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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 d 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. Sabotage! 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.


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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 d 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. Sabotage! 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.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Penny Reid

    ** NOW AVAILABLE ** AHHHH! It’s here!! You can now read ‘Engagement and Espionage’ far and wide. I’m so excited to launch this spin-off series. Solving for Pie: Cletus and Jenn Mysteries…sorry, I had to take a breath there…is part small-town romance, part cozy mystery, and basically all shenanigans. I hope you love it!! But it’s okay if you don’t. TODAY IS THE DAY! ** Engagement and Espionage LINKS ** Amazon US: https://amzn.to/36zyaSS Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/2r4JPc1 Amazon AU: https://amzn.to/2oD ** NOW AVAILABLE ** AHHHH! It’s here!! You can now read ‘Engagement and Espionage’ far and wide. I’m so excited to launch this spin-off series. Solving for Pie: Cletus and Jenn Mysteries…sorry, I had to take a breath there…is part small-town romance, part cozy mystery, and basically all shenanigans. I hope you love it!! But it’s okay if you don’t. TODAY IS THE DAY! ** Engagement and Espionage LINKS ** Amazon US: https://amzn.to/36zyaSS Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/2r4JPc1 Amazon AU: https://amzn.to/2oDqOfX Amazon CA: https://amzn.to/2N9gUMg Apple Books: https://apple.co/2PFglvs Nook: http://bit.ly/36p4ace Kobo: http://bit.ly/2WBazfH Google Play: http://bit.ly/2qneRLF Paperback: https://amzn.to/36zyaSS Add to your shelf on Goodreads: http://bit.ly/2JI9ldr ** BLURB ** This book is best read after reading ‘Beard Science’, Winston Brothers Book 3 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. Sabotage! 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.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Christy

    3.5 stars Engagement and Espionage is the first book in Penny Reid’s new cozy mystery series and I couldn’t wait to read it because, more Cletus and Jenn! This story takes place after Beard Science, which is one of my favorite Winston Brothers books. It’s a little bit of Cletus and Jenn’s relationship development, a little bit of Jenn standing up to her mom and setting boundaries, and a lot of the mystery in Green Valley. Who’s killing the chickens or burning the bee hives? It seems to be on 3.5 stars Engagement and Espionage is the first book in Penny Reid’s new cozy mystery series and I couldn’t wait to read it because, more Cletus and Jenn! This story takes place after Beard Science, which is one of my favorite Winston Brothers books. It’s a little bit of Cletus and Jenn’s relationship development, a little bit of Jenn standing up to her mom and setting boundaries, and a lot of the mystery in Green Valley. Who’s killing the chickens or burning the bee hives? It seems to be one bad thing after another and they all seem to be connected to Jenn’s bakery. I will forever love Cletus and Jenn and I’ll definitely pick up the next book in this series to get more of them. However, not sure if the cozy mystery genre is my niche. I would have loved a little less mystery and a little more romance. Penny Reid’s writing is fantastic and I would recommend this to anyone who loves the Winston Brothers like me!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Antonella

    New Penny Reid series... Cletus and Jennifer spin off... Cozy mystery.... I can't handle it.. New Penny Reid series... Cletus and Jennifer spin off... Cozy mystery.... I can't handle it..

  4. 5 out of 5

    Phuong ✯

    #0 Beard Science ↠ 5 stars #1 Engagement and Espionage ↠ 4 stars "And to all the Cletus and Jenn stans, this book is most definitely 100% for you." Engagement and Espionage is definitely a love letter from Penny Reid to every single person who wanted more of Cletus and Jennifer story. Therefore, I would highly advise to read it AFTER you've read Beard Science. Even though E&E is the first book of a new series, I don't think it works well as a standalone, because it's the continuance of the coup #0 Beard Science ↠ 5 stars #1 Engagement and Espionage ↠ 4 stars "And to all the Cletus and Jenn stans, this book is most definitely 100% for you." Engagement and Espionage is definitely a love letter from Penny Reid to every single person who wanted more of Cletus and Jennifer story. Therefore, I would highly advise to read it AFTER you've read Beard Science. Even though E&E is the first book of a new series, I don't think it works well as a standalone, because it's the continuance of the couple's story. There are a lot of name dropping that you'll find confusing, if you are not familiar with the Winston family and Green Valley folks. What can I say being back in Green Valley with Cletus and Jenn besides that it feels like coming home after weeks of backpacking, sleeping in uncomfortable and squeeky 20 bed dorms. There's nothing better than throw yourself on your bed, wrap yourself in your most comfortable blanket and think "there's no better bed than the one i'm laying right now". That's how it feels like. Warm, familiar and home-y. I LOVE LOVE LOVE being back into Cletus' head. He's one of these characters, if I'd meet him in real life, I'd probably punch him in the face after 5 minutes in his company. But that's when I know, he's going to be one of my favorite fictional characters. Cletus is such an unique, complex and flawed character. I have no other choice than to love him. His mind just works differently. He's cunning, ruthless, selfish, but at the same time he can be the most caring, selfless and brilliant person, especially to those he really cares about. All I can say about Cletus Byron Winston is that he's a paradox and his mind must be experienced. You have to read for yourself, if you REALLY want to know what I mean. Jennifer Sylvester is the same lovely and selfless woman we got to know from Beard Science. She has such a big heart and I loved seeing her standing up for herself more and more. It was already a big part of her journey through Beard Science, but it just proves that you never stop growing. Sometimes you fall back into old habits and make the same mistakes, but that's okay because these things take time. No one is going to change within a few weeks. I couldn't imagine a better match for Cletus than Jenn. She breathed a little laugh, stepping closer, her other hand coming to my jaw. "You are one in a million." "And you are one of a kind." Jenn and Cletus together have my heart. They are so freaking adorable … my heart, my mind and my soul can't deal with all these cuteness overload. Cletus and Jenn are the definition of "you make me a better person". Cletus thoughts about Jenn are so soft and swoony. There is nothing he wouldn't do for her and I had heart-eyes for them the entire time. Cletus and Jenn constantly support each other through every difficulty life throws at them. They teach each other how to be better humans. They grow together and I love every scenes that they had together. <3 WHY NOT 5 STARS? Plain and simple: I was not invested in the plot. Mysteries, especially murder mysteries in romance books are 9.5 out of 10 times a snoozefest for me. I did not care that someone was murdering chickens and bees and that crime needed to be solved. I DID NOT CARE. Call the police. It's their job to solve that problem not yours! Jenn go bake your banana cakes and Cletus go fix some cars or meddle in someone's life. It didn't help that Jenn and Cletus were constantly interrupted during their time together, because something would go wrong. I JUST WANTED THEM TO GET SOME MOMENTS ALONE. They were so sexually frustrated and that plot device used was not only frustrating to them but for me as well. The person behind the mystery was kind of obvious, it was pretty easy to guess from the beginning. Honestly, I'd been fine if this novel was only Jenn, Cletus and the whole Winston gang doing domestic stuff. Who needs a plot anyway? Not this gal here, but I'm in the minority here. You have a big heart. I would never trade your mammoth, irrationally generous heart for a smaller, more frugal one. I love every square kilometre of it." A laugh tumbled from my lips and I lowered to the couch. "Really? It's that big?" "It should have its own zip code. And it's my third favorite thing about you." Anyway, I still really loved this book and look forward to Cletus and Jenn marriage, getting a home and having babies together.

  5. 4 out of 5

    DJ Sakata

    Favorite Quotes: Good Lord, now I’d offended his serene layers. Chicken sausage? I didn’t grimace, and that was a miracle. Chicken sausage was akin to turkey bacon, an abomination. That old man is mean as a badger with half a brain. My Review: This was a fun, engaging, and pleasurably engrossing read with healthy servings of mystery, family drama, and romance. Oddly sinister crimes were occurring in Green Valley and surprisingly, it all started with choked chickens and had nothing to do with the crim Favorite Quotes: Good Lord, now I’d offended his serene layers. Chicken sausage? I didn’t grimace, and that was a miracle. Chicken sausage was akin to turkey bacon, an abomination. That old man is mean as a badger with half a brain. My Review: This was a fun, engaging, and pleasurably engrossing read with healthy servings of mystery, family drama, and romance. Oddly sinister crimes were occurring in Green Valley and surprisingly, it all started with choked chickens and had nothing to do with the criminal elements that typically plagued the community. The mystery was artfully plotted and shrewdly paced with clever lashings of levity, crisp witty banter, and profoundly insightful and amusing inner musings and observations of human nature. I adored this well-matched and quirky couple in a previous series and am gleefully anticipating a continuation of their story with their brainy conundrums and unique and peculiar family complications.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Corina

    I don't know yet how I feel about this book. Sadly I wasn't really wowed by it. But of course I loved Cletus and Jenn ♡ and I enjoyed the rest of the family as well, but there were a couple instances I wasn't a fan of. So, I would say it was average, bad had the potential of being great. Full review to come..... ___________________________________ Find more reviews and book recommendations on my blog Follow me on Bookstagram I don't know yet how I feel about this book. Sadly I wasn't really wowed by it. But of course I loved Cletus and Jenn ♡ and I enjoyed the rest of the family as well, but there were a couple instances I wasn't a fan of. So, I would say it was average, bad had the potential of being great. Full review to come..... ___________________________________ Find more reviews and book recommendations on my blog Follow me on Bookstagram

  7. 4 out of 5

    lazybookconqueror

    Gah, so I absolutely love the Winston Brothers series, and I think all fans that were hit with the amazing and emotional ending of Beard Necessities were ecstatic to learn that Penny Reid would start a new spinoff series featuring the amazing couple that is Cletus and Jenn. Returning to this world is so comforting and definitely such a soothing experience in these very weird times we're living. Having said that, first I don't recommend this to people who haven't read Beard Science (Cletus and Jen Gah, so I absolutely love the Winston Brothers series, and I think all fans that were hit with the amazing and emotional ending of Beard Necessities were ecstatic to learn that Penny Reid would start a new spinoff series featuring the amazing couple that is Cletus and Jenn. Returning to this world is so comforting and definitely such a soothing experience in these very weird times we're living. Having said that, first I don't recommend this to people who haven't read Beard Science (Cletus and Jenn's original book), and I don't think that this book managed to capture yet the same heart and soul of its predecessor. It was still a lovely read and I enjoyed the cozy mystery aspect. The whodunit parts were interesting, funny, and well written - and they did keep me guessing. I think that this mixture of action/adventure/mystery with romance is something that Penny Reid has always managed to be very successful at. What was missing for me was the romance. Can a book about two people that already are in a relationship be slow burn? I didn't think it could, but Engagement & Espionage went out of its way to keep Cletus and Jenn apart and I didn't really understand why. Ok, real life happens and people are busy, but I missed their undeniable connection and constant banter as they still had some issues to iron out. I think this will improve as this series progresses, especially with the super ''slap in your face title'' that will be the upcoming book Marriage and Murder. But it was still a delight to be back in Green Valley and enjoy a little bit more of this amazing world. Thank you so much Socia Butterfly PR and Penny Reid for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review. ----------------------------------------- Cletus and Jenn, Jenn and Cletus, OMG!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤

    What a nice surprise, I loved it!Every minute of it, it was just so good!My favorite characters are back and I find the story interesting and I was intrigued.Engagement and Espionage was fast paced,addictive,heartwarming and cute! This book takes place shortly after where Beard Science left us.In this story you get to see how Jenn tries to become herself and not what her parents wanted for her!I really love Jenn, she is amazing and I wanted to hug her!Cletus is still my favorite ma <3 4,5 stars <3 What a nice surprise, I loved it!Every minute of it, it was just so good!My favorite characters are back and I find the story interesting and I was intrigued.Engagement and Espionage was fast paced,addictive,heartwarming and cute! This book takes place shortly after where Beard Science left us.In this story you get to see how Jenn tries to become herself and not what her parents wanted for her!I really love Jenn, she is amazing and I wanted to hug her!Cletus is still my favorite man sigh this guy I'm so in love with him! I'm looking forward for the next book!     

  9. 5 out of 5

    zaira

    Nothing quite like being back with the Winstons in Green Valley. I missed Cletus and reading his POV so much. He's an annoying yet entertaining smartass and I love him for it. The snarky comments in his mind are so funny to read. His mischievous and devious character is perfect for a bunch of cozy mysteries. I loved that we could see here how much Jenn has grown from Beard Science. YES, she realizes her worth! She's setting boundaries! She's standing up for herself and voicing out her opinions! Th Nothing quite like being back with the Winstons in Green Valley. I missed Cletus and reading his POV so much. He's an annoying yet entertaining smartass and I love him for it. The snarky comments in his mind are so funny to read. His mischievous and devious character is perfect for a bunch of cozy mysteries. I loved that we could see here how much Jenn has grown from Beard Science. YES, she realizes her worth! She's setting boundaries! She's standing up for herself and voicing out her opinions! Though she still has a way to go, I can't help but be so proud of her. It still hurts to see people (even her own parents) diminish her worth and make her feel like she's anything less than the amazing woman she is. One of the things I love about Cletus and Jenn is that he never made her feel that way. "She would always be beautiful because her beauty was in her strength and resilience, her goodness and generosity, her cleverness and compassion..." Honestly, thank you to Penny Reid for giving us more books to see them grow as a couple. All the things they do for each other are just so damn cute, they really are perfect for each other and it shows. I LOVEEE all the Winston family moments!!! My fave couples are actually CletusJenn, BillyScarlet, and BeauShelly. THIS BOOK IS A TREAT. Scarlet was the only one missing but oh how I loved Cletus's sneaky mentions of ~his plans~ for Billy and Scarlet. I gave it a 4 instead of 5 because I found myself uninterested at times with the plot but that didn't take away too much for me. It helps that I already love the main characters (and the town) that I'm willing to read anything with them. Sometimes it still feels unreal that Cletus and Jenn have a whole other spin-off series tbh. I'm so excited for the rest!!! ♡ I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This book is the first in a series, but it is best read after Beard Science (Winston Brothers #3).

  10. 4 out of 5

    Anna Banana

    4.5 stars This is the first time in over a month that I read a book and had a really, really hard time putting it down. And for that alone I loved this book. It was so great being back with Cletus, Jenn and the Winston clan! If nothing else, this book made me want to reread the Winston Brothers series so bad! I missed these characters so much and I loved being with Cletus and Jenn so, so much. I love how we get to see these characters still growing, still learning and most of all we are shown tim 4.5 stars This is the first time in over a month that I read a book and had a really, really hard time putting it down. And for that alone I loved this book. It was so great being back with Cletus, Jenn and the Winston clan! If nothing else, this book made me want to reread the Winston Brothers series so bad! I missed these characters so much and I loved being with Cletus and Jenn so, so much. I love how we get to see these characters still growing, still learning and most of all we are shown time and time again that the love that Jenn and Cletus have for each other help them become better people and they have such a wonderful influence on each other. They are truly perfect together and it showed in every interaction. I have to admit that I was not really interested in the plot at all and found myself more than once wishing it would go away so I could have endless scenes with the characters without all this drama nonsense. I especially didn't like that the plot kept Jenn and Cletus from being ...romantically together for basically the entire book but I do understand why the author made those choice. Still wish she hadn't done it but since it became a subplot, I understood what she was trying to do. Since a book does need a plot, I will say that there was always something happening. I figured out pretty quick who was behind things but I still ended up shocked at the end with a little plot twist I wasn't expecting. Overall, this was a great read and I am so happy that I was able to read it! I feel so excited and I may just go back and reread some favorite scenes and hopefully do a reread of the Winston Brothers series <3

  11. 4 out of 5

    Elle Kennedy

    Engagement and Espionage is LIVE! Jennifer Sylvester made her deal with the devil . . . and now they’re engaged! Cletus and Jenn return in this part small-town romance, part cozy mystery full of shenanigans. Grab Engagement and Espionage Everywhere! ** BLURB ** This book is best read after reading ‘Beard Science’, Winston Brothers Book 3 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 d Engagement and Espionage is LIVE! Jennifer Sylvester made her deal with the devil . . . and now they’re engaged! Cletus and Jenn return in this part small-town romance, part cozy mystery full of shenanigans. Grab Engagement and Espionage Everywhere! ** BLURB ** This book is best read after reading ‘Beard Science’, Winston Brothers Book 3 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. Sabotage! 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.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Hollis

    BEARD SCIENCE is one of my favourite Winston Brothers books so I was thrilled to hear that Reid was bringing Cletus and Jenn back into the forefront (though lets be honest, Cletus steals the show in pretty much all the books) for their own spinoff that bridges some of the time jumps in the main series. Getting even was a waste of time. Why would I get even when I could get the advantage? I think what I loved most, beyond being reunited with this family (even if it's back in time and not everything BEARD SCIENCE is one of my favourite Winston Brothers books so I was thrilled to hear that Reid was bringing Cletus and Jenn back into the forefront (though lets be honest, Cletus steals the show in pretty much all the books) for their own spinoff that bridges some of the time jumps in the main series. Getting even was a waste of time. Why would I get even when I could get the advantage? I think what I loved most, beyond being reunited with this family (even if it's back in time and not everything is in the HEA-state that we've already seen), was the realism in the post-BEARD SCIENCE reality that just because the couple ended up together, doesn't mean everything is magically perfect after the book closes. Jenn and Cletus are still working through some things, both individually and as a couple, and they are struggling to find time for each other, to keep to their commitments, to keep their promises. I liked that. What I didn't like? Jenn's mother. Her father. The fact that the population of this town is 90% lunatic. Seriously, is there something in the water in Green Valley? "What's the difference between the Emergency Lasagna and the Lasagna Emergency?" "One fixes an emergency, the other causes an emergency." Everything not related to shitty parents and the mystery itself were great. I loved seeing old faces, the games Cletus plays, and I loved every page that featured Shelly (because of course I do). I also loved all the literal cock blocking, even the non-literal cocks that blocked, that set us on the road for a slow build to finally getting this couple to, well, couple. "Cletus, don't you realize? You already have me. Stop being so careful." "And if I make a mistake?" "Trust me to forgive you." Overall this was a great way to spend a sunday and I have no doubt this will delight Jenntus fans and general Winston Brothers fans alike. 3.5 stars ** I received an ARC from the author (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. ** --- This review can also be found at A Take From Two Cities.

  13. 4 out of 5

    aniryllis

    CLETUS AND JENN!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That's it. That's the review. *** Well... At least it's the accurate summary, lol. Fair warning: I'm biased. Cletus and Jenn are my babies and whatever (that's acceptable to me, lol) PR writes about them, I'm going to like it. I'm one of those lucky bitches for whom PR wrote this book. [...] to all the Cletus and Jenn stans, this book is most definitely 100% for you. I also read Beard Science 5 times. Last time was actually right before this book, growing CLETUS AND JENN!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That's it. That's the review. *** Well... At least it's the accurate summary, lol. Fair warning: I'm biased. Cletus and Jenn are my babies and whatever (that's acceptable to me, lol) PR writes about them, I'm going to like it. I'm one of those lucky bitches for whom PR wrote this book. [...] to all the Cletus and Jenn stans, this book is most definitely 100% for you. I also read Beard Science 5 times. Last time was actually right before this book, growing my excitement more than ever. I never left Cletus and Jenn. And they never left me. This book was like coming home after a long, long time. Basically the time I waited for it 😂 I've never read a cozy mystery before (at least, I think so), therefore I didn't exactly know what to expect. I knew this was also a romance, but then I remember reading the definition of cozy mystery and panicking for a second because it seemed romance was not contemplated, lol. I'm glad to say Engagement and Espionage is 100% romance and 100% Penny Reid. I didn't mind the mystery part and didn't find it boring. It wasn't very different from her other books and more importantly, it didn't take away from C&J's relationship. Even though a lot bit (sexual) frustrating, the romance part was amazing. These two are just so good together. Every little moment between them was precious. I read and re-read every part, not only to prolong the reading, but also because it gave me pure joy to read every interaction these two had. Truly can't wait for more and see the people they'll become together. The most surprising thing was Cletus and Jenn's mother's relationship. It was everything I didn't know I wanted. One of my favourite parts was when he and Diane talked about his mother, Bethany. It was a discussion long overdue (at least, to me). I'm glad PR finally wrote about it. I voluntarily read an early e-copy of this title. Some info: The first 3 books are set in the past, exactly between Beard in Mind (book #4) and Dr. Strange Beard (book #5). Here is the chronological order. (Of course the pub dates are not accurate anymore 🥺) On the other hand, Cletus and Jenn will have more than 3 books! Hopefully even more than 4. Edit: Looks like the fifth (5!!!) book will be titled Pie Crimes and Misdemeanors.

  14. 5 out of 5

    tai

    If you’re in the US, I’m hosting a giveaway for a paperback copy of this book on my bookstagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/CCoHO8Ngl... Make sure to enter!!!! 🤩 5++++++ stars! No two characters deserve to be featured in a cozy mystery series as much as Cletus and Jenn. When I first heard about this series and who it would be centered on, I remember thinking “oh, but of course!” I can’t help but feel like this genre fits these two characters more than perfectly! Engagement and Espionage was my mo If you’re in the US, I’m hosting a giveaway for a paperback copy of this book on my bookstagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/CCoHO8Ngl... Make sure to enter!!!! 🤩 5++++++ stars! No two characters deserve to be featured in a cozy mystery series as much as Cletus and Jenn. When I first heard about this series and who it would be centered on, I remember thinking “oh, but of course!” I can’t help but feel like this genre fits these two characters more than perfectly! Engagement and Espionage was my most anticipated book of 2020 by far, and I was counting on it curing my never ending Winston withdraws. Well, let me tell you, not only did it exceed my expectations and will for sure be a favorite of the year, but it definitely did it’s trick when it comes to making me miss the Winston family a little bit less. Maybe I should start off this review saying that for the past few months, I’ve been having the hardest time concentrating on books. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve read A LOT of books since the year began, but lately no book has managed to catch my attention for longer than a few minutes at a time, even if I’m loving what I’m reading. Well, Engagement and Espionage not only managed to make me concentrate, but I found myself, in multiple occasions, not wanting to stop reading. I finished a chapter, and thought to myself “just one more and I’ll stop for a while” and.. spoiler alert... I did not stop. At night, I found myself fighting sleep to read more, and I’m not at all a night person! That’s how good this book was! I really enjoyed the mystery plot of the book. It kept me on my toes for most of the story, it added an intriguing storyline and made the book fast paced and even more addicting. Cletus and Jenn make, to no surprise of anyone who knows these two characters, a great mystery solving duo. I throughly enjoyed their adventures in this story and I’m already so excited for what Penny has in store for us next, with the second book in this series! When it comes to the characters, it’s easy to read a book when you’re already so in love with the main characters. Cletus is a hit within the Winston Brothers fan base, and his book is a fan favorite for sure, so I’m sure absolutely no reader will have a hard time being in his mind once again, as well as Jenn’s mind. But what makes this story even better, for me, than Beard Science *gasps* was the growth we get to witness these two characters go through, not just throughout this story but from where they were in the beginning of Beard Science to now. Although Cletus remains his unique, cunning, plotting self, having Jenn in his life definitely changes him (a little bit at least.. because Cletus is Cletus). And when it comes to Jenn, when we met her, she was this sheltered girl, who had suffered from so much abusive from her parents throughout her life. You really see her get out of her shell in this book, stand up for herself and be who she truly is, not who her parents (or, her father, really) wanted her to be. And, just like Jenn did with Cletus, I love how Cletus begins to rub off on her as their relationship progresses. I loved seeing her cunning side in this book so much! And let me just say, if you’re looking for two great morally grey characters in contemporary, you really shouldn’t look no further, because these two have got it all! When it comes to these two as a couple, just like they grow and develop on their own in this book, so does their relationship. I loved seeing it progress because these two already have a established relationship, so from here on out it can only grow further and I think, as with all things, Penny did a phenomenal job! This is not her first time writing about two characters who are already together when their book starts, and she never allows it to become boring, she is always developing these characters and growing their relationship, keeping us invested in their life and love. With Jenn and Cletus, that definitely happened and I really loved reading about their life as a couple, and all the struggles they face in the beginning of their relationship. I also just loved how much Cletus supports and loves Jenn for who she is, and vice versa, and how whipped he is for her. Lastly but definitely not least, the Winston family moments are always something I cherish. The Winston Brothers series is my favorite series of all time, and getting the chance to read more about their shenanigans is always a pleasure and it makes me so happy! I always feel like part of the family while I’m reading. If you’re hoping for a book that will have a good amount of scenes between these siblings, you’ll definitely get it! They are an important part of helping Jenn and Cletus during their investigations and you get a lot of little moments between them throughout the book, as well as little hints to a few of the other couples, as this book takes place before Dr Strange Beard and Beard Necessities. The little hints made me smile! As predicted, Penny Reid does it again. She writes stories that make me want to stay up all night reading, and Engagement and Espionage was not any different. A delight to be in the heads of Cletus and Jenn once again, to be in Green Valley and read about all of the characters that I’ve grown to cherish and love. Probably one of the easiest 5 stars I’ll give this year for sure. I’m already itching to reread! Little advice: if you have not done so, and you have time, I recommend rereading Beard Science before you pick this up. I did it and I do not regret it! Having it fresh in my mind made this even more enjoyable than if I hadn’t reread it (but of course, I’m sure you’ll still love it a lot, even if you don’t reread...) *i received an ARC in exchange for an honest review*

  15. 4 out of 5

    mila

    We were still at the beginning, our beginning, and I’d never been as truly happy in my entire life as I lived and breathed and endured during the moments we spent together. Only Cletus and Jenn could pull this off! A whole book about them being their odd, funny and sweet selves while solving a mystery that could only happen in Green Valley. This book (and series) is definitely a gift for the fans that I really appreciate. This story takes after the events in Beard Science where Cletus We were still at the beginning, our beginning, and I’d never been as truly happy in my entire life as I lived and breathed and endured during the moments we spent together. Only Cletus and Jenn could pull this off! A whole book about them being their odd, funny and sweet selves while solving a mystery that could only happen in Green Valley. This book (and series) is definitely a gift for the fans that I really appreciate. This story takes after the events in Beard Science where Cletus and Jenn were beginning their relationship, so this book navigates through this new status for them and how they both have to adjust to it. As we could see from their previous book, Jenn was a woman sheltered and manipulated by her parents who was just finding her freedom and Cletus was... Cletus, so being in a relationship means a new challenge for them, having to juggle their jobs, family and add to that a mystery directly related to them! Their relationship was the sweetest thing ever. This actually took me a bit by surprise, I was expecting this from Jenn and not from Cletus because despite being attentive he was also reserved, so I loved seeing this soft side of him. And I also loved the way they were so supportive and understanding with each other throughout their relationship, always putting the other's best interest ahead and talking things out. And the mystery! I hadn't really thought much about it but it kept me entertained throughout the book and Jenn and Cletus were the best team to solve this kind of mischief. Oh, and their internal monologues were everything! I swear I couldn't stop laughing at some moments for their reasoning! The side characters also lived up to it because obviously we are talking about the Winston brothers here. They have some of the best family dynamics so I loved seeing them teasing each other again and helping Cletus and Jenn in their crazy ways, making her feel part of the family. I even liked Jackson James a bit even though I'm not her biggest fan... On a more personal level, I just want to say that I discovered and enjoyed a lot of books during this quarantine but I missed this. I missed the familiarity and comfort that this series gives me, those characters that I have known for a while now, the internal jokes and those little winks to the stories of the other characters that I already know what they are about. So thanks Penny Reid for delivering amazing stories that make me wanna read everything in one sitting and not leave my couch until I'm done with them! If you haven't read the Winston Brothers series yet, go do it. And then read this spin-off. And then the Smartypants Romance books because apparently you can never have enough of these characters and this small town, or at least that happens to me. Thanks to the author and Social Butterfly for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  16. 4 out of 5

    bruna

    "She would always be beautiful because her beauty was in her strength and resilience, her goodness and generosity, her cleverness and compassion, and no one could ever steal or change who she was." Note: Although this is the first in a series, this book is best read after Beard Science (Winston Brothers #3). Every time I start a new spin-off I get a little scared that the author is going to end up ruining my favorite characters/couples for nothing. Thankfully, my fears were unfounded in this c "She would always be beautiful because her beauty was in her strength and resilience, her goodness and generosity, her cleverness and compassion, and no one could ever steal or change who she was." Note: Although this is the first in a series, this book is best read after Beard Science (Winston Brothers #3). Every time I start a new spin-off I get a little scared that the author is going to end up ruining my favorite characters/couples for nothing. Thankfully, my fears were unfounded in this case because "Engagement and Espionage" only made me love Cletus Winston, Jennifer Sylvester, and the whole Winston family even more. This was one of the funniest books I've read this year and I can't say I'm surprised because well... Cletus Winston, am I right? He always says something absurd and you end up laughing without even knowing why. Besides that, the fact that he tells his jokes and innuendos with a straight face only makes everything funnier. Suffice to say, it was impossible to get bored while reading E&E because this is just the kind of humor I enjoy. After Billy, Cletus is my favorite Winston brother. He went through so much trauma during his childhood and it broke my heart to see how what happened still affects him. However, I loved that despite all his suffering, he became an incredible person, brother, and now fiancé. Cletus always talks about how selfish he is when in reality he is one of the most selfless people in the world. His number one priority is making Jenn happy and safe even to his detriment. It was heartwarming and amazing to see how he treats her like a queen and is always supportive of her. Jenn's constant growth is something that will never cease to amaze me. She didn't know how to deal with her newfound freedom and made some mistakes, but instead of reverting to her old shy self because of them, she only grew stronger and more determined. I loved the way Jenn took the matters into her own hands and stood up to her mother. It was also nice that her mom finally understood her side because it made their mother/daughter relationship improve significantly. I'm glad that now Jenn has a parent that cares for her because she sure as hell deserves it. One of my favorite things about this book is that the beginning of Cletus and Jenn's relationship wasn't all hearts and flowers, especially if you consider that this was the first real relationship they both had. Seeing them struggling with broken promises, disappointment and bad timing made them more real and relatable because those are problems every couple faces once in a while. What was beautiful is that even with all these obstacles, they never stopped respecting each other. Cletus and Jenn were always willing to admit to their faults and apologize for it. The scenes where they shared their feelings and tried to make their relationship better were what made this book stand out to me. They have one of the healthiest relationships in the new adult world and I'm here for it! Since this is a cletusjenn spin-off, I thought there wouldn't be that many scenes with the other Winstons, but thank god I was wrong. Billy, Beau and Shelly were the side characters that appeared the most and their dynamic with the main couple was on point and amazing af. I had missed their interactions and banter a lot, so saying I was happy to see them all together again is an understatement. Even though I didn't like the mystery plot, I still enjoyed everything else. All in all, this was a light and comforting book with lots of cute, funny, and endearing scenes with the best couple and family in the world. I honestly could read 500 more pages about them and not complain once. If you're a Cletus and Jenn stan, you won't be disappointed <3 *ARC provided by Social Butterfly PR in exchange for an honest review* Solving for Pie: Cletus and Jenn Mysteries #0 Beard Science – 5 stars #1 Engagement and Espionage – 5 stars

  17. 5 out of 5

    Caitlin Reads

    A Penny Reid cozy mystery novel featuring Cletus and Jen. Have I died and gone to literary heaven? I am definitely delirious from the missed hours of sleep last night as I COULD NOT PUT THIS BOOK DOWN. However, I have no regrets and will just need several extra cups of coffee today. This book follows Beard Science, a favorite Penny novel of mine. Fans will not be disappointed. I absolutely loved the romance and connection between Jenn and Cletus. It was really empowering reading the character de A Penny Reid cozy mystery novel featuring Cletus and Jen. Have I died and gone to literary heaven? I am definitely delirious from the missed hours of sleep last night as I COULD NOT PUT THIS BOOK DOWN. However, I have no regrets and will just need several extra cups of coffee today. This book follows Beard Science, a favorite Penny novel of mine. Fans will not be disappointed. I absolutely loved the romance and connection between Jenn and Cletus. It was really empowering reading the character development for Jenn throughout the novel and seeing her really come into her own. Cletus is the evil genius you would expect him to be but also with a softer side. Engagement and Espionage is the perfect blend of witty banter and intrigue. This book had everything you have come to expect from Penny Reid and more. It was sexy and fun while keeping me guessing. I was an avid fan of Murder She Wrote and the Nancy Drew mystery series growing up so combining the mystery element with my favorite characters was basically a no brainer for me. I also really enjoyed the relationship between Cletus and Diane. Diane definitely became more likable in this book as you got to see another side of her. As always, it felt like coming home being back with the whole Winston family and returning to Green Valley. This book was the perfect intro to this handcrafted mysteries series and I will be counting down until the release of Marriage and Murder. Now I need to go back and read Beard Science again. I definitely recommend reading it before Engagement and Espionage if you can as it is the perfect introduction. Thanks to Social Butterfly PR for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Mia

    "𝑾𝒆 𝒘𝒆𝒓𝒆 𝒔𝒕𝒊𝒍𝒍 𝒂𝒕 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒃𝒆𝒈𝒊𝒏𝒏𝒊𝒏𝒈, 𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒃𝒆𝒈𝒊𝒏𝒏𝒊𝒏𝒈, 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝑰’𝒅 𝒏𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒓 𝒃𝒆𝒆𝒏 𝒂𝒔 𝒕𝒓𝒖𝒍𝒚 𝒉𝒂𝒑𝒑𝒚 𝒊𝒏 𝒎𝒚 𝒆𝒏𝒕𝒊𝒓𝒆 𝒍𝒊𝒇𝒆 𝒂𝒔 𝑰 𝒍𝒊𝒗𝒆𝒅 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒃𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒅 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒆𝒏𝒅𝒖𝒓𝒆𝒅 𝒅𝒖𝒓𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒎𝒐𝒎𝒆𝒏𝒕𝒔 𝒘𝒆 𝒔𝒑𝒆𝒏𝒕 𝒕𝒐𝒈𝒆𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓." Fabulous! LOVED this book!  Out of all the Winston brothers series, Cletus and Jenn story was my favorite I was so happy when Penny announced their spin-off. It was immediately one my most anticipated books and Engagement and Espionage delivered, it's my favorite romance book of 2020. Cletus was again everything and more. He's w "𝑾𝒆 𝒘𝒆𝒓𝒆 𝒔𝒕𝒊𝒍𝒍 𝒂𝒕 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒃𝒆𝒈𝒊𝒏𝒏𝒊𝒏𝒈, 𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒃𝒆𝒈𝒊𝒏𝒏𝒊𝒏𝒈, 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝑰’𝒅 𝒏𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒓 𝒃𝒆𝒆𝒏 𝒂𝒔 𝒕𝒓𝒖𝒍𝒚 𝒉𝒂𝒑𝒑𝒚 𝒊𝒏 𝒎𝒚 𝒆𝒏𝒕𝒊𝒓𝒆 𝒍𝒊𝒇𝒆 𝒂𝒔 𝑰 𝒍𝒊𝒗𝒆𝒅 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒃𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒅 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒆𝒏𝒅𝒖𝒓𝒆𝒅 𝒅𝒖𝒓𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒎𝒐𝒎𝒆𝒏𝒕𝒔 𝒘𝒆 𝒔𝒑𝒆𝒏𝒕 𝒕𝒐𝒈𝒆𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓." Fabulous! LOVED this book!  Out of all the Winston brothers series, Cletus and Jenn story was my favorite I was so happy when Penny announced their spin-off. It was immediately one my most anticipated books and Engagement and Espionage delivered, it's my favorite romance book of 2020. Cletus was again everything and more. He's wicked smart; being inside his head is always just plain fun, I just love they way he talks and think. Jenn is just so lovable, I really love how strong she is. She truly comes into her own, even more now then in Beard Science, amazing character growth. They are just perfectly suited for each other. Cletus and Jenn are other's forever person, I love in this their plans and brainstorming, it's just so them. They are perfect balance of soft and hot as couple, especially the ending... GAH! All of it. Engagement and Espionage has fun mystery, amazing romance and sweet family moments.. definitely a must read. Thank you, Penny, for writing this spin-off. Now have something rereading expect Beard Science every time I miss Cletus and Jenn.  * 𝘈𝘙𝘊 𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘥𝘭𝘺 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘷𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘥 𝘣𝘺 𝘴𝘰𝘤𝘪𝘢𝘭𝘣𝘶𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘧𝘭𝘺 𝘪𝘯 𝘦𝘹𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘢𝘯 𝘩𝘰𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘳𝘦𝘷𝘪𝘦𝘸.

  19. 4 out of 5

    MELISSA *Mel Reader*

    4.5 Stars! (ARC provided by Social Butterfly PR) Cletus Winston and Jennifer Sylvester live in Green Valley, Tennessee where they unexpectedly fell in love. They were both peculiar and some might say a bit strange, but they just work. He’s protective and always puts her first and wants to fix all her problems, and she accepts and indulges his frequent meddling ways. She’s well know as a fabulous baker and the banana cake queen, and he’s known for his sausage, banjo playing and mischief. Newly 4.5 Stars! (ARC provided by Social Butterfly PR) Cletus Winston and Jennifer Sylvester live in Green Valley, Tennessee where they unexpectedly fell in love. They were both peculiar and some might say a bit strange, but they just work. He’s protective and always puts her first and wants to fix all her problems, and she accepts and indulges his frequent meddling ways. She’s well know as a fabulous baker and the banana cake queen, and he’s known for his sausage, banjo playing and mischief. Newly engaged they are desperate to find time for one another, but something always seems to get in the way. They are trying to focus on solidifying their place in each other’s lives, and just being a couple, and at the same time Jenn is trying to assert herself and go after what she wants. It’s time she isn’t ruled by unrealistic expectations, and sets boundaries for herself and those in her life, but not everyone has her best interests at heart. There is jealousy in the baking community, and soon local incidents are popping up and when Cletus and Jenn start to notice a pattern they are on a mission to solve the recent small town crimes. While they put on their investigating hats their relationship continues to evolve as they grow closer. -I loved two things in this world to distraction: Jennifer Sylvester and blueberries. -She was entirely too sexy. I would never be in complete control of my faculties around Jennifer Sylvester. Engagement and Espionage (Solving for Pie: Cletus and Jenn Mysteries Series, #1) by Penny Reid is a full length spin off of the author’s Winston Brothers series. This story is best read after Beard Science, Winston Brothers #3. It’s a heartwarming romance full of mystery and intrigue. I didn’t know it was possible to love Cletus Winston more than I already did, but he’s just as swoony and even more loving. He’s her hero, but at the same time let’s her stand on her own. I just adore this character! He’s so cute as he revels in being a fiancé, but at the same time is still up to his usual hilarious shenanigans. He’s dreamy, fixating, quirky perfection, and the way he loves is beautiful! I can’t wait for the next book! ***NOW AVAILABLE*** https://amzn.to/38TU3hf

  20. 4 out of 5

    April

    Imagine Science hadn't ended. What if there was more to Cletus and Jenn's love story than we knew? Now imagine they find themselves solving a mystery while their love story continues and evolves. You can picture it, right? Cletus's machinations, Jenn's brave kindness, and cock--er, rooster jokes galore. Yeah, this is all of that and so much more. Romance, mystery, and ... sausage.

  21. 4 out of 5

    abire

    "She’d revealed her genius to me last fall while proving to be the most brilliant opponent I’d ever faced, by far. She’d bested me. Consequently, having no choice in the matter, I’d promptly fallen in love with her and was now besotted. Obviously." OH. MY. GOD. How good it feels to get these characters back! It has been no secret to anyone who knows me that ever since I read the Winston Brother series, it has become one my favorites ever, if not THE favorite. I mean, what's not to absolut "She’d revealed her genius to me last fall while proving to be the most brilliant opponent I’d ever faced, by far. She’d bested me. Consequently, having no choice in the matter, I’d promptly fallen in love with her and was now besotted. Obviously." OH. MY. GOD. How good it feels to get these characters back! It has been no secret to anyone who knows me that ever since I read the Winston Brother series, it has become one my favorites ever, if not THE favorite. I mean, what's not to absolutely adore? It has it all. So imagine my excitement at finding out my - at the time - second favorite couple from that series (which, has now become THE favorite alongside BillyScarlet) were getting their own spinoff. This was one of my most anticipated releases of this year, and let me tell you, it was SO worth the wait. This is so very different from Beard Science, but no less amazing. In Beard Science, we get Cletus and Jenn's story and its early stage development. Which one of the best things I've read... ever. Whilst in this one, we get Cletus and Jenn AS a couple, and see them go through the motions of their daily lives, with their respective jobs and engagements while trying to BE together. Which, to say the least, was NOT easy. Honestly, I loved everything about this book, even things I was intially weary about at the beginning, I ended up adoring. The plot was so perfect for Cletus and Jenn, but also so interesting. Granted, it was not a difficult mystery to solve as a reader, you pick up on what's going on and who's behind what pretty easily, albeit minus the details that make it all make sense, but it was no less entertaining and perfect for our perfect weird duo. I don't even need to mention my love for Jenn and Cletus as individuals, let alone as a couple, because that's a given, but I'm doing it anyway. I cannot think of two people more fit for each other than these two. Cletus' stealthy wickedness is only matched by Jenn's outstanding cleverness. These two complete each other in all ways and always, but they also, like in Beard Sciene, continue to help each other daily. Jenn, trying to make Cletus a better person without outright changing him, and Cletus trying to get her to be a little selfish from time to time while keeping her gigantic heart. I mean.. these two? Once they enter your heart, you need to be aware that they are never leaving, and their place in it might just end up growing and growing. Speaking of people who's place just keeps growing in your heart, my review would not be complete without the mention of The Winston Brothers! Seeing this crazy, amazing, loveable bunch again is another reason as to why this book was just perfection. Their lack of hesitation to help one another at the drop of a hat is just one of the many great things about this family and one of the many reasons why they're just impossible not to love. And the role they played in the solving of the mystery just made their places grow 10x in my heart. Especially Billy. (AND MAYBE NOT A WINSTON BROTHER BUT SHELLY!!!) I do feel the need to mention a pleasant surprise for me in this book : Diane Donner! She was absolutely amazing in this book. Her character development was just amazing! Her trying to be a better mother to Jenn and a better person was so well written and felt so natural. I adored how she finally accepted Cletus and the little kinda friendship that formed between them. Also, their conversation about how a woman might struggle to leave her abusive husband when the abuse was directed at her but not at her children AND HER PROMISE TO JENN AT THE END!!!! I FULLY SUPPORT!!! YES YES YES!!! A couple things I feel the need to mention so I will do so in dashes so as not to make this review endless : - BillyScarlet crumbs!! - The Alex crumbs!!!!! - Kip finally getting what was coming to him. And his misogynistic, abusive ass being bested by a woman! Feels good feels organic. I'm sure I'm forgetting things, but I'm still in an Engagement and Espionage hangover. Just know this was perfect, cletusjenn are perfect, the winston brothers are perfect and I love them to death. In conclusion, this was everything I was hoping it'd be and more (tbh my greedy ass just wanted more winston content) and I'm so excited for the rest of the series!! (Especially that it's now a five BOOK SERIES instead of four) *ARC kindly provided by SocialButterfly in exchange for an honest review.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Bookphenomena (Micky)

    What a delight it was to be back with Cletus and Jenn in ENGAGEMENT & ESPIONAGE. I wasn’t sure what to expect with the idea of a mystery series but it felt all the Winston familiarity I desired alongside a compelling set of circumstances. These characters (okay Cletus) had all the quirkiness and oddities you would expect, wrapped up in funny shennanigans. I was fully entertained from start to finish. I love that Penny Reid has the confidence to drop you in a timeline you don’t expect and it 100% What a delight it was to be back with Cletus and Jenn in ENGAGEMENT & ESPIONAGE. I wasn’t sure what to expect with the idea of a mystery series but it felt all the Winston familiarity I desired alongside a compelling set of circumstances. These characters (okay Cletus) had all the quirkiness and oddities you would expect, wrapped up in funny shennanigans. I was fully entertained from start to finish. I love that Penny Reid has the confidence to drop you in a timeline you don’t expect and it 100% works. Cletus and Jenn weren’t that long past their origin story and I loved being able to pick back up with them there and see how they fared with the challenges that came. I hope you’re ready for the frustration and ancitipation of a sloooooowww burn. This story had chickens as you might expect but it went from ooh to arghhh as the tale took some sinister turns. Cletus and Jenn made a great team, not quite in tune, not quite communicating brilliantly but with a connection that grounded them to a common goal…their bedroom. Jenn’s mother and father were central to events and they took some figuring out. The Winston brothers’ were ever present and I was pretty happy when they were on-page. There were some fantastic moments involving emergency lasagna, rings, mistaken identities and bottoms. I laughed out loud many times and this was just ideal entertainment for my weekend. “Bakers is one vowel away from being ‘bikers’.” Penny Reid’s brand of humour, intelligent, odd and unusual totally floats my boat and I cannot wait for more from this series. Thank you to the author for the early review copy This review can be found on A Take From Two Cities Blog.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lily Herman

    Y'all, shit's mighty desperate out here. We're in a pandemic. The United States is a big ol' pile of fiery garbage sludge. I'm trapped in my dark apartment and our sink drain is clogged. So thank our almighty savior Penny Reid for knowing that there was only one thing we needed from her in the year of our Lord 2020, and that was a Cletus and Jenn spinoff mystery series. GOD. BLESS. Am I still chaotic about the man in one of my all-time favorite contemporary romance duos being named CLETUS? Yes. Wa Y'all, shit's mighty desperate out here. We're in a pandemic. The United States is a big ol' pile of fiery garbage sludge. I'm trapped in my dark apartment and our sink drain is clogged. So thank our almighty savior Penny Reid for knowing that there was only one thing we needed from her in the year of our Lord 2020, and that was a Cletus and Jenn spinoff mystery series. GOD. BLESS. Am I still chaotic about the man in one of my all-time favorite contemporary romance duos being named CLETUS? Yes. Was the plot of this novel filled with Penny Reid-branded messiness and a load of wish fulfillment? Yes. Did I absolutely eat this shit up in under five hours from when I received it? Yes, yes I did. I'm a biddy who regrets nothing, and you bet you ASS I love a cozy small-town mystery involving dead chickens and bakery conspiracies. As if all of that wasn't enough, I was under the impression that there were only two books in this spinoff series. Imagine my SCREAMS when I read the back few pages and learned that there are at least FOUR MORE SPINOFF BOOKS planned for Cletus and Jenn in addition to this one. Penny Reid is blessing us during the first half of these 2020s and deserves all of our praises and Edible Arrangements. And long live Cletus and Jenn and their cute lil lusty fantasies about each other. Content warning: Discussions and vague depictions of domestic violence

  24. 5 out of 5

    c

    Out all the Winston brothers my favorite always was Cletus since the first moment he appeared I wanted to read his book and when I did it Cletus and Jenn became one of my favorite couples, so obviously when I found out they were having a spin-off I was so excited and this series became one of the most anticipated for me. The story begins right where beard science ends, Jennifer and Cletus are starting their relationship and overcoming the events of the previous book. So I was a little scared becau Out all the Winston brothers my favorite always was Cletus since the first moment he appeared I wanted to read his book and when I did it Cletus and Jenn became one of my favorite couples, so obviously when I found out they were having a spin-off I was so excited and this series became one of the most anticipated for me. The story begins right where beard science ends, Jennifer and Cletus are starting their relationship and overcoming the events of the previous book. So I was a little scared because I thought that this was going to be filled with unnecessary drama between Cletus and Jenn, but no, even if they do have a rocky start their relationship only gets stronger and stronger from it, they relay and trust in each other showing so much growth with every chapter, honestly, if I loved them before this made me put them in a pedestal because seriously they have one of the most beautiful relationships I’ve read about, granted I wanted to smack my head against the wall a few times because they kept getting interrupted, but everything is worthy at the end. Another thing I want to mention is Jenn and Cletus's growth as characters, honestly, they keep surprising me because they have such a great development, especially Jenn with every chapter I got more and more proud of her for overcome what she did and becoming an amazing woman. The mystery is actually really great too, it takes a big part of the book which doesn’t make this book feel repetitive or unnecessary and it’s fun to put everything together and figure it out who made all those bad things. Ps: Jenn´s mother in this book is the best, im loving her development as a character, and seeing her getting out of that abusive relationship was one of my favorite things.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Carmen Rae

    The thing that excited me most about this was that it feels like it's a sneak peek into their lives after the romance novel ends. Like at the end of the romance novel we kind of get a blanket, they all lived happily ever after but they still have life to live. And this feels like it's picked up and showing us the after the happily ever after. Having been a fan of Cletus and his crazy mind I was so looking forward to getting more of him and Jenn. I went into this not realising that the time line o The thing that excited me most about this was that it feels like it's a sneak peek into their lives after the romance novel ends. Like at the end of the romance novel we kind of get a blanket, they all lived happily ever after but they still have life to live. And this feels like it's picked up and showing us the after the happily ever after. Having been a fan of Cletus and his crazy mind I was so looking forward to getting more of him and Jenn. I went into this not realising that the time line of this is before book six so I had a lot of moments where I was confused for a second, but it wasn't anything I couldn't immediately shake off. It just made me want to do a reread. I think the best description for this came from Penny herself when she described it as a cozy mystery. I had a fair idea of what I was going to get but I still couldn't put it down waiting to see how Cletus was going to handle it all. Sadly he wasn't very vengeful, but maybe that will be book two.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Wendy'sThoughts

    6/26/20 UPDATE-Penny Wants This Book To Be Just Right. That Means Pushing the Release to July 14th. I Love That She Is Consistent in Her Pursuit of Being True to Herself and US. May 29, 2020 Update What We have Here Is a Plucky Situation... At Every Turn... A Barrier is Put Before Jenn and Cletus... Trying to Stop Any Forward Movement... Towards These Two Tying The Knot... One Coincidental Disaster Can Happen... But When These Same Occurrences Keep Happening... It Can Only Mean One Thing... Something I 6/26/20 UPDATE-Penny Wants This Book To Be Just Right. That Means Pushing the Release to July 14th. I Love That She Is Consistent in Her Pursuit of Being True to Herself and US. May 29, 2020 Update What We have Here Is a Plucky Situation... At Every Turn... A Barrier is Put Before Jenn and Cletus... Trying to Stop Any Forward Movement... Towards These Two Tying The Knot... One Coincidental Disaster Can Happen... But When These Same Occurrences Keep Happening... It Can Only Mean One Thing... Something Is Up... And Cletus and Jenn Will See Who Is Messing With Their... Engagement and Espionage (Solving for Pie: Cletus and Jenn Mysteries #1)-July 14, 2020 This novel is best read after 'Beard Science,' Winston Brothers #3. Beard Science (Winston Brothers, #3) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... November 9, 2019 So all of us going through... Winston Brothers Withdrawals... May take heart in the Upcoming New Series... Handcrafted Mysteries... A Secret Taste was given... To Loyal Readers of Reid... Either in the Back Pages... Of Beard Necessities... OR... Special Short... By Reid in Cocktales! Yes, We Got a Hint... A Little Taste... Cletus and Jenn... Working Together... Minds Discovering... Observations Made... All with the Intention... Of Ending the Problem With... Engagement and Espionage (Handcrafted Mysteries, #1)-June 30th, 2020 Engagement and Espionage (Solving for Pie: Cletus and Jenn Mysteries Series, #1) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Marriage and Murder (Solving for Pie: Cletus and Jenn Mysteries Series, #2) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Home and Heist (Solving for Pie: Cletus and Jenn Mysteries Series, #3) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Baby and Ballistics (Solving for Pie: Cletus and Jenn Mysteries Series, #4) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... For more Reviews, Free E-books and Giveaways

  27. 4 out of 5

    Diane (Books and Tequila Blog)

    “Likely, it was selfish of me to foist the burden of decision-making to him—whether to answer her calls or ignore them—but if I couldn’t exploit Cletus’s dubious moral code for my own benefit sometimes, then was I really living my best life?” A new series by Penny Reid? Lets click now and ask questions later!! Engagement and Espionage is the first story in a new cozy mystery series. The story itself is a standalone but a spin off of the Winston Brothers series. I think it helps if you’ve met Cle “Likely, it was selfish of me to foist the burden of decision-making to him—whether to answer her calls or ignore them—but if I couldn’t exploit Cletus’s dubious moral code for my own benefit sometimes, then was I really living my best life?” A new series by Penny Reid? Lets click now and ask questions later!! Engagement and Espionage is the first story in a new cozy mystery series. The story itself is a standalone but a spin off of the Winston Brothers series. I think it helps if you’ve met Cletus and Jenn in Beard Science. “Shouldn’t go around trying to murder people—or chickens—if you don’t want to go to jail.” -5 Stars!!- Love, love, LOVED!! My full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

  28. 4 out of 5

    Deepika

    Reasons to read this book - 1) Cletus and Jenn. Jenn and Cletus. Cletus Winston and Jennifer Slyvester. 2)Romance, danger and suspense 3)Slow burn 4)Chicken jokes 5)To seek justice for chickens, bees and Diane Donner's head 6)Winston bros

  29. 4 out of 5

    Izzie d

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Full review to come. These are just some thoughts I'm gathering. May contain spoilers from the Winston brothers series. The story is a continuation of Cletus and Jenn from the Winston brother series. I enjoyed their story in that series and I know lots of fans were clambering for more of this couple and I could understand why. My issue is that at the time of release, then first read you may feel you want more of a couple you read about but .... Sometimes I feel by the time the author writes more the Full review to come. These are just some thoughts I'm gathering. May contain spoilers from the Winston brothers series. The story is a continuation of Cletus and Jenn from the Winston brother series. I enjoyed their story in that series and I know lots of fans were clambering for more of this couple and I could understand why. My issue is that at the time of release, then first read you may feel you want more of a couple you read about but .... Sometimes I feel by the time the author writes more the ship has sailed. As a reader you can get invested in a story, a series and a couple but after they get their HEA you move on to the next book or series and sometimes it doesn't work for me to go back and read more of the original couple. Basically I've lost interest. Cletus and Jenn were left in their book as firmly a couple, he had proposed and she said yes but they weren't officially engaged and in fact Jenn moved into to Claire's old house to gain her independence as a person free from the constraints of her parents so although they were a couple much was left unresolved. They reached their HEA in the background of other couples books as the series dealt with the other brothers. My other issue with the book was the weird timeline thing the author did. In the Winston series we saw all the brothers get their HEA and in the last book we had a satisfying epilogue with them all having kids or pregnancy or living happily ever after. In this book the timeline goes back to just after Cletus and Jenn's book so Billy is still working loads at the Mill and becoming increasingly involved in politics and more importantly not with Claire. And Jenn and her brother Isaac are still unresolved in their relationship. Her mother has just split from her father and things that happened to her have obviously not occured yet. The author gets around this by keeping those issues in the background and only small comments are made that elude to the previous series. Maybe when this series is completed it will all fit together but at the moment it bothered me, I didn't want mostly for Billy going back to pinning over Claire, not that he is but the thought is here if their issues are back to square one. I was also concerned that as Cletus and Jenn were a much loved couple by fans that this book would feel like trying a bit to hard to make them funny and special. To be honest I was a bit bored. Their relationship needs work and as soon as they come close to broaching it the mystery side of the story came back in and i wasn't invested enough in the mystery. It is well written and as usual with PR books I need to read some parts carefully and even Google a few things I'm unfamiliar with. I think it was just a bit slow for me it does really get going at around 60% and then it's really good but it was just ages before I was invested. No intimate scenes other than the Hero and heroine. No cheating. Dual POV.

  30. 5 out of 5

    maggieandteddy

    I've been so excited for this! Jenn & Cletus. My favorite Winston couple. I do love them all. I have so many highlighted phrases- make that paragraphs. Cletus is such a crack up. His antics... not even his brothers realize what he's REALLY up to ! Jenn is like his Gracie to his George Burns (look it up- 20th Century comic duo). There's so much more of Jenn and Cletus' love story and their courtship. This takes up where Beard Science left off. You could read this on it's own, but I'm glad that I rea I've been so excited for this! Jenn & Cletus. My favorite Winston couple. I do love them all. I have so many highlighted phrases- make that paragraphs. Cletus is such a crack up. His antics... not even his brothers realize what he's REALLY up to ! Jenn is like his Gracie to his George Burns (look it up- 20th Century comic duo). There's so much more of Jenn and Cletus' love story and their courtship. This takes up where Beard Science left off. You could read this on it's own, but I'm glad that I read Beard Science first. Jenn's parents really interrupt their time together. Kip-Jenn's dad is such a slime ball. Jenn's mom, Diane is uber emotional. Cletus starts to figure out how to get along with her and starts to see the good -deep inside that starts to bubble out. Diane Donner starts to like Cletus. Jenn and Cletus vow to find out who is involved with missing and dead chickens and other mysterious things going on around Green Valley. Cletus is made for this type of sleuthing. There are so many funny moments. I'm sure that I could have highlighted the whole book. This is dual 1st person POV. So many great supporting characters. I have to say I got a kick out of Cletus' relentless antagonizing of youngest brother Roscoe. (He was an easy target- I'm the youngest of 4, so I remembered what it's like). I want the audio!!

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