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Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Bleeding Tarts (Pie Town Mystery #2) by Kirsten Weiss

Bleeding Tarts

Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
Published April 24th 2018 by Kensington Publishing Corporation

Goodreads synopsis: 
Val's new pies are foolproof—but not bulletproof.

Old West ghost towns are as American as apple pie. So what better place to sponsor a pie-eating contest than the Bar X, a fake ghost town available for exclusive private events on the edge of Silicon Valley. Valentine Harris is providing the pies, hoping to boost business for her struggling Pie Town shop and become a regular supplier for the Bar X.

But no sooner does she arrive in town than a stray bullet explodes the cherry pie in her hands. And the delicious dessert is not the only victim. Val finds the Bar X bartender shot dead in an alley. Egged on by her flaky friend and pie crust specialist, Charlene, Val aims to draw out the shooter. But solving a real murder in a fake ghost town won't be easy as pie. And if Val doesn't watch her back, her pies won't be the only thing filled full of lead . . 


4.5 stars

This is the second book in the Pie Town mystery series by Kirsten Weiss.

Charlene takes a big part in this mystery and I am not certain I remember her being so out front in many of the other Pie Town stories.

Val is taking tarts to an old west ghost town, sort of a tourist attraction, for a pie eating contest. While she is delivering the pies, some shoots at her making the pie box explode in front of her face. When she recovers enough, she realizes that a bartender from the Bar X has been shot dead as well.

I really enjoy this series and am glad to finally be reading some of the first few books just to give myself some more background on the characters. This is a charming series that appeals to the pie lover in us all. I loved the back and forth between the mystery and Val’s quest to find a way to get a delivery vehicle for the store.

This is a series well worth your while. Loving it so much!

If you like cozy mysteries, definitely check this one out. You won’t be disappointed.

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