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Pies before Guys

(Pie Town Mystery #4)

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4.03  ·  Rating details ·  30 ratings  ·  27 reviews
Val’s crime-solving club digs into a piping hot new case!

A poetry slam at a bakery? Why not! Even though Pie Town proprietor Val Harris would rather be spending time with her newfound half-brother, she knows her employee, Abril, is beyond excited to be hosting the event. Especially since it stars the apple pie of Abril’s eye, poet and professor Michael Starke. But the
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Expected publication: February 25th 2020 by Kensington
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Natalia  R
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Val Harris is reluctantly hosting a poetry slam for the local community college at her bakery, Pie Town. But the evening turns into a nightmare when a professor is found murdered after being accused of plagiarism by another professor. Val and her pie crust maker/sidekick, Charlene, work together to catch the killer.

Pies before Guys by Kristen Weiss has everything I love in a cozy mystery- quirky characters, the small tight-knit community feeling, and a mystery with plenty of suspects and red
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Randi Annie Framnes
Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: murder-mystery
When a brutal murder takes place close to family restaurant Pie Town, restaurant owner Val Harris sets out to solve the case in her amateur-sleuthing way, which gets her in serious danger.

English professor Michael Stark is invited to Pie Town for a poetry reading event. He chooses to read a rather strange poem, which gets him into a heated argument with another member of the local college English department. He is accused of plagiarism. Soon after he is found dead, stabbed with a saber.

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Laura
Dec 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I thought the book and the plot was fabulous !!! I loved all the people , I adored the different generations !! Charlene was fantastic with the cat & of course i am a cat girl !!! I cannot wait for more in this series .... I was sad when it ended and to me that is the best thing I can say about a book
P.s.The reference to the movie” the big Lebowski “ was not missed by me as it’s my favorite movie ever
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Carrie
Feb 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Review coming soon.
Peggy R
This has been a very enjoyable series for me. I love the small-town setting and the great cast of eclectic characters that surround Val and Pie-Town. This installment was a bit of a miss for me. As I read my way through the story, I thought it had a good plot, solid mystery and the usual cast of characters make a return appearance to round out everything. Usually, I don't seem to mind Charlene's quirky personality and her hair-brained antic. This time around, however, I thought that they went ...more
Lisa Morin
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a fun addition to this cozy mystery series.
When a poetry reading goes horribly wrong, Val and Charlene are back to investigating while creating mouthwatering pies.
Charlene also has her hands full trying to avoid Marla as well as creating interesting UFO pics.

Be sure to mark your calendar for the release date.
Toni
Jan 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: january-2020-tbr
4.5 Stars

This is the fourth book in the Pie Town Mystery series by Kirsten Weiss.

Basic premise: A local professor is found dead after reading poetry at a poetry slam put on at the Pie Town Bakery. As soon as the body was discovered the suspect list just kept growing in leaps and bounds. Val reluctantly puts the Baker Street Bakers back into the mystery solving business, much to Detective Carmichael’s dismay.

There was all kinds of gooey goodness in this story. The characters were amazing. So
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Jerri Cachero
Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pie, murder and UFO's set the scene for this latest book. A poetry "slam" held at Pie Town results in the death of a local professor. Val and Charlene are trying hard not to become the latest victims!

I am a fan of the series and it had all the Val and Charlene humor as the other books. The mystery was complex and I didn't guess "whodunit" until the end. For me, I was a little annoyed by Charlene putting Val in dangerous situations and at Val for doing crazy things. Val's relationship with her
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Valerie
I don't like the Pie Town series as much as Kirsten's other series. That said I liked this one. It has a lot going on. I especially like the pie tin UFO's. I think it could have been tightened up a little bit in the middle as it seemed to cover the same ground several times. #PiesbeforeGuys #NetGalley
Maya
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was ok
While I certainly didn't set myself up for success by crash landing into the middle of the series without reading any of the previous books (or anything else by this author), ultimately this story left me cold.

The setup is charming--Val runs a pie shop in a small town and, along with her pie crust maker Charlene, she can't help but engage in some amateur sleuthing anytime a body is found. Unfortunately, the town is filled with with flat, one-note characters--crotchety old guys always eager for
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Heather Jones
Feb 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, mystery
Thank you to Kensington Books for giving me a digital galley of this book in exchange for feedback.

I've been looking forward to "Pies before Guys," because I've already read and enjoyed the previous books in Kirsten Weiss's "Pie Town" series. What I like about these books is that they're a little more youthful than most cozy mysteries. The stereotype is that cozy mysteries are written by and for old women, and I'm fine with that - no one enjoys watching an elderly nun and her cat solve a crime
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Heather Jones
Feb 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Kensington Books for giving me a digital galley of this book in exchange for feedback.

I've been looking forward to "Pies before Guys," because I've already read and enjoyed the previous books in Kirsten Weiss's "Pie Town" series. What I like about these books is that they're a little more youthful than most cozy mysteries. The stereotype is that cozy mysteries are written by and for old women, and I'm fine with that - no one enjoys watching an elderly nun and her cat solve a crime
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Tracy
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's a bird, it's a plane, it's a pie tin UFO! Charlene is a social media genius or a social media madwoman depending on who you ask. Oh but that is not all that Charlene and Val are up to, nope there is, of course, the usual mayhem this time it is in the form of a poetry slam hosted by Pie Town and Abril featuring various Lit department professors which results in a poet sliced. Sliced by his own saber, Professor Michael Starke is no more. Apparently, he was no more a professor, no more a poet, ...more
Ileana Renfroe
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Val’s crime-solving club digs into a piping hot new case! A poetry slam at a bakery? Why not! Even though Pie Town proprietor Val Harris would rather be spending time with her newfound half-brother, she knows her employee Abril is beyond excited to be hosting the event. Especially since it stars the apple pie of Abril’s eye, poet and professor Michael Starke. But the evening ends on a sour note when Professor Starke is found murdered mere moments after being accused of plagiarism.
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FMSWarrior
Jan 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Val Harris hosts a poetry slam for the local community college at her Bakery hoping to drum up some business for Pie Town. When one of the professors who read his poetry is found dead, Pie Town is linked to yet another murder in San Nicholas and that puts the Baker Street Bakers back in sleuthing mode to prove the murder was related to the pie shop.

Along with sleuthing, Charlene kicks off a little UFO themed marketing for the bakery. The ladies are dealing with more than baking pies and solving
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Patricia Romero
Feb 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mystery
A Pie Town Mystery #4 ( With Recipes)

Val Harris, the owner of Pie Town, is not quite sure a poetry slam in a bakery is a thing. But Abril is excited enough for both of them. Does that have something to do with her professor, Michael Starke, a poet or is she a little starstruck?

Val would much rather spend time with her newfound half-brother but this could be good for the shop and she goes along. But the night ends abruptly when several of the professors begin to threaten each other and toss
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Kathleen Gray
Feb 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Yes the poem was bad and yes it might have been plagiarized but was that worth killed Professor Michael Starke with a saber? Val had not idea that things would go quite so awry when she agreed, at the behest of Abril, who works for her at her restaurant Pie Town, to host a poetry slam. It should have been a good opportunity to sell pie and connect with the public but no...it turned into a murder investigation that gets Val and her friend Charlene (she's a hoot) into hot water with Val's love ...more
Cynthia Moore
Jan 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a fun book to spend an afternoon on. I have been reading the series from the beginning so I am familiar with the characters. That helps a bit as some introductions are light. Val gets drawn into the mystery due to the body showing up not long after a poetry slam that was held at her pie shop. Val and her sidekick, Charlene, sitick their noses into the business of some of the professors and students at the nearby college. The characters help make the story interesting. Charlene is a hoot. ...more
Rebecca
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Val Harris has been through some tough times, but now she's the owner of her own pie shop in a small California town. With the help of a diverse group of friends -- including a half-brother she recently learned of and an eccentric elderly pie crust expert -- she's determined to solve a mysterious literary murder that's threatening the health of her shop.
With a poem for a clue and plenty of complicated romantic entanglements, this is a fun read. The characters are quirky but not implausible, and
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Mary
Jan 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the 4th installment in the Pie Town Mystery series. Val and Charlene have a poetry slam (never heard of this before this book!) at the pie shoppe in hopes of getting some of the university students to come and Abril her employee is thrilled to death (pardon the pun) as she has a thing for professor Michael Starke who gets accused of plagiarism and then ends up murdered. Abril wants Charlene and Val to investigate and then the fun begins. Charlene is a hoot and the story is a fast read ...more
Kathleen
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, mystery, netgalley
A poetry slam at the bakery leads to accusations of plagiarism and murder. Val and Charlene decide to investigate Professor Michael Starke’s death.

Detective Gordon Carmichael, Val’s boyfriend, risks being kicked off the murder investigation due to Val’s interfering.

I love the crazy characters, the writing and the story. At times I felt Charlene was over the top and took too many risks. Val may have to rethink her friendship with Charlene. Safety is a major concern for the main characters.

I
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Laura Salas
Jan 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Pies, a tiny home, a likeable main character--plenty to like in this series. But I do find the constant back and forth over whether she should or shouldn't be investigating rather tiresome. This seems to be more and more common in cozies, and especially with a boyfriend cop (another common trope), it feels like the justification starts to take over the whole story.

Review copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Annarella
Feb 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A well written and fun to read cozy mystery that made me smile and kept me guessing.
The story flows without any hiccup, the cast of characters is fleshed out, and the mystery is solid.
Can't wait to read the next installment.
Recommended.
Many thanks to Kensington Books and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
Kristin
Pies Before Guys is an entertaining cosy mystery with several quirky characters. The plot is engaging and I loved the setting. I've read one of the other books in this series and this one didn't disappoint.
Carol
Feb 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an entertaining, well written cozy. The setting is great and the characters are quirky. I would definitely recommend reading this series from the beginning since this is book 4.
Thomas
Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was an overall enjoyable story. There are developed characters and some humor added in.
While I had guessed the murder, I enjoyed how he/she was revealed.
As a new reader to this series. I would recommend starting with book one.
I received this story from NetGalley
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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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