Moving from Boise to a small, mountain Idaho town full of magic is just what Mia Malone needs after her breakup with her fiancé. Her grandmother has lived in Magic Springs her entire life, so it seems like the perfect time and place to start anew and reconnect with her magical side. Buying an old schoolhouse and converting it into a culinary school/food delivery business and her new home has taken most of her time, money, and energy. When her grandmother gets Mia her first catering gig for a birthday party, Mia is both ecstatic and apprehensive. Adele is her grandmother’s best friend; she is also very outspoken and almost impossible to please. After a last-minute menu change, Mia and her ex’s sister Christina go to the venue to prepare for the main event. What they didn’t expect was to find Adele dead in the dining room. Mia and Christina are on the top of the list of suspects as the town’s newest residents. Mia decides to dig in and clear her name, and Christina’s, before the rumors swirling get worse and her business gets shuttered.
What a marvelous debut in a new paranormal culinary series! Meeting Mia, Christina, Mia’s grandmother Mary Alice, aka Grans, and various townsfolk in ONE POISON PIE will leave you wanting to relocate to the beautiful mountains of Idaho. The descriptiveness, especially of the town and landscape, will make you feel like you are right there with Mia as she investigates and gets herself into some trouble. The pacing was also excellent; I couldn’t put this book down once I started. It did get to be a bit confusing with the influx of new characters, but that is to be expected in the first of a new series. There is a novella prequel to this series that readers may want to check out as well. I do wish there was more of the paranormal aspect in this story. It felt like we were just getting snippets of what these characters are capable of. With that being said, I am hooked and will be eagerly anticipating the release of book two in the Kitchen Witch Mysteries. I can’t wait to see where Ms. Cahoon takes us on Mia’s next adventure in TWO WICKED DESSERTS out this summer.
ONE POISON PIE is a delicious cozy delight that is sure to please both culinary and paranormal fans of this genre.
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. . . .
Praise for Lynn Cahoon
“I love the author’s style, which was warm and friendly. . . . A wonderfully appealing series.” —Dru’s Book Musings on the Tourist Trap Mysteries