After being accused of stealing from the bank she works at, Maggie returns to her hometown in North Carolina with her tail between her legs. With no money and no chance that any bank will ever employ her again she finds herself waiting tables at Pie in the Sky, her aunt's pie shop. When her former boss shows up dead at the back door to Pie in the Sky, Maggie is the main suspect. With a little help from a local newspaper reporter she sets about finding the killer and clearing her name.
Plum Deadly is a cozy murder mystery very much along the lines of Leann Sweeney's Cats in Trouble series and Cleo Coyle's Coffee House Mystery series. For the most part it was pretty good. If I have one criticism it would be that not everything that happened got an adequate explanation. I presume they will be revisited in the next books in the series but I would have liked a few of those loose ends tied up. Many thanks to Edelweiss and Gallery Books for providing me with this ARC