"The Quiche and the Dead" is the first book in the Pie Town Mystery series! The main character Valentine Harris, moves to San Nicholas to start a new life with her fiance. Five months later, her relationship is over, but her dream of opening a pie shop has become a reality. But when one of her regulars die while eating her food, and the police determine he was poisoned, Valentine must find the killer before her dream pie shop closes. Permanently.
This was a great start to a new cozy series! Not only was it funny, but it was exciting and fun as well. The characters were quirky and likable, especially Charlene and Valentine. Valentine was sweet and down-to-earth, but I hated how she kept swooning over her ex who was a huge douche. Charlene was over-the-top and really funny, and I loved how she kept wearing her cat around her neck for the whole book.
The mystery itself was very twisty and entertaining, but I picked out the bad guy rather quickly. I guessed the bad guy about halfway through, but the motive was surprising so that was good. But even so, I had a great time reading this book. I kept laughing and smiling and just enjoyed myself the whole time. I’m really excited for the next one. I want more Valentine and Charlene!
Is Val's breakfast pie the quiche of death?
Owning her own business seemed like pie in the sky to Valentine Harris when she moved to the coastal California town of San Nicholas, expecting to start a new life with her fiancé. Five months—and a broken engagement—later, at least her dream of opening a pie shop has become a reality. But when one of her regulars keels over at the counter while eating a quiche, Val feels like she's living a nightmare.
After the police determine the customer was poisoned, business at Pie Town drops faster than a fallen crust. Convinced they’re both suspects, Val's flaky, seventy-something pie crust maker Charlene drags her boss into some amateur sleuthing. At first Val dismisses Charlene’s half-baked hypotheses, but before long the ladies uncover some shady dealings hidden in fog-bound San Nicholas. Now Val must expose the truth—before a crummy killer tries to shut her pie hole.