Pies and Pages Cozy Mysteries

Carolyn Q. Hunter

Master pie baker, Bertha Hannah, is thrilled to open a combination book store and pie shop. A series of mysterious deaths pop up in her quaint small town, and Bert quickly finds herself elbows-deep in trying to solve the mysteries, before they strike too close to home!

Killer Cheesecake Tart

Pie shop owner Bertha Hannah might not have any children of her own, but this Mother’s Day she is celebrating by helping to cater a Wine and Cheese party for some of the richest ladies–and mothers–in all of Culver’s Hood, Nebraska. She has a delicious cheesecake tart prepared for the occasion, and things start off swimmingly, until a gruesome discovery is made at the elegant venue.

When the hostess of the party is found, face down, in one of the estate’s beautiful fountains, Detective Harry Manor is all too ready to point a finger at one of Bert’s fellow church members, who happens to be at the party. Bert steps in, along with her friends Shiv and Carla, to see what clues they can find to exonerate the innocent churchgoer, before the real killer slips through their fingers and gets away with murder.

Killer Apple Pie

There is nothing in the world that is better than pie, except for maybe a good book. At least, that’s Bertha Hannah’s opinion. Her two passions in life couldn’t be more evenly matched. When the idea arises for her to open her very own combination pie and book shop, she jumps at the opportunity.

However, getting everything organized and ready to open to the public is anything but simple–especially when there is murder involved. After an old friend is found dead in the shop’s back office, Bert is inundated with pompous detectives, money grubbing investors, and unruly customers.

Will Bert be able to sort things out before it’s too late or will this murder put her out of business before she’s even started?

 

 

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Bertha Hannah’s two passions in life are books and piping hot homemade pies, and when an opportunity arises for her to open her own pie and book shop, she jumps in headfirst, only to find that preparing to open her own shop isn’t exactly a piece of cake.

 

In the midst of getting organized and putting the pieces in place for her grand opening, tragedy strikes, far too close for comfort. All the while mourning the untimely death of an old friend, Bertha finds herself having to deal with pompous detectives, money-grubbing investors and unruly customers, which truly threatens to upset her apple cart.

 

Will she be able to unravel the mystery which has presented itself at the worst of times? Or, will her dream business be finished before it even starts?

Killer Chocolate Pie

Bert Hannah is thrilled to open her brand new combination pie shop and bookstore, Pies and Pages, just in time for the holiday season in Culver’s Hood, Nebraska. Kicking off the festivities is the annual Autumn Walk which is held in the downtown Old Market. Free samples of a tasty new pie and some awesome sidewalk sales on books are just what the doctor ordered to get new customers interested and buying.

Circumstances quickly turn dark, however, when the body of a disgruntled customer turns up on Bert’s doorstep. Detective Mannor is assigned to solve the case again, and Bert can’t help sticking her nose firmly into police business, digging for clues and ferreting out information. Will she be able to assist the detective in catching the killer, or will the trigger happy killer come for her next?

Killer Halloween Pie

It’s Halloween, and Bert Hannah is eagerly looking forward to the annual trunk-or-treat being held at her church. She’s got a great costume picked out and has plans to hand out mini Jack-O-Lantern Pies. The celebration takes a tragic turn when an accident occurs in the middle of the festivities and a member of the congregation ends up dead.

Bert is the only person who actually witnessed what happened, and the more she thinks about it, the more she wonders if it was merely anaccident after all. It seems as though murder has struck again, and Bert is determined to pin down the killer before they can deliver one more Halloween trick.

Killer Thanksgiving Pie

Thanksgiving is a big deal for pie and book shop owner, Bertha Hannah, largely because it happens to be the most pie-related holiday on the calendar. Bert soon finds herself overwhelmed with the number of orders which need
to be completed before the holiday rush, but she’s vowed to let nothing keep her from honoring her annual commitment to volunteer at the local soup kitchen.

Unfortunately, the holiday production schedule comes to a shuddering halt, when an unknown man is stabbed to death in the alleyway behind the kitchen. Could his murder be related to a recent string of mysterious deaths that Bert read about in the paper, or was the man merely the victim of a random mugging?

As she is dragged further and further into the investigation, Bert begins to wonder if she’ll ever be able to find the time and peace to stop and give thanks this year.

 

Enjoy this mysterious holiday treat by the beloved Carolyn Q. Hunter!!

Killer Christmas Pie

It’s Christmastime and pie shop owner, Bertha Hannah, is gearing up with a brand new Gingerbread Pie and a little holiday shopping. Bert and her best friend Carla find themselves in a spending mood as the newest mall in the area advertises a plethora of specialty shops, department stores, and restaurants. It’s time for a girl’s day out!

 

Off on their festive adventure, the ladies run into Detective Mannor–a man Bert recently turned down for a date—and the day heads rapidly downhill when a body is discovered in one of the mall’s most popular shops. A cheerful season of peace and goodwill has turned blood red with homicide and it’s up to Bert to figure out the mystery before Santa can say Ho-Ho-Ho.  

KIller Caramel Pie

New Year’s Eve is fast approaching in Culver’s Hood and, thanks to Detective Harry Mannor, pie shop owner Bertha Hannah has been invited to attend one of the largest parties of the season, which is being held at the mayor’s penthouse. Bert has her reservations about having to dress up and break bread with the city’s most well to-do citizens, but decides to go to the party anyway.

 

Tragedy strikes when a fellow partygoer falls over the fifteenth story balcony, but Bert is convinced that the resulting death was no accident. She’s positive that foul play was involved, and is frustrated when no one else seems to believe her. Determined to get to the bottom of the incident, she must use her wits, and her wicked baking skills, to uncover the dark truth. 

KIller Cocoa Pie

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and much to Bertha Hannah’s surprise and delight, the Season of Love is busier than even the Christmas holiday. Overwhelmed with baking pies and making special deliveries, Bert doesn’t have any extra time for murder and other nonsense. When a young woman’s body is found stuffed away in the back storeroom of Pies and Pages, however, she’s once again thrust into the middle of a mess.
 

What seems, at first,to be merely a horrific accident, turns out to be far more sinister, when Bert realizes that a local corporation may have some connection to the murder. The roots of dishonesty, sabotage, money, and LOVE all seem to have ties to this most recent case. Will Bert be able to uncover the truth before Valentine’s Day, or will her business be buried in intrigue?  

 

 

Lovers pie

Dutch style cocoa

Shamrock Pie Murder

Indulge yourself in a sweet slice of murder!

It’s Saint Patrick’s Day in Culver’s Hood and pie shop owner, Bertha Hannah, has been asked to cater the dessert course at a local chiropractic luncheon. Unfortunately, what seems like a fun event is hampered by persistent protestors, professional disagreements, and jealous lovers. The unpleasant situation goes from bad to worse when one of the event’s attendees is murdered, under most unusual circumstances.

Bert has her hands full trying to prove one man’s innocence while hunting down ghosts of the past. Will she be able to “crack” the case, or will she find herself permanently on pins and needles? 

Killer Easter Pie

Are you ready for a taste of Spring?

How about robbery, murder, and an Easter Egg hunt? 

When a jewelry shop in the Old Market is robbed, and an expensive jeweled egg is stolen, it seems someone might be out to ruin Easter. 

For pie shop owner Bertha Hannah, however, she has very little time to think about crime as she is preparing for the annual city Easter Egg Hunt at the community gardens. Businesses and churches from all over the city are contributing to the event, and Bert has a new pie recipe planned for the day. 

Festivities are brought to a screeching halt, however, when a body is found in the bushes. Is this new death connected to the egg robbery? When the finger of accusation seems to be pointed in the direction of a friend, Bert knows it is up to her to solve this mystery before the Easter Bunny hops away with all the clues.

Killer Cheesecake Tart

Pie shop owner Bertha Hannah might not have any children of her own, but this Mother’s Day she is celebrating by helping to cater a Wine and Cheese party for some of the richest ladies–and mothers–in all of Culver’s Hood, Nebraska. She has a delicious cheesecake tart prepared for the occasion, and things start off swimmingly, until a gruesome discovery is made at the elegant venue.

When the hostess of the party is found, face down, in one of the estate’s beautiful fountains, Detective Harry Manor is all too ready to point a finger at one of Bert’s fellow church members, who happens to be at the party. Bert steps in, along with her friends Shiv and Carla, to see what clues they can find to exonerate the innocent churchgoer, before the real killer slips through their fingers and gets away with murder.