Peach Cobbler Murder Mass Market Paperback – Jan 29 2008
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JOANNE FLUKE is the New York Times bestselling author of the Hannah Swensen mysteries, which include Double Fudge Brownie Murder, Blackberry Pie Murder, Cinnamon Roll Murder, and the book that started it all, Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder. That first installment in the series premiered as Murder, She Baked: A Chocolate Chip Cookie Mystery on the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Channel. Like Hannah Swensen, Joanne Fluke was born and raised in a small town in rural Minnesota, but now lives in Southern California. Please visit her online at www.JoanneFluke.com --This text refers to an alternate Mass Market Paperback edition.
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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.
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.
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.
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!