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Pies and prejudice
2012
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After discovering her hidden talent for enchantment, Ella Mae opens the Charmed Pie Shoppe, but her dream is short-lived when the fiancé of her nemesis, Loralyn Gaynor, is found murdered with Ella Mae's rolling pin. Original. 40,000 first printing. - (Baker & Taylor)

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. - (Penguin Putnam)

Author Biography

Ellery Adams has had a lifelong love affair with both stories and food. As a child, she used to make mud pies and eat them. Over the years, she became more adept in the kitchen, and when she's not writing, she loves to don an apron and fill her home with the sweet, buttery scent of baking pies. Ms. Adams has held many jobs, including caterer, retail clerk, car salesperson, teacher, tutor, and tech writer, all while penning poems, children's books, and novels. She writes and creates culinary delights from her home in central Virginia. - (Penguin Putnam)

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Books by the Bay series author Adams begins a new line featuring Ella Mae LeFaye and her return to Havenwood, Georgia, after the abrupt end of her seven-year New York marriage. She is enveloped by her mother and her aunts, but childhood nemesis Loralyn wants Ella Mae gone. Ella Mae opens a pie shop but is soon a suspect in the murder of Loralyn's fiancé, who was killed with Ella Mae's marble rolling pin. Then another victim dies in the pie shop, and the police pursue Ella Mae while she hunts for clues to clear herself. A dusting of magic covers the story as Ella Mae learns of her own powers and recognizes other talents in her family. The magic offers a new twist but does not overpower the savory blend of suspense, pies, and engaging characters. Foodie mystery fans will enjoy this, along with titles from Carol Culver's pie-shop series. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

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