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Pies and Prejudice (A Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery #1)

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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.

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Mass Market Paperback, 291 pages
Published July 2012 by Berkley Publishing Group
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Feb 08, 2013 Moria rated it did not like it
Wow. Yet another example of how bad a book can be when an author writes what they do NOT know. The idea of this book is right up my alley. Cozy mystery, a little magic, a little romance - I was really looking forward to it. Yes, the trope of food with magical qualities has been done A LOT, magical pies specifically are certainly not new, but I enjoy it & could always have more.

However, so disappointing to start the actual reading! First of all, if your main character is going to specialize i
This is yet another cozy mystery with a dimwit heroine. I cannot understand how authors expect readers to believe that these ladies are able to find a killer, when in reality they cannot find their rear-ends with a map? Case in point, heroine here is 30+ years old, but she still does not know that her mother and her aunts and her housekeeper are all witches. She herself is one, but let alone believing in magic, the lady doesn't even register the fact that strange things happen when she bakes her ...more
Nov 29, 2012 Shauna rated it did not like it

Mr. Jefferson Baxter performed multiple cartwheels in front of a crowd of afternoon shoppers and merchants. Baxter, who has walked with the aid of a cane for the past seven years, claims that he experienced a surge of joy so compelling that he felt the need to express it through movement. When asked how he was able to display such remarkable agility, Baxter was unable to provide an explanation. His only comment was that the pie he’d had for
Dec 31, 2013 Cherie rated it liked it
Sigh, I just don't think these kind of Cozy Mysteries are for me. I liked the story well enough. It was interesting, but not exciting or magical to me. There was magic implied and lots of pie baking and the characters were okay, but meh. My favorite part was the Key Lime Pie recipe in the back of the book. Yummy!
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Jul 01, 2012 Book of Secrets ☕ rated it it was amazing
PIES AND PREJUDICE was the kind of story that I wanted to jump inside of. The charming setting, engaging characters and well-crafted mystery made this one of my favorite cozies to date. The book begins with Ella Mae LaFaye returning to her hometown of Havenwood, Georgia, right after leaving her cheating husband back in New York. Instead of letting anger and sadness take over, Ella Mae decides to live her dream by opening a pie shop in downtown Havenwood, with a little financial and a lot of emot ...more
Aug 16, 2012 TheGeekyBlogger rated it it was amazing
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Overall Rating: 5.00
Story Rating: 5.00
Character Rating: 5.00

First thought when finished: Hands down one of my favorite cozy mysteries--EVER! I know the name suggests it but this is NOT a Pride and Prejudice set book.

What I Thought of the Story: Pies and Prejudice is probably the best cozy mystery that I have read in two years and I have read some really good cozy mysteries! The story takes place after Ella Mae comes back to her hometown after a failed relationship. She is dealing wi
Nov 25, 2012 Holly rated it liked it
The mystery and the magical parts of this story are enjoyable and I liked the secondary characters, particularly the aunts. The main character, Ella Mae, is too passive. She wants a pie shop, her family does all the work in setting it up. She wants a divorce but refuses to go back to NY to take care of it or get her stuff, so she'll just wait for six months before she can file in Georgia, and wonder if she'll ever see her stuff again (seriously? Doesn't she have at least one friend from her year ...more
Ramla Zareen Ahmad
Dec 17, 2015 Ramla Zareen Ahmad rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
=Quite Enjoyable
=I liked it...!
I really really liked this book, it molded the paranormal part and the mystery part so well together that neither overshadowed the other, but yet both were the stars of the show.

Ella Mae LaFaye is a very strong character that deals with the stress of walking in on her husband cheating on her in this book, but yet she doesn't let it get her down for more than a few days. I'd heard people say that they thought she was "dumb" to not see her powers beforehand, and though I think she could have seen
Blodeuedd Finland
Sep 21, 2013 Blodeuedd Finland rated it liked it
Shelves: cozymystery
Not the best time to write a review when I am all grrr goodreads drama, I should not even post a review here!

Right, so this is my first cozy mystery. I have meant to read one for AGES, trust me, ages. And now I finally did. It was cute, charming and with a sprinkle of magic that I really enjoyed.

What I did not like is that Ella is falsely accused, I hate that premise, it makes me sad :/ But I loved that she did not let it stop her. She opened her pie shop, she went on a hunt for the real killer.
Tam (Mystereity Reviews)
Pies and Prejudice Not bad, but not particularly good. The overly descriptive writing became monotonous and annoying after awhile. By the time she described whisking eggs as a storm blowing in, I was pretty much done.Also, in one scene, Ella Mae is talking to her husband on her cell and throws her phone in the lake. A few pages later, she is awakened by her phone ringing. Could be easily explained, but isn't. And that's my issue with this book - overly descriptive language on unimportant things, ...more
Aug 30, 2014 Betty rated it really liked it
Recommended to Betty by: Sent to me for review.

Pies and Prejudice (A Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery)
By Ellery Adams
Berkley Prime Crime
July 2012

Ella Mae LeFaye realizes her husband is pond scum when he and twins from the New York apartment next door are having a menage de trois in the elevator that arrives to pick up Ella. She empties her bags of groceries on the group, goes after her dog, Chewy, and catches the next mode of transportation to Havenwood, Georgia. She has been away from her home for seven y
Oct 05, 2013 Marci rated it it was ok
I picked up this book thinking it might be a take-off on Jane Austen, or at least that it might contain some kind of homage to her. Aside from a couple of quotes from Pride and Prejudice though, it is not my kind of comedy or mystery. The prose is too purple, the fantasy elements too weird for me, and the mystery not central enough--or maybe the fantasy and romance elements diluted it too much for my taste. But if you like a mystery with those elements mixed in, go ahead and try this one.
More of a 2.5 read. Not a real big fan of this story or cast of characters. The mystery was interesting at the beginning, but over time, I slowly started losing interest in it. I'll most likely, not be reading the next one.
Mar 25, 2016 Andree marked it as did-not-finish
DNFing at page 71, and cutting my losses.

Thought I wanted a cozy mystery tonight. This is not it. This is almost unreadable. Now, I'm not from the southern U.S., so I can't say I know what it's like to live there firsthand, but this reads like every southern stereotype ever, ratcheted up to a million. Add to that a heroine who seems immature and quite frankly not that smart (she wants a divorce from her cheating husband quickly, but to do that she'd have to go back to NYC, which she can't possib
PIES & PREJUDICE: Magic & Baked Goods

With a potential for a love quadrangle, a bunch of magical aunts, and a nasty siren for a lifelong bad-girl enemy, The main character in this magical cozy has her work cut out for her. Plus she has an ex who wants her back. The questions are whether the ex would give up his philandering ways and also if he had ever been more than a ticket out.
Turns out, she was looking at her life, before she married, from the
Jul 15, 2015 Gina rated it liked it
This isn't great literature, but since it isn't meant to be that doesn't bother me at all. It is a cozy mystery set in a small southern town with supernatural elements. It is at times cheesy and ridiculous but at other times charming and thoughtful - exactly what I want a cozy mystery with supernatural elements set in a small southern town to be. The character development is well done but the pacing has big problems. The time from fleeing New York after catching her (Ella Mae) husband cheating t ...more
Mar 31, 2013 MomIsReading rated it it was amazing
I loved this first book in a new series. What makes or breaks a cozy for me is the main character. Does she have the characteristics that would make her someone I would be friends with? I usually stay away from cozies have magic or some supernatural element to them, but the magic in this one just worked. Looking forward to the next in the series.
Jul 09, 2013 Drebbles rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012
After catching her husband cheating on her, Ella Mae La Faye Kittredge returns home to Havenwood, Georgia to fulfill her dream of opening a pie shop. She is determined to succeed even if Loralyn Gaynor is equally determined to ruin her. Soon Ella Mae has more than Loralyn to worry about - someone is murdered and she quickly becomes a major suspect. Now Ella Mae must clear her name while also running the pie shop - she may need some magic to help her.

"Pies and Prejudice" is the enchanting first b
Jan 16, 2016 LORI CASWELL rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2012
When Ella Mae LeFaye catches her husband in the act of cheating on her, she dumps a few baking ingredients on the guilty parties, picks up her Jack Russell terrier, leaves New York, and heads home to Havenwood, Georgia. There she reunites with her aunts and tries to work out things with her mom. Her mom was not happy when she got married and moved to New York and their relationship has been strained ever since.

Ella has a gift for baking the most delicious pies. Her aunts convince her that her d
Aug 03, 2012 Margaret rated it really liked it

Pies and Prejudice has an engaging heroine, charming characters, and an intriguing take on magic powers. After catching her husband cheating on her, Ella Mae LeFay Kitteridge flees New York and returns to her hometown of Havenwood, Georgia. Her mother and aunts soon set her up in a business, the Charmed Pie Shop. Ella Mae’s sweet and savory pies make the café and bakery an immediate success. Ella Mae’s happiness curdles when her lifelong rival, Loralyn Gaynor, threatens her little dog, Chewy. T
Oct 24, 2012 Edel rated it it was amazing
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May 02, 2013 Heidi rated it liked it
Three and a half stars: A charming cozy mystery that makes you crave pie!

When the elevator doors whisk open to take Ella Mae up to her apartment, she is shocked and horrified to see her husband doing the nasty with two red headed twins in the elevator! Without thinking, she chucks her pie ingredients at the adulterers and flees. She arrives at her mother's door in rural Georgia with nothing but the clothes on her back and her puppy, Chewy. Broken hearted, Ella Mae is looking to restart her life.
Jul 15, 2012 Yvonne rated it it was amazing
After catching her husband cheating on her, Ella Mae LeFaye leaves New York and heads to her hometown of Havenwood, Georgia. She intends to start over in a place that’s familiar to her, surrounded by her beloved aunts and her mother. Ella Mae’s dream is to bake pies in her own pie shop.

With financial help from her family, Ella Mae opens “The Charmed Pie Shoppe” and it’s an immediate success. She is stunned when she realizes she has her own special talent when it comes to baking pies. Somehow sh
Sandra Holladay
Apr 26, 2014 Sandra Holladay rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery-cozy
I loved Ms. Adams 'Books by the Bay' mysteries so was really looking forward to reading her 'Charmed Pie Shoppe' series; however, the two series didn't seem to be written by the same author. It took several days (instead of one or two) to read this first book in the series because I couldn't get interested enough to finish (though I finally did as I try not to leave a book unfinished). Ella Mae was just not memorable, and she lacked gumption, backbone, as well as the ability to handle unpleasant ...more
Jul 16, 2012 Sandra rated it it was amazing
Pies and Prejudice is a wonderful cozy mystery blended with just a touch of magic. Just as in Like Water for Chocolate, Ella Mae has the ability to infuse her baking with her emotions at the time of preparation with often hilarious results. Add in some magical aunties, a loving but slightly distant mother, a HOT fireman and a southern belle bully for some supporting characters and you, too, will be relishing your time in Havenwood, Georgia with Ella Mae LeFaye and her family. Then you add in the ...more
Feb 02, 2016 Lauren rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
It started off pretty terrible, with the themes of family and small-town being shoved down my throat by characters that were difficult to like. However, the mystery really takes off in about the second third of the novel and carries the story while also allowing me to warm to the characters.
Apr 13, 2016 Connor rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm only giving this a second star because it kept me curious enough to actually finish it, and because the over-the-top descriptions and comparisons kept me laughing hysterically.
Nov 15, 2012 Elizabeth rated it liked it
This is a cute start to what seems like a promising new series. There were a few inconcistinces that I found and I'm still a little unclear on some of the resolutions that's why I gave the 3 stars instead of 4. But its a cute little mystery that kept me guessing until the reveal. You also get several studs and some witch behavior. I really got tired or reading Ella Mae every time her name came up and felt that could have been shortened so I just started reading Ella and leaving the Mae off. I'm ...more
Jan 02, 2014 Joni rated it really liked it
Enjoyable first book in the Charmed Pie Shoppe series. Ella Mae returns to the sleepy Georgia town of her mother and aunts when her marriage in New York City folds to find her high school rival and high school crush still there and old wounds and rivalries still in tact. Ella Mae, along with her adorable Jack Russell terrier, find themselves embroiled in a murder mystery while trying to open a pie shop and also starting their new life. Enough interesting characters and twists and turns to keep t ...more
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Ellery Adams grew up on a beach near the Long Island Sound. Having spent her adult life in a series of landlocked towns, she cherishes her memories of open water, violent storms, and the smell of the sea.

Ms. Adams has held many jobs including caterer, retail clerk, car salesperson, teacher, tutor, and tech writer, all the while penning poems, children’s books, and novels. S
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