Title: Pie Hard
Author: Kirsten Weiss
Publication Date: February 26, 2019
Page Count: 352
My rating: 4 1/2 stars
About the book:
Will Val pie hard on national TV?
Business at the bakery may have slowed down, but Val Harris isn’t about to eat humble pie—not until a reality cooking show decides to whip the struggling Pie Town into shape. If Val can tolerate criticism from an abrasive pastry chef during filming, the free publicity might turn the unusual opportunity into the sweetest deal she didn’t know she needed.
Except no one in San Nicholas has an appetite for dessert once murder steals the spotlight. When the show’s bossy producer gets pushed to her death, Val and her flaky, septuagenarian pie crust expert, Charlene, follow crumbs in hopes of finding the killer. But with cameras still rolling and the shocking identity of the victim’s replacement a guaranteed recipe for disaster, Val needs to stay cool long enough to solve the crime and keep Pie Town from falling apart—or else she just might go up in smoke before she ever graces the small screen.
Pie Hard by Kirsten Weiss is the third book of the cozy Pie Town Mystery series. Each book in the series has it’s own self contained mystery to be solved so they could be read out of order or as a standalone if choosing to do so. There is however some character building carried over from book to book so reading in order would give the full picture.
In the first book of the Pie Town Mystery series readers were introduced to Valentine “Val” Harris who had moved to San Nicholas along the coast in California thinking she was going to be starting a whole new life by opening up her own business and marrying her fiance. Six months later all Val had left was her business when her fiance had called off their wedding and after putting all her money into her dream, Pie Town, she knew she had to do whatever it took to make the business a success.
However, Val and her pie crust maker, Charlene, seem to have the worst luck when it comes to finding dead bodies but the duo are becoming better and better at finding the murderers. When Charlene surprises Val by bringing in a reality television crew from the show Pie Hard to film the shop Val isn’t too sure about taking part. When she gets a call from a regular that another body has been found Val thinks it’s the end of the series in the shop when it turns out the producer is the latest victim but the show must go on as they say and the danger surrounding the show continues.
The Pie Town Mystery series has quickly become one of my favorite cozy series to read. There is that quirkiness I enjoy with a small town vibe and all of the characters are likable but Charlene steals the show with each new addition to the series making them quite hilarious with her antics. If I had any complaints with this latest it would be that I need more Charlene in the action but the mystery is still fun to follow along and try to solve through each twist to the story. 4.5 stars for this latest book in the series and as always I will welcome the next when it comes.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Based in San Mateo, CA, Kirsten Weiss writes genre-blending novels: urban fantasy/mystery, steampunk/suspense, and cozy mysteries. The mix just makes things more fun! Kirsten has never met a dessert she didn’t like, and her guilty pleasures are watching Ghost Whisperer reruns and drinking red wine. Readers can find her online at http://www.kirstenweiss.com.