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Peach Pies and Alibis

(Charmed Pie Shoppe Mysteries #2)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  2,809 ratings  ·  268 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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Jan 04, 2017 rated it liked it

In this 2nd book in the "A Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery", Ella Mae LeFaye comes into her magical powers and investigates a mysterious death. The book can be read as a standalone.


Ella Mae LeFaye has left her cheating husband, come home to Havenwood, Georgia, and opened the 'Charmed Pie Shoppe.' Ella Mae's confections are delicious and - when she puts a little extra oomph into them - enchanted as well.

After consuming an ensorcelled pie, for instance, a glum dowdily-attired woman buys a bright
Feb 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As with all of this author's books, I have the best book hangover from it. No matter what series she writes, there's always an awesome group of people who have a common connection that isn't just about solving the murder mystery. Sometimes they all have secrets or issues like needing to lose weight. The series people really care about one another and are truly friends or in Ella Mae's case, the ladies in this series are her mom, aunts and best friend/like-a-second-mom/protector, so they're her f ...more
Diana | Book of Secrets
Feb 01, 2013 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
Dawn Michelle
Didn't even listen to 1/2 of this as the narrator is just awful. One of the characters voices was a cross between porn star and southern. NOT a good combo. Meh.
This was just too many stories shoved into one book. I will say I didn't see the end coming and so that is why this got 2 instead of 1 star. It was quite shocking and probably the best part of the book. I have never ever been a fan of spiders though and I am even less of one now.

I am done with this series - it just isn't for me.
Apr 25, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozies
3.5 stars

It has been a while since I've read the first book in this series. It was easy to pick right back up. Ella Mae runs a magical pie shop in Havenwood, Georgia. Ella Mae has recently discovered she has paranormal powers. Ella Mae is catering a wedding and things go well until the bride's stepmother has to be rushed to the hospital. More mysterious things happen and Ella Mae is determined to find out what is going on. I love the characters in this series. Ella Mae and her family are wonderf
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Digital audio read by C.S.E. Cooney

Book two in the Charmed Pie Shoppe series, starring Ella Mae LeFaye, who discovered her magical powers in book one of the series. In this outing she’s been hired to cater a wedding, and she’s experimenting with her new craft, trying to understand how she got these powers and getting tutored by her mother, her aunts and her protector and pie-shop partner, Reba. She’s also warming up to handsome Hugh Dylan. But when a prominent citizen dies and a wedding guest ge
Jan 21, 2013 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
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Mar 14, 2013 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
Aug 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Squeeep! This is even better then the first book which I absolutely loved. The author delves deeper into Ella Mae's magical heritage which adds a whole new dimension to the mysterious goings on in Havenwood all while being wickedly funny. Ellery Adams' Book Retreat Mystery series is still my favourite but A Charmped Pie Shoppe Mystery comes in a close second. I think fans of Heather Blake's Wishcraft Mystery series will enjoy this series too. ...more
Apr 26, 2015 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
Micky Cox
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
I thought the first book was interesting and somewhat intrigued with the magical essence of the book, but this book was even better. The characters are much more fleshed out with more of the background of each character revealed. The magical essence has been not only kept, but finessed into a much bigger part of the storyline. The villain was intriguing in this book as you circled around several characters until you finally settle on the correct one. Some interesting twists and turns with a star ...more
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another series that just continues to get better as it goes along. I loved Adams' use of the Arthurian legend as background for the story. Looking forward to more twists and turns in the life of Ella Mae and kin. ...more
Sana Zameer
This was even more ridiculous than the fist book. I'm not gonna continue this series. ...more
Jessica Robbins
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
For complete review check out my blog at https://booksaplentybookreviews.blogs... ...more
Mar 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2020
Pretty cute magical cozy mystery, I had to wait months to get this book lmao and luckily it was good! I just love her dog too lol
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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
Abby Fabian
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a truly charming series! The characters jump right off the page, the food descriptions are devine, and the mystery is intriguing. Ella Mae discovers a couple of things about herself along the way. The mystery and the character growth were perfect! This truly is one of the best ( and most enchanting ) cozy series out there!
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
Jul 18, 2012 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 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
Jan 17, 2013 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! ...more
Jul 09, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dropped
I made it 100 pages in, but honestly, for once, this was just a cozy mystery I couldn't stand. Ella Mae is ridiculous!!! She's a 32 year old woman stuck in a high school rivalry and still attached to the SAME guy since high school who has no redeeming characteristics other than blue eyes. Just ugh, because I loved the concept. ...more
Dec 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved, loved, loved PEACH PIES AND ALIBIS by Ellery Adams. Had read one other, more recent book by her (& am waiting the next one in that series), so... when I was looking for a "lighter" book than some I've been reading and when I saw its title on the shelf at Barnes & Noble, I had to check it out. Foodie references in a book title are trigger words that that immediately scream to me, "Read the back cover! This might be a good one!" And so it was.

What DID I love? A mystery involving a small tow
Feb 27, 2019 rated it liked it
#2 in the Charmed Pie Shoppe series. In this one, Ella Mae continues to grow into her powers, and eventually learns more about who she is, her kind, and about others of her kind. There are rituals to be performed, and murders to be solved.

While not a big paranormal fan I liked the first in the series and so I was looking forward to this second installment. I read through it pretty quickly; it kept my attention and interest. But, I figured out who the murderer was and also figured out what was g
Jun 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-books, audio
I’m really enjoying the mythology building of the character backgrounds and place in the world. Definitely looking forward to the next book and continuation of this series.

I adore saga style series, and this magical realism mixed into a cozy mystery, with a dash of romance has me hooked!

Some emotional moments in this book had me on edge of where the story was headed. Hope! So much hope and suspense.
Jul 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
A very "tasty" cozy series, with likeable characters. ...more
I’m enjoying this series but I didn’t enjoy all the politics involved with Ella Mae learning about her powers. I did enjoy all the recipes at the end, especially since I had just been having pie discussions with a friend. #readforkimberly
Maybe closer to 3.5*. Read bk 1 of this series for a f2f cozy group and found the “magic” aspect of Ella’s family intriguing so I read bk2. Definitely a horse of a different color. This was much closer to fantasy or paranormal with the magical elements overshadowing any mystery. I still really liked the story and the characters. The book ends with some developments that foreshadow likely directions for the next or future entries so guess I’ll have to read on. Now both series by Adams that I have ...more
Feb 26, 2013 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
Jun 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book. However, don't let the whimsical cover fool you. This is a more serious, suspenseful book about good vs. evil magic powers. I think the cover should have been something more dark. There are times of tragedy, and some pretty corny romantic and drama lines. ie: The water glistened on his tan and muscular body (stuff like that). Yeesh!
I found it intriguing to involve the time period of Merlin and Guinevere. And the story really kept my attention.
In one scene, Ella Mae was in dang
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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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