Pies and Prejudice-Ellery Adams

Pies and Prejudice

Ellery Adams

Berkley, Jul 3 2012, $7.99

ISBN: 9780425251409

 

Happily married to Seam Seaton, Ella Mae LaFaye was shocked to find her husband cheating.  A sad, Ella Mae leaves him in New York and returns to her hometown of Havenwood, Georgia with the clothes she is wearing and her puppy Chevy.  Her mom and her maternal aunts welcome home the prodigal daughter who they have not seen during her marriage.  Not one to sit idly moping, Ella Mae opens up The Charmed Pie Shoppe, which proves successful as Georgians love her pastries that contain an extra magical “ingredient”.

 

The police question Ella Mae over the death of her longtime adversary Loralyn Gaynor’s fiancé equine veterinarian Bradford Knox; as the murder weapon is one of her baking rolling pins.  Soon afterward, someone kills Annie the horse rescuer in The Charmed Pie Shoppe.  Concluding someone is diabolically framing her, Ella Mae investigates the homicides before the cops arrest her.

 

The first A Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery is a fun rural fantasy amateur sleuth with part of the enjoyment comings from knowing Ella Mae and her family possessed different paranormal gifts.  The heroine is likable while the secondary characters like her high school crush Hugh Dylan, who is attracted to her, add local flavor and eccentricity.  With a nod to the movie You, Again readers will enjoy this regional mystery although the motive for investigating is typical of the sub-genre; as the paranormal elements bring the fresh magic to this enjoyable Georgia culinary whodunit.

 

Harriet Klausner

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