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  • Engagement and Espionage

  • Solving for Pie: Cletus and Jenn Mysteries, Book 1
  • Written by: Penny Reid
  • Narrated by: Chris Brinkley, Joy Nash
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (28 ratings)

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Engagement and Espionage

Written by: Penny Reid
Narrated by: Chris Brinkley,Joy Nash
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Publisher's Summary

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 lovebirds totally plucked?

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

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Enthralling

The voice actors are enthralling. I’m so enamoured of Cletus and Jenn that I just can’t stop listening. I love the complexity of their characters, their values and personalities. I have found The Winston Brothers series is much more enjoyable to me than the knitting in the city series. I am grateful for the knitting in the city series, because I followed Ashley here to the Winston brothers series.
Thank you Penny Reid for your lovely brain, your complex characters and your unique writing style.

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Winston Brothers are never a bad thing

when Penny writes I listen/read. The entire Winston Brothers series, and this new development are always a favor of mine. I love a good snark, and Penny Reid delivers.

the narrators did a fantastic job in this audio book.

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  • Bonnie L Hoppa
  • 2021-01-04

If you’ve already heard the sneak peak...

Skip to 5:40 in Chapter 3 if you’ve already listened to the Sneak Peek which was semi-obnoxiously added on to every single other Winston Brothers book.

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  • McKinzy127
  • 2020-11-17

Listen, but check your expectations

This book is charming because of the narrators. The plot leaves a lot to be desired ... The couple’s relationship is constrained by things they could easily change. This is massively annoying—not pleasantly suspenseful like the author probably intended.

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  • Ashley M
  • 2021-03-08

Beard Science Extra Epilogue

If you loved Beard Science because of Cletus and Jenn you’ll love E&E too! This is a cozy romantic mystery with a couple who is devoted to each other but still have a few hurdles to overcome. The mystery is a good backdrop for their relationship issues and I enjoyed how they played out and getting behind the various personalities and vulnerabilities of several of these characters. This is basically an extended epilogue in the form of a full novel, there no “secondary romance” or anything like that: just Jenn and Cletus. But the Winston family is back and the interactions and support are lovely and entertaining to read. Love this story like the rest!

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  • Luv2shop
  • 2022-06-19

Yes! I love Jen and Cletus

Don’t mind the book snobs who left bad reviews. If you love the beard series you will love this continuation of Jen and Cletus story. It show cased how life can get in the way of the things you want to do but you can survive as long as you are surrounded by friends and family.
Allow the author to paint the picture, to tell the story. Go along for the ride and don’t be a book snob telling the author how to write the book. So glad I went with my gut and read this book. I absolutely love this series!!

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  • James C. Graziano
  • 2020-10-17

Lack of Engagement and more Espionage

The story was nice, but it was unbelievable about their relationship. What two young people in their 20s didn’t try to find time together at all for months? I understand the dilemma she was having, but again the characters had opportunities in the story and always miss, which made it very frustrating for reading satisfaction such as myself. Even a make out session would have been nice. Overall it was a little dull for me and I didn’t feel any emotion during this read like I did with Reid’s other books. Im still a big fan.

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  • fancy
  • 2021-06-28

I adore these books

I could listen to these over and over!!! They are so well written with the best characters!! I really hope she writes a bunch more!!!!

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  • Always Reading
  • 2021-03-26

Cletus & Jenn are at it again!

I was delighted to find additional stories about Cletus Winston and his betrothed Jennifer Sylvester! Chris Brinkley and Joy Nash do a delightful job of bringing these characters to life!

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  • holly
  • 2022-12-15

Smart, funny, a great escape!

Thank you Penny Reed. Such a pleasure to read your smart, amazing romances. Love, love, love!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2022-11-03

Very Fun

Who knew you could laugh at murder? I genuinely enjoyed this, although the narrator, Joy Nash is a tad grating with the southern accent, especially in the beginning when she's screeching, not graet for a road trip read at first.

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  • Susan Scharff
  • 2022-10-06

I love this added story and mystery

I love these characters and there story it's light hearted even with espionage involved.