Life of Pies

Special Cookbook Collector Edition

Fiction - Literary
330 Pages
Reviewed on 08/20/2023
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Reviewed by Shrabastee Chakraborty for Readers' Favorite

Matthias, the estranged elder son of Martha Davidson, had returned home after twelve long years. Ashley, her younger son, was en route with his fiancée. However, what should have been a joyous family reunion took a tragic turn when Martha died suddenly. However, her death raised several puzzling questions. Why was there a vicious altercation between Martha and Orpah Abraham, the television star and self-proclaimed pie queen of Fairmont? Why did Martha, despite being an exceptional baker herself, not enter the town’s pie contest? As each character took turns to tell their version of the truth, sordid details from the past threatened to emerge. Life of Pies: Special Cookbook Collector Edition by C.S. Johnson and Crystal McGough also contains twelve recipes for mouthwatering pies.

I loved how the book engaged readers’ senses in multiple ways. Each chapter represented a unique voice, revealing new insights into the murder mystery. The different points of view let us get straight into the characters’ heads, showing the good, bad, and ugly in them unflinchingly. I liked how each had their demons and burdens to carry, yet they kept trying to do the best for themselves. Their morality was questionable, ranging from downright deceit to possible murder, yet C.S. Johnson deftly showed how each felt that their actions were justified. I loved seeing the close-knit community overcome petty issues and commemorate their deceased friend. The detailed recipes and scrumptious-looking pictures of assorted pies were a great addition. I loved reading the accompanying background stories that Crystal McGough compiled. The pies were not merely gastronomic delights but also the keepers of fond memories, with the treasured recipes reminding one of the carefree childhood days or a loving relative who is no more. Life of Pies is a complete package that I recommend to every pie-lover.