Peach Pies and Alibis
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.
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 yellow o ...more
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 int ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ended he ...more
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 found in fanta ...more
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 th ...more
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 ...more
Ella Mae is also trying to unders ...more
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 ...more
I love Ellery Adams' other series to death (the one about the writers' club). I also really enjoyed the first book of this series as a kick-back read.
This book had some jarring issues for me. I didn't mind at all the shift from a playful low-fantasy kiss-of-magic-in-the-real-world atmosphere to pretty much high-fantasy-with-a-kiss-of-the-real-world stance, but the gun scenes were just weird in this book and jumped out as being completely misplaced. Why on ear ...more
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 ...more
Fans of Charlaine Harris’s Southern Vampire series will probably ...more
Ellery Adams is a very good story teller. It w ...more
You don't necessarily have to be a fan of cozy mysteries to enjoy this book. If you like magical fantasy set in the real world, especially if you're interested in Arthurian themes, it's likely you'll enjoy this.
Oh, and the book's cover has some of the best cozy art I have ever seen.
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