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From Publishers Weekly
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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"Fun...frothy...Enticing recipes for cookies and other treats, presented with helpful procedural hints, are an extra bonus." --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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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.Read more ›
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.
Joanne Fluke's books have the best recipe's of any of these books. I baked three of the recipe's in her first book "Chocolate Chip Murder Mystery" for the Christmas Party at work and they were a hit.
Now, on to the mystery.
Hannah Swensen, owner of the Cookie Jar in Lake Eden, Minnesota can't seem to get away from murders. When her sometimes boyfriend, Norman Rhodes buys an old house, he invites Hannah and her mother, Delores, who owns an antiques store to come out and check out the house furnishings before he has it torn down.
Delores is checking out the basement when she accidentally stumbles over the half buried body of the former owner, drug store clerk, Rhonda Scharf.
Who would want to kill her? Everyone wants Hannah to investigate the murder, her mother, Norman and especially her pregnant sister Andrea, who's bored, and wants to help.
The only one who doesn't want her help, is boyfriend number two, Mike, a police investigator, whose partner is Andrea's husband, Bill.
Will she be able to solve the crime before Mike, or before the killer stops her.
Hannah is very funny and I think she's the only female in a mystery series who has two boyfriends.
Norman, is a dentist who until now has lived with his mother and who's late father, also a dentist had a very nasty secret that was revealed in the first book. I always wondered if he was supposed to be a continuing character after the first book, "I mean, his name is Norman." NO OFFENSE TO ANY NORMAN'S OUT THERE. But it isn't the usual name for a guy who's having a serious romantic relationship with the lead character. But he's a wonderful character, sweet and gentle.Read more ›
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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. Read morePublished on Nov. 24 2010 by beegirl1978
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. Read morePublished on Dec 13 2005
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... Read morePublished on June 23 2004
This series by Joanne Fluke is fresh as the yummy cookies character Hannah Swensen offers at her shop, "The Cookie Jar. Read morePublished on May 26 2004 by Diane Dean-Epps
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 morePublished on March 26 2004 by nonstopreader
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 morePublished on March 14 2004 by Anonymous
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 morePublished on Feb. 3 2004 by Judith McDonald
I just finished reading Joanne Fluke's "Lemon Meringue Pie Murder" and I think it's the besy yet in this series. Read morePublished on Feb. 1 2004 by Ruel Fischmann
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 morePublished on Dec 19 2003 by Jim Albertson