Pies & Peril

Pies & Peril

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by Janel Gradowski

From USA Today bestselling author Janel Gradowski, comes a mystery that will leave you hungry for more…

When Amy Ridley decided to compete in the Kellerton Summer Festival Pie Contest, the last thing she expected was to find the reigning pie queen, Mandy Jo, dead—a raspberry pie smashed on her face! Mandy Jo made fantastic pies, but she


From USA Today bestselling author Janel Gradowski, comes a mystery that will leave you hungry for more…

When Amy Ridley decided to compete in the Kellerton Summer Festival Pie Contest, the last thing she expected was to find the reigning pie queen, Mandy Jo, dead—a raspberry pie smashed on her face! Mandy Jo made fantastic pies, but she accumulated more enemies than baking trophies. But when Amy receives a note threatening her own life, she decides to do some investigating herself.

It seems that half the town has a reason to kill the mean pie queen, and Amy finds herself sifting through a list of suspects that's longer than her list of recipes. Not to mention playing cupid for her love-shy best friend, fending off a baker intent on finding out her prize-winning culinary secrets, and ducking the deadly attentions of Mandy Jo's killer. If Amy doesn't find out who wanted the pie queen dead soon, her own goose may be cooked!

**Recipes Included**

Culinary Competition Mysteries:
Pies & Peril (book #1)
Chicken Soup & Homicide (book #2)
Christmas Canapés & Sabotage (short story)
Doughnuts & Deadly Schemes (book #3)
Barbecue & Bad Juju (short story in the "Killer Beach Reads" collection)
Fudge Brownies & Murder (book #4)
Banana Muffins & Mayhem (book #5)

What critics are saying about the Culinary Competition Mysteries:

"PIES & PERIL is the perfect cozy to curl up with in your favorite chair or at the beach while enjoying some sun. It’s teeming with a lot of charm and great characters along with many tidbits of delectable goodies perfect for any foodie. I was really looking forward to reading (Janel Gradowski's) first full length novel and it didn’t disappoint! PIES & PERIL is sure to please any reader who loves their cozy mysteries!"
~ Peeking Between the Pages

"PIES & PERIL is a beautiful debut and I know I will be eagerly awaiting the second book in the series. (Amy Ridley) had me laughing and smiling, and the warm cozy feeling of reading a good mystery never left me."
~ Cozy Reader

"PIES & PERIL is a fun read with, murder, arson, threats and romance in the plot! This is a very enjoyable story with a very satisfactory closure. There is also an added bonus of recipes at the end of the book. Amy's many trial recipes made me hungry and inspired me to bake some goodies! Enjoy!"
~ Indy Girl

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Meet the Author

Janel Gradowski lives in a land that looks like a cold weather fashion accessory, the mitten-shaped state of Michigan. She is a wife and mom to two kids and one Golden Retriever. Her journey to becoming an author is littered with odd jobs like renting apartments to college students and programming commercials for an AM radio station. Somewhere along the way she also became a beadwork designer and teacher. She enjoys cooking recipes found in her formidable cookbook and culinary fiction collection. Searching for unique treasures at art fairs, flea markets and thrift stores is also a favorite pastime. Coffee is an essential part of her life.

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Pies & Peril (A Culinary Competition Mystery) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Would I recommend this book to someone else, Yes. Is it a page turner no but it did keep me guessing as to who did it.
Anonymous 4 months ago
A fun read that is free in the Killer Fun collection. During summer festival Amy decides to expand her championship baking into the pie contest, but then finds the 5 year reigning Pie Queen dead under the pie table. With threats flying and weird circumstances happening, the recipes and the cooking and baking commence - what else is a girl to do to relieve the stress? But let's not forget the caring hunky gorgeous husband!.......... Recipes provided at end of story.
Anonymous 6 months ago
I just read this book as part of a collection and enjoyed it a lot.
Anonymous 11 months ago
I agree with you amy is phsco shes to nice and boring reading but know what book i bettter pie by sarah weeks dont read bornig books read sarah week book pie# read pie by sarah weeks #way better
Anonymous 11 months ago
I enjoyed it in the beginning, but Amy was a bit much for me so I ended up skimming her parts of the book. I really only liked the book when it was in her best friend Carla's POV, she was a lot more calm and less scatter brained. There's 3 or 4 recipes in the back and I'd be interested in trying them out...
ReadingInMyFreeTime More than 1 year ago
Amy was hoping to finally been her rival Mandy Jo in a pie contest- but its hard to beat someone that can no longer compete. She decides to solve the murder since she's a suspect. Fun cozy read with good characters and lots of delicious recipes.
mysterychickie More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable read. Amy is too nice when it comes to Mandy Jo but that is what is endearing about her. Faced with someone going after her now makes it more suspenseful. Quick read and keep the calories off by reading about the goodies rather than eating them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ordered this book & "chicken soup & homicide". Read this one which was about chicken soup not pies. Opened chicken soup to read & it was the same story i just finished. Paid for the same story with 2 different titles. Dont know if "pies & peril ws any good or not!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this book. Amy is not a professional baker but I love how creative and persistent she is with pastries. Alex,her husband and Carla, her best friend are just part of the number of characters in store for you.
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Kim for Read Your Writes Book Reviews Pies & Peril is the first book in Janel Gradowski’s Culinary Competition Mystery Series. The series itself is off to a really great start with wonderful characters you can’t help but want to know. It’s summertime in Kellerton, Michigan. Amy Ridley plans to enter the Kellerton Summer Festival Pie Contest. What she doesn’t plan on doing is discovering the dead body of Mandy Jo Pierce, her biggest competition and the devil’s spawn. Amy has a really good heart and though she wasn’t Mandy Jo’s biggest fan, she feels she should be memorialized in some way. Amy sets off a chain of events that turn her into a sleuth. She tries to find Mandy Jo’s killer and gains the unwanted attention of her murderer. Pies & Peril is filled with humor, mouth-watering food, and what seems to be a never ending kitchen pantry. I can’t say that it was one of those stories I didn’t want to put down, but it was entertaining and kept my attention. The murderer was easy to figure out, but the red herrings were definitely good and made you wonder. There isn’t very much for me to not like about the book. I will say I wasn’t a fan of the story being told in third person from the point of view from both Amy and her best friend, Carla. It made the story a little hard to follow at times. I’m looking forward to seeing what other cooking competitions Amy enters herself into and I’m also looking forward to Carla’s new relationship. **Received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest unbiased review.**
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The writing is okay, but the story is good. I would not go looking for a book by this author.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun book, now I'm going to have to hunt down everything else she has written,  since I enjoyed it so much.
MOMonkeyMom More than 1 year ago
Lots of fun...can't wait for more in the series!!
tonichelle-929 More than 1 year ago
Beware! Reading this book will make you hungry for pie.  At least it did me.  I was not thrilled with the first couple of chapters but then everything clicked and I couldnt wait to find out who done it.  There were some laugh out loud moments.  I cant wait for the next installment. 
Lisa96 More than 1 year ago
If you want to be entertained from the first page to the last, then this is the book for you. It's LOL hilarious. Amy is an endearing protagonist you love to see succeed .
Late-Night-Shadow More than 1 year ago
Move over Goldie Schulz, there’s a new baker in town and she serves up a great story. This was a very entertaining book in the first of what should be a very fun series. The recipes at the end are indeed a sweet treat!
dolphineisner88 More than 1 year ago
Amy is preparing for a pie competition. She is sure she will finally beat her arch enemy, then she stumbles upon said enemy’s dead body. When she starts receiving threats of her own she realizes she better help figure out who the killer is before she's the next victim. I really enjoyed this book. It’s all about banking and cooking and it made me hungry while also giving me the urge to bake. I figured out who the killer was pretty quickly. I stuck with my first suspicion and turned out to be right. I like to think that is just my genius deductive skills. *Pause for snort of disbelief.* I liked the characters. It was split between two different viewpoints. It wasn't a bad thing, but it was a little hard to connect to either one in a way. But I still did like Amy. She's slightly odd but in the best possible way. I liked the sweet and loving relationship between Amy and Alex. I haven't read many mysteries where the main character is already married. I think the relationship was well written and very real. I was shocked by how easy the ending went, that's not usual in a mystery. I’m not sure whether that’s a good thing or not. It feels a little anti climactic, but still the book was good. It was a nice good hearted cozy mystery. If that's your thing, then I recommend this book.
greatgrandma42 More than 1 year ago
What a cute book. Who knew baking could be so hazardous to your health!
bigbammbina More than 1 year ago
SWEET Summer read! Enjoyed from start to finish, BRILLIANT adding the recipes! Now to shed those extra pounds ; ) Excited for the next adventure of best friends Amy & Carla!
Kellyann02 More than 1 year ago
Pies & Peril ( A Culinary Competition Mystery) was simply delightful. It was an enjoyable read start to finish. I can't wait to see wait to see what Janel Gradowski has in mind for Amy and Carla's next adventure.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book fun and easy to read. Makes you want to eat sweets really good
BGnMS1 More than 1 year ago
Yummm-O.  Quick, enjoyable read that includes some of the recipes in the book. Hope there is more from Amy's culinary world.
Rynesmom More than 1 year ago
Great debut! A fast and fun summer read. I can't wait to find out what is in store next for the characters. I think I gained a few pounds just reading about the yummy baked goods - and having some of the recipes at the end is a bonus!
kkg010522 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book, it's a quick and relaxing read.