Never Say Pie

A Pie Shop Mystery, #2

Blurb: It’s summertime in Crystal Cove, California, and sales are brisk at the outdoor Food Fair. There’s fresh bread, artisan cheese, gourmet cupcakes, plus Hanna’s delicious pies. When despised local food critic Heath Barr is found stabbed to death, no one is sorry to hear the news—except perhaps Hanna, the main suspect. It doesn’t help that Hanna’s high school crush is the police chief. Hanna must track down a killer while up to her elbows in pie dough.

Hanna is the owner of a pie shop given to her by her grandmother who went to live at the senior’s home – where she is still busy. Hanna also inherited all the wonderful recipes from her grandmother, which she adds to with a few new ones of her own. She takes the pie store on the road of sorts when she joins other town foodies at the new Food Fair. Everything is going great until the new food critic slams Hanna and some of the other vendors – and then ends up dead.

Hanna’s crush on the strong, silent chief of police doesn’t get in her way when she decides to help investigate the murder. Unfortunately, Sam (the chief), doesn’t much appreciate her help and tries to get her to stay out of it – which of course, like any good amateur sleuth, she doesn’t.

Things I liked about the story: It’s a decent cozy mystery, a fast read and not too predictable. The characters are fun and the premise believable. I loved Hanna’s grandmother – such a wonderful character. And the recipes at the end are pretty good too.

Things I didn’t like: Sam was a little too taciturn, especially after Hanna’s place was broken into and ransacked. He didn’t bother to offer her comfort, or even offer to help clean up the mess. All he did was tell her to put a padlock on her door. Okay, he did set a deputy to watch her place, but his character just didn’t come across well for me. I realize this is part of a series and the characters are still being developed, but I just didn’t connect with him at all.

Recommendation: If you like quick, easy, doesn’t take a lot of brain cells cozy mysteries, this is a decent one. Though you don’t need to have read the first one in the series to know what’s going on, I recommend it just to get some of the background. Still, overall, not a bad read.


Book Blurb for Never Say Pie

Book two in the popular (and delicious!) Pie Shop Mystery series

It’s summertime in Crystal Cove, California, and sales are brisk at the outdoor Food Fair. There’s fresh bread, artisan cheese, gourmet cupcakes, plus Hanna’s delicious pies. When despised local food critic Heath Barr is found stabbed to death, no one is sorry to hear the news—except perhaps Hanna, the main suspect. It doesn’t help that Hanna’s high school crush is the police chief. Hanna must track down a killer while up to her elbows in pie dough.

Featuring scrumptious recipes, including Double Chocolate Cream Pie and Butterscotch Pecan Pie

Midnight Ink Books


Night Owl Reviews Aug, 2012 3.50