Pie A La Murder by Melinda Wells is the fourth book in the “Della Cooks” mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime (Penguin), July 2011

Della Carmichael is the owners of a cooking school in Santa Monica, California, and the star of her own cable cooking show. She knows exposure is good for ratings; she just never imagined she’d receive this kind of exposure.

Della is in the middle of Operation Pie, a bake sale contest to raise money for charity, when her sweetie pie, Nicholas, drops a bombshell: he has an eighteen-year-old daughter named Celeste, whom he hasn’t seen since she was a baby, and she’s coming to live with him.

But when Celeste—who has some half-baked acting ambitions—becomes embroiled with a Hollywood photographer who intends to exploit her, her father flies into a rage. When Nicholas is discovered at the scene of the man’s murder, he becomes the prime suspect. It’s up to Della to find the real killer, save her man, and find some way to bond with Celeste, before they all get burned.

Happy Father’s Day! Unbeknownst to Della, Nicholas has a nearly adult teenage daughter, Celeste. With Celeste’s lofty future goals, she embarks on a photographic journey that results some not so pretty photographs which enrages Nick and when he is found near the photographer’s dead body, Nick immediately becomes the primary person of interest. Della does what she does best, easing her way into the police investigation to solve this crime and bring the killer to justice. What a great read! The first line; that is all it took and I was quickly turning the pages on this action-filled story that I could not put down and kept me guessing. I always enjoy my annual visits with Della because I know she’s going to be making delicious meals while grilling suspects. The wonderful characters, the great conversational flow and the comfortable ambiance create a charming and delectable read in this scrumptious series that keeps getting better and better.

Melinda Wells is the pseudonym of Linda Palmer

FTC Full Disclosure – The publisher sent me a copy of this book

previously posted on the Cozy Chicks blog

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