From USA Today bestselling author Janel Gradowski comes a tasty holiday treat...
Amy Ridley is excited to be participating in the Holiday Celebrations Competition to kick off her Christmas season in Kellerton, Michigan. Local cooks are set to compete for prizes then serve their best party dishes to holiday revelers. Amy has her eye on a special prize, but she has a difficult time concentrating on creating a perfect party buffet when a plague of problems begins to whirl around her. Can Amy figure out who is sabotaging the competition in time to create a prize-winning tablescape and take home the ultimate Christmas gift?
**This is a short story of approximately 12,000 words/22 pages**
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)
Pancakes & Pandemonium (book #6)
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
About 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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Christmas time can be very exciting. But, it’s also a time for stress. There’s shopping for gifts, planning parties, and spending time with friends and loved ones. This year, not only is Amy Ridley trying to do all that, but she’s also battling Mother Nature’s winter fury, her nemesis Rayshelle Applebee, and other contestants in the Holiday Celebrations Competition. Christmas is a time for merriment and good will towards man. But not everyone feels this way. Strange things are happening at the competition. Amy thinks there’s a Grinch in the midst, but her sleuthing could lead her to a forever silent night. I found Christmas Canapés & Sabotage to be an enjoyable read. It’s relatively short which might be the reason I didn’t feel overly invested in the outcome. I missed the series characters that I’ve come to love. This short story is a standalone read, but I think as a reader you would enjoy it more if you are already familiar with the series. **Received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest unbiased opinion.**
This short story is a cute Christmas cozy mystery. It makes me want to read more of this series. I really liked the characters.
This short culinary competition story was excellent. It did not have a sappy Christmas holiday storyline. The central theme focused on the competition, which was held during the holidays. It was a good 31 page story that seemed longer.