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Joanne Fluke
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February 2001 Hannah Swensen Mysteries
Hannah Swensen, owner of The Cookie Jar and Lake Eden, Minnesota's own amateur sleuth extraordinaire, returns in "Lemon Meringue Pie Murder" to track down the killer of a neighbor with a sweet tooth.It's summer in Lake Eden and Hannah's younger sister Michelle is coming home for a visit. But before the family reunion can get under way, Hannah discovers the body of a local resident in the woman's basement. The only clue is one of Hannah's luscious lemon meringue pies on the kitchen counter with only one slice missing...even though from the looks of the victim's kitchen, she was planning an intimate dinner for two.Includes nine original cookie and dessert recipes for you to try!
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A lemon meringue pie, two pieces cut and only one eaten (an important clue or an insult to her cooking?), an empty bottle of wine and only one of two take-out dinners consumed-these bits of evidence set Hannah Swenson, amateur sleuth and owner of the Cookie Jar Bakery in Lake Eden, Minn., on the trail of a murderer in Fluke's fourth fun, frothy cozy (after 2002's Blueberry Muffin Murder). Who could have killed voluptuous Rhonda Scharf, whose half-buried body Hannah's interfering mother discovers in the basement of an old house one of Hannah's swains has just purchased? The investigation proceeds unhurriedly, with plenty of time for cookies, coffee and small-town gossip. Enticing recipes for cookies and other treats, presented with helpful procedural hints, are an extra bonus.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lemon Meringue Pie Murder March 27 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Hannah Swensen, the red-haired, cookie-baking owner of the successful bakery The Cookie Jar in small town Lake Eden, Minnesota, returns once again as the amateur sleuth to solve another vicious murder mystery in the wonderful fourth installment of Joanne Fluke's great cozy culinary murder mystery series.
It the end of June in the quaint little town of Lake Eden, Minnesota, and the Fourth of July nears ever closer at a quick pace, and everyone in the town is fully prepared to paint all of Lake Eden red, white, and blue. Now that the extremely frigid snows and bitingly cold winds have left Lake Eden for the summer, back are the ever-pesky mosquitoes and intensely hot sun beating down. But the Fourth of July means something else---Hannah's youngest sister, Michelle, is returning to Lake Eden from Macalester College for the Fourth of July!
But not all the new surprises are over yet for Hannah. Norman Rhodes, the town dentist and one of Hannah's sometimes-boyfriends, eagerly tells Hannah of his big plan. He and Hannah designed a dream house for a contest, and won, winning money which they split 50/50. But Norman has real plans for a dream house. Norman has made an agreement with Rhonda Scharf, the flirtatious, fifty-year-old clerk lady at the Lake Eden Drugstore. Norman is tearing down Rhonda's grandmother's run-down home to build Hannah's real dream house.
What does Norman building Hannah's dream house mean for her? Hannah wonders. But she puts her thoughts on hold about her boyfriend soon one day when Rhonda allows Norman to search the basement for any antiques he'd like, ones that Rhonda no longer wants.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It was just OK Nov. 24 2010
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I normally love the books in this series, but this one fell a little short for me. It was very slow moving in the beginning and there was so much unnecessary detail. I thought that there was no logical reason for Hannah to be involved in the investigation and that made it all seem very unbelievable. I had no trouble figuring out who the murderer was either. I did enjoy the overall plot, getting to know the characters better and the recipes add a nice touch. Although I find Hannah to be a likeable charcter, I agree with other reviewers that she acts a bit old for her age; who doesn't own a cell phone or suggests looking things up in an encyclopedia anymore? It makes you wonder what year these books are set in. For any fan of this series, by all means read it, since it is part of a series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A GOOD READ! Dec 13 2005
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
I love this series - while I will admit it is not the most intellectual - it's like chips - you know they aren't great for you but you can't eat just one. The plot could have been developped better and yes sometimes the protagonist can be obnoxious - commenting on people's grammar - but overall a good read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Started with this one bite and I am hooked June 24 2004
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I did not read the first books but jumped in with this title. It was a very fun read. I enjoy all the characters and the way the plot develops I am looking forward to reading the previos ones and all the new ones. Well worth the time.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Simply Awful June 18 2004
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For an amateur sleuth book to be enjoyable, it has to be believable to some extent. This book wasn't in the least.
Hannah takes it upon herself to investigate a murder in town. She then informs the police of this decision and rather than discouraging her, like real police would, they all giggle about winning their bets, and set up a time to meet with her to go over details of the case. As the story progresses, Hannah storms around town questioning people, demanding answers and spouting off as she sees fit, and not one person tells her to take a hike. She then involves herself in an old bank robbery because she coincidentally gets a bill in her cash register that looks suspicious and the bank president is all too happy to look up the serial number and give her details on why she was right. It gets to the point where all belief must be suspended because everything is so ludicrous.
If Hannah isn't annoying and obnoxious enough, the supporting cast is just as bad. Her partner, Lisa, seems like she has a crush on Hannah, babying her, cooking for her, running Hannah's business for her. Norman and Mike are supposed to be the two men she's dating, yet she attends "extended family" events with both of them where she sits between them and holds both of their hands. Andrea is as annoying a character as I've ever seen. None of them make you care about them in the least.
And the writing in this book is just awful, with way too much attention paid to every little detail. We get two full pages of Hannah walking upstairs from her car and unlocking her door. We get a full page of her drive to work. And we get pages upon pages of Hannah mixing up cookie dough. Did the author have a word count to fill?
I hope the next book in the series is better, or this author will be going the way of Nancy J. Cohen...right out the door.
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This series by Joanne Fluke is fresh as the yummy cookies character Hannah Swensen offers at her shop, "The Cookie Jar." I got a big kick out of one of the sub-plots that worked nicely with her attempts to solve the murder -- Hannah's efforts to fit into her clothes. (I won't give away the surprise.) These books are just plain good fun. I suspect the author has as much fun writing them as we do reading them and we know that's always good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another yummy mystery from Joanne Fluke!
Lemon Meringue Pie Murder, the 4th in the Hannah Swensen series, is fantastic! I was positive I knew "whodunit" -- about 3 times! Need I say I was wrong?? Read more
Published on March 27 2004 by nonstopreader
5.0 out of 5 stars Who Doesn't Love Lemon Meringue?
I really enjoyed this book and as a series, it just keeps getting better and better.
Joanne Fluke's books have the best recipe's of any of these books. Read more
Published on March 26 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Mystery Meringue....
I am now a fan. I will buy anything that Joanne Fluke writes. I LOVE her characters and the directions that she takes them. Read more
Published on March 14 2004 by K. A. Stevenson
5.0 out of 5 stars MOUTH WATERING MYSTERY
You don't even have to read the synopsis of this book to know that it's going to be great. I will buy anything that Fluke writes. Read more
Published on Feb. 4 2004 by Judith McDonald
5.0 out of 5 stars Best yet
I just finished reading Joanne Fluke's "Lemon Meringue Pie Murder" and I think it's the besy yet in this series. Read more
Published on Feb. 1 2004 by Ruel Fischmann
5.0 out of 5 stars A fine mystery for all ages from 9-90
Joanne Fluke's latest book just keeps adding to the reasons why I love to read this author. This is a well-written mystery with loveable charaters that you really care about ( such... Read more
Published on Dec 19 2003 by Jim Albertson
5.0 out of 5 stars Too Many Calories Can Be Murder To Your Waistline!
Hannah Swensen returns in the 4th book in this series. In this installment, Hannah jumps in to help solve a murder when a lemon meringue pie from her bakery, The Cookie Jar, is... Read more
Published on July 7 2003 by L Smith
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