Series: A Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery, #2
Released: March 5, 2013
Source: Review copy from the publisher
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…
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.
Rating: 5 Stars
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.