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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 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. . . .


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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 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. . . .

30 review for One Poison Pie

  1. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    This is a paranormal cozy mystery, and this is the first book in the Kitchen Witch series. I have read and review the 0.50 book in this series that came out before this book. I really love this book. The characters where fun and developed. I really enjoyed following these characters while they solve this mystery in this book. There is twists and turns in this book, and I really enjoyed all the twists and turn. I cannot wait for the second book in this series. I hope the book goes more into the m This is a paranormal cozy mystery, and this is the first book in the Kitchen Witch series. I have read and review the 0.50 book in this series that came out before this book. I really love this book. The characters where fun and developed. I really enjoyed following these characters while they solve this mystery in this book. There is twists and turns in this book, and I really enjoyed all the twists and turn. I cannot wait for the second book in this series. I hope the book goes more into the magic. I do not feel the magic was explain in this book very well, but I do not think it hurt the book any. I was kindly provided an e-copy of this book by the publisher (Kensington Publishing Corporation) or author (Lynn Cahoon) via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review about how I feel about this book, and I want to send a big Thank you to them for that. (*)

  2. 5 out of 5

    Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)

    This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books. I thought that this was good! I have seen this author's books around for years and have always wanted to try her work. I thought that this would be the perfect one to start with as soon as I saw it. I was in the mood for a cozy and one involving a witch sounds especially appealing. I found this book to be incredibly entertaining. Mia has just moved back to Magic Springs and is just about to open a new catering business. She is plannin This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books. I thought that this was good! I have seen this author's books around for years and have always wanted to try her work. I thought that this would be the perfect one to start with as soon as I saw it. I was in the mood for a cozy and one involving a witch sounds especially appealing. I found this book to be incredibly entertaining. Mia has just moved back to Magic Springs and is just about to open a new catering business. She is planning to provide food for a birthday party and the customer is being rather difficult. Things get even worse when the customer is killed and people start pointing the finger at Mia. She still needs to get her building approved to open for business and a local man, Trent, is ready to jump in and help get things done. I had a great time with this one. There were several different mysteries to solve in this book and they all kept me guessing. I was never quite sure who Mia should trust and who was responsible for the crimes. There was plenty of excitement in this book and times when I wondered if Mia would be able to stay safe. I did think that the paranormal aspects of the story were more toned down than I would have expected but there is a bit sprinkled throughout the story. Angie Hickman did a fantastic job with the narration. I thought that she did a fantastic job bringing life to Mia's character. I thought that she added a lot of excitement to the story and I liked the variety of voices that she used for the various characters. She has a very pleasant voice, and I found this book easy to listen to for hours at a time. I feel like her narration added to my overall enjoyment of the story. I would recommend this book to others. I thought that this was a fun cozy mystery with fantastic characters. I definitely plan to read more of Lynn Cahoon's work in the future. I received a digital review copy of this audiobook from Tantor Audio via NetGalley. Initial Thoughts This was fun! There were several different mysteries to solve in this book and they all kept me guessing and I couldn't tell if everything was connected or not. I was never quite sure who Mia should trust or who might be responsible for the crimes. I liked Mia right away and her grandmother was equally likable. Angie Hickman did a great job with the narration.

  3. 4 out of 5

    ItaPixie

    One Poison Pie was the third paranormal cozy mystery I’ve read in the last three weeks and I liked it a lot. I can affirm I have found a new genre I enjoy. There is a novella before this book that I haven’t read but I easily followed Mia’s journey from here. Mia Malone is a chef and a kitchen witch with the power of healing with food. She is back in Magic Springs to start her own catering company but her first job doesn’t go as expected and from that on she won’t have a moment of peace. With a ki One Poison Pie was the third paranormal cozy mystery I’ve read in the last three weeks and I liked it a lot. I can affirm I have found a new genre I enjoy. There is a novella before this book that I haven’t read but I easily followed Mia’s journey from here. Mia Malone is a chef and a kitchen witch with the power of healing with food. She is back in Magic Springs to start her own catering company but her first job doesn’t go as expected and from that on she won’t have a moment of peace. With a killer on the loose she will try to make her business strive, but it seems that troubles follow her everywhere. Lynn Cahoon leads us on a very well planned adventure of mystery, murder and family and friends bonding. It won’t be easy to guess who is the murderer because there are so many people who had good reasons to commit the crime. I was so invested into the story I kept point my finger at someone only to change my mind in the next page. This was the first book written by this author I’ve read but I’m already looking forward to the next one in the series because she made me so curious with that ending.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Chatting About

    Mia Malone operates Mia’s Morsels, a new catering business in Magic Springs, Idaho. She’s also a kitchen witch—a good witch who uses a touch of healing magic in her delicious gourmet meals. Her fledgling business is almost ruined when one of her chef knives is stolen and used as a murder weapon on her Gran’s best friend. I thought this cozy mystery was light and fun! The smooth writing of Author Lynn Cahoon makes it a quick, enjoyable read. I loved the surprise ghost who appears and talks to Mia Mia Malone operates Mia’s Morsels, a new catering business in Magic Springs, Idaho. She’s also a kitchen witch—a good witch who uses a touch of healing magic in her delicious gourmet meals. Her fledgling business is almost ruined when one of her chef knives is stolen and used as a murder weapon on her Gran’s best friend. I thought this cozy mystery was light and fun! The smooth writing of Author Lynn Cahoon makes it a quick, enjoyable read. I loved the surprise ghost who appears and talks to Mia several times. I was very suspicious of the victim’s nephew so it wasn’t too much of a stretch at what he wound up being guilty of. I adore Mr. Darcy, the cat—love the name! The killer reveal was a bit shocking, and the motive sad and pathetic. I really enjoyed the very end where Mia receives a gift, and.....have to wait until the next book to find the answer! LOL! #WhyDidYouDoThatToMeLynnCahoon

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    While One Poison Pie by Lynn Cahoon is the first in the series, I really do feel like I should have read the novella, Chili Cauldron Curse, that came out about 5 months before this one. I know 2020 was a weird year for publishing, but I really wonder why they decided to put out a novella to introduce the series. In the novella it looks like Mia comes to town to help out grandma and she must have decided to stay in town by the end of the book. I can see how it is a prequel, but I think it would h While One Poison Pie by Lynn Cahoon is the first in the series, I really do feel like I should have read the novella, Chili Cauldron Curse, that came out about 5 months before this one. I know 2020 was a weird year for publishing, but I really wonder why they decided to put out a novella to introduce the series. In the novella it looks like Mia comes to town to help out grandma and she must have decided to stay in town by the end of the book. I can see how it is a prequel, but I think it would have been better to make it into a full length book and start the series with Chili Cauldron Curse. While I didn’t feel lost while reading One Poison Pie, I did feel like I was missing parts of the story. I really enjoyed getting to know the characters in One Poison Pie. Mia and Christina make a wonderful pair of roommates and sleuth/sidekick, and Cahoon has already primed the pump to have two emerging romances by the end of the story. Although I can see some readers of the cozy genre not enjoying all the mentions of sexual feelings that Mia is experiencing. Grandma is a wonderful matriarch and I’m glad that Mia has someone there to help her with her powers and that she’s not stumbling around blind trying to figure out more about them. On the note of magical powers, I wish they were more incorporated into the book. There was so much potential for more magical spells, recipes, and herbal concoctions to be added to the story. I’m hoping Cahoon will go deeper into the traditions of kitchen magic and benefits of various herbs in future books. I am interested to see how this series progresses (especially since there is a cliffhanger) and would be willing to read the next book since the characters are so enjoyable and to see if the magic is expanded upon.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Micky Cox

    Mia is back in action trying to get her new business venture off the ground in Magic Springs when her first catering client is found dead. Once again Mia finds herself at the center of the storm as she quickly tries to untangle all the webs of deception in order to solve the crime before someone she loves becomes the next victim. Add in the a few nefarious characters from both the past and the present and you have a pile of potential suspects to sort through! Great characters that are easy to co Mia is back in action trying to get her new business venture off the ground in Magic Springs when her first catering client is found dead. Once again Mia finds herself at the center of the storm as she quickly tries to untangle all the webs of deception in order to solve the crime before someone she loves becomes the next victim. Add in the a few nefarious characters from both the past and the present and you have a pile of potential suspects to sort through! Great characters that are easy to connect with make a wonderfully woven plot even more enjoyable! I absolutely can't wait to read what happens next for the residents of Magic Valley.

  7. 4 out of 5

    LORI (Dollycas) CASWELL

    Dollycas’s Thoughts After reading Chili Cauldron Curse I dove right into One Poison Pie. Mia has broken up with her cheating boyfriend and returned to Magic Springs to restart her life by opening Mia’s Morsels in an old school building. She plans to do some catering but to also build a client list of people that would enjoy a gourmet dinner delivered to their home one or more times a week. While the school is being revamped for her business her grandmother pushes her to cater a friend’s birthday Dollycas’s Thoughts After reading Chili Cauldron Curse I dove right into One Poison Pie. Mia has broken up with her cheating boyfriend and returned to Magic Springs to restart her life by opening Mia’s Morsels in an old school building. She plans to do some catering but to also build a client list of people that would enjoy a gourmet dinner delivered to their home one or more times a week. While the school is being revamped for her business her grandmother pushes her to cater a friend’s birthday party. It ends up being harder than she thought when her client, Adele Simpson, changes the entire menu at the last minute but Mia rolls with the changes committed to make her first event a hit, hopefully gaining her several new customers. Sadly the event takes a deadly turn when Adele’s body is found under the head table stabbed with a knife. When Mia is tapped as the prime suspect she can’t believe it. Adele was a difficult client but Mia wouldn’t kill her over a few changes. There has to be someone else the police should be questioning and Mia is going to do a little snooping to give them several options . . . that is unless the killer murders her next. Mia is a fantastic protagonist. She is smart, strong, and getting more independent every day. She has a great business plan along with the support she needs to get Mia’s Morsel’s up and running. We met her Gran and her ex-boyfriend’s sister Christina in Chili Cauldron Curse. They continue to immerge as important supporting characters. We are introduced to brothers Trent and Levi, and also Chef James. Trent has some romantic notions with Mia and Levi is just fun to be around. James allows Mia to use his kitchen to prepare the meal for Adele’s party. All the characters are very well crafted, some are more magical than others. Ms. Cahoon has fleshed them out pretty well but has left them plenty of room to grow over what I hope will be a long-running series. The relationships between the characters really drew my attention and the dialogues were true to life. The mystery plot was complex with a lot of things happening. Someone definitely wants Mia off the case and out of the way. Physical attacks, threatening messages, chilling calls, and more show the danger Mia is in. I love that witches and warlocks are common in Magic Springs and they have a variety of talents. Some are more active in the craft than others but coexist easily. I enjoyed the ghost stories and an actual ghost appearance. The paranormal elements are all well placed and did not overtake the main mystery at all. That mystery has plenty of twists and turns and surprises. A subplot with Mia’s ex adds another interesting element to the story. I find the author’s writing style very comfortable with clear descriptions without being too wordy. People and places are easily visualized and the characters really come to life. The pace was perfect and humor popped up in all the right places. I found One Poison Pie to be totally entertaining and easy to escape right into. The characters are engaging and I can’t wait to visit them again in Two Wicked Desserts this summer.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Patricia Romero

    We are very excited about Ms. Cahoon’s newest series. The Kitchen Witch! Mia Malone is a kitchen witch. And when her kind of fiance’ leaves her she is not only alone but unemployed, with her ex taking credit for all of her recipes. Well, most of them. And he wants to get his greedy little hands on all of them and is not above breaking a few laws to do it. Mia moves back in with her grandmother in Idaho, where being magical is not a punishable offense, instead, it is right out in the open and all m We are very excited about Ms. Cahoon’s newest series. The Kitchen Witch! Mia Malone is a kitchen witch. And when her kind of fiance’ leaves her she is not only alone but unemployed, with her ex taking credit for all of her recipes. Well, most of them. And he wants to get his greedy little hands on all of them and is not above breaking a few laws to do it. Mia moves back in with her grandmother in Idaho, where being magical is not a punishable offense, instead, it is right out in the open and all magicals are welcome. Mia is running a gourmet delivery business, with a dash of magic, to kick off her business. A bit overwhelmed, it seems like a blessing when her nasty ex-fiance’s sister, Christina comes needing a place to stay. Mia loves Christina and has no qualms about bringing her into the fold. At her first catering job, her client is found dead. Stabbed and stuffed under a table. Shocked to find out she is a suspect when one of her knives disappears she is also looking pretty good at being the next body under the table. With Christina, her grandma, and her grandma’s connections, she sets out to find a killer and solve a mystery before she or someone she loves ends up dead. Grandma was just the right amount of meddling in Mia’s affairs. There is a sub-plot with Christina and the Ex going on and a lot of miscommunication. This is the first of a new series for Lynn Cahoon, who is a master at cozy mysteries. She is one of those writers whose works I read before they come out to the public every time. Congrats on a winner! NetGalley/ January 26th, 2021 by Kensington Publishing Corporation

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    After listening to and loving another cozy mystery a couple of days ago (Dead and Breakfast), I was excited to dive into this one. Unfortunately, I quickly found out that I wasn't as interested and hooked by this one. If you want me to love your book, the beginning need to hook me and to keep my attention. I was immediately connected to the characters in the book I mentioned but One Poison Pie just didn't work for me sadly. I had a hard time focusing on what was going on because of it. It's a bi After listening to and loving another cozy mystery a couple of days ago (Dead and Breakfast), I was excited to dive into this one. Unfortunately, I quickly found out that I wasn't as interested and hooked by this one. If you want me to love your book, the beginning need to hook me and to keep my attention. I was immediately connected to the characters in the book I mentioned but One Poison Pie just didn't work for me sadly. I had a hard time focusing on what was going on because of it. It's a bit disappointing because it had a cute cover and an interesting premise. I'm not giving up on cozy mysteries as a whole though. Some will work for me and others won't. That's the reading experience in a nutshell. I saw plenty of positive reviews about this book so don't let my experience from stopping you to get this book if you think you'll love it! (Thank you for letting me read and review an ARC via Netgalley)

  10. 4 out of 5

    Tahera

    One Poison Pie is the first book in a new paranormal cozy mystery series by the author Lynn Cahoon. Mia Malone a hearth/kitchen witch moves back to grandmother's town of Magic Springs in Idaho to start over after she finds herself dumped and her cooking business taken over by her ex-fiance. Hoping to impress everyone in town with her new gourmet food delivery business with recipes with her magic touch, her first catering job turns deadly when the client Adele is found stabbed to death with one of One Poison Pie is the first book in a new paranormal cozy mystery series by the author Lynn Cahoon. Mia Malone a hearth/kitchen witch moves back to grandmother's town of Magic Springs in Idaho to start over after she finds herself dumped and her cooking business taken over by her ex-fiance. Hoping to impress everyone in town with her new gourmet food delivery business with recipes with her magic touch, her first catering job turns deadly when the client Adele is found stabbed to death with one of Mia's knife making her a prime suspect. Along the way, Mia comes to realise that she and her grandmother are not the only witches in Magic Springs, with a lot of residents belonging to different witch/warlords covens. There was not much magic in this book and I hope that it will be a bigger aspect in the upcoming books. I received the audio version of this book and had a pleasant time listening to it. The narrator Angie Hickman's voice was clear and it was easy for me to follow the story. My thanks to NetGalley, the publisher Tantor Audio and the author for the audio Arc of the book. The audiobook was released on 26th January 2021. Rating: ⭐⭐⭐✨💫

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Wilson

    This is the first book on the Kitchen Witch series. Mia is a witch, that has just ended a relationship, and bought an old school building to turn into a cooking school and catering business. But on the morning of her first event, a birthday party for her grandmothers friend, the client is found murdered. The sheriff thinks Mia is a suspect. Then Mia is attacked and other things start to happen. While Mia tries to get her business up and running, she must also figure out who wants to harm her. I This is the first book on the Kitchen Witch series. Mia is a witch, that has just ended a relationship, and bought an old school building to turn into a cooking school and catering business. But on the morning of her first event, a birthday party for her grandmothers friend, the client is found murdered. The sheriff thinks Mia is a suspect. Then Mia is attacked and other things start to happen. While Mia tries to get her business up and running, she must also figure out who wants to harm her. I really enjoyed this book. It held my interest from the beginning, and had just enough mystery to keep me interested. It was wonderfully written, and I loved how Mia was strong and independent. I recommend you read the novella Chili Cauldron Curse first, as it gives you an introduction into Mia, her grandmother, and the reason she’s in the town. This was a very enjoyable read.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Peggy R

    I am a fan of Lynn Cahoon so when I found out she had a new series debuting with a hint of the paranormal, well it was a given that I would be adding the series to my to be read list. One Poison Pie is the first full-length book in the new Kitchen Witch Mystery series and I am definitely a fan. Mia, her grandmother Mary Alice, Christina, and the rest of the cast of secondary characters are delightful and have so much potential for future storylines. This is a paranormal cozy but I liked that it I am a fan of Lynn Cahoon so when I found out she had a new series debuting with a hint of the paranormal, well it was a given that I would be adding the series to my to be read list. One Poison Pie is the first full-length book in the new Kitchen Witch Mystery series and I am definitely a fan. Mia, her grandmother Mary Alice, Christina, and the rest of the cast of secondary characters are delightful and have so much potential for future storylines. This is a paranormal cozy but I liked that it was only one element and was not the predominant element in the book. The paranormal aspect adds interest and possibilities to the story and future books in the series. There is also a bit a romance for Mia as well as Christina (who is the sister of Mia's ex-boyfriend). The mystery is well done. The victim was one of the town's wealthiest citizens. She had a tendency to be a bit difficult in dealing with vendors and tradespeople she hired. Mia is immediately a suspect and starts looking into suspects in order to clear her name. Having just moved to town, she needs her new business to succeed. In the process, she is joined by her grandmother, Trent (a possible love interest), and Levi (Trent's brother). I thought the mystery was tied up nice and had a very satisfying ending. I think this series has wonderful potential and will become one that I look forward to reading. The characters and instantly likable and the mystery was interesting and well-plotted to keep the reader's attention. I voluntarily read a digital advanced reader copy provided to me by the publisher, Kensington Books, through Netgalley. The thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jammin Jenny

    I really enjoyed this cozy mystery book set in a small town in Idaho. The MC (Mia Malone) is a kitchen witch, who is returning home after her relationship and business with her fiance falls apart. Then, there is a murder in the small town, and she and her familiar (Mr. Darcy, a cat), along with her family and friends, investigate to catch the killer. I liked the characters and the interplay between Mia and James.

  14. 4 out of 5

    K.A. Davis

    ONE POISON PIE is the first full-length book in the brand new Kitchen Witch Mystery series by Lynn Cahoon! This charming cozy mystery features Kitchen Witch Mia Malone who has just moved to Magic Springs, Idaho, where her quirky grandmother lives. I didn’t read the novella, Chili Caldron Curse, which introduces Mia and released this past August. But, I found I was able to jump in and catch up on the characters without any issues in One Poison Pie since there’s enough backstory sprinkled througho ONE POISON PIE is the first full-length book in the brand new Kitchen Witch Mystery series by Lynn Cahoon! This charming cozy mystery features Kitchen Witch Mia Malone who has just moved to Magic Springs, Idaho, where her quirky grandmother lives. I didn’t read the novella, Chili Caldron Curse, which introduces Mia and released this past August. But, I found I was able to jump in and catch up on the characters without any issues in One Poison Pie since there’s enough backstory sprinkled throughout. While not overly paranormal since Kitchen Witches strengths are making a house a home, and bringing peace and healing to people, there is just enough magic to take it out of the realm of a regular culinary cozy. I greatly enjoyed that the author takes the reader on the journey with Mia, learning who belongs to the town’s magical community. She throws in some surprises that look to play out in future books (but aren’t cliffhangers). I also loved that Mia is super close to her grandmother and to her nasty ex-boyfriend’s troubled younger sister, who Mia’s taken in. It adds a depth of emotion to the storyline. When her grandmother’s best friend is found murdered before the party Mia is supposed to be catering, and all clues point to Mia being the culprit, she gets involved in solving the crime to save herself and her fledgling catering business. As the plot unfolds, there are several twists I didn’t see coming… and one that isn’t typically found in cozy mysteries. I find this appealing and kept me on my toes as I tried to sift through the suspects as Mia’s sleuthing progresses. Along with the unusual plot twist, this cozy does contain mild language but nothing startling. Once the reveal started, it seemed to be a little rushed but most of the threads of the immediate crime were brought together in a cohesive story. There are a few unfinished items but there are hints that it’s to set the stage for future books. I was provided with an advance copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Karen Hollins-Stallman

    "One Poison Pie" the first instalment in the "Kitchen Witch" Mystery series by Lynn Cahoon. I loved visiting Magic Springs, Idaho again and catching up with Mia, Grans and Christina! I found myself engrossed in the story and really enjoying the new side characters of Trent and James. It was entertaining, full of twists and turns that kept me guessing till the very end. I cant wait to see what happens next for Mia and her friends. I am sad I have to wait till July 2021 to read Book 2 "Two Wicked D "One Poison Pie" the first instalment in the "Kitchen Witch" Mystery series by Lynn Cahoon. I loved visiting Magic Springs, Idaho again and catching up with Mia, Grans and Christina! I found myself engrossed in the story and really enjoying the new side characters of Trent and James. It was entertaining, full of twists and turns that kept me guessing till the very end. I cant wait to see what happens next for Mia and her friends. I am sad I have to wait till July 2021 to read Book 2 "Two Wicked Desserts" I highly recommend this new series to all my cozy loving friends. I requested and received an Advance Reader Copy of this book from Kensington Books and NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my OWN.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lola

    I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley and voluntarily reviewed it. After reading the prequel to this series I was looking forward to reading book and when I was in the mood for a paranormal cozy mystery book I decided to pick this one up. One Poison Pie starts like a typical cozy mystery the main character just moved to a new town, leaving her cheating ex behind and starting her own business. And then there is the dead body ofcourse. This book started off good, I I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley and voluntarily reviewed it. After reading the prequel to this series I was looking forward to reading book and when I was in the mood for a paranormal cozy mystery book I decided to pick this one up. One Poison Pie starts like a typical cozy mystery the main character just moved to a new town, leaving her cheating ex behind and starting her own business. And then there is the dead body ofcourse. This book started off good, I liked the cooking theme and seeing Mia make a new start in life. I liked how she had a close bond with her grandma and also had a roommate. Then there is the dead body and Mia is a main suspects, her ex is showing up and a competitor for the building Mia bought is determined to make her sell. I liked that there were multiple things going on besides the mystery. This book had all the ingredients for a great cozy mystery, but unfortunately this book didn't work for me. I considered DNF'ing this book, but by then I was far enough in the book I figured I might as well finish, but in the end I wish I had just DNF'd it. At the start I was still liking it well enough, the writing style was decent enough and I liked the set up for the different plot lines and wonderign whether certain mysterious events where connected or not. Sadly the issues I had with the book are the kind that kinda get worse the more you read and by the end of the book I was just happy it was over. The mystery fell flat for me unfortunately. There's a decent set up with an unlikable character being killed and Mia being one of the main suspects. Which both gave Mia reason to get involved and it which would give plenty of people motive, which I figured would make for an interesting mystery. Sadly it wasn't. For some reason the book never dives into other possible suspects and motives or even what happened or what clues are there. For that matter Mia hardly looks into the mystery. There is not much of trying to solve the mystery and the only reason she does is mostly by coincidence. Mostly she tries to stay save and focus on her business and own problems. I would've liked to see Mia more actively involved in trying to solve the mystery. There is an interesting twist related to a side character involved in the mystery toward the end, but by then I had already lost interest. Then the climax scene at the end felt very anti climactic and Mia did something not so smart there whcih made me annoyed, compounded by something not working just when she needs it to. Besides the mystery, there's the issue with Mia's ex as well as a competitor who is angry she got the building instead of him. Neither of these plot lines were particular interesting to me either. I do feel that with the whole ex plot line it helps to have read the prequel novella as I am not sure if the book gives the reader enough information if you haven't read it. I sure think reading the prequel helps get a better understanding of some side plot lines regarding Mia's cat, Christina and Mia's ex. While there is plenty going on the book mostly felt like a slice of life type of story. The mystery mostly takes a backseat and Mia doesn't really get involved into trying to solve the mystery. And another small thing that bothered me is the title. There is no poison or pie in this book, so I have no idea why the title mentions a Poison Pie. For some reason I had a hard time liking Mia. She seemed nice enough at first and I like her passion for cooking and how she cooks to de-stress. I didn't really care for how much she still thought of her ex, but that made sense given he was such a big part of her life for so long, it just wasn't particularly interesting. I also never got why they were together in the first place, he is painted like such an unlikable character who doesn't fit with Mia at all, that I just couldn't grasp how they ever had a relationship. Then there is Mia herself who could be quite rude and judgmental at times. Mostly these are small things like her inner thoughts or how she interpreted things that just rubbed me wrong. There are also some scenes where she isn't acting smartly and she keeps secrets from both her friends and family and forgets to give important clues to the police. She also seemed to dislike the police officer, who had his own issues with Mia, but in my opinion Mia's behavior sure didn't make it better. She also keeps thinking she isn't ready for a romance, which she said so often, but then didn't act on it and never communicates that with the love interest. I didn't really feel the romance. I had expected this to be a paranormal cozy mystery and I loved the idea of a kitchen witch. There just isn't a lot of paranormal at all. There is no explanation, we don't get a feel for the paranormal element and it doesn't come alive. I loved the idea, but we see so little of it, it was disappointing. By the end of the book I still had no clue what a kitchen witch could do or a normal witch for that matter, as those exist too. The magic doesn't really play a role in the story and doesn't even add much flavor as it just isn't there for enough. Mostly it's hinted at, Mia makes some assumptions of other people's magic and we hear multiple times about the role kitchen witches had in previous times. I am just sad there wasn't more about the magic. To summarize: I really wanted to like this book, but sadly it didn't work for me. After the promising prequel I was looking forward to this book, but unfortunately I didn't like it. The set up was promising and I liked the idea of a kitchen witch. Unfortunately the mystery fell flat for me. There wasn't as much focus on the mystery, the main character didn't do much investigating, there are hardly any suspects and the ending felt anticlimactic. There are some other side plot lines beside the main mystery, but they didn't really catch my interest either. I didn't like Mia, she seemed nice enough at first and I liked her passion for cooking, but she could be rude and judgmental and some of her inner thoughts rubbed me wrong. I also was disappointed there isn't more magic and paranormal. Mia is a kitchen witch, but there hardly is any information about how it works. Sadly this book didn't work for me.

  17. 4 out of 5

    The Cozy Review

    I adore almost everything Lynn Cahoon writes; I rarely dislike any character or a plot. Certainly, never the writing. The first book in her new kitchen witch series, One Poison Pie, is not perfect, but close enough. Even though there are some minor personality flaws with the main character Mia, it is evident that she will become a strong, fun heroine that readers will come to love, if they don’t already. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting Mia and her grandmother, who is a real spitfire, as well as Mia I adore almost everything Lynn Cahoon writes; I rarely dislike any character or a plot. Certainly, never the writing. The first book in her new kitchen witch series, One Poison Pie, is not perfect, but close enough. Even though there are some minor personality flaws with the main character Mia, it is evident that she will become a strong, fun heroine that readers will come to love, if they don’t already. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting Mia and her grandmother, who is a real spitfire, as well as Mia’s ex-future sister-in-law, Christina. All of the secondary characters are warm, lovable, and entertaining. They should make for positively charged interesting additions to future books. Trent and Levi add a touch of romance that isn’t over the top but will keep readers happy. I could have done with more of the magical, paranormal, witchcraft side of things in this first book; hopefully, it will grow along with the characters and the series. Having Mia be a kitchen witch was fun and makes readers hungry for more than the next book. There were plenty of twists and turns. Suspects were carefully crafted to keep the reader guessing; just when you think you have it figured out, a new piece of evidence comes along, and you realize you are wrong from the start. The killer is unveiled in the end and may not be who the reader thought it was. It was a lovely way to keep the mystery alive without being too convoluted. One Poison Pie is absorbing, easy to read, and filled with captivating characters, a touch of the paranormal, and a location that would inspire anyone, as well as a mystery that most readers will not figure out until the end. In other words, precisely what you would expect from a cozy and an author of Lynn’s caliber. I am elated to have a new witch series to read from a writer I feel is one of the industry’s finest authors. I heartily recommend this book and series to readers who love kitchen witches who give you riddles, thrills, and savory pleasure.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Robbins

    *I received a free copy of this book which I voluntarily chose to write an honest review for. A wonderful start to a new magical cozy series! Meet Mia a kitchen witch trying to open her own catering/cooking school in the historical school house of Magical Springs. Before she gets even close to opening her Grandma's BFF hires her to cater her birthday party. This is a very difficult woman to get along with and she loves to change things last minute. Mia is scrambling to get everything together in *I received a free copy of this book which I voluntarily chose to write an honest review for. A wonderful start to a new magical cozy series! Meet Mia a kitchen witch trying to open her own catering/cooking school in the historical school house of Magical Springs. Before she gets even close to opening her Grandma's BFF hires her to cater her birthday party. This is a very difficult woman to get along with and she loves to change things last minute. Mia is scrambling to get everything together in time but she thinks she pulled it off. The day of the party she arrives early to start cooking only to be interrupted by the discovery of the woman's body in the ballroom. The sheriff has a vendetta against her so he quickly jumps to place the blame on her when she has no real alibi. This makes things tough so she starts asking around where she learns so much more then she bargained for. This makes for a fantabulous story as it all comes together. With magic at every turn as well as characters you can relate to or even hate it ducks you in until you cannot put it down. A total must read! I totally loved it so I give it 5/5 stars.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Eve (Between The Bookends)

    I seriously just love cozy mysteries. There is just something so "fun" about them, even when they all include murders. 😂 I've never read this author before, and that is an oversight I will definitely fix as soon as possible because this book was fantastic! It was well written. The mystery(ies) were well developed and kept me guessing until the end. The characters were fleshed out well, but with enough "mystery" left to carry us through to future books. They were also quite likable, which for me i I seriously just love cozy mysteries. There is just something so "fun" about them, even when they all include murders. 😂 I've never read this author before, and that is an oversight I will definitely fix as soon as possible because this book was fantastic! It was well written. The mystery(ies) were well developed and kept me guessing until the end. The characters were fleshed out well, but with enough "mystery" left to carry us through to future books. They were also quite likable, which for me is an important part to me enjoying a cozy. I honestly cannot wait to get my hands on the next book! **ARC Via NetGalley**

  20. 5 out of 5

    Deanne Patterson

    A fun start to a new series. This one has witches in it and while I'm not into books with magic and paranormal stuff this was not that. This is about kitchen witches and they use spells for spreading warmth and positivity. I enjoyed getting to know the characters, they were fun. The story was well plotted and reading about all the cooking and a delightful recipe included made me want to read it all the more. I look forward to the next installment in this cozy mystery series. Pub Date: 26 Jan 2021 A fun start to a new series. This one has witches in it and while I'm not into books with magic and paranormal stuff this was not that. This is about kitchen witches and they use spells for spreading warmth and positivity. I enjoyed getting to know the characters, they were fun. The story was well plotted and reading about all the cooking and a delightful recipe included made me want to read it all the more. I look forward to the next installment in this cozy mystery series. Pub Date: 26 Jan 2021 I was given a complimentary copy of this book. Thank you. All opinions expressed are my own.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lieke

    A fun book, a bit predictable but that didn’t take anything of the joy for me. The characters were interesting and it was fun to get to know Magic Springs. I'm looking forward to book 2 in the series. Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review! A fun book, a bit predictable but that didn’t take anything of the joy for me. The characters were interesting and it was fun to get to know Magic Springs. I'm looking forward to book 2 in the series. Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    I received a copy of One Poison Pie through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. One Poison Pie is the first full book in the new Kitchen Witch Mystery series, with a novella to start off the series. In this cozy paranormal mystery, Mia, a kitchen witch and caterer, has just bought an old school and is in the process of turning it into her new business headquarters. When murder strikes, Mia is thrown into an adventure of trying to find the killer as well as figure out who is trying to get I received a copy of One Poison Pie through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. One Poison Pie is the first full book in the new Kitchen Witch Mystery series, with a novella to start off the series. In this cozy paranormal mystery, Mia, a kitchen witch and caterer, has just bought an old school and is in the process of turning it into her new business headquarters. When murder strikes, Mia is thrown into an adventure of trying to find the killer as well as figure out who is trying to get in the way of her opening her new business. I enjoyed this cozy mystery and think that it is a good start to a new series by an author I love. Every time you think you know where this story is going, another twist or turn is thrown your way and you start to rethink everything you thought you knew was true. When I started reading this book I thought I knew who was the murderer from the very beginning, but was I ever wrong! The twists and turns in this mystery will keep you turning the pages as fast as you can. If you are looking for engaging characters, intriguing mystery, good food and a hint of the paranormal, this series is for you. I am looking forward to seeing what the next installment in this series holds and recommend giving this new series a try.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Dawn Michelle

    This is a fairly decent start to a new series by Lynn Cahoon. I wasn't a huge fan of the novella before this, but I had already had this, so I knew I had to read it and hoped that it was at least a little better than the novella was, and thankfully, it was. It was also problematic in areas, and since I am [apparently] extremely detailed orientated [which is sometimes problematic when reading a book like this], I need to lay these issues out. 1. "You cannot practice magic while looking down your This is a fairly decent start to a new series by Lynn Cahoon. I wasn't a huge fan of the novella before this, but I had already had this, so I knew I had to read it and hoped that it was at least a little better than the novella was, and thankfully, it was. It was also problematic in areas, and since I am [apparently] extremely detailed orientated [which is sometimes problematic when reading a book like this], I need to lay these issues out. 1. "You cannot practice magic while looking down your nose at it" <--Aunt Jet [Practical Magic] I must have said this a hundred times during this book whenever a character would claim they did not practice and wasn't a part of the practice of their family, yet would use magic when it suited them. I see bad things happening because of this. Very bad things. Magic doesn't like to be used for one's own benefit without being acknowledged. 2. It is either a V A N or it is a C A R. It cannot be BOTH, especially in the same sentence. A van is not a car, and a car is not a van. PLEASE figure it out [yes, this seems trivial, but it happens so often that I was totally annoyed by the end of the book]. 3. If one wrecks ones V A N in a snowstorm that has shut down the town, one cannot, the very next day, drive one's V A N to rescue someone. Just sayin'. 4. The reveal. Because of how the last part of the book was written, it ends up being rather anticlimactic [ (view spoiler)[You cannot have a really anticlimactic reveal at 82% without everyone realizing who the killer then has to be because there is no one left {unless its someone who has not even been mentioned}. I do hope this isn't a trend! (hide spoiler)] ], and that makes for a rather flat book. 5. This is a cozy mystery, NOT a romance book. I am not sure we needed all the extracurricular graphic conversation [even if it is IN her head] about how the MC feels about someone. I don't mind it when the MC likes someone, but I don't need to know what she'd like to do to him on a bearskin rug in a cabin. All that said, I can see how this can be a great series. I like the MC [minus her overactive imagination in regards to the guy she's hot for] and the supporting characters. I like the town they live in and the fact that it is based in magic; she does it well. And even though the book started poorly for me, it really grew on me over the course of the story and I do have hope for this series and will look for the next one. Thank you to NetGalley, Lynn Cahoon, and Kensington Books for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Carla Johnson-Hicks

    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 v 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.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Taryn

    After the breakup with her boyfriend Mia has moved to Idaho where her grandmother lives and is looking toward a new future. She has bought a property and will soon be opening up a Gourmet Dinner Delivery Service. When her exes sister comes to town Mia gives her place to stay along with a job until she can get her life sorted out. She is excited for her first catering job but things take a turn .for the worse when the client is found dead before her party even begins. It soon becomes apparent tha After the breakup with her boyfriend Mia has moved to Idaho where her grandmother lives and is looking toward a new future. She has bought a property and will soon be opening up a Gourmet Dinner Delivery Service. When her exes sister comes to town Mia gives her place to stay along with a job until she can get her life sorted out. She is excited for her first catering job but things take a turn .for the worse when the client is found dead before her party even begins. It soon becomes apparent that she is a suspect and that isn't a good feeling at all. Mia realizes she must figure out who the killer is before she herself ends up on his list. With her friends and families help she hopes that she can solve this puzzle before more harm is done. This is such a fun new series filled with wonderful characters, A great plot, and a touch of magic to help you believe.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lynn

    One Poison Pie is the first in Lynn Cahoon's new Kitchen Witch Mysteries. Although I love her other series, I'm always a bit uneasy when approaching a new series by any author I read routinely. Will I like the characters? Will it draw me in like the others? The answer in this case is a resounding YES!! Mia Malone is starting over in her grandmother's home town, after discovering her fiancée was cheating, and taking credit for her ideas in their business. She has 1) purchased an old school buildi One Poison Pie is the first in Lynn Cahoon's new Kitchen Witch Mysteries. Although I love her other series, I'm always a bit uneasy when approaching a new series by any author I read routinely. Will I like the characters? Will it draw me in like the others? The answer in this case is a resounding YES!! Mia Malone is starting over in her grandmother's home town, after discovering her fiancée was cheating, and taking credit for her ideas in their business. She has 1) purchased an old school building, and 2) is working to start her own catering business. When her first client, one of the most disliked women in town, but her grandmother's BFF, is found dead at the site of the party, hours before Mia is to serve, naturally the town sheriff looks at her. And since Mia knows she didn't do it, she begins to try to figure out who did. Along with Mia, we meet her Grans (who is also a witch), her ex's sister Christina, who is a bit lost and trying to find her place in life, Mr. Darcy, Mia's cat, who has a problem of his own, and various town's people. I must say I really enjoyed reading this. I will be waiting impatiently for the next installment in this series!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Deborah Almada

    This is an intriguing first book in a new cozy series. I love the setting, Idaho, an old schoolhouse being repurposed as a small business, I used to live in an old schoolhouse, a good food theme and to top it all off just a little bit of magic!!! Mia is a fun character, she has her grandmother nearby and the sister of her ex has taken refuge with her. She is starting to meet and make friends in town, but when her grandmother's best friend is killed, someone she is catering a party for, Mia becom This is an intriguing first book in a new cozy series. I love the setting, Idaho, an old schoolhouse being repurposed as a small business, I used to live in an old schoolhouse, a good food theme and to top it all off just a little bit of magic!!! Mia is a fun character, she has her grandmother nearby and the sister of her ex has taken refuge with her. She is starting to meet and make friends in town, but when her grandmother's best friend is killed, someone she is catering a party for, Mia becomes a suspect, then there is the dishonest businessman trying to get her out of her precious schoolhouses. What's a girl to do? I definitely recommend reading this book to find out!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen

    What a fun way to end my reading year! I thought this was a great start to a cozy series. A bit of confusion on my part because there is a novella that actually started this that I haven't read, a couple of hanging questions at the end, plus I'm not sure why there wasn't any poison or a pie in the story. But, I enjoyed all the characters and appreciated that the 'magical' elements weren't used as a means to solve the mystery. I will be very interested in reading the next in the series. Many than What a fun way to end my reading year! I thought this was a great start to a cozy series. A bit of confusion on my part because there is a novella that actually started this that I haven't read, a couple of hanging questions at the end, plus I'm not sure why there wasn't any poison or a pie in the story. But, I enjoyed all the characters and appreciated that the 'magical' elements weren't used as a means to solve the mystery. I will be very interested in reading the next in the series. Many thanks to the publisher for providing me with an advanced copy. This opinion is my own.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Bridget

    One Poison Pie is the first in Lynn Cahoon's Kitchen Witch Mysteries and follows the Chili Cauldron Curse novella which introduced Mia Malone and her gran, Mary Alice Carpenter. Mia is setting up her new gourmet dinner delivery and cookery class business, Mia's Morsels, in her gran's hometown of Magic Springs, Idaho, after being dumped by her boyfriend and boss, Isaac Adams. Both Mia and her Granny Mary are kitchen witches who are all about adding a touch of magic to their delicacies and off One Poison Pie is the first in Lynn Cahoon's Kitchen Witch Mysteries and follows the Chili Cauldron Curse novella which introduced Mia Malone and her gran, Mary Alice Carpenter. Mia is setting up her new gourmet dinner delivery and cookery class business, Mia's Morsels, in her gran's hometown of Magic Springs, Idaho, after being dumped by her boyfriend and boss, Isaac Adams. Both Mia and her Granny Mary are kitchen witches who are all about adding a touch of magic to their delicacies and offerings and Magic Springs is a place that welcomes ghosts, warlocks and the paranormal. Busy Mia has bought the old school building and is continuing with its refurbishment as well as just getting her first paying client. It's her gran's best friend, Adele's birthday and Mia is providing the catering for her party. As her own kitchen is not yet ready, Mia is using the kitchen at the Lodge where the party is being held. When Adele is murdered on the morning of her party, found dead in the ballroom, Mia admits to finding the woman mean, hard-to-please and demanding and becomes a suspect... Even though I missed Chili Cauldron Curse I jumped into One Poison Pie with abandon. This is a very exciting new series with wonderful, engaging characters. Mia is caring and forgiving and I love the colourful and fun Mary. Hunky Mark Baldwin is the town's only police officer, Trent Majors owns Major's Grocery and proved himself to be a good friend and, who knows, in future books, he may get closer to Mia. There are threatening phone calls, an attack that sees Mia in hospital, and all sorts of characters arriving at the schoolhouse with evil intent. This book had all the required ingredients and some special ones, too: a nightmare ex-boyfriend, a super grandma, a choosy, cavilling cat, good friends, and a challenging murder to solve. Mia is a terrific character and I think it's going to be fun to get to know her better as she learns the ropes in her catering business and of her recipes. With a well-written plot and a town full of magic I look forward to catching up with Mia and grans in the next instalment Two Wicked Desserts as well as reading Chili Cauldron Curse. I received a complimentary copy of this novel at my request from Kensington Books via NetGalley. This review is my own unbiased opinion.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Erin Farmer

    Book 17 towards my goal of 240! 4/5 stars for this witchy cozy mystery! A kitchen witch decides to buy an old school to renovate into her new home and catering business. Great for fans of Miss Spelled! Good story. Fun characters! Narration was great. Definitely recommend! *I received this book in exchange for honest review from Netgalley*

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