Thursday, October 19, 2017

Great Escapes Book Tours Book Review: Secrets and Pies


Secrets and Pies

by Jenny Kales
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Self Published
Release Date - October 19, 2017
Approximately 200 pages 
Book will be up on Amazon and other retail sites soon.

If you can’t stand the heat, get out of Callie’s Kitchen! Greek-American restaurateur Callie Costas faces down another killer in the small waterfront town of Crystal Bay, Wisconsin. Recipes included!
Summertime in Crystal Bay means tourist season for Calliope “Callie” Costas, owner of Callie’s Kitchen, a Greek-meets-Midwest from-scratch eatery. Business is booming but so is the stress. Callie can barely keep up with the demand for her famous summer fruit pies and savory Greek delicacies, plus she’s agreed to bake dozens of “pitas” for the annual Greek Fest.
When Callie is asked to deliver cast party treats for a Murder Mystery Night at the historic Harris House, it seems like a welcome break from her hot stove. That is, until she finds herself an unwilling player in yet another suspicious death. Worse yet, the victim is a family friend and graduate student working on a project involving Crystal Bay’s colorful past.
Before long, a motley crew of suspects makes things as juicy as the succulent berries strewn around Callie’s Kitchen. And that’s not all Callie’s got on her plate. Add family obligations, a deepening romance with a local detective and unexpected personnel problems to the mix. One thing’s for sure: Callie’s got the recipe for a long, hot summer!
SECRETS AND PIES is the third installment in the Callie’s Kitchen Mystery series.

Review:  Secrets and Pies is book three in The Callie's Kitchen mystery series.  I'm jumping head first into this series and I'm loving it. I'm also going to be going back and reading the first two books "On The Chopping Block" and "Spiced and Iced"

When Callie was at the murder mystery dinner, she encountered her ex's new wife Raine, and Raine's actions reminded me of Barbara Jean on Reba. She seemed to want to be friends

I also love that the family is Greek, because one of my favorite cozy series, Sofie Metropolis, is about a Greek family.  Oh and all the descriptions of Greek food made me so hungry. If you can finish this book without wanted some spanikopita, you'll have more willpower than I.

When Callie finds her daughter's favorite teacher dead, while waiting for her ex to drop Olivia off. Things start to get interesting. Then her right hand man in her restaurant, Max, has to return to the family farm to help his injured father.

Callie keeps herself busy working for Crystal Bay's concert series and for a church festival. She's up to her neck in goodies while trying to find out who killed Holly.

There's also an interesting subplot involving Holly's research for Grad school and F. Scott Fitzgerald and the Gilded Age homes on the lake.

This was a fast paced mystery, with Callie having to do an awful lot along with trying to solve the murder. The ending was such a surprise to me too. I love when mystery author can point you in one direction for a killer and then bring someone totally out of left field. This was a great cozy.

Rating: 5 flowers

About the Author
Award-winning writer Jenny Kales is the author of The Callie's Kitchen Mystery series. Though she's worked as a writer and journalist for years, fiction writing is her first love and her marriage into a Greek-American Midwestern family inspired The Callie's Kitchen mysteries, featuring Calliope Costas, food business owner and amateur sleuth. The setting of the story, "Crystal Bay," is inspired by a fav
orite family vacation spot - Wisconsin's beautiful Geneva Lakes. Kales is an avid reader, cook and baker and she's addicted to mystery TV, especially anything on Masterpiece Mystery or BBC America. She lives just outside of Chicago with her husband, two daughters and one cute but demanding Yorkshire terrier.

  • Purchase Link -  Amazon


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