Pie Hard

Pie Hard

by Kirsten Weiss

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ISBN-13: 9781496709011
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 02/26/2019
Series: Pie Town Mystery Series , #3
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 18,145
File size: 894 KB

About the Author

Based in San Mateo, CA, Kirsten Weiss writes genre-blending novels: urban
fantasy/mystery, steampunk/suspense, and cozy mysteries. The mix just makes things more fun! Kirsten has never met a dessert she didn’t like, and her guilty pleasures are watching Ghost Whisperer reruns and drinking red wine. Readers can find her online at www.kirstenweiss.com.

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Pie Hard 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Dollycas 15 days ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts Pie Hard, a reality cooking show has come to Pie Town courtesy of Charlene and as a complete surprise to Val. The camera and crew arrive along with Regina Katz, the show’s producer. Val is nervous because she knows what type of show this is. They will bash her shop and everything she does to get the high ratings. The show’s pastry chef, Ilsa Fueder, is already muttering “don’t like” about every pie she looks at. After the first day of taping Val gets a call from Ray, one of the gaming regulars telling her that show’s producer has died in an “accident” he sees more like murder. Soon the Baker Street Bakers are into a full-blown investigation with Ray as an associate member, (he is not a baker). Shocked that show is continuing Val uses the opportunity to get to know all the suspects on her list. She also has a connection to the show’s new producer. The death has again slowed Pie Town’s business to a crawl. Hard to be a success when Val keeps finding dead bodies. She just knows she needs to find the killer before she is bankrupt and baked to a crisp. This is a fun series and this is a great addition. Murder with a lot of mayhem fills these pages. Charlene is quite the instigator and to start with Val just has to go with the flow. Right from the beginning when a yurt is dropped within feet of Val’s tiny storage container house and the “goddesses” arrive for their yearly retreat. Something Charlene forgot to mention to Val. Then continuing when Val arrives at Pie Town to see her shop filled with strangers, holding cameras and tacking a microphone to her shirt. And on to Charlene’s several unbelievable and impossible theories about who killed the producer and why. It takes a little time, but Val gets her bearings and juggles all these balls in the air while trying to find out more about a certain new member of the crew. The author has done so well developing the recurring characters and introducing the new batch as well. Charlene’s cat, Frederick continues to make his appearances and is always good for a giggle. I really enjoyed all the facets of the mysteries within this story. Val has plenty of clues to sift through along with plenty of suspects. The story is expertly plotted in a way that had me guessing right up until the big reveal. The family dynamic that was woven into the murder part of the story really added depth. It will be interesting to see how it impacts future stories. I was intrigued about how the goddesses were going to evolve into the story. I will say I was surprised at the role one of them played, but it was absolutely perfect.
CozyOnUp 25 days ago
There is a lot, and I mean A LOT, going on in this book. A reality show being filmed at Pie Town, a coven camping outside Val’s home, a long lost father returning out of the blue, and two murders. Whew, see what I mean? But yet it all seems to gel and is tied together well. While Pie Town is a struggling new business, It is doing as well as a new business can be expected, even if Val expanded a little too quickly at such an early age. But when her landlady, employee, and friend, Charlene, surprises her with the cast and crew from reality show, Pie Hard, Val eventually gets over the shock and realizes a little inconvenience is a small price to pay if she can get some solid business advice out of the fiasco. After the first night of filming the producer is pushed off a cliff to her death and things just go down hill from there. Then her long lost father shows up to take over production and she’s not quite sure what to make of him. She angry at him for having walked out on her and her mother all those years ago, but as with any story, there are two sides to it. Will she let him share his and believe him? Can she even trust him? Should she? As the filming continues, the star pastry chef, Ilsa is murdered and the number of suspects is down by one. Who is targeting the Pie Hard gang and why? Eventually, taking a page out of an Agatha Christie book, Val gets the list of suspects together and the truth comes out. But it’s not over yet…not until the fat lady sings…and she’s not quite ready for her aria. All in all this was a good story. While it’s the third in the series, it’s the first I have read, though I have read the Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum series by the author. Her wit is quick and full of sarcasm and being a Jersey gal, I enjoy that. This was fine as a standalone. I didn’t miss anything from the first few books in the series that the author didn’t shed some light on where needed. Looking forward to more from Kirsten Weiss.
TarynLee 26 days ago
In this next book of the series Charlene has taken upon herself to get the Pie Shop involved in a reality TV Series. Val is totally surprised and isn't sure that she wants anything to do with the show, from what she has seen they are quite harsh and critical. Val ends up agreeing and hopes that the show can help boost the Pie Shops sales and maybe give them some ideas to improve upon business. When the producer dies from a fall off a cliff the police think it may have been an accident or suicide but one of Val's regulars from the gaming group was there and he thought she had been murdered. Val insists on figuring out just what happened to the woman but gets a shock when the new producer turns out to be her father, a man who left her life when she was a few years old and never returned. What has brought him back into Val's life and why now? There is also a strange young man hanging around all the time, does he have anything to do with the woman's death or is it just a coincidence? Val already has a lot going on in her life as it is, Charlene didn't tell her about a group of women who would be staying in a yurt for a week on the property that Val lives on. The death of the producer and some other incidents have become a burden on the Pie Shop, keeping people away from eating there. The sudden appearance of her father hasn't helped the situation either. Follow along and see how Val deals with each new direction she is pulled into and where it all leads. Will she find a killer and get her Shop back on track or will a new death close her down for good? This is a funny series filled with a great cast of main characters. I love the direction that the author is taking and can't wait to see what Val and Charlene get into next.
Shelly9677 26 days ago
Pie hard is a solid cozy mystery with quirky, likable characters and a dash of suspense. Val Harris, owner of Pie Town, a bakery specializing in pies in San Nicholas California, is about to be thrust into the spotlight on an episode of Pie Hard, a reality-based show that promises to turn businesses into instant successes. When the TV producer plunges to her death the same day she arrives in town Val can’t help but suspect foul play. But that is not the only mystery to be solved. The strange man that had shown up in her bakery that morning, is on the beach as the tragedy happens and fills in for the deceased producer has something oddly familiar about him. When the foodie star of Pie Town turns up dead Val knows she needs to get to the bottom of things fast. I highly recommend this book to cozy mystery fans. The Pie Town Mystery series is fun, light and entertaining.