Pies and Prejudice (Charmed Pie Shoppe Series #1)

Pies and Prejudice (Charmed Pie Shoppe Series #1)

by Ellery Adams

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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.

Discovering her hidden talent for enchantment, Ella Mae makes her own wish come true by opening the Charmed Pie Shoppe. But with her old nemesis Loralyn Gaynor making trouble, and her old crush Hugh Dylan making nice, she has more than pie on her plate. and when Loralyn's fiancé is found dead--killed with Ella Mae's rolling pin--it'll take all her sweet magic to clear her name.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425251409
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/03/2012
Series: Charmed Pie Shoppe Series , #1
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 107,393
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Ellery Adams has had a lifelong love affair with both stories and food. As a child, she used to make mud pies and eat them. Over the years, she became more adept in the kitchen, and when she's not writing, she loves to don an apron and fill her home with the sweet, buttery scent of baking pies. Ms. Adams has held many jobs, including caterer, retail clerk, car salesperson, teacher, tutor, and tech writer, all while penning poems, children's books, and novels. She writes and creates culinary delights from her home in central Virginia.

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“[A] savory blend of suspense, pies, and engaging characters. Foodie mystery fans will enjoy this.”—Booklist

"[A] delicious, delightful, and deadly new series...will leave readers longing for seconds."—Jenn McKinlay, New York Times bestselling author of the Cupcake Bakery mysteries

"Enchanting! As sweet and tangy as a warm Georgia peach pie."—Krista Davis, author of the Domestic Diva series

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Pies and Prejudice 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 reviews.
Kuzlin More than 1 year ago
I was already a fan of Ms. Adams' Books By the Bay cozy mystery series, and I adored this newly released series entry. Her characters are magically colorful and the feel of this novel is a little more light hearted than By the Bay, although both series involve murders. In Pies and Prejudice, the main character returns home after 7 years, as a result of catching her husband en flagrante with neighboring twins. As she debates her future, her delightful aunts convince her to try opening a pie shop, since her pies are absolutely yummy. Unfortunately, during this process, she becomes the main suspect in the murder of her lifelong enemy's fiance. Get the book so that you can see how she tries to find the murderer and keep her dream shop afloat.
JudyBeatty More than 1 year ago
You will find this book absolutely impossible to put down until you finish the very last tasty morsel, and then you will remember it for months to come and want more. It's a fun, moving, interesting, quirky, and - did I say FUN? - book. I highly recommend it for your summer reading.
Crickerz More than 1 year ago
Pies and Prejudice by Ellery Adams has to be one of the best mystery books that I have read in a while. Ella Mae is a strong intelligent woman. She is surrounded by other strong gifted women, her mother, her aunts and Reba the woman that took care of her most of her life. Ella Mae has moved back home to her little country town of Havenwood, Georgia after 7 years of living in New York, thinking she is happily married she discovers her husband cheating . Between her cheating husband and her failed marriage, Ella Mae is feeling pretty low, but with the help of her mother and aunts she is able to get back on her feet doing what she does best, baking. Ella Mae is a very gifted baker, and soon she sets out to purchase a local building to open her own shop, but an old childhood enemy Loralyn is determined to see Ella Mae fail and let's Ella Mae know this in no uncertain terms. After a murder occurs in Havenwood and evidence links the crime to Ella Mae all seems lost, but Ella Mae isn't one to run away and soon is busy not only running her new bakery, but also trying to catch a murderer. To spice things up Ella Mae's big crush from high school is showing an interest in her, but it's complicated when your still married and under investigation for murder and trying to get a new business up and running. This book has all the twists and turns any person who loves a good mystery could want. Plus the added dash of the charm of southern living. Bonus material at the end of the book comes in the form of mouth watering recipes from the book itself.
RonnaL More than 1 year ago
Ella Mae LaFaye left her small hometown of Havenwood, Georgia to move to the big city of New York with her husband. But when she found him cheating on her with two women, her small hometown dreams sounded good again.   Ella Mae has always loved baking her sweet and savory pies and  now she's decided to drown her sorrows in doing just that.  Her Mom and aunts are choosing to support Ella Mae by investing in her Charmed Pie Shoppe.  Problems arise when her old time rival, Loralyn,  wants to buy the same spot to build a tanning salon. Loralyn, finance has agreed to buy this for her as a wedding present, but he's found murdered with Ella Mae's rolling pin.   Ella Mae needs to prove her innocence, but she also needs to get her pie shop up and running. With amazing help from her Mom and aunts the shop opens.  'Amazing' seems to be magical when it comes to Ella Mae's pies.  Does she have special powers?  Will she prove her innocence? Can she find a  new love? Are the woman in the LaFaye family all a bit special? This magical cozy is a yummy read for the brain cells!!  The descriptions of the pies alone are worth the read---and the bonus recipes are mouth watering too!   I really enjoyed the magical aspects of the story.  Loved all the 'sister support' too!! Sometimes I do feel food made with love has magical aspects to it. I'm usually not into magical books that are hard core magic, but i loved the lightness of the magic in this book.  Loralyn was fun to hate too!  Seems she'll live to flirt her way through more messes in other books. All the characters have become part of my world now, so I'm glad that more magical Charming Pie Shoppe mysteries are part of my future!  
Mystery_Rdr More than 1 year ago
Ella Mae LaFaye moves back to Havenwood, GA from New York City after her marriage falls apart . Her mother and maternal aunts financially support her opening a pie shop. But a murder occurs that implicates Ella Mae. She sets out to clear her name and provide a successful new business in Havenwood. The pies she bakes take on her feelings at the time she prepares them. This cozy mystery combines an excellent murder plot, wonderful Southern characters, and a bit of mysticism to the first in a new series by well-established author Ellery Adams. Don't miss this one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book! The mystery, the magic, and the family combine to make a great story. It is so creative and a joy to read.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
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 dream of having her own pie shoppe can still come true and help her open The Charmed Bake Shoppe right in Havenwood. Ella soon realizes that baking delectable pies is not her only gift, her pies are actually charmed. They have magical effects on the people who eat them. All is not magical though in Ella's life. The thorn in her side from the old days still lives in Havenwood and she is making trouble for Ella. Loralyn had plans for the storefront that now houses The Charmed Bake Shoppe and she vows to ruin Ella's business. Then Loralyn's fiancee is found dead. Apparently from a blow to the head. A blow delivered by a marble rolling pin. A rolling pin owned by Ella. It may take more than magical pies to get her out this mess. WHAT AN AWESOME DEBUT!! A well written plot set in the Georgia that includes horse racing, greed and corruption is the flaky crust of this enchanting story. Surprising what some people will do for money. This story has a group of very strong "gifted" women readers will immediately fall in love with. Ella learns about her gift gradually as she tries to find herself, the new and improved Ella, without the cheating husband. A husband that is not quite ready to just let Ella go. Her aunts are there to support her as is her mother. There is also the beloved Reba and her licorice twists. The woman who raised Ella with her aunts while her own mother was busy at Derby parties and Junior League events. Ellery is a master at character creation, even the supporting characters are complex. Some extremely likable, some we love to hate. This first installment is a nice slice of what I know will be a delicious series. Romance is set to bloom, the aunts have more secrets to reveal, Ella will start to really understand her charm, and murder and mayhem will be stirred into this fine mix. Peach Pies and Alibis will be served in March and I can't wait for the first bite.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In a word, enchanting!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book...a little bit southern fiction, magical realism, and a culinary mystery all wrapped into one perfect package. Ella Mae and the rest of the Le Fay women were a fun and eccentric bunch. I look forward to more delectable morsels in the future!
judiOH More than 1 year ago
this is the first story in a new series. ella mae had a husband that cheated with two girls in an elevator. hurt and disillustioned she retuns to her hometown of havenwood, ga. she's been to culinary school, but never received her diploma. what to do? she decides to open a pie shoppe called the charmed pie shoppe. in quick succession two murders happen. elle mae is the prime suspect. her rolling pin is used in one murder and the other occurs in her pie shoppe. she tries to solve both to clear her name. does she succeed? what is so special about her pies? what secrets do her mother and aunts hold? these answers are in this charming story that i thoroughly enjoyed. i hope book two is not far behind!!!
the-PageTurner More than 1 year ago
I am a big cozy fan- but a bit picky- it needs to have a main character I can identify with- other offbeat characters- a good plot- a bit of fun and a cute dog. This book meets all these things and more. I can't wait for the next one in the series.
WhimsicalCats More than 1 year ago
I liked it in the end, but when I started it I almost rejected it because of the effusive language. The overly wordy descriptions of the smallest details of sights, sound, smells, etc. almost put me off. But I stuck with it and enjoyed the story and will probably read the next installment. It has humor and warmth and characters (many of them odd ones by design). Worth considering if you like recipes, oddball Aunts, Southern settings & a hint of magic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book! Another wonderful read by Ellery Adams. Can wait to read the next one in the series.
mtraggedyred More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I enjoyed the characters and the plot. The family and characters who surround Ella Mae on her journey are colorful and endearing. I eagerly look forward to the next book in the series. I could not put it down! Well done Ellery!
DAinNY1 More than 1 year ago
In this new debut series, we are introduced to the women in the LeFaye family. This charming whodunit exudes southern hospitality in the face of murder, mystery, mayhem with a splash of magical delights. Add in deliciously appetizing pies and romance and you have the makings of a wonderfully enchanting story that I want to see continue for years to come. When Ella Mae becomes the prime suspect in a homicide, exposing a killer becomes a top priority as her mother and aunts use their special talents in gathering clues to clear Ella Mae’s name. It was fun watching Ella Mae realize the powers that she bestows every time she bakes one of her savory pies. This character-driven story boasts a well-written plot, a great cast of characters and excellent dialogue. This is a bright beginning to a pleasantly appealing series and I look forward to more mystical adventures with the LeFaye women of Havenwood, Georgia.
red50LC More than 1 year ago
Ellery has done it again!!! I loved the town Havenwood Georgia. I didn't want to put the book down. Ellery writes about towns that you would love to visit or even move to. You get so attached to the characters that you can't wait til the next book comes out to see what they are up to next. The mystery keeps you guessing until the end. Great read and I can't wait til the next book comes out-Check out her Books by the Bay series as well.
cyderry on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ella Mae returns from NYC and her failed marriage (she caught her husband in the act with twins) and her mother and aunts persuade her to open the Charmed Pie Shoppe.Ella Mae has run-ins with her old nemesis and her old crush but when her rolling pin is found at the scene where her nemesis' fiancé is found dead, her reputation is at stake and Ella Mae needs to find her actually committed the murder. During her investigation, she is busy baking all sorts of delicious sounding concoctions and her special ingredients are hard to distinguish. There are many characters in this new series but they are introduced easily along with the clues that lead to the resolution. Sure wish this pie shop was in my town!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love Ellery Queen's books. Truly enjoying this pie series. Keep them coming. Thanks.
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Storyline was cute and witty
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This book was an absolute delight. The characters felt like my friends well before I'd even made it to the halfway mark. In my opinion, that takes a special skill as an author. I was already a fan of Adams' Books by the Bay series, and I just might like this series better! Either way, I will not only be reading both series in future, I will actually pre-order them on my Nook! (Something I never do - so that should tell you something). Grab this one & snuggle up for a truly enjoyable experience and a great mystery.
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