Reviews Praise for Joanne Fluke: Culinary cosies don't get any tastier than this winning series. Tasty enough to serve to mystery readers still hooked by the foodie fad. The ever popular Fluke writes engaging cozies with one part great characters, one part gentle story, and three parts the best recipes in the genre.
Fluke has developed a charming supporting cast who all feel like friends by the time the murder is solved. The dozens of tempting recipes Fluke includes are an added treat. A tasty treat. Entertaining and sprinkled with tempting recipes. It's a sweet treat of a novel. Readers can't help but love Lake Eden and its warm and welcoming inhabitants. In this I think I'm done with this series for good. In this book she thinks that Mike is cheating on her and she is furious.
And all her friends and family members agree that Mike is a no good cheater who deserves to be strung up and quartered. And yet no one mentioned that Hannah is dating Norman as well as Mike. She is so hypocritical I wanted to reach into the book and strangle her. Or at the very least knock some sense into her over large head. Joanne Fluke is clearly using Hannah as a type of wish fulfillment. Hannah isn't pretty but two desirable men are going gaga over her to the point that they each swear their love for her and propose. She's a successful business woman despite never having finished college and an expert chef despite never having gone to cooking school.
I know that both of those things are possible but it still irks me. She's smarter than everyone in town- including the entire police force but still hasn't figured out that she probably shouldn't meet suspicious characters alone because they will try to kill her. Also, I've worked in bakeries before and I assure you that the way Shawna Lee and her sister run their bakery is way more realistic than the way the cookie jar is run. There are only two employees at the cookie jar and yet they manage to bake an entire inventory of products every day, take specialty orders, manage the customers and never sell day old cookies.
I assure you that if a real bakery was run that way it'd be closed in less than six months. Jun 27, Mandy rated it it was amazing. Hannah Swensen is superwoman in an apron. What an ending! I did not see that coming. This book was a great read. Had it figured out about two thirds of the way through These books get better and better as I read them. Feb 17, Noriko rated it really liked it Shelves: cozy-mystery. First of all, I'm relieved to find this is a full novel as opposed to the previous book, where the recipes account for roughly 30 percent of the book.
This book picks up nicely where we left off in the previous book; the advent of a competitor for Hannah - not only in the romantic department but in the business department - was the least expected, but it added a lot of intrigues to the story in my eyes. Although I got the feeling the family drama part kept growing longer and longer with each ins First of all, I'm relieved to find this is a full novel as opposed to the previous book, where the recipes account for roughly 30 percent of the book. Although I got the feeling the family drama part kept growing longer and longer with each installment and somewhat outshining the mystery element, this book is still such a delight to read, with so many things happening and so many elements rolled into one.
The love triangle, the jealously, the quandary that challenges Hannah in terms of her business Not to mention the witty writing which I adore so much. I simply love the humor sprinkled throughout this book. This book does have romantic element, but it's not too sugary nor ghastly saccharine. I bet Hannah's character arc plays a huge role in this. Pretty delectable.
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What I particularly like about this book is the "mother and daughter" time that Delores and Hannah had in the end. Delores's dejection was heartfelt and Hannah is doing her best to comfort her, trying to be gentle with her and it had a good vibe throughout. I was glad that Hannah and Delores got bonded a bit better in this book. The ending, the wrap-up felt a bit too long for me as a matter of fact, and the twist that arrives in the very end is surprising for sure, yet felt a teeny bit hasty and too contrived.
I can't deny it's a great surprise factor though. As this book ends with a huge twist which I wasn't particularly expecting, I might as well pick up the next book which I conveniently have right here on my shelf and see what happens next! Jan 14, Jennifer rated it it was ok. This is the fourth or fifth book in this series I've read, but I don't think I'll read another. I've never come across a more annoying main character. She has been stringing two guys along for well over a year, yet gets angry when one of them spends time with another woman. One of the guys arranges to have the heater in her truck fixed for her and she is busy trying not to get angry about it!
She comes across as so superior to everyone around her and apparently the local police department are so This is the fourth or fifth book in this series I've read, but I don't think I'll read another. She comes across as so superior to everyone around her and apparently the local police department are so inept they cannot solve a murder without her to tell them how. Just tired of the whole business Worst Part: Low life taking the dead's shit!
Thoughts Had: How petty. Then later on you become this petty bitch about his relationship with someone else! How dense can you be, for real Hannah, for real. Plus she was being super petty about a fucking cobbler, i get that the girl was taking all of Hannah's business, but sheesh. Them taking the shit from the other store was hardcore low.
Apr 10, Lindsay rated it liked it Shelves: mysteries. I don't know why I keep reading books from this series. The character Hannah is a goody and a player she has two boyfriends! Doesn't sound very realistic to me. Give me a character who has some attitude. And I'm confused as to why no one in the books weights a few hundred pounds because all they do is eat cookies! In this book, a new bakery opens up and it taking all of Hannah's business.
And then the person who runs the shop dies, and while the description of the book I don't know why I keep reading books from this series. And then the person who runs the shop dies, and while the description of the book makes it sound like Hannah is the main suspect, there's actually a ton of suspects and no one really thinks she did it. For a mystery, it was decent enough, but I really think I might have to start passing on this series. They just don't make me think. Just make me hungry for cookies. Jun 23, Julie Barrett rated it really liked it.
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Peach cobbler murder by Joanne Fluke Have enjoyed this series and each book can be read by itself. So funny how she has two guys that want to marry her and she won't give in. A new bakery in town til the owner is found dead.
Now everybody suspects Hannah Hannah investigates and asks others and that leads to clues and she's busy with Lisa's wedding plans. So much action and recipes along the way. Something actually happened in the never-ending love triangle! Awesomely terrible, as always.
Sep 16, quinnster rated it liked it. Ehhhh, the shine of this series is starting to dull for me, but thanks to that ending I have to read the next book to see what happens! Dec 29, Ronda rated it liked it. I love and hate these books. I hate the love triangle but love Lake Eden. I think of quitting the series but I am about to buy the next. Hannah and I have such a dysfunctional relationship. I do love Hannah and her two boyfriends Mike and Norman.
This read could have cut about 75 pages out and it would have a little better, top much clutter between the main characters. Jun 18, Natalie rated it it was ok. I tried to resist writing a review for this book as I knew it would only come out as a long rant. Unfortunately, I lost the battle with myself. Especially when I decided to read what other Goodreads members have said about this book. Let me start by saying that I've been with the series since the beginning. Despite the fact that other readers are hating Hannah, I still like her very much. Although after Peach Cobbler Murder, I'm thoroug I tried to resist writing a review for this book as I knew it would only come out as a long rant.
Although after Peach Cobbler Murder, I'm thoroughly exasperated with her and now I'm more reading the books to see what will happen with the characters in a small Minnesota town rather than for the entertainment factor. Harsh but it's the truth. My main gripe is the love-triangle that has been going on between Mike, Hannah and Norman. As I stated in my review for the previous book, I was on Team Mike up to that novel. The who sexy cop image was irresistible. Sadly, I switched teams because I could see that Fluke writes more leisure and murder-solving interaction between Norman and Hannah than she does Mike.
Hannah is rarely annoyed with Norman, or sent into a tizzy because he blows hot and cold like Mike.
The two of them often team up to sleuth or just do activities with each other. The same cannot be said for Mike. The bottom line is, I've seen more of Norman than I have of Mike. What I see I see I love. He's perfect for Hannah. At this point Mike can go suck an egg. In regards to this book, I was just absolutely disgusted. Not with the murder, but with the love triangle. I didn't guess the murderer in this book, but I'd been able to guess the killers for the past three books. I like the low-key sleuthing that Hannah and her sister do even though they're told to butt out.
I have noticed for the last how many books that the end of each novel presents Hannah in a life-or-death situation, and I'm guessing someone told Fluke that this had to happen because it went from Hananah just helping to solve the crime to Hannah solving the crime and then finding herself at the mercy of the killer.
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I don't mind, but I wish they'd mix it up. Knowing whether Hannah will confront the killer or not kept me on my toes. Now I simply wait till the end and wait to see how Hannah will survive a madman. I was also furious with Hannah because even though Mike still gives her the shivers, he demonstrates that he's still not ready to settle on one woman. I know from reading other reviews that there is criticism about Hannah dating two men but being hypocritical when it is obvious that Mike is seeing another woman.
I have to speak up and defend those criticisms by saying that Hannah has always been upfront with Mike and Norman about her seeing the two of them at the same time. Mike even asked Hannah to give him a chance to talk with her should Norman ever propose. What Mike was doing in this book seemed more than just dating another woman.
From the way it was written, Mike was sleeping with another woman.
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Hannah has never slept with Mike or Norman, although I think she's come close with Mike. In addition to that, Mike kept claiming it was all innocent and nothing was going on. However, Mike's hummer was seen outside the other woman's apartment all night long. Come on now, do we all look like we just fell off the turnip truck?
The big thing here is that Hannah has always been truthful about her dating life. Mike has not. Big difference. If someone can point out to me a flaw in my logic, I will humbly retract my words. Moving along For me the real kicker is the end of the novel when Mike proposes. He apologized for his recent behavior and pulls out a ring. For starters, his beginning speech just admits that there was in fact more going on with the other woman than he claimed. Which meant that Mike was lieing when he told Hannah he and the other woman were just "friends".
Okay, I admit that I could be way off base. I could also be taking the book too seriously. More serious than the author intended.
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However, this is what I took away from it and I feel really mad. At this point I can't stand Mike. I'm also very mad at Hananh for always biting back what she'd really like to say to Mike than telling him that his hot and cold attitude is not acceptable. It may be easy for me to say as this is fiction, and in real life we'd all probably bite our tongue. But I still want to see Hannah give a little back to Mike. She doesn't have to be a bitch about it, but telling Mike that he's being an ass would turn the flame on my ire down a bit.
The last thing I'll say on the Mike subject is that Fluke wrote something interesting near the end of the novel.
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Hannah mentioned that with Mike he was like a drug. It wasn't love but an addiction. I couldn't believe that when I read it. Hannah was all but realizing that what she felt for Mike was probably more lust and sexual attraction. I wondered if Fluke was going to have Hannah slowly realizing that Mike is not the for her Give me a break!
Why write something like that? What was the purpose? Is it setting up something for the future? At that point I was more mad than I'd been earlier. I just want to slap Hannah silly at this point. I will most likely continue with the novels. I'm invested at this point and I want to see if Fluke will eventually make Hannah choose. Or at least, it might be awhile before I pick up another Hannah Swenson novel. I still recommend these books. However, if you've read this spoiler review and hate love triangles, I'd say just read the first three and stop.
You'll thank me for it. May 02, Kasia rated it it was amazing. This truly is the food lover's perfect mystery series and is quite satisfying when I'm in the greedy mood for sweet treats and mayhem. Crusty and flaky nibbles of cookies and cake are laced though out the novel, with many rich coffee breaks thrown in and a great mystery to boot. Peach Cobbler murder is as appetizing as it is entertaining and as usual it left me hungry for more. With the wedding happening, who's wedding you want to know, well I don't want to spoil things, but one happens, and coin This truly is the food lover's perfect mystery series and is quite satisfying when I'm in the greedy mood for sweet treats and mayhem.
With the wedding happening, who's wedding you want to know, well I don't want to spoil things, but one happens, and coincidentally a murder happens at the same time, is the wedding the perfect distraction for the heinous act or was is simply the case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time? That is left to the investigators, and as usual Lake Eden has plenty of curious people trying to get down to the truth.
New competition in the form of Shawna Lee and Vanessa Quinn appear in both, Hannah's professional and personal life, not only is her relationship with Mike in competition from Shawna but the new bakery opening in front of her own, ran by the sisters is draining Hannah out of funds and sanity. When one of them ends up shot in cold blood, no one looks less guilty than Hannah herself, while the real killer it out and ready to strike again. I enjoyed how intelligent this mystery was, the suspects were out there and the clues lead me in many directions making this a really fun read.
I loved this book, the bits with Moishe and the shrimp were hilarious, I was laughing out loud, and Hannah gets closer to both Mike and Norman, making that part of the book even more juicy and interesting, I'm totally hooked now, especially considering the stellar ending, wow Now I want to find out what happened next This series is the perfect dose of cute and cozy and the more I read it the more I like it, now that's what I call a good thing.
Feb 21, Heidi-Marie rated it liked it Shelves: holiday , audio , series , fiction , humor , mystery. This one was much more enjoyable because Hannah was mad at Mike the whole time. While I don't think he's some bad guy, he's completely wrong for Hannah. If I were in her shoes at the end of the book, I would have immediately told Mike "no" and and excitedly, happily, and contentedly said "yes" to Norman. This isn't rocket science here, Hannah. How can such a smart woman be so dumb?
Aside from that, the book was enjoyable. I had a small suspicion of the suspect, but Fluke did a great job This one was much more enjoyable because Hannah was mad at Mike the whole time.
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I had a small suspicion of the suspect, but Fluke did a great job in not getting to it for a while, thus creating questioning and suspense. And I would never have guessed some of the connections that came out. One thing--I hate seeing how little Andrea has to do with her children--especially her newborn baby Bethany! Oh well, in spite of my personal misgivings about some things in the books, I still enjoy the characters or Lake Eden and I love trying out the recipes!
So far--dramatic acclaim for each I've tried. 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.
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 s 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.
When Hannah sees lights on at the Magnolia Blossom Bakery after the reception, she investigates--"and finds Shawna Lee shot to death. This book offers a great insight into Minnesota life. It is a cute read but I wanted to slap Mike he is such a jerk. The recipes were great. The only reason I'm marking this a 2 starrer is because I didn't expect anything better.