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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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    Gale 03-04-14
    Gale 03-04-14

    Gale

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    "A Book With No Ending"
    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.

    3 of 3 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 2015
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    "Abrupt Ending"
    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

    3 of 4 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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie Toney, Alabama 11-20-14
    Debbie Toney, Alabama 11-20-14 Member Since 2013

    Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.

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    "Who Cut Off the End of the Book???"

    This could have and WOULD HAVE been a four or five star book, but the end of it was NOT THERE.. I had to rewind it twice to make sure that I had not missed something. I actually LOVE this series, and was LOVING this book . . . then it ended. Now I am MAD!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joan L Trappe, PA 10-13-14
    Joan L Trappe, PA 10-13-14 Listener Since 2004
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    "Monotonous meandering storyline"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Only buy this if you want a bunch of recipes.


    Has Blackberry Pie Murder turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes.


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

    Disappointed - no end, nothing likeable about the situation.


    Any additional comments?

    I've listened to others in the series. This was a big disappointment and will be my last.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    L S 09-14-14
    L S 09-14-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Just okay and a little annoying"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    So so. I was a little down so I wanted something a little lightweight to take my mind off of stresses and that's what I got. Mission accomplished.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would have taken out the FAR TOO MANY recipes in it. In a paper book you can simply skip over the recipes. In an audiobook it really interrupts the story in a very annoying way. The recipes are also way too long. In order to skip over the recipes I have to guess how far forward to go and it takes several attempts to get back to the story. In the audiobook I would've left the recipes for the end of the book. This is no "Like Water For Chocolate." There are also too many "dears" and "mothers" and other stodgy words. Do people really talk like this? Also, everyone in this town must have diabetes with all the cookies and pies they're eating! Oh and they mentioned a woman raising her daughter with money from a life insurance policy after her husband committed suicide by shooting himself. Is there a life insurance that pays after suicide?


    What aspect of Suzanne Toren’s performance would you have changed?

    The voices and style are exaggerated and corny. Although, the story is written that way, it would have been nice if the narrator could have toned it down a bit. If it were a play or movie, it would never make it because it's over-acted and somewhat boring.


    Could you see Blackberry Pie Murder being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No! No! If I had to pick actors, I'd say the cast of "The Andy Griffith Show" before they became good actors.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish that I remembered that I listened to another one of this series before and had not purchased this. It's not a terrible book, just not very good and a little annoying.

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Fryman Alamogordo, New Mexico 03-05-14
    Susan Fryman Alamogordo, New Mexico 03-05-14

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

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    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 2 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 2014

    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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    Darline 10-24-14
    Darline 10-24-14
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    "Didn't want a recipe book!"
    What would have made Blackberry Pie Murder better?

    Leaving out the recipes would have made the book a lot better or at least putting them at the end of the book. I couldn't even get interested enough to finish the book because the story line was interrupted by the recipes.


    Has Blackberry Pie Murder turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Maybe not the whole genre but at least this author.


    What three words best describe Suzanne Toren’s performance?

    I cant judge because I really was distracted by the interruptions


    What character would you cut from Blackberry Pie Murder?

    not sure


    Any additional comments?

    will not be buying any more from this author

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "A recipe for mystery. "

    A super read which gives Hannah a view of crime from the other side of the fence. Awaiting next book.

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