to Murphy's Motors.

At highway speeds, the rain no longer came in the window and Hannah breathed a sigh of relief. She couldn't go as fast as she would have liked because it hadn't rained in over a week and the asphalt was slick with oil from the trucks that barreled down this route every day. Every time the lightning flashed, she could see an answering gleam in the surface of the wet roadway and the rumbling of thunder outside her open window made listening to the radio impossible.

The giants in the sky are bowling, Hannah thought, smiling as she remembered her father's reassuring words when the booming thunder had frightened her as a child. But why is it flashing? she'd asked him, pointing up at the lightning. Because their bowling balls have flashing lights in them, he'd answered. And from that moment on, Hannah had wished for a toy bowling ball with lights in it each and every Christmas until she was old enough to realize that it was all a figment of her father's imagination.


(Continues...)

Excerpted from Blackberry Pie Murder by JOANNE FLUKE. Copyright © 2014 H.L. Swensen, Inc.. Excerpted by permission of KENSINGTON PUBLISHING CORP..
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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 www.JoanneFluke.com

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Blackberry Pie Murder 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 85 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 continued.....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
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
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
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I HAVE READ EVERY ONE OF JOANNE'S BOOKS AND THIS ONE WAS GREAT UNTIL THE TERRIBLE WAY IT ENDED...I AM VERY DISAPPOINTED IN JOANNE.
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
Horrible