The Quiche and the Dead

The Quiche and the Dead

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Is Val's breakfast pie the quiche of death?

Owning her own business seemed like pie in the sky to Valentine Harris when she moved to the coastal California town of San Nicholas, expecting to start a new life with her fiance. Five months-and a broken engagement-later, at least her dream of opening a pie shop has become a reality. But when one of her regulars keels over at the counter while eating a quiche, Val feels like she's living a nightmare.

After the police determine the customer was poisoned, business at Pie Town drops faster than a fallen crust. Convinced they're both suspects, Val's flaky, seventy-something pie crust maker Charlene drags her boss into some amateur sleuthing. At first Val dismisses Charlene's half-baked hypotheses, but before long the ladies uncover some shady dealings hidden in fog-bound San Nicholas. Now Val must expose the truth-before a crummy killer tries to shut her pie hole.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781977317407
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date: 08/14/2018
Series: Pie Town Mystery Series , #1
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 5.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Based in San Mateo, California, Kirsten Weiss writes genre-blending novels: urban fantasy/mystery, steampunk/suspense, and cozy mysteries. Kirsten has never met a dessert she didn't like, and her guilty pleasures are watching Ghost Whisperer reruns and drinking red wine. Visit her at

Renee Chambliss got her start in audiobook narration in 2009. She loves transforming the written word into audio and feels privileged to be able to spend so much of her time telling stories.

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The Quiche and the Dead 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Already a big fan of Kirsten Weiss’ work, this new Pie Town Series has all the goodness of her other books with the added treat of pie on the side. I read this on Thanksgiving and the day after, so I was able to read AND eat pie. A true interactive reading experience. I love the main character, Val. She’s made of the same stuff as other Weiss heroines: following a passion makes them stronger, although they don’t always realize it until later. I can’t wait for the next book!
SewWrite More than 1 year ago
This series is at the top of my new favorites list. Val Harris opens a Pie shop in her new town. When one of her favorite regulars dies after eating her new breakfast pie, Val must figure out what really killed him before her reputation and shop suffer the consequences. I loved the characters that inhabit this series. the dynamic between Val and her quirky, older pie crust maker is fresh and spirited. I laughed out loud several times while reading this fun story.
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
Valentine (Val) Harris moved to San Nicholas, California, to begin a new life. She had dreamed about opening her own pie shop, so along with her fiance Mark, she settled in anticipating her new life. Six months later Val has her business, a pile of debt and her friends as her fiancecalled off their wedding. She is sleeping in her store as she has not money for rent, until her business takes off. When one of her regulars dies while eating her breakfast pie (quiche), her shop suddenly has even less customers than it had before. Even when it is discovered that he died of Castor Bean poisoning from his own coffee, customers are still staying away after the death becomes a headline in the local paper. She decides the only way to get her customers back is to find the killer herself. When she teams up with her pie crust maker, septuagenarian Charlene, the investigation and the humour begins. The Quiche and the Dead by Kirsten Weiss is the first book in the new Pie Town Mystery series. This was an enjoyable and fun start to what I hope will be a great series. Val, the protagonist seems to be pulled along by Charlene. Charlene and her narcoleptic cat are hilarious. She bullies, in a fun way, Val and others in the story to do what she wants them to do. Val ends up in so many funny situations because she goes along with Charlene's suggestions. There is a hint that there is a possible romance in the future with Val and one of the police officers, but only time will tell. GC or Officer Carmichael is the law that usually comes calling when Val finds more than one body, but he is not a detective, so must turn the cast over to someone else, who seems to come up with excuses or reasons to deem the situation "an accident". He doesn't seem to want to do any work. This provided even more situations for the ladies to get involved in. As a start to a new series, this one is a winner. I hope the rest of the series continues to have all the action, fun, adventure, humour and mystery as this one. One I definitely recommend cozy mystery lovers give a try. I listened to the audio version of this book from Tantor Audio and enjoyed the narration. She describes herself as a storyteller, and I have to agree with that self-assessment.
TarynLee More than 1 year ago
What a fun beginning to a great new series. Val opened her business Pie Town five months ago and things seem to be going well. When a customer does after eating one of her pies she knows it can't be good for business but isn't sure what she can do to fix it. Her pie crust maker Charlene thinks they should investigate and the craziness begins. Running into a burglar, tripping over dead bodies, and dealing with an ex are just some of the complications the duo cu s into. Jump in and find out what what they get themselves into. With a lovely main character who is relatable and a set of unique characters throughout you'll fall in love with this new series. One of the best is Fredrick, a cat who has more issues than a cat should ever have but is hilarious in his own right.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
The Quiche and the Dead by Kirsten Weiss is the first book in A Pie Town Mystery series. Valentine “Val” Harris opened Pie Town in San Nicholas, California five months prior. She is finally starting to break even and is happy with her choice to settle in San Nicholas. Val made a quiche to welcome Heidi Gladstone and her new business Heidi’s Health and Fitness to the neighborhood. Unfortunately, Heidi is against sugar (and anything with flavor along with Val’s slogan for her business) and shop regular Joe wins the quiche (he made a bet that Heidi would not eat it). Unfortunately, Joe soon clutches his stomach and keels over. Officer Gordon Carmichael responds to the 911 call along with Detective Shaw. It is determined the Joe was poisoned and business grinds to a halt at Pie Town. Charlene McCree, pie crust maker extraordinaire, believes she is a prime suspect and ropes Val into doing some snooping. They uncover that Joe liked to investigate local crimes along with his recently deceased friend, Frank Potts. What had Joe uncovered that got him killed? It seems that San Nicholas is not the sleepy little town it appears. The Quiche and the Dead starts off with a murder in the very first chapter. I liked the method of murder (poisoning) and the pie shop (it sounded cute). The main character, Valentine Harris was not appealing. I found her whiny and unlikeable (her overreaction to each and every encounter with Heidi became annoying). Charlene is supposed to be a secondary character, but she dominates the book. She is over-the-top, quirky and a conspiracy theorist. Charlene goes around town with a lazy cat around her shoulders like it is a fur stole (she states the cat is narcoleptic and would get lonely at home). It sounds humorous, but after numerous mentions of said cat it starts to become tedious and repetitive. The mystery was simple and the suspect list was limited. The killer’s identity can be distinguished early in the story (the person stands out—no clues needed). The story dragged along towards the end with much speculation and talking (along with more wackiness from Charlene). There is also flirting between Valentine and Officer Carmichael (Val is getting over a broken engagement). The author failed to adequately set up the backdrop of San Nicholas (we are given scant details). My rating for The Quiche and the Dead is 3 out of 5 stars (it was okay). The Quiche and the Dead did not inspire me to want more A Pie Town Mystery novels.
chefdt More than 1 year ago
The Quiche And The Dead is the first book in the A Pie Town Mystery series. After breaking up with her boyfriend, Valentine has set off earning a living by opening Pie Town in coastal San Nicholas. Val has sunk her heart and soul and all her money into the cafe and has seen a clientele of regular customer until the fatal day this story begins with. Joe comes into Pie Town for his usual cup of coffee and as he is tasting his coffee he makes a face just as Valentine comes out with a mini quiche. When Val asks about the face he says he has had a bad taste in his mouth all morning. They make a friendly wager over the quiche that Val is taking next door to Heidi who has recently opened her health and fitness salon. If Heidi refuses the quiche, it will be Joe’s. Val returns with the quiche and gives it to Joe. After a couple of bites, Joe slumps to the floor and dies. The police arrive and Detective Shaw comments that Joe was poisoned. Charlene, the crusty pie crust maker, is sure that it is a case of murder and that she and Val need to investigate. Charlene holds out a nice living arrangement of Val, who has been living in her office closet, as an enticement to help find Joe’s killer. There is a lot of humor in this book, maybe too much for me. I started out liking Charlene, but after a while, she became just crazy with why they should continue looking for the killer. On the other hand, I just couldn’t get into her character. For me she did the “woe is me” and hand-wringing. I really tried to get into the story, but these two characters just put me off and I couldn't.