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Ellery Adams serves up a mystery that's a real peach... Ella Mae LeFaye's Charmed Pie Shoppe is wildly popular in Havenwood, Georgia--which is not surprising since Ella Mae can lace her baked goods with enchantments. The shop's extraordinary success seems destined to continue when Ella Mae meets an engaged couple who hire her to handle the dessert buffet at their wedding. Ellery Adams serves up a mystery that's a real peach... Ella Mae LeFaye's Charmed Pie Shoppe is wildly popular in Havenwood, Georgia--which is not surprising since Ella Mae can lace her baked goods with enchantments. The shop's extraordinary success seems destined to continue when Ella Mae meets an engaged couple who hire her to handle the dessert buffet at their wedding. But Ella Mae has a lot on her plate. She is also searching for the origin of her magical powers--and hoping to determine if the spark of attraction she feels for the handsome Hugh Dylan is authentic or just her new abilities gone awry. Then Ella Mae discovers a high-standing member of the community dead, and a wedding guest becomes seriously ill at the event she's catering. Now she'll have to use all her sleuthing skills and culinary talents to prove her pies don't contain a killer ingredient . . .


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Ellery Adams serves up a mystery that's a real peach... Ella Mae LeFaye's Charmed Pie Shoppe is wildly popular in Havenwood, Georgia--which is not surprising since Ella Mae can lace her baked goods with enchantments. The shop's extraordinary success seems destined to continue when Ella Mae meets an engaged couple who hire her to handle the dessert buffet at their wedding. Ellery Adams serves up a mystery that's a real peach... Ella Mae LeFaye's Charmed Pie Shoppe is wildly popular in Havenwood, Georgia--which is not surprising since Ella Mae can lace her baked goods with enchantments. The shop's extraordinary success seems destined to continue when Ella Mae meets an engaged couple who hire her to handle the dessert buffet at their wedding. But Ella Mae has a lot on her plate. She is also searching for the origin of her magical powers--and hoping to determine if the spark of attraction she feels for the handsome Hugh Dylan is authentic or just her new abilities gone awry. Then Ella Mae discovers a high-standing member of the community dead, and a wedding guest becomes seriously ill at the event she's catering. Now she'll have to use all her sleuthing skills and culinary talents to prove her pies don't contain a killer ingredient . . .

30 review for Peach Pies and Alibis

  1. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    In this 2nd book in the "A Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery", Ella Mae LeFaye comes into her magical powers and investigates a mysterious death. The book can be read as a standalone. ***** Ella Mae LeFaye has left her cheating husband, come home to Havenwood, Georgia, and opened the 'Charmed Pie Shoppe.' Ella Mae's confections are delicious and - when she puts a little extra oomph into them - enchanted as well. After consuming an ensorcelled pie, for instance, a glum dowdily-attired woman buys a bright In this 2nd book in the "A Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery", Ella Mae LeFaye comes into her magical powers and investigates a mysterious death. The book can be read as a standalone. ***** Ella Mae LeFaye has left her cheating husband, come home to Havenwood, Georgia, and opened the 'Charmed Pie Shoppe.' Ella Mae's confections are delicious and - when she puts a little extra oomph into them - enchanted as well. After consuming an ensorcelled pie, for instance, a glum dowdily-attired woman buys a bright yellow outfit and hitches a ride on the back of a speeding fire truck. As the story unfolds, 32-year-old Ella Mae finally acquires the magical powers that run through her family. Ella Mae's mother and aunts - who were worried this would never happen - are thrilled.....and prepare to let Ella Mae in on clan secrets. Meanwhile, Ella Mae goes about her usual business. In search of a used vehicle for her bakery, Ella Mae meets artisanal cheese-makers and lands a job catering the dessert course of a wedding. Ella Mae's pastries - like roasted red pepper and goat cheese tart, bacon and mushroom pie, white nectarine pie topped with a cinnamon sugar crust, almond toffee tart, and lots more - sound delicious! Roasted red pepper and goat cheese tart White nectarine pie Almond toffee tart Ella Mae comes to learn that the fae residents of Havenwood are preparing for a magic ritual needed to preserve their powers. The ceremony involves a woman volunteer and a tree. Unfortunately, Melissa Carlisle - the woman slated for the ritual - had been found dead in mysterious circumstances. Another tragedy soon follows and Ella Mae and her kin - fearing someone wants to derail the vital ceremony - take measures to discover the culprit. The story has an array of Interesting characters, such as: Reba - Ella Mae's gun-and-knife toting protector, who likes licorice twists; Hugh - Ella Mae's childhood crush, who's under the spell of a beautiful (but spiteful) woman; Aunt Dee - who crafts metal sculptures that capture the essence of deceased pets; the Gaynor clan - who are lifetime rivals of the Lefayes; and Charleston Chew (Chewie) - Ella Mae's cute terrier. This addition to the series is much more fantasy than mystery, with many magical occurrences and details about the history of Havenwood's supernatural beings. I liked the book okay, but fantasy isn't my favorite genre. Readers who like these kinds of stories, though, would probably love this book. You can follow my reviews at http://reviewsbybarbsaffer.blogspot.com/

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tari

    As with all of this author's books, I have the best book hangover from it. No matter what series she writes, there's always an awesome group of people who have a common connection that isn't just about solving the murder mystery. Sometimes they all have secrets or issues like needing to lose weight. The series people really care about one another and are truly friends or in Ella Mae's case, the ladies in this series are her mom, aunts and best friend/like-a-second-mom/protector, so they're her f As with all of this author's books, I have the best book hangover from it. No matter what series she writes, there's always an awesome group of people who have a common connection that isn't just about solving the murder mystery. Sometimes they all have secrets or issues like needing to lose weight. The series people really care about one another and are truly friends or in Ella Mae's case, the ladies in this series are her mom, aunts and best friend/like-a-second-mom/protector, so they're her family. I think her protector who practically raised her from a baby, Reba, is my favorite character of all in this series. She's just like the real life Reba in her speech/actions, and I can picture the real life one playing this feisty but loving woman. Ella was finally coming into her powers and able to more fully understand the world she was a part of, but some things like a nasty high school nemesis named Loralyn never changed. Or her handsome crush named Hugh. I loved that Ella finally was able to get a best friend her own age. It had to be hard to be different from some of the town and only have family to talk with or gripe about magical things. After reading the first two books, I know I'm going to need to read the fourth one again when I get to it. The only reason I'd read it out of order was for a book club, but now I understand some of the stuff going on in it a little better.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Book of Secrets

    I've been eagerly anticipating the next book in the Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery series, and, wow, PEACH PIES AND ALIBIS was even better than the first. I devoured it! Ella Mae LeFaye is settling into her new life in Havenwood, Georgia. The townspeople love the scrumptious pies she makes in her shop. Little do they know, Ella Mae has the ability to "charm" her pies to influence the emotions of others, a gift she just recently discovered. I love how this book delved deeper into Ella Mae's magical bac I've been eagerly anticipating the next book in the Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery series, and, wow, PEACH PIES AND ALIBIS was even better than the first. I devoured it! Ella Mae LeFaye is settling into her new life in Havenwood, Georgia. The townspeople love the scrumptious pies she makes in her shop. Little do they know, Ella Mae has the ability to "charm" her pies to influence the emotions of others, a gift she just recently discovered. I love how this book delved deeper into Ella Mae's magical background, and how her magic connects her to other characters. Some surprising secrets were revealed, and no one was more shocked than Ella Mae herself. She had a few "Ah, so that's why..." moments. Along with Ella Mae's journey of self-discovery and her first big job catering a wedding, there's a tricky mystery weaved into the story - the death of one person and the suspicious illness of another. Ella Mae must find out if the two incidents are related, and if so, why? She doesn't realize just how much they will impact her own life. The ending was an emotional one. *sniffle* PEACH PIES AND ALIBIS is an imaginative cozy mystery that I greatly enjoyed. Once again, Ella Mae's quirky aunts and family caretaker Reba stand out as strong secondary characters. Chewy the dog was a charmer, too! Definitely looking forward to the next book. Review copy courtesy of the publisher.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Dawn Michelle

    Didn't even listen to 1/2 of this as the narrator is just awful. One of the characters voices was a cross between porn star and southern. NOT a good combo. Meh. This was just too many stories shoved into one book. I will say I didn't see the end coming and so that is why this got 2 instead of 1 star. It was quite shocking and probably the best part of the book. I have never ever been a fan of spiders though and I am even less of one now. I am done with this series - it just isn't for me. Didn't even listen to 1/2 of this as the narrator is just awful. One of the characters voices was a cross between porn star and southern. NOT a good combo. Meh. This was just too many stories shoved into one book. I will say I didn't see the end coming and so that is why this got 2 instead of 1 star. It was quite shocking and probably the best part of the book. I have never ever been a fan of spiders though and I am even less of one now. I am done with this series - it just isn't for me.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    3.5 stars It has been a while since I've read the first book in this series. It was easy to pick right back up. Ella Mae runs a magical pie shop in Havenwood, Georgia. Ella Mae has recently discovered she has paranormal powers. Ella Mae is catering a wedding and things go well until the bride's stepmother has to be rushed to the hospital. More mysterious things happen and Ella Mae is determined to find out what is going on. I love the characters in this series. Ella Mae and her family are wonderf 3.5 stars It has been a while since I've read the first book in this series. It was easy to pick right back up. Ella Mae runs a magical pie shop in Havenwood, Georgia. Ella Mae has recently discovered she has paranormal powers. Ella Mae is catering a wedding and things go well until the bride's stepmother has to be rushed to the hospital. More mysterious things happen and Ella Mae is determined to find out what is going on. I love the characters in this series. Ella Mae and her family are wonderful and I love the connection they all have with each other. I am interested in reading more in this series and seeing how the characters develop and grow.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Book Concierge

    Digital audio read by C.S.E. Cooney Book two in the Charmed Pie Shoppe series, starring Ella Mae LeFaye, who discovered her magical powers in book one of the series. In this outing she’s been hired to cater a wedding, and she’s experimenting with her new craft, trying to understand how she got these powers and getting tutored by her mother, her aunts and her protector and pie-shop partner, Reba. She’s also warming up to handsome Hugh Dylan. But when a prominent citizen dies and a wedding guest ge Digital audio read by C.S.E. Cooney Book two in the Charmed Pie Shoppe series, starring Ella Mae LeFaye, who discovered her magical powers in book one of the series. In this outing she’s been hired to cater a wedding, and she’s experimenting with her new craft, trying to understand how she got these powers and getting tutored by her mother, her aunts and her protector and pie-shop partner, Reba. She’s also warming up to handsome Hugh Dylan. But when a prominent citizen dies and a wedding guest gets ill, her business is suspect, and she feels she must investigate. I like this installment much better than the first or third book. I was more entertained by the cozy mystery aspect, and as Ella Mae is learning about her family’s magical history, this reader is beginning to understand some of the relationships. I did find out how it came to be that her mother (view spoiler)[becomes a tree (a major plot point in book 3), and at least that subsequent book makes more sense to me now…though I’m not changing my rating of it (hide spoiler)] . I guess this series really should be read in order. It’s not great literature, but I did find it entertaining (if predictable). The text version includes some interesting recipes for various pies – both savory and dessert. C.S.E. Cooney does a reasonable job on the audio. I think her accents are a bit over-the-top (especially for Reba), but she sets a good pace and has clear diction.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Fred

    Peach Pies And Alibis is the second book in the A Charmed Pie Shoppe series by NEW YORK TIMES Best Selling Author, Ellery Adams. Ellery Adams does such a wonderful, once again, of telling a great story and writes in a manner that, for this reader, makes me feel that I am right there, every step of the way. I felt I was there as Ella Mae was walking through her mother's rose garden, could hear her Aunt Verena's hearty laugh and see her Aunt Dee's metal sculptures and hear the classical music in Peach Pies And Alibis is the second book in the A Charmed Pie Shoppe series by NEW YORK TIMES Best Selling Author, Ellery Adams. Ellery Adams does such a wonderful, once again, of telling a great story and writes in a manner that, for this reader, makes me feel that I am right there, every step of the way. I felt I was there as Ella Mae was walking through her mother's rose garden, could hear her Aunt Verena's hearty laugh and see her Aunt Dee's metal sculptures and hear the classical music in her Aunt Sissy's school. And for the dog lovers, Ellery has hit the nail on the head about the antics of Charleston Chew, Chewy to his friends, Ella Mae's lovable Jack Russell terrier. Ella Mae has recently moved back to Havenwood, after a disastrous marriage, and has opened up the Charmed Pie Shop. Ella Mae knows that the pies she bakes are in some way "charmed", in this books she learns just how she has this power and the "magic" that her mother and her aunts have. One Sunday morning as Ella Mae is reading the newspaper she sees an ad for a retired mail Jeep for sale at Sherman Artisan Cheese. She needs transportation and this would also get her into a position to offer a catering service. She takes a pie with her to sweeten the deal, so to speak, to test drive the Jeep. While there, looking at the variety of cheeses, she meets Rudy and Candis, who are planning on having the Sherman's provide a selection of cheese for their wedding and Ella Mae agrees to cater the desserts for their wedding reception. Not only did she find a Jeep that will work for her, she also met a young lady that she hires to work in the shop. Recently, Melissa Carisle, who provides the best honey, is found in her home dead. It appears she died of natural causes, but Ella Mae and her aunt Dee aren't so sure. Then when Freda, Candis' stepmother, becomes violently ill at Ruday and Candis wedding, it's time for Ella Mae and Reba to get down to work investigating what is going on in Havenwood. Of course Loralyn is around to add grief to Ella Mae's life, that she does only so well. Hugh is around too, to stir the love interests of Ella Mae, but will the magic surface for them. Highly recommended. Settle back and enjoy the "magic" Havenwood. Recipes included.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jeannie and Louis Rigod

    I truly want to write a review that will have both readers of mysteries and students of Mythology to rush to their booksellers and purchase this book. Why? Because, if you don't, you just may be missing out on a tale that will span the coming centuries of literature. Are you familiar with the epic tale of King Arthur? Perhaps, you are familiar with the world of Arianrhod, the Welsh goddess that some feel is the root of the feminine trinity prior to Druidism? Why on Earth am I starting a review o I truly want to write a review that will have both readers of mysteries and students of Mythology to rush to their booksellers and purchase this book. Why? Because, if you don't, you just may be missing out on a tale that will span the coming centuries of literature. Are you familiar with the epic tale of King Arthur? Perhaps, you are familiar with the world of Arianrhod, the Welsh goddess that some feel is the root of the feminine trinity prior to Druidism? Why on Earth am I starting a review of a simple mystery that many consider just a 'cozy,' talking about ancient mythology? It is simple, but oh so complex, I feel that I've just finished reading a modern day twentieth first Century version of these tales. And, in my opinion, equal to their quality. We have an enchanted woman, Ella Mae LeFaye, living in a charming town, Havenwood, in Georgia. Havenwood has a hidden world existing side by side and someone is trying to literally kill both worlds. It begins with a coming wedding bringing tragedy to the close community. Ella must use her sleuthing powers and find the killer/killers quickly as time is all too precious a commodity for her and her family/friends. I enjoyed the first novel in this series but seriously did not foresee the full extent that Ms. Adams was going to go to create a modern day version of the ancient tales. This novel will bring new readers to the world that has enthralled me for decades. Merlin? Arianrhod? Guinevere? What about their descendants? Energy doesn't die...it transforms. Therein lies many storylines that obviously, Ms. Adams has tapped. I, do not know if Camelot can exist in Georgia, but why not? This book was clearly so much more than I expected when I opened the covers. I must wait patiently until next year for the third in the tales of Ms. Ella, but I won't forget my excitement. Luckily for us, Ms. Adams also writes another series, the Books by the Bay, another extremely worthy series to read for mystery lovers. "Poisoned Prose" will come out in October 2013.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kav

    Squeeep! This is even better then the first book which I absolutely loved. The author delves deeper into Ella Mae's magical heritage which adds a whole new dimension to the mysterious goings on in Havenwood all while being wickedly funny. Ellery Adams' Book Retreat Mystery series is still my favourite but A Charmped Pie Shoppe Mystery comes in a close second. I think fans of Heather Blake's Wishcraft Mystery series will enjoy this series too. Squeeep! This is even better then the first book which I absolutely loved. The author delves deeper into Ella Mae's magical heritage which adds a whole new dimension to the mysterious goings on in Havenwood all while being wickedly funny. Ellery Adams' Book Retreat Mystery series is still my favourite but A Charmped Pie Shoppe Mystery comes in a close second. I think fans of Heather Blake's Wishcraft Mystery series will enjoy this series too.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Heidi

    Four Stars: A cozy mystery with magic, mythology and pies! Ella Mae tosses the last bit of fresh fruit and concentrates on a happy memory before slipping the sweetened fruit into the buttery pie crust. Ella Mae is just realizing her magical powers, and she knows she must be careful while baking, otherwise her enchanted pies could cause disastrous results. Ella is still settling back into life in her hometown. Her pie shop has taken off, and she is busier than ever. Unfortunately, she still hasn't Four Stars: A cozy mystery with magic, mythology and pies! Ella Mae tosses the last bit of fresh fruit and concentrates on a happy memory before slipping the sweetened fruit into the buttery pie crust. Ella Mae is just realizing her magical powers, and she knows she must be careful while baking, otherwise her enchanted pies could cause disastrous results. Ella is still settling back into life in her hometown. Her pie shop has taken off, and she is busier than ever. Unfortunately, she still hasn't ended her disastrous marriage, but she hopes to do so soon. Disaster strikes when Ella and her aunt find one of the townsfolk dead in her home, with no apparent injuries. Ella and her aunts set out to find out the truth, and in doing so, Ella Mae uncovers more about her heritage and her powers. Will Ella find out the truth and catch the killer? What I Liked: *Delicious and delightful! I was most pleased with this second book in the Charmed Pie Shoppe Series. This book was such a surprise with its twists and reveals. This is so much more than a cozy mystery. It is part cozy, part magical realism, mystery and mythology as well as pies all woven into one. If you want something completely different in your cozy mysteries, I highly recommend this book. *My favorite part of this series is still the cozy little pie shop and all the delicious treats that Ella bakes. I am always a big fan of cozy mysteries that feature cute baked good shops, and this one is no exception. The Charmed Pie Shoppe serves up delicious pies laced with magical enchantments. Ella Mae has magical powers that allow her to persuade others via her pies. I loved this magical touch and all things pie. Plus, the book features several delectable pie recipes at the end of the book that I am eager to try. *This book takes an entirely new direction from its predecessor which I loved. This book does not follow the typical cozy mystery formula. Instead you are treated to a murder mystery with magical implications that stretch back to the legend of King Arthur. I won't give out any more details as I don't want to spoil it, but needless to say, I loved the uniqueness of this cozy. Don't pick this up expecting a typical cozy murder mystery because it is far more than that. Ella Mae and her aunts are exciting and interesting characters. Each one of them has a magical gift. I liked learning more about each of the magical talents. I especially enjoyed watching Ella come more into her powers. I am excited to see which direction she will take from here. *The mystery is full of twists and surprises. Again this isn't the normal cozy where you have a shop owner helping to solve a mystery either with or without the help of law enforcement. In fact, the local police force isn't really involved in the mystery. I liked the originality of the mystery and that it was so unexpected. I especially liked the inclusion of the Arthurian mythology as well as the magic. The romance isn't a big part of the story, in fact, it is more like an after thought. I am happy, though, that it seems to be moving in the right direction. I was shocked when Ella learned the truth about her marriage from her soon to be ex husband. There are no love triangles or insta love situations. This one doesn't have much romance, and I liked that. *I love the writing. Ms. Adams does an exceptional job with her descriptions. So much so that I am constantly craving pie when I read this. Don't read these books while you are hungry! *The ending draws to a satisfying close without a bunch of nagging questions. There are a couple of monumental events that lead up to the finale, and the stage is set for some exciting new developments and adventures, and I think at this point with this series, anything is possible. I am looking forward to the next book. *The best part of the book is that there are recipes at the end. There are recipes for buttery pie crust, Peach Pie, Apple Ginger Maple Crumble Pie, Peanut Butter Cup Pie, Mini Lemon Tarts, Banoffee Pie (Banana Carmel pie) and Savory Lamb Pie. Yum! And The Not So Much: *I was a bit disappointed that it was rather easy to pick out the villain. I was surprised that the characters didn't clue in sooner. Not a big deal, but this one doesn't have a shocking reveal. *I am still not liking that this book has the whole mean girl vibe. It isn't as prevalent as in the first, but I still find the whole situation with Loralyn and her mother, Opal, annoying. I hate mean girls and this series gives you a hefty dose of them. At this point, I am not a big fan of the romantic interest. He is too wishy washy and I hate that he can't stand up to Loralyn. I am hoping he will grow a pair, and that I will like him more. At this point, I could care less about the romance. *If you are looking for a realistic cozy, skip this one as with this story, you have to suspend all realistic beliefs. This pushes the limits for magical realism. Peach Pies and Alibis is a satisfying and delicious mystery that delivers something unexpected in the cozy mystery genre. This book has murder, mystery, magic and mythology as well as pies. If you like interesting and unique in your cozy selection, this is one to read. I would recommend it for the pie recipes alone. I borrowed a copy of this book from the library all opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review. [email protected] Day Ramblings.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Micky Cox

    I thought the first book was interesting and somewhat intrigued with the magical essence of the book, but this book was even better. The characters are much more fleshed out with more of the background of each character revealed. The magical essence has been not only kept, but finessed into a much bigger part of the storyline. The villain was intriguing in this book as you circled around several characters until you finally settle on the correct one. Some interesting twists and turns with a star I thought the first book was interesting and somewhat intrigued with the magical essence of the book, but this book was even better. The characters are much more fleshed out with more of the background of each character revealed. The magical essence has been not only kept, but finessed into a much bigger part of the storyline. The villain was intriguing in this book as you circled around several characters until you finally settle on the correct one. Some interesting twists and turns with a startling twist revealed that you thought you saw coming, but you will be surprised at who the twist actually involves. All in all, a very entertaining book and I'm already looking forward to listening to the next book in the series!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kellene

    Another series that just continues to get better as it goes along. I loved Adams' use of the Arthurian legend as background for the story. Looking forward to more twists and turns in the life of Ella Mae and kin. Another series that just continues to get better as it goes along. I loved Adams' use of the Arthurian legend as background for the story. Looking forward to more twists and turns in the life of Ella Mae and kin.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sana Zameer

    This was even more ridiculous than the fist book. I'm not gonna continue this series. This was even more ridiculous than the fist book. I'm not gonna continue this series.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Robbins

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  15. 5 out of 5

    OjoAusana

    Pretty cute magical cozy mystery, I had to wait months to get this book lmao and luckily it was good! I just love her dog too lol

  16. 4 out of 5

    Christal

    See this review and others like it at BadassBookReviews.com! Excuse me while I gush a minute... I love the world of Havenwood that Ellery Adams has created and every single one of her characters is fantastic. She fills each book with warmth and humor, and still manages to ground the magical elements within satisfying human conflicts. The "Charmed Pie Shoppe Mysteries" do follow traditional cozy mysteries standards, but Ellery has also written a world-building treatment that is more likely to be f See this review and others like it at BadassBookReviews.com! Excuse me while I gush a minute... I love the world of Havenwood that Ellery Adams has created and every single one of her characters is fantastic. She fills each book with warmth and humor, and still manages to ground the magical elements within satisfying human conflicts. The "Charmed Pie Shoppe Mysteries" do follow traditional cozy mysteries standards, but Ellery has also written a world-building treatment that is more likely to be found in fantasy novels. This series would be great for paranormal readers that want to put a toe into the mystery pool, but I would tell any reader to give them a try. Reading these books feels like coming home to good friends and family and I look forward to every visit we can get. Peach Pies and Alibis picks up right after Pies and Prejudice. Ella Mae LeFaye is running her hugely successful pie shoppe while facing the mystery of her magical background and the uncertainty that exists between herself and hunky fireman Hugh. While on a delivery with her aunt Dee, the women discover the dead body of Melissa Carlisle, but no obvious reason for her death. This death and its investigation sets off a chain of events that affects every magical citizen of Havenwood, but is especially targeted towards the LeFaye clan. Ella Mae is a wonderful character, but I think that her best trait is that she is relatable. Readers can understand everything that she is feeling and her actions are believable and ring true. I like the relationships she has with her aunts and how each one has individual strengths. I was happy to see some development between Ella Mae and her mother, and enjoyed learning more about her father as well. Ella Mae suffers a huge loss in this book, but I think that she also receives some much-needed knowledge and understanding as well. The poor thing is really put through the emotional wringer , but she's still standing at the end and I think we will see her come back even stronger. The changes Ella Mae experienced here are sure to make for an exciting follow-up. Peach Pies and Alibis saw the relationship aspects taking a back seat to Ella Mae's personal discoveries, but Hugh and Sloan did make a few appearances here and there. I'm still cautious about Ella Mae's relationship with Hugh; I feel like there is more to him than meets the eye but I'm not sure what it is. I was incredibly glad to see everything with her ex-husband finally come to a definitive end, though I still wanted to kick the sorry sonofa in the teeth. I really enjoyed the mythological aspects of this book and appreciated the depth they brought to Havenwood's magical community. The twist with Morgan le Fay and Guinevere was incorporated very well and I liked the way the story mirrored the relationship between Ella Mae and Loralyn. I hope we learn more about the curse placed on Morgan in the next book and I definitely hope to learn more about the mysterious "Clover Queen." The mystery was easier to figure out in Peach Pies and Alibis than the debut novel, but the tension stayed high until the end and I enjoyed watching everything play out. Ella Mae is going to become a force to be reckoned with and I cannot wait to watch her get there. Ellery is currently contracted for one more book in this series, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed that we end up getting many more novels installments beyond that! Check out my interview with Ellery Adams HERE!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan

    Review coming tomorrow.A second outstanding book in this series, this book was filled with excitement and intrigue. This book was a winner. Ella Mae comes back in the second installment of the Charmed Pie Shoppe Series and is just coming into her gift to affect people's feelings through her baking. This book shows a lot of character growth with Ella Mae and you learn ore about her family. However this was probably one of the saddest cozy mysteries I have ever read, during one scene the author did Review coming tomorrow.A second outstanding book in this series, this book was filled with excitement and intrigue. This book was a winner. Ella Mae comes back in the second installment of the Charmed Pie Shoppe Series and is just coming into her gift to affect people's feelings through her baking. This book shows a lot of character growth with Ella Mae and you learn ore about her family. However this was probably one of the saddest cozy mysteries I have ever read, during one scene the author did such a good job of putting the MC's feelings on the page that I felt like I could feel her pain. A really good mystery, however it was obvious, and that was the main reason I took off a star. The killer was easy to pick out and a few other scenes in the book happened obviously. I knew exactly what was going to happen and who was the murderer before those scenes took place and without reading any kind of plot summary online. However, even with the obvious ending this book was wonderful. The next one's on the tbr pile!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Melodie

    This is actually more like a 2.5 star read for me, but am going the extra .5 star because I liked the first one so much. Maybe I just wasn't in the mood for the absolute suspension of disbelief that this one required. I knew who the "bad guy" was from the minute that person first appeared. For me it was like there was a big flashing light over the person's head saying "BAD!". There were many things I just couldn't buy with some of the characters. I'll still be on hand for the 3rd one, because I This is actually more like a 2.5 star read for me, but am going the extra .5 star because I liked the first one so much. Maybe I just wasn't in the mood for the absolute suspension of disbelief that this one required. I knew who the "bad guy" was from the minute that person first appeared. For me it was like there was a big flashing light over the person's head saying "BAD!". There were many things I just couldn't buy with some of the characters. I'll still be on hand for the 3rd one, because I want to see how the "prophecy" plays out, but I hope there's a little more mystery and a bit less "magick". (I know this sounds strange coming from someone who loves a good vampire or YA paranormal story more than anything!)

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sue Ross

    Now who would ever expect in this day and age the reach of a wizard such as Merlin? Heaven knows I didn't. Ella Mae is asked to cater a wedding, buys an old mail truck and has to rescue one of her favorite people in the world, Reba. On top of all that she needs another employee because her shop is doing so well. What she gets will shock and surprise you. You'll laugh, cry, get mad and maybe even feel a little love. This is the best book in this series yet. I absolutely could not put it down. By Now who would ever expect in this day and age the reach of a wizard such as Merlin? Heaven knows I didn't. Ella Mae is asked to cater a wedding, buys an old mail truck and has to rescue one of her favorite people in the world, Reba. On top of all that she needs another employee because her shop is doing so well. What she gets will shock and surprise you. You'll laugh, cry, get mad and maybe even feel a little love. This is the best book in this series yet. I absolutely could not put it down. By the time I had finished it, I was emotionally drained, but I'm ready. Bring on the next one Ellery!!!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Nicky

    Wow, what a follow up to the first book. Fantastic read. I'll admit when the magic starting coming out I half expected it to be a bit hokey, but it was not in the least. I was so glad to learn so many answers to the questions that we were left with in the first book. Great story line. I did guess the suspect fairly early, but it really didn't take away from the story at all. I can't wait for more books! Wow, what a follow up to the first book. Fantastic read. I'll admit when the magic starting coming out I half expected it to be a bit hokey, but it was not in the least. I was so glad to learn so many answers to the questions that we were left with in the first book. Great story line. I did guess the suspect fairly early, but it really didn't take away from the story at all. I can't wait for more books!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Mayisha

    I made it 100 pages in, but honestly, for once, this was just a cozy mystery I couldn't stand. Ella Mae is ridiculous!!! She's a 32 year old woman stuck in a high school rivalry and still attached to the SAME guy since high school who has no redeeming characteristics other than blue eyes. Just ugh, because I loved the concept. I made it 100 pages in, but honestly, for once, this was just a cozy mystery I couldn't stand. Ella Mae is ridiculous!!! She's a 32 year old woman stuck in a high school rivalry and still attached to the SAME guy since high school who has no redeeming characteristics other than blue eyes. Just ugh, because I loved the concept.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Marilyn

    Loved, loved, loved PEACH PIES AND ALIBIS by Ellery Adams. Had read one other, more recent book by her (& am waiting the next one in that series), so... when I was looking for a "lighter" book than some I've been reading and when I saw its title on the shelf at Barnes & Noble, I had to check it out. Foodie references in a book title are trigger words that that immediately scream to me, "Read the back cover! This might be a good one!" And so it was. What DID I love? A mystery involving a small tow Loved, loved, loved PEACH PIES AND ALIBIS by Ellery Adams. Had read one other, more recent book by her (& am waiting the next one in that series), so... when I was looking for a "lighter" book than some I've been reading and when I saw its title on the shelf at Barnes & Noble, I had to check it out. Foodie references in a book title are trigger words that that immediately scream to me, "Read the back cover! This might be a good one!" And so it was. What DID I love? A mystery involving a small town, food, good vs evil, and a family of strong, caring women, each possessing her own unique, mysterious abilities. And they are willing to use those abilities to find out who has murdered one of "their kind" and to prevent that happening to a family member, Ella Mae, who had returned to Havenwood, Georgia recently from NYC, and opened a special pie shop where customers seem to find exactly what they need. I didn't realize that PEACH PIES AND ALIBIS was the second in a series. Yesterday, I went to Barnes and Noble, having finished reading it. I was toting a B&N gift card in my purse, and I used all of it to purchase the rest of the novels in the series (they're inexpensive, mass-media versions so was able to do so). Now that's what I call really liking it; that's what makes it amazing to me - compelling read, well written suspense (not centered on a lot of gore), AND even affordable!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    #2 in the Charmed Pie Shoppe series. In this one, Ella Mae continues to grow into her powers, and eventually learns more about who she is, her kind, and about others of her kind. There are rituals to be performed, and murders to be solved. While not a big paranormal fan I liked the first in the series and so I was looking forward to this second installment. I read through it pretty quickly; it kept my attention and interest. But, I figured out who the murderer was and also figured out what was g #2 in the Charmed Pie Shoppe series. In this one, Ella Mae continues to grow into her powers, and eventually learns more about who she is, her kind, and about others of her kind. There are rituals to be performed, and murders to be solved. While not a big paranormal fan I liked the first in the series and so I was looking forward to this second installment. I read through it pretty quickly; it kept my attention and interest. But, I figured out who the murderer was and also figured out what was going to happen in terms of 'The Lady of the Tree' (no spoilers here). Not sure why these were obvious to me but the end was kind of a 'yeah, I knew that was going to happen' moment. That keeps my review at 3 stars rather than 4. I suspect I'll eventually seek out book 3 to see how the story of Ella Mae continues to evolve.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Heidi

    I’m really enjoying the mythology building of the character backgrounds and place in the world. Definitely looking forward to the next book and continuation of this series. I adore saga style series, and this magical realism mixed into a cozy mystery, with a dash of romance has me hooked! Some emotional moments in this book had me on edge of where the story was headed. Hope! So much hope and suspense.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Lea

    3.5 stars - While book one hinted at a magical presence, this one hits you upside the head with it. There is a murder and it’s all wrapped up on magic. We learn more about the magical world they live in. The murders are all about the magic and what happens and how they’re all related to it. So it does all come together in the end. It’s well written, there’s great world building within our “normal” world that pulls you in and makes you feel like it’s possible.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Trish

    A very "tasty" cozy series, with likeable characters. A very "tasty" cozy series, with likeable characters.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Chenelle

    I really enjoyed Peach Pies and Alibis. It was a nice break from the harsher reality of life. The idea of adding some magic to your baking/cooking isn't new, but the way Ella Mae slowly discovers her abilities is charming. Who doesn't want to own a bakery/pie shop in a quaint small town? I also relate to starting over and figuring out what you want in life. They mystery kept me interested and upped the stakes just as it needed to. It was a fun read and I am planning on continuing the series. I really enjoyed Peach Pies and Alibis. It was a nice break from the harsher reality of life. The idea of adding some magic to your baking/cooking isn't new, but the way Ella Mae slowly discovers her abilities is charming. Who doesn't want to own a bakery/pie shop in a quaint small town? I also relate to starting over and figuring out what you want in life. They mystery kept me interested and upped the stakes just as it needed to. It was a fun read and I am planning on continuing the series.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    I’m enjoying this series but I didn’t enjoy all the politics involved with Ella Mae learning about her powers. I did enjoy all the recipes at the end, especially since I had just been having pie discussions with a friend. #readforkimberly

  29. 5 out of 5

    Phair

    Maybe closer to 3.5*. Read bk 1 of this series for a f2f cozy group and found the “magic” aspect of Ella’s family intriguing so I read bk2. Definitely a horse of a different color. This was much closer to fantasy or paranormal with the magical elements overshadowing any mystery. I still really liked the story and the characters. The book ends with some developments that foreshadow likely directions for the next or future entries so guess I’ll have to read on. Now both series by Adams that I have Maybe closer to 3.5*. Read bk 1 of this series for a f2f cozy group and found the “magic” aspect of Ella’s family intriguing so I read bk2. Definitely a horse of a different color. This was much closer to fantasy or paranormal with the magical elements overshadowing any mystery. I still really liked the story and the characters. The book ends with some developments that foreshadow likely directions for the next or future entries so guess I’ll have to read on. Now both series by Adams that I have sampled involve some sort of “secret society” aspect which I find interesting. The recipes were good, too. August: tbr shelf #2

  30. 4 out of 5

    LORI CASWELL

    Ella Mae has a lot on her plate with running her very successful Charmed Pie Shoppe but has decided to add a little catering to the mix. Her first job is a dessert buffet at a wedding. Things are going well until right after the couple ride away on horseback the bride’s stepmother is rushed to the hospital where she slips into a coma. This on the tails of a prominent member of the community has died. Ella Mae is afraid these two things may be related. Ella Mae is also trying to understand her enc Ella Mae has a lot on her plate with running her very successful Charmed Pie Shoppe but has decided to add a little catering to the mix. Her first job is a dessert buffet at a wedding. Things are going well until right after the couple ride away on horseback the bride’s stepmother is rushed to the hospital where she slips into a coma. This on the tails of a prominent member of the community has died. Ella Mae is afraid these two things may be related. Ella Mae is also trying to understand her enchanted gift and wants to know the origin of her magical powers. She also needs to know if the attraction she feels for Hugh is true. She needs to get her divorce finalized and then see if she can have a future with the guy she has loved since middle school. Dollycas’s Thoughts Peach Pies and Alibis is a very unique story that will have you enthralled from the first page to the last. In her search to understand her powers Ella Mae’s journey takes the reader on a magical ride. From her mother’s beautiful gardens to a very special place for those that are charmed. I felt like I was on Ella Mae’s shoulder with a bird’s eye view watching the entire story take place. Ellery Adams has the gift to suspend time as her readers almost descend right into the book for an amazing trip that takes us beyond Havenwood. I was most definitely captivating by her words. The way she weaves this mystery with the mystery of finding the killer is flawless. The characters are wonderful including the lovable Jack Russell terrier, Charleston Chew (Chewy). Ella’s aunts and mother, each with their distinct charms, are extraordinary characters. Loralyn and her family are the Havenwood residents that must be endured by Ella Mae and her family but they add the strife every good cozy needs. Hugh Dylan brings the romantic tension and sparks actually fly. Mr. & Mrs. Caswell even make a cameo appearance. The Shepard’s pie was delicious! This story get my highest recommendation! If I could I would award it much more than 5 starfish!! I know this is going to be on my 2013 favorites list!!

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