Book Review: Banana Cream Pie Murder by Joanne Fluke

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I’m starting to get a little sad… this book, Banana Cream Pie Murder, is the 21st of 24 cozy mystery novels written in the Hannah Swensen series by Joanne Fluke. I’ve only got three more 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 spoilers 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 no!

In 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 questions: 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 get 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 good, 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 there!

That said… the mystery was 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 and good as usual, but I did feel a tad bit gipped in the end. Hmm… why is GR telling me gipped 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. Ha!

Can’t wait for more… it’s my self-indulging silly and entertaining fun! 🙂

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For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My stand-alone novels, Watching Glass Shatter and Father Figure, can be purchased on Amazon as electronic copies or physical copies. The debut book, Academic Curveball, in my new mystery series, Braxton Campus Mysteries will fit those who love cozy mysteries and crime investigations. I read, write, and blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge –and multiple Readathons. You can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.


14 thoughts on “Book Review: Banana Cream Pie Murder by Joanne Fluke

    bettylouise31 said:
    September 24, 2018 at 5:42 PM

    Did you know that is Women’ work and Men’s work? No man would do Women’s work.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      September 24, 2018 at 5:45 PM

      Hi. What did you mean? Cooking or solving the murder? I love the Fluke tries to show both sides of it. And I like that Hannah wants to do it all! She shows up Mike by doing his job which is great… I was surprised to see that line about how she felt she had to get home to make her husband’s dinner. Although, she did she she wasn’t sure. Marriage was knew to her. What did you think?

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        bettylouise31 said:
        September 24, 2018 at 9:14 PM

        I stopped read Joanne Fluck at the Wedding Cake and I not planning on reading again.

        I meant in real life. It was World War two when women could do other job beside housework. After the ma y women didn’t back to the home environment. The man was supposed to bring home the money. I grew up under these circumstances. Women were expected to have the meals whenever the man wanted them.

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        September 25, 2018 at 7:32 AM

        Fluke definitely took a stance in Wedding Cake. I was okay with Banana Cream Pie, and I am the kinda guy who has to read them all or I’ll lose my mind… even if they turn out bad. :O

        As for your response on the war and working… I wish we lived closer. I’d love to meet for tea/coffee and talk about it all. I spent a lot of time with my grandmother when I was young, but she’s been gone for 20 years… it’s such a different life in many ways, at least it seems to me now from what I know and you’re sharing, too.

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        bettylouise31 said:
        September 25, 2018 at 9:11 AM

        Yes, life is changing. I grew being you did yourself not to expect someone to do meaning the government. I see it from our caregivers. I am finding it hard to adjust. My husband and I are probably the last generation that remember the war and the great depression. The willing to help others. One of biggest event for women is the automatic washer and dryer. Before that you spend a day washing. The dishwasher is another. The dishwasher was look as a luxury item. A sister-in-law finally got when there doctors told her husband to get one for health reasons and to stop buying raw milk for the children. Good reading.😊

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        September 25, 2018 at 1:58 PM

        I think you’re right. Which are some of your favorite series to read?

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        bettylouise31 said:
        September 25, 2018 at 4:04 PM

        That is hard for me. I read all A.J.Jance, Both Kellamens, Donna Andrews, there are others. Early on Rex Stout, and Ellery Queen, Some indie authors who I consider outstanding are Elaine Orr, Jolie books, Jinx Schwartz Hetta Coffey it is extremely funny, Alice Duncan Daisy Gunn. I must not forget Shirley Rousseau Murphy, Daivd Rosenfelt, Susan Wittig Albert China here herb series (a book every one needs to read her Bleeding Hearts.) Margaret Mizushima Timber Creek K-9. The list goes on

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    Nicole (Read. Eat. Sleep. Repeat.) said:
    September 24, 2018 at 8:02 PM

    I’ve been enjoying your reviews for these cozy mysteries! I may have to pick them up myself one of these days. And your spellcheck was telling you gipped isn’t a word because it’s gypped. 😉

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      September 24, 2018 at 10:01 PM

      Thank you! I even looked it up on some online dictionary which told me it was right as gipped, so I left it. Now I feel better. Bad that I spelled it wrong, but at least it knew it was odd!

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    tylerus said:
    September 25, 2018 at 1:38 PM

    You’ve sold me – when I [finally] find some time, I’ll pick up some of Joanne F’s books. They sound like a fun read.

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    jenniereads said:
    October 1, 2018 at 10:07 AM

    I’ve also enjoyed this series! Always a good read.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      October 1, 2018 at 5:53 PM

      🙂 I need to figure out a new one for my November readathon.


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