Title: Cherry Pies & Deadly Lies
Author: Darci Hannah
Publisher: Midnight Ink
Publication Date: June 8, 2018
Page Count: 384
My rating: 4 stars
About the book:
Crime with a Slice of Cherry Pie
Cherry enthusiast Whitney Bloom is furiously baking her way into the heart of Chicago with her fabulous cherry pies when she receives a desperate call from her mother. The annual Cherry Blossom Festival has just kicked off at the Cherry Orchard Inn in Door County, Wisconsin, and the manager of the Bloom family orchard has been found dead beneath the cherry blossoms. Worse yet, all evidence points to Whitney’s father as the killer. After she races home to help, things really land in the pits for Whitney when she discovers that Jack MacLaren, her old high school nemesis, is Cherry Cove’s only police officer. Putting her cherry-tastic treats on hold, Whitney matches wits against Jack. But will she have what it takes to clear her father’s name and sift out the real Cherry Cove killer?
Cherry Pies & Deadly Lies by Darci Hannah is the first book in the new cozy A Very Cherry Mystery series. Whitney Bloom grew up on her parent’s cherry orchard in Door County, Wisconsin but has been living and working in Chicago. After being fired from her advertising job Whitney took up baking cherry treats but when she gets a phone call from home that a murder has occurred at the orchard she immediately heads back.
Guests at the the Cherry Orchard Inn had gone out into the orchard when they came across the body of the orchard manager. As bad as the discovery was it became even worse for Whitney’s family when her father’s croquet mallet was also found at the scene and suspected to be the murder weapon.
Whitney doesn’t expect there to be much in the way of investigating with the evidence pointing at her father and the only police officer in the two being Jack MacLaren her old high school foe. But much to Whitney’s surprise Jack seems to be on her side but Whitney still doesn’t trust their fate to anyone else and decides to do whatever she can to help find the killer.
Cherry Pies & Deadly Lies was a fun opener to this new cozy series with likable characters and a cherrytastic setting. I have to admit the whole mystery in this one started reminding me a bit of an episode of Scooby Doo so it may not be for everyone but that reminder made me like it all the more. I can’t possibly imagine what the author could come up next but it seems it will be a lot of fun to find out.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Darci Hannah (Howell, MI) is the author of two previous works of historical fiction, The Exile of Sara Stevenson and The Angel of Blythe Hall (Ballantine). When she isn’t whipping up tasty treats in her kitchen, she’s hard at work writing. Cherry Pies & Deadly Lies is her first mystery.