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.
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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 with a lot of feelings (family, love, old friendships, old hates) but she does have one thing she can count on: her brilliantly cooked pies! She also notices that what she feels seems to work its way into her pies! Poor Ella ends up blamed when her old bully’s future husband (say that 5 times fast) ends up dead! She must open up a pie shop, clear her name, and deal with all the people in her life without losing her freedom. This was just such a fun story as the mystery unfolded before our eyes. Don’t assume you know who did it because I was totally wrong!
What I Thought of the Characters: Pies and Prejudice is chock full of great characters! Ella Mae is wonderful but to me it is the Aunts (and her Mom) that kind of steal the show. You just fall in love with this wonderful group of ladies and their very different personalities! You want to go have tea with them, laugh with them, and finally just move right in with them! I can’t wait to see their next adventure!
Final Thought: I would recommend this story to any cozy mystery lover! I am making (suggested rather strongly) that my bookclub read it for September! I think this is a great book to introduce new cozy mystery readers to the genre!