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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington (Feb. 1 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758211481
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758211484
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.3 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 490 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,062,010 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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"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.

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By A Customer on March 1 2003
Format: Hardcover
Lake Eden is a small resort town in Minnesota that is relatively crime free but when a homicide occurs, Hannah Swensen, the owner of the cookie Jar, is usually in the middle of the investigation. Murder is the farthest from Hannah's mind because her beau, Norman Rhodes bought a house from Rhonda Scarf and plans to demolish the building to build his and Hannah's dream home. Rhonda sold the home with the contents included so Norman, Hannah and her mother, an antique collector search the house for hidden treasures.
After looking in every nook and cranny in the cluttered home, Hannah's mother decides to look to in the basement to see if there are any antique tools. She doesn't find any treasures, but in the furnace room she sees Rhonda's body with a knife protruding from her chest. The police specifically tell Hannah not to get involved but everyone close to her wants her on the case. She finally agrees because she hopes it will get her mind off food and diets.
There is not one heroine who loves being involved in a homicide investigation as much as Hannah Swensen does. This culinary mystery has easy mouth-watering recipes that have easy to follow directions. (I tried two of them and the deserts were scrumptious, but no comments on my weight). The who-done-it is fun in large part due to the support cast who adds flavoring ingredients to an exciting mix. LEMON MERINGUE PIE MURDER is a delicious reading experience.
Harriet Klausner
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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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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. 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.
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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. The Lemon Merangue Murders will keep you turning page after page from the minute you crack the cover. In this one Hannah finds even more innovative ways to get herself embroiled in the thick of things. As always, a well constructed plot keeps you guessing as to who the culprit really is. I had it pinned on 3 different characters and was still wrong. This is a book (and series) for a wide range of ages. Don't forget to have some blank recipe cards handy, and don't drop pastry dough on the pages. Put the book down first......if you can. When I read The Chocolate Chip Cookie Murders, I thought things couldn't get any better but each book in the Hannah Swenson series is just as great as the one before or after it. Each has it's own unique "flavor." Fluke maintains a truly high level of fun and suspense in everything she writes. By the time you've gone through all 4 of the books in this series (so far) , you feel like you have gotten to know old friends much better, and have enjoyed meeting new ones as well. I LOVE it.
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