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36136593Lord of the Pies

(A Kensington Palace Chef Mystery #2)

When Carrie Ann Cole bakes a lemon meringue pie to die for that actually kills someone, she must find out who the real killer is before her time at the Kensington Palace expires.

The elegant Orangery at Kensington Palace is the perfect setting for the bridal shower of Carrie Ann Cole’s best friend’s sister. Personal chef to the royal family, Carrie Ann’s pie theme is naturally winning. But a waiter later keels over dead into the lemon meringue pie she leaves as a thank-you to the staff and Carrie Ann realizes that somebody slipped a mickey into that meringue.

Her floury fingerprints are all over that pie and the authorities suspect her distress is a cover-up for murder. Carrie Ann must set out to clear her name if she wants to stay at her dream job any longer. But all too soon, another body drops in the Orangery. This time, it’s the Orangery chef.

Murder won’t crimp her style, and as bodies pile up, Carrie Ann uncovers palace intrigue, London nightlife, and British pies scouring for the killer in Lord of the Pies, the witty follow-up to Nell Hampton’s Kale to the Queen.

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My Review

Lord of the Pies by Nell Hampton is book two in the Kensington Palace Chef mystery series.  Even though I have not read the first book in the series, I was able to follow along in the story without feeling lost.  I realized I missed out on how Chef Carrie Ann Cole came to cooking for the Duke and Duchess of England, the second book flashed back enough bits that I was able to create the vision.

In this story Carrie Ann, Chef Cole, is still trying her best to prove that just because she is an american, she is worthy of cooking for the Duke and Duchess.  So when the opportunity arises to enter a pie bake-off, she jumps at the opportunity.    But when it seems someone is out to murder people with poison, the finger gets pointed at Chef Cole.  Can Chef Cole prove her innocence?  And what about Chef Cole’s love life?  When Jasper tells her he wants to date her and Ian sort of shows he may be interested, Carrie Ann doesn’t know what to do.  She is afraid that is she gives Jasper a chance and Ian does feel something, she may ruin it.  What will Carrie Ann do?  Will she give Jasper a chance?

This was the perfect cozy mystery.  I was guessing till the end and then blown away when a new twist was revealed in one of those “I did not see that coming” moments.  The book was so fun to read with loads of charm.  The characters were cozy and lovable.  With great plot building and character development, this book was not just cozy, but a highly enjoyable.   It will draw in its readers with entertainment and a fun game of “who done it”.  Are you ready to see if you can find the killer?  I bet you won’t figure it out even till the very end.  So get ready for some fun and pick up Lord of the Pies.  You will not regret it.  I can’t wait to see what is up for the palace and its crazy employees next.

5 star

Nell Hampton enjoys a good mystery. She is lucky enough to indulge her love of a good who dunnit by writing mystery series. Fun settings, quirky characters, yummy recipes and pets of all shapes and sizes fill the pages of her multiple, award-winning series. Nell writes as Nancy Coco, Nancy J Parra and Nell Hampton. Her books have hit national best seller lists and book clubs. You can also find her stories in audio books and large print.

Visit her website at for more information, a list of her books and full reviews. Follow her at and 

*Author info pulled from Amazon



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