Alice's Aunt Polly makes the best pies anywhere. All you have to do is take one bite, and you'll agree. Aunt Polly says the secret is love. She loves baking pies and watching people enjoy them. Alice has spent hours with Aunt Polly talking and watching her bake pies. She feels more loved and special with Aunt Polly than anywhere else, so it is a terrible shock for Alice when Aunt Polly dies.
Everyone one in town seems determined to find Aunt Polly's secret pie crust recipe and become a famous pie maker, but Alice just feels lonely. When she gets a call from Aunt Polly's lawyer, her mother is thrilled, thinking Polly has left Alice her secret recipe and the key to wealth.
But Aunt Polly has left her something else entirely, her cranky cat, Lardo. There is still another another surprise: Aunt Polly left the secret recipe to Lardo! Now there are mysterious goings on and mysterious characters running around town, and Polly is determined to get to the bottom of all this and to be a good friend to Lardo.
Pie is sometimes sweet, sometimes sad, and sometimes delightful, just like a good slice of one of Aunt Polly's creations. Maybe you can learn to make pies, too, using the recipes spread through the book. Maybe I'll try the peach. Mmm...delicious!