Pies & Peril

Culinary Competition Mysteries, #1

Janel Gradowski introduces a fantastic foodie sleuth in this delectable cozy. I love how even before we meet the victim I already had a giant dislike of the woman. I also enjoyed the fact that Amy comes across as a tad neurotic, makes her all the more endearing to me. I loved that some of the scenes are from her best friend's point of view. The key to a good story for me is how I feel about the characters and I loved these two gals. Carla is such an interesting friend and her calmness seems to balance out Amy's exuberance. I like that the men in this story are not simply cardboard cut-outs but neither do they steal the scenes and take over the story. As someone who cannot bake or cook I find it fascinating when Amy is working on adjusting her recipes and I will honestly say she completely inspired me to try my hand at her savoury muffins. I enjoyed Amy's tenacity and her determination that a detective with no food sense could solve the murder of a culinary connoisseur, it almost veered on pompous but it was also cute. I enjoyed the actual mystery and loved how it came to its conclusion. This is one to read if you like your mysteries on the tasty side.

When Amy Ridley decides to enter the local pie contest she's determined to win and crush her culinary rival but she can't believe it when she discovers her dead and no one seems at all heartbroken over the woman's demise. Amy decides to dig in to the murder investigation but soon finds herself under threat. Can she discover the murderer before she's served up as the next victim?

Book Blurb for Pies & Peril

From debut author Janel Gradowski, comes a mystery that will leave you hungry for more…

When Amy Ridley decided to compete in the Kellerton Summer Festival Pie Contest, the last thing she expected was to find the reigning pie queen, Mandy Jo, dead—a raspberry pie smashed on her face! Mandy Jo made fantastic pies, but she accumulated more enemies than baking trophies. But when Amy receives a note threatening her own life, she decides to do some investigating herself.

It seems that half the town has a reason to kill the mean pie queen, and Amy finds herself sifting through a list of suspects that's longer than her list of recipes. Not to mention playing cupid for her love-shy best friend, fending off a baker intent on finding out her prize-winning culinary secrets, and ducking the deadly attentions of Mandy Jo's killer. If Amy doesn't find out who wanted the pie queen dead soon, her own goose may be cooked!

**Recipes Included**

Night Owl Reviews Dec, 2015 4.00