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Daisy Ellery’s pies have a secret ingredient: The magical ability to avenge women done wrong by men. But Daisy finds herself on the receiving end in Misha Popp’s cozy series debut, a sweet-as-buttercream treat for fans of Ellery Adams and Mary Maxwell. The first time Daisy Ellery killed a man with a pie, it was an accident. Now, it’s her calling. Daisy bakes sweet vengeance Daisy Ellery’s pies have a secret ingredient: The magical ability to avenge women done wrong by men. But Daisy finds herself on the receiving end in Misha Popp’s cozy series debut, a sweet-as-buttercream treat for fans of Ellery Adams and Mary Maxwell. The first time Daisy Ellery killed a man with a pie, it was an accident. Now, it’s her calling. Daisy bakes sweet vengeance into her pastries, which she and her dog Zoe deliver to the men who’ve done dirty deeds to the town’s women. But if she can’t solve the one crime that’s not of her own baking, she’ll be out of the pie pan and into the oven. Parking her Pies Before Guys mobile bakery van outside the local diner, Daisy is informed by Frank, the crusty diner owner, that someone’s been prowling around the van—and not just to inhale the delectable aroma. Already on thin icing with Frank, she finds a letter on her door, threatening to reveal her unsavory secret sideline of pie a la murder. Blackmail? But who whipped up this half-baked plot to cut a slice out of Daisy’s business? Purple-haired campus do-gooder Melly? Noel, the tender—if flaky—farm boy? Or one of the abusive men who prefer their pie without a deadly scoop of payback? The upcoming statewide pie contest could be Daisy’s big chance to help wronged women everywhere…if she doesn’t meet a sticky end first. Because Daisy knows the blackmailer won’t stop until her business is in crumbles.


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Daisy Ellery’s pies have a secret ingredient: The magical ability to avenge women done wrong by men. But Daisy finds herself on the receiving end in Misha Popp’s cozy series debut, a sweet-as-buttercream treat for fans of Ellery Adams and Mary Maxwell. The first time Daisy Ellery killed a man with a pie, it was an accident. Now, it’s her calling. Daisy bakes sweet vengeance Daisy Ellery’s pies have a secret ingredient: The magical ability to avenge women done wrong by men. But Daisy finds herself on the receiving end in Misha Popp’s cozy series debut, a sweet-as-buttercream treat for fans of Ellery Adams and Mary Maxwell. The first time Daisy Ellery killed a man with a pie, it was an accident. Now, it’s her calling. Daisy bakes sweet vengeance into her pastries, which she and her dog Zoe deliver to the men who’ve done dirty deeds to the town’s women. But if she can’t solve the one crime that’s not of her own baking, she’ll be out of the pie pan and into the oven. Parking her Pies Before Guys mobile bakery van outside the local diner, Daisy is informed by Frank, the crusty diner owner, that someone’s been prowling around the van—and not just to inhale the delectable aroma. Already on thin icing with Frank, she finds a letter on her door, threatening to reveal her unsavory secret sideline of pie a la murder. Blackmail? But who whipped up this half-baked plot to cut a slice out of Daisy’s business? Purple-haired campus do-gooder Melly? Noel, the tender—if flaky—farm boy? Or one of the abusive men who prefer their pie without a deadly scoop of payback? The upcoming statewide pie contest could be Daisy’s big chance to help wronged women everywhere…if she doesn’t meet a sticky end first. Because Daisy knows the blackmailer won’t stop until her business is in crumbles.

30 review for Magic, Lies, and Deadly Pies

  1. 5 out of 5

    Debra

    I've heard about killing them with kindness, but killing them with pies? That's a whole other story! "I have spent most of my life helping women live better lives by killing the men in their lives." Daisy Ellery’s have the special ability to do many things, but one of them is deadly. She can bake vengeance into her pies and she and her beloved dog, Zoe, deliver them to men who have done horrible things to women. One day, Daisy finds a letter outside her van threatening to expose her and her deadly I've heard about killing them with kindness, but killing them with pies? That's a whole other story! "I have spent most of my life helping women live better lives by killing the men in their lives." Daisy Ellery’s have the special ability to do many things, but one of them is deadly. She can bake vengeance into her pies and she and her beloved dog, Zoe, deliver them to men who have done horrible things to women. One day, Daisy finds a letter outside her van threatening to expose her and her deadly pie making business. What's a girl to do???? This was a fun audiobook and enjoyed the premise. This book had yummy sounding pies (with a recipe at the end of the book), some romance, some drama, and some secrets thrown in. If you are looking for a book that doesn't take itself too seriously, is fun and entertaining, look no further. But make sure you eat first, as they delicious sounding pies will make your mouth water! Thank you to Dreamscape Media and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All the thoughts and opinions are my own. Read more of my reviews at www.openbookposts.com

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    ***Now Available*** This is a Magic Realism Cozy Mystery, and this is the first book in the A Pies Before Guys Mystery series. I loved getting to know the characters in this series. I loved the magic realism that is in this book. I think the magic was explained very well in this book. Daisy's character was a very unique character, and I loved her character. I do not think she is the normal cozy mystery series main character. I loved the old dresses that this book talks about her wearing, and thos ***Now Available*** This is a Magic Realism Cozy Mystery, and this is the first book in the A Pies Before Guys Mystery series. I loved getting to know the characters in this series. I loved the magic realism that is in this book. I think the magic was explained very well in this book. Daisy's character was a very unique character, and I loved her character. I do not think she is the normal cozy mystery series main character. I loved the old dresses that this book talks about her wearing, and those dress sounded so fun and cute. Daisy truly bakes little extra in her pies which I loved the idea behind this. There was also a small romance which I enjoyed to. I cannot wait for the second book in this series. I think this series is going to be so much fun. I loved that this book was much more then just solving a murder in a small town. I think if you want a different take on a cozy mystery then this will be the book for you. I was kindly provided an e-copy of this book by the publisher (Crooked Lane) or author (Misha Popp) via NetGalley, so I can give an honest review about how I feel about this book. I want to send a big Thank you to them for that.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Brenda

    Daisy Ellery was proud of her family name and the gift that had been passed down for generations. The ability of imbibing their magic into whatever their chosen career – her grandmother with sewing, her mother with hairdressing, Daisy with baking pies – was an ability for the greater good. But Daisy’s ability had skewed a little to one side although she never, ever, crossed her specific lines. Daisy’s mobile baker’s van – Penny – had also been passed down through the family, and now she had Penn Daisy Ellery was proud of her family name and the gift that had been passed down for generations. The ability of imbibing their magic into whatever their chosen career – her grandmother with sewing, her mother with hairdressing, Daisy with baking pies – was an ability for the greater good. But Daisy’s ability had skewed a little to one side although she never, ever, crossed her specific lines. Daisy’s mobile baker’s van – Penny – had also been passed down through the family, and now she had Penny parked by Frank’s diner, cooking pies for him and cooking her delectable pies to take to the markets to sell. With Zoe – her dog – always by her side, Daisy was a loner – until she met Farmer Boy, Noel. Daisy’s online business – Pies Before Guys – was a side business which was private, only passing on names by recommendation, and Daisy would look into the background before accepting or denying. Daisy did all she could to help women who were in a bad relationship, domestic violence victims and more, but sometimes she couldn’t help. And sometimes she found herself in way too deep and with blackmail arriving on her doorstep, that was one such occasion. But ignoring it and getting on with the statewide pie competition was her goal. What would be the outcome after the blackmailer’s deadline had arrived? Although Magic, Lies and Deadly Pies is marketed as a cozy mystery, it doesn’t follow the guidelines of same. The reason being, well two actually – one is the language which is never in a typical cozy, and the other is the darkness of the plot. That said, author Misha Popp has the light fantasy (with the magic) and the mystery/suspense genre down well. If you don’t mind swearing and a dark plot in your cozy, it’s one I recommend. With thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my digital ARC to read in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    ♥Milica♥

    This was adorable!!! Well, as adorable as a book about murder pies could be, which is to say a lot and no, I do not accept any criticism!!! Daisy, our heroine, bakes pies to make people happy. The way she does this is with talent and a little bit of generational magic woven in. Her grandmother was a seamstress, her mother a hairdresser and Daisy's magical talent ended up manifesting as pie baking. Occasionally, Daisy does special orders for her secret branch called Pies Before Guys, where she, you This was adorable!!! Well, as adorable as a book about murder pies could be, which is to say a lot and no, I do not accept any criticism!!! Daisy, our heroine, bakes pies to make people happy. The way she does this is with talent and a little bit of generational magic woven in. Her grandmother was a seamstress, her mother a hairdresser and Daisy's magical talent ended up manifesting as pie baking. Occasionally, Daisy does special orders for her secret branch called Pies Before Guys, where she, you guessed it, makes murder pies, but only for those men who deserve it. A problem arises when someone starts snooping around her home (a lovely van called Penny) and blackmailing her into doing things she has no intention of doing. How will dear Daisy handle this? Read to find out. I love everything about this. It has a cozy mystery vibe, but not too cozy, a few scenes were a bit scary like a thriller and the background romance was cute. My favourite part was obviously all the pies. I never got tired of Daisy describing them and I love that there are a couple of recipes at the end of the book. As far as the mystery goes, I have to say that I didn't guess who the blackmailer was, but I did guess a part of it. And I wasn't expecting it to be revealed so early in the story (somewhere around 56%). Maybe it's better we found out early though, I don't mind either way. And to come back to the romance for a second, there are two possible love interests, but I felt the one Daisy chose at the end was more obvious? Like we were given more clues that she would end up with that person vs the other person. I'm content with that choice, because we didn't get to see a lot of the other one aside from the events they attended with Daisy, so I didn't make a connection to that character like I did to the other one. Bonus points for LGBT rep, both the main character (I'm assuming based on the choice of love interests) and the side characters. *Thank you to the publishers and NetGalley for providing me with an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review*

  5. 5 out of 5

    Anna at A Wondrous Bookshelf

    Magic, Lies, and Deadly Pies is a book that seems to have all the elements of a great cozy mystery. A cute cover, an awesome title, and an interesting premise. Daisy is our main protagonist and she has this amazing power of infusing magic into her pies. This magic renders her pies deadly and once she found out she could kill someone with them after accidentally killing a man, she decides to make that her calling and goes on avenging women who suffered in the hands of evil men. She soon starts a wo Magic, Lies, and Deadly Pies is a book that seems to have all the elements of a great cozy mystery. A cute cover, an awesome title, and an interesting premise. Daisy is our main protagonist and she has this amazing power of infusing magic into her pies. This magic renders her pies deadly and once she found out she could kill someone with them after accidentally killing a man, she decides to make that her calling and goes on avenging women who suffered in the hands of evil men. She soon starts a word-of-mouth free service she calls Pies Before Guys, calls herself an avenging pie maker, and goes on with her business of killing men who she deemed have done their share of evil in the world. Until one day she finds an anonymous letter threatening to expose her killer business, so she sets out to discover the owner of the letter. I have to say that when I read the synopsis of this book I was really intrigued. I figured this was going to be a cozy and funny story with some mystery element in it. Unfortunately, the final product was quite different from what I had in mind. The concept of being able to infuse pies with magical powers was a very interesting start. But as you read the story, you soon realize that there is nothing really cute about that and that in fact, Daisy is no better than any other gun for hire or even a serial killer. Although Popp tried really hard to make us sympathize with Daisy and her struggles growing up, I had a real hard time connecting to her or any other character in this book, except for Zoe, the dog. Another thing that did not work out for me was the misrepresentation of the book genre. The synopsis, title, and book cover lead you to believe that you are embarking on a cozy mystery adventure, but the reality of the story is a lot darker than that. Once you get past this initial annoyance, the story does get a little better and the pie recipes at the end of the book are a nice addition, but not enough to pull off a 3-star rating from me. Magic, Lies, and Deadly Pies is scheduled to be published on May 10, 2022. I want to thank Crooked Lane Books and NetGalley for providing me with an advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kristina

    Daisy Ellery is a special pie maker. She imbues her pies with magic. Daisy can make a person feel courageous, she can make them tell the truth, or she can kill. She has rules in place regarding her deadly pies. The main rule is that they are only for men who have done terrible deeds. Daisy does not kill women with her pies. It seems that someone is on to her secret, and they intend to blackmail her. The blackmailer wants Daisy to deliver a special pie to three different women in exchange for his Daisy Ellery is a special pie maker. She imbues her pies with magic. Daisy can make a person feel courageous, she can make them tell the truth, or she can kill. She has rules in place regarding her deadly pies. The main rule is that they are only for men who have done terrible deeds. Daisy does not kill women with her pies. It seems that someone is on to her secret, and they intend to blackmail her. The blackmailer wants Daisy to deliver a special pie to three different women in exchange for his silence. Daisy needs to find out who is behind the blackmail and stop them before they share her secret. Magic, Lies, and Deadly Pies by Misha Popp is the debut of A Pies Before Guys Mysteries. I thought the story had an interesting premise (I have a weakness for paranormal cozy mysteries). I was looking forward to reading a fun cozy mystery (based on the blurb). Not long after I began reading, I was disabused of that notion. Daisy is basically a gun for hire. She may not get paid, but she does kill. It is hard to like a character who manages to justify her misdeeds. I felt there should be another way for her to use her gift. Daisy said her magic was different from her ancestors, but she is not sure why it is different. I kept hoping this would be addressed (maybe in future books). I did love the descriptions of Daisy’s dresses made for her by her grandmother. I was shocked at the significant amount of foul language in this book (I find it offensive and off-putting). I like to read cozy mysteries because they do not contain that type of language. I liked Daisy’s dog, Zoe. She is a friendly dog with a sweet temperament. I also liked Daisy’s pink retro trailer, Penny. Magic, Lies, and Deadly Pies does not have the fun cozy adventure that I was hoping for from the blurb. It is a dark story. The story touches upon some serious subjects (domestic violence, addiction, rape). There is no mystery to solve much to my disappointment. Magic, Lies, and Deadly Pies reads more like a romantic suspense novel than a cozy mystery. There is also a pie competition and romance with a man trying to save a family orchard. The story was missing the cozy elements and the lightheartedness. As you can tell, I did not enjoy reading Magic, Lies, and Deadly Pies. While Magic, Lies, and Deadly Pies was not for me, I suggest you try a sample to judge for yourself. Magic, Lies, and Deadly Pies is a dark magical tale with a cute canine, a retro trailer, pie happy people, an outgoing orchard owner, a persuasive speaker, a bullying blackmailer, a pie competition, and a supernatural pie maker.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Beth Cato

    I received an early version of this book via NetGalley. This book is being categorized as a cozy mystery, but it doesn't neatly fit into that genre: the main character is a murderer who bakes magical pies that can channel intent and emotion. She uses murder-pies to help free women from horrific abuse. Magical abilities run in her family, and that's as far as the mystical aspect of the book goes. When main character Daisy starts getting messages from someone threatening to out her as a murderer--a I received an early version of this book via NetGalley. This book is being categorized as a cozy mystery, but it doesn't neatly fit into that genre: the main character is a murderer who bakes magical pies that can channel intent and emotion. She uses murder-pies to help free women from horrific abuse. Magical abilities run in her family, and that's as far as the mystical aspect of the book goes. When main character Daisy starts getting messages from someone threatening to out her as a murderer--and blackmailing her to send murder-pies to other women, something she never does--she goes deep into investigative mode, baking all the way. I went into the book expecting something more quaint and cozy. This was considerably darker than I anticipated. I wasn't bothered by Daisy's homicidal ways so much as I was some of the brief descriptions of abuse and manipulation; this is a book that will need trigger warnings, but at the same time, there's something cathartic and satisfying about seeing these awful men get their due. The book has a touch of bad language (normally a no for cozies) and Daisy is also blatantly bi (which I haven't encountered in another cozy, so I was pleasantly surprised by the queer rep). The author writes about pies and baking with passion and authority, and the back of the book even includes recipes. Magic, Lies, and Deadly Pies strikes an odd balance between grim vigilante justice and homey baking show, and I eventually got into it; however, I can see other readers bouncing off this book, hard. The ending is quite satisfying, though I am left wondering how it will work as a series since this book wrapped things up nicely.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Heather Adores Books

    3.35 ⭐ This one was a little different type of mystery than I am used to, kinda cozy~ish. I am more of a mystery thriller reader and I am usually not one for cutesy covers either. The title captured my eye and I'm glad I gave it a whirl. This was fun ~ well as fun as baking pies with the intent of murder can be. The men totally deserve it though because they are abusive. Daisy bakes good pies that help people, too, so she's not all bad. There's a little magic and a little mystery trying to figure o 3.35 ⭐ This one was a little different type of mystery than I am used to, kinda cozy~ish. I am more of a mystery thriller reader and I am usually not one for cutesy covers either. The title captured my eye and I'm glad I gave it a whirl. This was fun ~ well as fun as baking pies with the intent of murder can be. The men totally deserve it though because they are abusive. Daisy bakes good pies that help people, too, so she's not all bad. There's a little magic and a little mystery trying to figure out who is blackmailing Daisy because they know her secret. I always love when there's a dog and Zoe was super cute. I like the name of her mobile bakery van Pies before Guys. The narration by Tanya Eby was good. Although I was listening and couldn't write them down if I wanted to, I did like that there were recipes at the end. *Thanks to Dreamscape Media LLC, Misha Popp and NetGalley for the advance audiobook. I am voluntarily leaving my honest review* More reviews here ➡ Heather Adores Books

  9. 4 out of 5

    Tahera

    I am not sure how I feel about this book. If I am being honest, I am not sure how I feel about the protagonist Daisy Ellery. The premise sounded interesting but the book does not have all the cosy elements and lighthearted moments (even in the midst of murder) that one expects from cosy mysteries. Daisy seems a little too comfortable with the concept of killing people no matter what her justification for doing so is. I love the description of the pies though which are absolutely yummy sounding d I am not sure how I feel about this book. If I am being honest, I am not sure how I feel about the protagonist Daisy Ellery. The premise sounded interesting but the book does not have all the cosy elements and lighthearted moments (even in the midst of murder) that one expects from cosy mysteries. Daisy seems a little too comfortable with the concept of killing people no matter what her justification for doing so is. I love the description of the pies though which are absolutely yummy sounding delicacies (minus the deadly magic) and the author even provides a few recipes in the end. In short, this book was a mixed bag for me. My thanks to NetGalley, the publisher Crooked Lane Books and the author Misha Popp for an e-Arc of the book.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Emmalynn

    This was more of a 3.7 almost 4 stars. It really reminded me of a slightly magical version of The Maid in terms of the morally ambiguous main character. For most of the book I wasn’t sure if I connected with the MC or not. The book deals with some pretty heavy topics that she doles out punishment for through magical pies, however, nothing is described in great detail. I don’t have an issue with the book not going int great detail about those topics, other than knowing They are the reasons for he This was more of a 3.7 almost 4 stars. It really reminded me of a slightly magical version of The Maid in terms of the morally ambiguous main character. For most of the book I wasn’t sure if I connected with the MC or not. The book deals with some pretty heavy topics that she doles out punishment for through magical pies, however, nothing is described in great detail. I don’t have an issue with the book not going int great detail about those topics, other than knowing They are the reasons for her actions ( there’s enough books out there with gory details if you go looking), I’m just not sure how much of a cozy mystery this book is. I also, again, don’t like the dumb love triangle troupe, even if it sorta resolved itself here, but the author does the ( who knows what the future holds nonsense) ughhh just let fictional characters be happy already, the real world sucks enough as it is 😒😁😁😁😁. Anyway, pies were baked, relationships formed, family discovered and lost, and through it all, the murderous pie business is …..

  11. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia

    Picture Dexter. Except instead of a man working as a blood pattern analyst, you must envision a sweet, pie baking lady named Daisy. Magical pies that kill the bad guys. The problem is: Someone knows what she is doing and that someone is now blackmailing her. They want some people murdered in exchange for their silence. This definitely falls into the cozy mystery genre, which is often one I struggle to get into, but this concept really appealed to me and I felt pretty invested from the start. I c Picture Dexter. Except instead of a man working as a blood pattern analyst, you must envision a sweet, pie baking lady named Daisy. Magical pies that kill the bad guys. The problem is: Someone knows what she is doing and that someone is now blackmailing her. They want some people murdered in exchange for their silence. This definitely falls into the cozy mystery genre, which is often one I struggle to get into, but this concept really appealed to me and I felt pretty invested from the start. I can’t say that I was madly in love with the story as a whole, but I did enjoy it. I did like that there wasn’t any frivolity in Daisy’s murderous ways. Arguably, she isn’t a cold-blooded killer. Instead, she is someone offering a sweet chance at redemption, but you’ll have to read this book to understand the secrets of her pies! Despite all of its fun aspects, you should know it addresses some serious themes (outside of murder), which include rape, domestic violence, death of a parent, and addiction. The tone is always light and the traumatic elements are never graphically detailed. This was one of the main factors that made it difficult for me to fully adore the story. It’s not that I mind seeing such things illustrated in books. It’s simply that I’ve survived certain aspects this touched upon and I struggle when I see them superficially developed. I’m sure it wouldn’t have been appropriate to go deeper in this type of story, though. As a bonus, the book includes recipes at the end, so if you love pie and mysteries, this book might be a delicious addition to your TBR. 3.5 stars I am immensely grateful to Dreamscape Media & Crooked Lane Books for my audio review copy through NetGalley. All opinions are my own. Magic, Lies, and Deadly Pies will be out on May 10, 2022!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Diana N.

    I definitely have some mixed feelings on this book! Right at the beginning of the book I thought, oh this is going to be funny due to the style and word choices, but that seemed to taper off a bit as the book progressed. This book is listed as a mystery, but I didn't get the normal mystery vibes or hook into the plot. It tended to meander about a bit too much and was more about a "murder for hire" business and being found out than a true mystery. What I did really like was the overall concept fro I definitely have some mixed feelings on this book! Right at the beginning of the book I thought, oh this is going to be funny due to the style and word choices, but that seemed to taper off a bit as the book progressed. This book is listed as a mystery, but I didn't get the normal mystery vibes or hook into the plot. It tended to meander about a bit too much and was more about a "murder for hire" business and being found out than a true mystery. What I did really like was the overall concept from a creativity standpoint. Putting magic into pies to influence the targeted eater was quite intriguing (even if used to harm). The descriptions of the magic and pies added good explanation and some fun. Of course, some pie contests were part of the plot for some added fun. The narrator was pretty entertaining and helped add a little of the comedic relief. If it hadn't been an Audiobook, I dont know if I would have pushed through it. Overall if you like contemporary comedic dramas, this book may be more for you than if you are into mysteries. Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me a copy of this Audiobook for my honest review.

  13. 4 out of 5

    The Sassy Bookworm

    ⭐⭐⭐⭐ This book was like a cozy, and a serial killer had a baby. 😂 It was definitely darker and more morally ambiguous than your regular "cozy mystery" but I loved it. It was well written and well paced. The plot was engaging and had me hooked from page one. The characters were likable, and we get yummy sounding pie recipes at the end. I mean, really, what more can you ask for? The only small niggle I had with it was that I wish we had gotten more (in depth) background about Daisy's "gift." Perhap ⭐⭐⭐⭐ This book was like a cozy, and a serial killer had a baby. 😂 It was definitely darker and more morally ambiguous than your regular "cozy mystery" but I loved it. It was well written and well paced. The plot was engaging and had me hooked from page one. The characters were likable, and we get yummy sounding pie recipes at the end. I mean, really, what more can you ask for? The only small niggle I had with it was that I wish we had gotten more (in depth) background about Daisy's "gift." Perhaps this author will explore that more as the series goes on. 🤞🏻 **ARC Via NetGalley**

  14. 4 out of 5

    Katie T

    Dnf 41% One minute you're in a good mood and want to read a cozy. The next minute you remember they suck. Dnf 41% One minute you're in a good mood and want to read a cozy. The next minute you remember they suck.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Micky Cox

    Love these characters! The main character is the sweetest serial killer you will ever meet! She dresses like a 50's housewife and makes the best pie ever, although a few have a magical twist that kill bad men. Witty and fun, this audiobook is perfect those who are looking for a sweet, paranormal, serial killer with a cause! This book was so much fun to listen too and the narrator brought the characters to life! Each character is flawed which makes them so much more relatable. I don't know if the Love these characters! The main character is the sweetest serial killer you will ever meet! She dresses like a 50's housewife and makes the best pie ever, although a few have a magical twist that kill bad men. Witty and fun, this audiobook is perfect those who are looking for a sweet, paranormal, serial killer with a cause! This book was so much fun to listen too and the narrator brought the characters to life! Each character is flawed which makes them so much more relatable. I don't know if the author plans to do another book with these characters or not, but I will definitely be watching for more. In fact, I'll be heading to see if this author has any other books as her writing is fun while dealing with a serious issue that many women have faced. If only we could all bake a magical murder pie or maybe it's good that we can't....

  16. 4 out of 5

    Mint

    This was a tough book for me to review. Some elements of the book were very well done, but others left me wanting. I'll start with what I thought was very novel. The main character Daisy can imbue her pies with magic, including magic that can kill the person that eats the pie. Though she has rules she aims to follow about the men she targets, only targeting men who she feels are very abhorrent, at the end of the day, she is a serial killer. This made it somewhat difficult to cheer for her. But P This was a tough book for me to review. Some elements of the book were very well done, but others left me wanting. I'll start with what I thought was very novel. The main character Daisy can imbue her pies with magic, including magic that can kill the person that eats the pie. Though she has rules she aims to follow about the men she targets, only targeting men who she feels are very abhorrent, at the end of the day, she is a serial killer. This made it somewhat difficult to cheer for her. But Popp does a good job of trying to make us understand, if not sympathize with why she does what she does. What I thought was a bit off was the characterization of the genre. The summary refers to it as a cozy series, similar to authors like Ellery Adams. As an avid reader of cozy mysteries, I think this description is off. It's not that I dislike thriller/suspense reads, rather, that I wasn't expecting a book of this style when I first started reading it. One of the reasons is because of the heavy references to social issues made throughout the book. I personally don't mind it as I think that it helps contribute to Daisy's backstory, but I know many readers of cozies prefer to not see such themes in their reads. Also, there is a good bit of foul language, the MC is certainly not a moral character, there's a bit more violence than the typical cozy (as we see Daisy killing her marks) and it reads a little like a long suspense novel, as Daisy is trying to uncover the identity of someone who is blackmailing her. I think if I had been better informed about the genre before going in, I would have approached the read with different expectations and a different mindset. If you're looking for a cozy-ish suspense novel, I'd recommend this one! Thank you to NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for providing me with an ARC. All opinions expressed are my own. For more of my reviews, please visit:

  17. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Powell

    Cute cozy mystery wherein the main character is a “murderer” who bakes her pies with magic that can channel intent and emotions. She doesn’t use them to murder just anyone, they are used to help women in abusive relationships and can’t get out on their own. She never accepts payment for them, only requests that her clients share her info with any of their friends or acquaintances that might be future clients. When she starts getting messages telling her that they know what she’s doing and if she Cute cozy mystery wherein the main character is a “murderer” who bakes her pies with magic that can channel intent and emotions. She doesn’t use them to murder just anyone, they are used to help women in abusive relationships and can’t get out on their own. She never accepts payment for them, only requests that her clients share her info with any of their friends or acquaintances that might be future clients. When she starts getting messages telling her that they know what she’s doing and if she doesn’t do what they say, they will out her. She goes into full detective mode to figure out who is behind the messages before it’s too late. This wasn’t a typical cozy mystery-it was darker than a typical story, used some bad language and she questioned her sexuality. That being said, I enjoyed men getting what was coming to them, especially one that is close to home for her. Her dog was adorable and when she finds love, it warmed my heart. Not sure what book two of the series will hold, but I’m sure I’ll read it. I really enjoyed the narration-it was well done, not super cheesy and the descriptions of the food and especially the pies was fab! Thanks to Crooked Lane Books for this audiobook arc in exchange for my review.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Mia

    Thank you NetGalley and Dreamscape Media for letting me listen to this audiobook arc. It is important to know that my rating is based off of the part of the story that I read, not my issues with the narrator. I consider myself an avid audiobook listener. If there is an audiobook, I will pick it over a physical or ebook copy 99% of the time. So when I saw that Magic, Lies, and Deadly Pies had an audiobook, I immediately wanted to listen to it. With that being said, there are some books that thrive Thank you NetGalley and Dreamscape Media for letting me listen to this audiobook arc. It is important to know that my rating is based off of the part of the story that I read, not my issues with the narrator. I consider myself an avid audiobook listener. If there is an audiobook, I will pick it over a physical or ebook copy 99% of the time. So when I saw that Magic, Lies, and Deadly Pies had an audiobook, I immediately wanted to listen to it. With that being said, there are some books that thrive in audio and some that thrive when you read them yourself. This book could definitely thrive either way. The problem for me personally was that I could not connect with the audio narrator's voice. Their voice just absolutely killed the story for me. I couldn't focus and constantly felt like I was pushing myself to listen and get through the book. The story itself is great! I think that I would truly love it if their was a different voice actor. Sadly, I had to DNF this for now. I made it about 30% in before I just had to stop. I tried multiple times but I could not get over the voice. When this book comes out I will definitely pick it up. I do not want to deter anyone away from the book itself because I think it will be great! I was into it. I want to know what happens and how it ends. I WANT to read this story but I definitely think a physical or ebook is where this book will thrive. This could just be a me issue, other people may vibe with the narrator so definitely listen to the previews before purchasing the audiobook but in my opinion, pick up a physical or ebook version. The story so far is great and I can't wait to actually read it when it comes out.

  19. 4 out of 5

    rose (nikolai's version)

    2.5 Firstly, I’d like to thank NetGalley for giving me a free e-ARC of Magic, Lies, and Deadly Pies in exchange of an honest review. I'm still on the fence about this book. I truly enjoyed the entire plot, although it became tedious at times, and I lost interest. This story follows a woman who bakes lethal pies to aid women who have been abused. This novel is also billed as a cozy mystery, which I'm not sure what to make of because it follows a murderer. However, she received a letter threatening 2.5 Firstly, I’d like to thank NetGalley for giving me a free e-ARC of Magic, Lies, and Deadly Pies in exchange of an honest review. I'm still on the fence about this book. I truly enjoyed the entire plot, although it became tedious at times, and I lost interest. This story follows a woman who bakes lethal pies to aid women who have been abused. This novel is also billed as a cozy mystery, which I'm not sure what to make of because it follows a murderer. However, she received a letter threatening to expose her business, so she did what any reasonable person would do and sought to figure out who the letter was from, because of the fact that the message was anonymous. I chose this since I was in need of a relaxing read. I'd been reading a lot of depressing books lately and needed something to lift my spirits. It's not a lighter read, despite the fact that it's labeled as a cozy read. I enjoyed that some of the descriptions are also highly descriptive, because I despise mysteries that aren't descriptive. Although the plot improves towards the end, I do not believe it is worthy of a three-star rating. Don't get me wrong: the writing style was fantastic—as was the plot—but it just didn't stick out to me.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Bridget

    Magic, Lies, and Deadly Pies is the début instalment in Misha Popp's mystery series featuring pie baker Daisy Ellery. However, like her hairdresser mother and seamstress gran, Daisy has another special talent - she has the ability to include a special magical ingredient in her creations. When she realised she could kill people with them after accidentally killing a man, she decided to make avenging women who suffered at the hands of evil men her calling and starts a word-of-mouth free service sh Magic, Lies, and Deadly Pies is the début instalment in Misha Popp's mystery series featuring pie baker Daisy Ellery. However, like her hairdresser mother and seamstress gran, Daisy has another special talent - she has the ability to include a special magical ingredient in her creations. When she realised she could kill people with them after accidentally killing a man, she decided to make avenging women who suffered at the hands of evil men her calling and starts a word-of-mouth free service she calls Pies Before Guys, delivered using a bakery van. One day, she finds an anonymous letter threatening to expose her killer side business, so she sets out to discover the letter writer's identity. A fun, paranormal and immensely compelling read that ensures I'll be looking out for book two. The characters are interesting and well constructed. Fresh and unconventional. I received a complimentary copy of this novel at my request from Crooked Lane Books via NetGalley. This review is my own unbiased opinion.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Micky Cox

    Love these characters! The main character is the sweetest serial killer you will ever meet! She dresses like a 50's housewife and makes the best pie ever, although a few have a magical twist that kill bad men. Witty and fun, this audiobook is perfect those who are looking for a sweet, paranormal, serial killer with a cause! This book was so much fun to listen too and the narrator brought the characters to life! Each character is flawed which makes them so much more relatable. I don't know if the Love these characters! The main character is the sweetest serial killer you will ever meet! She dresses like a 50's housewife and makes the best pie ever, although a few have a magical twist that kill bad men. Witty and fun, this audiobook is perfect those who are looking for a sweet, paranormal, serial killer with a cause! This book was so much fun to listen too and the narrator brought the characters to life! Each character is flawed which makes them so much more relatable. I don't know if the author plans to do another book with these characters or not, but I will definitely be watching for more. In fact, I'll be heading to see if this author has any other books as her writing is fun while dealing with a serious issue that many women have faced. If only we could all bake a magical murder pie or maybe it's good that we can't....

  22. 5 out of 5

    Maria

    I enjoyed this story. It was very well paced and kept me interested throughout. I was expecting more of a cozy mystery but while this didn’t deliver in that aspect, I still found so much I loved about it. Daisy is an interesting character and I liked the premise of sticking up for the abused by taking care of the abuser, although it will definitely make me think twice about accepting pie from anyone. The ending was what I would have hoped for and I did laugh a lot throughout. If this is a series I enjoyed this story. It was very well paced and kept me interested throughout. I was expecting more of a cozy mystery but while this didn’t deliver in that aspect, I still found so much I loved about it. Daisy is an interesting character and I liked the premise of sticking up for the abused by taking care of the abuser, although it will definitely make me think twice about accepting pie from anyone. The ending was what I would have hoped for and I did laugh a lot throughout. If this is a series, I’m not sure where else it can go but I am willing to find out. I received a copy from #NetGalley for an honest review.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Neils Barringer

    Disclaimer, I have only read about 2 other "Cozy" type mysteries and from what I understand this is NOT a true fit into that genre. I was drawn to the book just because the cover was super cute. But what unfolded on the pages (well the audio version) just ended up being Misha Popp's stance on social and political issues. Clearly this woman is a feminist that hates all men, Men in this book are demonized as abusive, power hungry sex offenders. I did not connect with one of the characters. Not a s Disclaimer, I have only read about 2 other "Cozy" type mysteries and from what I understand this is NOT a true fit into that genre. I was drawn to the book just because the cover was super cute. But what unfolded on the pages (well the audio version) just ended up being Misha Popp's stance on social and political issues. Clearly this woman is a feminist that hates all men, Men in this book are demonized as abusive, power hungry sex offenders. I did not connect with one of the characters. Not a single one, yes people even the dog (not that I ever do) I saw some people fell in love with her dog Zoey, really?? The dog had no personality....not sure what people saw there....moving on. The main character Daisy I think is suppose to be this "Charming" girl that wears her grandmothers handmaid clothes and is a baker (sounds like a Hallmark movie right?) Not exactly Daisy makes pies that are laced with magic to kill men (Only men can be killed by her pies and they have to be given one because someone asked her to make one of these special kiler pies.....stupid.) Basically cut to the chase she is a serial killer dressed in ridiculous clothes, Melly-a total left of left liberal is possibly the most annoying character? Is just an angry woman that Pops uses as a way to shout her social message. I am not even going to repeat all the Political and Social Messages she forces upon the reader. Throw in the fact that Popp saturates the book with sexually diverse characters in a distasteful way in my opinion. Ill save you time and rewrite the book you can read it in 30 seconds. I'm Daisy an angry woman that kills men under the disguise as being innocent ditzy girl. Obama is the best thing that has ever happened to America. Trump is worse than the devil. Traditional gender roles are broken and I'll throw it in your face. Men are ALL like Donald trump unless they fit into the sexually diverse group. Oh yeah and dogs reign supreme. Sorry this was NOT a hit with me. I will not read this author again. Thank you Net Gally for this advanced audiobook read. I was not paid or compensated for this honest review.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Malin

    This book left me with mixed feelings. Honestly, I went in expecting a cozy mystery, but what I met was more like cozy suspense (if that's a thing—if not, it should be). Because of the main character's view on how she murders people I was almost on the side of her pursuers, hoping police were who came after her and would arrest her—it felt like following a sweet and gentle minded serial killer who didn't have any qualms or regrets for ending someone's life, even though the people she offs deserv This book left me with mixed feelings. Honestly, I went in expecting a cozy mystery, but what I met was more like cozy suspense (if that's a thing—if not, it should be). Because of the main character's view on how she murders people I was almost on the side of her pursuers, hoping police were who came after her and would arrest her—it felt like following a sweet and gentle minded serial killer who didn't have any qualms or regrets for ending someone's life, even though the people she offs deserve it. It shouldn't feel that easy. But then, at about 80% of the book, my mind changed. I won't spoil why, but that's awfully long to wish for the main character to get caught and arrested. If it wasn't for the no-remorse-for-killing-several part, there wouldn't have been much of a story, but without it, it would have been a cozy read. As I mentioned at the top of the review, it wasn't as much mystery as it was suspense, where the main character gets blackmailed, tries to find out who blackmailed her, and then get revenge, all while baking delicious pies. Even if it took some time to get there. The relationships in this book are interesting, both the friendly and the partner ones, and I enjoyed that the main character chose between a man and a woman as a partner—I was almost a little disappointed with the end choice, because I wanted to see how the other one would be portrayed. The ending also tied up nicely. A plus point goes out for the recipes at the back (which I will try out) but a minus point goes out to all the blatant politics that course through the book. I tend to stay away from political books of all viewpoints because I get enough of that in my day-to-day life and therefore I don't want it in my book. If I didn't get the explanation about the remorseless pies at 80% I would have given the book a lower rating. Right now, because of the sometimes slow pace, the heavy politics of the first half of the book, how long it took for me to actually wish the main character well, and it wasn't a cozy mystery as advertised, I've deducted some stars and ended up with a rating of 3.5. If one of the issues above got fixed and it was properly advertised, it would have been a 4 star, maybe a little more. Thanks to the publishers and Netgalley for providing an ARC copy in exchange for an honest review.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Daisy makes pies and they have a magic to them besides tasting good. They can make people forget things, have confidence or they can kill them. Daisy has a set of rules that only men who have wronged women can be killed. she also tries to stay to herself so no one will find out.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Isabel

    shitty people do not deserve to savour a deliciously baked pie. I'm sorry but I can imagine worse deaths than eating pie!!! shitty people do not deserve to savour a deliciously baked pie. I'm sorry but I can imagine worse deaths than eating pie!!!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Piepie

    I adored this book! Snarky, lighthearted, delicious, and more than a little murderous. I loved all the "Pushing Daisies" vibes I was picking up. If you love dark comedy, pull up a seat to Daisy's table and settle in for a fun ride! I adored this book! Snarky, lighthearted, delicious, and more than a little murderous. I loved all the "Pushing Daisies" vibes I was picking up. If you love dark comedy, pull up a seat to Daisy's table and settle in for a fun ride!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Marsi Darcy

    Wow, wow, wow! This book was amazing!!!! It's darker than the cover would lead you to believe but the synopsis lets you know that Daisy is, in fact, a killer. Still it's absolutely delightful and Daisy's kills are definitely justified. The book includes pie recipes. I really hope this is the first in a series! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Crooked Lane Books through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. Thank you, Crooked Lane Books!!! Wow, wow, wow! This book was amazing!!!! It's darker than the cover would lead you to believe but the synopsis lets you know that Daisy is, in fact, a killer. Still it's absolutely delightful and Daisy's kills are definitely justified. The book includes pie recipes. I really hope this is the first in a series! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Crooked Lane Books through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. Thank you, Crooked Lane Books!!!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Elaine

    Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC of Magic, Lies, and Deadly Pies. I was really intrigued by the premise (I also love sweets) so I was pretty excited when my request was approved. ** Minor magic-y spoilers ahead ** Daisy Ellery is no ordinary woman or baker. She bakes pies infused with magic to right the wrongs men have wrought on innocent women. When someone threatens her livelihood, her dear dog, Zoe, and the women she's helped, Daisy launches her own investigation into her past and come to Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC of Magic, Lies, and Deadly Pies. I was really intrigued by the premise (I also love sweets) so I was pretty excited when my request was approved. ** Minor magic-y spoilers ahead ** Daisy Ellery is no ordinary woman or baker. She bakes pies infused with magic to right the wrongs men have wrought on innocent women. When someone threatens her livelihood, her dear dog, Zoe, and the women she's helped, Daisy launches her own investigation into her past and come to terms with the talents she's been born with. First, I love the descriptions of the pies Daisy bakes. I was pleased to see recipes were located at the back of the book. Second, I liked Daisy; she's relatable, resourceful and strong. She's on a mission to save and protect women in the only way she knows how, using her magic for the greater good. I enjoyed the part where the author explains how Daisy's family magic is passed through the women and it manifests in unique ways in each of them. Third, naturally, since this is a cozy mystery, there's no violence or blood; there's plenty of cursing but that doesn't bother me. That's realistic. There's a minor love triangle between Daisy, Melly and Farmboy and I liked the inclusion of both sexes as a possible romance. I wasn't a fan of the bad guy; I was indifferent to his reasons for targeting Daisy but I love the themes of female empowerment, women protecting each other, working together, finding their voice and taking a stand. There's a mild suspension of disbelief needed to enjoy the story but it fits the style and tone of the writing and it wasn't difficult for me to suspend disbelief. I liked the ending and look forward to the next book in the series.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Rick Brose

    Magic, Lies, and Deadly Pies is a cute, briskly paced book filled with thrills, charm, and a lot of female empowerment. I can see how some might struggle with the actions of the main character, Daisy, but as Popp reveals more and more of how the magic, intention, and thought process of the protagonist works, any and all of my hesitations vanished. The book is filled with great characters, fantastic representation, and a general sense of warmth amidst the heavy subjects it tackles. Not my typical Magic, Lies, and Deadly Pies is a cute, briskly paced book filled with thrills, charm, and a lot of female empowerment. I can see how some might struggle with the actions of the main character, Daisy, but as Popp reveals more and more of how the magic, intention, and thought process of the protagonist works, any and all of my hesitations vanished. The book is filled with great characters, fantastic representation, and a general sense of warmth amidst the heavy subjects it tackles. Not my typical read, but I am certainly on board for more.

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