Title: One Poison Pie
Author: Lynn Cahoon
Publisher: Kensington Cozies
Publication Date: January 26, 2021
Page Count: 274
My rating: 4 stars
About the book:
In the first in New York Times bestselling author Lynn Cahoon’s Kitchen Witch series, Mia Malone is starting over in Magic Springs, Idaho—where murder is on the menu . . .
What’s a kitchen witch to do when her almost-fiancé leaves her suddenly single and unemployed? For Mia Malone, the answer’s simple: move to her grandmother’s quirky Idaho hometown, where magic is an open secret and witches and warlocks are (mostly) welcome. With a new gourmet dinner delivery business—and a touch of magic in her recipes—Mia’s hopes are high. Even when her ex’s little sister, Christina, arrives looking for a place to stay, Mia takes it in stride.
But her first catering job takes a distasteful turn when her client’s body is found, stabbed and stuffed under the head table. Mia’s shocked to learn that she’s a suspect—and even more so when she realizes she’s next on a killer’s list. With Christina, along with Mia’s meddling grandma, in the mix, she’ll have to find out which of the town’s eccentric residents has an appetite for murder…before this fresh start comes to a sticky end. . . .
One Poison Pie by Lynn Cahoon is the first full length book in the cozy Kitchen Witch Mysteries series but not the first book as the description suggests as there is a prequel novella that also goes with the series. As with most cozy mysteries though each book of the series do contain their own mystery within so they can be read as a standalone or in any order if choosing to do so. There is however characters development that carries over from book to book for those that follow the series from the beginning.
In the prequel novella in the series readers were introduced to Mia Malone who had traveled back to her hometown of Magic Springs, Idaho at the urging of her grandmother who Mia fondly calls Grans. Magic Springs is a place where magic is out in the open and Mia’s family is far from normal with Mia inheriting her Grans magical abilities and she now uses that witchcraft to create her tasty culinary treats.
Since that trip back to Magic Springs though Mia’s world has fallen apart with Mia finding herself single when her boyfriend leaves her and also unemployed. Mia decides that the best thing to do is to return to Magic Springs for good where she can use her magic in a gourmet dinner delivery business. Things all seem to be falling into place until Mia’s new client is found murdered and she ends up on the suspect list and looking to clear her name.
The Kitchen Witch Mysteries series immediately had two things going for it before I ever even picked up the first book. One would be that I have read this author many times before and always enjoy her cozy mysteries. The second was that being a fan of crossover genre books this one had the touch of paranormal to it with the protagonist being a witch. Having gotten to know the characters in the prequel then I knew I was in for some fun with this first full length book and I was not wrong. I will definitely be back for book two after enjoying this and the prequel.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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