It was the last day of Hannah Swensen's honeymoon cruise
when she got a message from her sister Michelle. Their
mother, Delores, had just discovered the body of her
neighbor Victoria "Tori" Bascomb, a famous one-time actress.
Tori was a good friend of Delores', while Hannah was merely
acquainted with the deceased, but Hannah is distressed that
yet again, a murder victim was found near a box that held
one of Hannah's pies!
I'm not sure if I ever quite fully appreciated how relaxing
Joanne Fluke's books are. It felt so good to be back in
this angst-free environment with my fictional Lake Eden
friends. It's too easy to overlook what a clever writer Ms.
Fluke is: her prose is efficient, uncluttered, and flows
effortlessly, but it had never dawned on my before that the
author excels at showing instead of telling, which is
crucial in making a story lively and keeping the reader
alert and interested. What did surprise me though was
laughing nearly hysterically at a detail mentioned in
passing during a conversation between secondary characters,
while Hannah was snooping; I actually had to stop reading to
regain my composure. How about a glass of "Chateau Screwtop"
wine to go with that!
I never mention specific recipes -- for those of you
unfamiliar with this series, yes many recipes are included
-- but this time, I just couldn't overlook the Tropical
Angels Cookies; they do sound heavenly! After all these
years, Hannah is finally married, and I was wondering how it
would affect the dynamics of the series. Hannah is
struggling a bit; she has to figure out what adjustments to
make when it comes to Ross Barton, her husband, and remind
herself not to forget about him when she goes gallivanting.
On the one hand, Hannah being newly married did not change
much in the series, on the other BANANA CREAM PIE MURDER has
the most epic plot twist of any Hanna Swensen mystery! Does
Ross really love Hannah's desserts that much?
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
After an extravagant honeymoon, Hannah’s eager to settle
down in Lake 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
throngs 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—and
living to tell about it—might prove trickier than mixing
up the ultimate banana cream pie…
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