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Blackberry Pie Murder (Hannah Swensen #17)

3.32 of 5 stars 3.32  ·  rating details  ·  2,398 ratings  ·  467 reviews
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. 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 ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published February 25th 2014 by Kensington (first published January 1st 2014)
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Jennifer Burtch
It makes me sad to give this book only one star. I have read all of the Hannah books and this by far is the worst and such a complete and utter disappointment. The storyline was so weak. There wasn't a "murder". There wasn't even an ending (I thought the book hadn't downloaded to my kindle properly and I was missing something). There were way too many recipes (please put them at the end of the book and not between the chapters). The characters seemed juvenile in the way they spoke to one another ...more
I think I'm getting tired of this series.
Mike and Norman both need to find someone new. If Hannah has not decided by now, she's not in love with either of them.
The ending leaves a couple things unresolved.
I am glad I checked this out at the library instead of buying it.
A storm forces Hannah to drive a back road to avoid rising waters-which ultimately leads to her hitting and killing a guy on the side of the road. Long story short, the guy would have died anyway because of head trauma suffered in a fight..turns out he's a pimp from minneapolis chasing down a girl trying to escape him, who is posing as a girl who was missing for 16 years...yes, unbelievable. Long boring story that treats the reader like a moron. How many words does it really ta
Kerry Boerst
Seriously...Does anyone ever read what their friends have to say about the books they've read?? I really doubt that very many people care enough about what their friends are reading to take the time to actually read through the review that was so carefully written.

On the off chance that someone does give a flying f*ck about what I have read, this is what I thought about the Blackberry Pie Murder: I liked it more than the last two books in the series -- combined. The last two were such crap that
Ashley Arthur
This is the seventeenth (!) book in Joanne Fluke’s mystery series about Hannah Swenson, owner of Lake Eden Minnesota’s coffee shop and bakery called The Cookie Jar. Hannah, along with her mother and sisters, has developed a reputation for uncovering dead bodies. It’s been several months since the Swenson girls solved a mystery, and Hannah is looking forward to focusing on her bakery and planning her mother’s wedding. But Hannah’s peace of mind is short-lived, and in the midst of a terrible thund ...more
This series was so fun at first. Now... Not so much. It still has potential to end on a great book or two, but it's gotten very stale, and rather unbelievable. The ending was very abrupt, and now we have to wait a year to learn what could have easily been wrapped up in an epilogue or final chapter. By the time that year rolls around, I'm not sure I'll care about Hannah's case, unfortunately.
Jac (For Love and Books)
I have been a Hannah Swensen fan since the Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder was originally released! (I was a senior in high school, and am now in my 30′s – if that tells you how long I’ve been following this saga!) While I still enjoy aspects, the series is tired and I’m ready for Hannah to pick between Mike and Norman (which isn’t even really a question anymore, since the men have become besties themselves!) and settle down into a nice, quiet, murder free life.

That said? Blackberry Pie came with a
Lisa Currier
I always say I am done with the series, but read the new one, mostly for the recipes. The series needs some conclusions. Hannah is a grown woman who can't decided between her "boyfriends", shocked that other adults are having sex. I mean, seriously! The story was weak, light fluff.
This is even fluffier than it sounds. Cotton candy for the brain. I need to note that she recommends a graham cracker crust for a buttermilk pie. That's just wrong.
This is the seventeenth book in the Hannah Swensen series and features the usual cast of characters. I didn't read the previous book so I'm not sure if this one picks up right where it left off, but I didn't feel as though I was missing any important information.

The plot of this book was slightly different then almost every other book in this series because Hannah didn't just stumble on the body (or one of her family members) but instead she ran over it while driving her cookie truck. Now Hannah
Clare O'Beara
I enjoy both sides of Joanne Fluke's books; the mystery and the recipes. Start with the lime and optional vodka cookie bars! An August rain storm brings branches crashing down onto roads and causes Hannah Swensen's truck to leave the country road and hit a person. She's understandably distraught.

Three Minnesota sisters run the Cookie Jar store and coffee shop and stumble over more than their share of murders. Now Hannah's an unintentional killer. Previously the ladies' main concern was arranging
Susan B
I was torn between giving this book 2 or 3 stars, but ultimately went with two. The writing is just okay. I think I keep reading books in this series because I'm invested in the characters, especially Hannah, her sisters and her mother. They've been well developed and I enjoy reading about their relationships with each other. I'm not at all invested in Mike as a character and Hannah doesn't convince me to be. I think we're all getting tired of the Mike vs. Norman storyline. Please Ms. Fluke, jus ...more
Mark Baker
It's been four months since Hannah last found a dead body, and the only thing on her mind is getting her mother to settle on something for her wedding. That is until a sever summer storm forces Hannah to lose control of her car and hit a man, killing him. But no one recognizes him. Who is he? And what was he doing in Lake Eden?

There is little that changes in the lives of the characters, but I still enjoyed visiting them again since I found them their normal charming selves. The cliffhanger at th
Heather Schmitt
I agree with other reviewers of this book - PLEASE,Hannah/Joanne,for the love of God, pick a boyfriend -JUST ONE!!!! My vote would be for Norman,who would be every woman's dream,and I can't comprehend just WHY Hannah is still interested in that schmuck Mike.And the only time she shows any relationship fire is when she thought she might lose Norman/Mike to a past flame (in previous books in the series).Really - what man in their right mind would be strung along like this ,other than in Ms.Fluke's ...more
Blackberry Pie Murder is the seventeenth book in the Hannah Swenson series by Joanne Fluke. And Hannah still cannot decide between Mike and Norman. Really...this is all a little too silly.

As always the recipes make the book. The story is fine. All the regular characters are there. If you are a fan of the series then I'm sure you'll enjoy this latest offering.
I have all of the books in this series. This one was a huge disappointment. When I'm reading a book, especially a mystery I expect that the book will have a conclusion. I turned the page to read the next chapter, only to find a index to the recipes in the book. The recipes were also disappointing.
This is the last Joanne Fluke book I will purchase.
The series has gone on too long without any progress in the characters. Either kill it or move them forward. I'm glad I no longer buy these and just borrow them from the library.
After reading all of the Hannah Swensen mysteries and enjoying most of them, I must admit this book in the series felt "like a letdown". First of all, I sincerely wish Ms. Fluke would index and place all recipes together at the end of the book--not throw them randomly within the chapters of the book. Having the recipes within the chapters gives the reader the feeling there is more recipe than content of the mystery to be solved. Secondly, seventeen books and there is still a love triangle going ...more
Denise Zendel
I wanted to be able to say I really liked this book (I own up to book 12 in the series in either hardback or paperback), but it's somewhere more between "meh" and "OK." I'm having a love-hate relationship with this series. I love the recurring characters and the recipes (my office mates are very happy every time I read one of these books because they get the benefits). What I don't love is that a grown 30-something woman who runs a successful business is incapable of making decisions about her o ...more
I adore this series and have read all of the books, 1-16, twice. I love the recipes and the story lines and the characters. I admit I want to see Hannah pick a beau, preferably Norman, but then I think it would kill the series. I have read all of the Stephanie Plum books by Janet Evanovich and its the same there. Should she take Morelli, Yae!, or Ranger. I think if and when she settles the books may no longer be as much fun.
My only problem with this particular book was that it seemed to get los
Jo Dervan
In the 17th book in this series, Hannah Swenson, owner of the Cookie Jar, is once again involved in a murder in her small town of Lake Eden, Minnesota. Hannah had been driving her van in a wild thunderstorm when she hit and killed an unidentified man. Hannah and her sisters and friends all try to find out the identity of the dead man as well as whether he really died as a result of the car accident. All this takes place with the background of planning Hannah's mom Delores's upcoming wedding to t ...more
More like 2 1/2 stars. Not as bad as the last one, but the inane dialogue prevents it from being better. While never a hip, snappy series, it is getting a bit maudlin and the dialogue sounds dated. In some places, it reads like an 80s sitcom. The plot itself was interesting and was the only thing that kept me from chucking the whole thing.
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It's sad when a series I've enjoyed gets old and worn out. I've read this series because I enjoyed the quirky characters who populate Lake Eden, not because I care about solving the murder mystery. The last couple of books have been disappointing. Minor characters who used to appear regularly have practically disappeared. There is too much description of Hannah's daily routine. Characters don't grow. And in this book there is no resolution. I realize it's not meant to be great literature but it ...more
Lately it is with great sadness that I pick up a new book in this series. For me they are sort of becoming a caricature of what it started out to be. Hannah still can't choose between Norman and Mike, yet they all get along and Hannah is surprisingly chaste, sticking with kisses. How is this possible? Yet Hannah longs to be married and have kids, even talks about it with her mother in this book. This situation needs to be resolved and fast because it's starting to become a joke.

Another thing tha
Nancy Narma
“Guilt or Innocence, Wedding or No Wedding-which will it be?"
As we again travel back to Lake Eden, we find life equals chaos once more for Hannah Swensen. Not only is she busy, busy, busy with her customers at her Café, "The Cookie Jar", but she is trying to make some semblance of order out of the ever-changing plans for her Mother's and Doc's fast-approaching wedding. It seems as if each time Delores' daughters think the details are finalized, their Mother changes her mind--making Hannah wonder
Rey Walker
I have read all of the previous recipe murder novels in this series, so I know they're in the cozy genre. Perhaps I've become jaded, but the innocence of this entry is cloying. At times I think I even heard the canned laugh track from an old '50s sitcom.
Julie Barrett
Blackberry Pie Murder by Joanne Fluke
Love the Hannah Swensen series and all the characters involved in this family saga tale.
The three sisters, Hannah, Andrea and Michelle are wondering why their mother, Delores won't pick a color for the theme for her wedding to Doc. When she decides she changes her mind a week later.
Hannah heads to the car shop to pick up Lisa, her baker in The Cookie Jar and with the storm ends up running into a man and killing him.
She is in jail and with her notes and others
I agree with the other long-time Hannah Swensen readers that this book was a huge disappointment. I've read all of them and they used to be Frankly, this one felt more "dark" and I definitely didn't appreciate being left hanging at the end with EVERY story line in the book (which there were many).

The whole prostitute betting beaten to death, Hannah hitting and killing someone in her car (not a spoiler, it's in the 1st couple chapters) and then being actually held accountable to the point of a t
I started out to read just one of this series of culinary mysteries, but as tends to happen, I got hooked on the characters and have read them all. I've made a bunch of the recipes included and some have been pretty good--keepers even. I like these books because they are squeaky clean, the people are good, and the mysteries aren't too complicated! And this one ended with a cliff-hanger so I can't wait for the next one!
Gail Stewart rumsey
This is the 17th Hannah Swenson mystery I have read but the only mystery here is why did Ms. Fluke write it? Granted, it is a cozy mystery, not a police procedural, but the actions of the police and coroner are so far from reality it is impossible to enjoy the story. The same can be said for the social situations and "romances". The story is choppy and the ending abrupt. I suppose the ending will be the beginning of the next book and I'm not sure I will bother to read it.
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“FETTUCCINI “PORCINI” (Australian Fettuccini) Trudi’s 1st Note: We just returned from a trip to Australia. This is my version of a recipe we experienced in Sydney. It’s easy to make and a wonderful flavor. For the Pasta: Prepare a package of your favorite brand fettuccini pasta as instructed on the package. Use the size that serves 4. When the pasta is cooked, drain it, give it a stir to keep it from sticking together, cover it loosely with foil and set it aside on a cold burner to wait for its yummy sauce. For the Sauce: ¼ pound bacon (regular sliced, not thick) ½ pound (8 ounces) fresh mushrooms sliced, or chopped ½ cup chopped onions (regular yellow onions or green onions—if you use green onions, you can use up to 2 inches of the stem) 4-inch square of fresh salmon filet 15-ounce (approximate—if it’s a bit more, that’s okay) jar of prepared Alfredo sauce Pan fry the bacon until it’s crispy and lift it out of the fat with a slotted spoon to drain it on paper towels. Use the remaining bacon fat in the pan to fry the mushrooms until they are very well done. Add the onions to the pan and continue to fry until the onions are translucent and fully cooked. Cut the raw salmon into cubes and add it to the pan. Fry it until the salmon is fully cooked. Add the drained bacon pieces to the pan and add the Alfredo sauce. Stir everything together until it’s well-combined and heated through. Arrange the pasta you’ve cooked on 4 plates. Ladle the delicious mixture in the frying pan over the pasta and serve to rave reviews! Trudi’s 2nd Note: The porcini is in quotes because I’m sure the restaurant used them, but regular mushrooms work just as well and are easier on the budget. Fresh salmon works great but since it sort of falls apart in the cooking anyway, you probably could use canned or packaged salmon and get the same results. If you prefer, you could also use packaged Alfredo sauce mix and prepare it yourself.” 0 likes
“BACON, EGG, AND CHEDDAR CHEESE TOAST CUPS Preheat oven to 400 degrees F., rack in the middle position. 6 slices bacon (regular sliced, not thick sliced) 4 Tablespoons (2 ounces, ½ stick) salted butter, softened 6 slices soft white bread ½ cup grated cheddar cheese 6 large eggs Salt and pepper to taste Cook the 6 slices of bacon in a frying pan over medium heat for 6 minutes or until the bacon is firmed up and the edges are slightly brown, but the strips are still pliable. They won’t be completely cooked, but that’s okay. They will finish cooking in the oven. Place the partially-cooked bacon on a plate lined with paper towels to drain it. Generously coat the inside of 6 muffin cups with half of the softened butter. Butter one side of the bread with the rest of the butter but stop slightly short of the crusts. Lay the bread out on a sheet of wax paper or a bread board butter side up. Hannah’s 1st Note: You will be wasting a bit of butter here, but it’s easier than cutting rounds of bread first and trying to butter them after they’re cut. Using a round cookie cutter that’s three and a half inches (3 and ½ inches) in diameter, cut circles out of each slice of bread.   Hannah’s 2nd Note: If you don’t have a 3.5 inch cookie cutter, you can use the top rim of a standard size drinking glass to do this. Place the bread rounds butter side down inside the muffin pans, pressing them down gently being careful not to tear them as they settle into the bottom of the cup. If one does tear, cut a patch from the buttered bread that is left and place it, buttered side down, over the tear. Curl a piece of bacon around the top of each piece of bread, positioning it between the bread and the muffin tin. This will help to keep the bacon in a ring shape. Sprinkle shredded cheese in the bottom of each muffin cup, dividing the cheese as equally as you can between the 6 muffin cups. Crack an egg into a small measuring cup (I use a half-cup measure) with a spout, making sure to keep the yolk intact. Hannah’s 3rd Note: If you break a yolk, don’t throw the whole egg away. Just slip it in a small covered container which you will refrigerate and use for scrambled eggs the next morning, or for that batch of cookies you’ll make in the next day or two. Pour the egg carefully into the bottom of one of the muffin cups. Repeat this procedure for all the eggs, cracking them one at a time and pouring them into the remaining muffin cups. When every muffin cup has bread, bacon, cheese and egg, season with a little salt and pepper. Bake the filled toast cups for 6 to 10 minutes, depending on how firm you want the yolks. (Naturally, a longer baking time yields a harder yolk.) Run the blade of a knife around the edge of each muffin cup, remove the Bacon, Egg, and Cheddar Cheese Toast Cups, and serve immediately. Hannah’s 4th Note: These are a bit tricky the first time you make them. That’s just “beginner nerves”. Once you’ve made them successfully, they’re really quite easy to do and extremely impressive to serve for a brunch. Yield: 6 servings (or 3 servings if you’re fixing them for Mike and Norman).” 0 likes
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