Dark Intrusions gThis book can be turned into the perfect drinkingame Keep reading and you ll find out whyI ve read and own every one of Joanne Fluke s Hannah Swensen Mystery series I ve always loved the recipes and have tried uite a few out for myself much to the enjoyment of my family For the most part I ve liked the stories as well because to me they re like junk food books you read them as a treat so you can turn off the world for a while I don t read them to ain some better understanding of the world to find some emotional attachment have an epiphany look for that uote that will change my outlook etc they re just a fun way to pass the timeDid I mention how reat the recipes are I ve made some tasty dinners and really wowed my kids and family with some of her desserts My only complaint is that it s seriously made me want a food processor because she has so many that sound Decade of Despair good but reuire one The few times I ve tried one of those and tried to create a workaround for not having a processor it hasn t worked out wellAs far as the stories themselves I ve only ever had 2 main and consistent problems One it s a running part of the plot lines that Hannah is technologically inept to the point she didn tet a cell phone or computer until nearly this last book and there are over 20 in the series Even when she did she constantly doesn t seem to know how to use them It seems as if Fluke has placed her series in modern times so I have a VERY HARD TIME believing or understanding why she would create a character who is young AND owns a business wouldn t have either a cell or computer especially a computer It also makes NO SENSE that once they bought each of these the character would have such a hard time understanding how to use them It seems completely inaccurate unrealistic and unfair to her readers to expect them to buy this In Banana Cream Pie Murder that running What Was Lost gag makes a huge part of the plot because at one point Hannah is having a meltdown over her husbandoing on a business trip without telling her only to later find out he called her cell and text her multiple times but because she s so technologically inept she never Go-Go-Go! got the messages and didn t think to check My husband and I communicate multiple times a day via our cells even if it s just a text letting the other know we were thinking about them and if I haven t heard from him the first thing I do is check my cell BECAUSE IT IS 2017 This ignorance of technology thing needs to end NOW It s just not funnyTwo Hannah s love life There s been a back and forth love triangleoing on for about 20 books between her and 2 other male characters When I saw a wedding theme book was coming I felt this huge sense of relief Fluke was finally Somato Respiratory Integration Workbook going to end it and have Hannah settle down because the triangle was as irritating as her tech issues Only when the time came she had Hannah marry some throw away character who has never had a major part in her life at least in the books The character has rarely been mentioned and she married him after only dating for like 2 seconds It was such a slap in the face to her readers who have hung in there for this long as it made no sense Then itot worse in Banana Cream Pie Murder which is the first book to actually portray her married life It starts off right away showing their marriage just isn t oing to work the pseudo husband doesn t seem to
have any idea who Hannah really is and it s if the stage has been set for them to any idea who Hannah really is and it s as if stage has been set for them to up in the very near future There s never a portrayal of them actually clicking no #scene that assures the reader Fluke didn t just screw us all over by throwing this uy in there #that assures the reader Fluke didn t just screw us all over by throwing this Animal Babies guy in there as the author she couldn t make up her own mind who to choose in the love triangle should ve been Norman by the way he built her a flipping house The marriage NEVERets any better throughout the book only worse until you feel like she set Hannah up in this sorry excuse of a relationship in order to create plotlines for future books which considering how the book ended proved my very belief on this matterNow the Drinking Game Ross Hannah s sorry excuse for a husband CONSTANTLY calls her Cookie Much later in the book it s explained that apparently when she knew him eons ago in college that was his nickname for her because she liked to baked cookies yes I know it shows how incredibly witty and intelligent this Offenders and Detainees guy is eye roll Anyways for whatever the reason Fluke seemed to need to impress upon her readers Ross love for calling Hannah Cookie by using it so often I started to feel like I needed a drink if I read that one time which led me to my first ever Hannah Swensen Murder Mystery epiphany You must take a shot sip of wine whatever EVERY TIME he calls Hannah Cookie and I promise you ll be passed out on the floor by chapter 10 You ll thank me as it will help with the irritation over this plot deviceThe book is what it is there s some really fabulous recipes in here I ll be trying out this week The murderer wasn t someone I saw coming right away so that was nice and it ended on a decent cliffhanger so I ll be curious to see what she soing to do in her next book Meh This series used to be cute and charming but since Hannah overthrew her own love triangle with Norman and Mike for Ross it s lost my attention With each book Joanne Fluke seems to write Hannah into a hole of stupidity She really has no idea how to see that she s missed calls or text messages All the while sending other text messages or having her phone ringer on Makes no senseAlso Hannah seems lost in the Red Owl local qasas-ul-quran grocery store but one of the recipes mentions I bought mine at the Whole Foods olive bar ok sure Overall I d like to see Hannah wise up and stop acting like a dimwit I think I m done with this series In one chapter Hannah spends uite a bit of time at therocery store wondering what a pale lager is in terms of beer Each beer on the shelf states clearly the type of beer it is It would have been as simple as her reading the labels to see which were pale lagers Please stop writing this character as so helpless For someone who is supposedly logical and smart enough to solve crimes before the local Police Department Hannah sure is real world dumb I didn t think this could be any worse than 2016 s awful Christmas Caramel Murder but alas it was After the initial discovery of the murder victim by Hannah s mother Delores absolutely nothing relevant happens until the last few chapters when the murderer is revealed and of course threatens to do Han. 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. .
Joanne Fluke Ù 5 charactersIlers 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 least likely one and something tells me that there s a reason for it in the future books As she settles into married 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 et she comes from a town where many of the women look 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 ood but still it fits with the series and character type On the flip side she also says I ll do what I want with my own time I m not tied to the hip with him At least she stood up for herself thereThat said the mystery was Dead-End Road Mysteries good up until the finish Talk about a dark horse coming in to be the killer in the last 2 chapters The process of elimination for other suspects was clever andood as usual but I did feel a tad bit Hear the Wolves gipped in the end Hmm why is GR telling meipped isn t a word Oh well back to the review I d have liked to see something a 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 I have read every book in this series I ve always loved this series and always Valors Measure 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 I loved 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 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 used to like 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 lost any sense of independence and personal spunk Her words seem horribly choreographed and her mind is like 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 andive 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 laden with butter and sugar so watch your arteries the writing does little to hold the story together from one cookie to another 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 lying to her Hannah has always been a smart happy independent woman running a successful cookie bakery and living her life fully with a 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 ood friend Tori dead murdered Tori also #when at home her mom Delores finds her ood friend Tori dead murdered Tori also to be Mayor Bascomb s older sister Of course when Hannah Tni Tata Dunia Baru Sistem Pertahanan gets home she s determined to investigate like 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 soing 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 "early books but I what was coming in this book since I heard that Hannah had وصف الاستعباد في مملكة فاس - مذكرات أسير سويدي على عهد السلطان مولاي عبد الله gotten married previously One thing that bugged me a little bit was that Hannah couldn t figure out how to retrieve her voice mail which seems a little 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 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 everotten together to begin with like they have in the TV movies which I realize have to be different from the books for various reasonsI always Fiend get such a kick out of Delores and now even so that she is married to the local doctor Andrea and Bill have two littleirls now Tracy and Bethie Bethie is pretty adorable The mystery surrounding Tori s death was really Voice of Conscience good and Hannah worked her usual magic in finding the killer I hadn tuessed who it was until a couple of clues were PROBE MY ASS (A Reluctant Doctor/Patient Anal Sex erotica story) 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. 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 and living to tell about it might prove trickier than mixing up the ultimate banana cream Nah in Right on the heels of her rescue comes a cliffhanger some form of which many readers myself included have been expectingThe book is chock full of irrelevantet togethers pointless information we have to be told twice that red and The Pedlar and the Bandit King (Scarlet and the White Wolf, green are the colors of Christmas for example and endless inane chit chat that does nothing to move an already non existent plot along Worst of all any investigating anyone actually does leads absolutely nowhere so there aren t any real murder suspects wha As a result the reader can easily figure out whodunit because any real clues that finally show up near the end point in only one direction The main things that do happen are Mass uantities of coffee are consumed morning noon and night how do these people sleep and all the reuisite recipes that are baked or cooked are pronounced of course delicious amazing or lauded using other superlatives After umpteen books of this predictable sameness I wonder what would happen if JUST ONCE something Hannah or someone else made would fail to amaze Hannah is having a hard time adjusting to married life as she acknowledges that she wed in haste and therefore knows alarmingly little about her husband Ross or how to do marriage Mike and Norman continue to help and hover over Hannah like puppy dogs as though nothing significant or change worthy has occurred Granted there probably is nothing else these set characters can do unless Fluke writes them out of the books The One Big Happy Family sensibility that has informed the series from day one whichot irritating and stale largely due to Hannah s inability to choose between her two beaus is now even unbelievable if not a tad strangeThe only reason I plan to soldier on through the next book is that I m curious to see how whoever writes it Joanna or her son manages to extricate Hannah out of the weird mess she s Marvins Room gotten herself into In the 21st book of this series Hannah is on her honeymoon cruise with new husband Ross when she learns her mother Delores heard the murder of her friend Victoria Bascomb Victoria a retired actress lived in the apartment directly below Delores s penthouse After hearing screams and aunshot Delores found the body and of course she wants Hannah to solve the murder Since Victoria s death left an opening in the local theater Roberto to the Dark Tower Came group money needs to be raised and Hannah comes up with a banana cream pie eating contest While she plans all this Hannah continues to ask uestions and come up with her list of suspectsI liked this story better than the last Christmas themed one This cozy ends on a cliffhanger and I m intrigued where the author intends to take Hannah s futureI love all the recipes at the ends of the chapters and plan on buying the ingredients to make the brownie candy tomorrow Some of the recipes are detailed than others even with Hannah s tips but this one appears to be simple enough for a not realood cook like me Banana Cream Pie Murder is the 21st book in the Hannah Swensen Mystery series This new book will be published February 28thHannah isn t even back home from her honeymoon before she ets news that a famous resident of Lake Eden has been murdered She arrives home and immediately starts trying to figure out who killed the director of the Lake Eden community players Hannah s family and friends join in as usual And sprinkled in among the chapters are lots of yummy recipesI enjoyed this book Hannah was on the case #Immediately There Were Plenty Of #There were plenty of and a few twists and turns before the murderer was caught The book ends on an exciting cliff hanger that I didn t see coming I m definitely looking forward to the next book I sincerely hope I don t have too long to wait I loved the pie eating contest subplot Mayor Bascomb after all of his shenanigans in most all of the prior 20 books deserved a little pie on his face and a few jokes at his expense Fictional character or not the man is truly an assReaders who are new to this series don t necessarily have to start at the beginning Dive in at book 21 if you like you will still enjoy the mystery If you want to see
THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPSdevelopment of the personal relationships all the key characters from Lake Eden it s best to start at the beginning though But it s not a reuirement to enjoying the booksThis is a cozy mystery which means there is no cussing spurting blood raphic sex It s light reading with a cute subplot Hannah owns a bakery and discusses dessert recipes throughout She lives with her cat Moishe her husband and her family and friends stop by her condo all the time for dinner or to assist Hannah in her amateur sleuthing The ability to suspend reality is necessary because Hannah finds dead bodies than any other baker I ve ever heard of It s like Jessica Fletcher finding all those dead bodies in Murder She Wrotenobody ever batted an eye unless it was intrinsic to the plot that she be a suspect Hannah s slay dar is still in full force after 21 books For lovers of cozy mysteries and the Hannah Swensen series this book will be an enjoyable relaxing read Those readers looking for a in depth police procedural with Pink Ribbons, Inc. graphicore and realistic investigation then cozy mysteries are not the right fit This is a perfect mystery to read by the fire place with fuzzy socks on and a cup of coffee Relaxing cute and enjoyable With lots of ideas for yummy things to bakeI m looking forward to the next bookFor information on Joanne Fluke and her books check out her website wwwmurdershebakedcomThere are also recipes on her siteFYI Hallmark Movies Mysteries Channel has made 4 Hannah Swensen movies starring Alison Sweeney They are cute and really enjoyable There are some plot changes and character differences Moishe isn t a Star Cookies Comfort ginger cat but a striped tabby and doesn t have the mangled ear etc that he does in the book and Hannah is a beautiful blonde instead of a slightly chunky redhead with frizzy hair etc but that s something to be expected in nearly every film adaptation of books The newest movie Strawberry Shortcake Mystery will premiere March 26thI voluntarily read an Advance Readers Copy of this book The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own I m starting toet a
little sad this book Banana Cream Pie Murder is the 21st of 24 cozy mystery novels writtensad this book Banana Cream Pie Murder is the 21st of 24 cozy mystery novels written the Hannah Swensen series by Joanne Fluke I ve only ot three left I was awarded the next two via NetGalley and I ll need to buy the last one when it s released this fall then I ll have to wait months Oh no I ve managed not to read any spo. 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. ,