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Blackberry Pie Murder (Hannah Swensen #17)

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3.39 of 5 stars 3.39  ·  rating details  ·  3,394 ratings  ·  581 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
Hardcover, 357 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
Sparkle
*****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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Carmen
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.
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
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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
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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Cris
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.
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
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.
Teresa
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.
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
Jess
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
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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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
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C
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.
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
Tam
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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Kathy
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.
Jan
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.
Susan
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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Ricki
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
Celia
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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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
Lina
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
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.
Darcy
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
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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
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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.
Susan W
Typical Hannah Swensen! Inane dialogue, decent mystery, cute cat. The mystery itself was rather good - one of my favorites I think. Hannah and company try to find out the identity of who Hannah struck and killed with her vehicle on a stormy day as she drove with Lisa. They have several clues as they work through the mystery. She also attempts to unravel the mystery of a Lake Eden resident whose supposed daughter recently returned home after being gone since she was a teen.

The reader is in for a
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Teri Sears
It feels like Joanne Fluke is tired of writing about Hannah Swenson. I know I'm tired of reading what this series has become.

When I got to the end I literally spent 10 minutes trying to figure out where the rest of the book was! I thought I'd somehow got a defective copy because the end was missing! The end is still missing, but it turns out that my copy was not defective; the story just ends rather abruptly with no resolution to the main plot!

This is the 17th installment in the unbelievable li
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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.” 1 likes
“TIO TITO’S SUBLIME LIME BAR COOKIES Preheat oven to 350 degrees F., rack in the middle position. ½ cup finely-chopped coconut (measure after chopping—pack it down when you measure it) 1 cup cold salted butter (2 sticks, 8 ounces, ½ pound) ½ cup powdered (confectioners) sugar (no need to sift unless it’s got big lumps) 2 cups all-purpose flour (pack it down when you measure it)   4 beaten eggs (just whip them up with a fork) 2 cups white (granulated) sugar cup lime juice (freshly squeezed is best) cup vodka (I used Tito’s Handmade Vodka) ½ teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon baking powder ½ cup all-purpose flour (pack it down when you measure it) Powdered (confectioners) sugar to sprinkle on top Coconut Crust: To get your half-cup of finely-chopped coconut, you will need to put approximately ¾ cup of shredded coconut in the bowl of a food processor. (The coconut will pack down more when it’s finely-chopped so you’ll need more of the stuff out of the package to get the half-cup you need for this recipe.) Chop the shredded coconut up finely with the steel blade. Pour it out into a bowl and measure out ½ cup, packing it down when you measure it. Return the half-cup of finely chopped coconut to the food processor. (You can also do this by spreading out the shredded coconut on a cutting board and chopping it finely by hand.) Cut each stick of butter into eight pieces and arrange them in the bowl of the food processor on top of the chopped coconut. Sprinkle the powdered sugar and the flour on top of that. Zoop it all up with an on-and-off motion of the steel blade until it resembles coarse cornmeal. Prepare a 9-inch by 13-inch rectangular cake pan by spraying it with Pam or another nonstick cooking spray. Alternatively, for even easier removal, line the cake pan with heavy-duty foil and spray that with Pam. (Then all you have to do is lift the bar cookies out when they’re cool, peel off the foil, and cut them up into pieces.) Sprinkle the crust mixture into the prepared cake pan and spread it out with your fingers. Pat it down with a large spatula or with the palms of your impeccably clean hands. Hannah’s 1st Note: If your butter is a bit too soft, you may end up with a mass that balls up and clings to the food processor bowl. That’s okay. Just scoop it up and spread it out in the bottom of your prepared pan. (You can also do this in a bowl with a fork or a pie crust blender if you prefer.) Hannah’s 2nd Note: Don’t wash your food processor quite yet. You’ll need it to make the lime layer. (The same applies to your bowl and fork if you make the crust by hand.) Bake your coconut crust at 350 degrees F. for 15 minutes. While your crust is baking, prepare the lime layer. Lime Layer: Combine the eggs with the white sugar. (You can use your food processor and the steel blade to do this, or you can do it by hand in a bowl.) Add the lime juice, vodka, salt, and baking powder. Mix thoroughly. Add the flour and mix until everything is incorporated. (This mixture will be runny—it’s supposed to be.) When your crust has baked for 15 minutes, remove the pan from the oven and set it on a cold stovetop burner or a wire rack. Don’t shut off the oven! Just leave it on at 350 degrees F. Pour the lime layer mixture on top of the crust you just baked. Use potholders to pick up the pan and return it to the oven. Bake your Sublime Lime Bar Cookies for an additional 30 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and cool your lime bars in the pan on a cold stovetop burner or a wire rack. When the pan has cooled to room temperature, cover it with foil and refrigerate it until you’re ready to serve. Cut the bars into brownie-sized pieces, place them on a pretty platter, and sprinkle them lightly with powdered sugar. Yum! Hannah’s 3rd Note: If you would prefer not to use alcohol in these bar cookies, simply substitute whole milk for the vodka. This recipe works both ways and I can honestly tell you that I’ve never met anyone who doesn’t like my Sublime Lime Bar Cookies!” 1 likes
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