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Key Lime Pie Murder

(Hannah Swensen #9)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  11,702 ratings  ·  643 reviews
The yummy [ninth] smalltown cozy from Fluke (after 2006's Cherry Cheesecake Murder) finds sometime sleuth Hannah Swensen, owner of the Cookie Jar in Lake Eden, Minn., judging the baking contest at the Tri-County Fair.

When one of her fellow judges, home economics teacher Willa Sunquist, is murdered, Hannah determines to sniff out the killer. Was it a man from Willa's
Hardcover, 342 pages
Published July 31st 2007 by Kensington Publishing Corporation (first published January 1st 2007)
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Anne Green I read it as a stand alone book & was able to enjoy it. There was passing mention of previous book plots (which I have not read), but it did not…moreI read it as a stand alone book & was able to enjoy it. There was passing mention of previous book plots (which I have not read), but it did not distract from the enjoyment of this book on its own. It anything, it made me want to go find those other books.(less)
Kristi The author is still writing new books in the series. Book #23 is scheduled to be released on September 25, 2018.

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3 stars to Joanne Fluke's Key Lime Pie Murder. The 9th book in the Hannah Swensen series delivers good cozy fun and is a simple, quick and easy read for fans. But I'm getting a bit concerned with the love story Hannah can't resolve -- choose one, Hannah, or abandon them for Ross!

The carnival blows into Lake Eden full of quirky new folks, interesting little dramas for the townspeople and strange connections to the past. Hannah's asked to be 1 of 3 judges in the baking contest and consumes
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There was only one thing to do. Perhaps it was the wrong thing, but that had never stopped her before.

Hannah has been chosen as one of the judges for the baking contest at the Tri-County Fair in Lake Eden, Minnesota. While her sisters are competing for the pageant and the mother-and-daughter beauty contest, Hannah, who's always been better at baking cookies in her store than at looking pretty, works with the other chefs and experts in town, tasting and judging an endless amount of cupcakes,
Mar 02, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, mystery, 2008
Boring book, boring town, great recipes.

That for me sums up Key Lime Pie Murder. I usually love books centered around food because they tend to be charming and incorporate a dash of sensuality. This was not the case with this book. Hannah Swensen is the full-time owner of a local bakery and part-time detective. When she finds Willa, a bake and beauty contest judge dead, she sets out to find the killer and bring him to justice.

Great mysteries are known for their tight pacing and "never-let-up"
Apr 29, 2008 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No one. Don't bother with it. You can probably find the recipes online.
Recommended to Tiffiny by: I was giving the series one more try.
I loathed this book. The series started off so cute for me. I was thrilled to find a series with no bad language, no sex --nothing objectionable so that I would feel embarrassed if my oldest child picked it up.

It's all gone downhill.

I was actually listening to the book on CD, and when I got to the point when Hannah inevitably finds a dead body, (and where she was musing that she ought to seek Mike's help). She started rationalizing that if she was wrong she'd look like a fool, and I knew she
Feb 11, 2014 rated it liked it
I'll be a very happy person if all my cozy mysteries are as good as this one. After scoring 1 star in the last 3 books - after which I took a long hiatus from reading these books - in the series, this one surprised me. The irritating characters were not themselves, and that helped. Also I'm quite smug about this book. Not that because I divined the culprit, but because I caught Hannah Swensen, the well educated grammar Nazi, misusing an expression. We don't say hold down the fort, but hold the ...more
May 21, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery, cozy
I did finish the book. Barely. Things I didn't like:

* The recipes have cheesy notes in them, like (if you can't get key limes, use regular lime juice). The notes are bold italics, so they look more important than the actual ingredient.
* There are constant admonitions to "just beat the eggs in a glass with a fork"
* The writing is awful. This book reads like a first draft that hasn't been edited. Wordy, clunky, and generally annoying. Please recognize that this criticism comes from someone who
Wendi Lee
I'm still enjoying this series (it keeps my reading balanced when I'm also halfway through a horror novel or psychological thriller), but I have to wonder about the murder per capita in such a small town. And then there's Hannah's mom, who calls half a dozen times a day, sometimes at six in the morning. Eek!!! Now that's scary.

I liked the mystery, as well as the fairground settings. Although now I want a deep fried Snickers bar ...
Jun 03, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: series, mystery
Joanne Fluke should just do cookbooks.

Seriously, her recipes are great, at least all the ones I've tried. But the characters and stories in this series? They're stale. They need to actually DO something, grow, or just get new characters all together. This is the last of this series I'm going to read.

Hannah is still in the middle of a love triangle, one where she's kissing and thinking about forever with two different guys... and it's enough already. I find it impossible to believe that they're
Feb 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned, read-in-2010
I absolutely love the characters in the Hannah Swenson series. I enjoyed seeing more of Hannah's younger sister, Michelle, as well as the affection between Norman (one of Hannah's suitors) and her cat Moishe. This books was a little less focused on the romantic triangle, and a little more focused on the community, the mystery, and Hannah's family, which is why I like it better than #8 in the series. But I really do wish Hannah would fish or cut bait when it comes to the men in her life.

This was a really good mystery but the love triangle with Hannah, Norman, and Mike is getting a bit tiresome.

I adore Hannah's cat Moishe- he is one of my favorite cozy mystery cats!

After reading this book, I have a strange curiosity about what a deep fried milky way tastes like but I think I will be okay if I never try one haha.
Andrea Cox
Entertaining cozy mystery! This was a fun adventure that featured cowboys, desserts, and a murder mystery. I enjoyed trying to figure out who committed the crime. Delightful twists kept me guessing.

Content: alcohol
Dec 09, 2010 added it
Recipes galore and a fun read. She is a good mystery writer for women. No gore. Nothing to gross one out and give you nightmares. A good women's writer.
Apr 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
3.5 to 4 stars. Although I enjoyed reading this as much as I did the previous books, I started to notice there could potentially be redundant descriptions that could have been trimmed to make this book much more short and sweet.

It is a delight to follow and witness Hannah’s interactions with the villagers and the dynamics with her sisters (they make a perfect team by the way), but the story seemed to move slow with not much of a development mystery-wise.

Like I said, it is delectable to read
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, cozy, cats
It’s county fair time and Hannah’s entire family is involved. Actually, it seems like the whole town is at the fair. Including the murder victim and her killer. Hannah is a judge for the bake goods at the fair, and her younger sister is a beauty contestant. But when one of the people involved with the beauty contest is found murdered, Hannah’s main interest shifts to finding the killer. Still, she finds time to run her bakery, to judge contests, to worry about her cat’s lack of appetite, and to ...more
May 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
Lipsmackingly delicious slice of mystery pie

The ninth in the series is exactly what one would expect, yummy and dependable to deliver that specific Hannah charm and the sweet aromas of the Cookie Jar to keep the mind wrapped around sweets half the time, I never crave chocolate and coffee as when I read these books, it's just insane! The baker /sleuth combo is quite tasty when one reaches for this book, Hanna is the owner of the Cookie Jar and along with her coworkers, friends and family this
Jun 25, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2011, delicious
If I were a fictional character planning on murdering someone in Lake Eden, Minnesota, I would first ensure that Hannah Swensen, baker-sleuth-extraordinaire, was indefinitely incapacitated, because it would seem that none of these murders-- the recipients of whom she always just happens to come across right after the deed has been done-- would be solved without her saavy (savvy? I can never remember) amateur skills. This is the 9th book in a series that is currently 14 books long, and the ...more
Nov 11, 2013 rated it it was ok
Goodness, this was a slog.
Now, apparently this is a series, and I haven't read any of the books before it, so it's possible there's some subtext I'm not getting which would have made it more interesting. But, as it stands, it feels more like Joanne Fluke really wanted to write a cookbook, but was laboring under the misconception that all books needed to have a story contained within them, so she dashed out a plot as quickly as possible about a lady named Hannah and her quest to eat a deep fried
Dec 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The small-town cozy from Fluke. When one of her fellow judges, home economics teacher Willa Sunquist, is murdered, Hannah determines to sniff out the killer. Was it a man from Willa's mysterious past? Or a student she flunked? Fluke has developed a charming supporting cast—Hannah's besotted (and slightly spineless) two suitors, her overbearing but likable mother, her endearing sisters and her levelheaded business partner all feel like friends by the time the murder is solved.
This was wonderful,
Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was one of the early books from Joanne Fluke with Hannah Swenson. It was quite good. I may have read it years ago, I am not sure, but it was worth reading and adding to the list of good mysteries. This is when Norman gets his cat, Cuddles, which was long time ago. Lots of mystery and murder of course.
Jun 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Joanne Fluke's books seem to get better and better. This one had a great plot with several twists and turns and I enjoyed that. I like how Michelle has joined the clan more often and that Delores wasn't as involved in this book as much, she can be too much. Looking forward to 9.5 :)
Dec 15, 2019 rated it liked it
I'm absolutely loving this book series. Hannah's kitty is a favourite of mine. I love all the recipes that are in the book.
Mar 05, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Looking for something light, I found this on the library shelf. Sadly, it was disappointing. The plot was fine and the recipes made me drool but this was really a short story forced into novel length by lots and lots of filler. Judging the baked goods at the county fair was a good basis for getting Hannah into trouble. However, the endless descriptions of game booths, baked entries and extraneous characters slowed the pacing to the point that I skipped several tracks and didn't miss a thing. ...more
It's summer and Hannah Swenson is busier than ever. The county fair is in full swing and she has been chosen as a judge in the baking contest and volunteered to help her mother with the Historical Society booth. Then she has to watch her little sister Michelle in the beauty contest and her sister Andrea and niece Tracy in the mother-daughter look-alike contest. Plus, she has two guys fighting over her and she's worried about Moishe, who won't eat. All she really wants is a deep-fried candy bar ...more
Dec 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Hannah owns a cookie shop called The Cookie Jar in Lake Eden, Minnesota. She has a cuddly big tomcat called Moishe and not one but two men in her life who both want to marry her. The inhabitants of Lake Eden come to life in these books. If you have never read one, I would recommend you get a hold of them to read in order as the characters do build up in each of them.

Hannah finds herself being a judge for the baking contests at the county fair. There are two other judges, Pam and Willa, who test
Jun 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well written and actually deals with the subject material; namely the murder. But it took a long time to get there. I have noticed a trend in Cozy mysteries lately. The focus is on the protagonist and her/his personal life, love life, interesting job, etc. The murders are taking a back seat. Its annoying. This book almost did that, but redeemed itself half way through.

One thing, I really hated, although it has nothing to do with the story, is the author's constant badgering on what looks good
Feb 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the book, and thought it was good. It was nice to be back with Hannah again and to be back in Lake Eden as well. I know that I will for sure continue with this series and will be anxious here to read more as well. Love her cat Moishe and just felt right at home. I would recommend the series and also would recommend reading them in order too.

I gave it an A or 4 stars.
Aug 15, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2010, mystery
I'd heard that these books were cute; I just found this one to be boring. Yet when I told myself I was just going to stop reading it - I kept going back to it. I definitely skimmed large portions of it, the mystery wasn't really a mystery (easy to solve), and the characters didn't ring true. Hannah is only supposed to be 30, but the way she was written she seemed like a frumpy 60+, who wore pantsuits and didn't know the slightest thing about computers or cell phones. But she had two desirable ...more
Feb 22, 2019 rated it liked it
This one wasn’t as funny, so the flaws stood out more. Like, why did Mike talk to her in the beginning anyway? Or for like most of this novel? And I still feel like Hannah overreacted And was particularly dense in this one. I don’t know, but this series is still addictive.
Jan 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I love this series, and Fluke once again serves up a light, sweet read. She even managed to raise the emotional stakes in Hannah's which-guy? problem - not a minor feat after 8 or 9 books of this series. I am impressed.
Janet Donath
Jul 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Took a long time setting up the characters. I kept wondering when the deed would be done.
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