Pies and Prejudice by Ellery Adams
Also by this author: Peach Pies and Alibis, Pecan Pies and Homicides
Series: A Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery #1
Also in this series: Peach Pies and Alibis, Pecan Pies and Homicides
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Mystery
Read in: July 2012
Source: Public Library
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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.
Pies and Prejudice by Ellery Adams is a fantastic first book to a great new cozy mystery series. Adams introduces us to a great set of characters. Ella Mae is a fun main character. She just recently caught her husband with the sisters from across the hall. She doesn’t just lose it right then and there. She takes her adorable dog Charleston Chew and leaves her philandering husband to head back home to the safety of her childhood home, mother, and nurturing aunts. Ella Mae hasn’t been in touch with her mother or back in her hometown in seven years. It might be a bit of a rocky start…..and that’s without the murder that’s got her pegged as the main suspect!
This book was so much fun guys! It was a culinary delight. It was a great cozy mystery. it had dashes of romance, and I’m not even kidding you there were fantasy elements. The thing about cozy mysteries for me is that I either really enjoy the story but have a hard time with the obvious mystery or the mystery is really good but I don’t really enjoy the story or characters. This was the best of both worlds. I don’t think there was one character that I didn’t like. In fact I wanted to pack my bags, head to Georgia, and open a bakery myself. Adams takes a bland description of a pie and sprinkles a little magic over it and before you know it, you can actually smell the pies. It doesn’t just stop at the food descriptions either. The descriptions of almost everything were so clear that it was easy to place yourself in the story.
I originally checked this book out from the library, since then I have purchased the sequel Peach Pies and Alibis and added Ellery Adams’s backlist to my wishlist. I can’t wait to get through her books! I have to say that if you enjoy cozy mysteries or a book centered around food, you should really give this book a try!