Banana Cream Pie Murder by Joanne Fluke
(A Hannah Swensen Mystery)

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The pacing works, the recipes are delicious and a nice cliffhanger at the end will leave readers eager for the next book in the series.


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 . . .

“There are plenty of Fluke’s trademark recipes on view here, and the New York trip and reality-show frame give the episode a fresh twist.” --Booklist
“Lively…Add the big surprise ending, and fans will be more than satisfied.” —Publishers Weekly
“Lake Eden’s favorite baker, Hannah Swensen finds herself on the wrong end of a police investigation…in Fluke’s good-natured 19th [installment].” —Kirkus Reviews
“Culinary cozies don’t get any tastier than this winning series.” —Library Journal
“If your reading habits alternate between curling up with a good mystery or with a good cookbook, you ought to know about Joanne Fluke.” —The Charlotte Observer
“Fans of this wildly popular series will not be disappointed. Fluke has kept this series strong for a long time, and there is still plenty to enjoy for foodie crime fans.” —Booklist

About Joanne Fluke

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Joanne Fluke was born in Swanville, Minnesota in 1943. While pursuing her writing career, she worked as a public school teacher, a psychologist, a musician, a private detective's assistant, a secretary, a short order cook, a florist's assistant, a caterer and party planner, a computer consultant, a production assistant on a TV quiz show, and half of a screenwriting team with her husband. She writes the Hannah Swensen Mystery series which includes original family recipes for baking. Her other works include The Stepchild, Vengeance Is Mine, Video Kill, Dead Giveaway, and Deadly Memories.
Published February 28, 2017 by Kensington. 304 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Nature & Wildlife. Fiction
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Below average
on Jan 23 2017

Baking maven Fluke wants to have her cake and eat it too. Grafting Hannah’s new relationship with Ross onto her lingering attachment to two previous boyfriends, her family of origin, her business, and the rest of the Lake Eden crew leaves precious little room for mystery.

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Publishers Weekly

Above average
on Apr 20 2017

Hannah and former suitor Det. Mike Kingston then make an alarming discovery, leading to a cliffhanger ending. An overly simplistic story and inconsistent behavior make this less effective than other books in the series, but fans will certainly enjoy the abundance of tasty recipes.

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Reviewed by Sandra Murphy on Mar 11 2017

This is the twenty-first book in the Hannah Swenson series. I did suspect the killer but not until near the end. I also had a theory about a twist at the end and was completely wrong. There is a twist but not one that I saw coming. It will be hard to wait for the next installment of Hannah’s newly married life.

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Reviewed by Sandra Martin on Feb 28 2017

The pacing works, the recipes are delicious and a nice cliffhanger at the end will leave readers eager for the next book in the series.

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