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Friday, November 2, 2018

Book review: Death Bakes a Pecan Pie by Livia J. Washburn



It’s time for the Harvest Festival again, and Phyllis is determined to bake a killer pecan pie.

Hollywood comes to Weatherford, Texas, as a movie company arrives to shoot scenes for a film based on the novel by Phyllis Newsom’s friend Eve. But movie fantasy turns to deadly reality as a murder recreated for film turns out to be the genuine article, and once more Phyllis has to track down a cunning killer to see that justice is done.

Death Bakes a Pecan Pie is the fourteenth novel in the critically acclaimed and best-selling Fresh Baked Mystery series. Phyllis and her friends tackle another complex case with all the humor, camaraderie, good-hearted warmth, and delicious recipes that have made readers around the world fall in love with this series.

My Review:

Death Bakes a Pecan Pie is my first adventure into a cozy mystery book, and it provided a cute and entertaining weekend read. It kinda gave me a feeling of nostalgia, drawing memories of the types of mystery shows I'd watch on tv with my parents growing up. And just like with those shows, I was kept guessing who-done-it and ended up just laying back to enjoy the ride.

Poor Phyllis isn't too impressed to find herself caught up again in a murder investigation, but with circumstances being what they are, she can't help but keep digging a little bit deeper and deeper. And she does all that while still making sure she's getting an amazing pie made for the Harvest Festival's best pie contest. Priorities, after all!! haha! With some laughter and awesome food and crafty twists, Death Bakes a Pecan Pie provides a pleasurable read. And even dishes out a little nugget of wisdom that really stood out to me right now: Life's always gonna have some surprises waitin' for us, some good, some bad, and we just have to do the best we can with 'em."

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  1. Everyone of the Fresh Baked Mysteries is wonderful! Livia J Washburn is a writer to not pass by. Great Reading!

  2. Michelle, I really appreciate the great review. The fact that you read this even though you don't normally read cozy mysteries, means even more.

    1. You're welcome!! I'm glad my first foray into it was with your story! :)

  3. Livia, I really enjoyed this story! Though I've not read many mysteries, and I know I could NEVER write a mystery, I certainly did enjoy your characters and the way everything unfolded. It really was a joy to read, and so entertaining throughout the story. I admire anyone who can write such a good mystery.

    1. I've always loved reading mysteries ever since the first Hardy Boys book I read. I read every mystery novel I could get my hands on. When I was dating James and discovered he had a big library of mysteries, and had even written a mystery...oh my! I was one happy gal.