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Peach Cobbler Murder (Hannah Swensen #7)

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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
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Published February 1st 2006 by Kensington Publishing Corporation (first published January 1st 2005)
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Hannah
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
Zoe
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Rachel
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...more
Jennifer
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
Jo
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
Tiffunee
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...more
Lindsay
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...more
Laura
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
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...more
Victoria
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
Debbie
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...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
Kathy
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...more
Robyn
Good story when you want something funny and entertaining. Love Joanne Flukes stories.
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...more
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
Janastasia Whydra
Sometimes writing a review for a book that is an installment of a series can be difficult, especially for some readers who don't start from the beginning (which is something I noticed from reading some of the harsher reviews for this volume). My review is more of a criticism of other reviewers with an emphasis that if you're going to start reading a series, start from the beginning and not the middle.

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Lorraine
The Cookie Jar is losing business to Shawna Lee's Magnolia Bakery close-by where Shawna Lee and her sister Veronica sell peach cobbler and other sweets. Hannah's partner gets married on Valentine's Day and Shawna Lee is a no-show with her peach cobbler. Hannah returns to the Cookie Jar with leftover desserts and after placing them in her walk-in fridge see a light comes from the Magnolia Bakery. Investigating, she discovers Shawna Lee dead in the bakery kitchen, shot through the chest while taki...more
Lori McD
Love the confectionary qualities of the Hannah Swensen books... but I'm a bit frustrated at Hannah -- how long can she go on dating 2 men without choosing 1 to settle with? Especially when both men propose to her on the same night? Just pick one!

OK, I realize Ms. Fluke is not the only one to tease us in a chick-lit, pseudo-mystery with 2 men (*cough* Janet Evanovich *cough*). But Hannah seems more sensible to me and less flighty than other main characters.

Anyway, as incorrect as it is to say, I...more
Tiffany
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It’s official! Peach Cobbler Murder by Joanne Fluke is the best murder mystery in the Hannah Swedsen series! I absolutely loved this installment in the series. I must admit that I was beginning to get bored with the series because it was becoming too predictable. But this addition renewed my enthusiasm to finish the series. And I want to try ALL the recipes in this book! They all sounded delicious.

Peach Cobbler Murder picks up right where Sugar Cookie Mur...more
Luffy Monkey D.
I had a brief moment of weakness when I read what was written at the end, and I wanted to double the book's score. Then I remembered how numb I felt going through the endless boring and mundane chapters that make up this quite curious book. Like other books in the series, this one especially is too long and it does outstay its welcome. I thought that if the author had to tarry and dally it should have been at the wedding. But that didn't happen.

Peach Cobbler Murder felt different because minor...more
Ana T.
Having found the latest book in this series lacking I started this one with great expectations. I was hoping for a nice cozy mystery like the first ones I've read but I found myself really annoyed from the beginning with Hannah's attention towards Mike.

That guy is definitely not being honest regarding his relationship with Shawna Lee, he sends both women flowers and Valentine's day cards and she is still thinking about him as a love interest? He takes her for granted and is totally insensitive.

A...more
Karen
Reading this book was like turing on the TV in the middle of an episode of Murder She Wrote. I had thought it was the first book in the series (because of the confusing listings in the library's online catalog), when I borrowed the Kindle version of this book from my local library, but I discovered that this is actually somewhere in the middle of the series only after the flight attendant made the announcement that it was safe to turn on electronic devices. Trapped on a 3 hour flight with no oth...more
Jeanne
Winter is here, and trouble’s brewing in Lake Eden, at least when it comes to the bakery biz. Shawna Lee Quinn, Hannah’s rival in the last mystery, has opened Magnolia Blossom Bakery right across the street from Hannah’s Cookie Jar. The nerve! Plus, there’s something going on with Shawna Lee and Hannah’s boyfriend, Mike.

The war between bakeries is not the only thing going on in Lake Eden. Lisa and Herb are getting married on Valentine’s Day. As the wedding day looms, Hannah watches her business...more
Karol
Picking up "Peach Cobbler Murder" by Joanne Fluke was like seeing an old friend that I'd been missing. I started reading this series in 2009, but it has been a few months since I've ready another in the series, with the exception of the short novella "Candy Cane Murder" this past Christmas.

I absolutely enjoy the relationships that the author has developed in this series - Hannah and her mother Dolores, sister Andrea, and business partner Lisa. And then there is her most ridiculous love life with...more
Heidi
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Cherry Sparkles
I started reading the series around the time of this and have read it one a year ever since (every time a new book comes out, I re-read the series).

I don't like Hannah Swensen. I think she's egotistical, condescending, has a superiority complex and is a meddling busy body who could never admit that perhaps someone knows better.

Lake Eden is quirky and full of interesting human characters - apart from Hannah whose only apparent flaw is that she is a little chubby. Not that she sees this as a flaw...more
Dana
Hannah Swensen's, The Cookie Jar bakery is in trouble. Shawna Lee and Vanessa Quinn have opened up the Magnolia Blossom Bakery and all of Hannah's business has gone there. She is hoping it is just a passing fancy. She also hopes that Mike really isn't seriously interested in Shawna Lee.

Hannah's partner Lisa's wedding is here. Basically the whole town is invited and everyone has contributed desserts. In between the service and the reception, Shawna Lee is murdered. Who had the time and motive?

Han...more
Martha Miles
Sweet mystery! Hannah Swenson is a character I can relate to. I like her recipes her family and friends and the two guys who attracted to her. Fun to read. Rather slow paced but relaxing.

I think the book could have benefited from the Readers Digest editing team. Book seems longer than story warrants. I really want to try out the Choco


You will like this book if you like cozy mysteries.




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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.

While pursuing her writing career, Joanne has worked as: a public sch...more
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