Sunday, November 25, 2012

Pies and Prejudice (A Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery series) by Ellery Adams

This is a fun cozy mystery for foodie lovers.  There is plenty of charm and lovable characters.  This book was released July 3, 2012.   I'm looked forward to the second book in this series due to come out March 2013.  I love that her when she finds trouble, her mom and aunts gather round her to offer comfort and help.
When the going gets tough, Ella Mae LaFaye bakes pies. So when she catches her husband cheating in New York, she heads back home to Havenwood, Georgia, where she can drown her sorrows in fresh fruit filling and flakey crust. But her pies aren't just delicious. They're having magical effects on the people who eat them--and the public is hungry for more.

Discovering her hidden talent for enchantment, Ella Mae makes her own wish come true by opening the Charmed Pie Shoppe. But with her old nemesis Loralyn Gaynor making trouble, and her old crush Hugh Dylan making nice, she has more than pie on her plate. and when Loralyn's fiancé is found dead--killed with Ella Mae's rolling pin--it'll take all her sweet magic to clear her name.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

On Lavender Lane (Shelter Bay series) by Joann Ross

Another great chic-lit read.  Joann Ross creates characters that you want to meet and keep as your own friend.  Cooking, romance, and a warm, inviting setting work together for an enjoyable book.
Navy SEAL Lucas Chaffee recently returned to Shelter Bay. His father, world famous architect Duncan Chaffee has unexpectedly passed away. They had planned to work together when Lucas completed his Navy career, restoring old homes on the West Coast. Lucas is at loose ends, wondering what he will do.

Celebrity TV chef Madeline Durand has been publicly humiliated by a philandering husband. So Madeline jumps at the chance to return to Shelter Bay to recover and help her grandmother turn the family farm into a new business.

Little does she know that the man who broke her heart years ago is already on the job-or that he's going to cook up a recipe of passion, patience, and perseverance to win her over.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Some Like It Hawk: A Meg Langslow Mystery by Donna Andrews

I love Meg Langslow mysteries.  They are full of fun in a crazy town filled with lots of family and friends.
Meg Langslow is plying her blacksmith's trade at “Caerphilly Days,” a festival inspired by her town’s sudden notoriety as "The Town That Mortgaged Its Jail." The lender has foreclosed on all Caerphilly's public buildings, and all employees have evacuated —except Phineas Throckmorton, the town clerk.

Mr. Throckmorton's siege has only been possible because of a pre-Civil War tunnel leading from the courthouse basement to a crawl space beneath the bandstand.
But the lender seems increasingly determined to evict Mr. Throckmorton—and may succeed after one of its executives is found shot, apparently from inside the basement. 

Meg and her fellow townspeople suspect that someone hopes to end the siege by framing Mr. Throckmorton. Unless the real killer can be found quickly, the town will have to reveal the secret of the tunnel—and the fact that they've been aiding and abetting the basement’s inhabitant.