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Blackberry Pie Murder | [Joanne Fluke]

Blackberry Pie Murder

It's been a sleepy summer for the folks of Lake Eden, Minnesota. In fact, it's been a whole four months since anyone in the Swensen family has come across a dead body - a detail that just made the front page of the local paper. And that means Hannah Swensen can finally focus on her bakery. . .or can she? Life is never really quiet for Hannah. After all, her mother's wedding is a little over a month away and guess who Delores put in charge of the planning?
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Publisher's Summary

It's been a sleepy summer for the folks of Lake Eden, Minnesota. In fact, it's been a whole four months since anyone in the Swensen family has come across a dead body - a detail that just made the front page of the local paper. And that means Hannah Swensen can finally focus on her bakery. . .or can she? Life is never really quiet for Hannah. After all, her mother's wedding is a little over a month away and guess who Delores put in charge of the planning?

Yet just when Hannah believes her biggest challenge will be whether to use buttercream or fondant for the wedding cake, she accidentally hits a stranger with her cookie truck while driving down a winding country road in a raging thunderstorm. Hannah is wracked with guilt, and things get even worse when she's arrested. . .for murder! But an autopsy soon reveals the mystery man, his shirt covered in stains from blackberry pie, would have died even if Hannah hadn't hit him. Now, to clear her name, Hannah will have to follow a trail of pie crumbs to track down the identity of the deceased, find a baker who knows more about murder than how to roll out a perfect pie crust - and get herself to the church on time. . .

©2014 H.L. Swensen, Inc. (P)2014 Recorded Books

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    Susan Fryman Alamogordo, New Mexico 03-05-14
    Susan Fryman Alamogordo, New Mexico 03-05-14 Member Since 2013

    I love Christian fiction and cozy mysteries. I'm blind now, so I listen to all my books.

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    "Blackberry Pie Murder"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, these are such fun, lighthearted books.


    Any additional comments?

    I love all the characters in this series. The mystery keeps you guessing. There are moments that just make you smile or laugh out loud. The recipes are nice too.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Frances Rivers 08-05-14 Member Since 2014

    Love books and always looking for something new to read.

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    "Great and yummy book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book was not just exciting, but also gives you fun ways to make different foods.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hannah is always been my favorite. Just like her spirit.


    What does Suzanne Toren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Love a reader that does different voices and also can have some excitement in their voice when needed.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The way the ending turns out. Always lots of twists and turns that work out in the end.


    Any additional comments?

    I have almost read every one of these books in the series. The best part of the books, besides the great story, is the recipes. We have had fun making the recipes and I think that is part of the reason that I keep going back to read another one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jeanne Belle Harbor, NY, United States 07-25-14
    Jeanne Belle Harbor, NY, United States 07-25-14 Member Since 2006
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    What would have made Blackberry Pie Murder better?

    Finish story lines. The book ended abruptly with two or three issues hanging.


    What could Joanne Fluke have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Finish the story lines. Have a decision made between Mike and Norm for goodness sake. It is becoming a joke.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Suzanne Toren’s performances?

    I enjoy the narration although I think Suzanne's narration depicts Hannah as being too old.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    A little disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Eden Prairie, MN, United States 06-20-14
    Linda Eden Prairie, MN, United States 06-20-14 Member Since 2012

    snowbyrd13

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    "Good Light Reading"

    I listened to this book while I was in rehab recovering from knee replacement surgery. It was a great choice for the occasion.
    This is a typical entry in this series. If you've enjoyed other Hannah Swenson books, you'll probably enjoy this one.
    I wanted a book tht would be entertaining and distracting and this book was a good choice.
    This book includes recipes. I'm not a baker, so I wasn't interested in the receipes. The recipes are located at the end of chapters, so it's easy to skip them.
    This series takes place in a small Minnesota town. There is no explicit violence or sex and no grahpic language.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cynthia PLAINVIEW, TEXAS, United States 04-22-14
    Cynthia PLAINVIEW, TEXAS, United States 04-22-14 Member Since 2010

    New Blues Gal

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    "Always enjoyable!"

    Joanne Fluke's books are always enjoyable! Like to listen to her after a heavy book as her's are always light hearted and fun! Love the recipes as well!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    S. Conaghan Olathe, Ks 04-03-14
    S. Conaghan Olathe, Ks 04-03-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Sorry I wasted the money"

    I guess I am not into these food titled mysteries.
    The characters really just irritated me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Todd United States 03-29-14
    Todd United States 03-29-14 Member Since 2011

    Not really Tood. Todd's Wife Jean.

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    "It is all about food...no mystery."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I was bored by this book. To much eating and drinking, not enough mystery. The character's were undefined. If I hadn't read the first few books in the series I would not have known who these people were, beyond their name, occupation and marital status.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I don't know


    Which character – as performed by Suzanne Toren – was your favorite?

    Norman


    Did Blackberry Pie Murder inspire you to do anything?

    Bake cookies.


    Any additional comments?

    Some of Joanne Fluke's books are a bit more mysterious.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gale California 03-04-14
    Gale California 03-04-14 Member Since 2010

    Gale

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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The story just abruptly stopped with no proper ending. It leaves the reader wondering what happens regarding the events happening in the book. Also, it is time for the long, drawn out love triangle to end!


    Would you ever listen to anything by Joanne Fluke again?

    Maybe, but I will wait for the reviews first. I think she has run out of ideas on this storyline.


    Which character – as performed by Suzanne Toren – was your favorite?

    Delores


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    These characters have become so boring and tedious and the love triangle so ridiculous. It is time for the author to wrap up the story and start something new. Also, the recipes would be better put at the end of the book instead of breaking up the story. And stop talking down to me so much in the recipes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Toby Portsmouth, NH, United States 03-02-14
    Toby Portsmouth, NH, United States 03-02-14 Member Since 2010

    Anglophile. Prefer only British fiction and mysteries. Good translations of Italian, too.

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    "Not as good as her earlier mysteries. Lackluster"
    What would have made Blackberry Pie Murder better?

    If the plot had been more complex and the dialogues more interesting and witty.


    What could Joanne Fluke have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    It could have been more humorous. Her earlier books captured me mostly because of the humor, but this one was simply boring. I did not finish it. I had no cause to contnue listening


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration was as flat as this mystery. The voice did not lilt or have depth. It was a boring voice.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Blackberry Pie Murder?

    I would have added plot twists and humor. It has become a big bore that the two men are so content with vying for the one woman. Let them have an orgy or something!


    Any additional comments?

    I won't buy her next book, that is for sure. I miss the earlier ones.
    How about adding some more of Jo Dereske? You only have one and she is a master at dry humor and understated wit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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