I'd give this one a solid 3.5, but since no 1/2 stars I'm just going with 3. I haven't cared a lot for other books by Joyce & Jim Lavene that I've read, but this one was an exception. Besides craving pie like crazy, this was a pretty good story. Maggie was a good character, as was Ryan, the reporter, but Aunt Clara was my favorite. A true optimist if ever there was one! A convincing bad guy and a good resolution to both major parts of the story. I'll read the next and hope the recipe for Chocoholic Cream Pie is included! RECOMMEND!