Blackberry Pie Murder by Joanne Fluke
(Kensington, 2014, 368 pages)
I have been reading and reviewing the books in the Joanne Fluke series, A Hannah Swensen Mystery with Recipes, for a while now. I just finished reading the latest title in the series, Blackberry Pie Murder. This title is a little different than the others in the series. It has the same characters and the same location, but the mystery is not entirely resolved at the end of the book as it has been in all the other books. I hope this doesn’t become a trend with her books.
In Blackberry Pie Murder, Hannah and her business partner, Lisa, are travelling country back roads in the middle of a severe thunderstorm. Visibility is poor, but Hannah doesn’t want to stop out in the open countryside for fear of being hit by lightning. Although Hannah is driving slowly, she hits something and gets out to investigate. It turns out that she hit and killed a man. Who was this man and why was he out in the middle of the storm? Will Hannah have to go to trial and spend some time in jail?
I have read other reviews of this book and have to agree with the reviewers who are not fond of the book just suddenly ending with Hannah in limbo. Fluke tends to write just one Hannah Swensen book a year. If that trend continues, the reader won’t see a resolution to this story until 2015. Blackberry Pie Murder is a good read, but be prepared to wait for some of the conflict in the book to be resolved.