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Lemon Meringue Pie Murder

(Hannah Swensen #4)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  12,932 Ratings  ·  660 Reviews
Hannah Swensen thought she'd finally discovered the recipe for a perfect life. But her sometime beau Norman Rhodes tosses a surprise ingredient into the mix when he phones to tell her he's just bought a house from local drugstore clerk Rhonda Scharf - which he plans to tear down in order to build the dream home he and Hannah designed.

It seems the plan has been cooking for
Paperback, 352 pages
Published February 1st 2004 by Kensington (first published January 1st 2003)
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Jan 09, 2016 rated it liked it
The cozy continues... I can't get enough of these type of books. They transport me out of regular life and drop me in the reality I sometimes want to be my own. But I can also escape it when I need to...

A cop and a dentist after me? Perhaps not my ideal but it is for Hannah. I enjoy her escapades and look forward to what comes next!

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Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
4 1/2 stars

So... I knew who the killer was pretty early on, but that's ok because the book was still fantastic! Things are really starting to heat up in Lake Eden, MN and I've noticed that the author is getting into a comfortable groove with both her characters and general storyline too. I don't know about you, but I love it when authors settle in, so to speak, because readers get to settle in as well. It definitely makes it easier to keep going with a series when this happens.

Anyhoo, this is b
Jul 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok I gave this 4 stars because I knew who the killer was halfway through. Otherwise it was a great Hannah Swensen book. I just hope Hannah picks a man soon because I'm getting exhausted trying to pick for her!
Apr 04, 2008 rated it really liked it
This series is really growing on me. I like how the characters are evolving. I am adjusting to the fact that the reader always knows who the "bad" guy is before the main character. This is just pure escapist reading--no literary quality whatsoever.
Elle's Book Blog
Nov 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mystery, sleuths
Series Hannah Swensen series #4
Genre: Cozy Mystery

This series is my guilty pleasure. Whenever I am in a book slump and get tired of reading the same old books over and over again I know I can count on a good Hannah Swensen mystery to lighten up my reading experience. This book did just that!

Hanna Swensen, amateur sleuth and bakery owner, always finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation-- whether she wants to or not. -- In many cases, one of her delicious desserts will be present
Apr 18, 2014 rated it liked it

Hannah Swensen, owner of a cookie shop, is surprised to hear that one of her boyfriends, dentist Norman Rhodes, has purchased a house - lock, stock, and barrel - from Rhonda Scarf. He plans to tear down the house and build a dream home.

Before the house is demolished Hannah and her mom, an antique shop owner, go out to look for treasures. In addition to a few valuable antiques they find the dead body of Rhonda Scarf. Hannah's other boyfriend, detective Mike Kingston tells her to keep her nose ou
I'm getting bored of Hannah's problem solving already. I mean, it's been the same pattern in the four books of this series - Hannah/someone close to her finds a body, the dead body has been doing something with one of Hannah's amazing confections, everyone wants her to solve the murder and she wants it too, but Mike has to be satisfied first because he gets grouchy (and well he should - what is HE doing when Hannah solves the murders, I'd dearly like to know), and then she brings out her steno-p ...more
Sep 03, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: chick-books, mystery
This is a really quick read. The plot is o.k. It is pretty easy to guess who the murderer is. I have a problem with the 2 boyfriends of the heroine Hannah. They are friends. What's up with that? Neither guy is jealous of the other. Not normal. And another thing. One of her boyfriends is a dentist living at home with his mother?? Not a manly man in my book. And he violates HIPAA! You can't go around telling people who you treat and what you are treating them for at a party. And I am pretty sure t ...more
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
I normally hesitate to give a light read such as cozy mysteries and chick Lit high ratings thus I'd settle for 4 stars, but I absolutely adored this 4th installment of the Hannah Swensen series.

As my friend who keeps following this series once said, the side plots including family drama story get longer and longer each book, but for once, I didn't even mind the slight devoid of the mystery element. If anything, I found myself more and more enraptured by the characters and Lake Eden itself.
Mar 24, 2015 rated it liked it
Hannah has trouble with her cat in this one. He steals her expensive pillow. I won't spoil the surprise of whether this problem is solved.

Hannah's trousers are too tight, so she goes on a diet. I nearly cried. I have a salad every day as part of my lunch, and it's the most delicious part. I felt so sorry for Hannah, who thinks there is no middle ground between dieting and... eating. (Would that be the opposite?) Why not eat healthy food? She can 'solve' 18 or so murders, but she can't work that
(view spoiler), and she holds hands with two guys at the same time. These books are the WORST, but I ate a ton of cookies while reading it, so that's worth a couple of extras stars.
Martha Davis
Sep 06, 2010 rated it it was ok
My husband jokes about the various mystery series I read and the professions of the solvers of said mysteries. He loves to pick some far fetched job or hobby and then have them solve the crime. Topiary sculptor or glass blower, teapot collector or professional sock darner you name it they solve crimes. I myself am perfectly okay with this idea but then, I do have a remarkable ability to really suspend disbelief. So it all works out.

I'm just fine with Hannah Swensen being a baker who just happens
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Each book just keeps getting better. I want these books for the sole reason of the recipes. I'm enjoying the mysteries as well.
Dec 22, 2008 rated it really liked it
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Moriah Venable
Jul 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
With the fourth of July rolling around, the town is buzzing around getting everything prepared.

When Hannah's sometimes beau, calls informing her that he bought a house from the local drugstore clerk Rhonda Scarf, to tear down and build their dream house (the one they won from the contest last book), to say Hannah was surprised is an understatement. The whole town expects an engagement announcement and for her to move into the house, which Hannah spends most of the book denying to those who ask
May 27, 2009 marked it as to-read
I love lemon meringue pie and this book has no calories!
Mar 09, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

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the recipes were more interesting than the story. I definitely found it hilarious that everyone asks/begs/pleads Hannah to investigate over trusting the police. Poor Bill and Mike, no one takes them seriously or consider them to be competent. Other than that, it didn't bore me and it was an easy read so I can't be too mad. It did bring back memories of reading Nancy Drew books
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018, ebooks
It’s getting easier and easier to guess the murderer but for whatever reason, I’m still interested in reading the next in the series.
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Feb 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: vday17

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Basic Info

Pages/Length: n/a
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Reason For Reading: Like the series

At A Glance

Love Triangle/Insta Love/Obsession?:
Cliff Hanger: No
Triggers: n/a
Rating: 3.5 stars

Score Sheet
All out of ten

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

Total: 6

In Depth

Best Part:
Andrea's surprise!
Worst Part: Who the fuck is Michelle?!
Thoughts Had: Anyone else going to pop o
Jun 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
One of the earlier Hannah Swensen mysteries, with fewer recipes than the later ones, but just as enjoyable. The only odd thing is that because Fluke does a good job of mentioning people in Lake Eden from book to book, even if they are not main characters, when you listen to the earlier ones you can hear people mentioned and think, "She's getting murdered in a couple of books, and he's going to murder someone a couple of books after that," etc. I also find it hard to buy that a mother still think ...more
Apr 12, 2013 rated it did not like it
I feel a bit dishonest giving this book one star, but in some ways it does deserve it. I skipped some parts. I was distracted and couldn't give the story proper attention. I'm already forgetting large chunks of the story. The first chunk (I estimate at about 100 pages) was very nice and cozy. The author took her time to lower Hannah gently into the mystery. It never got any other way except downhill from there. There wasn't much twittering of Tracey to endure, but when one superfluous character ...more
Jul 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Probably my favorite in the series! I was almost 100% sure who did it till things didn't add up then BAMB the ended hit and I was left shocked. I wish there had been a bit more of an explanation as to what exactly happened or why or how they figured things out, but overall a great light read(:
Oct 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My usual thumbs up for Joanne Fluke, a good mystery, great recipes, and a all around good cozy.
Kristin Bateman
SO predictable, yet SO much fun! Great summer "fluff and stuff" reading.
Andrea Guy
Lemon Meringue Pie Murder is book 4 in the Hannah Swensen series. I've been reading these totally out of order, as I can find them at my library and other libraries. The earlier Hannah books are the best, and this one is definitely a great read.

I love Hannah, because this woman is so not right. She's a baker, a little overweight, (as the author likes to drum into our heads, in this book particularly so) she's a bit overbearing and grammar nazi-ish, but because she's so quirky you have to love he
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Hannah Swenson finds herself confronted with another murder mystery to solve. The full heat of summer have kicked in, and that is definitely not going to make things any easier. Things are going well with her cookie business, and she is even finding that her romantic life has improved, though balancing the attentions of two beaus (the town dentist and one of the local police detectives) is not really all that easy. Things really take a twist when the dentist, Norman Rhodes, buys a a home. This o ...more
Feb 24, 2018 rated it liked it
This 4th book of the Hannah Swensen series was an easy solve. The culprit I guessed yes, but the hows and why are unclear. Unless there was a missing chapter in my ebook. I still don't like that Hannah remains on the fence about who she likes better - Mike or Norman, I'm getting tired of it. And I surmise this will go on for more books to come. But most of all, I hate Hannah's cat. How can a pet be THAT demanding?? However, I still love the call of a bakery and small town Lake Eden. I think to l ...more
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Lisa B.
Feb 24, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-read
I'm still enjoying these Hannah Swenson murder mysteries.
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