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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Secrets and Pies
by Jenny Kales

Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Self Published
Release Date - October 19, 2017
Approximately 200 pages
Book will be up on Amazon and other retail sites soon.

If you can’t stand the heat, get out of Callie’s Kitchen! Greek-American restaurateur Callie Costas faces down another killer in the small waterfront town of Crystal Bay, Wisconsin. Recipes included!
Summertime in Crystal Bay means tourist season for Calliope “Callie” Costas, owner of Callie’s Kitchen, a Greek-meets-Midwest from-scratch eatery. Business is booming but so is the stress. Callie can barely keep up with the demand for her famous summer fruit pies and savory Greek delicacies, plus she’s agreed to bake dozens of “pitas” for the annual Greek Fest.
When Callie is asked to deliver cast party treats for a Murder Mystery Night at the historic Harris House, it seems like a welcome break from her hot stove. That is, until she finds herself an unwilling player in yet another suspicious death. Worse yet, the victim is a family friend and graduate student working on a project involving Crystal Bay’s colorful past.
Before long, a motley crew of suspects makes things as juicy as the succulent berries strewn around Callie’s Kitchen. And that’s not all Callie’s got on her plate. Add family obligations, a deepening romance with a local detective and unexpected personnel problems to the mix. One thing’s for sure: Callie’s got the recipe for a long, hot summer!
SECRETS AND PIES is the third installment in the Callie’s Kitchen Mystery series.

What I Thought:

Even though I have the first two in this series, I have not gotten around to reading them, but after reading this one, I am definitely putting them at the top of my list.  Even though this is the third in the series, I didn't feel like I was lost and I kept up with all the characters. Callie, the main character has a lot going on in this story, from her new restaurant having several special events to cater, to finding a dead body near a gilded home her ex-husband is getting ready to renovate.  Of course, Callie has to become involved in the murder and uses her skills to find the killer.  There were many twists and turns in this one that kept me guessing until the very end.  I also like how the author described the mansions in this story. The story was well written and flowed really well.  I also enjoyed the relationships among the characters.  Some of the recipes in this book look really yummy.  I will definitely visit Crystal Bay again!

I received a complimentary copy of this book. 

About the Author
Award-winning writer Jenny Kales is the author of The Callie's Kitchen Mystery series. Though she's worked as a writer and journalist for years, fiction writing is her first love and her marriage into a Greek-American Midwestern family inspired The Callie's Kitchen mysteries, featuring Calliope Costas, food business owner and amateur sleuth. The setting of the story, "Crystal Bay," is inspired by a favorite family vacation spot - Wisconsin's beautiful Geneva Lakes. Kales is an avid reader, cook and baker and she's addicted to mystery TV, especially anything on Masterpiece Mystery or BBC America. She lives just outside of Chicago with her husband, two daughters and one cute but demanding Yorkshire terrier.

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