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Pies and Prejudice

(Charmed Pie Shoppe Mysteries #1)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  3,985 ratings  ·  513 reviews
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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beachbum bookworm
Jul 08, 2020 rated it liked it
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Where: Havenwood, Georgia

Who: Ella Mae

Georgia here I come! It was going to be fabulous….was finally going to meet Ella Mae, try all the pies in her new pie shoppe (gimme, gimme, gimme), and spend some time with her Aunts. Ella Mae had recently returned home to Havenwood after she separated from her cheating husband. She and her aunts have always been close, but Ella Mae and her mother have been estranged since she married and took off for New York. They are working o
Feb 08, 2013 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 in ma
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 27, 2012 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
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: challenge
I really liked this first book in the series and can't wait to read more. Ella Mae has just moved back home and is starting a pie shop. Her pies sound fantastic. I liked the characters in this book and the mystery was good. I was totally surprised at the out come of it.
Aug 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a fun first book in the series. I really like this author's writing style and these characters are interesting. I will admit it took me a while to get the aunts straight (and I still might be confused). I'm such a sucker for stories where the main character has to return home after some drama in their new city (though I still feel bad for Ella Mae). This mystery was interesting despite the fact that I had it figured out pretty quickly. I enjoyed all the drama and Ella Mae's new love int ...more
Ramla Zareen Ahmad
Apr 17, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
 3.5 STARS=Good=Quite Enjoyable=I liked it...!
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Digital audio book performed by C.S.E. Cooney

First in the “Charmed Pie Shoppe” mystery series

From the book jacket When the going gets tough, Ella Mae LeFaye bakes pie. 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 flaky crust. But her pies aren’t just delicious, they’re also having magical effects on the people who eat them – and the public is hungry for more. Having discovered her hidde
Diana • Book of Secrets
Dec 08, 2011 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
Feb 14, 2017 rated it liked it
In Pies and Prejudice, the first in the Charmed Pie Shoppe series by Ellery Adams, Ella Mae LeFay returns to her hometown of Havenwood, Georgia to get away from her cheating husband. Her mother and three aunts encourage Ella Mae to pursue her gift of making pies by opening a shop devoted to selling pies. Over the course of the book, Ella Mae comes to realize that she bakes her emotions into her pies and shares them with those who eat the pies. Her aunts cry blue tears eating blueberry pie baked ...more
Dec 14, 2013 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!
Jessica Robbins
Jul 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
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May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'd been wanting to start this series from the beginning ever since one of the book clubs I'm in had a discussion on the fourth book in the series. I love anything by this author to begin with, and I wanted to know every character's story from the beginning. I love how her books are not just mystery driven, but they're also character and family-driven. Sometimes the characters are a little broken and help each other heal, and sometimes they're family in the togetherness sense, maybe not related. ...more
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars
Jun 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fun-mystery
This was a cute 3.75. It was my first Ellery Adams book and I have to say I am going to look into others by her aside from this series which I will continue with.
Sep 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Very enjoyable. I loved the magical touches.
Feb 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Summary from Goodreads:

"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. Bu
Aug 05, 2012 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
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
Nov 25, 2012 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
Oct 05, 2013 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.
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 thing ...more
Lucy Burdette
Jul 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Such a sweet cozy filled with family connections, pie, and some magic. Loved the characters--a fun read that will make you hungry!
Feb 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
Pies and Prejudice by Ellery Adams was a solid introduction to the Charmed Pie Shoppe mysteries. I liked the main character, Ella Mae LaFaye, although quite of lot her dialogue seemed a bit stilted and unnatural. I also did not like how wimpy Ella Mae was when it came to dumping her cheating husband, getting a quickie divorce, and retrieving all of her stuff from NYC. Plus, I am not sure that I truly enjoyed the "magical" element of Ella Mae and her mother, aunts, and the housekeeper. I found th ...more
Aug 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eeeep!!! A new-to-me Ellery Adams mystery to fangirl over! Love the light, magical element that adds to the hometown girl returns trope. Gives it an interesting twist -- especially since I think there will be more magical developments as the series progresses. Murder, betrayal and a cute pup named Chewy all add to the allure of this next cozy mystery series I'm going to binge on!

Please note: some language issues
Kim Galla
Feb 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed listening to this little cozy. The characters were likable and funny. There's an underlying magical thread that hasn't been revealed yet, or maybe there isn't and Ellery just wanted you to think that? Looking forward to the next one.
Jul 09, 2013 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
Aug 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this first in the Charmed Pie Shoppe mystery series!

Ella Mae arrives back home in Havenwood, GA with her dog and the clothes on her back, having abandonned her cheating husband in NYC. With the encouragement and help of her aunts and mother, as well as Reba, her mother's housekeeper, Ella Mae puts her unique culinary gifts to work, opens a pie shop, and along the way solves a murder or two that someone seems determined to pin on her. At the same time, unusual things happen,
Jul 16, 2012 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
Jun 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It's a fun, light read. I have seen the negative reviews here but I think the readers are taking this way to seriously!
The marriage is not gone into in detail because it is over. And yes, long time relationships often break up overnight when it is revealed that the spouse has been cheating. And since this book is fantasy, not a documentary, the heroine does what I wished I could have done when my 10 year marriage broke up....she just walked away!
Now to give the previous reviewers their due, I h
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USA Today and New York Times bestseller author, Ellery Adams, has written over thirty novels and can’t imagine spending a day away from the keyboard. Ms. Adams, a Native New Yorker, has had a lifelong love affair with stories, food, rescue animals, and large bodies of water. When not working on her next novel, she bakes, gardens, drinks vats of coffee, spoils her three cats, and snacks on black li ...more

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