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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.

Ellie Grant gets help writing from her cat, Quincy, and her big puppy, Rudi, who she rescued in 2010. She loves writing mysteries but is at home with fantasy, romance, and nonfiction.

"The mystery is intense, the stray cat that Maggie and Clara own is adorable, and perhaps most important, the pages of recipes this author gifts to the reader makes for the perfect explanation of why everyone should read and enjoy cozy mysteries."

– Suspense Magazine

"The second Pie Shop mystery is an entertaining culinary cozy with dynamic witty lead sleuths... Team Grant provides the audience with a winning regional investigative whodunit."

– Harriet Klausner

"Ellie Grant writes an intelligent novel that keeps readers guessing...Treacherous Tart makes murder enthralling."

– Single Titles (4.5 stars)

"Grant debuts with a cozy that's as sweet and simple as pie."

– Kirkus

“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

"The reader will be intrigued by different stories within the book. The characters are great, and you really get to know them more through the course of the tale. Treacherous Tart is a great read for all cozy mystery fans."

– RT Reviews (Four Stars)

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