Secrets and Pies
If you can’t stand the heat, get out of Callie’s Kitchen! Greek-American restaurateur Callie Costas faces down another killer in picturesque Crystal Bay, Wisconsin.
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!
Award-winning writer Jenny Kales is the author of ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK, the first in The Callie's Kitchen Mystery Series. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in English and spent several years working as a copywriter and corporate communications marketing writer.
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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Book Review by Bree Herron
Being a teacher and in theater can be murder, just ask the victim in the latest Callie mystery!
Callie has a significant reason to want to solve this mystery, her daughter. They find a local teacher murdered and her poor little girl is crushed. The teacher was or appeared to be a favorite, but one has to ask what did she do to deserve getting killed? I am happy to see that Callie has her spunk and is still lively as ever to read with. I have enjoyed her from the start, and each book Callie grows more and more!
Overall, Jenny Kales reminds me that indie authors are so worth reading. She has created a series that not only I adore but many others do as well. The charm and flavor that comes from this mystery will have a reader cheering for more!
Callie has some great recipes that she shares at the end, do you like to cook with recipes that you find in mysteries?
**DISCLAIMER: I was provided an opportunity to read this book as an Advanced Reader Copy in return for a fair and honest review.
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