This is a newer series called Pies and Pages by well-known Carolyn Q. Hunter so since it features two of my favorite things, pies and a bookstore, I just had to check it out.
My Goodreads review:
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I really enjoyed this first book of a new series, Pies and Pages. It was a fun change too. The protagonist, Bert Hannah is in her 60s, widowed and decides to start a brand new business. The detective in charge is also about that age so maybe there will be a little interest going on, who knows? 😉
Bert Hannah loves baking pies and always uses her favorite out of print cookbook. When she accidentally dunks it in water, she pays a visit to a used bookstore which is the one she ends up buying. Her old friend Brinkley owns it and is up to his eyeballs in debt so he’s happy to sell to her. Later they sign the deal but the next day she finds him dead in his office.
The detective in charge almost acts like he suspects either Bert or Kyle, the youngish landlord of some of the shops. Bert just knows it’s neither one of them so she is determined to find someone else who might be a suspects. Possibly a local investor named Marc? Or could it be grumpy customer Pearl who always wanted to buy Brinkley’s not for sale family Macbeth?
This was a fun and fairly quick read. I honestly read it in one sitting because I just couldn’t stop. It was a pretty simple mystery and I had an idea of who might have done it but I wasn’t completely sure until the author chose to reveal. I’m looking forward to reading more in the series. The characters were likable and I think even the detective is coming around and not going to be such a grump. Pies and a bookstore, you can’t go wrong with this one!