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A romantic seven-day cruise is the perfect start to bakery owner Hannah Swensen's marriage. However, with a murder mystery heating up in Lake Eden, Minnesota, it seems the newlywed's homecoming won't be as sweet as she anticipated....

After an extravagant honeymoon, Hannah's eager to settle down in Lake Eden and turn domestic daydreams into reality. But when her mother's neighbor is discovered murdered in the condo downstairs, reality becomes a nightmarish investigation. Victoria Bascomb, once a renowned stage actress, was active in the theater community during her brief appearance in town...and made throngs of enemies along the way. Did a random intruder murder the woman, as police claim, or was a deadlier scheme at play? As Hannah peels through countless suspects and some new troubles of her own, solving this crime - and living to tell about it - might prove trickier than mixing up the ultimate banana cream pie.

©2017 H.L. Swensen, Inc. (P)2017 Recorded Books

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If it ain't broke don't fix it!

What would have made Banana Cream Pie Murder better?

Why is it seemingly impossible for writers to allow a main character to have a little happiness. Being married doesn't preclude having a life, but for authors, it seems to be the kiss of death. A very unsatisfactory ending all the way around. My advise, give this one a pass - unless you're a glutton for punishment and love to see the main character in unnessary anguish. AWFUL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

No, just books in this series.

Have you listened to any of Suzanne Toren’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Suzanne Toren is a terrific reader. The content is not her fault.

What character would you cut from Banana Cream Pie Murder?

Ross Barton. He should have been left out of all the books if this was going to be his end.

Any additional comments?

You can't unring a bell. So you can't go back and pretend Ross never existed. So, now the reader is left caught between the proverbial rock and a hard place. And that is a very uncomfortable place indeed. Shame, shame, Joanne Fluke.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Get rid of Ross.

He is a terrible addition. He needs to be the murder victim, the murder, just get gone.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Disappointed

Not author's best. Not a fan of Ross character and changes in Hannah. Guess cliffhanger a way to get us to buy next book not sure I will.

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • James
  • United States
  • 03-03-17

Disappointment

Possibly the most boring of all her books and a great disappointment. Ross is a loser. Bad ending.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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What?

This is the first book by Joanne fluke that, I struggle to complete. I love the narrator but the story not catching my interest. :(

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Lost its flavor

Ever since Hannah became "cookie" I have barely been able to listen. It completely ruined all the years and hours I put into the series.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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lazy writing

recipes don't help this slow book and why a cliffhanger? her other books are better

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Love these books

I have never read any of these books before but i have watched several of the movies on Hallmark. I love them. This book was great and i look forward to more of them. I truly want to know where Ross went and why.

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Very light and slow read.

I'm losing faith in Hannah Swensen and at one time I could hardly wait for them to come out. There was no meat to this story at all - just a lot of fluff with recipes. If you took out the recipe readings the book would hardly qualify for a short story. Is anybody besides me so tired of having to listen to recipes interrupt the story (lame though it is) every time you turn around? It's not good listening ....it's boring me to tears. Wake up and write another compelling mystery or just start writing cook books. This was a waste of time and the whole Ross angle did not belong in the series at all.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Average at Best

I have loved these books but didn’t enjoy this one nearly as much as the others. I’m not sure I am of fan of a ‘married’ Hannah. And I don’t particularly like Ross. I hope the next book is better.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful