Reviewer: Mary Lignor
Title: A Good Day to Pie - 1st in the Pie Shop Mystery series
Author: Carol Culver
Publisher: Midnight Ink
Release Date: August 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: Cozy Mystery
Year/Setting: Present day/Crystal Cove, CA
Overall Rating: 4.5
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: Minimal
Carol's Website/Blog: www.carolculver.com
A wonderful pie shop mystery with two to-die-for recipes in the back of the book. Grannie's Prize-Winning Fuji Apple Southern Pecan Caramel Pie with Crumb Topping and Hanna's Black-Bottom Raspberry Cream Pie topped with whipped cream and fresh raspberries. It almost made me stop typing this review and go into the kitchen.
There is a little blurb on the book stating: No one can die from a pie...or can they? This alone is a very good hook to make the reader keep going. Our heroine, Hanna Denton has come home to Crystal Cove, to run the pie shop that her Grannie Louise has owned for thirty years. Grannie has gone to live in a very posh retirement community to live out her life in comfort and play Bridge and, Hanna is trying her best, which might not be good enough, to live up to her Grannie's reputation for pie making in the state of California. Grannie has won many prizes for her pies in the past and Hanna is busy putting ingredients together for some more prize-winning pies.
Suddenly, Hanna is faced with a bigger problem. It seems that the Grannie is being looked at for the crime of murder, the victim being one of Grannie's Bridge Playing cronies. Hanna is faced with the challenge of talking the new police chief out of going after her Grannie for the crime because Grannie could not possibly be guilty. The new chief is her ex-high school crush, Sam Genovese.
This is a very readable cozy and I highly recommend it to every and all cozy readers. Now, as I said, I'm on my way to the kitchen to try the Black-Bottom Raspberry Cream Pie. Did you ever hear such beautiful words? So, enjoy and I'll talk to you soon.
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