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The Last to Pie

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The Last to Pie was a delightful treat! Although it is the third book in the Pies Before Guys series, it can be read as a standalone. However, I’m so glad I decided to read the first two books because I found a new favorite cozy mystery series! Daisy’s magic and the unusual way in which most murders occur in this series adds such a unique twist to the typical cozy. I don’t usually have trouble picking a favorite side character, but Daisy’s found family is so amazing that I love them all! I already miss these characters, and I really hope Misha Popp will serve up another Pies Before Guys soon!

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I have enjoyed the books I have read by Misha Popp and this one was no different, in the fact that I enjoyed it too. A great read with great characters, especially Daisy as she just gets better and bolder as the series moves on.

This right up my alley too as it is not only a cosy mystery but has that foodie theme I like as well. A true cosy murder mystery and one I had no problem finishing in one sitting. A fun read with mystery and pie. What's not to like!?

Thank you NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book.

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Misha Popp has done it once again with her latest in the Pies Before Guys Mystery series, The Last to Pie, producing a page-turner of a book that is difficult to put down.
I've been an all in fan of the series since it debuted, and I have to say that it is only picking up steam! This time around, everything is ramped up - the suspense, the danger, the innate sense of justice, the romance, and the family ties. The main character Daisy Ellery continues to grow, this time going past her own boundaries to help an abused woman. When the victim disappears, Daisy kicks things into high gear despite the danger to her and those around her, driven by a sense of guilt and responsibility along with her outrage on the victim's behalf.
In the midst of all of the danger there are tender moments in which Daisy realizes that the concept of family includes those whom you choose.
I particularly like that Daisy's brand of magic is a more natural one than the abracadabra, rhyming spells that are so often found in paranormal cozy mysteries. She needs no wands or rhymes, she just works her goals into her baking.
The Last to Pie is well-written, with relatable characters and a complex plot. It's also a very satisfying read.
I was thrilled to receive an ARC of The Last to Pie from NetGalley.

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I am so glad to have discovered this ARC! I was not familiar with this series and may not have found it if not for NetGalley. Though it's not necessary, I purchased the first two books in the series so that I would be up to speed before reading this one. But, like I said, while it's always nice to have additional background information on the characters, all three books can be read as a stand-alone. Daisy, aka Pie Girl, bakes a special kind of pies, those with a healthy dose of magic, sometimes deadly. While looking the part of a 50s housewife she encourages the persona with pies that are to die for!

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This is such a fun series. Daisy, our magic pie baking heroine is back, but this time, the stakes are higher. When Daisy receives a vague request to bake one of her murder pies for a police officer, she must decide whether it is morally wrong, right or if it’s a setup. You can probably guess which she decides. 🥧 I enjoyed this plot more than the second in the series, and will definitely continue with future installments. Misha Popp tackles brutality against women in a way that isn’t trivial or lightened, but empowering, triumphant and also somehow funny and whimsical. 4 ⭐️

Thank you NetGalley and to the publisher for this advanced copy, in exchange for my unbiased review.

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The last to pie was a DNF for me at about 50% I just could not really get into the story line. I really wanted to love it though.

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US pub date: 5/21/24
Genre: cozy mystery
Series: Pies Before Guys, book 3
Do I need to read book 1 first? You can read this one as a standalone, but book 1 is super fun, so I'd recommend checking it out!
Quick summary: Daisy's custom pies are designed to kill the worst men, and her relieved customers refer only the most deserving women to request a pie. But when a pie request comes in organically, and then the woman disappears, Daisy's baking gets a lot more complicated.

I love a cozy mystery, and this series is extra fun because Daisy's not just an amateur sleuth - she's a vigilante baker. You can tell how much she cares about the women she helps, as well as her fellow town residents and diner employees. The central mystery of book 3 was really compelling, and I enjoyed seeing Daisy try to figure out the truth and outsmart the no-good cop likely responsible for his girlfriend's disappearance. It was a quick read with a satisfying ending, and I'm excited to continue the Pies Before Guys series!!

Thank you to Crooked Lane Books for providing an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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We are back in the Pies Before Guys Mystery world with the third installment of this novel. Daisy has a pie request and this one is from a woman being controlled and abused by a cop. Worried it is a trap, she doesn’t reply quickly enough, and the woman who requested the pie goes missing. She is sure the boyfriend has something to do with it and works to find out what happened and to figure out a way for justice. Not only is she trying to figure out this mystery, but she is still fulfilling pie orders and trying to keep up with the rest of her life.

I enjoyed this book and continued to enjoy Daisy and the other cast of characters. I like how all the characters in these stories seem to have their unique personalities and you find yourself rooting for everyone. I quickly got pulled into the story, wanting to know what happened and how things were going to play out. Misha Popp explores domestic violence with care and allows us to feel and understand the pain that victims of abuse experience.

I always love the found family aspect in these books and it was no exception here. Frank and Juan from the diner, as well as Juan’s daughter, are people she loves and cares for, even when she initially didn’t want to put down roots. Noel, her boyfriend, has a heart of gold. He is so patient and kind, I just wish we got a bit more with them.

This was a great, page-turning story that I enjoyed. I don’t think you need to have read the other two books in this series, but they are also quite good! I was sad to hear this was the last book in this series, I know I will miss Daisy and the rest of her found family. Thank you to NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for a copy of this book. All opinions are 100% mine.

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The Last to Pie takes us back to the world of Pies Before Guys mystery series and I was happy to go along. Apart from our usual mystery part, what i really appreciated about the book was a sense of self-awareness and inclusion of highly relevant social commentary. I think broadening the boundaries of cozy mysteries is something that can add to the genre and this book does exactly that. The side characters are amazing in this one and the plot moved at a good pace. Overall I enjoyed the book and I am looking forward to the next one.

Thanks to the author, publisher and netgalley for the e-arc.

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Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

I think my main downfall was that I didn't realise this was the third part of the series and I didn't understand a lot of things about the characters which made it hard for me to engage in the story. More so I don't think cosy mysteries are particularly for me.

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I wasn't sure if I was going to read this one because the second book in the series wasn't my favorite. I'm glad I did because this book is more aligned to the first book.

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I love Daisy and all of the adventures Misha has allowed us to be apart of. I was sad to hear the series won’t continue after this but am happy that we got to spend so much time with Daisy and the gang. Thank you for the opportunity to read this one early. I had such a good time.

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The Last to Pie is book three in the Pies Before Guys Mystery series by Misha Popp.
I’m not sure how I missed book one and two. Upsetting so now I’m going to have to jump on Amazon and buy them because I enjoyed this book tremendously.
I loved these characters! Daisy Is just the best main lead ever. The characters are interesting and well constructed.
A witty, fun and immensely compelling read that ensures I'll be looking out for the book in this amazing series.
If you're looking for a cozy mystery that involves baking and found family, look no further!

Thank You NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for your generosity and gifting me a copy of this amazing eARC!

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I love this series and was so happy to read book three. Daisy bakes special pies and sometimes she gets special request for a certain type of pie just for men. Daisy gets a special request one day. Daisy is able to infuse her pies with certain emotions. One of these emotions is guilt. She can infuse so much guilt into a pie that the person will die. She bakes pies for various reasons and she also sells her regular pies to a local restaurants and even the local college. This current special pie request is for a woman who escaped an abusive relationship. When this woman mysteriously disappears before she is done she knows there is something horrible going one. Daisy takes it upon herself to find what has happened to this lovely lady. This book is like a cozy mystery with a subplot of being a bit dark.

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This one did not pull me in as the previous two books did. At least not until about a third of the way into the story. That’s when Daisy sets aside her moral objections (or at least stops discussing them) and starts a proper investigation.

It’s a pretty solid story after that. Daisy makes a few odd assumptions, which to me make no sense considering what she knows, but she never reflects on the fact she got things wrong.

After sitting through a hundred pages of her fretting about her morals feels off.

As always Misha Popp tries to check all the boxes for diversity and inclusion. No ethnicity is mentioned for any hospital staff. Not sure what that is supposed to mean.

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CW: Police intimidation, spousal abuse,
adult kidnapping, kidnapping to force birth, gang rape by cops (not on page)

Maybe it's me, and I'm sensitive to these types of TWs, but I've only seen reviews gushing of how cozy this book. Yes, it's cozy for the most part, but I had to take a few breaks bc it doesn't shy away from the difficult topics.

I see where the author was going in this book, to highlight just how dangerous power hungry cops will go to exert their power over the vulnerable, and she does a good job with balancing it out with hope and love.

With all that said, I very much enjoyed this book, I felt like it got back to what makes this series great. Daisy has come so far since we met her in the first book. She finds her footing, and while she struggles to lean on her support system, she finally does, and it's wonderful.

While this book goes hard on difficult real-life issues, it also goes hard on found family, friendship, and standing up for yourself and those who need it. I loved it, and I am sad it's ending. (I think it's a trilogy) I could read so many more Pies Before Guys books.

Thank you NetGalley, and Crooked Lane Books for the ARC

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Daisy Ellery is back to doing what she does best: making pies and killing guys. And it’s about to get more dangerous than ever. Daisy knows the statistic–domestic violence perpetrated by cops is rampant. It was only a matter of time before she was called in to help. It is both extreme and deadly when she takes on a case of a deadly cop.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and NetGalley. This in no way affects my opinion of this book.

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I absolutely adored the 3rd book in this series. Pope has once again written a paranormal/feminist/cozy mystery that checks all the boxes for a relaxing read. This series has such an interesting premise, and it's always a fun ride making it to the last page! I absolutely recommend!

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I loved this latest installment of the Pies Before Guys series. To get the most out of your reading experience I would recommend reading this series in order.

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I’ve read all the books in this series so far and unfortunately this one has been my least favorite. I felt this book lacked its usual charm and coziness. While I appreciated the conversations the plot brought up, it just felt like a completely different series. I also felt like Nick felt really out of character in this one. I will continue to read this series but found this book to be disappointing.

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