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Plum Deadly
A Pie in the Sky Mystery #1
Ellie Grant

Gallery Books
September 2013 / ISBN-10: 1451689551
Mystery - cozy

Reviewed by Cheryl Green

Maggie Grady has moved back home to Durham, NC after the bank she worked at accused her of embezzling funds. She has moved in with her Aunt Clara and is working with her at her shop Pie in the Sky. Six weeks after arriving, Maggie's ex- boss, Lou Goldberg, shows up and tells her he know who the real embezzler is and will hold a press conference in the morning and tell all then. He will make sure she gets her job back too.

Too bad Lou didn't hold the press conference right away, since Maggie found him dead behind the shop's back door. Of course the police think Maggie is a person of interest. With Aunt Clara "helping" her, Maggie should end up in jail before you know it. Maggie will have to solve the murder if she wants to remain free. She better be careful or she could end up sifted.

Things to Ponder: Who is the person that accused Maggie of embezzling from the bank? Will Mann Development buy out the shop owners and put up a medical building on the land? Will Ryan Summerour keep his word and not write about Aunt Clara in the Durham Weekly?

What a great start to a new series. Take a spunky heroine; add a loving aunt and a pinch of a sexy guy and you have a wonderful read. The author has also included some of the mouthwatering pie recipes mentioned in the book. This book is well plotted and will keep you guessing whodunit. This is a fast paced read that kept me turning the pages until I finished it in the wee hours. So if you like your mystery with a slice of pie and a cup of coffee or tea, then you should be reading Plum Deadly. By the way Ellie Grant is a pseudonym for the authors Joyce and Jim Lavene - two of my very favorites.

Reviewed 2013