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It promises to be a busy week for Hannah Swensen. Not only is she whipping up treats for the chamber of commerce booth at the Tri-County fair, she's also judging the baking contest; acting as a magician's assistant for her business partner's husband; trying to coax Moishe, her previously rapacious feline, to end his hunger strike, and performing her own private carnival acIt promises to be a busy week for Hannah Swensen. Not only is she whipping up treats for the chamber of commerce booth at the Tri-County fair, she's also judging the baking contest; acting as a magician's assistant for her business partner's husband; trying to coax Moishe, her previously rapacious feline, to end his hunger strike, and performing her own private carnival act by juggling the demands of her mother and sisters. With so much on her plate, it's no wonder Hannah finds herself on the midway only moments before the fair closes for the night. After hearing a suspicious thump, she goes snooping - only to discover Willa Sunquist, a student teacher and fellow bake contest judge, dead alongside an upended key lime pie. But who would want to kill Willa and why?Now Hannah needs to crank up the heat, hoping that Willa's killer will get rattled and make a mistake. If that happens she intends to be there, even if it means getting on a carnival ride that could very well be her last......

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Key Lime Pie Murder Reviews

  • James
    2019-02-26 00:29

    3 stars to Joanne Fluke's Key Lime Pie Murder. The 9th book in the Hannah Swensen series delivers good cozy fun and is a simple, quick and easy read for fans. But I'm getting a bit concerned with the love story Hannah can't resolve -- choose one, Hannah, or abandon them for Ross!StoryThe carnival blows into Lake Eden full of quirky new folks, interesting little dramas for the townspeople and strange connections to the past. Hannah's asked to be 1 of 3 judges in the baking contest and consumes tons of different breads, cakes, pies and desserts. When she finds one of her co-judges clobbered to death, Hannah knows she's stumbled upon trouble once again. Poor Willa Sunquist, a former Lake Eden resident with a few secrets, loses her life and throws Hannah into a panic. Did one of the residents object to Willa's return? Did one of the traveling carnies exact revenge? Or was this someone stalking the victim all across the country?Hannah once again solves the mystery alongside her growing assistants with sister Michelle getting more actively involved in this one. Throw in some more romance with Mike and Norman, and Hannah's life seems to be a non-stop roller coaster. Fun side stories about diets, family reunions, marriage and magic.Strengths1. Lake Eden is an amazing town. Let's ignore all the murders that happen for now. The vivid cast of characters and the realistic setting are a fantastic part of why these books are so successful. Fluke has created a world you can escape to finding both drama and comfort all at the same time.2. Besides the main plot, there are several smaller plots that are moving the overall story along quite nicely. All of the main characters are starting to have their own stories that draw you in tightly... so even when the primary murder mystery gets a tad frustrating, you have other parts that keep you connected.Weaknesses1. Something changed with the style in this book. It's not a huge change, but everyone has started picking on Hannah for being a bit overweight. In the earlier books, Hannah would comment on it once or twice and a friend who make her feel better, but in #9, everyone has something to say about her weight. And people like Lisa and Andrea who have never really been rude before come across as insensitive. It annoyed me a bit -- hope that part doesn't continue in the series.2. The mystery plot took more than half the book to actually occur. Luckily, Fluke holds your attention with all the other attributes in the book, but by about page 150, I realized the death had just occurred and we barely had any idea who she was or why she was killed. The actual sleuthing all rushed by in the last 75 pages. It seems this was more about the carnival characters and less about the murder. It eventually comes together, but for new readers, they might think this isn't the cozy for them if the murder takes that long to occur.Final ThoughtsI'd put this one near the middle of the books as far as personal appeal. It's a great character and setting builder. It's a weak mystery. I wasn't invested in Willa to care exactly why she was murdered. I think more time should have been spent in building background on Willa and her connection to the town of Lake Eden. Depsite some of the flaws, I'd still recommend to someone who wants a good series and can sometimes ignore the lack of a strong mystery. :)About MeFor those new to me or my reviews... here's the scoop: I read A LOT. I write A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at, where you'll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I've visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

  • Michalyn
    2019-03-07 19:07

    Boring book, boring town, great recipes.That for me sums up Key Lime Pie Murder. I usually love books centered around food because they tend to be charming and incorporate a dash of sensuality. This was not the case with this book. Hannah Swensen is the full-time owner of a local bakery and part-time detective. When she finds Willa, a bake and beauty contest judge dead, she sets out to find the killer and bring him to justice.Great mysteries are known for their tight pacing and "never-let-up" suspense. The problem is, this book is so slow moving that any interest anyone could have possibly had in the murder case is drowned by all the boring details of the town and the interactions between its equally boring inhabitants. I was more than halfway through the book before the main crime was even introduced!The characters were boring to me not because they were from a small town, but because most are little more than caricatures. For example, Hannah our main character is the typical, not too pretty, not too plump, frizzy-haired cat-lady heroine who doesn't think she's beautiful and yet has two great guys fighting for her affections. Her sister Andrea is the typical beautiful, vain-appearing woman who deep-down is smarter and more insecure than she appears and her mother is the predictable genteel, bossy busybody. Finally, Willa the victim is such a cardboard cutout that not only does the reader find it difficult to care about her fate, but even the characters in the book don't seem genuinely moved by her death. There's a brief spat between Hannah and Mike (local policeman and love interest) about whether Willa should be referred to as "the victim" but that's about as much emotional involvement we see. Hannah angsts more about Moishe the cat's eating habits than her supposed friend's death.There were other WTF moments that were annoying. No matter how small a town someone is in (and I grew up in a small town myself), I found it really hard to swallow Hannah's complete lack of technical savvy from everything to computers to cell phones. It seemed more typical of a 65 year old than a 30 year old. In general too much of Hannah's behavior felt "older" to me, like the author had over-identified herself with the character. Then the choice of weapons in the book were just ridiculous. I'm sorry, but using a pie and a cell-phone as a means of self-defense is just dumb. Hannah also has a penchant for explaining "localisms" that not only are obvious but don't seem that "local" at all. Take this passage for instance:"I'll be there. Do you want to come over after?" Hannah asked the question, and then she laughed at the way she'd lapsed into regional Minnesota dialogue.I could identify nothing in the phrasing that was particularly unique to Minnesota.The one saving grace of this book was the recipes which were truly mouth-watering. If not for those, this book would have been a complete waste of time.

  • Tiffiny
    2019-02-25 03:35

    I loathed this book. The series started off so cute for me. I was thrilled to find a series with no bad language, no sex --nothing objectionable so that I would feel embarrassed if my oldest child picked it up. It's all gone downhill.I was actually listening to the book on CD, and when I got to the point when Hannah inevitably finds a dead body, (and where she was musing that she ought to seek Mike's help). She started rationalizing that if she was wrong she'd look like a fool, and I knew she was going to go forward. I got so disgusted with Hannah's arrogance I just skipped to the end. I put in the final CD just so I'd know who did it.I couldn't believe Hannah was so dense (Mike was definitely the better detective in this one). Even having skipped a majority of the book, I figured out within seconds who the bad guy was. And the wrap-up of the book? It was all too perfect. So perfect it was obnoxious. I don't subscribe to the belief that some writers and most of Hollywood have that all heroes must be deeply flawed, but Hannah is the worst Mary Sue I have ever come across. Her suggestions to others are always the perfect solution, her cookies and her cooking experiments are always perfection, and things end perfectly for her family. The perfection seems to go on and on. It's really quite obnoxious. I can't believe Hannah cannot figure out what her mother is up to either. She doesn't even have an inkling. Her mom is spending quite a bit of time typing on her new computer (and she got a printer) AND her mother has increased her use of "Regency Romance" phrases exponentially--hmmm could she be writing a Regency Romance book? (This is my unconfirmed guess because Joanne Fluke doesn't confirm what Delores is up to in this book and I'm not going to bother reading the rest of the series to find out if I'm right).I would highly suggest to the author that she 1) get a better editor so glaring errors like her Shakespeare one in Sugar Cookie Murder don't occur again. (She misquotes Shakespeare AND she wrongly attributes the quote to the play Macbeth. Ummmm so much for Hannah's stellar English language education. The quote is from HAMLET.) 2) Read up on Mary Sue characters and take steps to change Hannah. ( 3) Read the earlier "Cat Who" mysteries by Lillian Jackson Braun to get a better idea how to blend small town characters and a likeable main character with murder mysteries in a way that isn't annoying. I think this series is a lost cause at this point. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone--not even for the recipes.

  • Wendi Lee
    2019-03-05 21:33

    I'm still enjoying this series (it keeps my reading balanced when I'm also halfway through a horror novel or psychological thriller), but I have to wonder about the murder per capita in such a small town. And then there's Hannah's mom, who calls half a dozen times a day, sometimes at six in the morning. Eek!!! Now that's scary. I liked the mystery, as well as the fairground settings. Although now I want a deep fried Snickers bar ...

  • Sarah
    2019-03-07 19:15

    I did finish the book. Barely. Things I didn't like:* The recipes have cheesy notes in them, like (if you can't get key limes, use regular lime juice). The notes are bold italics, so they look more important than the actual ingredient.* There are constant admonitions to "just beat the eggs in a glass with a fork"* The writing is awful. This book reads like a first draft that hasn't been edited. Wordy, clunky, and generally annoying. Please recognize that this criticism comes from someone who reads Dan Brown without flinching.* I'm not entirely sure how old the main character is, but somewhere around 30. She acts like a cranky 60-year-old. She doesn't want a cell phone, can't figure out how to use it, hates computers, and whines about her weight. But then she sneaks around her mother acting like a 12-year-old. Couldn't stand her.* I never did understand why either of the men in her life are interested in her. And why she's stringing along both of them.All in all, it read like a G-rated recipe-heavy poor imitation of Stephanie Plum. Go read some Janet Evanovich instead. At least she doesn't say stuff like:"Me, neither" I replied in the vernacular of my childhood.There was also a reference to a Minnesota-type sentence construction that made my skin crawl. Not that the character used it, but that she laughed about using it, then thought about how she was using it, and then the narrator/heroine pointed out that her boyfriend used something equally regional in his reply. BLECH.Oh, and the sideline about her mother using Regency phrases could have been cute, but was overexplained and thus sucked.I kind of liked the cat.

  • May
    2019-03-19 23:17

    Joanne Fluke should just do cookbooks.Seriously, her recipes are great, at least all the ones I've tried. But the characters and stories in this series? They're stale. They need to actually DO something, grow, or just get new characters all together. This is the last of this series I'm going to read. Hannah is still in the middle of a love triangle, one where she's kissing and thinking about forever with two different guys... and it's enough already. I find it impossible to believe that they're both that in love with her and ok with the other one being in the picture AND that she's heartless enough to not realize how hurtful she's being with her lack of action.Aside from the lackluster plot and so-so murder mystery this time around, it's the fact that I've grown to dislike a lot about Hannah that I'm quitting. I'll keep the books I have though - those recipes are killer.

  • Kasia
    2019-03-11 19:11

    Lipsmackingly delicious slice of mystery pieThe ninth in the series is exactly what one would expect, yummy and dependable to deliver that specific Hannah charm and the sweet aromas of the Cookie Jar to keep the mind wrapped around sweets half the time, I never crave chocolate and coffee as when I read these books, it's just insane! The baker /sleuth combo is quite tasty when one reaches for this book, Hanna is the owner of the Cookie Jar and along with her coworkers, friends and family this small Minnesota town resident is always there to deliver the laughs and a bit of a mystery, her crime solving skills keep coming in handy when so many tragic things seem to happen at Lake Eden ... Winters are cold and summers are hot but in between there's Hannah, her orange fuzzball of a cat name Moishe, her two potential loves ( she simply can't choose between nice and dependable Norman and the handsome but juvenile cop Mike ) and her hilarious regency era obsessed mother, chic sister with two kids along with a few minor characters that really feel like home when I read about them. I love this series, it's cozy and heartwarming and even though some things are going at a snail's pace and feel like teenage flirting going on for ages ( the Norman / Mike saturation) I still really like how slow the time moves and how's its always ready to greet me back when I want to be back in it.The Tri-County Fair is the backdrop for the crime, one of the judges gets murdered and it's up to Hannah to solve this, her life seems to be in constant danger since she was also a judge, so her snooping abilities are tuned to the highest degree. I had my guesses but in the end was fooled for a second, this was a cute mystery that makes me want to read Carrot Cake Murder next ... Fluke is great when it comes to cozy mysteries, like a freshly baked cookie on a cold day she's just what I need when I'm in that mood.Kasia S.

  • Jennifer
    2019-03-01 19:07

    If I were a fictional character planning on murdering someone in Lake Eden, Minnesota, I would first ensure that Hannah Swensen, baker-sleuth-extraordinaire, was indefinitely incapacitated, because it would seem that none of these murders-- the recipients of whom she always just happens to come across right after the deed has been done-- would be solved without her saavy (savvy? I can never remember) amateur skills. This is the 9th book in a series that is currently 14 books long, and the premise is the same as in the last eight books, and probably just as cookie-cutter (oh, puns!) as the next five. If the series focused solely on Hannah and her murder mysteries, it would be a tired plot indeed.However.Fortunately for us readers, the author has built a pretty strong community in Lake Eden, full of people who cross paths with Hannah's so much that their lives become part of the plotline and overall arc of the series. Also, you would think that the novelty of including recipes would wear off, but surprise! It's still as lovely a quirk as ever. So while this only gets two stars, it's two solid stars from someone who will grudgingly continue reading the rest of the series. (=

  • Chandra
    2019-03-01 19:27

    Goodness, this was a slog.Now, apparently this is a series, and I haven't read any of the books before it, so it's possible there's some subtext I'm not getting which would have made it more interesting. But, as it stands, it feels more like Joanne Fluke really wanted to write a cookbook, but was laboring under the misconception that all books needed to have a story contained within them, so she dashed out a plot as quickly as possible about a lady named Hannah and her quest to eat a deep fried candy bar.There's also murder in there somewhere, but it doesn't even show up until page 120. I was counting. (For those of you interested, the key lime pie made its first appearance on page 84.)On the plus side, the recipes all look pretty tasty, and I'll probably end up trying some of them. So I guess in this respect, it fulfilled all my expectations for the "Key Lime Pie" part of the title, and pretty much none for the "Murder" part.

  • Tiffunee
    2019-03-07 19:31

    The small-town cozy from Fluke. When one of her fellow judges, home economics teacher Willa Sunquist, is murdered, Hannah determines to sniff out the killer. Was it a man from Willa's mysterious past? Or a student she flunked? Fluke has developed a charming supporting cast—Hannah's besotted (and slightly spineless) two suitors, her overbearing but likable mother, her endearing sisters and her levelheaded business partner all feel like friends by the time the murder is solved. This was wonderful, light and fun mystery to read. Reading her books make me want to bake.

  • Karol
    2019-03-01 23:34

    I absolutely love the characters in the Hannah Swenson series. I enjoyed seeing more of Hannah's younger sister, Michelle, as well as the affection between Norman (one of Hannah's suitors) and her cat Moishe. This books was a little less focused on the romantic triangle, and a little more focused on the community, the mystery, and Hannah's family, which is why I like it better than #8 in the series. But I really do wish Hannah would fish or cut bait when it comes to the men in her life.I'm looking forward to the next one in the series!

  • Mandy
    2019-03-09 02:19

    Joanne Fluke's books seem to get better and better. This one had a great plot with several twists and turns and I enjoyed that. I like how Michelle has joined the clan more often and that Delores wasn't as involved in this book as much, she can be too much. Looking forward to 9.5 :)

  • Pat
    2019-02-25 21:26

    Recipes galore and a fun read. She is a good mystery writer for women. No gore. Nothing to gross one out and give you nightmares. A good women's writer.

  • Linda
    2019-03-14 00:28

    Looking for something light, I found this on the library shelf. Sadly, it was disappointing. The plot was fine and the recipes made me drool but this was really a short story forced into novel length by lots and lots of filler. Judging the baked goods at the county fair was a good basis for getting Hannah into trouble. However, the endless descriptions of game booths, baked entries and extraneous characters slowed the pacing to the point that I skipped several tracks and didn't miss a thing. Some of the characters were terribly annoying including Hannah. I assume Fluke devised two male characters but couldn't decide who to put with Hannah so she used them both. Realistically, I don't think many men would put up with that for very long. Stringing two decent men along doesn't make me sympathetic to Hannah or like her very much.

  • QNPoohBear
    2019-03-07 21:10

    It's summer and Hannah Swenson is busier than ever. The county fair is in full swing and she has been chosen as a judge in the baking contest and volunteered to help her mother with the Historical Society booth. Then she has to watch her little sister Michelle in the beauty contest and her sister Andrea and niece Tracy in the mother-daughter look-alike contest. Plus, she has two guys fighting over her and she's worried about Moishe, who won't eat. All she really wants is a deep-fried candy bar but someone keeps interrupting. When one of her fellow judges, a Home-Ec aide named Willa, ends up dead at the county fairgrounds, Hannah is first to discover the body. In fact, Hannah heard the murder. Though Willia's death was shocking, Hannah insists on solving the mystery herself to show Mike she's the better detective. This story isn't my favorite entry in the series. I don't like any of the recipes in the book! My mom loves key lime pie so I'll copy the recipe for her. The plot was engaging enough to keep me interested half the night. I thought I had figured out the identity of the murderer right away but I was way way off base. I never guessed who it was. Hannah guessed pretty early on but had to figure out who and why. There was a lot of extraneous fluff padding the story. While I liked the baked goods contest, the actual judging was just too much. Also the love triangle is incredible silly and unrealistic. The Moishe plot was easy to figure out. Hannah does something really really stupid at the end of the book that nearly gets her killed. Hannah is supposed to be 30 years old but she acts much older. She acts as her own personal grammar police, wincing every time she uses a "colloquialism" or someone says something that is not grammatically correct. She doesn't know how to use a computer and makes excuses not to set up her new computer. It's not rocket science. Follow the directions to plug it in, turn it on and follow the prompts. Learning how to use the operating system can be a learning curve depending on which one it is but if my MOM can figure it out on her own, Hannah can. She finally gets a cell phone but apparently she's blind as well as technologically challenged because she can't figure out how to make a call and end a call. Again, my MOM (the most technologically illiterate person I know) can figure it out, Hannah can. It's also not rocket science. Green phone icon makes a call, red phone icon shuts it off. Say this story takes place in 2007, the year the book was published . Hannah was therefore born in 1976. She's only a bit older than me. How can she run a business without knowing how to use a computer? Does she use an antique cash register? The author seems unsure of how technology works and the descriptions are cringe-worthy bad. She should have consulted someone Hannah's age or made her sleuth older. Speaking of older, Hannah's mother manages to be less annoying in this book but she's so smothering of Hannah but kicks Michelle out because she's too busy? That doesn't sound very motherly. What mother doesn't want to spend time with her kid home from college? I love/hate the way Dolores speaks in Regency cant. It's funny but it sounds out of place in modern language. Not that I don't do the same thing but it sounds awkward when reading it in a contemporary novel.I enjoy this series mostly for the baking. I'm skipping around based on which books I can get at my local library off the shelf. It doesn't seem to matter if I read them in order or skip some.

  • Heidi
    2019-02-26 00:07

    Hannah owns a cookie shop called The Cookie Jar in Lake Eden, Minnesota. She has a cuddly big tomcat called Moishe and not one but two men in her life who both want to marry her. The inhabitants of Lake Eden come to life in these books. If you have never read one, I would recommend you get a hold of them to read in order as the characters do build up in each of them.Hannah finds herself being a judge for the baking contests at the county fair. There are two other judges, Pam and Willa, who test taste with her each day as the fair progresses. But one evening after closing Hannah witnesses pieces of a murder...that of her fellow judge Willa. As she starts to investigate Willa's death, many secrets begin to come to light but will she discover the final secret in time to escape from the hands of Willa's killer?This was once again a wonderful, light and fun mystery to read. Joanne Fluke uses humor in her books as well as building up the suspense of an old fashioned whodunit. Any cat lover has to appreciate her friendship with beloved Moishe and there are recipes galore to boot. All around another great Joanne Fluke book!

  • Rochelle
    2019-03-22 00:30

    Well written and actually deals with the subject material; namely the murder. But it took a long time to get there. I have noticed a trend in Cozy mysteries lately. The focus is on the protagonist and her/his personal life, love life, interesting job, etc. The murders are taking a back seat. Its annoying. This book almost did that, but redeemed itself half way through. One thing, I really hated, although it has nothing to do with the story, is the author's constant badgering on what looks good on a redhead. The protagonist is a redhead and throughout the story we hear about what colors look awful on her. It wouldn't be so bad if it wasn't so wrong! I am a redhead, and I do look good in pink, purple, red and maroon. And I look awful in black, white and kelly green. After the fourth or fifth time of reading what would look bad on me because of my hair color, and having it be WRONG- I started to get irritated and it detracted from the story. However, if you are blond or brunette- this will not be an issue for you. ha ha!

  • Bonnie
    2019-03-22 23:33

    I enjoyed the book, and thought it was good. It was nice to be back with Hannah again and to be back in Lake Eden as well. I know that I will for sure continue with this series and will be anxious here to read more as well. Love her cat Moishe and just felt right at home. I would recommend the series and also would recommend reading them in order too.I gave it an A or 4 stars.

  • April
    2019-03-22 02:24

    I'd heard that these books were cute; I just found this one to be boring. Yet when I told myself I was just going to stop reading it - I kept going back to it. I definitely skimmed large portions of it, the mystery wasn't really a mystery (easy to solve), and the characters didn't ring true. Hannah is only supposed to be 30, but the way she was written she seemed like a frumpy 60+, who wore pantsuits and didn't know the slightest thing about computers or cell phones. But she had two desirable men chasing after her, whom she kept stringing along, bouncing back from one to the other? And these guys were friends, who didn't seem to care about their competition? Nope. I've read that other books earlier in this series are better...I may read one if I come across one and have time on my hands, but I don't think I'll seek them out.

  • Kristen
    2019-03-03 03:29

    I love this series, and Fluke once again serves up a light, sweet read. She even managed to raise the emotional stakes in Hannah's which-guy? problem - not a minor feat after 8 or 9 books of this series. I am impressed.

  • Megan
    2019-03-25 00:25

    3.5/5I picked up this book without realizing it’s part of a series until after I had started reading it. The good thing, you are able to read it as a stand alone book so I continued reading. I did enjoy the book at the end but I felt it was just dragged out. It could have ended sooner in my opinion. Hannah is stringing both Norman and Mike along and she just needs to choose one or the other or just not be with any of the two men. I felt as if there were some things that were forgotten about but then quickly added in the end to try and tie it all together. So, I may read the other books in the series but it won’t be a priority.

  • Sandy
    2019-02-24 02:33

    It's fair time in Minnesota and everyone is involved in the fair activities. Hanna is judging the baked good of course. Michele is entered in the beauty pageant. Herb is in the magic show competition and Norman is in the photography competition and of course there is a rodeo with all the attendant cowboys and rodeo events. But all is not well at the fair. One of the pastry judges run into a problem and Mike has to investigate and so does Hanna...This is a pretty good book and very well done. I enjoyed this book much more than the last one.

  • Barb
    2019-03-19 22:31

    It promises to be a busy week for Hannah Swensen. Not only is she whipping up treats for the chamber of commerce booth at the Tri-County fair, she's also judging the baking contest;acting as a magician's assistant for her business partner's husband;trying to coax Moishe, her previously rapacious feline, to end his hunger strike, and performing her own private carnival act by juggling the demands of her mother and sisters. With so much on her plate, it's no wonder Hannah finds herself on the midway only moments before the fair closes for the night. After hearing a suspicious thump, she goes snooping–only to discover Willa Sunquist, a student teacher and fellow bake contest judge, dead alongside an upended key lime pie. But who would want to kill Willa and why? I have found all of Fluke's books to be entertaining, and page turners. They suck you in and leave you wanting more. 5 stars.

  • Jen
    2019-02-28 21:05

    Another fun Hannah Swensen mystery!

  • Doreen
    2019-03-18 19:12

    1/9/18 Full review tk.

  • Lisa B.
    2019-03-26 21:06

    As always, cute and funny. For anyone who reads this series, I'm on team Norman.

  • lisa
    2019-03-08 19:19

    so i just finished (well, i finished it last night) the 9th book in fluke's hannah swensen mystery series. it was good. it was different from the others one though in that the murder didn't happen until 130 pages or so in, which is unusual for one of her books. however, what is perhaps more interesting is that in this book she attends to some of the ongoing plot lines with a little bit more depth, and if you're an avid reader of this series i'll start with the one that is the most obvious--the norman/hannah/mike love triangle. i won't go so far as to say that progress has been made in terms of hannah choosing one or the other (and of course, one has to wonder if she's ever going to make a choice or if this is going to be a lingering thing, sort of akin to the booth/brennan thing going on on bones--but i digress) and of course since i'm writing this right now it's obvious that i'm about 4 books behind so who knows, she could have made her choice by now. but my point is that norman has definitely stepped up his game and if you've been rooting for him ever since the first book in the series, well, you'll be amused by what transpires in that corner throughout the book. also, even though it wasn't explicitly stated (and well, it's a mystery series, so we readers have to figure out some of the mysteries before they are revealed) it looks like delores, hannahs' mother, is writing a regency romance. we get to see michelle once again in this book, and surprisingly we get to see an interesting side of andrea. she's not just the superficial, beautiful sister, and i thought that was nice. and how could i forget moishe? there's a little mystery there, too, and i must admit that one was the hardest mystery in the book to solve and i didn't figure it out on my own. as far as the murder--well, once the character who actually committed the murder was introduced it was obvious whodunit and why. i have to admit that that part of the book was a little flimsy. so my point here is that if you read the books for the murder mystery only rather than the characters, then you might be a little bit disappointed. but if you do read these books because you like the characters, well, then, i don't think you'll be disappointed at all.

  • George
    2019-03-25 00:25

    #9 in the Hannah Swensen mystery series. Hannah is co-owner of The Cookie Jar bakery in Lake Eden, Minnesota and the novel is filled with recipes of the items mentioned in the story. Much of the story revolves around Hannah's relations with the two men (Mike, police detective, & Norman, dentist) she loves and love her and Hannah's relations with her family members. This story involves the many activities involving Hannah, family and friends in a big local fair and rodeo. The fun is interrupted by a robbery and a murder which Hannah sets out to solve.There are certain story lines which continue to irk me in this series: 1)Hannah can't decide whether to marry Norman or Mike, both of whom have proposed to her. Her response is that she can't decide and, when she is able to she will tell them who. Until then, they are to swirl around her and continue to show her they care until she decides. If they show interest in another woman, she gets jealous though doesn't usually express it out loud. However, she can show interest in another man if she wishes which she does in this novel and #8 and Mike and Norman had to accept it. 2) For the story line, she needs Mike to be interested in her because he is her police in and thus provides inside information that helps her solve each mystery. She expects/wants Mike to share whatever information he has with her, gets upset when he doesn't, but she can pick and choose what information she shares with him without any misgivings. Her rationale: he doesn't completely trust her because he won't tell her everything, thus, she can withhold information. 3) I can't see what is so special about Hannah, that 2 men continually dote upon her twiddling their thumbs waiting for her to decide which she will marry.

  • Moriah Venable
    2019-03-04 03:08

    This actually was a really good read to me. Alot better than the previous Hannah Swensen book in terms of capturing my attention. It s busy week for Hannah Swensen, who is still juggling her feeling for Norman, Mike and Ross. With the Tri-County fair coming to town, Hannah has to bake treats for the Chamber of Commerce booth at the fair, judge the baking contest, act as a magician's assistant, trying to coax Moishe into eating who has stopped and behavior has changed, and juggle the demands of her mother and sisters. Life for Hannah is no day at the fair.When one of the judges, 20 year old Willa Sunquist murdered after the lights go out at the fair for the night. Hannah is devastated and determined to investigate who would want her new friend dead. With love square in this book wasn't so bad. Though Norman is dropping hints to Hannah that he had built the dream house for them, in the hopes that she does marry him. Let alone he looks and is really concerned about her cat, even making a looking area for him in the house. While Hannah is starting to realize this, she is still unsure between Mike cause she can see herself marrying him too. And at the end of the novel, Hannah wore the pendant Ross had sent her, causing the readers to know that their relationship is flourishing as well. Maybe heating up while her relationships with Mike and Norman are starting to cool off. I didn't figure out who the killer was until a little later in the book and I thought the mystery was really interesting. I felt it was overshadowed by the all the other stuff going on, but when it went back to it, I was quite engaged.

  • Nancy
    2019-03-11 21:18

    Hannah is thirty years old, and is dating two men. She can't decide which man she loves the most. Mike is a policemen, and he shows up often in these books to save her. Mike is exciting. Norman is a dentist. He is dependable and kind to Hannah. He helps her with her pet cat. Hannah and Norman designed a house together for a contest, and later Norman build it. There is a county fair going on in this book. Hannah is one of the judges for the baked goods enteries. Her younger sister is running for gueen of the Tri County area. Her busniess parterner's husband is entered in the talent show, and needs Hannah to be his assisstant, when his regular assistant beomes ill. Norman has entered a photograph of Hannah, and wins first place. Hannah's sister Andrea and had niece, Tracey, are entered in a mother daughter look a like contest. Hannah hears a sound, that she believes is something hard hitting against a head. The fair has closed, and she has gone back to get the food bag she left at her mother's booth. She hides, and sees the shadowy figure of a man swinging a mallet, and once more crashing it into someone's head. She sees the man take the mallet, and attach it back into it's place, and then see's him run away. She carefully goes foreward, and find's the body of a friend, who had been one of the bakery goods judges. Hannah was carrying the prize winning Key Lime pie, which she drops near the body. Hannah seems to find murdered bodies, and then she and her friends, and family investigate, and find the murderers.