This is the first in the Charmed Pie Shoppe series by well-known author Ellery Adams and was one of her older series that I wanted to work on and try to finish, maybe even this year yet. I love the whole idea of a pie shop, but pies that give people just the perfect joy or hope that they need are even more awesome. Then if the pie maker channels her own feelings, sometimes the results can be pretty funny depending on what her feelings were when she made the pie. 😉 I had read the fourth book last year sometime, but I had definitely wanted to come back and start at the beginning.
My Goodreads review:
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I’d been wanting to start this series from the beginning ever since one of the book clubs I’m in had a discussion on the fourth book in the series. I love anything by this author to begin with, and I wanted to know every character’s story from the beginning. I love how her books are not just mystery driven, but they’re also character and family-driven. Sometimes the characters are a little broken and help each other heal, and sometimes they’re family in the togetherness sense, maybe not related. In this series, the family is all related. Ella Mae had come back to Havenwood, Georgia to open a pie shop and be with all her beloved aunts, mom and long-time friend, Reba (who is such a hoot and by far my favorite character! She reminds me of the actual singer/actress Reba from her TV show).
I wasn’t sure of the killer, but once the reveal came, it made a lot of sense. Ella and Reba were both at the showdown, and it was amazing. I always enjoy that the author doesn’t just stop when the murder is solved. We always get to learn more about the characters and see every little thing neatly finished. Ella learned something about herself and now I’m anxious to read more just to see how she works through all this new knowledge.