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Pecan Pies and Homicides
A Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery # 3
Ellery Adams

Berkley Prime Crime
January 2014
ISBN 0425252418
Mystery – paranormal cozy

Reviewed by Cheryl Green


Since Ella Mae Le Faye has been preoccupied with rescuing her mom, business at The Charmed Pie Shoppe has been going downhill. Everyone seemed to have the winter blahs. Ella Mae needs to infuse her baking with a dose of magic that will make everyone perk up. She also needs to find a way to break the spell cast on her mother.

Ella Mae and her friend, Suzy, attend a party at Rolling View. The Gaynor family might have a copy of the book she needs to break the spell. Ella Mae becomes friends with one of her magical kind who is a ballerina. They plan to meet the next day in the enchanted grove. When Ella Mae arrives she finds Eira frozen to death.

Things to ponder: Could Hugh be one of the Shadow Children? Is Ella Mae letting a murderer stay at Partridge Hill? Will Ella Mae and her nemesis, Loralyn Gaynor, be able to solve the murder?

I found the beginning of this book a little slow going, since this is the first book I have read in the series. Once I found what I call the “rhythm” of the book, I zipped right through it. I plan on reading the first two in the series. This turned out to be a fun, fast read. I also enjoyed the recipes the author has provided. So if you like your mystery sprinkled with magic, then you should be reading Pecan Pies and Homicides.

Reviewed 2014