Apr 14, 2015

Lemon Pies and Little White Lies by Ellery Adams

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Lemon Pies and Little White Lies by Ellery Adams
Published April 7, 2015; Berkley
Genre: cozy mystery
First paragraph:Ella Mae pressed chocolate cookie crumbs into the bottom of a springform pan with deft, quick motions. She then moved to her commercial stovetop and gave the marshmallow creme simmering in the sauce pan a gentle stir. Satisfied, she turned the burner off and set the saucepan in a stainless steel bowl filled with ice. When the marshmallow creme was sufficiently cooled, Ella Mae reached for the liqueur bottles on the worktable and poured small amounts of creme de menthe and white creme do cacao into the fluffy mixture...
Book description:
Ella Mae LeFaye’s Charmed Pie Shoppe has become a phenomenon beyond her wildest dreams, providing the enchanted town of Havenwood, Georgia, with spellbinding desserts and magical pies. Her personal life is also heating up as she takes on the responsibilities of leadership within her magical community. In fact, the only thing weighing her down is the fact that handsome Hugh Dylan won’t return her calls…

Still, when Havenwood is rocked by a series of mysterious deaths, Ella Mae must put romantic longings aside—especially when she realizes that the mystical symbols left at each crime scene are dangerously personal. Now she will have to whip up all her supernatural skills to uncover a killer out to settle an ancient score—before the murderer devastates everything Ella Mae is determined to protect.

My comments: A lovely cozy for those who like the magical and supernatural in their mysteries. Ella Mae can mix enchantment into her pies, and that doesn't mean just taste. And you can also pinch her for her luck or magic to rub off on you.

I like my stories more realistic but I know a lot of readers are spellbound and delighted with this theme. This is the fourth in the Charmed Pie series.

A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher. 

34 comments:

Katherine P said...

I have the first 2 in this series and am curious about it. I'm getting used to bits of supernatural so I think I'll be okay with that part. Thanks for sharing! I have a feeling I"m going to want pie after this!

Kay said...

OK, now I'm hungry just reading the intro. Pies at 9 in the morning? Yes, I could do that. LOL

JoAnn said...

I'm not really into magical or supernatural, but do like the foodie aspect. Enjoy!

Literary Feline said...

Oh my goodness, that sounds so yummy! I am not much of a fan of food related cozies, but I do like the idea of the supernatural element being added in. I may have to give this one a try!

Juli Rahel said...

Omg this sounds like so much fun! Although paranormal lit is usually not my cup of tea, I can put my worries aside if pies are involved. I hope you enjoy this one despite it maybe not necessarily being as realistic as you'd like! Thanks for sharing :) I hope you have a great week!
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Linda said...

Sounds cute. I don't read many cozies but I like the supernatural element.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Although I usually don't go for books with magical elements, this one sounds like fun. The cooking aspect hooked me.
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Girl Who Reads said...

I like cozy mysteries but I'm a bit picky about them. Girl Who Reads

Anonymous said...

Might be the liqueur rather than the supernatural that helps her pies become a success :)
It sounds like a cute book. I don't read many cozies, but enjoy this one!

Suzie Quint said...

I wish the opening hooked me better because I love the idea of mystical things happening in a cozy.

Lisa-Marie Jordan said...

Sounds like a fun little book! I hope you enjoy it!

Suko said...

Harvee, thank you for sharing your thoughts about this book. The title is charming.

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

I like the intro- makes me hungry:)

Harvee said...

I love pies but they are so rich in sugar!

Harvee said...

Cute title, yes!

Harvee said...

If I overlook the magical elements....

Harvee said...

You will love this one, Suzie, if you like mystical/magical.

Harvee said...

Creme de menthe in a pie would add something magical!

Harvee said...

Every reader has favorite themes, I agree.

Harvee said...

I love reading about cooking and baking!

Harvee said...

Then this one's for you, lol!

Harvee said...

Julie, I love pies!

Harvee said...

Magical food and people!

Harvee said...

I am an armchair baker...

Harvee said...

Pie is good anytime. Kay!

Harvee said...

If you loved the first two, then you will also like the third, Katherine!

Unknown said...

I can smell that pie. LOL You are killing my book budget with these fun cozies. I usually buy print and it doesn't stretch as far as with ebooks. And I can't resist a new series. LOL
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Harvee said...

Luckily, our library carries lots of cozies!

Nise' said...

Delicious intro!

Brian Joseph said...

This is another book that I will recommend to my wife.

I suppose that if a murder needs to occur anyway, its better if the investigation occurs in the vicinity of delicious foods :)

Margot said...

Great paragraph to begin the book. I am hungry now for that yummy sweet thing. I'll bet people gain weight when they read this series.

Harvee said...

Probably they go out and buy or bake a pie!

Harvee said...

Good food always hits the spot, even in reading!

Harvee said...

I wish there were recipes added, Nise.

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