Lemon Meringue Pie Murder (Hannah Swensen Series #4)

Lemon Meringue Pie Murder (Hannah Swensen Series #4)

by Joanne Fluke


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The residents of Lake Eden, Minnesota, are planning to paint the town red, white, and blue to celebrate the Fourth of July—but the fireworks are already going off at Hannah Swensen’s bake shop, The Cookie Jar. . .

Lemon Meringue Pie Murder

Hannah Swensen thought she’d finally discovered the recipe for a perfect life. But her sometime beau Norman Rhodes tosses a surprise ingredient into the mix when he phones to tell her he’s just bought a house from local drugstore clerk Rhonda Scharf—which he plans to tear down in order to build the dream home he and Hannah designed. It seems the plan has been cooking for quite some time, and Hannah’s shocked. Especially since her ring finger is still very much bare. . .

The good news is that the soon-to-be-torn-down house is full of antiques—and Norman has given Hannah and her mother first dibs. They uncover some gorgeous old furniture, a patchwork quilt . . . and Rhonda Scharf’s dead body. A little more sleuthing turns up the half-eaten remains of a very special dinner for two—and one of The Cookie Jar’s famous lemon meringue pies. Now it’s up to Hannah to turn up the heat—and get busy tracking down clues. Starting in her very own kitchen. 
Includes nine original cookie and dessert recipes for you to try!
“Tasty . . . Hannah is irresistible as a cookie fresh from the oven.”
Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781496714022
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 04/24/2018
Series: Hannah Swensen Series , #4
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 722,982
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

JOANNE FLUKE is the New York Times bestselling author of the Hannah Swensen mysteries, which include Double Fudge Brownie Murder, Blackberry Pie Murder, Cinnamon Roll Murder, and the book that started it all, Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder. That first installment in the series premiered as Murder, She Baked:  A Chocolate Chip Cookie Mystery on the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Channel. Like Hannah Swensen, Joanne Fluke was born and raised in a small town in rural Minnesota, but now lives in Southern California. Please visit her online at www.JoanneFluke.com.

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Lemon Meringue Pie Murder (Hannah Swensen Series #4) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 178 reviews.
JC62JC More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. I have read quite a few of the Joanne Fluke books and found this to be a very good one. I read this on my Nook and found it to be an entertaining and light story. This is a book that you can pick up and not lose the story line before finishing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Easy reading --rather like being a part of the little town as you become acquainted with the characters in the m,urder series. I have enjoyed the first five in the series. I live in a small town so understand how people know everyone's business before it happens.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed all the Hannah Swensen (I have read so far)series. They are easy reads and the recipes are good too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very entertaining.
nancydrew123 More than 1 year ago
In the fourth book in this series Hannah Swensen discovers a dead body in the home of her part-time boyfriend Norman's new house. Worse than the dead body is the fact that Hannah's Lemon Meringue pies are found on the table right above the body. This is another fun read that draws you into the world of Lake Eden, Minnesota. In this book we meet Hannah's hilarious younger sister Michelle. Hannah's mother is as nagging as ever but still likeable.... maybe some of us can relate! The mystery was a little slow to start in the beginning but started to move right along as the book progressed. I'm getting a little frustrated with her continuing struggle between Mike and Norman but in the end it's always a delight to spend a little bit of time in Lake Eden.
HoneyPot More than 1 year ago
I have just recently started reading her books, I do like them, but they are becoming very familiar and easy to predict. For the past two I have read I know who the killer as soon as they are introduced in the story. Like to have an easy read while school is in, but would still like a little mystery to remain.
bremmd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My husband jokes about the various mystery series I read and the professions of the solvers of said mysteries. He loves to pick some far fetched job or hobby and then have them solve the crime. Topiary sculptor or glass blower, teapot collector or professional sock darner you name it they solve crimes. I myself am perfectly okay with this. But then I do have a remarkable ability to really suspend disbelief. So it all works out.I'm just fine with Hannah Swensen being a baker who just happens to solve murders. I'm good with the idea the police in her town can't seem to solve any of these murders without her input. I'm alright with the fact Hannah stumbles on dead bodies more often than most people come across litter. This series works for me and I do enjoy most the characters.Hannah's mom discovers a body in the basement of a house recently purchased by one of Hannah's love interests, Norman. (See she didn't stumble on the body this time so it works) In no time Hannah is investigating the murder and even has the okay of her other love interest, Mike, a detective in the local police. There's also a sub plot of stolen money and a local boy being led astray my his cousin and all of this takes place during 4th of July festivities.I had a hard time sticking with this story. It moved just a little slow for me and it wasn't to hard to figure out who and why the murder was committed. The side stories of Hannah's diet and her little sisters visit didn't really move the story along (though I did like the character of the little sister). There were also time where Hannah came across as a little prudish or behind the times which just struck me as odd.None of this turned me off to the series and I'm sure I'll keep plugging away. Plus, there are some really good recipes throughout and I love a good cookie recipe.
pacey1927 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As I mentioned in my earlier review of "Blueberry Muffin Murder" readers shouldn't expect a deep involved mystery from Joanne Fluke. These books definately run in the 'cozy' category. My 6th grade step-daughter reads and enjoys them, as well. In my opinon each of the four novels have gotten progressively more interesting. (I seem to read them each a little quicker than the previos volume as well!) This volume finds Hannah involved in the murder of one of the town's residents. She also finds out about an old bank robbery, and some suspicious activity involving a local mentally handicapped man. How do these relate, if at all, Hannah wonders. By now, residents of Lake Eden are used to Hannah involving herself in murder investigations despite the lack of encouragement from local law enforcement. As a side note, things seem to be coming to a head in Hannah's love triange with handsome policeman Mike, and fun and earnest dentist Norman. Readers know all these characters now, and probably everyone has their favorites. We enjoy Hannah's attitude and delight in the antics of her sisters, mother and niece. There are flaws here, hence my three star rating. Readers obviously have to suspend reality when reading Fluke's novels. Medical information is quickly given to parties it shouldn't be. Everyone seems to run their mouths and volunteer information. Hannah has yet to meet someone who kicks her to the curb for questioning them. I guess the clues and information come across a little too conveniently. Still the entertainment value here is high. This is a fun series to hook yourself on. If you question whether or not to buy it, especially if you haven't tried a Hannah mystery before, borrow it from the library or buy it here used cheaply.
miamismartgirl09 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
For the 4th book in the Hannah Swenson, this time a previous owner of a home that Hannah's boyfriend, Norman Rhodes, the town dentist, is found dead in the basement of the home!Hannah needs to solve this murder in time for Norman to start tearing down and then building up their dream home!Anoter delightful read
sunfi on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The fourth Hannah Swenson cozy mystery. This introduced a couple new characters, but not so many that you wouldn't keep the story lines straight. While these books are entertaining, they won't make you brilliant. However I do think they will help deductive/inductive reasoning.
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Hannah's mom finds the body this time around, and the victim was about to leave town on a trip. Why kill her now? The mystery was a little obvious, but the book was still fun.
ryanphoffmann88 More than 1 year ago
Fourth book and the series just keeps getting better and better. its summer in Lake Eden and the Fourth of July picnic and parade is just around the corner. Hannah Swensen, our heroine is up to her old tricks in this whodunit. Her occasional boyfriend, Norman Rhodes bought a house in town and plans on remodeling it to fit his "dream house". Hannah shows up to find the owner dead and the remnants of a romantic dinner for two (including a half eaten lemon meringue pie form Hannah's Bakery). this is one of the key things that make this mystery show entraining. at every crime scene including this book. one of Hannah's deserts is always found at the crime scene. the newest chanter added was Hannah's youngest sister, Michelle (home form college). This rest of the story and characters where pretty entertaining, and I like the small town environment, since spending my early years growing up in a small town. there was only one issue wrere a character was referred to as the "r" word, due to being slow, shy, and dimwitted. otter that that I enjoyed this book very well. the books don't have sex in them and the crime scene isn't gruesome, or if it's it is in an way it isn't described in detail. the last thing is that there is no profanity in the books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I need some love and a hot c.ock. My pu.ssy is wet for you. Rp to Willow
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Another winner. Very enjoyable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVE the Joanne Fluke books. They are easy reads and the recipes are fantastic. Taught me a whole new way to bake. LOVE IT
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was another wonderful, easy, breezy read! Have bought the next one!
Honney1944 More than 1 year ago
Fluke's books keep you interested in what going to happen next not only with the case but with the characters from book to book, it is good to read them in order but required.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The series is great, but be prepared to do a lot of cooking. The receipes are just great and so is the mystery with each book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the main charecter group.
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marcy818 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy reading the Hannah Swenson series.
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a0157818 More than 1 year ago
Fun and humorous, as usual for Johanne. :) A good read.
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