5/5 Charmed Pie Shoppes
On the Back:
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.
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.