Magic, Lies, and Deadly Pies
Daisy Ellery’s pies have a secret ingredient: The magical ability to avenge women done wrong by men.But Daisy finds herself on the receiving end in Misha Popp’s cozy series debut, a sweet-as-buttercream treat for fans of Ellery Adams and Mary Maxwell.
The first time Daisy Ellery killed a man with a pie, it was an accident. Now, it’s her calling. Daisy bakes sweet vengeance into her pastries, which she and her dog Zoe deliver to the men who’ve done dirty deeds to the town’s women. But if she can’t solve the one crime that’s not of her own baking, she’ll be out of the pie pan and into the oven.
Parking her Pies Before Guys mobile bakery van outside the local diner, Daisy is informed by Frank, the crusty diner owner, that someone’s been prowling around the van—and not just to inhale the delectable aroma. Already on thin icing with Frank, she finds a letter on her door, threatening to reveal her unsavory secret sideline of pie a la murder.
Blackmail? But who whipped up this half-baked plot to cut a slice out of Daisy’s business? Purple-haired campus do-gooder Melly? Noel, the tender—if flaky—farm boy? Or one of the abusive men who prefer their pie without a deadly scoop of payback?
The upcoming statewide pie contest could be Daisy’s big chance to help wronged women everywhere…if she doesn’t meet a sticky end first. Because Daisy knows the blackmailer won’t stop until her business is in crumbles.
Ellery is a special pie maker. She imbues
her pies with magic. Daisy can make a
person feel courageous, she can make them tell the truth, or she can kill. She has rules in place regarding her deadly
pies. The main rule is that they are
only for men who have done terrible deeds.
Daisy does not kill women with her pies.
It seems that someone is on to her secret, and they intend to blackmail
her. The blackmailer wants Daisy to
deliver a special pie to three different women in exchange for his
silence. Daisy needs to find out who is behind the blackmail
and stop them before they share her secret.
Magic, Lies, and Deadly Pies by Misha Popp is the debut of A Pies Before Guys Mysteries. I thought the story had an interesting
premise (I have a weakness for paranormal cozy mysteries). I was looking forward to reading a fun cozy
mystery (based on the blurb). Not long
after I began reading, I was disabused of that notion. Daisy is basically a gun for hire. She may not get paid, but she does kill. It is hard to like a character who manages to
justify her misdeeds. I felt there should
be another way for her to use her gift.
Daisy said her magic was different from her ancestors, but she is not
sure why it is different. I kept hoping
this would be addressed (maybe in future books). I did love the descriptions of Daisy’s
dresses made for her by her grandmother.
I was shocked at the significant amount of foul language in this book (I
find it offensive and off-putting). I
like to read cozy mysteries because they do not contain that type of
language. I liked Daisy’s dog, Zoe. She is a friendly dog with a sweet temperament. I also liked Daisy’s pink retro trailer, Penny.
Magic, Lies, and Deadly Pies does not
have the fun cozy adventure that I was hoping for from the blurb. It is a dark story. The story touches upon some serious subjects (domestic
violence, addiction, rape). There is no
mystery to solve much to my disappointment.
Magic, Lies, and Deadly Pies reads more like a romantic suspense novel
than a cozy mystery. There is also a pie
competition and romance with a man trying to save a family orchard. The story was missing the cozy elements and
the lightheartedness. As you can tell, I did not enjoy reading
Magic, Lies, and Deadly Pies. While
Magic, Lies, and Deadly Pies was not for me, I suggest you try a sample to
judge for yourself. Magic, Lies, and Deadly Pies is a dark magical tale with a cute canine, a retro trailer, pie
happy people, an outgoing orchard owner, a persuasive speaker, a bullying
blackmailer, a pie competition, and a supernatural pie maker.
Magic, Lies, and Deadly Pies
is available from Amazon
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in order to receive updates when she has a new book release. I appreciate you taking time out of your day to read my review. Tomorrow I am a stop on the Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours for Bear Witness by Lark O. Jensen
. It is the debut of An Alaska Untamed Mystery series. Make sure to stop by because there is a giveaway! I am off to do more work in the garden. I am working on finishing a side garden along our carport. I just put in the second raised garden bed. It takes me a while to get a project done because I can only do a little at time courtesy of my fibromyalgia (I wear out quickly plus the heat). I need to buy the dirt to fill it (I have the plants just not the topsoil). I have room for one more raised bed. I already have the plastic and weed cloth down. I just need to find one to match the other two (I was not sure another one would fit until I put in the second one). I hope that you have a cheery day. Take care and Happy Reading!
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