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Blackberry Pie Murder (A Hannah Swensen Mystery) Hardcover – February 25, 2014
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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.Read more ›
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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.Read more ›
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I love reading all of the Hannah Sweden series. Blackberry Pie Murder was the best. I can't wait to read the next one!Published 2 days ago by MsKick
Fast and good reading because you don't know what will come next.Published 11 days ago by Allene H. Graves
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Good mix of cooking and mystery. The only downfall is it makes you hungry.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I liked the story line but there is so much unnecessary filler in the book, and all the story line about cats is ridiculous and very boring. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jones
Why did I purchase this book? Because Joanne Fluke wrote it. I read the 1 star reviews and thought they were just being critical. Shame, shame on me. Read morePublished 1 month ago by jrhodges