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  • Okay start, wanted more magic...

    While One Poison Pie by Lynn Cahoon is the first in the series, I really do feel like I should have read the novella, Chili Cauldron Curse, that came out about 5 months before this one. I know 2020 was a weird year for publishing, but I really wonder why they decided to put out a novella to introduce the series. In the novella it looks like Mia comes to town to help out grandma and she must have decided to stay in town by the end of the book. I can see how it is a prequel, but I think it would have been better to make it into a full length book and start the series with Chili Cauldron Curse. While I didn’t feel lost while reading One Poison Pie, I did feel like I was missing parts of the story. I really enjoyed getting to know the characters in One Poison Pie. Mia and Christina make a wonderful pair of roommates and sleuth/sidekick, and Cahoon has already primed the pump to have two emerging romances by the end of the story. Although I can see some readers of the cozy genre not enjoying all the mentions of sexual feelings that Mia is experiencing. Grandma is a wonderful matriarch and I’m glad that Mia has someone there to help her with her powers and that she’s not stumbling around blind trying to figure out more about them. On the note of magical powers, I wish they were more incorporated into the book. There was so much potential for more magical spells, recipes, and herbal concoctions to be added to the story. I’m hoping Cahoon will go deeper into the traditions of kitchen magic and benefits of various herbs in future books. I am interested to see how this series progresses (especially since there is a cliffhanger) and would be willing to read the next book since the characters are so enjoyable and to see if the magic is expanded upon.

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  • DELICIOUS!

    Mia Malone is so close to opening her catering business and is hosting a birthday celebration for her grandmothers best friend. When the woman is found murdered right before the big party, Mia finds the woman’s nephew pointing the finger at her. With new friends and old to help her, Mia continues to work on the remodel of the old school she bought for her new life. Things are heating up with the owner of the local grocery store and she finds a strong pull with the man as he helps her to protect her Gran, her business, her home and her life. I am a huge fan of Lynn Cahoon’s and while I didn’t find the novella for this series intro to be a home run, I am glad I didn’t give up as I LOVED this first full length novel. As I said in my review of the novella, it’s hard to lay a foundation in a shorter entry like that. You will fall in love with the series too, so grab a copy, settle in by a roaring fire and indulge!

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  • I enjoyed it

    This is a fabulous first in a new series. The mystery was well paced and kept me guessing. The characters were interesting and I look forward to their development in future books. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.

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  • Love this!

    Well, this one definitely got me. It hooked me and kept me the whole time! Mia Malone has moved to be closer to her grandmother after her fiance dumps her. She is focused on her first big event as a caterer in Magic Springs, Idaho. When her client is found dead on the day of the party, can Mia help find the killer before she becomes another victim? I really enjoyed this book. I really liked getting to know all of the characters even more than in the prequel novella. I also loved that I was kept guessing the entire time. I was taken completely by surprise by the ending! I love Mia's relationships with all the other characters. I love how much the characters care about each other. I cannot wait until the next one in this series!

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  • Brilliant!

    One Poison Pie is the first in Lynn Cahoon's Kitchen Witch Mysteries and follows the Chili Cauldron Curse novella which introduced Mia Malone and her gran, Mary Alice Carpenter. Mia is setting up her new gourmet dinner delivery and cookery class business, Mia's Morsels, in her gran's hometown of Magic Springs, Idaho, after being dumped by her boyfriend and boss, Isaac Adams. Both Mia and her Granny Mary are kitchen witches who are all about adding a touch of magic to their delicacies and offerings and Magic Springs is a place that welcomes ghosts, warlocks and the paranormal. Busy Mia has bought the old school building and is continuing with its refurbishment as well as just getting her first paying client. It's her gran's best friend, Adele's birthday and Mia is providing the catering for her party. As her own kitchen is not yet ready, Mia is using the kitchen at the Lodge where the party is being held. When Adele is murdered on the morning of her party, found dead in the ballroom, Mia admits to finding the woman mean, hard-to-please and demanding and becomes a suspect... Even though I missed Chili Cauldron Curse I jumped into One Poison Pie with abandon. This is a very exciting new series with wonderful, engaging characters. Mia is caring and forgiving and I love the colourful and fun Mary. Hunky Mark Baldwin is the town's only police officer, Trent Majors owns Major's Grocery and proved himself to be a good friend and, who knows, in future books, he may get closer to Mia. There are threatening phone calls, an attack that sees Mia in hospital, and all sorts of characters arriving at the schoolhouse with evil intent. This book had all the required ingredients and some special ones, too: a nightmare ex-boyfriend, a super grandma, a choosy, cavilling cat, good friends, and a challenging murder to solve. Mia is a terrific character and I think it's going to be fun to get to know her better as she learns the ropes in her catering business and of her recipes. With a well-written plot and a town full of magic, I look forward to catching up with Mia and grans in the next instalment Two Wicked Desserts as well as reading Chili Cauldron Curse. 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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