“There were some things that I didn’t like in this book, I may try another one before I decide on whether or not I’ll continue reading this series.”
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BANANA CREAM PIE MURDER is the twenty-first book in the Hannah Swensen series but it’s the first book I’ve tried by this author. I’m not so worried about being lost in a series like this simply because most of the mysteries will standalone very well. I found it very easy to get into this series because one, the writing is very simple and two, there’s actually not too much going on in terms on the heroine’s personal life that is confusing. Hannah and Ross are on the last leg of their honeymoon cruise, but when Hannah’s mother discovers the dead body of her neighbor, she is quick to return and investigate. I liked Hannah and Ross and I think I would probably like them better if I started from the beginning. I don’t mind the pacing at all. Fluke doesn’t waste any time and gets straight into the mystery in the opening scene. I like that we get other POVs in addition to Hannah.

For me, I went back and forth between liking the writing style and not liking it. I feel like there are some scenes that are better than others. And then there are scenes that fall into the he said, she said category and I’m not so keen on that. Sometimes I feel like the author delivers the action so straight that it doesn’t give readers a chance to really put their on swing on it so that’s something to consider. I also didn’t like the recipes that are included between the chapters. I’ve read other books that do this as well and although there are notes from Hannah within in that gives it a more personal touch, I am still not a fan of it. It takes the reader out of the story too much. I much prefer the cozies that just have the recipes included at the end.

So while there were some things that I didn’t like in this book, I may try another one before I decide on whether or not I’ll continue reading this series.




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  1. I’ve seen this series as a recommendation but always put it off. I also like when the recipes/ directions are at the end.

  2. I’ve read every book since the beginning of this series. I have noticed that since Hannah chose Ross the writing isn’t as smooth as it once was. I still enjoy the series and look forward to reading this one. I love all the recipes the author shares with the reader.

  3. Thanks for the review. I enjoyed the earlier books in this series. I gave it a few books ago. The stories weren’t holding my interest and I didn’t like where the series was going with some of the characters.