Pies & Peril by Janel Gradowski is the first in a Culinary Competition Mystery series and it is the perfect cozy to curl up with in your favorite chair or at the beach while enjoying some sun. It’s teeming with a lot of charm and great characters along with many tidbits of delectable goodies perfect for any foodie. I’ve read a few of Janel’s books and enjoyed them so I was really looking forward to reading her first full length novel and it didn’t disappoint! Releasing today Pies & Peril is sure to please any reader who loves their cozy mysteries! Love, love, love the cover!
Amy Ridley is set to compete once again in the Kellerton Summer Festival Pie Contest against the current champ Mandy Jo and while she isn’t particularly fond of Mandy Jo finding her dead wasn’t exactly a highlight for Amy. Amy can’t help but delve in to pick up some clues as to who would want Mandy Jo dead. Sure Amy didn’t like her and Mandy Jo definitely didn’t have any shortage of enemies but still who would go as far as to kill her? Amy wonders if she isn’t getting to close to the truth when she starts getting notes threatening her own life but still she forges on.
As Amy soon discovers the list of suspects is never ending but she’s focused on a few of them. In the meantime she spends some time with her own terrific husband all the while wondering if she shouldn’t skip that extra muffin or cup of latte in order to look good for him. Of course she’s also busy trying to do a little match making for her best friend Carla because as you know between baking yummy treats a woman has to stay busy meddling elsewhere. However Amy begins to worry she may never get to the truth as the killer closes in on her!
I really enjoyed Pies & Peril. The main character Amy is very likeable and not only for her infamous baking skills. She’s funny and a down home kind of woman- the kind you could see yourself sitting across the table from enjoying a good cup of coffee. I enjoyed the mystery and even the little bit of romance thrown in. Even better is the recipes! I know many of us are foodies and there are some great recipes included in the book that I can’t wait to try like Savory Parmesan & Salami Muffins (I love any kind of muffins!) and Tomato Pies for Two. Yummy!
Highly recommended for cozy mystery fans!
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Source: Digital review copy was provided by the author. No compensation was received for this review and all opinions are my own.