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Peach Cobbler Murder [Mass Market Paperback]

Joanne Fluke

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Jan. 29 2008 Hannah Swensen Mysteries
With The Cookie Jar, Hannah Swensen has a mouthwatering monopoly on the bakery business of Lake Eden, Minnesota. But, when a rival store opens, tensions begin to bubble. As she sits in her nearly empty store on Groundhog Day, Hannah can only hope that spring is just around the corner, and that the popularity of the new Magnolia Blossom Bakery is just a passing fad. The southern hospitality of Lake Eden's two Georgia transplants, Shawna Lee and Vanessa Quinn, is grating on Hannah's nerves and cutting into her profits. At least, Hannah has her business partner Lisa's wedding to look forward to. Unfortunately, Shawna Lee has finagled an invitation to the reception and is bringing her Southern Peach Cobbler for the dessert table. Things go from bad to worse when Shawna Lee and Hannah's sometime-boyfriend, Detective Mike Kingston, are no-shows to the wedding. When Hannah sees lights on at the Magnolia Blossom Bakery after the reception, she investigates, and finds Shawna Lee shot to death. Everyone in town knew the Cookie Jar's business was suffering, a fact that puts Hannah at the top of the initial list of suspects. But, with a little help from her friends, Hannah's determined to track down whoever had the right ingredients to whip up a murder.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington; New edition edition (Jan. 29 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758201559
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758201553
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 2.7 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 91 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #395,186 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars  108 reviews
59 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Rival Bakery Leads to Murder March 24 2005
By Mark Baker - Published on Amazon.com
It's no secret to Hannah's friends that Hannah is no fan of Shawna Lee Quinn. But that's especially true since Shawna opened the Magnolia Blossom Bakery right across the street from Hannah's own shop. Business is looking pretty poor, and if things don't change soon, Hannah and Lisa might have to close their doors.

On a happier note, Lisa and Herb's wedding day has finally arrived. So what if Shawna Lee has promised to bring her famous peach cobbler to the reception. It's only a minor dark cloud on an otherwise bright day. But Shawna Lee never makes it to the reception. Running by the bakeries afterward, Hannah finds Shawna Lee's dead body. With one of the best motives in town, Hannah knows she's got to act fast to make sure she doesn't wind up behind bars for a crime she didn't commit. But with most of the town at the wedding, who could have committed the murder?

Reading Sugar Cookie Murder, I thought to myself that Shawna Lee would make a great murder victim. Obviously great minds think alike. While the murder aspect starts out a little slowly, I really didn't mind because there was still plenty going on with these friends. And once Hannah finds the body, things really begin to pick up. Clues lead to a place I never would have imagined, but is absolute genius.

Any fan of the series will be pleased with the latest entry. If you aren't, I do recommend starting at the beginning since you really need to read them in order to gain the full appreciation of the characters. I can't wait to visit with them again.
53 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'd give this 6 stars if I could Feb. 28 2005
By loveamazon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Joanne Fluke weaves a wonderful tale of murder, love, and (maybe) betrayal, spiced with humor, and, of course, mouth-watering treats. There is just the right amount of recipes in this book (I felt the previous book had too many recipes at the end, shortening the story).

The story progresses swiftly, the characters are well defined, and there are many twists, as just as you are sure one person must be the murderer, you find another person who may be even more likely to have done it.

Another murder from a few years ago and over 1000 miles away is woven in with the main story, adding to the excitement, and to the suspect list.

Joanne does an excellent job of wrapping up every loose end and providing closure to every situation that came up, except the enjoyable ongoing struggle of will it be Mike or Norman who wins Hannah's heart.

This was a very satisfying and enjoyable read.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hannah at her best! Sept. 9 2005
By R. A. McTeague - Published on Amazon.com
In Peach Cobbler Murder, Hannah becomes humbled as her business takes a nose dive when competition hits town. When one of the co-owners is murdered, Hannah becomes suspect #1. To make matters worse, one of Hannah's beau has been spending time at 'night' with the victim.

Joanne Fluke once again spins magic in a mystery by involving the character's realness. If you didn't like the character of Hannah in the other mysteries by Fluke, you can't but help but fall in step with Hannah as she tries to find the real murderer before she's jailed. By the time she is putting the clues together, you will be cheering her on, as she deals with the personal emotion involved with the 'beau'. And the surprise ending is absoluting Fluke's creativeness - I can't wait for the next one to find out the answer!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By D. Blankenship - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Well, I have to say that I found this one to be the best of the series so far. Now reader take note...this series of cozy mysteries is not for everyone. For lack of a better word to describe them I am forced to use the words "a cozy, cozy." By that I mean they are as about a cozy as you can get. I love these books. They fall into the category I call my comfort reads.

In this tale our heroine, Hannah Swensen is faced with competition from a new bakery that has been established across the street. Simply put, since the bakery is owned and operated by two sisters who are willing to operate at a loss for at least a year, they are driving Hannah out of business. To make matters worse, there are strong indications that one of the two men in Hannah's life, Mike the cop, is becoming or has been involved with one of the sisters! Of course there is the problem of Hannah finding one of the sisters murdered, shot, lying on the floor of her rival bakery and Hannah becomes a suspect herself...along with about half of the town. Will the Magnolia Blossom Bakery put Hannah's bakery The Cookie Jar out of business? Will Mike be lured away from Hannah? Who killed one of the owners of the rival bakery? Will Mike the cop or Norman the town Dentist ask for Hannah's hand in marriage and more importantly, will Hannah accept either offer? Will Hannah's mother be swept off her feet by the English Nobleman she is infatuated with? Will Hannah's cat manage to finally dig through the locked closet and have unlimited access to the cat food (The Mother Load) stashed there and is her cat actually keeping pet mice in Hannah's closet and feeding them? These are some of the issues being faced by our rather unique baker.

Now for my take on some of the critical comments this series has received: Yes, Hannah can be annoying at times. To be quite frank, I know of no one in real life who is not annoying from time to time. The author has been quite persistent in keeping all of her characters true to form throughout the book. This is one of the things I like; one of the things I look for, i.e. consistency. I know what I am getting. Secondly, I not that a lot of people find the fact that Hannah has two men on the line and is string both of them along not realistic, or at the very least, tiresome and a bit odd. I have no problems with this. I read literally hundreds of book in this genre where a man strings along multiple women and no one seems to find this a bit put offish. A good example is the wonderful cozy Hamish Macbeth Series by M.C. Beaton. Our intrepid Scottish policeman has been stinging the same multiple women and a new one each book, along for at least 26 novels now and no one seems to blink over that. Thirdly, folks seem to be annoyed over the lack of any blatant sexual activity in these books; as a matter of fact, they are indeed rather prudish. I find this wonderfully refreshing in so many ways. Hey, I enjoy a good read dealing with vivid sex and violence every now and then and goodness knows I have enough to choose from if that strikes my fancy at any given time. Like most things though, that gets old real fast too. Forth...No Hannah is not a beauty queen. She is a bit over weight, has wild red hair, no taste in clothing what so ever and is indeed quite outspoken and a bit of a know it all; in other words, she is about like 90 percent of most of the people I know, myself included. As to the main characters aversion to cell phones, computers, fancy cars, etc., well to be quite frank, I share those very feelings and if I could run my life without them as Hannah seems able to do, then I would be right there with her.

This work, like the others in the series is well written. Violence is kept to a very minimum, there is no profanity (again, refreshing), the characters are quite believable and the mystery portion of the story, which is quite secondary to these books, is logical. We are also treated to fourteen new recipes, two of which I have tried and they are delicious. It is filled with the old regular cast of characters with a few new ones thrown in. Again, it is like reading about family after three or four books in the series.

Again, these books are not for everyone. We certainly are not talking the Bronte Sisters here or the works of someone like Jane Austen, no far from it. But what we are given is a few hours of delightful reading that is simply fun! You really do not have to expend a lot of thought energy with these books; they are sort of a type of mind candy...or in this case, brain cookies. These books are a wonderful escape into a far mellower world than we live in. I like that.

And by the way...I am pulling for Norman the Dentist.

Don Blankenship
The Ozarks
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Mouthwatering Mystery Aug. 27 2005
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
This series just gets better and better! After the short but sweet Sugar Cookie Murder, I pounced on Peach Cobbler Murder. I never had a doubt I would be less than pleased. Hannah Swensen is slowly being dragged, kicking and screaming, to bankruptcy by the arrival of a new bakery, the Magnolia Blossom Bakery, right across the street from Hannah's The Cookie Jar. And it doesn't exactly help that the bakery is run by the Southern sisters, flirtatious Shawna Lee and rich widowed Vanessa Quinn. Everyone knows Shawna Lee is Hannah's rival, and when Hannah discovers Shawna Lee murdered with a ruined Southern Peach Cobbler burning in the oven late at night at the Magnolia Blossom Bakery, Hannah's the prime suspect. Hannah starts up the sleuthing once again, but it more urgent this time. To prove her own innocence. While it takes a while for the murder investigation to pick up, Peach Cobbler Murder is one of my favorite Hannah Swensen Mysteries. Plus I LOVED the cliffhanger ending. Read this book!

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