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Pie Hard

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In this next book of the series Charlene has taken upon herself to get the Pie Shop involved in a reality TV Series.  Val is totally surprised and isn't sure that she wants anything to do with the show, from what she has seen they are quite harsh and critical.  Val ends up agreeing and hopes that the show can help boost the Pie Shops sales and maybe give them some ideas to improve upon business.  When the producer dies from a fall off a cliff the police think it may have been an accident or suicide but one of Val's regulars from the gaming group was there and he thought she had been murdered.  Val insists on figuring out just what happened to the woman but gets a shock when the new producer turns out to be her father, a man who left her life when she was a few years old and never returned.  What has brought him back into Val's life and why now?  There is also a strange young man hanging around all the time, does he have anything to do with the woman's death or is it just a coincidence?  Val already has a lot going on in her life as it is, Charlene didn't tell her about a group of women who would be staying in a yurt for a week on the property that Val lives on.  The death of the producer and some other incidents have become a burden on the Pie Shop, keeping people away from eating there.  The sudden appearance of her father hasn't helped the situation either.  Follow along and see how Val deals with each new direction she is pulled into and where it all leads.  Will she find a killer and get her Shop back on track or will a new death close her down for good?  This is a funny series filled with a great cast of main characters.  I love the direction that the author is taking and can't wait to see what Val and Charlene get into next.
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A tasty read! This series is really hitting its stride, with another installment. I love how the mystery is twisted with humor form the characters. Once again Val is just trying to get ahead, but forward motion is stunted by murder. With superb writing, a great cast of characters, and a delightful mystery, this book is hard to put down until the very last page.
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Val's right to have been a little skeptical about working with the reality tv show Pie Hard. Her bakery, Pie Town, is doing ok but this is a chance to get publicity etc.  Sigh.  Of course, because that's the sort of luck she has, a producer on the show is murdered and Val, along with Charlene, must investigate.  Charlene, btw, is a terrific character.  She's a mature woman who says what she thinks.  Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC .  A good cozy.  This is the third installment but and while I've read them all, am sure you could enjoy this equally well as a standalone.
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This is the third book in the series. I think it is fine to read as a stand alone. This cozy mystery is action packed- car bombs, murders, and a mini car chase. Lots of secrets!!! Who knows what next for Pie Town? Love is in the air. I liked the Ray character. He was a hoot.
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Val's pie shop has been chosen to appear on the reality show Pie Hard, but she doesn't like the way the crew invades the shop and takes over almost everything. When one of the crew members is found dead, in an apparent accident, one of her shop's regulars thinks he saw something that would indicate it was anything but an accident. When he becomes a person of interest to the police department, Val and Charlene make it their business to find out what really happened. 

This is the third book in the Pie Town series, and I liked it as much as I did the first two books. The small town setting appeals to me a lot more than books set in big cities, and most of the characters seem like people I would like to get to know. I like the way the relationships between the characters are developing as the series progresses, and Charlene's antics keep things interesting. There were plenty of suspects to choose from, but as the story continued, that list got shorter and shorter. I thought I knew who the bad guy was, but wasn't certain until it was revealed in the book. I look forward to reading the next book in this series.
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Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book!

This is the third Pietown mystery, and unfortunuately I haven't read the others. It is unfortunate because this one was very good, and I enjoyed my time spent with Val and Charlene very much! They were a quirky pair that made for a very different kind of cozy, and I must say Val puts up with a lot from her crazy land lady and her schemes! It all works out though, and a murderer is of course caught after some sleuthing. The only bad thing about this book is the multiple references to microwaved water for tea...I know there can't be anything WRONG with it exactly...but there is something wrong with it haha.

A fun series with Pie themes that are sure to make your mouth water. Four stars.
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Pie Hard, the third installment in the Pie Town mystery series, is just as fantastic as it's predecessors. Kristen Weiss really knows how to write and bring to life these culinary mysteries. Filled with delicious desserts, and loveable characters who readers will miss when they finish the last page, this is a must have book and series for fans of the genre. With each and every book that publishes I get more and more excited for the next one!
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This is the 3rd installment of the Pie Town series.  Val Harris runs Pie Town and when Charlene (her pie crust expert) signs up the bakery to be on Pie Hard a reality series (of course to be known to be really harsh and critical .. good reality TV right? ) Val reluctantly agrees and as new customers appear who seem oddly familiar appear and when the show’s producer is killed and then one of the new customers is the new producer .. seems like that is just a little too convenient not to mention he claims to be Val’s Father.  Val and Charlene begin investigating and bring in some regulars in the shop like Ray to help (after all he is the one who alerted Val to the dead body).  Another crew member is found dead along with a lot of other stuff.  Val and Charlene ultimately put it all together and it was a busy mystery with lots going on so it kept me engaged the entire time.  Looking forward to the next one.
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This series gets better and better.  Every character was well drawn and even with a number of them, nothing got lost.  And the action didn't stop!  Now I want pie ❤
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Thank you to net galley and the publisher for giving me the opportunity to read this book it was a great experience
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Pie Hard is a really enjoyable cozy mystery. I had read the first book in this series, but not the second. Honestly, I don't feel like I was too lost even though some stuff obviously happened in the overall growth of the main characters. This book introduced a couple of new characters that I hope we learn more about in future books. The murder mystery aspect of the story was good, but I was honestly more interested in the other mysteries going on in Val's life. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series to see how certain aspects of Val's life evolve after this book. 

Note: I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of this book in exchange for my fair and honest opinion.
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An engaging and entertaining cozy mystery. A reality show brings murder and notoriety to the pie shop. Any publicity is good publicity may not be true in this case. Some surprising family issues. A little romance. Good friends and a strange yurt appearance keep things hopping.
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Title: Pie Hard

Author: Kirsten Weiss

Genre: Murder Mystery, Fiction, Cozy Mystery, Food, TV Reality, Sequel

Plot: Val Harris has her own little cozy pie shop that is doing well. It's not going to make her rich anytime soon but she's not living on the street either and has employees so that's a plus. She lives in a little converted shipping container and her landlady is her friend and employee, Charlene. Together they form Baker Street Bakers and stick their noses into trouble whenever trouble comes around. Detective Grumpy Cop supports her meddling - with the argument that she needs a PI license first.

Val has her hands full when Charlene surprises her with a reality TV crew to film their little pie shop for their show, Pie Hard. Uncertain but lured in with the promise of publicity, Val reluctantly goes along with the scheme. When producer Regina turns up dead, Val decides that TV reality might not be so hot for business after all.

Likes/Dislikes: A pie shop isn't something you hear about every day and a murder mystery with a reality tv crew always sounds intriguing. Unfortunately, this mystery never quite gripped me like previous mysteries. I didn't feel connected to or interested in the characters (I don't really know how old they are or what they look like either). And I really would've had Maureen be the killer because it would've stumped my husband. But I liked the pies and the recipes at the back of the book and I liked Grumpy Cop (whose name eludes me because of reasons), and I thought it was a well-constructed mystery that kept me guessing till the end. It just won't top my favorites list.

Rating: PG-14 and up, mainly for content (it's a murder mystery).

Date Review Written: February 1st, 2019

I received a copy of this book courtesy of Netgalley for my honest opinion. I wasn't required to write a positive review and the opinions expressed in the above review are my own.
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It was great to return back to the San Nicholas and checking back in on these characters.  I had read Bleeding tarts before, but this book could be read as a stand-alone.  This was a great mystery that kept me guessing.  I am looking forward to more books in this series.
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This is the third book in what has been a really entertaining cozy mystery series to date.  I love all of the titles.  In fact, the title of the first book is what drew me to check out the series.  Then I read it and fell in love.  This book is a nice addition to the series.  The characters are fun, eccentric, quirky and seriously, who can resist a book with a narcoleptic cat.  Val and her sidekick Charlene are going to be featured in a new reality show that will help the struggling Pie Town. guessed it, something goes wrong leading to murder and mayhem.  I love how the author has written Val and Charlene.  The complement each other in personality and temperament.  Who know two bakers could find so much trouble.  This time around, we get a glimpse into Val's past with the arrival of the crew that will be filming the reality show.

The mystery is well done and while there are not that many suspects to choose from, trying to guess the identity of the killer was harder than I thought.  The author did a great job of distracting me with clues and backstories that made me continue to second  guess myself.  The book had a nice pace and I thought it was well plotted.  I like how the characters are growing and developing and I'm looking forward to reading more books to come in the series.  I'm hoping one day we  will get the answer to whether or not Charlene's cat Frederic is really narcoleptic or just incredibly lazy and spoiled.
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Pie Hard is the third book in Kirsten Weiss’ A Pie Town Mystery series.  The mystery is well plotted and entertaining, the characters are eccentric and likable.  There are plenty of suspects to choose from and lots of clues to sift through in order to try to figure out whodunit.

Valentine ‘Val’ Harris is the owner of Pie Town in the small town of San Nicholas in California.  Charlene, Pie Town’s talented piecrust maker, poses as Val’s business partner and arranges for a reality TV show, which focuses on struggling bakeries, Pie Hard, to feature Pie Town in one of their segments.  Val isn’t thrilled with the surprise and is worried because the show has the reputation of being overly critical and harsh, but reluctantly agrees to allow them to proceed because it will provide much-needed exposure for them.  While it was common for strangers to come into Pie Town, two new customers were there the same morning as the TV crew, and they both seemed familiar to her, but Val couldn’t place either of them.  Ray MacTaggart, a Pie Town regular, calls Val and tells her that he’s on the trail beneath the cliffs at the Belinda Hotel and needs her to come right away because someone was dead.  When Val and Charlene arrive at the hotel, Ray tells them he heard shouting and then a woman, later identified as Regina Katz, the show’s line producer, flew off the cliff; and he’s convinced she was pushed.  Val spots the two Pie Town “strangers” up on the cliff.  The next morning, Frank Harris, one of the “strangers,” announces he’s the replacement producer, and later claims to be Val’s estranged father.  Chief Shaw removes Detective Gordon Carmichael from the investigation, claiming he’s lost his objectivity.  Val and Charlene start asking questions and looking into the murder, bringing Ray in to help with research.  When a second member of the show is murdered, and other crimes are committed, Val worries about the impact it will have on her business.  Gordon, who’s trying to build a relationship with Val, is supportive of their investigative efforts, but only if they study for and obtain PI licenses.

I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and voluntarily reviewed it.
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Pie hard is a solid cozy mystery with quirky, likable characters and a dash of suspense. Val Harris, owner of Pie Town, a bakery specializing in pies in San Nicholas California, is about to be thrust into the spotlight on an episode of Pie Hard, a reality-based show that promises to turn businesses into instant successes. When the TV producer plunges to her death the same day she arrives in town Val can’t help but suspect foul play. But that is not the only mystery to be solved. The strange man that had shown up in her bakery that morning, is on the beach as the tragedy happens and fills in for the deceased producer has something oddly familiar about him. When the foodie star of Pie Town turns up dead Val knows she needs to get to the bottom of things fast. I highly recommend this book to cozy mystery fans. The Pie Town Mystery series is fun, light and entertaining.
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I agree with the review that said it, there’s a lot going on here, though I enjoyed the book, I might have seriously hurt someone if they pulls the filming ambush on me. Fun with great characters.
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There is a lot, and I mean A LOT, going on in this book.  A reality show being filmed at Pie Town, a coven camping outside Val’s home, a long lost father returning out of the blue, and two murders.  Whew, see what I mean?  But yet it all seems to gel and is tied together well.

While Pie Town is a struggling new business, It is doing as well as a new business can be expected, even if Val expanded a little too quickly at such an early age.  But when her landlady, employee, and friend, Charlene, surprises her with the cast and crew from reality show, Pie Hard, Val eventually gets over the shock and realizes a little inconvenience is a small price to pay if she can get some solid business advice out of the fiasco.

After the first night of filming the producer is pushed off a cliff to her death and things just go down hill from there.  Then her long lost father shows up to take over production and she’s not quite sure what to make of him.  She angry at him for having walked out on her and her mother all those years ago, but as with any story, there are two sides to it.  Will she let him share his and believe him?  Can she even trust him?  Should she?

As the filming continues, the star pastry chef, Ilsa is murdered and the number of suspects is down by one.  Who is targeting the Pie Hard gang and why?  Eventually, taking a page out of an Agatha Christie book, Val gets the list of suspects together and the truth comes out.  But it’s not over yet…not until the fat lady sings…and she’s not quite ready for her aria.

All in all this was a good story.  While it’s the third in the series, it’s the first I have read, though I have read the Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum series by the author.  Her wit is quick and full of sarcasm and being a Jersey gal, I enjoy that.  This was fine as a standalone.  I didn’t miss anything from the first few books in the series that the author didn’t shed some light on where needed.  Looking forward to more from Kirsten Weiss.
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Pie Hard by Kirsten Weiss is the third book of the cozy Pie Town Mystery series. Each book in the series has it’s own self contained mystery to be solved so they could be read out of order or as a standalone if choosing to do so. There is however some character building carried over from book to book so reading in order would give the full picture.

In the first book of the Pie Town Mystery series readers were introduced to Valentine “Val” Harris who had moved to San Nicholas along the coast in California thinking she was going to be starting a whole new life by opening up her own business and marrying her fiance. Six months later all Val had left was her business when her fiance had called off their wedding and after putting all her money into her dream, Pie Town, she knew she had to do whatever it took to make the business a success.

However, Val and her pie crust maker, Charlene, seem to have the worst luck when it comes to finding dead bodies but the duo are becoming better and better at finding the murderers. When Charlene surprises Val by bringing in a reality television crew from the show Pie Hard to film the shop Val isn’t too sure about taking part. When she gets a call from a regular that another body has been found Val thinks it’s the end of the series in the shop when it turns out the producer is the latest victim but the show must go on as they say and the danger surrounding the show continues.

The Pie Town Mystery series has quickly become one of my favorite cozy series to read. There is that quirkiness I enjoy with a small town vibe and all of the characters are likable but Charlene steals the show with each new addition to the series making them quite hilarious with her antics. If I had any complaints with this latest it would be that I need more Charlene in the action but the mystery is still fun to follow along and try to solve through each twist to the story. 4.5 stars for this latest book in the series and as always I will welcome the next when it comes.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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