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One Poison Pie: 02/13/21
One Poison Pie by Lynn Cahoon is the first full length book in the Kitchen Witch mystery series. Last year a novella, Chili Cauldron Curse was released in ebook and audiobook formats. I haven't read the novella yet; this book does a good job setting up the series and introducing the town and characters.
Mia Malone has moved to her grandmother's quirky town of Magic Falls, Idaho. It's near real world Sun Valley. Mia and her grandmother are kitchen witches — similar in intention to the brujas in the middle grade series, Love, Sugar, Magic by Anna Meriano. They aren't though the only witches in the village. There's an active coven and Mia will meet members of it.
Mia and her ex-boyfriend's sister are busy converting an old school into a catering event site. In the meantime they're catering off site. Their first big event ends up not happening because the host is murdered.
What keeps this mystery interesting is the inclusion of three plots. First is the murder mystery. Second there is Mia's on going feud with her ex and his desire to steal her recipes. Finally there is a so-called heir to the estate of the murdered woman.
With the inclusion of another obvious conman, I was expecting things to unfold in a similar fashion to Muffin But Murder by Victoria Hamilton (2014). Happily there's enough other things going on for the plots to diverge.
The second full length mystery is Two Wicked Desserts. It releases on July 27, 2021. In the meantime, there's a second novella, Murder 101 which releases on April 27th, 2021 in ebook format.