- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Kensington Publishing (25 Mar. 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0758201540
- ISBN-13: 978-0758201546
- Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 3.1 x 21.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,838,921 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Peach Cobbler Murder (Hannah Swensen Mysteries) Hardcover – 25 Mar 2005
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The Peach Cobbler Murder is much more like the early books in the series, with the murder at the centre being enhanced by the relationships between the characters and homely atmosphere.
Having discovered about 12 dead bodies by now, it was only a matter of time before Hannah would be considered a suspect! This time the unfortunate victim is Shawna Lee Quinn, who has set up a rival bakery across the street from The Cookie Jar.
If you haven't read any of the other books in the series, expect a homely series that harks back to the novels of Agatha Christie (nothing too gory happens!!)
Although you could easily read this book on it's own, I would recommend starting at the beginning with 'The Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder'. Suspend all disbelief and enjoy!
Having said that, the murders are all of people one doesn't really mind saying goodbye to, and Shawna Lee is no exception. It's also a neat twist that Hannah finallly becomes a suspect - it's about time Mike tested out how deep his feelings really are.
As always, the story is well-crafted, well-written, but perhaps just a tiny bit too familiar territory?
To add salt to this business wound, is the fact that the owner is Shawna Lee, a rival in the affections of one of Hannah's beaus, Mike Kingston. Hannah is trying to remain outside of this jealous bubble that seems to be created every time she sees Mike and Shawna together, and when they both don't turn up for Lisa and Herb's wedding, Hannah tries not to think the worst.
But then when she sees the lights on at the Magnolia Blossom Bakery after the wedding reception, she decides that perhaps she needs to find out the truth. But what she does find is not pleasant, and Shawna is not a threat any more. But someone else must be and Hannah knows that her jealousy makes her a potential suspect so she needs to clear her name.
Along with the help of her ever efficient sister Andrea and her ultimately nosey mother Delores who seems to have problems of her own that both women have to deal with as well as trying to find the culprit of yet another murder in Lake Eden.
A typical Hannah Swensen book which is ideal for those who want a cosy read with a sprinkling of crime and spot of cooking along the way.
I'm in two minds about the recipes interspersed throughout the book. While it is nice to see what Hannah et al have been baking I don't actually make any of the recipes myself. They really don't appeal to me. Some of them are just processed foods assembled into some sort of dessert, and as such are not really recipes to my mind. However the recipes are just an extra, I buy the books for the stories.
So overall, I do recommend this series if you are into cosy mysteries. This book certainly isn't the worst so far, but it's not the best either. If you're reading the series in order as I am, then it's good enough to find out what happens next. If you're looking for a stand-alone book that has a good mystery then look elsewhere. And if you like the sound of the series, start at the beginning with Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder as it is very character driven and half the fun is finding out what Hannah and friends get up to next.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this series of books. The fact that the same characters appear in each of the books helps to make them comfortable and familiar. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Amazonia
quite a story, although her mysteries are all similar in format I enjoy reading them. Plot and characters are well thought out.Published on 7 Dec. 2013 by A. Maddison
Good story, nice recipes. One of Joanne Flukes better story lines. Have followed this authors books for a while and will continue to do so. Good bedtime readingPublished on 6 July 2013 by S. Jackson
An excellent story, love the series and I plan to read them all! Good story line and lots of twists.Published on 13 Dec. 2012 by Elizabeth Mackintosh