ONE POISON PIE
One Poison Pie (Kitchen Witch Mysteries) by Lynn Cahoon
About One Poison Pie
Cozy Mystery 1st in Series
Publisher: Kensington (January 26, 2021)
Mass Market Paperback: 272 pages
Digital ASIN: B087YNC1B6
In the first in New York Times bestselling author Lynn Cahoon’s Kitchen Witch series, Mia Malone is starting over in Magic Springs, Idaho—where murder is on the menu . . .
What’s a kitchen witch to do when her almost-fiancé leaves her suddenly single and unemployed? For Mia Malone, the answer’s simple: move to her grandmother’s quirky Idaho hometown, where magic is an open secret and witches and warlocks are (mostly) welcome. With a new gourmet dinner delivery business—and a touch of magic in her recipes—Mia’s hopes are high. Even when her ex’s little sister, Christina, arrives looking for a place to stay, Mia takes it in stride.
But her first catering job takes a distasteful turn when her client’s body is found, stabbed and stuffed under the head table. Mia’s shocked to learn that she’s a suspect—and even more so when she realizes she’s next on a killer’s list. With Christina, along with Mia’s meddling grandma, in the mix, she’ll have to find out which of the town’s eccentric residents has an appetite for murder…before this fresh start comes to a sticky end. . . .
EXCERPT FROM ONE POISON PIE BY LYNN CAHOON
Mia took a deep breath, trying to focus on solving her menu problems rather than being filled with the quiet beauty of the town. Beef. Maybe a garlic mashed potato? Or a scalloped? Or would Adele consider the menu too homey for her party? Would there be any way Majors
could pull off an order of fresh asparagus? It was April, even though the town wouldn’t acknowledge spring for a few weeks at the earliest. There had to be asparagus ready to harvest somewhere.
Stomping the snow off her boots, she pushed open the glass grocery slider. A bell rang over the door, echoing in the seemingly empty store. No cashier stood at the register, no shoppers filled the aisles. Mia glanced at her watch: 5:15. The store closed early during the winter, but she’d just made it.
She grabbed a cart and headed to the butcher block in the back. The meat case stood empty and her heart sank.
A bell sat on the top of the case and she rang it once. No one came through the doors. Maybe Adele would just have to suck it up and eat the food Mia had planned to serve.
Mia could see her grandmother’s frown. Again, she banged on the bell, harder this time, picturing Adele’s unsmiling face each time she hit the silver chime.
“Hold up,” a man’s voice called from the back. “I heard you the first twenty times. I have my hands full back here.”
Mia jumped back from the meat case. Her hand still reached out in front of her. She called toward the door, “Okay, I’ll wait here.”
That was dumb. Of course she would wait. Now that she’d had some time to think, Mia pulled out a slip of paper and started making a quick shopping list. Peaches, asparagus, more butter, fresh horseradish, potatoes; she continued to write as she waited. Finally, she looked up
from her list satisfied. She only needed to add thirty quality steaks. Maybe she should serve a soup too. That would give her more time to grill and prep the main course.
Loud voices were muffled by the swinging doors. Was that an argument? She inched closer, trying to see through the window in the door. Two men stood by a large metal table. One, dressed in a suit, shook a finger at the other.
Now she could hear the actual words. “I’m not making this offer again. I’ll wait and get the property for pennies when it goes to auction.”
“I’m not losing this store. Majors has been in the family since the settlers came to Magic Springs. It’s part of the community, the town’s history. We’re just going through a bad patch. Everyone is.” The man dropped a box on the table. “I have a customer waiting for me. Unless you’re here to shop, get the heck out of my store.”
“You’ll regret turning me down.” The suit walked toward the door and caught sight of Mia watching. “Of course you’d be here. Are you trying to ruin all my business?”
“I’m sorry, do I know you?” Mia stood back, stunned at the man’s outburst.
“Why would you?” The man glared at her, then stomped around the counter and almost ran from the store.
Mia Malone moves to Magic Springs, Idaho after a nasty break up not only to be closer to her grandmother but also to open a catering business and cooking school. The old schoolhouse she buys for this purpose understandably will take both time and money to renovate.
As a favor to her Grans, Mia agrees to cater a birthday dinner for one of the town's oldest residents. Adele is also Ma's gran's longest friend, with a reputation for being difficult -- OK outright mean.
She is also a very wealthy woman.
Surprises arise all through this book, from menu changes, to unwelcome visitors, to stormy weather.
There are some positive surprises also but the worst is when the guest of honor, Adele, is murdered before the appetizers are served. Will this also kill Mia's chances for a new business and new life?
The characters are amazing. I want to be best friend's with several, even if they are cloaking secrets.
The book is very fast paced, flowing smoothly, more so than Mia's dreams.
Mia has a cat, who is not exactly a cat, but also not her witch's familiar. I know we all want to know more about him. Even those with magical powers learn that not all witches or all magic are the same. Once again, I am not letting any secrets out of the bag. Trust me that you will not be disappointed.
I look forward to further adventures, but I feel in my bones that Magic Springs is in for more unpleasant moments.
About Lynn Cahoon
Lynn Cahoon is the author of the NYT and USA Today best-selling Tourist Trap cozy mystery series. She also pens the Cat Latimer series, the Farm to Fork series, and the Kitchen Witch series. Small town setting, big time fun with a bit of murder to keep it interesting. Romance novels are published under the pen name, Lynn Collins. She lives in a small river town like Mark Twain with her husband and three fur kids..
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