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Pies and Prejudice by Ellery Adams

Pies and Prejudice (2012)

by Ellery Adams

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Not my cup of tea ( )
  magnuspi | Sep 5, 2018 |
This is a great start to a pretty awesome series! It's a great amalgamation of Nancy Drew, food, and magic. It wins everything! :) ( )
  lorikitty | Aug 4, 2017 |
the book that started the series. wish I had read the series in order! now I have a better understanding of the characters. series is a bit overly dramatic and cutesy but gets better as it goes on. ( )
  lhaines56 | Oct 17, 2015 |
Ella Mae LeFaye leads a charmed life, although she doesn’t know that as Pies and Prejudice opens. Newly widowed and leaving the sad memories behind in Manhattan, she returns to her hometown, the fictional Havenwood, Georgia. Ella just wants to relax and grieve, but her mother and three aunts have big plans for her: a pie shop.

Not all is sweetness and light in Havenwood. Loralyn Gaynor, the mean girl from Ella’s childhood, hasn’t changed her stripes. She’s been accumulating wealthy husbands and reaping the rewards. She has another man lined up, a local veterinarian who specializes in horses. But pretty soon, he’s dead and Ella is top of the suspect list when it’s learned the murder weapon was Ella’s rolling pin. With the pie shop about to open, Ella needs to figure out a way to get the murder solved so she can focus on pie.

The cozy formula in Pies and Prejudice is tried and true. Girl has setback, girl goes home to recover, girl gets sucked into a murder investigation, girl meets or rediscovers hunky guy, girl solves murder, all is well. What sets this book apart from others in the cozy mystery sub-genre is its smooth plotting, great characters and “charming” premise. A great beginning and I plan to read more in this series. ( )
  NewsieQ | Aug 24, 2015 |
Pies and Prejudice is the wonderful first book in the A Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery series from Ellery Adams.

Ella Mae, after catching her husband in a comprising position with a set of twins in their apartments elevator, she leaves him. She leaves with just the clothes on her back and Charleston Chew, her Jack Russell terrier, well, she did stop by the ATM machine before she headed for the small community of Havenwood, Ga, the town she left just a few years ago.

Having attended culinary school while she was in New York, Ella Mae knows her way around the kitchen. She sets to work, with the help of her mother's cook/housekeeper Reba, to make a blueberry pie. After they sat around eating their pie, it is noticed that aunt Dee is crying indigo colored tears. The aunts realize that she has added "charm" into her pies and they suggest that she open a pie shop. There is a shop that just happens to be available, but they find out that Ella Mae's nemesis from childhood days, Loralyn Gaynor, also wants the shop. But good prevails and the shop is Ella Mae's. While in line at the drive-in window of the bank, Ella Mae replies to barrage of threatening words from Loralyn, that she better stay away from her family and dog. But before the words were out of her mouth the only person it appeared she was talking to was Loralyn's fiancee, Bradford Knox. The next day, Veterinarian Bradford Knox in Loralyn's other nail salon. What with the threat that appeared to made to Dr. Knox and the murder weapon appears to be a rolling pin that belongs to Ella. Dr Knox is a highly respected Thoroughbred vet whose clients have an amazing winning record. As Ella goes into sleuthing mode see finds that Knox may not be as professional as he should be.

The Charmed Pie Shoppe has a very succesful opening, with everyone loving everything in the shoppe. Ella Mae is meeting is going to meet with someone at the shoppe, But as she is preparing a special treat the person is murdered. But this does help point her in the right in the right direction for learning who killed Dr. Knox.

This is a wonderful new series with a well written story and at the same time makes the reader aware of how far some might go to have a winning race horse. The aunt's are absolutely adorable and there are a couple of possible romantic interests for Ella introduced. And Adams' is dead on with the description and antics of Charles Chew.

Very much looking forward to the next book and a long running series. ( )
  FredYoder | May 7, 2015 |
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Promises and piecrust are made to be broken.
-Jonathan Swift
To Leann and Lorraine:
Frienship is he breathing rose, with sweets in every fold,
- Oliver Wendell Holmes
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Ella Mae LeFaye Kitteridge slammed a ball of dough onto the countertop, sending a snowstorm of flour into the air.
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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 fiance is found dead--killed with Ella Mae's rolling pin--it'll take all her sweet magic to clear her name.… (more)

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