After finishing up the Noodle Shop mysteries, I knew I was going to be looking for my next cozy mystery series. I browsed and discovered that I had read book one in the Charmed Pie Shoppe series and never went back to the rest of them. Since I haven't ever been disappointed in an Ellery Adams series, I knew I had my next series to read.
About Peach Pies and Alibis:
Ella Mae LeFaye's Charmed Pie Shoppe is wildly popular in Havenwood, Georgia--which is not surprising since Ella Mae can lace her baked goods with enchantments. The shop's extraordinary success seems destined to continue when Ella Mae meets an engaged couple who hire her to handle the dessert buffet at their wedding.
But Ella Mae has a lot on her plate. She is also searching for the origin of her magical powers--and hoping to determine if the spark of attraction she feels for the handsome Hugh Dylan is authentic or just her new abilities gone awry. Then Ella Mae discovers a high-standing member of the community dead, and a wedding guest becomes seriously ill at the event she's catering. Now she'll have to use all her sleuthing skills and culinary talents to prove her pies don't contain a killer ingredient ...
As I expected, one can't go wrong with an Ellery Adams cozy mystery. This series mixes a combination of standard cozy mystery fare with a bit of magical realism. Some of the residents of Havenwood possess a magical gift, including Ella Mae and her family, along with her longtime nemesis and her family, all descended from the not-quite-mythical Morgan LaFaye et al. Parallel storylines develop as Ella Mae discovers more about her history and powers alongside the current mystery du jour.