Breach of Crust by Ellery Adams

I usually space out my cozy mysteries more than this, but I just had to know how the Charmed Pie Shoppe series was going to turn out.  After a bit of research, I discovered that book 5 was the current finale in the series until the publishing rights revert back to the author, so it's the end, at least for now.  And I had to know how the series was about to play out.

About Breach of Crust:

Ella Mae LeFaye’s delicious pies are still drawing long lines—as well as the attention of Beatrice Burbank, president of the Camellia Club, a philanthropic organization comprised of high-society Southern ladies from the charming and affluent town of Sweet Briar, Georgia. To ensure the success of their centennial dessert cookbook, Bea hires Ella Mae to teach the tasty tricks of her trade to the club’s members at their annual retreat. Eager to work on new recipes for customers with food allergies and dietary restrictions, Ella Mae readily agrees.

But when Ella Mae finds Bea’s body floating in Lake Havenwood, she wonders what she’s gotten herself mixed up in. Someone certainly wanted Bea to eat humble pie, and the retreat offers no shortage of unsavory characters, including Ella Mae’s longtime nemesis, Loralyn Gaynor. Ella Mae definitely doesn’t need magic to tell her she must find the killer before someone else gets panned.

My Thoughts:

In the final (hopefully not) book of the series, Ella Mae's powers may be gone, but her cooking ability still exists, along with her penchant for being in the middle of all the drama in Havenwood.

Is the latest mystery merely someone trying to get even with an old nemesis or does it have something to do with the source of the residents' powers?  Ella Mae is at a disadvantage, having given up her powers to save everyone else, but she still knows something seems wrong.  With the help of her friends, her only choice is to find out what is really happening.

I feel the book left off on a bit of a cliff hanger and more than anything, I want to know if Ella Mae's powers are gone for good or if it's just a temporary setback.  Hopefully, the rights will revert back to the author soon for a sixth book.