Pies and Prejudice

Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery Series #1
Narrated by: C. S. E Cooney
Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
4.3 out of 5 stars (388 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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 flaky 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. 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.

©2012 Ellery Adams (P)2016 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"[F]illed with scrumptious pie recipes, Southern charm and sassy women." ( RT Book Reviews)

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A real treat!

Let me start by saying that this book isn't supernatural in nature at all. This isn't about witches or magic or anything dark. If anyone has seen the hallmark series "the good witch," it's similar in nature. There isn't any direct "magic" or anything but more of a tongue in cheek hint that the main character has some special talents. Don't be swayed away by thinking its a witchy or supernatural theme, because it's not.

I love Ellery Adams as an author, and this is book is up there with her "books by the bay" series in terms of character development and plot development. The writing is so well done that you get teleported into this world with Ella May & her aunts. The narration was very engrossing & Cooney does a great job of pulling the listener in & pouring her heart into each character. I'm looking forward to continuing this series.

I only have one complaint & its a frustrating thing about the narration that drove me a bit nuts. The main characters name is Ella-May, but the narrator often pronounced it as "allah-may" or some variation of that with a southern drawl. That in itself isn't a problem, it's the fact that one of the aunts are named Adalane, which was often pronounced "adah-lay." When the two of these characters were in one scene it's nearly impossible to tell who is talking as the narrator speaks quickly & sounds them out with a southern drawl and both their names come out sounding almost identical. Maybe it's just a pet peeve but I had to re listen to a few scenes to understand & it was really frustrating.

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I WAS SURPRISED

I passed this series over many times and finally listened to book 1......I was surprised that I actually enjoyed it very much!

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No to the Narrator

It's a shame when a good-enough book gets a bad narrator. This book is a little overwritten with a sophomoric use of adjectives, but if you like magical mystery cozies, it's a fine read and a good start to a series. But the narrator gets in the way. It's clear that Cooney is unfamiliar with many of the words, and as a consequence she mispronounces them. Her accents are horrible, which is less her fault than it is the fault of the producer for hiring her. I finished the book but I won't be coming back to the series. It's the narrator who killed this series.

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Excellent book

Very enjoyable. A lot of information and detail without being cluttered. Very suspenseful and exciting.

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Very Sweet

What made the experience of listening to Pies and Prejudice the most enjoyable?

The story kept me interested through the whole read. Never felt the desire to just skip over a part.

What did you like best about this story?

The aunts.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Probably. But I was driving cross country and had to stop occasionally.

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed this so much, I've already purchased the other four books in the series.

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too many superfluous detail for me

The basic concept of the story is okay, I didn't feel as though the real meat of the story showed up until the last chapter. In the beginning I was a bit frustrated with all the minut descriptive words and found that it was too many minor details for me. Some people may enjoy all the tiny little details, I find them a hindrance in my ability to go forward with the story.

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a magical mystery

This was a fun listen. made even more enjoyable because of the narration by CSE Cooney. she really brings the characters to life with her ability to take on many characters voices. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

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this series is so bad

i like the first book ok so i was willing to try a second one and that was ok couldn't make it past the second one

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Delicious mystery

An Excellent cozy mystery that will make you crave pie before the of the book.

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Shoefly Pies and Alibis

Well, in my opinion, leaving New York for Georgia, is a no brainer, cheating husband or no. And it seems to be working out well for Ella Mae LaFaye. Taking with her all that she learned in culinary school, returning home to her lovely aunts and her mother, the closeness of small town Havenwood soon wrapped itself snuggly around her. A magical little place, except for that pesky as a hornet, Loralyn Gaynor, who seemed to show up at every turn. Haunting her since high school, when she had stolen her beau, Hugh Dylan, Loralyn was a multiple divorcee, now engaged to the local elderly equine veterinarian. Loralyn’s finance has promised to buy her a newly listed property as a wedding gift. Loralyn wants to open ANOTHER nail salon. Problem is, it’s the SAME location the aunts have in mind for Ella Mae’s new pie shop. The bids go in, and the aunts work their magic. But not long afterward, the veterinarian is found dead, murdered with Ella Mae’s rolling pin. I love the young couple who show up with the alibi for Ella Mae, more sweet magic from her mother’s garden. There’s just enough fairy tale in the story spark your imagination. The aunts and Ella Mae’s mom are the matriarchs of the town and Ella Mae’s coming back home is the icing on the cake . . . or the crust on the pie. The search of the killer is good . . . it wasn’t who I expected. I can’t wait to see what Ella Mae cooks up in the next book!