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Peach Cobbler Murder (Hannah Swensen #7)

3.91  ·  Rating Details ·  10,410 Ratings  ·  475 Reviews
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. At least Hannah h ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published February 1st 2006 by Kensington (first published January 1st 2005)
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May 28, 2011 Hannah rated it did not like it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
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
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
Aug 02, 2016 James rated it really liked it
Fluke steps up the series with Peach Cobbler Murder by focusing on core characters, tying up some loose ends from previous books, showing the power of strong and close relationships and setting what is hopefully the final competition between Mike and Norman for Hannah's heart.

The recipes sound delicious (but may be getting to be too strong of a theme in each book) and are integrating into the story more closely. Between these books and The Great British Baking Show, I am constantly surrounded by
Aug 19, 2010 Zoe rated it did not like it
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Jan 13, 2010 Jo rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, cozy-mystery
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
Jun 27, 2015 Mandy Crider rated it it was amazing
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.
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Feb 23, 2017 Brooke ♥booklife4life♥ rated it it was ok
Shelves: vday17

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Basic Info

Pages/Length: n/a
Genre: Cozy mystery
Reason For Reading: Idk right now!

At A Glance

Love Triangle/Insta Love/Obsession?:
Cliff Hanger: No
Triggers: n/a
Rating: 2.5 stars

Score Sheet
All out of ten

Cover: 6
Plot: 6
Characters: 1
World Building: 5
Flow: 5
Series Congruity: 7
Writing: 7
Ending: 6

Total: 5

In Depth

Best Part:
Hannah's issues.
Worst Part: Low life taking the dead's shit!
Thoughts Had: How petty.

Apr 10, 2010 Lindsay rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries
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
Jan 14, 2013 Jennifer rated it it was ok
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
Julie Barrett
Jun 23, 2016 Julie Barrett rated it really liked it
Peach cobbler murder by Joanne Fluke
Have enjoyed this series and each book can be read by itself.
So funny how she has two guys that want to marry her and she won't give in.
A new bakery in town til the owner is found dead. Now everybody suspects Hannah...Hannah investigates and asks others and that leads to clues
and she's busy with Lisa's wedding plans. So much action and recipes along the way.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).
Jun 18, 2015 Natalie rated it it was ok
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Something actually happened in the never-ending love triangle! Awesomely terrible, as always.
May 02, 2010 Kasia rated it it was amazing
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
Lisa B.
Apr 17, 2017 Lisa B. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-read
Another good one in the series. Plus, the ending left us with a bit of a cliff hanger!
Mar 06, 2013 Victoria rated it it was amazing
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
Juliana Miguel
Jul 29, 2011 Juliana Miguel rated it liked it
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
Feb 13, 2016 Toni rated it really liked it
4 Stars

Coming back to a Joanne Fluke novel is like coming home. I can't tell you what a quick read it was. I felt like I flew through the entire novel. That tells me that Fluke's words just flow like a rushing river. She had me from the word GO when poor Hannah Swensen was in her nearly empty cookie shop watching the competition across the street get all the customers.

That is so on point for things that happen in small towns these days. People go for the cheaper, yet more extravagant things lea
May 24, 2012 Laura rated it liked it
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
Erin Volk
Oct 10, 2016 Erin Volk rated it did not like it
I've been reading these books recently and, for the most part, found them to be some nice fluff reading; however, I've finally reached my end of being able to read about Hannah's love life. I find Hannah to be a decent heroine as far as mystery-solving goes and I usually enjoy her interaction with her family and friends, but she's downright pathetic in her love life. She has no backbone when it comes to Mike and his actions, giving in to him whenever he comes around even if she's upset with him, ...more
Jul 07, 2012 Debbie rated it it was ok
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
Feb 21, 2008 Heidi-Marie rated it liked it
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Dec 14, 2010 Carolyn rated it it was ok
Shelves: audio
Until I pulled this up on Goodreads, I didn't know this book was #7 in a series. That would explain a few things, though I can't imagine how a small-town baker would warrant 7 books. So far it seems like a fun little fluff for the holidays...

...which is the only reason I finished it. The writing was painfully bad. My favorite line? After a clearly rhetorical question: "The question was rhetorical. He didn't expect an answer, so she kept her mouth shut." Fluke believes in making EVERYTHING explic
J.H. Moncrieff
Mar 09, 2016 J.H. Moncrieff rated it really liked it
I give this one four stars because I love the Hannah Swenson series, flaws and all. But it bugs me that Hannah can never have an adversary or a challenge in her life that isn't suddenly resolved by murder. The appearance of a strong rival for Mike's affections AND for her cookie business made things interesting--it would have been great if the opponent hadn't been killed off, which would have forced Hannah to make tough decisions and grow as a character.

Mike comes across as a huge creep in this
The only reason I'm marking this a 2 starrer is because I didn't expect anything better. I've begun to realize I don't really like Hannah. She's a hypocrite and a jerk and a really annoying grammar-nazi. I like Andrea. It seems half the time Hannah knows anything because Andrea called someone and got the goods on them. But she's not in this book much. Oh no, we need to spend pages and pages on Moishe being a good mouser or some such crap. I'm a cat owner and love my cat to pieces, but he's a cat ...more
Laura Watts
Jun 30, 2013 Laura Watts rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 18, 2015 Annalissa rated it it was amazing
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!
Mar 22, 2011 Diane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
I love this author more and more with each mystery that I read or well in this case listen to. Awesome story, fun mystery that made you think about who killed the suspect, yummy recipes included, and I love being able to listen while driving. My daughter loves to listen too.
Apr 02, 2016 Debbie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoy this series and the recipes are great, I've tried several and I think there are 4 in this book that I need to try. The other thing that strikes me is that Joanne understands the cold weather woes of people and machines.
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