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Treacherous Tart

In this second charming novel in the Pie Shop cozy mystery series, a modern-day Lothario is shot dead, and it’s up to Maggie to clear her aunt and partner-in-pie from the suspect list.

It’s Christmastime at Pie in the Sky, Aunt Clara’s pie shop, and she has a new beau, Donald Wickerson, who loves her Marvelous Mince Pies.

Unfortunately, it seems that this holiday, Donald might only be interested in Aunt Clara for her money. Ryan and Maggie research his background and find he’s had several wives who met with unfortunate “accidents” that left him wealthier. Now they have to convince Aunt Clara that her boyfriend is after more than just her pie recipes.

When Donald stumbles into Pie in the Sky and dies after being shot, Aunt Clara is devastated—and also a suspect, since everyone in Durham knows about Donald from Ryan’s newspaper article. Now Maggie and Ryan will have to prove that someone else in the long list of people he’d wronged finally got the courage to end his life


“A well-constructed plot and lively dialogue…lift this promising debut…. Fans of Joanne Fluke’s Hannah Swenson series and other culinary cozies will be satisfied.” ~ Publishers Weekly

"Cuddle up and lose yourself in the cozy Pie in the Sky Pie Shop with Maggie, Aunt Clara and the rest of the gang. This was a charming little mystery that kept me entertained until the very end." ~ Rainy Day Ramblings Book Blog

“I am eagerly awaiting the second in this series and Joyce and Jim Lavene can do no wrong! If you love cozy mysteries, then this book is for you. Pick it up ASAP and enjoy!” ~ Shannon Malloy

“A fast and entertaining read, I was kept guessing until the surprising conclusion of this great book. I really look forward to the next installment in this new and hopefully long running series.” ~ Lisa K’s Book Reviews