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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 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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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 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.

30 review for Pies and Prejudice

  1. 4 out of 5

    Moria

    Wow. Yet another example of how bad a book can be when an author writes what they do NOT know. The idea of this book is right up my alley. Cozy mystery, a little magic, a little romance - I was really looking forward to it. Yes, the trope of food with magical qualities has been done A LOT, magical pies specifically are certainly not new, but I enjoy it & could always have more. However, so disappointing to start the actual reading! First of all, if your main character is going to specialize in ma Wow. Yet another example of how bad a book can be when an author writes what they do NOT know. The idea of this book is right up my alley. Cozy mystery, a little magic, a little romance - I was really looking forward to it. Yes, the trope of food with magical qualities has been done A LOT, magical pies specifically are certainly not new, but I enjoy it & could always have more. However, so disappointing to start the actual reading! First of all, if your main character is going to specialize in making pies & you are going to describe the process, maybe you should learn how to actually do it? And don't create revolting pies involving tomatoes with mayonnaise. Second, if you are going to set your story in NW Georgia, how about actually getting to know people from there? Instead, the author overdosed on cramming together every outdated stereotype & cliché possible. Characters with names like Ella Mae and Loralyn? Check. Housekeepers who spend their entire life with a family & talk like Scarlet O'Hara? Check. Swimmin' holes? Of course. Confederate Balls? Naturally. People who are scared & ignorant of "The Big City", quaint & formal notions of propriety, families who have lived & feuded together in the same small town for centuries? Why not. Did I mention the story is set in the 21st century? Because you wouldn't know it from the details. (Why yes my mother's family is from NW Georgia, I have spent a good amount of time there, and I was raised to be sensitive to ridiculous Northern & Hollywood ideas about the South, such as in this book.) Then add a cartoonishly over the top nemesis - a grown woman who drops into businesses she dislikes just to pull fire alarms & announces proudly, to someone she hasn't seen in years, she has hired prostitutes & cheerleaders to get lucrative divorces. Her non-stop threats would be overblown even for a teen soap and quickly become excessively tiresome. Mix in some crazy coincidences - one moment Ella Mae reminisces about a childhood crush, the next moment she stumbles on him skinny dipping at said swimming hole, only to have him be the hunky fireman who responds to said false alarm the next day! Then there's the character of Ella Mae herself. Just returned from New York City after seven (?) years. Apparently her marriage was perfect until she caught her husband having sex with neighboring twins. By "perfect" I mean there are no details because that would require depth and character development - a trend to be followed throughout the book. So she runs away to Georgia literally only with the clothes she had on her. How she will get her belongings back she simply has no idea. She is so traumatized she simply can no longer be expected to set foot into her old apartment building or deal with something like packing. She seems to have done nothing in NYC over the years except NOT finish culinary school. She seems to have no friends (or maturity), she's never cooked for any one but family or at school, she has zero business experience. Yet she is literally handed a pie shop & catering business to run all by herself, like it's the easiest thing in the world. I know MANY women have woefully low standards for romance & chick lit. Not me. I couldn't finish this dreck.

  2. 4 out of 5

    beachbum bookworm

    Newest Adeventure Details: Where: Havenwood, Georgia Who: Ella Mae Georgia here I come! It was going to be fabulous….was finally going to meet Ella Mae, try all the pies in her new pie shoppe (gimme, gimme, gimme), and spend some time with her Aunts. Ella Mae had recently returned home to Havenwood after she separated from her cheating husband. She and her aunts have always been close, but Ella Mae and her mother have been estranged since she married and took off for New York. They are working o Newest Adeventure Details: Where: Havenwood, Georgia Who: Ella Mae Georgia here I come! It was going to be fabulous….was finally going to meet Ella Mae, try all the pies in her new pie shoppe (gimme, gimme, gimme), and spend some time with her Aunts. Ella Mae had recently returned home to Havenwood after she separated from her cheating husband. She and her aunts have always been close, but Ella Mae and her mother have been estranged since she married and took off for New York. They are working on mending fences with the help of her aunts and the opening of her pie shoppe. For Ella Mae...when the going gets tough the tough gets to baking. A store front in the small town of Havenwood has become available and it is perfect for this new adventure...everyone thinks so. Well that is not exactly true Ella Mae’s high school nemesis Loralyn doesn’t. She wants to open a second hair salon in that same location, and resorts to threatening Ella Mae to get it. Ella Mae’s response...she charges full speed ahead with the help of her aunts to get the shoppe and start renovations to design her perfect space. This isn’t any ordinary shoppe and Ella Mae isn’t any ordinary baker she doesn’t quite understand, but her pies have magical effects on people. One thing she does understand is that her customers LOVE her new treats! When Loralyn’s fiancée turns up dead...the murder weapon the rolling pin from Charmed Pie Shoppe...her and I turn our focus to finding out what really happened…. My thoughts: The narrator for this book was ok. Neither good nor bad...which if you have been reading my reviews...this seems par for the course. This is the first in a series. I would say this book is 3.5 stars. I loved this debut!! The small southern town, the pie shoppe, and the secondary characters were fabulous!! I loved her aunts, mom, her dog chewy, and even loved to hate Loralyn! The mystery was really interesting...the horse racing world seems fascinating! I was 100% invested. I would say up until the very end this book was easily a 4 or even 4.5. I liked the little enchantments and how the pies influenced her customers. I liked that it wasn’t Ella Mae waving a wand, but instead her emotions baked into the pies. It just got a little too bizarre for me when she was trying to learn about her magic, and that of her mothers and aunts. Now I realize this is a magical series, so maybe it's me. I will for sure be reading the second in the series. I’m also going to try my hand at baking one of Ella Mae’s delicious recipes...who knows maybe I'll be able to bake a little magic in it! For more book fun subscribe to my blog @ http://beachbumbookworm.com/.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Chaitra

    This is yet another cozy mystery with a dimwit heroine. I cannot understand how authors expect readers to believe that these ladies are able to find a killer, when in reality they cannot find their rear-ends with a map? Case in point, heroine here is 30+ years old, but she still does not know that her mother and her aunts and her housekeeper are all witches. She herself is one, but let alone believing in magic, the lady doesn't even register the fact that strange things happen when she bakes her This is yet another cozy mystery with a dimwit heroine. I cannot understand how authors expect readers to believe that these ladies are able to find a killer, when in reality they cannot find their rear-ends with a map? Case in point, heroine here is 30+ years old, but she still does not know that her mother and her aunts and her housekeeper are all witches. She herself is one, but let alone believing in magic, the lady doesn't even register the fact that strange things happen when she bakes her stupid pies. This ultra observant one is the one to catch a killer. Please. Lady isn't great managing her personal life either. Husband cheats in bad Big Apple, lady runs off to beloved (never before) Georgia with exactly one dress. But there's Mama of course, the same Mama who she hasn't bothered to talk to since seven years. What kind of daughter does this make her, I wonder. Especially since Mama has been making the carriage house cozy for this same daughter and buys her a piece of prime real estate for a pie shop for the hot-shot NYC returnee. In seven years, girl hasn't even bothered to finish culinary school. Riiiight. But then, what do we expect from a girl who carries an idiotic school grudge with an unrepentant bitch? This is... may I say it? Worse than the emo-realistic YA crap that's dime a dozen these days. There's a romantic interest, and there's another one, and then there's the husband she can't divorce for six months because lady can't even think of taking a flight to NYC where she's been cheated! Ugh. Where's the mystery? Ok. There's a horse doctor who's been bashed on the head with a rolling pin with the ditz's rolling pin, and sadly for this lady, the man happens to be arch-rival's husband-to-be. The police are useless, otherwise this wouldn't work. Heroine needs to clear her name, so she doesn't mind pressuring anyone and everyone into revealing things they don't particularly want to. She does it via the subtle (not, considering she's a witch) blackmail of food. This is somehow ok. One of them (view spoiler)[dies (hide spoiler)] , but still it's somehow ok. There's a halo on the great ones' head after all. Ugh. I already know I'm an idiotic sucker for anything that sounds remotely Austen-ish, but my problem so far has been lack-luster and insipid adaptations or retellings. I've never encountered before that there's a name like Pies and Prejudice and Pride and Prejudice has absolutely nothing to do with it. Am I the only idiot to fall for this? Based on this bit of idiocy on my part, I can safely say that I will one day catch a killer. 1 star.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Shauna

    “EIGHTY-YEAR-OLD DOES CARTWHEELS DOWN MONARCH STREET!” Mr. Jefferson Baxter performed multiple cartwheels in front of a crowd of afternoon shoppers and merchants. Baxter, who has walked with the aid of a cane for the past seven years, claims that he experienced a surge of joy so compelling that he felt the need to express it through movement. When asked how he was able to display such remarkable agility, Baxter was unable to provide an explanation. His only comment was that the pie he’d had for “EIGHTY-YEAR-OLD DOES CARTWHEELS DOWN MONARCH STREET!” Mr. Jefferson Baxter performed multiple cartwheels in front of a crowd of afternoon shoppers and merchants. Baxter, who has walked with the aid of a cane for the past seven years, claims that he experienced a surge of joy so compelling that he felt the need to express it through movement. When asked how he was able to display such remarkable agility, Baxter was unable to provide an explanation. His only comment was that the pie he’d had for dessert at The Charmed Pie Shoppe had made him feel like a boy again, if only for a few minutes. Perhaps Ms. LeFaye is using water from the Fountain of Youth in her recipes. Or perhaps her pies truly are enchanted. Ella Mae dropped the paper on the garden bench and drummed her fingers on the side of her mug. “Is it possible? Do I have some sort of gift?” She stood up and began to meander down the path leading down to the lake, her mind churning. While it's true that Ella Mae has quite the impressive gift, I would have found it much more impressive if a baker in her thirties was not having the first inklings of said gift on page 158 of 264, only recogising it for what it is page 210. If you thought that had me questioning our heroine's intelligence, you'd be right you could have knocked me over with a feather when (view spoiler)[she cornered her nemesis and provoked her into a classic gloating-bad-guy-confession only to walk away disappointed she had no evidence to bring the police. Now I'm no mystery buff, but doesn't the hero/heroine/nark tend to wear a wire in such situations? (hide spoiler)] And another thing, 'Pies and Prejudice'? There was a passing fancy on the part of Ella Mae that a love interest looked like Mr. Darcy (and since there was no mention of a resemblance to Colin Firth rising out of the water, this was both subjective and based on nothing) but aside from that, don't expect to see any parallels. There was a word of Irish (draíocht - magic) toward the end, random and used incorrectly, but always nice to see. Sadly, that's not enough to get a good rating out of me on this one, but for anyone in the market for a storyline featuring the enchantment of food I would recommend Garden Spells.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    I really liked this first book in the series and can't wait to read more. Ella Mae has just moved back home and is starting a pie shop. Her pies sound fantastic. I liked the characters in this book and the mystery was good. I was totally surprised at the out come of it. I really liked this first book in the series and can't wait to read more. Ella Mae has just moved back home and is starting a pie shop. Her pies sound fantastic. I liked the characters in this book and the mystery was good. I was totally surprised at the out come of it.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    This was a fun first book in the series. I really like this author's writing style and these characters are interesting. I will admit it took me a while to get the aunts straight (and I still might be confused). I'm such a sucker for stories where the main character has to return home after some drama in their new city (though I still feel bad for Ella Mae). This mystery was interesting despite the fact that I had it figured out pretty quickly. I enjoyed all the drama and Ella Mae's new love int This was a fun first book in the series. I really like this author's writing style and these characters are interesting. I will admit it took me a while to get the aunts straight (and I still might be confused). I'm such a sucker for stories where the main character has to return home after some drama in their new city (though I still feel bad for Ella Mae). This mystery was interesting despite the fact that I had it figured out pretty quickly. I enjoyed all the drama and Ella Mae's new love interests. But really the magic was the best part. I LOVE how she can bake her emotions in her dishes and I cannot wait to see what else she does and how it influences people. Each aunt is unique and I hope we get more time with each of them in future books. I also am so curious about why her mom keeps warning her off all the men in her life...I hope she doesn't end up alone! Enjoyable and I can't wait to continue the series.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ramla Zareen Ahmad

     3.5 STARS=Good=Quite Enjoyable=I liked it...!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Book Concierge

    Digital audio book performed by C.S.E. Cooney First in the “Charmed Pie Shoppe” mystery series From the book jacket When the going gets tough, Ella Mae LeFaye bakes pie. 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 flaky crust. But her pies aren’t just delicious, they’re also having magical effects on the people who eat them – and the public is hungry for more. Having discovered her hidde Digital audio book performed by C.S.E. Cooney First in the “Charmed Pie Shoppe” mystery series From the book jacket When the going gets tough, Ella Mae LeFaye bakes pie. 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 flaky crust. But her pies aren’t just delicious, they’re also having magical effects on the people who eat them – and the public is hungry for more. Having discovered her hidden talent for enchantment, Ella Mae…. [opens] the Charmed Pie Shoppe. But when her old nemesis, Loralyn’s fiancé is found dead – killed with Ella Mae’s rolling pin – it’ll take all her sweet magic to clear her name. My reactions: I’ve been drawn to this basic premise – food’s magical qualities – since reading Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s The Mistress of Spices. That predilection was reinforced by Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel and Joanne Harris’s Chocolat. So I was sucked in by the promise of the magical qualities of Ella Mae’s pies, as well as previous good experience reading another series by Adams. But I was sorely disappointed. As cozies go, this is a pretty decent premise. And Adams populates the book with an interesting array of charmingly eccentric characters, even if they are all out of central casting. But the “woo-woo” element just got away from her. Ella Mae is so completely clueless about her gifts as to make it completely unbelievable. The melodrama is way over the top. And the murder mystery plot is just a mess. I finished because I needed a challenge book for a genre I usually avoid – witches. And I’ll torture myself with more from the series for the same reason. But I really don’t recommend them. I prefer my books, even cozies, like my pies – less “charm” and more filling. C.S.E. Cooney is not a narrator I’ve come across before. She does a reasonably good job of performing the audio. Though I do think her Southern accent is a bit over-the-top. Still, her pace is good and her diction is clear (a real plus as I listened at double speed).

  9. 5 out of 5

    Diana | Book of Secrets

    PIES AND PREJUDICE was the kind of story that I wanted to jump inside of. The charming setting, engaging characters and well-crafted mystery made this one of my favorite cozies to date. The book begins with Ella Mae LaFaye returning to her hometown of Havenwood, Georgia, right after leaving her cheating husband back in New York. Instead of letting anger and sadness take over, Ella Mae decides to live her dream by opening a pie shop in downtown Havenwood, with a little financial and a lot of emot PIES AND PREJUDICE was the kind of story that I wanted to jump inside of. The charming setting, engaging characters and well-crafted mystery made this one of my favorite cozies to date. The book begins with Ella Mae LaFaye returning to her hometown of Havenwood, Georgia, right after leaving her cheating husband back in New York. Instead of letting anger and sadness take over, Ella Mae decides to live her dream by opening a pie shop in downtown Havenwood, with a little financial and a lot of emotional support from her mother and three aunts. There’s something very unique about Ella Mae and her delectable desserts. She not 100% sure, but it appears that somehow she’s able to influence the behavior of others by baking emotions into her pies. This strange ability comes in handy when police find her fingerprints on the murder weapon that killed a local racehorse veterinarian, who happened to be engaged to Ella Mae’s lifelong nemesis, Loralyn Gaynor. Afraid that the bad press of being a person of interest in a murder investigation will ruin her business before it can get off the ground, Ella Mae sets out to find other suspects so investigators will point their fingers elsewhere. This is the first book by Ellery Adams that I’ve read, and I have to say that I’m an instant fan! I adored the setting – a small mountain town in northwestern Georgia, but the well-drawn characters were what pulled me into the story. Even the secondary characters popped off the page. The aunts were a hoot, Loralyn was so wicked, and even Ella Mae’s dog “Chewy” was a huge presence. I also enjoyed the paranormal elements in this book. I’m intrigued by Ella Mae’s transference ability, and it looks like she comes from a long line of women blessed with magic. This is a fabulous start to Ms. Adams’ new cozy mystery series, and I’m looking forward to the next one.

  10. 5 out of 5

    FangirlNation

    In Pies and Prejudice, the first in the Charmed Pie Shoppe series by Ellery Adams, Ella Mae LeFay returns to her hometown of Havenwood, Georgia to get away from her cheating husband. Her mother and three aunts encourage Ella Mae to pursue her gift of making pies by opening a shop devoted to selling pies. Over the course of the book, Ella Mae comes to realize that she bakes her emotions into her pies and shares them with those who eat the pies. Her aunts cry blue tears eating blueberry pie baked In Pies and Prejudice, the first in the Charmed Pie Shoppe series by Ellery Adams, Ella Mae LeFay returns to her hometown of Havenwood, Georgia to get away from her cheating husband. Her mother and three aunts encourage Ella Mae to pursue her gift of making pies by opening a shop devoted to selling pies. Over the course of the book, Ella Mae comes to realize that she bakes her emotions into her pies and shares them with those who eat the pies. Her aunts cry blue tears eating blueberry pie baked while she is thinking of her cheating husband. An eighty-year-old man in a walker does cartwheels down the street after eating a pie full of joy. And the city sees a spate of people ripping their clothes off after eating pie she has worked on while in the arms of her childhood crush, a hot firefighter. Read the rest of this review, more reviews, and other wonderful, geeky articles on FangirlNation

  11. 5 out of 5

    Cherie

    Sigh, I just don't think these kind of Cozy Mysteries are for me. I liked the story well enough. It was interesting, but not exciting or magical to me. There was magic implied and lots of pie baking and the characters were okay, but meh. My favorite part was the Key Lime Pie recipe in the back of the book. Yummy! Sigh, I just don't think these kind of Cozy Mysteries are for me. I liked the story well enough. It was interesting, but not exciting or magical to me. There was magic implied and lots of pie baking and the characters were okay, but meh. My favorite part was the Key Lime Pie recipe in the back of the book. Yummy!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Robbins

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  13. 4 out of 5

    Tari

    I'd been wanting to start this series from the beginning ever since one of the book clubs I'm in had a discussion on the fourth book in the series. I love anything by this author to begin with, and I wanted to know every character's story from the beginning. I love how her books are not just mystery driven, but they're also character and family-driven. Sometimes the characters are a little broken and help each other heal, and sometimes they're family in the togetherness sense, maybe not related. I'd been wanting to start this series from the beginning ever since one of the book clubs I'm in had a discussion on the fourth book in the series. I love anything by this author to begin with, and I wanted to know every character's story from the beginning. I love how her books are not just mystery driven, but they're also character and family-driven. Sometimes the characters are a little broken and help each other heal, and sometimes they're family in the togetherness sense, maybe not related. In this series, the family is all related. Ella Mae had come back to Havenwood, Georgia to open a pie shop and be with all her beloved aunts, mom and long-time friend, Reba (who is such a hoot and by far my favorite character! She reminds me of the actual singer/actress Reba from her TV show). I wasn't sure of the killer, but once the reveal came, it made a lot of sense. Ella and Reba were both at the showdown, and it was amazing. I always enjoy that the author doesn't just stop when the murder is solved. We always get to learn more about the characters and see every little thing neatly finished. Ella learned something about herself and now I'm anxious to read more just to see how she works through all this new knowledge.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Betsy

    2.5 stars

  15. 4 out of 5

    Traci

    This was a cute 3.75. It was my first Ellery Adams book and I have to say I am going to look into others by her aside from this series which I will continue with.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Tomi

    Very enjoyable. I loved the magical touches.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

    Summary from Goodreads: "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. Bu Summary from Goodreads: "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." My Thoughts: This was a fun beginning to a new cozy mystery series with a hint of the paranormal sprinkled in. In this book, Ella Mae moves back home from the city after catching her husband cheating on her. She realizes that now is the time to learn to do things for herself which leads to pursing her own bakery. Unfortunately, she also finds herself mixed up in quite a mess when she gets caught up in a murder investigation as the prime suspect. This was one of those fun, easy reads that I just adore. I found myself caught within the pages rooting for Ella Mae as she works to start a new beginning for herself. The book was a tad predictable (and many times cozies are) but it really didn't detract from my overall reading experience. I just went with the flow of the book; constantly waiting to see what would happen next and how Ella Mae would handle whatever it was. This was a fun book as the idea of Ella Mae infusing feelings or emotions into her baking was a unique idea. And I say fun as the results that came from people eating her baked goods and experiencing those latent emotions was quite funny to read about. I figured out parts of the mystery about halfway thru the book, but really the author did a great job of still pulling off a surprising ending. The only thing that left me wanting was Ella Mae's "new love interest". I felt that her instant attraction to her old crush Hugh Dylan was really lacking in the chemistry department. Instead, I am hoping that in future books we see more of a different character that she dated for investigation purposes. They seemed a much better match in my opinion! Overall, this was a solid beginning to this cozy series. It wasn't perfect but it was a fun read that made me laugh out loud a few times. I'm now eager to continue on with the second book to see what kind of troubles Ella Mae can get caught up in next. Books like this are why I love cozy mysteries. They are the perfect reads for a cold winter day! Recommended! Bottom Line: A fun read and an author that I plan on reading more of! Disclosure: Checked out from my local library. Thoughts are my own! Sad confession: I have never read Austen's Pride and Prejudice so I have no idea if the author based parts of this book on this classic novel or just used the title to play off of. I can tell you that it didn't effect my reading experience whatsoever. Shame on me for not reading more classics!

  18. 4 out of 5

    TheGeekyBlogger

    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 wi 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!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan

    I really really liked this book, it molded the paranormal part and the mystery part so well together that neither overshadowed the other, but yet both were the stars of the show. Ella Mae LaFaye is a very strong character that deals with the stress of walking in on her husband cheating on her in this book, but yet she doesn't let it get her down for more than a few days. I'd heard people say that they thought she was "dumb" to not see her powers beforehand, and though I think she could have seen I really really liked this book, it molded the paranormal part and the mystery part so well together that neither overshadowed the other, but yet both were the stars of the show. Ella Mae LaFaye is a very strong character that deals with the stress of walking in on her husband cheating on her in this book, but yet she doesn't let it get her down for more than a few days. I'd heard people say that they thought she was "dumb" to not see her powers beforehand, and though I think she could have seen them before, I don't think that it's out of the realm of possibility that she didn't notice them before. This book also leaves enough mystery about Loralyn, Hugh, and Ella Mae's family that makes you immediately want to pick up the next book. I loved the setting and Ella Mae's Charmed Pie Shoppe. It was great! I wish I had a Charmed Pie Shoppe in my town, I'd go every day.The mystery was also well-written. The killer was surprising, and I found myself wondering why I hadn't picked that character as the killer earlier in the book. Overall this was an excellent book. I'm looking forward to reading the next one.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Holly

    The mystery and the magical parts of this story are enjoyable and I liked the secondary characters, particularly the aunts. The main character, Ella Mae, is too passive. She wants a pie shop, her family does all the work in setting it up. She wants a divorce but refuses to go back to NY to take care of it or get her stuff, so she'll just wait for six months before she can file in Georgia, and wonder if she'll ever see her stuff again (seriously? Doesn't she have at least one friend from her year The mystery and the magical parts of this story are enjoyable and I liked the secondary characters, particularly the aunts. The main character, Ella Mae, is too passive. She wants a pie shop, her family does all the work in setting it up. She wants a divorce but refuses to go back to NY to take care of it or get her stuff, so she'll just wait for six months before she can file in Georgia, and wonder if she'll ever see her stuff again (seriously? Doesn't she have at least one friend from her years there who could help her ship her stuff or find her a lawyer?). Her dog needs training, so she sends him to daycare. She wants Hugh, but I don't see the appeal of him either and she backs down every time Loralyn steps in. I'll try the next one in the series but if Ella Mae doesn't become more pro-active, I'll move on.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Marci

    I picked up this book thinking it might be a take-off on Jane Austen, or at least that it might contain some kind of homage to her. Aside from a couple of quotes from Pride and Prejudice though, it is not my kind of comedy or mystery. The prose is too purple, the fantasy elements too weird for me, and the mystery not central enough--or maybe the fantasy and romance elements diluted it too much for my taste. But if you like a mystery with those elements mixed in, go ahead and try this one.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Mystereity Reviews

    Pies and Prejudice Not bad, but not particularly good. The overly descriptive writing became monotonous and annoying after awhile. By the time she described whisking eggs as a storm blowing in, I was pretty much done.Also, in one scene, Ella Mae is talking to her husband on her cell and throws her phone in the lake.  A few pages later, she is awakened by her phone ringing. Could be easily explained, but isn't.  And that's my issue with this book - overly descriptive language on unimportant thing Pies and Prejudice Not bad, but not particularly good. The overly descriptive writing became monotonous and annoying after awhile. By the time she described whisking eggs as a storm blowing in, I was pretty much done.Also, in one scene, Ella Mae is talking to her husband on her cell and throws her phone in the lake.  A few pages later, she is awakened by her phone ringing. Could be easily explained, but isn't.  And that's my issue with this book - overly descriptive language on unimportant things, but continuity, character and plot points don't have enough. 

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lucy Burdette

    Such a sweet cozy filled with family connections, pie, and some magic. Loved the characters--a fun read that will make you hungry!

  24. 5 out of 5

    ☺Trish

    Pies and Prejudice by Ellery Adams was a solid introduction to the Charmed Pie Shoppe mysteries. I liked the main character, Ella Mae LaFaye, although quite of lot her dialogue seemed a bit stilted and unnatural. I also did not like how wimpy Ella Mae was when it came to dumping her cheating husband, getting a quickie divorce, and retrieving all of her stuff from NYC. Plus, I am not sure that I truly enjoyed the "magical" element of Ella Mae and her mother, aunts, and the housekeeper. I found th Pies and Prejudice by Ellery Adams was a solid introduction to the Charmed Pie Shoppe mysteries. I liked the main character, Ella Mae LaFaye, although quite of lot her dialogue seemed a bit stilted and unnatural. I also did not like how wimpy Ella Mae was when it came to dumping her cheating husband, getting a quickie divorce, and retrieving all of her stuff from NYC. Plus, I am not sure that I truly enjoyed the "magical" element of Ella Mae and her mother, aunts, and the housekeeper. I found that aspect of the story detracted/distracted from the ongoing mystery, which was fascinating (cobra venom!!!). I plan on checking out the second book of this series to see what Ella Mae gets up to next.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kav

    Eeeep!!! A new-to-me Ellery Adams mystery to fangirl over! Love the light, magical element that adds to the hometown girl returns trope. Gives it an interesting twist -- especially since I think there will be more magical developments as the series progresses. Murder, betrayal and a cute pup named Chewy all add to the allure of this next cozy mystery series I'm going to binge on! Please note: some language issues Eeeep!!! A new-to-me Ellery Adams mystery to fangirl over! Love the light, magical element that adds to the hometown girl returns trope. Gives it an interesting twist -- especially since I think there will be more magical developments as the series progresses. Murder, betrayal and a cute pup named Chewy all add to the allure of this next cozy mystery series I'm going to binge on! Please note: some language issues

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kim Galla

    I enjoyed listening to this little cozy. The characters were likable and funny. There's an underlying magical thread that hasn't been revealed yet, or maybe there isn't and Ellery just wanted you to think that? Looking forward to the next one. I enjoyed listening to this little cozy. The characters were likable and funny. There's an underlying magical thread that hasn't been revealed yet, or maybe there isn't and Ellery just wanted you to think that? Looking forward to the next one.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Drebbles

    After catching her husband cheating on her, Ella Mae La Faye Kittredge returns home to Havenwood, Georgia to fulfill her dream of opening a pie shop. She is determined to succeed even if Loralyn Gaynor is equally determined to ruin her. Soon Ella Mae has more than Loralyn to worry about - someone is murdered and she quickly becomes a major suspect. Now Ella Mae must clear her name while also running the pie shop - she may need some magic to help her. "Pies and Prejudice" is the enchanting first b After catching her husband cheating on her, Ella Mae La Faye Kittredge returns home to Havenwood, Georgia to fulfill her dream of opening a pie shop. She is determined to succeed even if Loralyn Gaynor is equally determined to ruin her. Soon Ella Mae has more than Loralyn to worry about - someone is murdered and she quickly becomes a major suspect. Now Ella Mae must clear her name while also running the pie shop - she may need some magic to help her. "Pies and Prejudice" is the enchanting first book in Ellery Adams Charmed Pie Shoppe cozy mystery series. There is a lot to like about this book starting with Ella Mae (who is just starting to realize her potential) and her family including her mother, aunts, and Reba (who is practically a member of the family). The Southern setting is well done - as is the age-old rivalries between families especially Ella Mae's family and the Gaynor family. The magical elements are wonderfully done - I like the idea of magical pies - and I was pleasantly surprised to find out that several people in the book have magical abilities not just Ella Mae (I have to admit one in particular took me by surprise although it had been hinted at throughout the book). What really makes this book work is the writing. While Adams comes perilously close to overdoing similes in the book, in this case it works. The book almost comes alive in the mixtures of sounds and the smell of baking pies (if only this book came with something you could scratch to smell the pies!). In fact, while the mystery aspects were very well done I was so into the book that I was caught by surprise when the killer was revealed - I wasn't ready for the book to end! "Pies and Prejudice" is a charming book and I look forward to reading more books in the series.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Theresa

    I thoroughly enjoyed this first in the Charmed Pie Shoppe mystery series! Ella Mae arrives back home in Havenwood, GA with her dog and the clothes on her back, having abandonned her cheating husband in NYC. With the encouragement and help of her aunts and mother, as well as Reba, her mother's housekeeper, Ella Mae puts her unique culinary gifts to work, opens a pie shop, and along the way solves a murder or two that someone seems determined to pin on her. At the same time, unusual things happen, I thoroughly enjoyed this first in the Charmed Pie Shoppe mystery series! Ella Mae arrives back home in Havenwood, GA with her dog and the clothes on her back, having abandonned her cheating husband in NYC. With the encouragement and help of her aunts and mother, as well as Reba, her mother's housekeeper, Ella Mae puts her unique culinary gifts to work, opens a pie shop, and along the way solves a murder or two that someone seems determined to pin on her. At the same time, unusual things happen, especially when folks eat her pies! This story reminded me so much of Practical Magic if it were a cozy mystery, especially the family of women in the movie version. There's something mystical, fanciful, magical about Ella Mae, her family, and even the town itself, almost as if you are visiting a fairytale. I'll definitely be making a return visit to the Charmed Pie Shoppe! ATY 2019 #47 - book about food (title, cover, plot)

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sandra

    Pies and Prejudice is a wonderful cozy mystery blended with just a touch of magic. Just as in Like Water for Chocolate, Ella Mae has the ability to infuse her baking with her emotions at the time of preparation with often hilarious results. Add in some magical aunties, a loving but slightly distant mother, a HOT fireman and a southern belle bully for some supporting characters and you, too, will be relishing your time in Havenwood, Georgia with Ella Mae LeFaye and her family. Then you add in the Pies and Prejudice is a wonderful cozy mystery blended with just a touch of magic. Just as in Like Water for Chocolate, Ella Mae has the ability to infuse her baking with her emotions at the time of preparation with often hilarious results. Add in some magical aunties, a loving but slightly distant mother, a HOT fireman and a southern belle bully for some supporting characters and you, too, will be relishing your time in Havenwood, Georgia with Ella Mae LeFaye and her family. Then you add in the murder of a wealthy veterinarian, who just happened to be engaged to Ella Mae's childhood nemesis--the Southern Bully/Belle-- along with finding Ella Maes rolling pin at the crime scene, and you have all the ingredients for an enchanting mystery packed and a desire to stop in at the Charmed Pie Shoppe. I recommend the Charmed Lime Pie. ;)

  30. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    It's a fun, light read. I have seen the negative reviews here but I think the readers are taking this way to seriously! The marriage is not gone into in detail because it is over. And yes, long time relationships often break up overnight when it is revealed that the spouse has been cheating. And since this book is fantasy, not a documentary, the heroine does what I wished I could have done when my 10 year marriage broke up....she just walked away! Now to give the previous reviewers their due, I h It's a fun, light read. I have seen the negative reviews here but I think the readers are taking this way to seriously! The marriage is not gone into in detail because it is over. And yes, long time relationships often break up overnight when it is revealed that the spouse has been cheating. And since this book is fantasy, not a documentary, the heroine does what I wished I could have done when my 10 year marriage broke up....she just walked away! Now to give the previous reviewers their due, I have neither lived down south and have only baked conventional pies with Martha Stewart recipes. So I may not be a good judge of those topics. I listened to the audio version of this book downloaded from my local public library. I listened while gardening and thoroughly enjoyed it. I would give book two a listen.

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