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Lemon Meringue Pie Murder by Joanne Fluke

Lemon Meringue Pie Murder (2003)

by Joanne Fluke

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Hannah Swenson is at it again - solving the murder of a middle-aged flirt who had just inherited her aunt's estate. (I figured it out on page 193.) ( )
  BookConcierge | Feb 12, 2016 |
It's summer in Lake Eden and Hannah's Cookie Jar cafe has expanded to selling pies on Fridays. Norman has bought property out by the lake which he wants to demolish and rebuild with their "dream house". The seller, Rhoda Scharf, had inherited the house from her aunt, and is leaving for a long vacation in Rome. Since she doesn't want to keep anything in the house, Hannah, Norman and Delores, Hannah's mother, go out to the house as there are some antiques that Delores wants for her store. Hannah finds one of her lemon meringue pies in the kitchen with one slice taken, and remains of a take-out dinner in the garbage. While Delores is checking the basement, she discovers Rhoda's body in the furnace room, partially buried. Hannah is encouraged to investigate.

Andrea, Hannah's pregnant sister, takes on the job of designing a Cookie Jar float for the July 4 parade, and Michelle, their 19-year old sister, comes home from college for a holiday. She's still torn between Norman and Mike. The killer is discovered within a week. An enjoyable read. ( )
  Hanneri | Jan 21, 2015 |
My first Hannah Swensen Mystery. I liked the characters but felt there were too many to keep track of. I liked Hannah in particular. Encouraged to read more of the series. Coookie recipes made me hungry! :) ( )
  hklibrarian | Jul 8, 2013 |
I feel a bit dishonest giving this book one star, but in some ways it does deserve it. I skipped some parts. I was distracted and couldn't give the story proper attention. I'm already forgetting large chunks of the story. The first chunk (I estimate at about 100 pages) was very nice and cozy. The author took her time to lower Hannah gently into the mystery. It never got any other way except downhill from there. There wasn't much twittering of Tracey to endure, but when one superfluous character falls, another takes its place. It's like a hydra or the roman legions. Anyway I found the Michelle character boring. It was weird to find inter cultural ( that's how it says it right in the book) romance taboo - I simply wish to move on to the next book and be done with this review. ( )
  Jiraiya | Jun 22, 2013 |
My husband jokes about the various mystery series I read and the professions of the solvers of said mysteries. He loves to pick some far fetched job or hobby and then have them solve the crime. Topiary sculptor or glass blower, teapot collector or professional sock darner you name it they solve crimes. I myself am perfectly okay with this idea but then, I do have a remarkable ability to really suspend disbelief. So it all works out.

I'm just fine with Hannah Swensen being a baker who just happens to solve murders. I'm good with the idea the police in her town can't seem to solve any of these murders without her input. I'm alright with the fact Hannah stumbles on dead bodies more often than most people come across litter. This series works for me and I do enjoy most the characters.

In this outing Hannah's mom discovers a body in the basement of a house recently purchased by one of Hannah's love interests, Norman. (See she didn't stumble on the body this time so it works) In no time Hannah is investigating the murder and even has the okay of her other love interest, Mike, a detective in the local police. There's also a sub plot of stolen money and a local boy being led astray my his cousin and all of this takes place during 4th of July festivities.

I had a hard time sticking with this story. It moved just a little slow for me and it wasn't to hard to figure out who and why the murder was committed. The side stories of Hannah's diet and her little sisters visit didn't really move the story along (though I did like the character of the little sister). There were also time where Hannah came across as a little prudish or behind the times which just struck me as odd.

None of this turned me off to the series and I'm sure I'll keep plugging away. Plus, there are some really good recipes throughout and I love a good cookie recipe. ( )
  bremmd | Sep 19, 2010 |
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Hannah Swensen, owner of The Cookie Jar and Lake Eden, Minnesota's own amateur sleuth extraordinaire, returns in "Lemon Meringue Pie Murder" to track down the killer of a neighbor with a sweet tooth.It's summer in Lake Eden and Hannah's younger sister Michelle is coming home for a visit. But before the family reunion can get under way, Hannah discovers the body of a local resident in the woman's basement. The only clue is one of Hannah's luscious lemon meringue pies on the kitchen counter with only one slice missing...even though from the looks of the victim's kitchen, she was planning an intimate dinner for two.Includes nine original cookie and dessert recipes for you to try!

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Just when her life seems to settle down, Hannah Swensen is surprised by the news that her companion, Norman Rhodes, is buying a house. Soon after Hannah and her mother arrive to clear out the house, they discover the dead body of the former owner, Rhonda Sar, along with some of Hannah's famous lemon meringue pie. Hannah must switch her baker's hat for her sleuthing cap and get to the bottom of this puzzling mustery… (more)

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