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Her Charmed Pie Shoppe is open for business, but baker Ella Mae LeFaye is about to discover solving a murder is not as easy as pie…   Owning the Charmed Pie Shoppe and serving enchanted treats in the magical town of Havenwood, Georgia, seemed like a little slice of heaven for Ella Mae LeFaye. But now her hopes for both a lasting romance with Hugh Dylan and business suc Her Charmed Pie Shoppe is open for business, but baker Ella Mae LeFaye is about to discover solving a murder is not as easy as pie…   Owning the Charmed Pie Shoppe and serving enchanted treats in the magical town of Havenwood, Georgia, seemed like a little slice of heaven for Ella Mae LeFaye. But now her hopes for both a lasting romance with Hugh Dylan and business success are starting to seem like pie in the sky, and Ella’s left wondering: Where has the magic gone?   When an enchanted grove is set ablaze, Ella realizes she has more grave problems. With her magic waning, she’s going to have to sleuth from scratch to stop an arsonist who has no respect for sacred ground—or human life…


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Her Charmed Pie Shoppe is open for business, but baker Ella Mae LeFaye is about to discover solving a murder is not as easy as pie…   Owning the Charmed Pie Shoppe and serving enchanted treats in the magical town of Havenwood, Georgia, seemed like a little slice of heaven for Ella Mae LeFaye. But now her hopes for both a lasting romance with Hugh Dylan and business suc Her Charmed Pie Shoppe is open for business, but baker Ella Mae LeFaye is about to discover solving a murder is not as easy as pie…   Owning the Charmed Pie Shoppe and serving enchanted treats in the magical town of Havenwood, Georgia, seemed like a little slice of heaven for Ella Mae LeFaye. But now her hopes for both a lasting romance with Hugh Dylan and business success are starting to seem like pie in the sky, and Ella’s left wondering: Where has the magic gone?   When an enchanted grove is set ablaze, Ella realizes she has more grave problems. With her magic waning, she’s going to have to sleuth from scratch to stop an arsonist who has no respect for sacred ground—or human life…

30 review for Pecan Pies and Homicides

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lesa

    Ellery Adams' books have sweet titles such as Pecan Pies and Homicides, but there's a dark side to her mysteries. Whether it's her Charmed Pie Shoppe mysteries or her Books by the Bay series, her stories have a power to them that's lacking in many cozy mysteries. Because there's a magical element involved in Pecan Pies and Homicides, the danger seems greater than in other stories. The danger conjured up in these books could threaten entire communities. Ellery Adams manages to turn what appears t Ellery Adams' books have sweet titles such as Pecan Pies and Homicides, but there's a dark side to her mysteries. Whether it's her Charmed Pie Shoppe mysteries or her Books by the Bay series, her stories have a power to them that's lacking in many cozy mysteries. Because there's a magical element involved in Pecan Pies and Homicides, the danger seems greater than in other stories. The danger conjured up in these books could threaten entire communities. Ellery Adams manages to turn what appears to be a cozy mystery into a book with elements of magical realism, high fantasy, and thriller while keeping the outward appearance of a small town story. Genre-blending is common now, but stories usually don't blend so much together. Ellery Adams mixes all those ingredients into a riveting story. Ella Mae LeFaye would be perfectly content if she could spend her time baking in her Charmed Pie Shoppe, enchanting the residents of Havenwood, Georgia. She would love to enjoy the time with her aunts and her friends, while working on a romance with Hugh Dylan. Instead, she's had to take on the burden and responsibility for the people in town who have special gifts. And, when members of two other communities lose their sacred groves, one to development and one to fire, Ella Mae worries that Havenwood may be next. By welcoming refugees to town, they could be welcoming an arsonist. And, the "loss of a grove means the end of magic for people living nearby. If they didn't relocate to a new town with a source of power, they'd eventually lose their gifts." Ella Mae will have to call on hidden strengths and magic she has not yet used to prevent a killer from destroying everything that is sacred to the special people of the community. Before she can even welcome some of the people to town, Ella Mae finds one of the refugees murdered at the entrance to the grove. She already had problems. Now, it's "Murder. Ruined groves. Elementals. Flowers growing in the bottom of our lake. The world gets crazier every day." Ellery Adams' crazy world of Havenwood is a unique world. Adams successfully introduces a bewitching character in Ella Mae LeFaye with her magical pie shoppe, a family of strong women with unusual powers, an opposing family with equally strong women, and places them in a small town that has an outward appearance of peace and tranquility. Then, she adds a twist of legend, sprinkles in magic, followed by a strong dose of evil, and non-stop drama. Ellery Adams continues to build her name as an author whose mysteries feature strong, determined women who have to deal with secrets in their lives. And, there's always a fascinating cast of characters, friends or relatives, to provide support. Pecan Pies and Homicides is an engrossing story that will only enhance Ellery Adams' reputation.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Book Concierge

    Digital audiobook narrated by C.S.E. Cooney Book three in the “Charmed Pie Shoppe” series gets more ridiculous. I guess I need some pie, because I’m no longer charmed by the eccentric characters and the lead character, Ella Mae, drives me crazy. I haven’t read book # 2 yet (for some reason there is an insane number of holds on that Overdrive audio through my library). So, I was quite surprised to learn (view spoiler)[that Ella Mae’s mother has been “merged” (turned into?) with a tree (hide spoiler Digital audiobook narrated by C.S.E. Cooney Book three in the “Charmed Pie Shoppe” series gets more ridiculous. I guess I need some pie, because I’m no longer charmed by the eccentric characters and the lead character, Ella Mae, drives me crazy. I haven’t read book # 2 yet (for some reason there is an insane number of holds on that Overdrive audio through my library). So, I was quite surprised to learn (view spoiler)[that Ella Mae’s mother has been “merged” (turned into?) with a tree (hide spoiler)] . The whole work of THIS episode is releasing her mother from that spell. Yes, there’s a murder. Yes, she gets some magical help from other “others.” The romance is heating up (literally and figuratively). I pushed to finish only because it fit a challenge. Oh, well. It was a fast read at least. C.S.E.Cooney does a fine job narrating the audiobook. She sets a good pace and her diction is clear enough that I could listen at double speed.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Paige

    If there were more starts to give I would give them to this book. This is the third book in the Charmed Pie series and it is the best. That is hard to say considering I said that about the first two books. Ella Mae has returned to her hometown and to family, friends and enemies. There is the return of great characters like Reba and the aunts. And there is Hugh Dylan and there is more od Hugh Dylan than before. This is a series about magic and enchantment and more of that comes out as Ella Mae se If there were more starts to give I would give them to this book. This is the third book in the Charmed Pie series and it is the best. That is hard to say considering I said that about the first two books. Ella Mae has returned to her hometown and to family, friends and enemies. There is the return of great characters like Reba and the aunts. And there is Hugh Dylan and there is more od Hugh Dylan than before. This is a series about magic and enchantment and more of that comes out as Ella Mae sets about solving a murder or two. If you have not read this series you must. If you love small Southern towns- a stormy love story- family that is there for you- Jack Russell's- and of course pies- you will love this series.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Christal (Badass Book Reviews)

    See this review and others like it at Badass Book Reviews! It is safe to say that I love the Charmed Pie Shoppe Mysteries and this book just extended my love affair! Pecan Pies and Homicides deepened the world building the first two books began and gave us a look at covens outside of Havenwood. There were wonderful new characters and we saw some growth from our old favorites. Ella Mae really stepped up in this book and is well on her way to becoming the Clover Queen. The previous book, Peach Pies See this review and others like it at Badass Book Reviews! It is safe to say that I love the Charmed Pie Shoppe Mysteries and this book just extended my love affair! Pecan Pies and Homicides deepened the world building the first two books began and gave us a look at covens outside of Havenwood. There were wonderful new characters and we saw some growth from our old favorites. Ella Mae really stepped up in this book and is well on her way to becoming the Clover Queen. The previous book, Peach Pies and Alibis, ended with a huge blow to Ella Mae's family - the mystical loss of her mother. In this book, Ella Mae is still dealing with her mother's sacrifice and the loss is affecting every aspect of her life. When she hears that a nearby coven has had their sacred grove burned down, she decides it time to snap out of it and put her effort toward helping the survivors and figuring out who set the fire. Ella soon finds out that the mysteries are much deeper than she expected... Ella Mae stepped up and made her power known in Pecan Pies and Homicides. She didn't let the Gaynors derail her efforts and she didn't take no for an answer. She was constantly searching for clues to both help her mother and stop the firestarter, all while trying to help the survivors find a new home in Havenwood. She was also running a successful pie shoppe and keeping her relationship with Hugh going as well. She had a lot on her plate, but was able to balance everything and come out successful in the end. Her relationship with Hugh had some very interesting turns in this book. They learned quite a bit about each other and had to confront some unexpected situations, but it seems like Ella and Hugh are determined to work at sharing everything with each other. I'm glad that we finally know the truth about Hugh, but I do hope his background will be elaborated on a little bit more. I don't want to spoil anything, but there is a scene where Hugh isn't really Hugh and I'm wondering how in control he actually was and how much of the incident he remembers. I hope that he and Ella Mae are able to work through things, but I don't think they will be really settled until she takes him into the grove. Pecan Pies and Homicides also had some big changes for Ella's mother. She had sacrificed herself to the grove for the good of the coven, but Ella Mae was determined to find a way to save her. As her mother became more and more a part of the grove and less human, she wasn't able to connect with Ella the same way or to experience human emotions. She was actually becoming less human and more a part of nature. With the changes she experienced in this book, I'm a little worried about her. I just hope she is able to adjust with time. Two of the best new characters in this book were the brother and sister duo, Jenny and Aiden. They were both very funny in their own ways and helped to shake up Havenwood a little bit. Jenny was a perfect fit or the pie shoppe, though I wouldn't be surprised to see her opening up her own coffee shop in the next book. She played off both Ella Mae and Reba very well and I thought she added an interesting dynamic to the shoppe. Aiden was a firecracker and definitely needs something more to do than deliveries, but he was very sweet for helping Ella Mae and tool the job seriously. I loved his little crush on Suzy and I expect we'll be seeing a lot more of them together in the next book. The ending of Pecan Pies and Homicides left the door open for even more magical secrets to be revealed in the next book. I'm interested by the scenario that was introduced in the end and I'm eager to see how Ella Mae handles her new place in the coven. I thought she made some very smart choices and I can't wait to see her fulfill her legacy as the Clover Queen. Not too quickly though, we still need plenty of Ella Mae, the Charmed Pie Shoppe, and all the citizens of Havenwood before this series can end!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    Ella Mae Lafaye runs the Charmed Pie Shoppe in Havenwood, Georgia. Ella Mae is known for putting a little bit of magic in the baked goods she sells at her shoppe. A grove in a nearby town burns down and the residents come to Havenwood. Ella Mae befriends one of the residents, who later ends up dead in front of the Havenwood grove just before meeting with Ella Mae. Ella Mae hires Jenny and Adian, who were friends with the victim, to help in her pie shop and to help her solve what happened to thei Ella Mae Lafaye runs the Charmed Pie Shoppe in Havenwood, Georgia. Ella Mae is known for putting a little bit of magic in the baked goods she sells at her shoppe. A grove in a nearby town burns down and the residents come to Havenwood. Ella Mae befriends one of the residents, who later ends up dead in front of the Havenwood grove just before meeting with Ella Mae. Ella Mae hires Jenny and Adian, who were friends with the victim, to help in her pie shop and to help her solve what happened to their friend. The was a lot that happened in this book. Ella Mae is trying to save her mother, solve a murder, and deal with her relationship with her firefighter boyfriend, Hugh. I liked that we learned more about Hugh in this book. I think he became my new book boyfriend. I like the side characters of Ella Mae's aunts and her friend Reba. Reba is the perfect combination of sass and confident. The mystery was well done. There were many twists and it made the story flow really well. I definitely plan on continuing this series. I need to know what happens with Ella Mae and Hugh.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Cornelius Ashby

    This cozy series is not your typical warm and fuzzy cozy series. It is full of the elements we come to love in a cozy, the protagonist, the non gory murder, the small town, a romance, and even a cozy companion (a cute little dog); however, this particular series has an element of magic to it along with an element of danger and high stakes. It does make it fun and sit on the edge of your seat interesting. I do enjoy this series. I plan to read every book in the series, and I do recommend it to an This cozy series is not your typical warm and fuzzy cozy series. It is full of the elements we come to love in a cozy, the protagonist, the non gory murder, the small town, a romance, and even a cozy companion (a cute little dog); however, this particular series has an element of magic to it along with an element of danger and high stakes. It does make it fun and sit on the edge of your seat interesting. I do enjoy this series. I plan to read every book in the series, and I do recommend it to anyone that loves cozies and would also like a bit spice thrown in!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kav

    I'm continuing to love this series! Love the way Adams is building up the magical aspects -- everything really comes to a head in this book with signs of many more challenges to come. The cast of characters is sheer brilliance. So many likeable -- and unlikable -- folks to love and hate on. And the romance has such a twist! Ack...just...ack! And then there's the very intriguing murder mystery...happy, happy readerly sigh! :-)

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kristina

    Such a charming book. I enjoyed this engaging tale!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Fred

    Pecan Pies and Homicides is the third book in the A Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery series. Another wonderful book about life in Havenwood, Georgia and the Charmed Pie Shoppe from Ellery Adams. Suzy Bacchus, who owns the Cubbyhole, a book and gift shop, that she has found a reference to book that tells about The Flower of Life. The chances of reading the book on the Gaynor family, who Ella Mae and her family have been at odds with for ages. Ella Mae befriends some people who had their enchanted grove d Pecan Pies and Homicides is the third book in the A Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery series. Another wonderful book about life in Havenwood, Georgia and the Charmed Pie Shoppe from Ellery Adams. Suzy Bacchus, who owns the Cubbyhole, a book and gift shop, that she has found a reference to book that tells about The Flower of Life. The chances of reading the book on the Gaynor family, who Ella Mae and her family have been at odds with for ages. Ella Mae befriends some people who had their enchanted grove destroyed by an arsonist. She befriends some them and works to find them housing and employment and the use of their grove. But soon one of them is found dead just outside the Havenwood grove. Ella Mae begins to investigate just who might have killed the young lady and why. Foremost in her mind is whether their grove might become a place where the arsonist will strike again. Some of her information points back to the Gaynor family and she uses this to get the missing pages that she needs to be able to find the Flower of Life. Ella Mae's pursuit of the Flower of Life was one of the most exciting scenes I have read. Ella Mae's aunts are of course around to support her in whatever she does. Reba, her life guardian, is around once to provide some frivolity. This pistol packing, Swizzle eating woman is a real joy to read about. Of course the adorable Charleston Chew, Chewy to his friends, is around providing his own kind of support. In my opinion, Ellery Adams does a wonderful job of storytelling in all her books and this one is no exception. While some readers may take the belief in "magic" and enchantment with a grain of salt, her way of storytelling will make one believe in it. Delicious recipes are also included. Really looking forward to read what is in store for Ella Mae. And particularly with Hugh.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Minna

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I really like these books ut I have some gripes about how they are built. I love the characters and I am warming up to the fact that Chewy is not really named Chewbacca (hey, a girl can dream) and that the pace is a bit slow sometimes. For this book it is that things got solved really fast. From the last book Adelaide LeFaye became the Lady of the Ash and provided every Faefolk in Havenwood with magic and gave up her mortal life to live and make as a tree (leave) her family in sorts. This is sol I really like these books ut I have some gripes about how they are built. I love the characters and I am warming up to the fact that Chewy is not really named Chewbacca (hey, a girl can dream) and that the pace is a bit slow sometimes. For this book it is that things got solved really fast. From the last book Adelaide LeFaye became the Lady of the Ash and provided every Faefolk in Havenwood with magic and gave up her mortal life to live and make as a tree (leave) her family in sorts. This is solved waaaaay too soon. It would have been nice to have it as an overarching storyline for a few books, and make it a bit more difficult to find and get the missing pages of the book. Even better, if the book didn't mention the guardian at all so it'd have been a surprise för Ella Mae and readers alike. I don't really buy the "pure of heart"-crap either. Ella Mae's reason to find and pick the Flower of Life is so she can have her mommy back. That is not selfless or pure, it's the selfish wish of a child to be able to vanquish death from ever touching her parents. Other than that it was a enjoyable read and a nice book to kick-off for my summer holiday.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan

    This series keeps getting better with each passing book. I absolutely loved this book and finished it in record time. I really felt like we Ella Mae was more likable in this book than she'd ever been, even though she was very likable in the first two books, and she also shows more of her caring side. She opens her house to complete strangers and risks it all to do what she believes in. Hugh was also more rounded in this book and you learn a huge surprise about him that's been hinted in books befo This series keeps getting better with each passing book. I absolutely loved this book and finished it in record time. I really felt like we Ella Mae was more likable in this book than she'd ever been, even though she was very likable in the first two books, and she also shows more of her caring side. She opens her house to complete strangers and risks it all to do what she believes in. Hugh was also more rounded in this book and you learn a huge surprise about him that's been hinted in books before this. The mystery was great, I never guessed the killer until it all came out and I was thrown for a loop. Overall a really good book, I can't wait to read the next one!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne

    Ella Mae LeFaye's life continues to get increasingly complicated in "Pecan Pies and Homicides"! I loved this latest addition to this series and as I get to know Ella Mae, Reba and her aunts better, I can't help but love them! This is a charming series, and I can't wait for the next installment!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Liz Jones

    Best book in the series so far! Read in 2 days!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jeannie and Louis Rigod

    This is an update for a novel read while I was ill. Excellent writing as every book in this series is.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Heidi

    Four stars: Another exciting and magical entry in a series that takes cozy mysteries in new directions. It is January, cold and dreary outside. The folks in New Haven are feeling the winter blues. In the Charmed Pie Shoppe, business is dwindling, and the pie shop might not survive unless Ella Mae steps up, but Ella has been depressed since she lost her mother. When Ella catches sight of a lonely old man in her shop who looks chilled and weary to the bone, she decides she has moped enough, and tha Four stars: Another exciting and magical entry in a series that takes cozy mysteries in new directions. It is January, cold and dreary outside. The folks in New Haven are feeling the winter blues. In the Charmed Pie Shoppe, business is dwindling, and the pie shop might not survive unless Ella Mae steps up, but Ella has been depressed since she lost her mother. When Ella catches sight of a lonely old man in her shop who looks chilled and weary to the bone, she decides she has moped enough, and that it is time for action. Quickly, Ella puts together a charmed pie and before long, the pie shop is bursting with energy and happiness. Feeling reinvigorated, Ella sets out to deliver happiness and cheer to all of her customers, and she begins to wrap her head around freeing her mother. Unfortunately, things take a bad turn when folks from a nearby community seek refuge in New Haven. Their magical grove was torched, and the source of magic was lost. After they arrive, one of the residents is found murdered. Can Ella Mae find the arsonist and the murderer? What I Liked: *This is a cozy series that continues to evolve, and I think it is getting stronger and better with each and every book. The one thing that draws me to this series is that it is full of magic, mystery and pie. I like that the mystery part doesn't rely on the worn out trope of an ordinary woman stepping in to help the inept law enforcement. Instead, Ella Mae is a witch with a magical gift. If you like magical realism books as well as a good cozy mystery, this is a series you must try as I think it is a perfect blend of the two genres. *I liked that the mystery in this book centered around the magical community, that made Ella Mae's involvement realistic. The murder mystery is well done, and I was kept guessing up until the shocking reveal. I honestly had no idea who the culprit was. I definitely liked the surprise. There are, of course, plenty of suspects and motives, but the identity of the killer was a big shock. *Along with the murder mystery, there is another story line centered around Ella Mae trying to free her mother. This proved to be an interesting little story line. At first, I wasn't sold on this plot line, but when the story moved to that portion of the story, it was intriguing and it had its own surprises. *I am still enjoying the cast of characters. Ella Mae is growing and changing as she is coming more and more into her powers. This time she steps it up another notch. I am liking the way her character is transforming. Alongside Ella are her aunts and her dear friend and protector Reba. The aunts are a bit more subtle, but they each have their own magic. Reba is the character that shines. She is fierce, loyal, protective and she has a little bit of risqué humor that makes me laugh. Suzy, the bookshop owner, is stepping up and playing a bigger role, and I am enjoying her character. This time we meet two new characters, Aiden and Jenny, and so far, I am liking them as well. *One aspect of the series that I have not been a fan of is the mean girl theme. I was pleased to see that in this installment, steps are being taken to resolve the bickering. I am hoping that the mean girl portion of the story will finally be put to rest in the next book. *The romance seems to be moving in the right direction. No more ex husband issues, so the love triangle is dead and done. There are still some hurdles for the couple to overcome, but they seem sold on one another, which is a relief. I hate wishy washy romances which are often in cozy series. *Of course, you can't have a Charmed Pie Shoppe Book without lots of pie and delicious dishes. As always, this book is brimming with decadent descriptions for food and treats that will leave you craving pie. There is a nice sampling of recipes at the end from Red Hot Apple Pie, Meat Pies, Mini Maple Pecan Pies with Maple Whip Cream, Bacon Lattice Breakfast Pie, Apple Pear Cherry Crisp and Heart Shaped White Chocolate Raspberry Cream Two Bite Pies. How yummy does that sound? *The ending ties up the major story threads, before introducing the story line that will be featured next. No cliffhangers or nagging questions. Though this is definitely a series that needs to be read in order. And The Not So Much: *There are several suspects, and the accusatory finger remains pointed at two people in particular throughout the book. I was bothered by the fact that one of these suspects is only seen briefly. I was left wanting to know so much more about this person, he is certainly painted in a not so flattering light. *I am still not sold on the romance. I thought there was going to be a big development with it in this book because there are hints and such, and then there is a big revelation regarding one of the players, but then it seems that it took two steps back. I am not a fan of romances that move forward and backwards and can't seem to get their feet on the ground, and that is what is happening in this series. *There is a scene involving a fire at the town carnival, but it was never revealed as to who started the fire and why. This bothered me. *I was a surprised that the secondary story line involving freeing Ella Mae's mother moved so rapidly. I was expecting a bit more buildup and turmoil, instead it felt like a spur of the moment thing. I don't know, I thought it needed a bit more development. I would also have liked a better understanding of the monster guarding the flower, especially after the revelation regarding the monster. *This is me being picky, but I don't understand why the book is titled Pecan Pies and Homicides. You would think that with that title pecan pies would be prominently featured. There is a recipe for Mini Maple Pecan Pies, but in the story they are a brief mentioned. Why weren't there more pecan pies? Pecan Pies and Homicidess is an entertaining cozy mystery infused with magical realism. I think this is nice blend of genres and I appreciate that it is original and fun, especially in a genre where you tend to get a lot of the same old same old. I love the magic, the characters and the pies. If you want a light, sweet little series, I highly recommend checking out these books. So far, the series is getting stronger with each and every book, leaving me hungry for the next one. I borrowed a copy of this book from the library. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review. [email protected] Day Ramblings.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Marilyn

    PECAN PIES AND HOMICIDES is the 3rd book I've read in the CHARMED PIE SHOPPE MYSTERY series by Ellery Adams. I didn't think the stories could get better than what they already had shown themselves to be, but I was wrong: this one was even more compelling than the first two - especially the last 50-60 pages! It was hard to find time during the holidays for reading this year, what with being so far behind in shopping, decorating, baking, and all of that good stuff. (Confession: I wound up putting PECAN PIES AND HOMICIDES is the 3rd book I've read in the CHARMED PIE SHOPPE MYSTERY series by Ellery Adams. I didn't think the stories could get better than what they already had shown themselves to be, but I was wrong: this one was even more compelling than the first two - especially the last 50-60 pages! It was hard to find time during the holidays for reading this year, what with being so far behind in shopping, decorating, baking, and all of that good stuff. (Confession: I wound up putting off baking any cookies until after I'd finished reading this novel, which was two days post-Christmas Day.) So at first it was slow-going because of the holiday. But once 12/25/19 was done, my nose went right into that hand-holding-sized book. Author Adams knows how to keep a reader's interest - with excellent plot, both likeable and not-so-likeable characters, some unexpected surprises (although there might've been a few hints beforehand), and a bit of well-placed dialogue or action that can bring forth a laugh or two. There's magic that can lighten up or darken down what's going on in the town of Havenwood, Georgia. And there are lots of folks with truly human emotions, personalities, hopes, dreams, and foibles. I already own the next book in the series, although I decided to take a short break from PIES to indulge in a wonderful gift that was in my Xmas stocking: Alice Hoffman's newest novel, THE WORLD THAT WE KNEW. Not that I won't be occasionally wondering what troubles Ella Mae LeFaye will find herself in while I'm indulging in one of my favorite writer's latest creations - there were already indications about more troubles coming to Havenwood in the last pages of PECAN PIES & HOMICIDES! Oh, and did I ever mention in the two previous Pie Shoppe reviews that there are Pie Shoppe recipes at the back of the books? I've photocopied the ones I might try out, even though pies are rarely on my baking agenda.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Devi Nair

    I wade a very weird way through the series - started from #4 and ended up here. But the story series was really amazing. Ella May LaFaye and the other LaFayes embark on yet another adventure, this time inviting in people from a destroyed sacred ground into Havenwood. But the adventure is not without its own set of misfortunes. The best part about this series is the relationship the women share with each other - be it family members or friends. The pure relationship between the characters are wort I wade a very weird way through the series - started from #4 and ended up here. But the story series was really amazing. Ella May LaFaye and the other LaFayes embark on yet another adventure, this time inviting in people from a destroyed sacred ground into Havenwood. But the adventure is not without its own set of misfortunes. The best part about this series is the relationship the women share with each other - be it family members or friends. The pure relationship between the characters are worth reading the book series over and over again. The mystery and magic is beautifully written and well presented. The series is a must read for any paranormal cozy mystery lover. No regrets in binge reading / listening to audio book over and over again on this. Worth ever minute spent.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kellene

    I love Adams' books, but this series is not one of my favorites. The writing is, as always, excellent and the characters are interesting. I'm not sure why I drag through this series. Also, for some reason, I kept thinking that I was rereading something that I had read before (maybe there was an excerpt in a previous book). But the concept of the rivalry between the two factions of magical folks peaks my interest enough to keep me wanting to know what will happen with them in the future. I do ant I love Adams' books, but this series is not one of my favorites. The writing is, as always, excellent and the characters are interesting. I'm not sure why I drag through this series. Also, for some reason, I kept thinking that I was rereading something that I had read before (maybe there was an excerpt in a previous book). But the concept of the rivalry between the two factions of magical folks peaks my interest enough to keep me wanting to know what will happen with them in the future. I do anticipate reading more in the series.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Genevieve Bomes

    The start of this book was a bit slow but as the story progressed. I couldn't put it down as Ella Mae tries to work out how to get her mother back. The characters are wonderful from Ella Mae, to her Aunts and all her friends. I still don't like Ella Mae's love interest Hugh. I love the mix of supernatural with every day life.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Aurian Booklover

    Ella Mae Le Faye is grieving for her mother, who is now the Lady of the Ash, and securing their continuing magic for all the warlocks and witches in the village. She is determined to get her back, and her best friend Suzy is helping her with her research. Ella Mae hasn’t been in the mood to use magic lately, the price has just been too high. But her pie shoppe is suffering from it, and it is time she snapped out of it before she looses her business. So when a cold and lonely older man enters her Ella Mae Le Faye is grieving for her mother, who is now the Lady of the Ash, and securing their continuing magic for all the warlocks and witches in the village. She is determined to get her back, and her best friend Suzy is helping her with her research. Ella Mae hasn’t been in the mood to use magic lately, the price has just been too high. But her pie shoppe is suffering from it, and it is time she snapped out of it before she looses her business. So when a cold and lonely older man enters her shop, she is determined to make him happier. Concentrating hard on her own happy memories of a warm summer day, she infuses her pies with the magic of her memories. And it works, the people in the shop are talking with each other, and laughing and making plans. It just feels good and right for Ella Mae to use her magic again. When she learns of the dreadful news that the sacred grove of a village called Oak Knoll in Tennessee has been burned, including their Lady of the Ash, she is horrified! Who would do such a thing? And when Suzy tells her, she has a lead on a book that will aid their research, she is determined to get her hands on it. Even if she has to crash the party thrown by her family’s enemies, the Gaynors, for some of the richer refugees from Oak Knoll. She should have been invited anyway, as she is the daughter of the Lady of the Ash, and as such has the highest standing in their magical society. Opal and Loralyn Gaynor are not happy with her presence, especially as Opal is busy wooing a rich man in a wheal chair, who is thinking of relocating his business to Havenwood. Ella likes his young and beautiful wife, Eira, but Robert Morgan treats his wife like a little child, never letting her answer questions herself, and sending her on errands on his behalf. While Ella is chatting with Opal, Suzy manages to get the book they are after from Loralyn, who is really nice to. Suzy doesn’t get the feud between Ella Mae and Loralyn and their families, and thinks they both just should be nice to each other. Ella promises Eira to show her to their Grove the next morning, so she can pay her respects to their Lady of the Ash, but when Ella, her aunts and Reba arrive at the Grove, they find Eira’s dead body at the portal. Who could have killed her? She would never walk through the woods without a coat and shoes in this brutal cold. Ella is devastated that this is happening. Did they invite a murderer to stay in their town along with an arsonist? She is determined to find out who is behind it, just as determined to free her mother from the tree. And then there is Hugh, her boyfriend. Ella Mae has been in love with him for ever, but there is something strange about him. She cannot tell him about being a witch though, that is forbidden and would cost her her magic. She doesn’t like to keep secrets from him or lie to him, but she has no other choice. Especially when she starts to suspect he may be a water elemental. It would explain the burning sensations when they kiss unless they are both soaking wet … Hugh is a fire fighter, and he runs the local doggy day care center, Canine to five, where Ella Mae brings her sweet little doggie Chewie every day. With the help of Reba, her friend Suzy and her new friends from Oak Knoll Aiden and Jenny, Ella Mae will find out the truth… I am so in love with this series, it makes me very sad that I have already finished the book and have to wait so long for the next one. This is a series you will have to read in order. I do love Ella Mae who did not know about her own magic until she returned to Havenwood when she caught her husband cheating on her. She is finally divorced now, and free to pursue a relationship with Hugh. But first, she wants to get her mother back. They were just building a bond together when Adelaide sacrificed herself to the Ash tree to secure their magic. It gives Ella Mae and her family a lot of prestige and good will, but she is totally not interested in that, she just wants her mother. There are suspects galore who might have wanted to kill Eira, as she was not the frail innocent thing she looked after all. I disliked her cold and calculating husband from the start, and was inclined to put the blame for everything on him. But the real murderer and arsonist took me completely by surprise, I did not see that coming, and neither did Ella Mae. I love the feisty Reba, who looks after Ella Mae like some kind of bodyguard. She is always on the lookout for danger and hot men. Of course I am not telling very much about the story, you really should find out for yourself. I recommend it to all lovers of paranormal cozy mysteries, and am impatiently waiting for the next book already. 10 stars. © 2014 Reviews by Aurian

  21. 5 out of 5

    Patricia Romero

    This was one of the books in the Meet Cozy Author Ellery Adams post I did. I started with this one because...well I'm from Georgia and I love pecans! And magic! The town is charming. The characters are so real. This is a town I want to live in! And eat in! Since her mother gave her all for the grove and her people, Ella and the entire town seem to have a case of the doldrums. And with the winter festival coming, they need to snap out of it. While Ella cooks up dozens of pies with an extra dollop o This was one of the books in the Meet Cozy Author Ellery Adams post I did. I started with this one because...well I'm from Georgia and I love pecans! And magic! The town is charming. The characters are so real. This is a town I want to live in! And eat in! Since her mother gave her all for the grove and her people, Ella and the entire town seem to have a case of the doldrums. And with the winter festival coming, they need to snap out of it. While Ella cooks up dozens of pies with an extra dollop of magic, someone in town is cooking up trouble. Murder trouble. The food descriptions alone are drool worthy! And yes, there are recipes in the back. Meat pies? Uh, yes, I'm there! Red Hot Apple Pie? That's mine too. I can't wait to catch up on the ones in this series that I've missed. This is definitely a big Yes for me! Favorite quote: "When a friend or a family member is solicitous, it feels good. But when a person you don't know from Adam cares about your welfare, there's something special about that. It strengthens your faith in your fellow man, makes you believe there is goodness everywhere, just waiting to show itself". Well Done!  (Berkley Crime)

  22. 4 out of 5

    Debbie Lester

    Pecan Pies and Homicides is the third book in Ellery Adams' Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery series. Fans of the series will be thrilled with Ella Mae's search for a way to free her mother from the Ash tree and in her amateur sleuthing. But it's not only murder afoot this time in Havenwood, but an arsonist as well. Adams has a way with description that is unparalleled in the genre and she does her homework on the magical aspects of this series. If you are looking for a little magic in your confections Pecan Pies and Homicides is the third book in Ellery Adams' Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery series. Fans of the series will be thrilled with Ella Mae's search for a way to free her mother from the Ash tree and in her amateur sleuthing. But it's not only murder afoot this time in Havenwood, but an arsonist as well. Adams has a way with description that is unparalleled in the genre and she does her homework on the magical aspects of this series. If you are looking for a little magic in your confections, this is the series for you! What I liked: One of the things I like about this series is Ellery Adams' attention to detail. The magic she writes about in this series is what I would call earth magic. It has a lot to do with the essence of life and that sort of thing. I appreciate the fact that Adams didn't go with a normal type of magic that readers may be over saturated with. The kinds of things she talks about in this series are different and really interesting, my Scottish grandfather would have said this is very old magic. Whatever it is, it makes for a great secondary theme in this mystery series. Ella Mae and her family have been feuding with the Gaynor family for years and in Pecan Pies and Homicides readers learn a little more about what caused all the trouble. Apart from each other members of both families seem nice and caring but when put in proximity to the other family, all bets are off. I liked the background touches that Adams provides that only move the plot of this book along, but the story arc for the entire series. Ella Mae and Hugh are slowly becoming more into each other, but it looks like there may be a few stumbling blocks ahead. Ella Mae can't tell him about her magic or she'll lose it and now there is a possibility that Hugh isn't quite normal either. I liked the daily life aspects of this book a lot. The romance between these two has had some ups and downs and I think I like where it's going. The mystery part of the book was two-fold. First you have an arsonist who tried to burn down a sacred grove. Ella Mae is trying to figure out who it is and if it might happen again, all while looking for a way to free her mother from the ash tree (long story, but if you are a fan of the series you know what I'm talking about). Then you have a murder as well to try to solve. I liked the two-fold approach because it not only allowed the reader to see different aspects of each crime, it also brought in new characters and allowed readers to see old characters in new ways. I certainly didn't have arsonist or killer figured out until near the end of the book. What I didn't like: As with any book that employs a paranormal element, the author has to be cautious about letting that element take over. I noticed it a little bit in this one, but then the mystery cranked up and it got better. It was just a little overwhelming in the beginning. Not a major problem with the plot to be sure. This was still an excellent addition to this intriguing series. Bottom Line: Pies, magic, murder and arson, that's what this book is about. It's a well written and interesting book that will appeal to those who love mysteries and the paranormal. Ella Mae ain't your average witch. Can't wait to see where Adams takes the gang from Havenwood next.

  23. 5 out of 5

    TheGeekyBlogger

    Read for Fun (Physical Book) Overall Rating: 4.75 Story Rating: 4.50 Character Rating: 5.00 First Thought when Finished: Pecan Pies and Homicides was my favorite in the series so far! The ending is what sealed the deal :) Story Thoughts: Hands down, this was the best mystery in the series so far. Ella Mae had her hands full with trying to figure out not only a murder but who might also try to torch the secret grove. There were twists, turns, and one thing (with the case) that I didn't see coming. The Read for Fun (Physical Book) Overall Rating: 4.75 Story Rating: 4.50 Character Rating: 5.00 First Thought when Finished: Pecan Pies and Homicides was my favorite in the series so far! The ending is what sealed the deal :) Story Thoughts: Hands down, this was the best mystery in the series so far. Ella Mae had her hands full with trying to figure out not only a murder but who might also try to torch the secret grove. There were twists, turns, and one thing (with the case) that I didn't see coming. The series story arch moved forward at a really nice pace and gave us a lot of answers about some of the history of the town. It was nice to see Ella accepting who she is more and really getting more confident in herself. I was also thrilled to get more back story (and character development) about the feud between the two families. As you can tell, I really enjoyed this one! Character Thoughts: I want to visit the Charmed Pie Shoppe and have pie! I think Ellery made the characters shine and not just Ella Mae. I felt we got to know all of the secondary characters more in this story because they all played a big role in protecting the grove. We got little nuggets of information that really made each one of them more individualistic and stars in their own right. Especially as we learned more about the feud between the two families. I am going to admit that I don't dislike a certain someone near as much as I did before Pecan Pies. I loved the introduction of new characters and how they were brought to the community. In fact, is it bad that I hope we get a coffee shop (or maybe a spin off)? I was delighted to learn more about Hugh and can't wait to see how Ella and he progress from here. Ella though was the star and she grew so much in this book. I wanted to hug her, cheer for her, and yes at times kick her hiney (though her BFF did a great job of playing the reader in this book and getting her in line). Final Thoughts: Can't wait till the next one!

  24. 4 out of 5

    LORI (Dollycas) CASWELL

    Ella Mae LeFaye owns the Charmed Pie Shoppe in Havenwood, Georgia. Most of the residents there don’t know that she can add her own special magical enchantment to her pies or that there are several magical residents in town. Ella Mae lost her mom in the last book in a very unusual way and her difficulty to accept her being gone has left her not feeling very enchanted. Then she learns of a party being held by Loralyn and her family to welcome other gifted people to Havenwood because their enchanted Ella Mae LeFaye owns the Charmed Pie Shoppe in Havenwood, Georgia. Most of the residents there don’t know that she can add her own special magical enchantment to her pies or that there are several magical residents in town. Ella Mae lost her mom in the last book in a very unusual way and her difficulty to accept her being gone has left her not feeling very enchanted. Then she learns of a party being held by Loralyn and her family to welcome other gifted people to Havenwood because their enchanted grove was burned to the ground by an arsonist. Ella Mae quickly realizes that they could be welcoming an arsonist or worst to their community. When one of the new residents is found dead Ella Mae knows she needs to use her own gift to catch the arsonist and a killer. Dollycas’s Thoughts Ellery has mixed together the genres of cozy mystery and fantasy masterfully. They are perfectly balanced for her cozy readers and may open her stories up to those who like their fantasy on the light side. I want to first tell you that this is not the last book in this series. I don’t feel that is a spoiler but I found myself quite worried about that through a good part of this story. I am nowhere near ready to let go of these characters. I am sharing this so you can enjoy the story without any extra anxiety. A lot happens in these 300 pages. Creatures appear, secrets are revealed and some wonderful new characters join a cast that was already excellent. There was one plot twist that was so unexpected I almost gave myself whiplash. Unlike some series stories you can pick up any of them and get caught up. That is not the case with this series. You need to read these books in order. Start with Pies and Prejudice, then Peach Pies and Alibis, and then this one, Pecan Pies and Homicides. Pecan Pies and Homicides made my Best Reads of 2013 and I think Ellery has topped herself with this one. You just can’t go wrong with a story by Ellery Adams or any of her alter egos.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

    When a nearby enchanted Grove is burned to the ground, their residents start seeking refuge, work and a new beginning in Havenwood. Ella Mae is busy filling her charmed pies with a little magic hoping to lift the dreary winter spirits of her patrons and produce some much needed business. She is still mourning the "loss" of her mother and thinks she may have found a risky solution on how to bring her back. Of course, she also finds herself with a huge urge to protect her people when one of the ne When a nearby enchanted Grove is burned to the ground, their residents start seeking refuge, work and a new beginning in Havenwood. Ella Mae is busy filling her charmed pies with a little magic hoping to lift the dreary winter spirits of her patrons and produce some much needed business. She is still mourning the "loss" of her mother and thinks she may have found a risky solution on how to bring her back. Of course, she also finds herself with a huge urge to protect her people when one of the new residents is found dead just outside of their sacred entrance. This book definitely isn't for everyone. It's a cozy mystery, but it also includes a great deal of fantasy and magical realism. You have a huge list of characters who quite possibly can perform some sort of magical power. They can tell if you are lying, create fire or produce electrical surges, give you a burst of energy with just one touch, seduce you with dance and even turn into mystical creatures who protect certain magical heirlooms. I don't want to say too much without giving some great surprises away. The mystery part is really good. The list of suspects kept me guessing until close to the end. I love the scenes where Ella Mae interacted with her adorable aunts or with Reba. Reba pretty much rocks. She is such a fun, sassy, strong character! I really like the new characters that were introduced as well. Looking forward to watching a couple of their story lines progress in future books. You learn a lot about Hugh in this book. Finally, right? I'm definitely anxious to see how Ella Mae and Hugh's relationship evolves now that the majority of their secrets are out in the open. Good addition to this unique cozy. Just like the other books in this series, it ends with just enough information leaving you eager to continue the story. I'll be looking forward to book number four.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Snap

    PECAN PIES AND HOMICIDES is the third book in the Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery series. This book is a little dark to be a cozy and yet, it has some funny cozy like moments. This book fits a lot of slots: magical realism with an amateur sleuth, fantasy (witches, elementals, magical groves), thriller. That's a lot, but Ellery Adams puts it all together beautifully. There has been a fire in a near by town. Several residents have moved and been welcomed by the citizens of Havenwood. There is danger he PECAN PIES AND HOMICIDES is the third book in the Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery series. This book is a little dark to be a cozy and yet, it has some funny cozy like moments. This book fits a lot of slots: magical realism with an amateur sleuth, fantasy (witches, elementals, magical groves), thriller. That's a lot, but Ellery Adams puts it all together beautifully. There has been a fire in a near by town. Several residents have moved and been welcomed by the citizens of Havenwood. There is danger here. They may be welcoming an arsonist. Soon, there are two murders to solve. Meanwhile, Ella Mae LeFaye continues to make pies that bring a little magic into the lives of the citizens of Havenwood and with her Aunts, Ella continues to make plans to save her mother. Hugh, the fireman in Ella's life, is much more than he seems. I have to admit that my favorite series by Ms. Adams is the Book By The Bay series. I continue to be amazed by the quality of all the books she writes. They are a delight to read. Intense in their own way. Each very different. She has a new series coming out: Book Resort Mysteries.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Moondance

    "Do I have icicles hanging from my beard?" asked a small elderly man as Ella Mae LeFaye ushered him in her pie shop. This is the third book in the Charmed Pie Shoppe series. Ella Mae runs the pie shop in magical Havenwood, Georgia where she bakes a little something different into the pies for her patrons. She is still reeling from the loss of her mother to the nearby sacred Grove. Her beloved aunts and sassy employee, Reba, try to keep her on track as Ella Mae works on a way to bring her mom back "Do I have icicles hanging from my beard?" asked a small elderly man as Ella Mae LeFaye ushered him in her pie shop. This is the third book in the Charmed Pie Shoppe series. Ella Mae runs the pie shop in magical Havenwood, Georgia where she bakes a little something different into the pies for her patrons. She is still reeling from the loss of her mother to the nearby sacred Grove. Her beloved aunts and sassy employee, Reba, try to keep her on track as Ella Mae works on a way to bring her mom back. This series gets better with each book! I love the premise of giving people what they need baked lovingly into pie whether sweet or savory. The Arthurian legend portion sucks me in and I can't wait to see where it will lead. I'm happy that we learn more about fireman, Hugh this go around. I knew that his protector mind set went further than the fire department. The introduction of new characters that are seeking asylum after the loss of their own grove provides a multitude of new storylines. This series is a little darker than a true cozy but well worth the read. And who doesn't love Chewy? I am anxious to read the next book to see where it all will lead.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Stacie Amelotte

    “Do I have icicles hanging from my beard?” asked a small elderly man as Ella LeFaye ushered him into her pie shop.” Ellery Adams is one of my favorite authors. I am never disappointed by her books. I like how one reviewer compared the Charmed Pie Shoppe Mysteries to being “a little like Harry Potter for adults.” The characters and the story lines keep evolving and developing in each installment. I love how she infuses an element of historical lore into this present day magical world of Havenwood. “Do I have icicles hanging from my beard?” asked a small elderly man as Ella LeFaye ushered him into her pie shop.” Ellery Adams is one of my favorite authors. I am never disappointed by her books. I like how one reviewer compared the Charmed Pie Shoppe Mysteries to being “a little like Harry Potter for adults.” The characters and the story lines keep evolving and developing in each installment. I love how she infuses an element of historical lore into this present day magical world of Havenwood. We are introduced to a new group of magical characters as they have been displaced after a fire in their town. The new characters, Jenny and Aiden are the perfect addition. Ella Mae really stepped up in this book and is well on her way to becoming the Clover Queen. I'm interested by the scenario that was introduced in the end and I'm eager to see how Ella Mae handles her new place in the coven. I thought she made some very smart choices and I can't wait to see her fulfill her family’s legacy. I can’t wait to read the next book, Lemon Pies and Little White Lies.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    I read the first one in series, Pies and Prejudice, based on my enjoyment of Ellery Adams' other series. And, I did have a bit of trouble with the paranormal/fantasyaspect, the characters, plot & mystery kept me reading straight through the second in series, Peach Pies and Alibis. The setting and descriptions, characters, and Ms. Adams ability to keep the fantasy from swamping the mystery made Pecan Pies and Homicides the best of series so far. Granted there was more explanation of fantasy eleme I read the first one in series, Pies and Prejudice, based on my enjoyment of Ellery Adams' other series. And, I did have a bit of trouble with the paranormal/fantasyaspect, the characters, plot & mystery kept me reading straight through the second in series, Peach Pies and Alibis. The setting and descriptions, characters, and Ms. Adams ability to keep the fantasy from swamping the mystery made Pecan Pies and Homicides the best of series so far. Granted there was more explanation of fantasy elements in this one, but fit naturally in with the plot line. And, to be honest I was pulling for Ella to save her mother. The ending was a bit of a surprise but I think some of it was due to my being so wrapped up in the story. Guess that fantasy figures have murder and mayhem in their lives, too. And crimes to be solved by whichever means are available. And, I will preorder #4 if/when there is one. I highly recommend the series & read them order! So much better!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lori Cimino

    Do not miss this latest installment of A Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery by Ellery Adams. It was another exciting chapter in the life of Ella Mae; the creator of all the delicious sounding magic pies. In this story Ella Mae helps another magical community after tragedy strikes down their source of magic. We are introduced to new very likeable and loveable characters from that community. They are instrumental in helping Ella Mae get to the bottom of figuring out exactly "who dunnit". We also get some o Do not miss this latest installment of A Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery by Ellery Adams. It was another exciting chapter in the life of Ella Mae; the creator of all the delicious sounding magic pies. In this story Ella Mae helps another magical community after tragedy strikes down their source of magic. We are introduced to new very likeable and loveable characters from that community. They are instrumental in helping Ella Mae get to the bottom of figuring out exactly "who dunnit". We also get some of the answers we have been seeking through out the series in regards to her love interest Hugh and her nemesis Loralyn Gaynor. Wait until you see how her relationship with her mom, The Lady of The Ash changes. Okay enough said before I give away the whole story. You cannot every go wrong with any book by Ellery Adams who is also JB Stanley and one half of Lucy Arlington.

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