Review: Pies and Prejudice (A Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery #1) by Ellery Adams #ProfilingMysteries

Posted August 24, 2012 by Felicia S in 2012 Read, 5 Wine Glasses, Reviews / 20 Comments

Review: Pies and Prejudice (A Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery #1) by Ellery Adams #ProfilingMysteries
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Review: Pies and Prejudice (A Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery #1) by Ellery Adams #ProfilingMysteries
Book: Pies and Prejudice (A Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery #1)
Author: Ellery Adams
Article Type: Book Review

Library Thing

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 fiancΓ© is found dead–killed with Ella Mae’s rolling pin–it’ll take all her sweet magic to clear her name.

Review: Pies and Prejudice (A Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery #1) by Ellery Adams #ProfilingMysteries

Read for Fun!
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!

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20 responses to “Review: Pies and Prejudice (A Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery #1) by Ellery Adams #ProfilingMysteries

  1. Bea

    I got this from the library and unlike you, I didn’t care for it. I didn’t think the magical elements blended well with the cozy mystery, parts of it were very predictable, and the love triangle really didn’t work for me.

    Ah well. πŸ™‚

  2. Fall is the best time for cozy mysteries…delicious food, cozy blanket and a good book. I have been totally hankering to read one….I can just imagine the delicious pies….yum! Totally just added this to my Amazon list!

  3. Gayle Cochrane (

    I have been eyeing that book, and with your glowing recommendation it looks like its a go. I was afraid I was being influenced by the pie. I love pie.

  4. PIES AND PREJUDICE–LOLing at the title. THere are reasons why I love cozys and it’s not just the punny titling. It’s the small town, the cutsie tie-ins, the hometown characters…and DEATH!