Pies & Peril (A Culinary Competition Mystery) [NOOK Book]

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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 ...

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Pies & Peril (A Culinary Competition Mystery)

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Overview

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!

Includes recipes!

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940045976855
  • Publisher: Gemma Halliday
  • Publication date: 7/8/2014
  • Series: Culinary Competition Mysteries , #1
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 21,749
  • File size: 461 KB

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2014

    Weekend book

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2014

    Fun book, now I'm going to have to hunt down everything else she

    Fun book, now I'm going to have to hunt down everything else she has written,  since I enjoyed it so much.

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  • Posted July 16, 2014

    Lots of fun...can't wait for more in the series!!

    Lots of fun...can't wait for more in the series!!

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  • Posted July 15, 2014

    Beware! Reading this book will make you hungry for pie.  At leas

    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. 

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  • Posted July 10, 2014

    If you want to be entertained from the first page to the last, t

    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 .

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  • Posted July 10, 2014

    This is a lighthearted, fun mystery book with lots of yummy bake

    This is a lighthearted, fun mystery book with lots of yummy baked goods that will whet your appetite as you're reading it. 

    Amy was submitting her pie for the pie competition when she stumbled upon a body. It turned out that the dead body was Mandy Jo,
    her arch baking enemy. Mandy Jo wasn't the nicest person on earth even though she may be the Queen of Pies having won awards
    for 5 years. But when Amy starts receiving threats of her own, she decides that she would find out who and why.

    I did have my suspicion but I couldn't think of the reason for murder till it was revealed. So I guess it was suspenseful enough. The story
    was a little slow to build up and the ending seemed too smooth but the story was kept interesting with details and from the other characters
    in the town. There are also a few recipes given in the book and I got inspired to do some baking of my own. Check this book out especially
    if you are a fan of Karen Rose Smith & Janet Evanovich.

    I received a gift copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted July 10, 2014

    Amy is preparing for a pie competition. She is sure she will fin

    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.

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  • Posted July 10, 2014

    Move over Goldie Schulz, there¿s a new baker in town and she ser

    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!

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  • Posted July 9, 2014

    What a cute book. Who knew baking could be so hazardous to your

    What a cute book. Who knew baking could be so hazardous to your health!

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  • Posted July 9, 2014

    SWEET Summer read! Enjoyed from start to finish, BRILLIANT addin

    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!

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  • Posted July 8, 2014

    Pies & Peril ( A Culinary Competition Mystery) was simply de

    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.  

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  • Posted July 8, 2014

    Yummm-O.  Quick, enjoyable read that includes some of the recipe

    Yummm-O. 
    Quick, enjoyable read that includes some of the recipes in the book. Hope there is more from Amy's culinary world.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2014

    Great book fun and easy to read. Makes you want to eat sweets re

    Great book fun and easy to read. Makes you want to eat sweets really good

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  • Posted July 8, 2014

    Great debut! A fast and fun summer read. I can't wait to find o

    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!

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  • Posted July 8, 2014

    I enjoyed this book, it's a quick and relaxing read.

    I enjoyed this book, it's a quick and relaxing read.

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  • Posted July 8, 2014

    Great poolside read. Light and fun-- hope the bonus recipes are

    Great poolside read. Light and fun-- hope the bonus recipes are too.

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  • Posted July 8, 2014

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    After giving up her career as a hair stylist to pursue her obses

    After giving up her career as a hair stylist to pursue her obsession with cooking competitions in Kellerton, Michigan, Amy’s world has become focused completely around food. She relaxes by baking, seduces her husband with his favorite dishes, and even her vocabulary is filled with food metaphors and similes. So when her latest entry into pie baking competition is disrupted by the discovery of her nemesis, dead and literally with pie on her face, Amy's world erupts in chaos.

    Calling on her best friend Carla for some much needed practicality and rationality, Amy and her over-burdened sense of guilt has her investigating which of the Maxon Bakery-sponsored competition contestants wanted Mandy Jo dead. It’s a surprisingly large list, as Kellerton is fueled by competition and Mandy Jo enjoyed inciting jealousy through flirtations and outright lies.

    This is a book that should definitely NOT be read on an empty stomach. Amy sees the world through food-colored glasses; when she's not cooking new recipes, she's planning them, shopping for food, or studying how other food is made. Luscious descriptions of Amy's treats are sprinkled throughout the novel, and yet this is a book that could have included even more recipes at the end! The food-porn descriptions are reminiscent of the early writing of Diane Mott Davidson, and the author succeeds in seamlessly incorporating them into the plot.

    What is refreshing about this debut mystery is that both Amy and Carla have very happy and sexy relationships with men that are devoid of drama. Their friendship as well feels natural, as their personalities balance the other out perfectly. Chapters alternate with narrations from both women, but I do hope that the next book in this series reveals more about the night shift nurse and alcohol-loving Carla. Her level-headedness, and self-conscious workouts to balance her friend's food-pimping and brings a level of realism and wit to this food-focused and food-loving mystery. - Cindy Chow

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  • Posted July 8, 2014

    Wonderful mystery for summer beach or poolside reading! This is

    Wonderful mystery for summer beach or poolside reading! This is a entertaining mystery, murder and baking competition. With so many possible suspects, the author keeps you guessing until the end. I hope to see many of these same characters in the other books in the series.
    Also, I was happy to get to the end and find the recipes that Amy had cooked up throughout the book, especially the savory muffins. I wish she had included her apple pie recipe.

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  • Posted July 8, 2014

    Surefire proof that Nancy Drew is a character that many of us as

    Surefire proof that Nancy Drew is a character that many of us aspire to be! When her world turns upside down after discovering a fellow baker's pie-stained, dead body,  "Pies & Perils" main character Amy finds her nose for creating award-winning recipes is the perfect ingredient to solving a mystery. Warning: do not read on an empty stomach, or you'll be reaching for  a decadent slice of something sweet!

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  • Posted July 8, 2014

    Fun, light reading with bonus recipes. Loved the book. Keeps y

    Fun, light reading with bonus recipes. Loved the book. Keeps you wondering up to the end. Can't wait for the next in the series. You're going to want this one!

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