Blackberry Pie Murder (Hannah Swensen #17) by Joanna Fluke – Review

It’s been a sleepy summer for the folks of Lake Eden, Minnesota. In fact, it’s been a whole four months since anyone in the Swensen family has come across a dead body—a detail that just made the front page of the local paper. And that means Hannah Swensen can finally focus on her bakery…or can she?
Life is never really quiet for Hannah. After all, her mother’s wedding is a little over a month away and guess who Delores put in charge of the wedding plans? But just when Hannah believes her biggest question will be whether to use buttercream or fondant for the wedding cake, she accidentally hits a man with her cookie truck while driving down a winding country road. And not just any man, but Keith Branson, quarterback for the local high school some twenty years past. Hannah is wracked with guilt, until Doc Knight’s autopsy reveals the victim was dead before Hannah even hit him, his shirt covered in stains that could come from one thing: Blackberry Pie. Now Hannah’s on the trail of a pie baker with a penchant for murder. And it’s going to take more than sugar and spice to catch this killer…

~Synopsis from Goodreads

The tag line of the book is ‘Mystery with Recipes’, but this turned out to be more like mystery between recipes if there ever was one.

This is my first book by Joanne Fluke and I did not had a clue about Hannah Swensen. Hence I read the first few pages of the book with a lot of enthusiasm. But later on when there was nothing going on and there were lots of recipes thrown at the reader, I started getting bored.There was a murder but the entire police procedure and the way people were giving away information and evidence etc looked unbelievable.

I was not very bothered about the love triangle between Norman, Hannah and Mike. Somehow Hannah’s ability not to choose either did not matter as the love story itself did not look convincing.

And when it came to the ending, I literally turned pages to see if I missed something because the end (end of the book) took me totally unaware because there were no conclusion at all. I read somewhere that Joanne Fluke  may have this idea of starting the next book in the series at the point where this book ended. If so, it was such a bad attempt.

Very much skippable book..

Rating: 2/5
Publisher: Kensington Books
Release: Feb 2014

Note: I received a digital galley of this book from the publisher through netgalley in return for my honest review.

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