“After catching her husband cheating on her, Ella Mae LeFaye leaves New York and heads to her hometown of Havenwood, Georgia. She intends to start over in a place that’s familiar to her, surrounded by her beloved aunts and her mother. Ella Mae’s dream is to bake pies in her own pie shop.
With financial help from her family, Ella Mae opens “The Charmed Pie Shoppe” and it’s an immediate success. She is stunned when she realizes she has her own special talent when it comes to baking pies. Somehow she manages to pour her own feelings into each pie, which effects each person who eats one.
When her old childhood foe, Loralyn Gaynor, wants to buy the same shop as Ella Mae, their old rivalry heats up and Loralyn’s fiancé ends up murdered. Ella Mae is more than a little shocked to discover that the murder weapon is her own rolling pin. She has a tough time convincing the police she has no motive to kill someone she didn’t even know.
However, all evidence points in Ella Mae’s direction and it’s up to her to figure out who really committed this crime. With the help of her Jack Russell terrier, Charleston Chew “Chewy”, Ella Mae sets out to find a killer. Along the way, she finds herself facing some possible romantic entanglements from her soon-to-be ex-husband to an old childhood classmate to the son of the victim. Mix this all together and you get a yummy cozy pie!
Ellery Adams gets off to an amazing start with this series. I loved it right from the start. She gives us a crazy, fun, and wacky secondary cast that will have readers smiling and giggling. This cat lover even adored the Jack Russell terrier. What a cutie! This is what cozy mysteries are all about and what keeps me coming back to read them. The best thing I can say is that I absolutely could not put this book down. I was sad when I finished this book and I actually miss the characters. They’ve already become my friends. I’ll definitely be looking for the second book in the “A Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery” series.”