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Peach Pies and Alibis (A Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery #2)

4.05  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,250 Ratings  ·  153 Reviews
Ellery Adams serves up a mystery that's a real peach...

Ella Mae LeFaye's Charmed Pie Shoppe is wildly popular in Havenwood, Georgia--which is not surprising since Ella Mae can lace her baked goods with enchantments. The shop's extraordinary success seems destined to continue when Ella Mae meets an engaged couple who hire her to handle the dessert buffet at their wedding.

Paperback, 294 pages
Published March 5th 2013 by Berkley
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Feb 19, 2013 Fred rated it it was amazing
Peach Pies And Alibis is the second book in the A Charmed Pie Shoppe series by NEW YORK TIMES Best Selling Author, Ellery Adams.

Ellery Adams does such a wonderful, once again, of telling a great story and writes in a manner that, for this reader, makes me feel that I am right there, every step of the way. I felt I was there as Ella Mae was walking through her mother's rose garden, could hear her Aunt Verena's hearty laugh and see her Aunt Dee's metal sculptures and hear the classical music in h
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Mar 18, 2013 Jeannie and Louis Rigod rated it it was amazing
I truly want to write a review that will have both readers of mysteries and students of Mythology to rush to their booksellers and purchase this book. Why? Because, if you don't, you just may be missing out on a tale that will span the coming centuries of literature.

Are you familiar with the epic tale of King Arthur? Perhaps, you are familiar with the world of Arianrhod, the Welsh goddess that some feel is the root of the feminine trinity prior to Druidism? Why on Earth am I starting a review o
May 05, 2015 Heidi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Four Stars: A cozy mystery with magic, mythology and pies!

Ella Mae tosses the last bit of fresh fruit and concentrates on a happy memory before slipping the sweetened fruit into the buttery pie crust. Ella Mae is just realizing her magical powers, and she knows she must be careful while baking, otherwise her enchanted pies could cause disastrous results. Ella is still settling back into life in her hometown. Her pie shop has taken off, and she is busier than ever. Unfortunately, she still hasn't
Apr 21, 2013 Melodie rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2013
This is actually more like a 2.5 star read for me, but am going the extra .5 star because I liked the first one so much. Maybe I just wasn't in the mood for the absolute suspension of disbelief that this one required. I knew who the "bad guy" was from the minute that person first appeared. For me it was like there was a big flashing light over the person's head saying "BAD!". There were many things I just couldn't buy with some of the characters. I'll still be on hand for the 3rd one, because I ...more
Sue Ross
Mar 06, 2013 Sue Ross rated it it was amazing
Now who would ever expect in this day and age the reach of a wizard such as Merlin? Heaven knows I didn't. Ella Mae is asked to cater a wedding, buys an old mail truck and has to rescue one of her favorite people in the world, Reba. On top of all that she needs another employee because her shop is doing so well. What she gets will shock and surprise you. You'll laugh, cry, get mad and maybe even feel a little love. This is the best book in this series yet. I absolutely could not put it down. By ...more
Review coming tomorrow.A second outstanding book in this series, this book was filled with excitement and intrigue. This book was a winner.

Ella Mae comes back in the second installment of the Charmed Pie Shoppe Series and is just coming into her gift to affect people's feelings through her baking. This book shows a lot of character growth with Ella Mae and you learn ore about her family. However this was probably one of the saddest cozy mysteries I have ever read, during one scene the author did
Apr 27, 2015 Nicky rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Wow, what a follow up to the first book. Fantastic read. I'll admit when the magic starting coming out I half expected it to be a bit hokey, but it was not in the least. I was so glad to learn so many answers to the questions that we were left with in the first book. Great story line. I did guess the suspect fairly early, but it really didn't take away from the story at all. I can't wait for more books!
Jan 16, 2016 LORI (Dollycas) CASWELL rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2013
Ella Mae has a lot on her plate with running her very successful Charmed Pie Shoppe but has decided to add a little catering to the mix. Her first job is a dessert buffet at a wedding. Things are going well until right after the couple ride away on horseback the bride’s stepmother is rushed to the hospital where she slips into a coma. This on the tails of a prominent member of the community has died. Ella Mae is afraid these two things may be related.

Ella Mae is also trying to understand her enc
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Excuse me while I gush a minute... I love the world of Havenwood that Ellery Adams has created and every single one of her characters is fantastic. She fills each book with warmth and humor, and still manages to ground the magical elements within satisfying human conflicts. The "Charmed Pie Shoppe Mysteries" do follow traditional cozy mysteries standards, but Ellery has also written a world-building treatment that is more likely to be f
Jun 18, 2013 Elizabeth rated it liked it
Well its been a couple weeks and I've yet to put my finger on what about this second book that I didn't like. I think it had something to do with the King Arthur/Merlin/Morgan Le Fay/Guinevere revelation. As soon as this was revealed I gave a big sigh and read on. I've never been a big fan of this legend so that could be my problem.

However I believe it was the fact that it took Ella Mae so long to figure out who the bad guy was. I mean seriously you describe someone as looking like a vampire an
Ella Mae is back & continuing to try to figure out her new-found powers as well as herself. While helping her aunt deliver a sculpture, she stumbles across a body that has her questioning everything. While trying to uncover a killer & working long hours at her pie shoppe, she decides to cater a wedding. An unexpected guest shows up then the ultimate unexpected happens & a wedding attendee is stricken down. Ella Mae, her doting family and beloved Ruby have to ferret out a killer among ...more
Mar 05, 2016 Becky rated it liked it
I enjoyed the first book in this series, but was surprised by the magical change in book 2. Hopefully book 3 will go back to a mystery book and not a fantasy.
Mar 08, 2013 Lynn rated it it was amazing
Peach Pies and Alibis is a magical and enchanting read. Ella Mae, in the 2nd book of the series, starts to learn more about her magical abilities and the abilities of those around her. It is a book as much about family as a magical mystery. The first book in the series Pies and Prejudice introduced Ella Mae to her abilities. This book is entirely magic related. The characters of Ella Mae, Reba (my favorite) and her aunts are very likable.

Ellery Adams is a very good story teller. It was a fresh a
Paige Bennett
Mar 10, 2013 Paige Bennett rated it it was amazing
This is the second book in the Charmed Pie Shoppe series- and this is one great read. It has all the necessary ingredients for a cozy- small town- kooky characters - loveable main character- and a cute-smart animal ( I prefer a dog) and oh yes a murder. Well Peach Pies and Alibis has all that plus and bit of magic- some twists-turns and surprises. I can not wait for the next one.
Mar 18, 2013 Wendy rated it it was amazing
In this entry of the Charmed Pie Shoppe series an awful lot of events are happening simultaneously. Ella Mae learns some serious family secrets while she struggles to manage her growing business. By the end of the book we are overwhelmed with the understanding of what's going on in Havenwood.

Oh, and the book's cover has some of the best cozy art I have ever seen.
Sep 09, 2015 Alaine rated it liked it
Fairly decent mystery. My inkling on who the culprit was turned out to be true. I stayed up past my bedtime to finish the last 50 pages or so. The ending hit a nerve which gave me a bad dream. The sad dream just proves how easy it is to relate to these characters. I look forward to the next enchanted pie shop mystery.
Judy Hall
Ella Mae LaFaye and her aunts are back to face new peril and a new mystery. Two women with connections to Ella's family are murdered and it will affect them all.

I always focus on character and then plot. Paranormal books like this have a third element. They have mythology. Where does the magic come from. What are the rules. That sort of thing. I know it should be plot, but since it carries through and helps define all the books, it's an important element to me.

I love this mythology. I love it so
Aug 13, 2015 Jenn rated it really liked it
An enjoyable summer read. I love the whole premise of the book, it was intriguing and hooked me as the reader right away. It was predictable, however, but I still enjoyed the book. Looking forward to the next one in the series!
Dharia Scarab
Jan 25, 2015 Dharia Scarab rated it really liked it
Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books...

1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future.

2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author.

3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up.

4 sta
May 15, 2015 Thetravelingpanda rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mystery
I have no idea why, but this book is like Pushing Daisies, and not only for the pies, I think Ella Mae is much like Ned. They are both naive and wants to see the best in people while they both suffered.
Okay, I made my digression, back to the book.
Well I was agreeably surprised! I thought it was even better than the first. I actually have no criticism for once. It was really good! You can see the characters evolve from the first book, especially Ella Mae. I just have one question, why is Loralyn
Mar 17, 2013 Christine rated it it was amazing
Just loved it! Ellery Adams knows how to spin the yarn :).
Ann Boytim
Apr 05, 2014 Ann Boytim rated it really liked it
Delicious sounding pies in this book. Ella Mae has her own pie shop and has a family who share "powers" Ella Mae finds out she also has a "gift" and can make enchanted pies. Ella is separated from her husband but he comes looking for her in the little town where she grew up. Ella is ready to get on with her life and move on but her husband comes to visit. One murder of a friend of the family brings everyone together to try and find the killer. After the second food poisoning Ella Mae and family ...more
Dec 30, 2015 ♥Jamie rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars! Peach Pies and Alibis picks up the enchanted story of Ella Mae LaFaye almost directly after the events of book one. This series is just right if you're looking for compelling mystery, light romance, and a whole new spin on magic.

After watching what she thought was her fairytale marriage crumble, Ella Mae LaFaye moved back home to Havenwood, GA and into the loving arms of her family. After a rocky start, Ella Mae saw her greatest dream realized when she opened her pie shoppe. S
Jun 04, 2015 Jessi rated it it was amazing
Oh the joy and happiness I feel whenever I enter into Ella Mae's yummy and spell-bounding dessert-filled life! Her magical experiences make me hungry and delighted and, this book, left me... teary-eyed.

Ella Mae's desire to know about her life and where she came from leads her on a path full of knowledge, revelations, culinary wonders, possibilities of love, and pain. Her wonderful aunts, mother, and life-long friend, Reba, are close by her side as she has run-ins with her high school nemesis (a
Janet McCord
May 30, 2015 Janet McCord rated it really liked it
Of course you have to suspend your belief many, many times with this, the second book of the series. The story of Ella Mae's "magical" baking ability is revealed and I have to say, I'm not sure I like the way this is going. But all in all, a well-written, sensually delicious book with scrumptious descriptions and recipes. I really did like the book and will probably read more but I honestly think the whole fantasy side of the story line is unnecessary. Spoiler alert: I'm not happy with Merlin be ...more
Mar 13, 2014 Michelle rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery, fantasy
The second book in the Charmed Pie Shoppe cozy mystery series delves more deeply into the mythology of the family's magic powers. Ella Mae continues to run her shop, but is being run ragged without sufficient help other than her companion/ family protector, Reba. In a chance encounter with some local cheesemakers, she not only picks up a catering job for a wedding, but also a new employee. Ella Mae learns about the sacred grove when she has her late arriving "awakening", coming into her full pow ...more
Nov 01, 2013 bella rated it it was amazing
In the follow up to “Pies and Prejudice” Ella Mae LeFaye is keeping busy baking pies at her Charmed Pie Shoppe. She’s also in the middle of finalizing her divorce from Sloan and trying to discover more about her family and their “special talents”. When one of her kind turns up dead, Ella Mae and her family start to investigate and discover that someone is trying to eliminate the “witches” in their area. Ella Mae, her guardian, Reba, and her family must race to try and find the killer before more ...more
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Apr 02, 2013 Book of Secrets ☕ rated it it was amazing
I've been eagerly anticipating the next book in the Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery series, and, wow, PEACH PIES AND ALIBIS was even better than the first. I devoured it!

Ella Mae LeFaye is settling into her new life in Havenwood, Georgia. The townspeople love the scrumptious pies she makes in her shop. Little do they know, Ella Mae has the ability to "charm" her pies to influence the emotions of others, a gift she just recently discovered.

I love how this book delved deeper into Ella Mae's magical bac
Aurian Booklover
Apr 02, 2013 Aurian Booklover rated it it was amazing
When I finished the book, I posted this on Facebook:
I just finished Peach Pies and Alibis, a paranormal cozy mystery, by Ellery Adams and it is absolutely totally amazing. Awesome. I am in awe of her creativity. She has absolutely become my favourite cozy author now, and I wish she had a backlist of dozens of books for me to devour.

Doesn’t this say it all? Do I still need to write a review? Yes? Okay.

Ella Mae LeFaye has been back home in Havenwood, Georgia, for a few months now. Her pie shop / l
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Overall Rating: 4.25
Story Rating: 4.00
Character Rating: 4.50

First Thought When Finished: I really love this series but I wanted a little more of the mystery!

Story Thoughts: Peach Pies and Alibis really moved the story ahead at a blinding pace. I was really surprised at how much Ellery managed to get down without it seeming like too much. I thought the mystery suffered a little bit but I think it sets up the rest of the series pretty darn well. This entry was a bit 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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A Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery (5 books)
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