Review: Banana Cream Pie Murder by: Joanne Fluke

by - Thursday, January 19, 2017

Title: Banana Cream Pie Murder
Author: Joanne Fluke
Publisher: Kensington
Series: Hannah Swensen #21
Pages: 304
Format: e-book ARC
Source: NetGalley


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 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 . . . 

My Thoughts: 

This book follows Hannah Swensen she has just returned from her honeymoon cruise with Ross and is settling back into normal.  While Hannah was gone her mother stumbled across the dead body of Tori Bascomb the mayer's sister.  Who killed Tori and why?  Delores Swensen is adamant that something sinister happened and begs her daughter Hannah to investigate.  As Hannah investigates she learns that Tori had problems with her brother Richard Bascomb along with a mystery money manager.  Unlike the money manager Richard has an ailibi for the night in question he was with his wife.  As for the money manager that will take some creativity on Hannah's part to find out who the manager was.  Will Hannah solve the crime or fall to a similar fate as Tori?

I loved these books in the beginning but now find myself wondering if Hannah has run her course?  In this book Hannah has alot of trouble finding her grove with her husband.  At parts it seems like everyone is too agreeable to whatever Hannah wants and I know the real world doesn't work that way at all.  So I have to wonder if this world Hannah is in has gotten soft?  I hope the author improves on Hannah or lays her to rest just seems Hannah has started to stale out in many areas.

I enjoyed this book only wished it had more people who seemed to bring more conflict with the main character atleast make her fight for what she believes in more, not controlling per se but just not so easy to agree with what Hannah wanted to do.  If you like Stephanie Plum books or other books along that line you will enjoy this one!

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