Friday, September 14, 2012

Pies and Prejudice (A Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery) [Mass Market Paperback]

I've finished "Pies and Prejudice" the 1st book in her Charmed Pie Shoppe series by Ellery Adams.

Product Description

When the going gets tough, Ella Mae LaFaye bakes pies. So when she catches her husband cheating in New York, she heads back home to Havenwood, Georgia, where she can drown her sorrows in fresh fruit filling and flakey crust. But her pies aren't just delicious. They're having magical effects on the people who eat them -- and the public is hungry for more.

Discovering her hidden talent for enchantment, Ella Mae makes her own wish come true by opening the Charmed Pie Shoppe. But with her old nemesis Loralyn Gaynor making trouble, and her old crush Hugh Dylan making nice, she has more than pie on her plate. and when Loralyn's fiancé is found dead -- killed with Ella Mae's rolling pin -- it'll take all her sweet magic to clear her name.

About the Author

Ellery Adams has had a lifelong love affair with both stories and food. As a child, she used to make mud pies and eat them. Over the years, she became more adept in the kitchen, and when she's not writing, she loves to don an apron and fill her home with the sweet, buttery scent of baking pies. Ms. Adams has held many jobs, including caterer, retail clerk, car salesperson, teacher, tutor, and tech writer, all while penning poems, children's books, and novels. She writes and creates culinary delights from her home in central Virginia.

Product Details
Reading level: Ages 18 and up
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Berkley (July 3, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0425251403
ISBN-13: 978-0425251409

My Review:

Ella May was happily married to Sloan Kitteridge and living in New York until she caught him diddling with the twin red-headed sisters who lived across from them.  She heads back home to Havenwood, Georgia with her puppy Charleston Chew and clothes on her back.  Her mother and three aunts welcome her back home with open arms who they haven't seen during her marriage for seven years.

With the help of her mother and aunts she opens up the Charmed Pie Shoppe which is a huge hit because of the special magical ingredients she bakes into the pies.

When the police find Ella May's fingerprints on the rolling pin which murdered her childhood bully's fiance a local racehorse veterinarian.  When another murder occurs in close quarters she decides to take matters into her own hands and investigate herself to clear her name.

I really enjoyed this cozy mystery because the characters were quite charming in their own way, Loralyn was evil and Ella's aunts were funny especially Reba. 


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