Title: Pies & Prejudice (A Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery #1)
Author: Ellery Adams
Pub. Date: July, 2012
Summary: 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.
Genre: Cozy Mystery
My love of cozies knows no bounds. They’re such a guilty pleasure and when I heard about this new series, I immediately pounced on it.
After Ella Mae LaFaye discovered her husband of seven years in an elevator entertaining a pair of redheaded twins, she grabbed her dog Chewy and left New York. She headed for her own of Havenwood, Georgia where her mother and aunts welcomed her back and wasted no time helping Ella Mae get back on her feet.
Years of culinary school left her with a burning passion for baking – and a dream of opening her own bakery. Luckily for Ella Mae, the perfect location just went on the market. With customers just short of beating down the door, business is booming until a well-respected doctor is murdered – and Ella Mae’s rolling pin is found at the scene.
Pies & Prejudice was a ton of fun! Going into it, I hadn’t realized it was a paranormal mystery, though I guess that little fact was glaringly obvious. With character names like LaFaye and a villain’s license plate reading SIREN it goes without saying I figured things out a little quicker than Ella Mae. :)
Hands down, the best thing about this book were the pies. MMM, pie. Shoofly, Chocolate Bourbon Pecan, Banana Pudding, I was drooling all over myself while reading. Thankfully there are recipes included at the end of the book (I know what I’ll be doing on my days off)!
The characters were nearly as rich and vibrant as the pies. I loved Ella Mae and Chewy. Her mother and aunts were ridiculously awesome as well. Loralyn, Ella Mae’s childhood rival, had the Mean Girl act down to an artform. I would have loved to have seen something come out of the budding romance with Hugh (high school crush), but I suppose that will have to wait for the next book.
Ella Mae’s A-HA! moment was a little heavy on the cheese factor and it’s so frustrating when the villain turns out to be a character that hadn’t been in the story until the big reveal. Apart from those minor setbacks Pies & Prejudice was a fun – and funny – start to a new series and one I’ll be sure to continue!