The Quiche and the Dead (Pie Town Mystery #1)
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.

The Quiche and the Dead (Pie Town Mystery #1) Details

TitleThe Quiche and the Dead (Pie Town Mystery #1)
Author
ReleaseOct 31st, 2017
PublisherKensington
ISBN-139781496708960
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GenreMystery, Cozy Mystery

The Quiche and the Dead (Pie Town Mystery #1) Review

  • Carrie
    January 1, 1970
    Valentine Harris had moved to San Nicholas along the coast in California thinking she was going to be starting a whole new life by opening up her own business and marrying her fiance. Six months later all Val is left with is her business when her fiance had called off their wedding and having put all her money into her dream, Pie Town, she's now putting in everything she can to make the business a success. What Val didn't need was one morning one of her customers dies in the middle of eating her Valentine Harris had moved to San Nicholas along the coast in California thinking she was going to be starting a whole new life by opening up her own business and marrying her fiance. Six months later all Val is left with is her business when her fiance had called off their wedding and having put all her money into her dream, Pie Town, she's now putting in everything she can to make the business a success. What Val didn't need was one morning one of her customers dies in the middle of eating her quiche. After the police and paramedics are called to the scene it becomes apparent that the death is suspicious looking to be a possible homicide by poisoning. Even though it's quickly found that Val's cooking was not the cause the customers are still staying away after the death becomes a headline in the small town. Looking to save her business and make sure she's not a suspect Val teams up with her seventy something pie crust maker to begin to investigate and find out just what happened. The Quiche and the Dead by Kirsten Weiss is the first book in the new Pie Town Mystery cozy mystery series. This was a wonderful start to what will hopefully be a great series with all the fun stuff I just love in a cozy read. I have to say as much as I enjoyed Val she was way overshadowed in this first book by Charlene, her pie crust maker. Charlene and her adventures along with pet kitty were absolutely hilarious and completely made the entire book so much more enjoyable the second she stepped into the story. Besides the likable characters the story was also one that unfolded at a nice pace giving the reader plenty of action along the way as the ladies try to figure out just what was going on in their town. There's also a bit of a glimpse into a possible romance in the future for Val which was nice that it was not pushed so early on with her fresh out of a relationship. When finished I found this one quite enjoyable all the way around and will definitely look forward to more of this series in the future. I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.wordpress....
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  • Paul
    January 1, 1970
    This ARC had been provided complements of NetGalley. My thanks. Gratitude sent to Kensington Publishing Corporation for making this pre-release available.Thanks to Kirsten Weiss, I had the pleasure of making the acquaintance of the mystical, fictitious town of San Nicholas. A quaint village tucked away along the Northern California coastline. Buzzing, naturally, with tourist trade on bright, sunshiny weekends. Seemed like the perfect place to plant a pie shop. And so the author did. The storylin This ARC had been provided complements of NetGalley. My thanks. Gratitude sent to Kensington Publishing Corporation for making this pre-release available.Thanks to Kirsten Weiss, I had the pleasure of making the acquaintance of the mystical, fictitious town of San Nicholas. A quaint village tucked away along the Northern California coastline. Buzzing, naturally, with tourist trade on bright, sunshiny weekends. Seemed like the perfect place to plant a pie shop. And so the author did. The storyline commingled a well-written narrative that marched with intrigue and suspense from the very start. Never a dull moment. All ending with a sonic boom that would turn the town on its ear.San Nicholas had been home to "Pie Town" for five months. Clever name. Owner, manager and chief bottle washer, Val Harris, age twenty-eight, was giving it a go. Her first business venture. Hopefully, not her last. Those cherished hopes quickly took a nosedive when one of her regulars keeled over and died in her shop. Not good for business.It had been a typical day. Pies here, pies there. In the midst of eating a quiche, Joe, the comic shop's owner from next door slumped to the floor. Val immediately dialed 911. Paramedics arrived within minutes. Too late. Her neighbor, her friend, could not be resuscitated. He had cashed in all his chips. Val thought, "It couldn't have been the quiche. Could it? No. Couldn't be. Naw." The day was not off to a great start.That made two deaths in this small town in the past month. A record. The first had been Joe's best friend, Frank. He had fallen down the stairs in his home. Now, the medical examiner concluded that Joe had died of poisoning. Castor beans. No accident. Val knew something was amiss. Felt it in her bones. Too much of a coincidence. And she was not one to believe in coincidences. If Joe had been murdered then perhaps the same fate befell his friend Frank. A murderer was on the loose.Charlene McCree, her chief piecrust connoisseur had an on again - off again relationship with Joe. Just good friends, really. She did not pin high hopes on the police solving the crime. This was not the big city. She enlisted Val's help to help find what lurked behind these mysterious deaths. Find the killer. Or killers. Val was reluctant at first. Admittedly, the only thing she claimed talent for was baking pies. Eventually she succumbed. Together they became the undercover sleuths of San Nicolas.One by one, two more towns folk were murdered. San Nicholas was in crisis mode. No longer the carefree sleepy town of yesteryear. One of the library board members had been found dead in her home. A drapery cord wrapped around her neck. Plain to see she did not die of natural causes. Shortly following, her husband had been discovered floating face-down in a pond in back of his home. No accident. The bodies were piling up.Joe and Frank shared a common interest. They were the pie shop detectives assisting authorities in solving local crimes. Anyway, it kept them off the streets, literally. Both regulars of Pie Town. They shared a notebook of all of the goings-on in the community. Cats up trees, domestic disputes - things of that nature. Lately, their direction was largely focused on the newly built state-of-the-art library. Actually, the library board members. Some of the notes were written in cryptic fashion. Was that due to paranoia? What had they stumbled upon to give them such concern? Or fear?After Joe's death, Val and Charlene had come into possession of the notebook. The hidden meanings were not clear it first. In their initial investigation, they had been thrown well off track. Then one night while enjoying root beer and Kahlua floats at Charlene's house, Val had reached an epiphany. She cracked the code. Couldn't believe it! It had been staring right at her all this time. At me too. Now the string of all these deaths were beginning to make some sense. Sadly. Would this knowledge in hand put them next on the killer's hit-list? Maybe they already were...
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  • Elle ✦ Pretty Little Books ✦
    January 1, 1970
    Release Date: October 31, 2017 Genre: Cozy Mystery. Culinary Mystery Series: Pie Town Mystery #1The Quiche and the Dead is the first book in a brand new mystery series by Kristen Weiss. It's an enjoyable "who-dun-it" with delicious recipes and a fantastic set of characters. Readers may not have a hard time figuring out the person behind the murders, but this doesn't take away from the story especially considering the fact that you won't figure out WHY they happened until the very end. I look Release Date: October 31, 2017 Genre: Cozy Mystery. Culinary Mystery Series: Pie Town Mystery #1The Quiche and the Dead is the first book in a brand new mystery series by Kristen Weiss. It's an enjoyable "who-dun-it" with delicious recipes and a fantastic set of characters. Readers may not have a hard time figuring out the person behind the murders, but this doesn't take away from the story especially considering the fact that you won't figure out WHY they happened until the very end. I look forward to reading the next one in the series and seeing how the characters progress. I am also excited to see what kind of Pie Town Recipes will be included in the next one!Fans of culinary cozy mysteries, this is a great book for you! And, seeing as it is the first in a brand new series, you won't have to catch up!
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  • Christina
    January 1, 1970
    Where to begin with this one...there's a narcoleptic cat, a quirky older sidekick, a corrupt town and a likable MC. The mystery was enaging, there was some good humor. There's plenty to recommend, and I like where the series is going- giving it its own unique spin.I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Betty
    January 1, 1970
    The first in a new cozy mystery set in a background of a small town and a store specializing in making various types of pies. The cover caught my eye so I requested it. I found it an intriguing story. The descriptions of Valentine and Charlene left a bad taste for me. I didn't like either one but Charlene's actions were more likable. A customer dies in the pie shop. The police keep the reason a secret and business falls off. Charlene pushes Val to investigate the death. The story was choppy and The first in a new cozy mystery set in a background of a small town and a store specializing in making various types of pies. The cover caught my eye so I requested it. I found it an intriguing story. The descriptions of Valentine and Charlene left a bad taste for me. I didn't like either one but Charlene's actions were more likable. A customer dies in the pie shop. The police keep the reason a secret and business falls off. Charlene pushes Val to investigate the death. The story was choppy and didn't hold together. Will dream of owning her own pie shop fall apart?Disclosure: I received a free copy from Kennington Books through NetGalley for an honest review. I would like to thank them for this opportunity to read and review the book. The opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Fred
    January 1, 1970
    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. Whe 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.
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  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    I read Kirsten Weiss' The Quiche and The Dead last week and it is a unique and fun cozy. It has a good mystery tied up in conspiracy and that perfect balance of small town political power meets unsuspecting and unwilling amature sleuth! But it is also a great book about standing your ground even when your legs are shaking, because it is the right thing to do. Loved the over the top support characters Charlene especially. Looks like Kirsten Weiss has laid the groundwork for a great new series.
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  • ☆~BookishDani~☆
    January 1, 1970
    I want to give a huge thank you to Kensington Books and NetGalley for providing me with an eARC in exchange for a honest review.Synopsis: Val Harris owns her own pie shop called Pie Town that is cozy and has a vintage setup. Pie Town is a small business that attracts locals and tourists. One day after losing a bet with a regular customer she gives the customer(Joe) a quiche as the reward for losing the bet. After Joe takes a bite of the quiche, he suddenly dies. Local police suspect foul play an I want to give a huge thank you to Kensington Books and NetGalley for providing me with an eARC in exchange for a honest review.Synopsis: Val Harris owns her own pie shop called Pie Town that is cozy and has a vintage setup. Pie Town is a small business that attracts locals and tourists. One day after losing a bet with a regular customer she gives the customer(Joe) a quiche as the reward for losing the bet. After Joe takes a bite of the quiche, he suddenly dies. Local police suspect foul play and Val's business is the one to pay for the crime. Pie crust maker Charlene makes a wager with Val and they decide to investigate the suspicious death. Charlene is in her 70's, a conspiracy theorist, wears a supposed narcoleptic and deaf cat around her neck and has the mindset of a teenager. Val is still battling from her new breakup with her ex fiance and has devoted all of her time in Pie Town. Together Val and Charlene start investigating Joe's murder and so much adventure awaits. Will these ladies solve Joe's murder? Can they save Pie Town? Read The Quiche and the Dead by Kirsten Weiss to find out!Review: I give The Quiche and the Dead 5 out of 5 awesome stars! This was the perfect cozy for me. This book was full of adventure, humor, mystery and friendship. I loved both of the main heroines in this story. I really enjoyed Charlene's character, she was a hoot! Charlene is what I want to be when I grow old! She reminded me of Grandma Mazur from the Stephanie Plum series but she had her own special wildness to her. This book made me laugh, smile and was just what the doctor ordered to lighten my mood. I recommend this book to anyone who loves a good cozy mystery, you won't be disappointed! You can find more reviews and book blog fun @ www.touchmyspinebookreviews.com
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  • Taryn
    January 1, 1970
    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 w 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.
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  • Barb
    January 1, 1970
    Val has always dreamed of opening a pie shop, but when a customer is stricken while eating one of her breakfast pies, she and her paranoid pie crust maker feel compelled to figure out who was responsible for the man's death.I have enjoyed the books from this author's Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museumseries, and I'm a food-themed cozy junkie, so I was looking forward to reading this book, but went into it with my usual first-in-a-series wariness. I was pleasantly surprised, therefore, that this Val has always dreamed of opening a pie shop, but when a customer is stricken while eating one of her breakfast pies, she and her paranoid pie crust maker feel compelled to figure out who was responsible for the man's death.I have enjoyed the books from this author's Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museumseries, and I'm a food-themed cozy junkie, so I was looking forward to reading this book, but went into it with my usual first-in-a-series wariness. I was pleasantly surprised, therefore, that this book didn't seem to suffer from many of the new series pitfalls that I encounter so often. The characters seemed realistic to me, although some of them were rather over the top in their actions and behaviors. The mystery was well written and kept me guessing until it was revealed in the book. I look forward to reading the next book in this series. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book.
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  • The Cozy Review
    January 1, 1970
    Valentine Harris thought life was going to be great. She would be a business owner and have a new life with her fiancé after moving to the town of San Nicholas, CA. Five months later her engagement was over. Her dream of running a pie shop was real, but she was barely scraping by. As luck would have it one of Val’s regular customers dies at the counter while eating one of her quiches. Now she must find the killer to save her business from ruin.The police determine the customer was poisoned, and Valentine Harris thought life was going to be great. She would be a business owner and have a new life with her fiancé after moving to the town of San Nicholas, CA. Five months later her engagement was over. Her dream of running a pie shop was real, but she was barely scraping by. As luck would have it one of Val’s regular customers dies at the counter while eating one of her quiches. Now she must find the killer to save her business from ruin.The police determine the customer was poisoned, and business at Pie Town drops to nothing. Val's flaky, seventy-something pie crust maker Charlene convinces Val that they are both suspects. They decide, Val unwillingly, to investigate on their own. After all, Charlene was a bit odd and her half-baked hypotheses unlikely. It doesn’t take long for the two of them to uncover some shady hidden dealings and become real targets.--Series: A Pie Town Mystery – Book 1Author: Kristen WeissGenre: Culinary CozyPublisher: KensingtonThe Quiche and the Dead is an excellent start to a new series. Kristen Weiss has composed a highly enjoyable and exciting story with a cast of characters the reader will fall in love with. The town of San Nicholas is a quaint setting for this story and holds plenty of mystery that is sure to keep the reader captivated.Valentine Harris a great character filled with hopes and dreams, and a broken heart. Her life gets thrown into chaos after her fiancé tells her he doesn’t want to get married after all. Unfortunately, he waits to tell her this until after she has moved away from everything and everyone she knows and puts her life’s savings into opening Pie Town. Realizing that she still has feelings for Mark her ex-fiancé, she tries her best to move on and works night and day to make her shop successful. Val is like a lot of people who puts everything they have on the line and risks failure. The character is unmistakably relatable to anyone that has ever had a dream and risked everything to make that dream a reality. Charlene is one of those eccentric characters that audiences love. She is mischievous, set in her ways, and downright strange. All of these qualities make her a fun and genuinely likable character that readers will want to hear more about. She may be old, but she has spunk and determination that rivals that of anyone half her age.The remaining characters, especially Petronella Val’s employee, are well rounded and enjoyable. Readers will have mixed feelings about the victims but will ultimately cheer on Val and Charlene in their investigation and unmasking of the killer.The Quiche and the Dead will leave readers craving pie of all types, and hungry for the next book in the series. The writing is smooth, fast-paced and filled with details that make you want to visit Pie Town. This book is highly recommended to readers of cozies that keep them on their toes and keeps them guessing until the very end.
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  • RO G'ma
    January 1, 1970
    The Quiche and the Dead is the debut book in Kirsten Weiss’ A Pie Town Mystery series and the first book I have read by this author. The mystery is well plotted and entertaining, the cast of characters are quirky and likable, and humorous moments are scattered throughout the book. Valentine ‘Val’ Harris moves to the small town of San Nicholas in California when she became engaged to her fiancé, Mark Jeffreys. Things don’t work out for the couple, but Val has followed her dream and opened a pie s The Quiche and the Dead is the debut book in Kirsten Weiss’ A Pie Town Mystery series and the first book I have read by this author. The mystery is well plotted and entertaining, the cast of characters are quirky and likable, and humorous moments are scattered throughout the book. Valentine ‘Val’ Harris moves to the small town of San Nicholas in California when she became engaged to her fiancé, Mark Jeffreys. Things don’t work out for the couple, but Val has followed her dream and opened a pie shop. She’s sunk everything into Pie Town and although the shop is doing okay, she’s sleeping in her office and showering at the gym. When one of her regulars, Joe, the owner of the comic shop, becomes ill and dies in Pie Town, Val knows the quiche isn’t to blame, but the authorities ruled Joe’s death a murder by poison and are taking a close look at her. Val is desperate to save her business and her reputation. She and her talented piecrust maker, Charlene, who is often found wearing her narcoleptic, deaf cat, Frederick, around her neck, start looking into Joe’s death. Joe and his friend, Frank, who passed away a month or so ago, were armchair sleuths who called themselves the Baker Street Boys, and Val and Charlene start looking into the cases they were working on. They uncover deceit, shady dealings, an unusual contraband item being smuggled into the town, more murders, and find themselves in harm’s way.I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and voluntarily reviewed it.
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  • Kristina
    January 1, 1970
    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 re 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 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 with a small suspect list. 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). I found The Quiche and the Dead reminiscent of Scooby Doo with his sidekick Shaggy (but not as cute and funny). 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.
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  • Trina (aNovelReader)
    January 1, 1970
    I had mixed feelings about this book in the beginning. It hooked me in with its catchy title and cute cat on the cover. It even started out great with a death in the first chapter so I figured this was going to be a fast-paced cozy. Unfortunately, it slowed way down and idled until I reached the halfway mark. Then the pace picked up immensely as conspiracy theories and dead bodies started popping up everywhere. While the ending wrapped up a little too conveniently, the second half had enough pun I had mixed feelings about this book in the beginning. It hooked me in with its catchy title and cute cat on the cover. It even started out great with a death in the first chapter so I figured this was going to be a fast-paced cozy. Unfortunately, it slowed way down and idled until I reached the halfway mark. Then the pace picked up immensely as conspiracy theories and dead bodies started popping up everywhere. While the ending wrapped up a little too conveniently, the second half had enough punch to make the whole story worthwhile.The main character, Val, is new to town and the owner of Pie Town. Her sleuthing sidekick, Charlene, is an older and eccentric pie crust baker. After a customer drops dead in Val's shop, business dwindles and she might be forced to close. Charlene starts flinging murder accusations before the body is even cold. She is compelled to investigate and drags a reluctant Val along as the narrator. I have to admit I struggled to like Charlene in the beginning where the conversations between her and Val seemed repetitive, but to me, she was definitely the center of the story. Anyone who wears a narcoleptic cat around their shoulders like a wrap while solving murders is always going to win cozy points in my book!I definitely recommend this cozy as Charlene and Val get themselves in one sticky situation after another as the new and improved Baker Street duo.I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Angela Gibson
    January 1, 1970
    I received this ARC from Kensington Publishing as part of a Goodreads giveaway. I was hooked to read this book on the title alone.This is the first book of what will be a series, and I am already watching for the next book that involves Pie Town capers and the characters of San Nicholas. The MC, Val, has her hands full handling the dregs of a cancelled wedding, let alone opening her own small business, Pie Town. The restaurant employees offer a rich array of story lines for future books. One of I received this ARC from Kensington Publishing as part of a Goodreads giveaway. I was hooked to read this book on the title alone.This is the first book of what will be a series, and I am already watching for the next book that involves Pie Town capers and the characters of San Nicholas. The MC, Val, has her hands full handling the dregs of a cancelled wedding, let alone opening her own small business, Pie Town. The restaurant employees offer a rich array of story lines for future books. One of the store employees, Charlene, is already heavily involved in solving town mysteries. Val and Charlene gave me visions of Ethel and Lucy at the chocolate factory when Val and Charlene were out sleuthing. Charlene is a hoot as she lets loose random snippets of information. She gave me many laugh out loud moments, including the following quote. "My life flashed before my eyes. My wedding, holding my child in my arms, my time with the roller derby......What did you see?" Following Charlene's conversation is like watching popcorn start popping.I look forward to the next Pie Town Mystery.
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  • Wendi Lee
    January 1, 1970
    *3.75 stars*This is a promising start to a cozy mystery series, based in a cute pie shop. Val Harris is new to San Nicholas, and she still hasn't met anything other than the customers that frequent her shop, and her fellow co-workers. Oh, and her ex-fiance, whom she moved to town with. But he doesn't count, right? When an early morning customer falls down dead in the middle of his quiche, she and her shop are suddenly thrust into the spotlight. I liked Val, and the way she finds her way into the *3.75 stars*This is a promising start to a cozy mystery series, based in a cute pie shop. Val Harris is new to San Nicholas, and she still hasn't met anything other than the customers that frequent her shop, and her fellow co-workers. Oh, and her ex-fiance, whom she moved to town with. But he doesn't count, right? When an early morning customer falls down dead in the middle of his quiche, she and her shop are suddenly thrust into the spotlight. I liked Val, and the way she finds her way into the investigative hobby. Charlene, her pie-crust maker, is an eccentric older woman who declares her suspicions about all the "accidental" deaths in town. Charlene wears her cat as an accessory, and while a bit over the top, is another endearing character. Some of the writing is a bit clunky, but overall, I thought this was a great introduction to the Pie Town world. I look forward to reading the next installment. *Thank you to Kensington Books and Netgalley for an ARC*
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  • Peggy R
    January 1, 1970
    The Quiche and the Dead is the first in a new series by author Kirsten Weiss and the first book I have read by this author. I found it to be a fun, entertaining read and I will be back to see what the author has in store in future books. The characters in this book are all delightful. Val, our protagonist, is a reluctant sleuth out to save her reputation and the reputation of Pie Town, her new business. The cast of secondary characters are many and varied. My favorite, however, if Charlene, who The Quiche and the Dead is the first in a new series by author Kirsten Weiss and the first book I have read by this author. I found it to be a fun, entertaining read and I will be back to see what the author has in store in future books. The characters in this book are all delightful. Val, our protagonist, is a reluctant sleuth out to save her reputation and the reputation of Pie Town, her new business. The cast of secondary characters are many and varied. My favorite, however, if Charlene, who is Val's pie crust maker and her cat Frederick. She is feisty, fun and provides humor throughout the story. The mystery was well plotted and unfolds nicely over the course of the story. The suspects are plenty and the clues nicely woven into the story line. Overall, this was an enjoyable first book for a new series. The characters are all likable and the mystery was solid. I voluntarily read an advanced reader copy provided to me by the publisher, Kensington, through Netgalley.
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  • Brenda
    January 1, 1970
    The Quiche and the Dead is the debut of the Pie Town Mystery series set in San Nicholas, CA featuring Valentine Harris. Six months ago Val followed fiancée Mark Jeffreys to the small coastal town with big dreams of a happy marriage, nice home and opening a bakery, but her hopes are dashed when just weeks before the wedding their relationship falls apart.After investing all of her funds in the start up of Pie Town, Val finds herself sleeping on a mattress in the bakery closet and struggling to ke The Quiche and the Dead is the debut of the Pie Town Mystery series set in San Nicholas, CA featuring Valentine Harris. Six months ago Val followed fiancée Mark Jeffreys to the small coastal town with big dreams of a happy marriage, nice home and opening a bakery, but her hopes are dashed when just weeks before the wedding their relationship falls apart.After investing all of her funds in the start up of Pie Town, Val finds herself sleeping on a mattress in the bakery closet and struggling to keep the shop afloat. Thankful for a handful of locals and a few tourists things aren't looking too bad until comic book store owner Joe falls over dead after eating her breakfast pie. With Val immediately considered a suspect and health center owner Heidi Gladstone flying a Sugar Kills banner next door, business comes to a halt. When Pie Town employee and pie crust baker Charlene McCree announces that she used to date Joe and wants to track down his killer Val is reluctant to get involved. But, Charlene has a nice house for rent and will let Val move in only if she helps find Joe's murderer. Thinking she really has no choice if she wants to keep Pie Town open and move out of the closet, Val joins the investigation.Joe and his buddy Frank Potts were armchair detectives who called themselves the Baker Street Boys. They kept casebooks of their silly investigations and Charlene feels that with Frank having a mysterious fatal accident just weeks before Joe is poisoned they might find a clue pointing to a connection between the two deaths if only they can find Joe's recent casebook.A hilarious romp with terrific main characters, an adorable narcoleptic cat named Frederick and plenty of suspects. The duo of Val and Charlene will have you laughing out loud and at the same time flipping through the pages to find out whodunit. Stay tuned for future installments in the series as I have a feeling there will be many more opportunities for Val to end up with pie on her face.I received an advanced copy of The Quiche and the Dead from NetGalley via Kensington Publishing. While not required to write a review I am more than happy to offer my honest opinion.
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  • Odessa Green
    January 1, 1970
    This is the first book in the brand new Pie Town series. We are introduced to Valentine (Val) Harris the young, recently single, owner of a brand new pie shop in San Nicholas, California. Some of her staff include Hannah, the assistant pie maker, Charlene, a piecrust maker who owns and wears a possibly deaf, narcoleptic (or lazy?) cat and Petronella the pie wrangler.Val is hard at work trying to get her budding business off to a successful start when one of her usual customers dies suddenly in t This is the first book in the brand new Pie Town series. We are introduced to Valentine (Val) Harris the young, recently single, owner of a brand new pie shop in San Nicholas, California. Some of her staff include Hannah, the assistant pie maker, Charlene, a piecrust maker who owns and wears a possibly deaf, narcoleptic (or lazy?) cat and Petronella the pie wrangler.Val is hard at work trying to get her budding business off to a successful start when one of her usual customers dies suddenly in the pie shop while eating a quiche made by Val. Police, one detective in particular, believes that her food may have been tampered with and business is down because of it. Surely it was all a terrible tragic incident and not a murder, right? Not in lovely little San Nicholas. Reluctant to get involved initially, her livelihood depends on clearing her food so that customers will return to Pie Town. She’s invested everything into her shop and can’t lose it, not without a fight.This author is new to me. I will admit when i looked up other book series by the author I wasn’t sure I would enjoy this series. I’ve never been a fan of first person stories that are not memoirs. I have only recently began reading cozies in first person and even then only if they are, in my opinion, well written. I have to like the voice of the storyteller. There are only a handful of first person cozies that I read. This series will be added to that list. I truly enjoyed the writing style, the setting, and the characters. The mystery was enjoyable. I didn’t guess who the murderer was early on, which I appreciate in a good cozy. While I still read books where figuring out whodunit is easy, they aren’t as fun as books like this where i wasn’t certain. I look forward to more books in this series. It was a fun, quick, and at times humorous read.I received an arc of this book from Netgalley.
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  • Michele
    January 1, 1970
    I received my copy from a Goodreads giveaway.This a charming mystery about a quiet, quaint town named San Nicholas. Val has opened up her own restaurant named Pie Town. You guessed - all they serve are delicious homemade pies of every variety...breakfast pies, quiches, fruit pies, minis, hand pies, etc. It is a place I know I would definitely want to visit! Immediately, as the story opens, one of Val's regular customers dies in Pie Town and of course, her business suffers somewhat. Val has a gre I received my copy from a Goodreads giveaway.This a charming mystery about a quiet, quaint town named San Nicholas. Val has opened up her own restaurant named Pie Town. You guessed - all they serve are delicious homemade pies of every variety...breakfast pies, quiches, fruit pies, minis, hand pies, etc. It is a place I know I would definitely want to visit! Immediately, as the story opens, one of Val's regular customers dies in Pie Town and of course, her business suffers somewhat. Val has a great, funny, charismatic pie crust maker, Charlene. She is the "cat lady" of San Nicholas because she walks around with her white cat, Frederick, on her shoulders when she isn't working. Val and Charlene become the "arm-chair" detectives. They uncover a multitude of illegal activities while looking for the killer - who kills four people total before the book ends. The story envelopes a ex-fiancé, a new girlfriend, smuggling, deaths, and a lot of other things. I am only giving four stars because the book didn't move as fast as I would have liked. It is very detailed in descriptions; slow and steady in the writing. A well developed storyline and very well developed characters. Charlene and Val play off each other with quirkiness and are funny. The Quiche and the Dead is a sweet, G-rated mystery for those lazy days when you simply want to relax, sip your coffee/hot cocoa, and enjoy the day.
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    I don't usually read many cozies centered around cafes, diners and food. This one goes on my TBR pile. Perfect reading for a rainy, gloomy day. Set in a small Northern California town, Val is young, single and has started her own business, Pie Town. She no longer has the boyfriend who was her reason for being here but now she has a new reason to stay. If she and her pie shop can stay alive, that is. Her neighbor dies in her shop after being served quiche with a deadly extra ingredient. Not long I don't usually read many cozies centered around cafes, diners and food. This one goes on my TBR pile. Perfect reading for a rainy, gloomy day. Set in a small Northern California town, Val is young, single and has started her own business, Pie Town. She no longer has the boyfriend who was her reason for being here but now she has a new reason to stay. If she and her pie shop can stay alive, that is. Her neighbor dies in her shop after being served quiche with a deadly extra ingredient. Not long before, his partner had met an unfortunate end. The police look at Val - it was her quiche, after all but the other death was ruled accidental. Not so fast. bodies appear and things are getting dangerous, indeed, in the small town of St. Nicholas, CA. Val's master pie crust maker, Charlene is convinced that all of the murders are connected and she wants Val to help prove it. The writing is very good, the pace is just right and the characters and humor are well balanced. A winning start to what I hope will be many more visits to St. Nicholas and Pie Town. Plus, reading about pies won't pack the pounds on your hips.My thanks to the publisher Kensington and to NetGalley for giving me an advance copy in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Anisaa
    January 1, 1970
    The Quiche and the Dead is the first book in the Pie Town Mystery series! The main character Valentine Harris, moves to San Nicholas to start a new life with her fiancée. Five months later, her relationship is over, but her dream of opening a pie shop has become a reality. But when one of her regulars die while eating her food, and the police determine he was poisoned, Valentine must find the killer before her dream pie shop closes. Permanently. This was a great start to a new cozy series! Not o The Quiche and the Dead is the first book in the Pie Town Mystery series! The main character Valentine Harris, moves to San Nicholas to start a new life with her fiancée. Five months later, her relationship is over, but her dream of opening a pie shop has become a reality. But when one of her regulars die while eating her food, and the police determine he was poisoned, Valentine must find the killer before her dream pie shop closes. Permanently. This was a great start to a new cozy series! Not only was it funny, but it was exciting and fun as well. The characters were quirky and likable, especially Charlene and Valentine. Valentine was sweet and down-to-earth, but I hated how she kept swooning over her ex who was a huge douche. Charlene was over-the-top and really funny, and I loved how she kept wearing her cat around her neck for the whole book. The mystery itself was very twisty and entertaining, but I picked out the bad guy rather quickly. I guessed the bad guy about halfway through, but the motive was surprising so that was good. But even so, I had a great time reading this book. I kept laughing and smiling and just enjoyed myself the whole time. I’m really excited for the next one. I want more Valentine and Charlene!
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  • Anna
    January 1, 1970
    Fast moving, humorous murder story centred around a pie shop. The pie shop owner, Val, has her start-up problems exacerbated when a customer dies in her shop after a bite of pie. The twists and turns of her attempts to solve this death, aided and abetted by and eccentric old lady, Charlotte, and her narcoleptic, deaf cat, Frederic, kept me keen to discover who-dun-it. The author keeps descriptions to a minimum, thus allowing the reader to create her own pictures of the places and people involved Fast moving, humorous murder story centred around a pie shop. The pie shop owner, Val, has her start-up problems exacerbated when a customer dies in her shop after a bite of pie. The twists and turns of her attempts to solve this death, aided and abetted by and eccentric old lady, Charlotte, and her narcoleptic, deaf cat, Frederic, kept me keen to discover who-dun-it. The author keeps descriptions to a minimum, thus allowing the reader to create her own pictures of the places and people involved. I like the way that Val's backstory, and those of other characters, reveal slowly as we follow the action. Without giving the plot away I enjoyed the way the author brought in unusual contraband and a light-heated approach to regulations. As with all good murder stories there were several false trails until the murderer, and their motives, were revealed. At the close of the book, not all the ends were fastened thus leading the way to a further books in this series with the linking theme of baked goods and punning titles. A good holiday read book. I will certainly be searching out further books by this author.
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  • Patricia Romero
    January 1, 1970
    Oh my! An entire shop of pie. A dream come true. Val has poured everything she has into Pie Town, even going so far as sleeping in the tiny back room. When good friend of the shops dies in his booth after some quiche, fingers are pointed and Val doesn't think the police are taking this as seriously as they should. Against her better judgement, she follows Charlene down a rabbit hole of investigations, conspiracy theories and narcoleptic cats. All for the chance to nab a real killer and get busin Oh my! An entire shop of pie. A dream come true. Val has poured everything she has into Pie Town, even going so far as sleeping in the tiny back room. When good friend of the shops dies in his booth after some quiche, fingers are pointed and Val doesn't think the police are taking this as seriously as they should. Against her better judgement, she follows Charlene down a rabbit hole of investigations, conspiracy theories and narcoleptic cats. All for the chance to nab a real killer and get business going back in Pie Town. Plus Charlene just may hold the answer to her living situation so she lets herself get sucked into Charlene's outlandish stakeouts and plans.I liked Val a lot. Not so much on the ex! What a jerk! The combination of Val and the elderly Charlene chasing criminals and stumbling over bodies works. And it's a good thing it does, because this little town is full of liars, schemers and killers!I'm looking forward to the next one already. And some more of the hunky cop!Netgalley/Kensington   Release Date: October 31st.
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  • Lisa Morin
    January 1, 1970
    The Quiche and The Dead by Kirsten Weiss is a well written addition to the cozy mystery genre.When Val opens Pie Town, she has big hopes of being a successful business owner.Unfortunately, when her relationship takes a bad turn, all Val is left with is her shop.Sleeping in her storage closet in her shop is embarrassing, but nothing compared to having a customer drop dead while eating one of your baked goods.Joe owned the comic book next to Pie Town and Val can't believe it was her quiche that ki The Quiche and The Dead by Kirsten Weiss is a well written addition to the cozy mystery genre.When Val opens Pie Town, she has big hopes of being a successful business owner.Unfortunately, when her relationship takes a bad turn, all Val is left with is her shop.Sleeping in her storage closet in her shop is embarrassing, but nothing compared to having a customer drop dead while eating one of your baked goods.Joe owned the comic book next to Pie Town and Val can't believe it was her quiche that killed him.When her employee, Charlene, begs Val to help her find out what caused Joe's death, Val figures she doesn't have much to lose.Charlene is a lovable, quirky character and her zany ways have made her my favorite character in this book. Val was a bit of a cry baby, but her personality played well with Charlene's.I enjoyed the different twists and turns in the story and the plot was well thought out.I'm looking forward to reading more in this series.I voluntarily read an ARC of this book provided by the publisher and NetGalley.
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  • Leith Devine
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed this book. It's the first in a new series, the Pie Town Mysteries, and the author has made a great start. The characters are delightful and the plot was interesting. The book is very readable and a great way to spend the afternoon.Val Harris moves to the small town of San Nicolas when she was engaged to her fiance. When he breaks off the engagement, she decides to follow her dream and open a pie shop called Pie Town. Val has spent every cent she has on the shop, and she needs it to be I enjoyed this book. It's the first in a new series, the Pie Town Mysteries, and the author has made a great start. The characters are delightful and the plot was interesting. The book is very readable and a great way to spend the afternoon.Val Harris moves to the small town of San Nicolas when she was engaged to her fiance. When he breaks off the engagement, she decides to follow her dream and open a pie shop called Pie Town. Val has spent every cent she has on the shop, and she needs it to be successful. However, she has a huge setback when her neighbor Joe drops dead in the shop while eating some pie.Val knows it can't be the pie, but what killed Joe? She needs to find out to save her business and her reputation. Her piecrust maker, a quirky character named Charlotte, insists she can help. Together they uncover the secrets of San Nicolas, and try to save Pie Town.I definitely recommend this book. Thanks to Kensington Books and NetGalley for the ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Rima Aiello
    January 1, 1970
    A delicious beginning to a brand new series! We are introduced to Val who has recently relocated to San Nicholas with her now ex fiancé. She has poured everything she has into Pie Town, her dream pie shop. She is finally starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel with her business when one of her regulars dies while eating a breakfast quiche she had just made. With Val coming under suspicion, business slowing to a crawl because of the death at her shop, Val gets dragged into the investig A delicious beginning to a brand new series! We are introduced to Val who has recently relocated to San Nicholas with her now ex fiancé. She has poured everything she has into Pie Town, her dream pie shop. She is finally starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel with her business when one of her regulars dies while eating a breakfast quiche she had just made. With Val coming under suspicion, business slowing to a crawl because of the death at her shop, Val gets dragged into the investigation by her crazy employee Charlene to try and clear her name and get Pie Town back on its feet again. This series was so well written and just charming. The characters were wonderfully developed and real, the plot full of twists and turns, and the story incredibly relatable. I cannot wait to see what the author has in store for the rest of this series! I received an advance copy of this book via Netgalley. The opinion and review are my own.
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  • Laura M
    January 1, 1970
    This is a fantastic, hilarious start to a new mystery series. Val Harris lives in San Nichols, California, where she runs a shop called Pie Town, specializing in, wait for it...pies. Just a few months have passed since her broken engagement, but Val is up to her elbows in quiche and pie crusts. When one of her regulars drops dead in her diner, Val feels the need to investigate (with the help of her pie crust maker and said pie crust maker's deaf, narcoleptic cat) before the diner sinks, and Val' This is a fantastic, hilarious start to a new mystery series. Val Harris lives in San Nichols, California, where she runs a shop called Pie Town, specializing in, wait for it...pies. Just a few months have passed since her broken engagement, but Val is up to her elbows in quiche and pie crusts. When one of her regulars drops dead in her diner, Val feels the need to investigate (with the help of her pie crust maker and said pie crust maker's deaf, narcoleptic cat) before the diner sinks, and Val's miniscule savings with it. Soon bodies start dropping like batter on a baking sheet, and Val tries to find the killer before she's next!As I said, this first in the series book is hilarious and I truly can't wait to read the next installment (Bleeding Tarts) to find out what adventures await my new favorite characters. You will find yourself chuckling while simultaneously trying to discover the killer before Val does.
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  • Kristi Lewis
    January 1, 1970
    Val Harris has moved to San Nicholas on the California coast. She has opened our shop, Pie Town. Her pie crust maker, Charlene is interested in everyone's business. The trouble begins early on when a customer dies in Val's pie shop. Val and Charlene start their own investigation to clear Val's name. They uncover many secret's in this town. This book was a fast paced and easy to read story. I was very pleased with the plot, characters, and the ending. I look forward to reading more from Ms. Weiss Val Harris has moved to San Nicholas on the California coast. She has opened our shop, Pie Town. Her pie crust maker, Charlene is interested in everyone's business. The trouble begins early on when a customer dies in Val's pie shop. Val and Charlene start their own investigation to clear Val's name. They uncover many secret's in this town. This book was a fast paced and easy to read story. I was very pleased with the plot, characters, and the ending. I look forward to reading more from Ms. Weiss.
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  • Rhonda
    January 1, 1970
    Fun new cozy seriesThis is the first book I've read by Kirsten Weiss but it won't be the last. I found the story very entertaining. I thought Val was a well developed character and loved her interaction with Charlene and the other secondary characters. The plot thickened as the dead bodies were discovered keeping me turning the pages till the end. There was also a hint of romantic interest that I hope is developed in the next books in the seriesI received an advance reader copy from NetGalley in Fun new cozy seriesThis is the first book I've read by Kirsten Weiss but it won't be the last. I found the story very entertaining. I thought Val was a well developed character and loved her interaction with Charlene and the other secondary characters. The plot thickened as the dead bodies were discovered keeping me turning the pages till the end. There was also a hint of romantic interest that I hope is developed in the next books in the seriesI received an advance reader copy from NetGalley in exchange for a fair review.
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