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  • Killer Pumpkins

    Halloween is coming and San Nicholas is hosting their annual Pumpkin Fest, the first Val will be attending. Early morning is baking time and as the booths are being set up, Charlene and Val take a break to check things out…and Val stumbles upon a dead body under a very large pumpkin. Another body and another case for the Baker Street Bakers to investigate. In addition to solving a murder and baking a lot of pies, Val’s step Mother has arrived and inserts herself into the investigation. Now Val has to search for the murderer, keep an eye on Charlene, and figure out what really brought Takako to town. If only she can balance it all and not become the next victim. This is a fun series and Charlene could not be quirkier, which is why I enjoy the escapades she and Val have. Looking forward to their next adventure together.

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  • A Fabulous Instalment!

    Even though I have only read one other book the Pie Town Mystery series by Kirsten Weiss set in a pie shop in San Nicholas, a Californian coastal town, I still jumped at the opportunity to read this one, Gourd to Death as I enjoy a well written cosy, and this looked like it fitted the bill perfectly. Valentine (Val) Harris runs the best pie shop in town alongside her quirky business partner and pie crust expert, Charlene McCree. With Halloween looming, Val has been asked to judge the pie making contest at the annual pumpkin festival. Her boyfriend, Gordon Carmichael, is also a contestant, but on a early morning walk with Charlene to check out the giant pumpkins, they discover the town's optometrist dead underneath one. Val calls Gordon who is a detective of the San Nicholas police department, but he is disqualified from handling the case because it was one of his Uncle's massive pumpkins that was found on top of the victim. Although this is book five, I had no difficulties keeping up with characters and events. Strong protagonist Val was surrounded by some very quirky bods and I particularly enjoyed Charlene's amusing contributions, as well as those from Mrs Thistleblossom (such a brilliant name). Val's stepmother, Takako, was often the sensible one, but she also joined in with the hijinks. Events moved along at a comfortable pace and the mystery itself was fantastic. Whilst the choice of viable suspects was fairly limited, my armchair detective requirements remained satisfied due to skullduggery from the locals in the neighbouring town, and the denouement was still a surprise to me. I had a ball reading this highly amusing and entertaining cozy mystery and I'm already looking forwarding to catching up with Val and the Baker Street Bakers in book #6, as well as grabbing copies of the first three books. I received a complimentary copy of this novel at my request from Kensington Books via NetGalley. This review is my own unbiased opinion.

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