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Blackberry Pie Murder (Hannah Swensen #17)

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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. 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
Hardcover, 357 pages
Published February 25th 2014 by Kensington (first published January 1st 2014)
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Jennifer Burtch
Mar 03, 2014 Jennifer Burtch rated it did not like it
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
Sparkle
Mar 23, 2014 Sparkle rated it did not like it
Shelves: hated-it
*****Spoilers*****
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
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Kerry Boerst
Mar 11, 2014 Kerry Boerst rated it really liked it
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
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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
Cris
Feb 25, 2014 Cris rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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Lisa Currier
Mar 06, 2014 Lisa Currier rated it it was ok
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.
Barbara
Mar 28, 2016 Barbara rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016-challenge

In this 17th book in the series, cookie shop owner Hannah Swensen and her bakery partner Lisa are riding in the bakery truck when hazardous weather leads to an accident. Turns out Hannah has struck and killed a man on the side of the road. The dead man has no ID but his nice clothes and the diamond in his tooth indicate he's not an itinerant drifter. An autopsy reveals the man was beat up before his death, but Hannah's truck actually killed him.

Before long Hannah is arrested for vehicular homic
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Heather Schmitt
Apr 14, 2014 Heather Schmitt rated it it was ok
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
Susan B
Mar 06, 2014 Susan B rated it it was ok
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
Teresa
Mar 07, 2014 Teresa rated it it was ok
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.
C
Mar 15, 2014 C rated it it was ok
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.
Jess
Mar 01, 2014 Jess rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery, net-galley, 2014
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
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Clare O'Beara
Feb 15, 2014 Clare O'Beara rated it really liked it
Shelves: america-crime
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
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Denise Zendel
Mar 10, 2014 Denise Zendel rated it it was ok
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
Mark Baker
Mar 24, 2014 Mark Baker rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014, mystery
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
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Susan
Apr 20, 2014 Susan rated it did not like it
Joanne Fluke’s twenty novels about bakery owner / amateur sleuth Hannah Swensen have become less and less interesting. In fact, I could not force myself to finish this one.

Hannah is the Jessica Fletcher of Lake Eden, Minnesota. She and her family members have found so many dead bodies that the local newspaper prints an article pointing out that the Swensens have not found a corpse in four months. Well, you know what that means!

Do you remember the essay in which Mark Twain listed James Fenimore C
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Mystereity Reviews
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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Jan
Mar 01, 2014 Jan rated it did not like it
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.
Kathy
Jan 07, 2014 Kathy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Celia
Mar 07, 2014 Celia rated it did not like it
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
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Ricki
Mar 04, 2014 Ricki rated it it was ok
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
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
Victoria
Oct 19, 2016 Victoria rated it liked it
This is #17 in this "cozy mystery" series and I have read most of them. The appeal for me about this series has always been that the setting is Minnesota. Makes it feel familiar. I think Joanne Fluke is STUFFING her mysteries with recipes nowadays. In all the editions I've read, over all the number of years I've read them, this is the very first one that I tried a recipe out of. Not that they don't all sound delicious--some are more ambitious than I'd ever bother with though--but I guess this on ...more
Lina
Apr 13, 2014 Lina rated it it was ok
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
Gail Stewart rumsey
Mar 04, 2014 Gail Stewart rumsey rated it it was ok
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.
Rey Walker
Mar 24, 2014 Rey Walker rated it it was ok
Shelves: cotton-candy, cozy
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.
Catherine
Mar 23, 2017 Catherine rated it it was amazing
This was a great book!
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 charge of the planning? Yet just when Hannah believes her biggest challenge will be whether to use but
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Rod
Mar 12, 2017 Rod rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I can't believe I listened to a murder mystery that had cookie recipes in every chapter. (I don't recall Sherlock Holmes involving this...), and how can there be 17 books in this series? How many pastry chef related deaths can there be?

I don't know how we can have endless murder investigations in Lake Eden Minnesota. Must be something in the water - or maybe Minneapolis is really that bad.
So our lady pastry chef gets caught in a lightning storm and runs over some Pimp looking guy way out in the
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Jill Tool
5 Star Review. Hannah is back in her 17th book. This whole series a delightful read, it's fun, quirky, , light hearted, funny, enjoyable, and downright entertaining. If you've read something "heavy" and just want something that is lite reading, then this whole series is for you.

The characters have grown throughout the series and feel more like old friends than just characters in a book that would soon be forgotten after you close the book. The book is pretty fast paced and is a great page turne
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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
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“GRAHAM CRACKER CAKE Preheat oven to 350 degrees F., rack in the middle position. ½ cup salted butter, softened (1 stick, 4 ounces, ¼ pound) ¾ cup white (granulated) sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 large eggs 2 teaspoons baking powder ¼ teaspoon salt 2 and ¼ cups graham cracker crumbs 1 cup whole milk 1 cup chopped nuts (measure after chopping—I used walnuts)   8 and ¾ ounce can crushed pineapple WITH juice ¼ cup white (granulated) sugar Hannah’s Note: You can either crush your own graham cracker crumbs by placing graham crackers in a bag and rolling the bag with a rolling pin, crushing them in the food processor by using the steel blade, or you can buy ready-made graham cracker crumbs at the store. Spray a 9-inch square baking pan with Pam or another nonstick cooking spray and sprinkle the inside with flour. Shake out excess flour. You may also use Pam spray for baking, which contains a coating of flour. Both will work well. In an electric mixer, cream the butter and the sugar, adding the sugar gradually with the mixer on MEDIUM speed. Add the vanilla extract and mix it in thoroughly. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, incorporating the first egg before you add the second. Add the baking powder and the salt, beating until they’re thoroughly mixed. Mix in half of the graham cracker crumbs with half of the milk. Beat well. Mix in the other half of the graham cracker crumbs with the remaining half of the milk. Remove the bowl from the mixer and fold in the chopped nuts by hand. Pour the Graham Cracker Cake batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top with a rubber spatula. Bake your cake at 350 degrees F. for 30 minutes. Take your cake out of the oven, turn off the oven, and place the cake on a wire rack to await its topping. In a saucepan on the stovetop, combine the contents of the can of crushed pineapple and juice with the white sugar. Cook the pineapple mixture over MEDIUM HIGH heat, stirring constantly until it boils. Turn the burner down to LOW and cook the pineapple mixture for an additional 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Pour the hot pineapple sauce over the hot cake. Cool in the pan. Serve the Graham Cracker Cake with sweetened whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.” 2 likes
“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.” 1 likes
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