Joanne Fluke: Banana Cream Pie Murder Hannah Swensen #21



Ith another woman While Hannah spends her days uestioning her ability as a wife and berating herself he is busy ying to her and A Wedding in Cornwall (Cornwall leading his doubleife In the meantime Hannah is pulled into investigating a murder that has nothing to do with her Its strange that her Mother asked her to investigate upon her return from her honeymoon when her daughter is adjusting to her new Japan-Ness in Architecture life as a married woman and trying to run a business Her Mother as usual is very pushy and demanding on Hannah s time even though she is trying to adjust to being a wife to a demanding harsh man She begins the sleuth as always with help from great characters that struggle to help Hannah regain some of her former self Her friends and family seem confused and worried about the major changes they see in her As the sleuth grows Hannah is distracted and not even interested in her beloved bakery or baking anyonger She drags herself through each day and only solving the murder seems to cheer her up In this book everyone else is baking and making suggestions to Hannah about her menu but she is not present or involved The bakery is a wonderful aspect of these stories and normally the center of her universe One strange aspect to this story is that Hannah who has always oved her condo as it was embraced her home ife and made her friends a big part of her home comes home from her honeymoon to a complete redo authorized by her new husband without her permission It seems nothing is to her Theoretical Anxiety and Design Strategies in the Work of Eight Contemporary Architects liking and she admits to herself sheiked it the way it way and misses her old ife yet she says nothing and feels obligated to act as if she ikes it for him This is not the Hannah we The Psychopharmacology of Herbal Medicine love who enjoyed herife as a happy home owner with her own routine that she Psychopharmacology of Herbal Medicine loved surrounded by her own comfort Her formerife with her wonderful cat her friends cooking for joy and homemaking are no Six longer important to her Even the cat iseft behind with only a bit part in this book The much oved triangle of Mike and Norman is still very present and the main focus of the story As she uses them again to investigate the murder they stick close to her as they realize her new husband is not who he said he was Each vies for her attention and her time Hannah solves the mystery although predictable its a fast paced good sleuth The recipes are delicious to read about and definitely swoon worthy There are many wonderful recipes here that the author obviously spent a great deal of effort on Its always disconcerting when a author makes such a departure from a well oved character and reading about Hannah as a subservient woman with no opinion from one who was Lady Janes Nemesis living a wonderful happy independentife is hard to take I am sure the next book will have Hannah back in her game the ex husband A Texas Rangers Family (The Stone Family long gone and Hannah back to another great sleuth with her side kicks her realoves Mike and Norman While it is obnoxious and unreal how they hover and help her with every detail of her Racialization, Crime, and Criminal Justice in Canada life they are her trueoves and its time the author recognized that for the readers I ook forward to the next in series and our beloved character retuning to the bakery and enjoying ife once again In every Before You life rain must fall and for our beloved Hannah this book is definitely her stormy sea I used toike this series It used to be charming and delightful in a silly sort of way with a cute baker investigating murders when she s not baking up some wonderful items in her bakery Now it has become trite and seems written for dummies as every action that is taken needs an inordinate amount of explaining between characters Also the main character has come back from her honeymoon and clearly has ost any sense of independence and personal spunk Her words seem horribly choreographed Eden and turn domestic daydreams into reality But when her mother’s neighbor is discovered murdered in the condo downstairs reality becomes a nightmarish investigation Victoria Bascomb once a renowned stage actress was active in the theater community during her brief appearance in town and made thro.

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SPOILERS INSIDE but not about the killer if you haven t read all or most of the previous Hannah Swensen books you may want to skip reading this review Hannah Swensen Barton is on an amazing honeymoon cruise with her new husband Ross when at home her mom Delores finds her good friend Tori dead murdered Tori also happens to be Mayor Bascomb s older sister Of course when Hannah gets home she s determined to investigate ike usual but Mike doesn t seem to mind as much as he did when they first met Meanwhile Hannah s sister Michelle is now directing the Lake Eden Players play that will come out around Thanksgiving and staying with Ross and Hannah Hopefully Hannah can figure out what happened to her mom s friend and it s going to take some checking around in Tori s apartment which ends up being kind of a fun scene with Hannah Michelle and Norman doing the snoopingI had only read the fairly early books but I knew what was coming in this book since I heard that Hannah had gotten married previously One thing that bugged me a Blackfrost (Wytch Kings, little bit was that Hannah couldn t figure out how to retrieve her voice mail which seems aittle weird for the Hannah I knew in the earlier books It honestly didn t detract from the story from me though I did enjoy the investigation I always Stupid men jokes liked the chemistry between Hannah and Mike so I do plan to read the rest to see what happened to drive them apart obviously Ross but apparently that happened uickly if they d ever gotten together to begin withike they have in the TV movies which I realize have to be different from the books for various reasonsI always get such a kick out of Delores and now even so that she is married to the Workbook for Emergency Care local doctor Andrea and Bill have twoittle girls now Tracy and Bethie Bethie is pretty adorable The mystery surrounding Tori s death was really good and Hannah worked her usual magic in finding the killer I hadn t guessed who it was until a couple of clues were given towards the end Just about every chapter has one or two recipes at the end and boy do they sound scrumptious especially the one for the banana cream pie At the end of this book there is also the first chapter of the next book that you can read This is the next installment in the Hannah Swenson popular mystery series I have enjoyed the entire series as well as the made for TV movies based on the earlier books In this book our Hannah is suffering from a disastrous uickie marriage to a high school boyfriend she reconnected with who is controlling and The Benn Diaries Vol. 2 lying to her Hannah has always been a smart happy independent woman running a successful cookie bakery andiving her Macroeconomics life fully with a great cast of friends and family Her appeal was in her joy forife and the wonderful career friends and home she created for herself In each previous book prior to this relationship she was engaged in her Out life solving murders and happily running a successful bakery Not so any Hannah is a beaten down shadow of what we once knew In this book we see a concerning departure from the old Hannah a woman who is subservient to her new husband andives in fear of disappointing him She is constantly disappointed in herself and blames herself if he is disappointed in her She suffers from many actions of a emotionally abused wife Her personality has completely changed and it is a shock to the The Hero (Thunder Point, long time reader She has stopped standing up for her most basic needs or wants and has changed her personality She is deeply unhappy It becomes clear early on that the new husband willeave her and has no interest in her other then to control her and run her Longarm and the Dynamite Damsel (Longarm, life he calls her by a derogatory insulting name and makes demands whileying to her about his activities Clear to the reader he has a second ife A romantic seven day cruise is the perfect start to bakery owner Hannah Swensen’s marriage However with a murder mystery heating up in Lake Eden Minnesota it seems the newlywed’s homecoming won’t be as sweet as she anticipated After an extravagant honeymoon Hannah’s eager to settle down in Lake.

Nd her mind is ike that of a woman afraid to displease her new husband when she remembers he s there In addition all the supporting characters are very one dimensional and absolutely not believable where in the world would two men thrown over for one woman s affection become best friends and give a joint wedding present then have dinner with the new couple as they come back from their honeymoon While the recipes in the book were interesting though The Eight Human Talents laden with butter and sugar so watch your arteries the writing doesittle to hold the story together from one cookie to another I have read every book in this series I ve always A Vacation with the Lord loved this series and always get excited to see another book coming outHowever this book made me crazy for several reasons1 The politeness the family showed to each other What happened to all the snarky comments between the sisters and their mom Ioved how the were portrayed as a real family this book portrays them as fake2 The ridiculousness of Hannah not knowing how to use a cell phone It just seemed really wrong and made her seem dumb3 Ross and Hannahomg do they even know each other The dialogue between them was truly a put off The whole marriage seemed The Internet and Democratic Citizenship like a shamPart of me thinks that a different author wrote this book because I can t imagine Ms Fluke would have written a story so fragmentedI had such high hopes for this book and I was really disappointedI will read the next book of course because I have to see how this plays outI voluntarily read an ARC of this book provided by the publisher via NetGalley I m starting to get aittle sad this book Banana Cream Pie Murder is the 21st of 24 cozy mystery novels written in the Hannah Swensen series by Joanne Fluke I ve only got three Mr. Wuffles! left I was awarded the next two via NetGalley and Il need to buy the Cool Women last one when it s released this fall then Il have to wait months Oh no I ve managed not to read any spoilers on what s happened in the next three books nor share anything too big in my reviews to ruin it for others but based on the way this one ended with the first major cliffhanger ever I m worried Is it all a sham Oh noIn this caper Hannah s newly married after finally choosing one of her three suitors throughout the series She picked the Ravens Gate (The Power of Five: The Graphic Novels, leastikely one and something tells me that there s a reason for it in the future books As she settles into married Disintegration of Alan life she asks the basic uestions Do I have to cook dinner for him Should we tell each other everything Will he put me first always Interesting ideas I mean I get she comes from a town where many of the womenook at it as their responsibility to cook their husband s dinner so I don t take any offense to it nor should others as this is representing something traditional from the past not necessarily correct or something to promote as good but still it fits with the series and character type On the flip side she also says I Foreplay (The Ivy Chronicles, ll do what I want with my own time I m not tied to the hip with him Ateast she stood up for herself thereThat said the mystery was good up until the finish Talk about a dark horse coming in to be the killer in the Murder in the Dark (Ishmael Jones, last 2 chapters The process of elimination for other suspects was clever and good as usual but I did feel a tad bit gipped in the end Hmm why is GR telling me gipped isn t a word Oh well back to the review I d haveiked to see something a Unnützes Wissen für Gamer little stronger but the rest of the book was hilarious and fun to watch all the character development Delores found the body this time Michelle is turning out to be the best sister ever The mayor is the scapegoat for everything And wow where is this police force Always missing until Hannah s caught the killer HaCan t wait for it s my self indulging silly and entertaining fun. Ngs of enemies along the way Did a random intruder murder the woman as police claim or was a deadlier scheme at play As Hannah peels through countless suspects and some new troubles of her own solving this crime andiving to tell about it might prove trickier than mixing up the ultimate banana cream

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