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Hannah Swensen, owner of the Cookie Jar in Lake Eden, Minnesota, and her family are trying to plan Hannah’s mother’s upcoming nuptials despite the fact that the bride is constantly changing her mind over the details. Hannah becomes further distracted after she hits a man with her car while driving in a storm and causes his death. Research into the mystery man uncovers an insidious criminal who was a threat to a local family and who had been beaten before Hannah hit him. She still does not let herself escape responsibility and tries to figure out who the man was and his purpose for being in Lake Eden. Fluke offers a new twist to the series with Hannah’s upcoming trial for vehicular homicide planned for a future book. The cookie-shop owner’s character gains depth with her acceptance of responsibility for a man’s death, making this fifteenth in the popular series an emotionally weighty entry. But there’s still room for recipes and for Hannah to move toward an overdue decision on the question of which of her two boyfriends she prefers. Readers will be eager for the next installment. --Amy Alessio

About the Author

JOANNE FLUKE is the New York Times bestselling author of the Hannah Swensen mysteries, which include Double Fudge Brownie Murder, Blackberry Pie Murder, Cinnamon Roll Murder, and the book that started it all, Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder. That first installment in the series premiered as Murder, She Baked:  A Chocolate Chip Cookie Mystery on the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Channel. Like Hannah Swensen, Joanne Fluke was born and raised in a small town in rural Minnesota, but now lives in Southern California. Please visit her online at www.JoanneFluke.com
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Product Details

  • Series: A Hannah Swensen Mystery
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington; First Edition edition (February 25, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758280378
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758280374
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 1.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (653 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #329,152 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joanne Fluke is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 20 novels. Like Hannah Swensen, she was born and raised in a small town in rural Minnesota, but now lives in sunny Southern California. She is currently working on her next Hannah Swensen mystery, "Double Fudge Brownie Murder" and readers are welcome to contact her at the following e-mail address, Gr8Clues@joannefluke.com, or by visiting her website at www.JoanneFluke.com.

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154 of 161 people found the following review helpful By Malarkey on February 26, 2014
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I don't know that I have ever been as disappointed in a book. On the Kindle version, it seemed that there were more recipes than actual book. This was a "to be continued" and I no longer care enough about the characters to want to know what happens. Guilty - not guilty; wedding - no wedding -- I don't care. The story jumped all over the place and the characters (who have grown increasingly annoying over the past few books) became insufferable. The ending, with no resolution on several key plot points, was so abrupt that I thought there had been a problem with downloading the book. I regret the time spent reading this mess. Norman and Mike -- I suggest you join me in just walking away.
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116 of 121 people found the following review helpful By Natalie Marx on March 4, 2014
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Where do I begin?

The beginning, I suppose. I first got into this series purely by chance. Long story short, I started in the middle somewhere with Cream Puff Murder. It was a light, easy read. Later, I decided to read the series from the beginning as I had somewhat enjoyed the first book I'd read. As I read more and became familiar with the characters and story line, I found myself enjoying them a little less with each book.

It's safe to say I'm thoroughly disillusioned with this series. I doubt I'll be reading any more installments, and those I might will be borrowed from the library. Definitely won't be throwing anymore money away on these books. The series is tired, stale, and more unbelievable (in not a good way) with each subsequent book. And the characters grow more intolerable as the series goes on. Qualities that were quirky and endearing, if reading only a single book, become grating and irritating as you read more about the characters. This pretty much sums up my review of the series.

As to this particular book, I felt the story jumped around too much and was not fully developed. The non-ending was a joke; obviously intended for you to hurry up and pre-order the next book. The police work, especially in regards to identifying the body and evidence handling were off-base and unrealistic. As far as other things discussed in the book, like prostitution, dentistry, etc. I feel like the only research the author spent was perhaps asking her next door neighbor "What do you suppose a prostitute looks like? Do you think one would talk to me if I baked her some cookies?" I wonder if the author thinks we're all as naive and stupid as her main character, Hannah, seems to think of all those around her.
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127 of 133 people found the following review helpful By littlemissrockstar on February 25, 2014
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Blackberry Pie Murder

Hannah's mother, Delores, is outraged. The Swensen women are the butt of a joke by a news reporter about how long it has been since one of the Swensen ladies have found a body. While the daughters are taking the joke in stride, Delores is not. Hannah is not worried- it feels like ages since she found her last body- and with all the things going on (planning Delores's wedding to Doc, running The Cookie Jar, cuddling up with Moishe and trying to decide between Mike and Norman), Hannah is ok with not finding any bodies.

One day, a dark and stormy day, Lisa, Hannah's partner at The Cookie Jar, needs to be picked up from the car repair shop. Hannah goes and gets Lisa- worrying about the weather and decides to take the back roads back to town. The weather is terrible and Hannah is worried that if she pulls over, no one would see her and hit her. When Hannah swerves to avoid a large limb, she doesn't see the man near the side of the road. Overcome with guilt (Hannah's used to finding dead bodies, not causing them), but knowing that it was an accident- Hannah does not know what will happen next. Will she be arrested?

After some time, Hannah knows that she must know who this man is- why was he on the side of the road? When the Swensen women start to look into this mystery, they find out some surprising information about the victim.

With a main mystery and a smaller mystery that is related to the larger mystery, Delores and Doc's wedding planning, and typical Moishe hijinks- Blackberry Pie Murder has something for cozy fans.
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69 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Early Bird on March 9, 2014
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This series started as a fun read with some interesting characters but has turned into tiresome plots with the characters becoming increasingly annoying with each book. There was no mystery to this story and was so repetitive that I began to skip pages at a time just to get to the end. Enough of the cats already and the love triangle is beyond ridiculous. No self respecting men would hang around that long while Hannah tries to make up her mind. Like other reviewers have stated, I thought I had missing pages because of the way the book abruptly ended. It says something about the quality of writing if the author has to resort to this tactic to ensure that readers will return for the next book. I'll not be back. There are too many other quality stories to read to waste time on this series.
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65 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 26, 2014
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The book had a good story line but the characters just cant seem to grow. There was no ending, the book just stopped.I will definitely wait a few days and read the reviews first before I buy the next one in the series.
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