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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 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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  • Bonnie L Hoppa
  • 04-01-2021

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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  • Ashley M
  • 08-03-2021

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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  • McKinzy127
  • 17-11-2020

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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  • James C. Graziano
  • 17-10-2020

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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  • Always Reading
  • 26-03-2021

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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  • Healthy Happy Momzy
  • 14-06-2021

Dynamic book & characters

Once again, Penny Reid proves her amazing ability to develop characters, keeping readers on the edge of their seats for what’s next. I have flown through the other 2 series in Green Valley and highly recommend.

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  • Roberta Ratto
  • 07-06-2021

Absolutely fantastic!

This was absolutely perfect, just like all Penny Reid's books! I absolutely love the depth of all her characters, especially Cletus, Billy and Scarlett. From Knitting in the City to the Winston Brothers series, I am absolutely obsessed with Penny's writing, unlike any other author's writing. The only problem is that after her books, books from other authors might not be good enough.

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  • SH
  • 25-04-2021

I won't curse, so... DANG!!!

I really don't know where to begin with this review. I am a newbie with this genre of literature. This woman, Penny Reid, I LOVE HER WORK!!!
I started this journey delving into the erotica genre from a place of wanting to fulfill a void in my relationship life. I didn't really know what I was looking for.... After listening to some of the meaningless content of sexual escapades, I came across the Winston brothers titles. The rest is history, I found my love for the series of stories by this author. The interwoven story line of the Knitting series had me spellbound. I am a Chicagoan and the inclusion of my city into that series was SO amazing! But I digress.
Look, I love content, story line, and I couldn't wait to listen to this book!!! I feel like I'm rambling, but Penny Reid has given me such entertainment and pleasure!!! Her series hold my interest, have me on edge, fulfill that longing for loving intimacy and all with a fantasy/reality flavor. My goodness....!!!
I haven't really had a motivation to write a review, but after getting to know all the characters in her Winston brothers and Knitting in the City series, I am in love with all of these people! I can' t get enough!. Jen and Cletus are two of my favorites!!! I laugh so much and get so enthralled in their love! I couldn't wait to start this book and it has not disappointed me!!! Cletus is a master of devotion and love. Jen is as smart, amazing and sweet as her baking wonders!
My last comment has to do with narrators. I CANNOT suffer a mediocre narrator, That being said, Joy Nash and Chris Brinkley are beyond exceptional!!! Look, LISTENING is what this format is all about. It will make or break the ENTIRE experience for me! I have to emphasize that. These two are THE BEST!!!
If you follow these series in order (Winston Brothers/Knitting in the City) and get to this one, you will not be disappointed!

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  • LittleTex22
  • 16-04-2021

Chickens, Bees and Lasagna! Oh my!

Cletus and Jen are amazing! Which makes Penny Reid amazing! Her ability to make such real, raw, relatable characters while weaving such fun, twisty plots is top notch.

Cletus was always one of my favorite Winstons. I enjoyed seeing him at his best, and sometimes most confused, self in Engagement and Espionage. I have loved seeing Jen blossom into her true self throughout this. I feel like she represents so many of us real folk who can’t always express how we feel but know that what we are feeling is real and valid. Can’t wait for next book!

Chris Brinkley and Joy Nash narrate the feathers off this book (as always)! They bring such life and realness into the characters.

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  • Becky M
  • 28-03-2021

My favorite Winston brother and his lady love

Jenn and Cletus are put through the paces as they try to solve the mystery of plots against her bakery suppliers, an overprotective meddling mama, and enemies coming from the woodwork. Penny Reid takes me on another hilarious, nail-biting journey with my favorite Winston brother and his lady. I fell a little more in love with couple with each page.

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  • Annie
  • 24-10-2020

Penny’s World never disappoints!

I have throughly enjoyed every minute of this audiobook. I purposely didn’t buy the book once I knew Joy Nash & Chris Brinkley were narrating and as ever they brought the story to life - they are fantastic narrators. Penny you have such a quick mind and wicked sense of humour; I applaud you. Cletus or Billy...I still can’t decide!

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