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Peach Cobbler Murder (Hannah Swensen #7)

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  8,425 ratings  ·  359 reviews
With The Cookie Jar, Hannah Swensen has a mouthwatering monopoly on the bakery business of Lake Eden, Minnesota. But when a rival store opens, tensions begin to bubble...As she sits in her nearly empty store on Groundhog Day, Hannah can only hope that spring is just around the corner--and that the popularity of the new Magnolia Blossom Bakery is just a passing fad. The sou ...more
Published February 1st 2006 by Kensington Publishing Corporation (first published January 1st 2005)
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This book irritated me so much when I read it several years ago that I had wiped from my memory. It wasn't until I looked through my bookshelves that I realized I had forgotten to add it. Peach Cobbler Murder is my first from the Hannah Swensen series, and very likely my last. Usually I would give the earlier books a chance when I realize that I had picked up a later book in the series by mistake, but not here; if the 7th book was so hard to bear, what would the 1st be like, when the writing and ...more
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This review contains complaining. You've be fairly warned.

Here's the one thing that drives me absolutely bananas about Joanne Fluke's cookie-baking Minnesotan heroine Hannah Swensen: She nitpicks about other people's grammar during conversations. I know that Hannah's background is of a potential MA in English before her dad dies and she goes home to Lake Eden to open her cookie business, but enough is enough. I'm a book editor and I am paid to fix bad grammar, but I don't get distracted by inner
For the most part these books are light, enjoyable reads but I'm really starting to get frustrated with the main character, Hannah. The love triangle with Hannah/Norman/Mike that has been going on for a year and 7 books now is really starting to become irritating. The fact that Norman and Mike get along so well, while both dating the same girl just isn't believable anymore. Not to mention the fact that Hannah freaks out every time Norman or Mike even glance at other women, yet here she is dating ...more
Mandy Crider
Hannah Swensen is superwoman in an apron. What an ending! Wow! I did not see that coming. This book was a great read. Had it figured out about two thirds of the way through.... still a great read. These books get better and better as I read them. Hannah still needs to become a cop, I swear she could run Lake Eden and The Cookie Jar at the same time.
This is the fourth or fifth book in this series I've read, but I don't think I'll read another. I've never come across a more annoying main character. She has been stringing two guys along for well over a year, yet gets angry when one of them spends time with another woman. One of the guys arranges to have the heater in her truck fixed for her and she is busy trying not to get angry about it! She comes across as so superior to everyone around her and apparently the local police department are so ...more
Kasia S.
This truly is the food lover's perfect mystery series and is quite satisfying when I'm in the greedy mood for sweet treats and mayhem. Crusty and flaky nibbles of cookies and cake are laced though out the novel, with many rich coffee breaks thrown in and a great mystery to boot. Peach Cobbler murder is as appetizing as it is entertaining and as usual it left me hungry for more.

With the wedding happening, who's wedding you want to know, well I don't want to spoil things, but one happens, and coin
As she sits in her nearly empty store on Groundhog Day, Hannah can only hope that spring is just around the corner--"and that the popularity of the new Magnolia Blossom Bakery is just a passing fad. The southern hospitality of Lake Eden's two Georgia transplants, Shawna Lee and Vanessa Quinn, is grating on Hannah's nerves--"and cutting into her profits.

Things go from bad to worse when Shawna Lee and Hannah's sometime-boyfriend, Detective Mike Kingston, are no-shows to the wedding.

When Hannah s
I don't know why I keep reading books from this series. The character Hannah is a goody and a player (she has two boyfriends!) and everyone loves her. Doesn't sound very realistic to me. Give me a character who has some attitude. And I'm confused as to why no one in the books weights a few hundred pounds because all they do is eat cookies!

In this book, a new bakery opens up and it taking all of Hannah's business. And then the person who runs the shop dies, and while the description of the book
This was one of the weaker books in the series. The murder part was OK (kind of formulaic, but nothing you won't find in a Mary Higgins Clark book - it could have been much worse). But Hannah is getting a little tiresome - I'm completely sick of her conversations with her cat. While I like the other characters in the book, I draw the line at animals. The book would have been at least a Chapter shorter if we had left out Moishe's mousing. And I didn't feel like the conversations with the cat adva ...more
Juliana Miguel
What to say about Peach Cobbler Murder, I've never heard of this series before and I only really took this book from the library because the title spiked my curiousity. The book itself was an easy read with a very basic plot to follow but still certain things about said plot bothered me. For one, I honestly couldn't get my head around Hannah and all her posy sneaking around to discover who the murderer was. But I'm guessing that not having read the previous books put me in a disadvantage, maybe ...more
Hannah Swensen, owner of The Cookie Jar, is having a severe slump in business. When Shawn Lee Quinn and her sister, Vanessa, open a bakery right down the street, the townsfolk come in droves. If you read this series, you'll remember Shawn Lee is from Georgia and used to know one of Hannah's beaus, Mike, and when he came to work at the Lake Eden Sheriff's Dept, Shawna Lee, followed him. It's clear in the last few books that Shawna Lee has designs on Mike but he has designs on Hannah. Of course, i ...more
2.5 stars (a bit better than the last two books, but not up to a 3 star)

Book #7 in Hannah Swensen cozy murder mysteries with recipes

I still like the Minnesota setting, the recipes, and the light easy reading to exercise with. However, the protagonist Hannah is getting quite annoying on several fronts - her reckless, abrupt way of confronting supposedly dangerous possible murderers (yet she resents Mike's warnings to be careful); the love triangle that has continued through 7 books without any re
I didn't see that coming that's for sure. The ending was better then most and I really love how the charters are developing. I have to say Lisa was made out to be less of a person this book and that upset me, and the wedding was glazed over but still a great, cozy read. The ending was both adorable and hilarious!
Laura Watts
What can I say...How many bodies can Hannah find? With it being a small town and so much crime happening. Makes me not want to visit a place like that. I was so excited that Lisa and Herb had gotten married.

But what about Hannah? What is going to happen? Why can't she choose Norman or Mike? Should she play it safe with Norman or should she be with the man who makes her heart skip a beat? At this point, drop them both and find someone who can do both, but get on with it.

Part of me wouldn't mind
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I complained in my review of the previous Fluke novel, "Sugar Cookie Murder" because the mystery was far too short and the recipes too numerous. I said I wasn't going to say the series was plummeting for me until I read the next one. Well now I have, and I can honestly say this is the one I have enjoyed most in the series to this point. This was a relatively well padded volume. The murder didn't happen until over a hundred pages in but I still enjoyed reading about Hannah, her friends, her cat, ...more
Genevieve Scholl
While this was not the best book in the series, I still thoroughly enjoyed it and do not agree with some of the other reviews. Of course, we're not all supposed to agree because we each have different opinions. However, some of the things that are being said about it bothered me. Especially a comment about how Hannah "isn't pretty" and basically doesn't deserve to have two men attracted to her. Um, does that mean that only beauty queens are allowed to have men fawning over them? What kind of mes ...more
Two months have passed since Andrea had her baby girl, Bethany. And in a few weeks is the wedding of Lisa and Herb, partner to Hannah Swensen and traffic law enforcer, respectfully. Two weeks prior the Mangolia Blossom Bakery opened up, owed by sisters Shawna Lee and Vanessa Quinn, causing business for the Cookie Jar to run slow. Dangerous slow. With the upcoming wedding fast approaching, Hannah has a lot on her plate especially when she finds out from Lisa that Mike's Hummer was spotted by Herb ...more
The book is ok. Same as the others. There are two things i want to say though...

1. The entire conversation between Hannah and Andrea looking for some symbol of transition between girlhood and womanhood at Lisa's wedding is offensive as hell. The only way to transition from a girl to a woman is to marry someone? Are you kidding me??? I'm pretty sure Lisa was a woman LONG before she married Herb.

As always with this series, I really enjoyed it - nothing life changing or even very memorable, but a pleasant page-turner with fun recipes to read. I have the next two books waiting for me at the Library, and I can't wait to read them.
Hannah Swensen's monopoly on mouthwatering goodies at the "Cookie Jar" is in danger when a rival store opens up across the street. The store's owner, Shawna Lee Quinn is not all she portrays to be and seems to be after one of Hannah's boyfriend's, Detective Mike Kingston. When Shawna Lee is found shot to death, Hannah is put at the top of the list of suspects. But with help from her friends and family, Hannah shows she wasn't the only one with an axe to grind with Shawna. This was a fun book to ...more
I always enjoy these Hannah Swenson mysteries. They are cute and easy to read. No, they're not deep reads with meaningful dialog. They are just fun, cozy escapes. This one is just as fun as the rest!
I really liked this book. The popularity of the new Magnolia Blossom Bakery with owners Shawna Lee and Vanessa Quinn and they are getting on Hannah's nerves and cutting into her profits. At least she has her business partner Lisa's wedding to look forward to. Unfortunately Shawna Lee has an invitation to the reception and is bringing her Southern Peach Cobbler. Things go from bad to worse when Shawna Lee's and Hannah's sometime boyfriend Mike Kingston are no shows to the wedding. When Hannah see ...more
Extremely light reading in the cozy mystery with recipes genre. I must say the recipes looked yummy, but pretty heavy on things I wouldn't use (like cups of corn syrup and packaged pudding mix). Light on the emotional connection too; the heroine seems like a very shallow and spoiled individual and even her cat can't quite redeem her.
I will admit to skimming, and wondering if maybe in Minnesota everyone is shallow and vain and uncaring and somewhat clueless.
Surely not.
Now, disclaimer, this is app
It's a no brainer, Hannah. Choose the guy who thinks to bring you breakfast sausage for Groundhog's Day. Humor = important!
Good story when you want something funny and entertaining. Love Joanne Flukes stories.
Shawna Lee and her sister have set up a bakery right across the street from the Cookie Jar. Hannah is worried that they may have to shut down as everyone in town is going across the street. Lisa and Herb get married on Valentine's Day. When Hannah stops in at the Cookie Jar to leave the leftover food from the reception she sees all the lights blazing in the bakery across the street. She tries calling but gets no answer. She goes to see if everything is all right and finds Shawna Lee dead in the ...more
Anne Lawrence
Still don't like the Mike vs. Norman part of the books in this series. I think it speaks volumes on page 353 of the paperback re"Having Mike this close must be a bit like getting hooked on drugs. She [Hannah] felt that without him, she'd be a shell. And with him, she could be anything she wanted to be. The feeling scared her and she fought it. This wasn't love; this was addiction."

Why is it that she is even questioning who to choose between the drop dead gorgeous self-involved puts her second Mi
Sarah Jane
I hadn't read a Hannah Swensen book in a few months. I've been slipping into a reading rut for the last few months as well. Not that I haven't read some great books, I've just been struggling to pick up and actually read. I get into bed at night and barely get through a paragraph before I fall asleep, book in hand. So while my husband visited family in Tennessee for a week, I had no adult interaction or company and I read my little heart out. I got through this surprisingly fast and have to admi ...more
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Like Hannah Swensen, Joanne Fluke grew up in a small town in rural Minnesota where her neighbors were friendly, the winters were fierce, and the biggest scandal was the spotting of unidentified male undergarments on a young widow's clothesline. She insists that there really are 10,000 lakes and the mosquito is NOT the state bird.

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