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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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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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  • Debbie
  • Toney, Alabama
  • 11-20-14

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!!!

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  • Jeanne
  • Belle Harbor, NY, United States
  • 07-25-14

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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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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A new twist in Hannah’s story.

I am not a tv soap opera fan. However, I enjoy checking in with my favorite characters. That includes Hannah and everyone in Lake Eden.

This book was a little darker. I was frightened for Hannah and hoped she would come out alright.

I have six more books to hopefully find out who Hannah finally choses as her mate. Joanne Fluke keeps us guessing!

My only criticism: As an Audiobook, I would prefer not to break up the storyline with detailed directions of each recipe. It is distracting and I just tune it out then I have to back up when I realize the story has started again. I do LOVE her recipes and have tried several. I am looking forward to The Tito’s Vodka Lime Bars.

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Cliff hanger

I enjoy this series but would prefer the recipes not be read by the narrator during the story. If you are reading your eye and glance over the page then you move on with the story. Reading the recipes breaks up the flow of the story. Also this book was a cliff hanger. It didn’t resolve the main issue that came up in the first scene of the book.

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  • Sharon
  • Harrison, MI
  • 08-24-16

Where's the ending?

If you could sum up Blackberry Pie Murder in three words, what would they be?

First disappointing book!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Blackberry Pie Murder?

Moyesha using the treadmill.

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

Laurie, the Mom

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

My reaction was disappointment that Ms. Fluke left all of her loyal readers hanging with no ending. Not a good plan.

Any additional comments?

Hope this isn't the beginning of a style change now that her books are a hit tv series. You've got to have endings!!!!

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😍

Always love listening to this series. spent many hours in driveway just listening not wanting to turn off...lol

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What happened to the ending?

Enjoyed the story like all of the Hannah Swenson stories. Disappointed that ending left you hanging for what happened. 😡

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  • IreneTH
  • El Cerrito, CA, United States
  • 03-30-16

Enjoyable, as usual but 2 story lines unfinished

Would you consider the audio edition of Blackberry Pie Murder to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print version

Who was your favorite character and why?

Moishe - good comic relief.

Any additional comments?

Are the unfinished story lines - Delores' wedding and Hannah's trial - contained in the next book of the series

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  • Teresa Cooper
  • 01-10-15

A recipe for mystery.

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