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The Quiche and the Dead

(Pie Town Mystery #1)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  368 ratings  ·  125 reviews
Is Val's breakfast pie the quiche of death?

Owning her own business seemed like pie in the sky to Valentine Harris when she moved to the coastal California town of San Nicholas, expecting to start a new life with her fiancé. Five months—and a broken engagement—later, at least her dream of opening a pie shop has become a reality. But when one of her regulars keels over at
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Published October 31st 2017 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
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Oct 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Valentine Harris 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 is left with is her business when her fiance had called off their wedding and having put all her money into her dream, Pie Town, she's now putting in everything she can to make the business a success. What Val didn't need was one morning one of her customers dies in the middle of eating her ...more
Paul Falk
Sep 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This ARC had been provided complements of NetGalley. My thanks. Gratitude sent to Kensington Publishing Corporation for making this pre-release available.

Thanks to Kirsten Weiss, I had the pleasure of making the acquaintance of the mystical, fictitious town of San Nicholas. A quaint village tucked away along the Northern California coastline. Buzzing, naturally, with tourist trade on bright, sunshiny weekends. Seemed like the perfect place to plant a pie shop. And so the author did. The
May 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2018
Dollycas’s Thoughts

Welcome to the California coastal town of San Nicholas. A place where Valentine Harris expected to live a happy life with Mark Jeffreys. She was going to open a pie shop and he was going to sell real estate and they would live happily ever after. But that didn’t happen. Mark is selling real estate, his face is on signs everywhere. Val did open her pie shop. But there is no happily ever after, in fact, Val is living in her pie shop until she can afford to rent a place and she
Nov 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Val Harris loves her bakery shop, Pie Town. It offers everything from mini pastries to quiche, and almost makes up for the disastrous last five months of her life. She expected to start a new life and marriage when she moved to San Nicholas, CA with her fiance, but now all she has from that relationship is a beautiful wedding gown she never got to wear. Val has been so busy starting her new business that she hasn't had a chance to make friends or really learn much about her new home, but she's ...more
Jessica Robbins
*I received a free copy of this book which I voluntarily chose to write an honest review for.

Great start to this cozy mystery series. We meet Val who runs a Pie shop is a small town that she moved to for her rotten fiance who dumped her later. The business is still new so when a man drops dead in the dining room and it is rumored that her quiche was to blame she starts asking questions. On top of that her employee pretty much blackmails into helping as well though not in a bad way. This was a
Elle's Book Blog
Oct 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Release Date: October 31, 2017
Genre: Cozy Mystery. Culinary Mystery
Series: Pie Town Mystery #1

The Quiche and the Dead is the first book in a brand new mystery series by Kristen Weiss. It's an enjoyable "who-dun-it" with delicious recipes and a fantastic set of characters. Readers may not have a hard time figuring out the person behind the murders, but this doesn't take away from the story especially considering the fact that you won't figure out WHY they happened until the very end. I look
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
"The Quiche and the Dead" is book one of the Pie Town Mystery by Kirsten Weiss. Valentine Harris moved to San Nicholas to be close to her fiance and open a pie shop. However, the beautiful and rewarding life that Valentine was hoping for never happen. First, her engagement ended, and then the customer dies. after eating one of her quiches in her shop. The local law enforcement had Valentine as a prime suspect, and it was affecting her pie shop. This cause Valentine to start with the help of her ...more
Lisa Ks Book Reviews
Nov 14, 2017 marked it as to-read
A delightful mystery that has me longing for more! Looking forward to more from author Kirsten Weiss.
Oct 03, 2017 rated it liked it
The Quiche And The Dead is the first book in the A Pie Town Mystery series.

After breaking up with her boyfriend, Valentine has set off earning a living by opening Pie Town in coastal San Nicholas. Val has sunk her heart and soul and all her money into the cafe and has seen a clientele of regular customer until the fatal day this story begins with.

Joe comes into Pie Town for his usual cup of coffee and as he is tasting his coffee he makes a face just as Valentine comes out with a mini quiche.
Mary Brown
Feb 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Is Val's breakfast pie the quiche of death? Owning her own business seemed like pie in the sky to Valentine Harris when she moved to the coastal California town of San Nicholas, expecting to start a new life with her fiance. Five months--and a broken engagement--later, at least her dream of opening a pie shop has become a reality. But when one of her regulars keels over at the counter while eating a quiche, Val feels like she's living a nightmare. After the police determine the
Oct 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
I read Kirsten Weiss' The Quiche and The Dead last week and it is a unique and fun cozy. It has a good mystery tied up in conspiracy and that perfect balance of small town political power meets unsuspecting and unwilling amature sleuth! But it is also a great book about standing your ground even when your legs are shaking, because it is the right thing to do. Loved the over the top support characters Charlene especially. Looks like Kirsten Weiss has laid the groundwork for a great new series.
Val has always dreamed of opening a pie shop, but when a customer is stricken while eating one of her breakfast pies, she and her paranoid pie crust maker feel compelled to figure out who was responsible for the man's death.

I have enjoyed the books from this author's Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museumseries, and I'm a food-themed cozy junkie, so I was looking forward to reading this book, but went into it with my usual first-in-a-series wariness. I was pleasantly surprised, therefore, that this
Oct 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, e-books, cozy
The first in a new cozy mystery set in a background of a small town and a store specializing in making various types of pies. The cover caught my eye so I requested it. I found it an intriguing story. The descriptions of Valentine and Charlene left a bad taste for me. I didn't like either one but Charlene's actions were more likable. A customer dies in the pie shop. The police keep the reason a secret and business falls off. Charlene pushes Val to investigate the death. The story was choppy and ...more
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I want to give a huge thank you to Kensington Books and NetGalley for providing me with an eARC in exchange for a honest review.

Synopsis: Val Harris owns her own pie shop called Pie Town that is cozy and has a vintage setup. Pie Town is a small business that attracts locals and tourists. One day after losing a bet with a regular customer she gives the customer(Joe) a quiche as the reward for losing the bet. After Joe takes a bite of the quiche, he suddenly dies. Local police suspect foul play
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mystery
What a fun beginning to a great new series. Val opened her business Pie Town five months ago and things seem to be going well. When a customer does after eating one of her pies she knows it can't be good for business but isn't sure what she can do to fix it. Her pie crust maker Charlene thinks they should investigate and the craziness begins. Running into a burglar, tripping over dead bodies, and dealing with an ex are just some of the complications the duo cu s into. Jump in and find out what ...more
Oct 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mysteries, 2017
The Quiche and the Dead by Kirsten Weiss is the first book in A Pie Town Mystery series. Valentine “Val” Harris opened Pie Town in San Nicholas, California five months prior. She is finally starting to break even and is happy with her choice to settle in San Nicholas. Val made a quiche to welcome Heidi Gladstone and her new business Heidi’s Health and Fitness to the neighborhood. Unfortunately, Heidi is against sugar (and anything with flavor along with Val’s slogan for her business) and shop ...more
The Cozy Review
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Valentine Harris thought life was going to be great. She would be a business owner and have a new life with her fiancé after moving to the town of San Nicholas, CA. Five months later her engagement was over. Her dream of running a pie shop was real, but she was barely scraping by. As luck would have it one of Val’s regular customers dies at the counter while eating one of her quiches. Now she must find the killer to save her business from ruin.

The police determine the customer was poisoned, and
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Val Harris moved to San Nicholas to be with her fiancee, but then the engagement failed. But she stayed to run her shop, Pie Town. Then one day her neighbor, who runs the comic shop next door, drops dead after taking a bite of her quiche. After that business drops off. When a member of the library board dies, and Val finds the body, the local police term her unlucky, and say the deaths are accidents, even when the woman's former husband dies, too.

Val and her crust maker, Charlene, are not so
RO G'ma
The Quiche and the Dead is the debut book in Kirsten Weiss’ A Pie Town Mystery series and the first book I have read by this author. The mystery is well plotted and entertaining, the cast of characters are quirky and likable, and humorous moments are scattered throughout the book.

Valentine ‘Val’ Harris moves to the small town of San Nicholas in California when she became engaged to her fiancé, Mark Jeffreys. Things don’t work out for the couple, but Val has followed her dream and opened a pie
Tiffany Reads It All
The Quiche and the Dead is book #1 in Kirsten Weiss’s Pie Town series. This story is a fun mystery with a bit of romance, which I’m finding is my favorite combination when it comes to cozies.

Valentine (Val) Harris was excited to move to the small town of San Nicholas, where she planned on getting married and opening her own pie shop. Her plans take a sharp detour when her fiancé breaks off their engagement. Thankfully, Val has Pie Town to devote all her time and energy to as she recovers from
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Kirsten's storytelling abilities are extraordinary. She evokes emotions, excitement and laughter. This cozy mystery has the usual suspects, heroes and laugh-out-loud humour but the development of the characters and their relationships are much more than the usual. The story starts out a bit slow as Kirsten paints us a picture of the people and settings. Then the story takes off and I couldn't put it down until I was finished. Multiple murders, an ex-fiancé, an eccentric septuagenarian and our ...more
Heather L
Mar 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, 2018
Good start to a series...
Carla Johnson-Hicks
Valentine (Val) Harris moved to San Nicholas, California, to begin a new life. She had dreamed about opening her own pie shop, so along with her fiance Mark, she settled in anticipating her new life. Six months later Val has her business, a pile of debt and her friends as her fiancecalled off their wedding. She is sleeping in her store as she has not money for rent, until her business takes off. When one of her regulars dies while eating her breakfast pie (quiche), her shop suddenly has even ...more
Trina (aNovelReader)
I had mixed feelings about this book in the beginning. It hooked me in with its catchy title and cute cat on the cover. It even started out great with a death in the first chapter so I figured this was going to be a fast-paced cozy. Unfortunately, it slowed way down and idled until I reached the halfway mark. Then the pace picked up immensely as conspiracy theories and dead bodies started popping up everywhere. While the ending wrapped up a little too conveniently, the second half had enough ...more
Angela Gibson
Oct 11, 2017 rated it liked it
I received this ARC from Kensington Publishing as part of a Goodreads giveaway. I was hooked to read this book on the title alone.

This is the first book of what will be a series, and I am already watching for the next book that involves Pie Town capers and the characters of San Nicholas. The MC, Val, has her hands full handling the dregs of a cancelled wedding, let alone opening her own small business, Pie Town. The restaurant employees offer a rich array of story lines for future books.

One of
Peggy R
The Quiche and the Dead is the first in a new series by author Kirsten Weiss and the first book I have read by this author. I found it to be a fun, entertaining read and I will be back to see what the author has in store in future books. The characters in this book are all delightful. Val, our protagonist, is a reluctant sleuth out to save her reputation and the reputation of Pie Town, her new business. The cast of secondary characters are many and varied. My favorite, however, if Charlene, who ...more
Wendi Lee
Sep 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
*3.75 stars*

This is a promising start to a cozy mystery series, based in a cute pie shop. Val Harris is new to San Nicholas, and she still hasn't met anything other than the customers that frequent her shop, and her fellow co-workers. Oh, and her ex-fiance, whom she moved to town with. But he doesn't count, right? When an early morning customer falls down dead in the middle of his quiche, she and her shop are suddenly thrust into the spotlight.

I liked Val, and the way she finds her way into the
Nancy H
Mar 10, 2018 rated it liked it
This is an excellent cozy mystery which takes place in a pie shop in a small town on the California coast. Val has just opened her own pie business, has broken up with her fiance, and now is traumatized when one of her regular customers dies right in front of her eyes. The police close down her pie business briefly in case her quiche was to blame, but then the inept policeman in charge of the investigation decides it was an accident. He also decides that about two subsequent murders, so Val and ...more
Corrie aka Fae's Finds
Sep 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
** I won this ARC through Goodreads Giveaways. Thank you both to Goodreads and to Kirsten Weiss.**

It has been a while since I have read a cozy mystery, and cozy it was! If I had more time, I would have likely been finished in a couple hours, rather than over the course of a day or two. Be that as it may, I thoroughly enjoyed this whodunnit piece!

Val Harris, owner of Pie Town, just wants a little slice of cozy, nostaglia, to bring the community together. Until a neighbouring store owner drops
Dec 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
The murder occurred in the first 10 pages. That isn't usually a good sign for the course of the book. There hasn't been a chance to get to know the characters when it is the first in the series like this one. It makes it feel rushed to kill off someone so soon.
I didn't connect with the main characters. The storyline had a lot of moving pieces.
It's a decent book but I really only feel lukewarm about it. The main character was clueless for most the book and then in the last 20 pages things come
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Kirsten Weiss has never met a dessert she didn’t like, and her guilty pleasures are watching Ghost Whisperer re-runs and drinking red wine. The latter gives her heartburn, but she drinks it anyway.

Now based in Colorado Springs, she writes genre-blending cozy mystery, supernatural and steampunk suspense, mixing her experiences and imagination to create vivid worlds of fun and enchantment.

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