Cherry Pies & Deadly Lies

Cherry Pies & Deadly Lies

by Darci Hannah


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Crime with a Slice of Cherry Pie

Cherry enthusiast Whitney Bloom is furiously baking her way into the heart of Chicago with her fabulous cherry pies when she receives a desperate call from her mother. The annual Cherry Blossom Festival has just kicked off at the Cherry Orchard Inn in Door County, Wisconsin, and the manager of the Bloom family orchard has been found dead beneath the cherry blossoms. Worse yet, all evidence points to Whitney's father as the killer. After she races home to help, things really land in the pits for Whitney when she discovers that Jack MacLaren, her old high school nemesis, is Cherry Cove's only police officer. Putting her cherry-tastic treats on hold, Whitney matches wits against Jack. But will she have what it takes to clear her father's name and sift out the real Cherry Cove killer?

"The first in an amusing new series features a fearless, reckless sleuth who unravels a complicated mystery while juggling her sex life and her future plans."—Kirkus Reviews

"Whitney is a well-drawn, sympathetic character, and the small-town frame, with a close-knit community and a cherry orchard, will appeal to cozy readers who enjoy Joanne Fluke's Hannah Swensen mysteries."—Booklist

"Hannah displays... talent."—Publishers Weekly

"Great fun and extremely well-written. The crime, the characters—everything comes extremely "tasty" story you will definitely devour in one sitting."—Suspense Magazine

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738757803
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.
Publication date: 06/08/2018
Series: A Very Cherry Mystery Series , #1
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 331,782
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Darci Hannah (Howell, MI) is the author of two previous works of historical fiction, The Exile of Sara Stevenson and The Angel of Blythe Hall (Ballantine). When she isn’t whipping up tasty treats in her kitchen, she’s hard at work writing. Cherry Pies & Deadly Lies is her first mystery.

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Cherry Pies & Deadly Lies 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
4GranJan More than 1 year ago
Cherry Orchard and Inn Cozy Mystery This book is first in a new series. This is a refreshing cozy in that it doesn't bore the reader with endless drivel about food, clothing, or pets, although all are I the story. There are plenty of suspects in who committed the crimes but I was totally surprised at the big reveal. There is plenty of humor and some romance, too. I bought this book because I loved book 2 and wanted to start at the beginning. This is my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the characters. Can’t wait to read Whitney’s next adventure!
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Cherry Pies and Deadly Lies by Darci Hannah is the first story in A Very Cherry Mystery series. Whitney Bloom lives in Chicago, Illinois where after creating a disastrous Superbowl commercial, she finds herself blacklisted by ad agencies as well the laughingstock of the advertising world. To make ends meet, Whitney has started the online business Bloom ‘n’ Cherries! selling her baked cherry creations. She has been corresponding with a man online who calls himself C-Bomb and seems to know Whitney from home town of Cherry Cove, Wisconsin. Whitney gets a frantic phone calls from her mother. The manager of their orchard, Jeb Carlson has been murdered and her father, Baxter is the prime suspect. Whitney rushes home where the annual Cherry Blossom Festival is in full swing and is dismayed when she finds that Jack MacLaren, her old high school nemesis, is in charge of the investigation. Not trusting Jack, Whitney declares that she will find out who killed Jeb. Whitney will have to deal with her past while sifting through the clues to identify Jeb’s killer. Someone, though, is intent on destroying her families’ inn and reputation. Can Whitney track down the culprit before it is too late? Cherry Pies and Deadly Lies has a cute cover and I like the setting of Door County, Wisconsin. The town sounds charming and the acres of cherry trees in bloom sounded beautiful (I would be sneezing up a storm with my allergies). It was interesting to learn more about cherries and the running of an orchard. To get through Cherry Pies and Deadly Lies, though, you need to suspend your disbelief (from beginning when we find out the content of the commercial to the end when Whitney shoots off a gun with no clue who she is shooting at). The world in the book is not one in which normal people live. My mother can enjoy these types of books, but I find myself annoyed, rolling my eyes and becoming exasperated (my mother states I lack a sense of humor). I thought there was an absence of character development and the story rambles. When Whitney is with her friends, she tends to act like a nincompoop. She is told to keep certain key details about the murder to herself, and, within a short time, Whitney is telling her friends. Whitney could be categorized as TSTL. In the story, there is the cliché high school nemesis and, of course, the men who appeal to Whitney are “hunky”. I found many items repeated throughout the book and speculation abounds. The mystery is the best part of the book, but identifying the guilty party is a no brainer. Cherry Pies and Deadly Lies needs rewriting and editing as well as proofreading. As you can tell, I did not enjoy reading Cherry Pies and Deadly Lies (I had a rough time finishing this time and there was skimming involved). I highly suggest that you pick up a sample for your e-reader and judge Cherry Pies and Deadly Lies for yourself.
booklover6460 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this cozy mystery! This one really did have you guessing until the very end. And then once you thought you had it all figured out, there's another twist to the story. The author does a great job of keeping you interested in the characters and the mystery without giving too many secrets away. Wonderful characters with lots of personality and a few quirks. Plenty of personality dynamics that make it fun and interesting. And the descriptions of the cherry food items...had my stomach growling and my taste buds geared up for something cherry flavored. I'm pretty sure there needs to be a second book in this series. And, if so, I will be one of the first to buy it. I'm in love with the town of Cherry Cove and the people who live there. I'm ready to continue with more adventures and delicious items on the cherry menu.
Katandjim More than 1 year ago
This is the first book in a new series, Very Cherry Mysteries, and I am really excited about it! This book is a fun cozy mystery, about Whitney Bloom, a baker who lives in Chicago. When her family calls her from their cherry farm and b& b in Wisconsin to notify her of a murder, where her dad is the prime suspect, Whitney heads home to see how she can help. Whitney is re-introduced to Jack MacLaren, her high school nemesis and now the police detective on the case. There is a sweet romance brewing there. With Whitney's sometimes unwanted help, Jack solves the case. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a fun cozy mystery. This was a quick read and I'm looking forward to the next books in the series. I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
bluegreen91 More than 1 year ago
A charming mystery set in a small, lakeside Wisconsin town of Cherry Cove that LOVES cherries! I do, too, which is what drew me to this book initially, but the story, setting, and characters got me hooked 'til the end. Protagonist Whitney is realistic, loyal, and funny. When she finds her family inn at the center of a murder investigation, she's determined to find the murderer. While she pokes around for clues, she makes several foolish mistakes. As does Jack, Cherry Cove's only police officer. To be fair, he mostly has to work alone and doesn't have experience with homicide in town. The supporting characters - namely Whit's family and close friends - are likeable and I hope to learn more about them in future books. The mystery is layered and a bit complex, with several suspects and motives, so it kept me thinking and guessing to the very end. The story takes place during the Cherry Blossom Festival and there's no shortage of cherry-filled treats around town. I actually went to the store to get a cherry pie because all the foods sounded so tasty! I'm drawn into this series, and look forward to reading the next one when it comes out! I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.