Received from Social Butterfly PR

Title: Engagement and Espionage
Series: Solving for Pie #1
Author: Penny Reid
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 14 July 2020

Synopsis from Goodreads

Jennifer Sylvester made her deal with the devil . . . and now they’re engaged!

But all is not well in Green Valley. A chicken choker is on the loose, 61 dead birds most “fowl” need plucking, and no time remains for Jennifer and her devilish fiancé. Desperate to find a spare moment together, Jenn and Cletus’s attempts to reconnect are thwarted by one seemingly coincidental disaster after another. It’s not long before Cletus and Jenn see a pattern emerge and the truth becomes clear.
Will an undercover mission unmask the culprit? Or are these love-birds totally plucked?

‘Engagement and Espionage’ is the first book in the Solving for Pie: Cletus and Jenn Mysteries series, is a full-length cozy mystery, and is a spin-off of Penny Reid’s Winston Brothers series. This novel is best read after ‘Beard Science,’ Winston Brothers #3.


As if I couldn’t love Cletus anymore than I already did, but Cletus in love is truly something to behold.

Engagement and Espionage is a little disconcerting in its time frame as the Winston Brothers series is complete and we already know a lot of the main plot elements that have happened within the family. Although the little sneaky allusions to the future events were ingeniously mapped out within Engagement and Espionage.

I completely adored the character developments of both Jenn and Cletus; alongside the insight into the struggle, Jenn undergoes to become more assertive especially where her mother is concerned. Although Cletus has somehow become convinced he needs to reign himself in otherwise he could scare Jenn. Seriously, I am pretty sure Jenn knew exactly what she was getting into with you Cletus **wink, wink**

I do love a good play on words Engagement and Espionage may well be the master of puns, there were times I snorted so hard I frightened my cats.

Engagement and Espionage is a pure delight and continues Jenn and Cletus’ love story into a whole new realm which makes me exceedingly happy.