Lynn Cahoon is one of my favourite cozy mystery authors, so I was happy to participate in this blog tour to share my love of her books as well as to host a guest post from Mia Malone, the protagonist in this series. Make sure you also enter the giveaway.
One Poison Pie (Kitchen Witch Mysteries #1) by Lynn Cahoon
Published January 26, 2021 by Kensington
Mass Market Paperback: 272 pages
About the Book: In the first in New York Times bestselling author Lynn Cahoon’s Kitchen Witch series, Mia Malone is starting over in Magic Springs, Idaho—where murder is on the menu . . .
What’s a kitchen witch to do when her almost-fiancé leaves her suddenly single and unemployed? For Mia Malone, the answer’s simple: move to her grandmother’s quirky Idaho hometown, where magic is an open secret and witches and warlocks are (mostly) welcome. With a new gourmet dinner delivery business—and a touch of magic in her recipes—Mia’s hopes are high. Even when her ex’s little sister, Christina, arrives looking for a place to stay, Mia takes it in stride.
But her first catering job takes a distasteful turn when her client’s body is found, stabbed and stuffed under the head table. Mia’s shocked to learn that she’s a suspect—and even more so when she realizes she’s next on a killer’s list. With Christina, along with Mia’s meddling grandma, in the mix, she’ll have to find out which of the town’s eccentric residents has an appetite for murder…before this fresh start comes to a sticky end. . . .
4 Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Prior to publishing this first book in the Kitchen Witch Mystery series, there was a novella that introduced the main characters, setting and gave us a feel for the series. It is not necessary to read the prequel, but it does introduce the series nicely. Mia had returned to Magic Springs with plans to open her own catering business. When planning a party, the hostess is being very difficult. When the hostess ends up dead, Mia becomes a suspect. Mia’s grandmother is best friends with the murder victim and stand to inherit her property, could that be a motive. When some long lost relatives arrive in Magic Springs just before the party, they also become suspects. There are a lot of people to investigate, and some twists that cause the investigators to go in various directions.
Mia jumps in to help investigate and with the help of Trent, a local businessman, she makes some inroads into the investigation. I like how Trent’s and Mia’s relationship is blossoming. They are friends now, but I can definitely see a romance down the road. There is a lot of action and Mia is in danger a few times, but Trent seems to be there whenever she needs help. There was also another mystery involving Mia’s home and someone getting in. This gave me the creeps as the idea that someone breaks into my home while I am asleep is one of my fears. The secondary characters of Mia’s grandmother and her ex-boyfriend’s sister round out this sister nicely. I look forward to seeing more of them in the future. Overall this is a well-plotted cozy mystery, with great characters and a wonderful storyline. Exactly what I love about Lynn Cahoon’s books. I look forward to more books in the Kitchen Witch series.
Angie Hickman did a great job with the narration. She gave Mia and the other characters their own identity with her voices. She added excitement to the story using her expression and tone. I enjoyed listening to this book and feel confident that I will enjoy books Angie Hickman narrates. I was gifted a copy of this book upon request. The rating and opinions shared are my own.
Guest Post from Mia Malone
Hi, I’m Mia Malone owner of Mia’s Morsels. The business is new, but I’ve been doing catering all of my adult life. My last job was as the catering director for the Owyhee Hotel. So I did a lot of upscale weddings and business meetings. If you wanted to be seen in Boise, you hung out at the Owyhee. Of course, my ex-fiancé loved that part of the job. Hobnobbing with the big dogs. Me, I loved developing the menus and making sure the food was as tasty as it looked. We’d been on two different paths for a long time, it just took me a while to realize it.
When my grandmother told me about this old historic building she was trying to save from being torn down for a strip mall, I didn’t have any excuses to hold me back. I took my savings and added a huge loan from the bank and now I’m the proud owner of the old St. Catherine’s Prep building. The school hadn’t been open for many years now, and some say the building is haunted, but that doesn’t bother me.
Do I like ghosts? Not particularly, but I know how to deal with the random spirit. I’m a witch. A kitchen witch to be specific. My strengths are in the healing, food, and peace arts but I can whip up a regular spell to vanish a spirit, it they get distracting, or worse, destructive. But that’s not my focus. My grandmother wants me to practice my witch talents and to work on passing her power over to me. I’m more worried about making sure I actually have a business to support me and my new bank payments.
Anyway, I’ve got to get busy. The kitchen guys are coming to start remodeling the school’s kitchen into one that’s usable for my business. I’m so excited about seeing my plans come to life, it feels like Christmas. And my power is tingling on my fingertips. Of course, I’d never use my power to advance my own personal agenda. It just isn’t done and there’s some bad juju that affects witches who never learn that rule.
I’m not going to make that mistake. Again.
Chat with you all soon, Mia
About the Author: Lynn Cahoon is the author of the NYT and USA Today best-selling Tourist Trap cozy mystery series. She also pens the Cat Latimer series, the Farm to Fork series, and the Kitchen Witch series. Small town setting, big time fun with a bit of murder to keep it interesting. Romance novels are published under the pen name, Lynn Collins. She lives in a small river town like Mark Twain with her husband and three fur kids.
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