From the New York Times bestselling author of the Books by the Bay series and the Book Retreat mysteries--Includes pie recipes! After Pecan Pies and Homicides comes another tangy slice of life—and death—in a charmed, and charming, small town...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…
Published April 7th 2015
Ella Mae has settled back into her quiet life in Havenwood where she runs the Charmed Pie Shoppe. Ella has returned to baking pies after she rescued her mother and found out she was the foretold Clover Queen. She is happy in her bake shop, and she continues to love baking magical pies and treats for the townsfolk. Unfortunately, her heart aches for Hugh Dylan, the man she has loved her whole life. Hugh left town, and he isn't returning her calls. Then a couple of mysterious deaths occur followed by a monstrous storm hitting the coast of Scotland. Ella Mae learns that these events are connected, and that the person behind them is out to get Ella Mae. Will Ella Mae be able to protect her home and the people she loves from this new menace?
What I Liked:
- I adore a good cozy mystery from time to time, and I have to admit, the Charmed Pie Shoppe Mysteries are some of favorites because this series blends all that I love in a good cozy: small, hometown setting, delectable foods, quirky characters and charm with supernatural elements. I love that I get magic and paranormal in a cozy. This is definitely a fun, unique series in the cozy genre with something for everyone.
- I still can't get enough of the Charmed Pie Shoppe and all of its yummy treats. I love spending time in the shop with Ella Mae and the gang while she cooks up mouthwatering treats.
- There are plenty of interesting magical and supernatural elements in this book. It borrows heavily on the lore of Merlin, the Lady of the Lake, King Arthur's sword and other mythical legends. I enjoyed uncovering the mysteries and the magic.
- I appreciated that the plot of this book was so much more than your average cozy mystery. Yes, there are murders, but they aren't the petty murders you usually find in books in this genre. Instead the murders tie into an overall diabolical plot with super natural roots. I was rather shocked when I learned who was behind the murders and why.
- I continue to love the characters and the strong focus on family and friends. Ella Mae finds herself surrounded and protected by the love from her mother and her aunts but also her friends. I enjoy all the characters and their unique talents and personalities. Reba happens to be my favorite.
- There is a strong focus on magic once again. I liked seeing Ella Mae's magic continue to grow and evolve as she discovers new talents. Her magic extends beyond her charmed pies.
- The ending draws to a nice close. No cliffhangers or big unanswered questions. Yes, there are still a few things to follow up on in the next book, but nothing that will haunt you.
- Finally, there are pie recipes! How can you beat that? This one includes tantalizing recipes for Peach Blackberry Tart, Leprechaun Pie, Sunshine Lemon Pie and Strawberry Muffin Pan Pies.
And The Not So Much:
- The romance becomes muddled once again, which was frustrating. I was not a fan of Hugh, and I was hoping Ella Mae would move on. I thought a love triangle was in the works, but it didn't happen. At this point, the romance is still working itself out. It is definitely not my favorite part of the series.
- I was hoping the mean girl theme would finally die out, but no, it rears its ugly head again. At least there is hope that it will come to an end soon.
- The ending felt a touch rushed in comparison to the rest of the story. A lot goes down in those final pages, and I wished that there had been a bit more explanation.
Lemon Pies and Little White Lies is an excellent read. I love that this series blends all that you love in a good cozy with a touch of supernatural. If you want an interesting story with magic and charm as well as family, friends and pie, this is one to check out. I can't wait to read more.
I borrowed this book from the library. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for this review.