Pies & Peril

Culinary Competition Mysteries

Book 1
Gemma Halliday Publishing
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From USA Today bestselling author Janel Gradowski, comes a mystery that will leave you hungry for more…

 

When Amy Ridley decided to compete in the Kellerton Summer Festival Pie Contest, the last thing she expected was to find the reigning pie queen, Mandy Jo, dead—a raspberry pie smashed on her face! Mandy Jo made fantastic pies, but she accumulated more enemies than baking trophies.  But when Amy receives a note threatening her own life, she decides to do some investigating herself.

 

It seems that half the town has a reason to kill the mean pie queen, and Amy finds herself sifting through a list of suspects that's longer than her list of recipes.  Not to mention playing cupid for her love-shy best friend, fending off a baker intent on finding out her prize-winning culinary secrets, and ducking the deadly attentions of Mandy Jo's killer.  If Amy doesn't find out who wanted the pie queen dead soon, her own goose may be cooked! 

 

**Recipes Included**

 

Culinary Competition Mysteries:

Pies & Peril – book #1

Chicken Soup & Homicide – book #2

Christmas Canapés & Sabotage – holiday short story

 

"Janel Gradowski may be a debut author, but her style is more seasoned than a pumpkin pie! This is one book that will leave you hungry for more."
~ Gemma Halliday, New York Times bestselling mystery author

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About the author

USA Today bestselling author Janel Gradowski lives in a land that looks like a cold weather fashion accessory, the mitten-shaped state of Michigan. She is a wife and mom to two kids and one Golden Retriever. Her journey to becoming an author is littered with odd jobs like renting apartments to college students and programming commercials for an AM radio station. Somewhere along the way she also became a beadwork designer and teacher. She enjoys cooking recipes found in her formidable cookbook and culinary fiction collection. Searching for unique treasures at art fairs, flea markets and thrift stores is also a favorite pastime. Coffee is an essential part of her life.

Visit Janel online at: http://www.janelgradowski.com/

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Gemma Halliday Publishing
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Published on
Feb 16, 2015
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Pages
198
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ISBN
9781940371313
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Contemporary Women
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Cozy
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths
Fiction / Romance / Romantic Comedy
Fiction / Romance / Suspense
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From USA Today bestselling mystery author Janel Gradowski...

 

Amy Ridley and her friend, Sophie, have perfected their chicken soup recipe, and the winter-weary residents of Kellerton, Michigan can't wait to watch them compete against other local chefs in the Chicken Soup Showdown. But the charity event starts out with a bang, literally, when one of the rival chefs falls out of a freezer and onto Amy. If it wasn't stressful enough for Amy to catch a dead body, the detective in charge of the investigation targets her best friend, Carla, as the chief suspect in the murder.

In order to clear her friend's name, Amy does her own investigating. The problem is nobody liked the arrogant murdered celebrity chef, and soon her suspect list is longer than the list of ingredients in her secret chicken soup recipe. Can Amy figure out who killed the celebrity chef? Or will Carla be spending the spring in jail?

 

**Recipes Included!**

 

Culinary Competition Mysteries:

Pies & Peril (book #1)

Chicken Soup & Homicide (book #2)

Christmas Canapés & Sabotage (short story)

 

What critics are saying about the Culinary Competition Mysteries:

 

"PIES & PERIL is the perfect cozy to curl up with in your favorite chair or at the beach while enjoying some sun. It’s teeming with a lot of charm and great characters along with many tidbits of delectable goodies perfect for any foodie. I was really looking forward to reading (Janel Gradowski's) first full length novel and it didn’t disappoint! PIES & PERIL is sure to please any reader who loves their cozy mysteries!"

~ Peeking Between the Pages

 

"PIES & PERIL is a beautiful debut and I know I will be eagerly awaiting the second book in the series. (Amy Ridley) had me laughing and smiling, and the warm cozy feeling of reading a good mystery never left me."

~ Cozy Reader

 

"PIES & PERIL is a fun read with, murder, arson, threats and romance in the plot! This is a very enjoyable story with a very satisfactory closure. There is also an added bonus of recipes at the end of the book. Amy's many trial recipes made me hungry and inspired me to bake some goodies! Enjoy!"

~ Indy Girl

From USA Today bestselling authors Janel Gradowski & Elizabeth Ashby comes a deliciously deadly surprise!

 

Maura Monroe came to Danger Cove, Washington to forget the past and start over. Her newly-found spontaneous side thinks buying the Cinnamon Sugar Bakery is the perfect way to both indulge her passion for baking and gain a fresh start. But her practical, business-savvy side isn’t sure it’s the safest move—for her heart or her pocketbook! While her two sides duke it out, Maura decides to rent a short-term cottage to feel out the quaint little town.

Only things are anything but quaint when her search for a temporary home uncovers a dead body instead of the perfect rental. And when fingers start to point at Maura’s handsome new landlord, she finds herself smack in the middle of a small town mystery. The more Maura digs, the more she realizes that secrets abound in this sleepy coastal burg…and someone is willing to kill to keep them buried. Can Maura get to the truth before the killer strikes again? Or will the next body in Danger Cove be hers?

 

The Danger Cove books:

Secret of the Painted Lady (a Danger Cove Renovation Mystery)

Murder and Mai Tais (a Danger Cove Cocktail Mystery)

Death by Scones (a Danger Cove Bakery Mystery)

Four-Patch of Trouble (a Danger Cove Quilting Mystery)

Deadly Dye and a Soy Chai (a Danger Cove Hair Salon Mystery)

Killer Closet Case (a Danger Cove B&B Mystery)

Tree of Life and Death (a Danger Cove Quilting Mystery)

A Killing in the Market (a Danger Cove Farmers' Market short story in the "Killer Beach Reads" collection)

Killer Colada (a Danger Cove Cocktail Mystery)

Passion, Poison & Puppy Dogs (a Danger Cove Pet Sitter Mystery)

A Novel Death (a Danger Cove Bookshop Mystery)

Robbing Peter to Kill Paul (a Danger Cove Quilting Mystery)

Sinister Snickerdoodles (a Danger Cove Bakery Mystery)

 

 

About Danger Cove:

Danger Cove is a sleepy little town in the Pacific Northwest and home to renowned mystery novelist, Elizabeth Ashby. While Elizabeth swears the stories she writes are fiction, you can find the inspiration for her murderous tales all over Danger Cove...from the intriguing cast of local characters to the places to eat, play, and explore in Danger Cove. Don't let our name fool you—we're the friendliest (even if deadliest) town in the Pacific Northwest! Visit us at dangercovemysteries.com

From USA TODAY Bestselling Author Harper Lin: The culinary mystery series that take you on a tour of Paris!

Save 34% and buy the box set that includes FOUR novellas (25,000 to 28,000 words each) in The Patisserie Mysteries.

Croissant Murder (Book 5)

After Clémence Damour’s last adventure, the paparazzi are following her everywhere. Her ex-boyfriend Mathieu, a talented painter, contacts her to help him with a bizarre ghost mystery, putting a strain on her current relationship with Arthur. Then Mathieu’s girlfriend Charlotte is killed in her own home, and Clémence must spend even more time with Mathieu. Will she succumb to Mathieu’s charms again? Is there really a ghost in his home? And can Clémence find out who killed Charlotte and why, without the paparazzi ruining her investigation?

Includes French Croissant Recipes.

Crème Brûlée Murder (Book 6)

When Clémence Damour celebrates her birthday at her family’s flagship patisserie in the 16th arrondissement, one of her guests will be dead by the end of the night. Was it really a suicide or was the victim murdered by one of the other guests at the party?

Includes Crème Brûlée Recipes.

Madeleine Murder (Book 7)

When the body of a famous actress is found in the Seine river, Clemence investigates on the set of a Hollywood film shooting on location in Paris.

The case gets more bizarre when the star's personal assistant hangs herself, and Clémence's only clue is a red agenda written in code.

Includes Madeleine Recipes.

Opera Cake Murder (Book 8)

Clémence attends Paris Fashion Week in support of her friend Marcus, a fashion designer. When Marcus’s assistant is found dead, everyone backstage is a suspect, including supermodel Gabrielle, a famous makeup artist, a hairdresser, and a nosy fashion blogger.

Includes Opera Cake Recipes.

If you like light-hearted cozy mysteries with recipes by Joanne Fluke or Jessica Beck, you'll enjoy The Patisserie Mysteries. Join Clémence and her friends as they solve murder cases, bake macarons and other treats, and fall in love in The City of Lights.

Haven't read the first 4 books? Get the first Box Set for Books 1-4.

Together of the first time, Diana Cosby's MacGruder Brothers series!

His Captive

Alexander just wants to avenge his father's murder, not to become entangled with the enemy. But his desire to keep Lady Nichola, his English captive, with him, in his home--in his bed--unwittingly makes her a target for zealous Scottish rebels.

Nichola is trapped--by her powerful attraction to a man whose touch shakes her to the core. Unwilling and unable to resist each other, can Nichola and Alexander save a love that has enslaved them both?

His Woman

Isabel Adair is the last woman Duncan MacGruder wants to see again, much less save. Three years ago, Isabel broke their engagement to become the Earl of Frasyer's mistress, shattering Duncan's heart. But with a promise to Isabel's dying brother, he is compelled to rescue her.

Isabel betrayed the man she loved to save her father, but every moment she spends with Duncan reminds her how much she sacrificed. Though he despises her, Duncan cannot withstand the desire that has grown wilder with time. Now, the two wary lovers must confront both the enemies hunting them, and the secret legacy that threatens their very lives...

His Conquest

Linet Dancort will not be sold. But that's essentially what her brother intends to do--trade her like so much chattel. Seizing any opportunity to escape her fate, Linet escapes with a rebel prisoner trapped in her brother's dungeon.

Seathan MacGruder is surprised when a beautiful Englishwoman creeps to his cell and offers him his freedom in exchange for safe passage to the Highlands. The only thing more dangerous than the journey through Scotland is the desire that smolders between these two fugitives...

His Destiny

Emma Astyn, an English mercenary, can charm an enemy and brandish a knife like no other. Charged with befriending an infamous Scottish rebel, she assumes the guise of innocent damsel Christina Moffat to spy on him. But as she gains the dark hero's confidence, she realizes they share a tattered past, which distracts her from the task at hand. . .

Sir Patrik Cleary MacGruder is driven by duty and honor, not heroics. Rescuing Christina is a just matter of obligation for the Scot. But there's something alluring about her fiery spirit, even if he has misgivings. Together, they'll endure a perilous journey of love and betrayal...

His Seduction

When Lady Rois Drummond believes her father, the Scottish Earl of Brom, is about to be exposed as a traitor to England, she must think quickly. Desperate, Rois makes a shocking claim against Griffin Westcott. But her impetuous lie leaves her in an outrageous circumstance: hastily married to the enemy.

Griffin may be an Englishman, but in truth he leads a clandestine life as a spy for Scotland. Refusing to endanger any woman, he has endured the loneliness of his mission. But Rois has suddenly changed all that. Now, Griffin must find a way to keep his secret while keeping his distance from his spirited and tempting new wife--a task that proves more difficult than he ever imagined...

His Enchantment

Lady Catarine MacLaren is a fairy princess, duty-bound to her realm. But when English knights launch an assault on her family, just as the Scottish king has been captured, Catarine is torn between loyalty to her people and helping the handsome, rust-haired Lord Trálin rescue the Scottish king...

As guard to King Alexander, Lord Trálin MacGruder will stop at nothing to defend the Scottish crown. And he finds a sympathetic ally in the enigmatic Catarine. As they plot to rescue the kidnapped king, Trálin and Catarine will discover a love made all but impossible by her obligations. But a passion this extraordinary may be worth the irreversible sacrifices it demands...
From USA Today bestselling author Janel Gradowski comes a deliciously deadly mystery...

 

Amy Ridley’s best friend, Carla, is getting married, and Amy is delighted to be recruited as the head wedding planner—even if Carla's demands are less than conventional. Case in point: Carla insists on a tower of doughnuts in place of a wedding cake. But navigating the world of nuptials becomes the least of Amy's problems when the owner of a menswear shop is found dead, and Carla's fiancée is assigned to the case. With the honeymoon in jeopardy, Amy and Carla vow to help track down the killer...but they soon discover there are even more sinister happenings affecting the businesses in downtown Kellerton, Michigan. If Amy doesn't figure out who is behind the deadly schemes, the nearly newlywed detective may just be solving another murder—hers!

 

**Recipes Included!**

 

Culinary Competition Mysteries:

Pies & Peril (book #1)

Chicken Soup & Homicide (book #2)

Christmas Canapés & Sabotage (short story)

Doughnuts & Deadly Schemes (book #3)

 

What critics are saying about the Culinary Competition Mysteries:

 

"PIES & PERIL is the perfect cozy to curl up with in your favorite chair or at the beach while enjoying some sun. It’s teeming with a lot of charm and great characters along with many tidbits of delectable goodies perfect for any foodie. I was really looking forward to reading (Janel Gradowski's) first full length novel and it didn’t disappoint! PIES & PERIL is sure to please any reader who loves their cozy mysteries!"

~ Peeking Between the Pages

 

"PIES & PERIL is a beautiful debut and I know I will be eagerly awaiting the second book in the series. (Amy Ridley) had me laughing and smiling, and the warm cozy feeling of reading a good mystery never left me."

~ Cozy Reader

 

"PIES & PERIL is a fun read with, murder, arson, threats and romance in the plot! This is a very enjoyable story with a very satisfactory closure. There is also an added bonus of recipes at the end of the book. Amy's many trial recipes made me hungry and inspired me to bake some goodies! Enjoy!"

~ Indy Girl

From USA Today bestselling author Janel Gradowski comes her latest recipe for murder...

 

Culinary whiz turned reluctant amateur sleuth Amy Ridley is excited to enter a cooking competition featuring her favorite breakfast treat—pancakes! But while she's up to her elbows in batter, she's hit with one unexpected twist after another. First her estranged mother shows up and then just as quickly vanishes again after barely saying hello. Then a vicious storm zeroes in on her small town of Kellerton, Michigan. There is damage everywhere, and one person is killed...but not by the storm.

 

 Amy and her mother have had a strained relationship, but when Mom is tagged as the prime suspect in the murder of her former high school rival, Amy can't help but get involved. Yes, her mother can be annoying, but she's not a ruthless killer... is she? Aided by her charismatic husband, Amy sets out to find the truth. In a town without power and still recovering from the storm, she suddenly finds herself in a cat and mouse game where not everyone may make it out alive!

 

**Recipes Included!**

 

Culinary Competition Mysteries:

Pies & Peril (book #1)

Chicken Soup & Homicide (book #2)

Christmas Canapés & Sabotage (short story)

Doughnuts & Deadly Schemes (book #3)

Barbecue & Bad Juju (short story in the "Killer Beach Reads" collection)

Fudge Brownies & Murder (book #4)

Banana Muffins & Mayhem (book #5)

Pancakes & Pandemonium (book #6)

 

 

What critics are saying about the Culinary Competition Mysteries:

 

"Janel Gradowski creates a deliciously enticing environment in FUDGE BROWNIES & MURDER...has definitely whetted my appetite, both for brownies and more of this fun series!"

~ Fresh Fiction

 

"PIES & PERIL is the perfect cozy to curl up with in your favorite chair or at the beach while enjoying some sun. It’s teeming with a lot of charm and great characters along with many tidbits of delectable goodies perfect for any foodie...sure to please any reader who loves their cozy mysteries!"

~ Peeking Between the Pages 

From USA Today bestselling mystery author Janel Gradowski...

 

Amy Ridley and her friend, Sophie, have perfected their chicken soup recipe, and the winter-weary residents of Kellerton, Michigan can't wait to watch them compete against other local chefs in the Chicken Soup Showdown. But the charity event starts out with a bang, literally, when one of the rival chefs falls out of a freezer and onto Amy. If it wasn't stressful enough for Amy to catch a dead body, the detective in charge of the investigation targets her best friend, Carla, as the chief suspect in the murder.

In order to clear her friend's name, Amy does her own investigating. The problem is nobody liked the arrogant murdered celebrity chef, and soon her suspect list is longer than the list of ingredients in her secret chicken soup recipe. Can Amy figure out who killed the celebrity chef? Or will Carla be spending the spring in jail?

 

**Recipes Included!**

 

Culinary Competition Mysteries:

Pies & Peril (book #1)

Chicken Soup & Homicide (book #2)

Christmas Canapés & Sabotage (short story)

 

What critics are saying about the Culinary Competition Mysteries:

 

"PIES & PERIL is the perfect cozy to curl up with in your favorite chair or at the beach while enjoying some sun. It’s teeming with a lot of charm and great characters along with many tidbits of delectable goodies perfect for any foodie. I was really looking forward to reading (Janel Gradowski's) first full length novel and it didn’t disappoint! PIES & PERIL is sure to please any reader who loves their cozy mysteries!"

~ Peeking Between the Pages

 

"PIES & PERIL is a beautiful debut and I know I will be eagerly awaiting the second book in the series. (Amy Ridley) had me laughing and smiling, and the warm cozy feeling of reading a good mystery never left me."

~ Cozy Reader

 

"PIES & PERIL is a fun read with, murder, arson, threats and romance in the plot! This is a very enjoyable story with a very satisfactory closure. There is also an added bonus of recipes at the end of the book. Amy's many trial recipes made me hungry and inspired me to bake some goodies! Enjoy!"

~ Indy Girl

From USA Today bestselling author Janel Gradowski comes another deliciously deadly mystery...

 

Culinary whiz and reluctant amateur sleuth, Amy Ridley, has a lot on her plate. Her very pregnant best friend, Carla, can barely move from her couch per doctor's orders. So Amy is tasked with preparing meals for the expanding family along with baking endless pans of brownies to quench Carla's pregnancy cravings. Not only is she playing chef, but she's also trying to convince the mommy-to-be that she needs to have a baby shower. But when a restaurant owner is murdered at a blogging conference, Amy finds herself in a race to catch the killer before the baby is born.

 

As Carla's baby bump gets bigger, so does the list of suspects. While Amy pares down the potential murderers and staves off disgruntled cooking competition rivals, the clock ticks down, the baby's arrival draws closer, and the danger grows stronger! If Amy doesn't watch her back, she may be the next member of the competition going down.

 

 

**Recipes Included!**

 

Culinary Competition Mysteries:

Pies & Peril (book #1)

Chicken Soup & Homicide (book #2)

Christmas Canapés & Sabotage (short story)

Doughnuts & Deadly Schemes (book #3)

Barbecue & Bad Juju (short story in the "Killer Beach Reads" collection)

Fudge Brownies & Murder (book #4)

 

What critics are saying about the Culinary Competition Mysteries:

 

"PIES & PERIL is the perfect cozy to curl up with in your favorite chair or at the beach while enjoying some sun. It’s teeming with a lot of charm and great characters along with many tidbits of delectable goodies perfect for any foodie. I was really looking forward to reading (Janel Gradowski's) first full length novel and it didn’t disappoint! PIES & PERIL is sure to please any reader who loves their cozy mysteries!"

~ Peeking Between the Pages

 

"PIES & PERIL is a beautiful debut and I know I will be eagerly awaiting the second book in the series. (Amy Ridley) had me laughing and smiling, and the warm cozy feeling of reading a good mystery never left me."

~ Cozy Reader

 

"PIES & PERIL is a fun read with, murder, arson, threats and romance in the plot! This is a very enjoyable story with a very satisfactory closure. There is also an added bonus of recipes at the end of the book. Amy's many trial recipes made me hungry and inspired me to bake some goodies! Enjoy!"

~ Indy Girl

From USA Today bestselling author Janel Gradowski comes a deliciously deadly mystery...

 

Amy Ridley’s best friend, Carla, is getting married, and Amy is delighted to be recruited as the head wedding planner—even if Carla's demands are less than conventional. Case in point: Carla insists on a tower of doughnuts in place of a wedding cake. But navigating the world of nuptials becomes the least of Amy's problems when the owner of a menswear shop is found dead, and Carla's fiancée is assigned to the case. With the honeymoon in jeopardy, Amy and Carla vow to help track down the killer...but they soon discover there are even more sinister happenings affecting the businesses in downtown Kellerton, Michigan. If Amy doesn't figure out who is behind the deadly schemes, the nearly newlywed detective may just be solving another murder—hers!

 

**Recipes Included!**

 

Culinary Competition Mysteries:

Pies & Peril (book #1)

Chicken Soup & Homicide (book #2)

Christmas Canapés & Sabotage (short story)

Doughnuts & Deadly Schemes (book #3)

 

What critics are saying about the Culinary Competition Mysteries:

 

"PIES & PERIL is the perfect cozy to curl up with in your favorite chair or at the beach while enjoying some sun. It’s teeming with a lot of charm and great characters along with many tidbits of delectable goodies perfect for any foodie. I was really looking forward to reading (Janel Gradowski's) first full length novel and it didn’t disappoint! PIES & PERIL is sure to please any reader who loves their cozy mysteries!"

~ Peeking Between the Pages

 

"PIES & PERIL is a beautiful debut and I know I will be eagerly awaiting the second book in the series. (Amy Ridley) had me laughing and smiling, and the warm cozy feeling of reading a good mystery never left me."

~ Cozy Reader

 

"PIES & PERIL is a fun read with, murder, arson, threats and romance in the plot! This is a very enjoyable story with a very satisfactory closure. There is also an added bonus of recipes at the end of the book. Amy's many trial recipes made me hungry and inspired me to bake some goodies! Enjoy!"

~ Indy Girl

From USA Today bestselling author Janel Gradowski comes her next to-die-for recipe for murder...

 

Culinary competitor Amy Ridley is as excited as anyone in Kellerton, Michigan to have DIY Home Improvement star, Phoebe Plymouth, come to town for the first annual Cabin Fever Cure event. However the TV personality's sour attitude quickly curdles people's opinion of her. When she's found dead, at the business owned by Amy's husband, Alex, the heat is on to catch the killer before his professional reputation is ruined!

 

When Amy seeks help in preparing for a vegan baking recipe contest, she also finds assistance from an unlikely team of sleuths who want to help her catch the murderer. But things go from bad to worse when Alex and his business suddenly suffer a series of less-than-random attacks. Are the murder and attacks related? Amy vows to figure it out before her and her husband's lives are ruined...or ended permanently!

 

**Recipes Included!**

 

Culinary Competition Mysteries:

Pies & Peril (book #1)

Chicken Soup & Homicide (book #2)

Christmas Canapés & Sabotage (short story)

Doughnuts & Deadly Schemes (book #3)

Barbecue & Bad Juju (short story in the "Killer Beach Reads" collection)

Fudge Brownies & Murder (book #4)

Banana Muffins & Mayhem (book #5)

 

What critics are saying about the Culinary Competition Mysteries:

 

"Janel Gradowski creates a deliciously enticing environment in FUDGE BROWNIES & MURDER...has definitely whetted my appetite, both for brownies and more of this fun series!"

~ Fresh Fiction

 

"PIES & PERIL is the perfect cozy to curl up with in your favorite chair or at the beach while enjoying some sun. It’s teeming with a lot of charm and great characters along with many tidbits of delectable goodies perfect for any foodie...sure to please any reader who loves their cozy mysteries!"

~ Peeking Between the Pages

 

"Gradowski is a well-oiled machine when it comes to merging attention-grabbing mystery and good old-fashioned storytelling."

~ Long Island Book Reviews
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