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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 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.


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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 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.

30 review for Lemon Pies and Little White Lies

  1. 4 out of 5

    Dawn Frazier

    If I had to describe this book in one word, it would be "Magical". I absolutely loved it! This is book four in the Charmed Pie Shoppe mysteries, and Ella Mae sure has a lot to worry about this time-Between her boyfriend Hugh, making sure her baking competition goes smoothly, and trying to keep her family safe from an impending storm. I went through a lot of emotions reading this, happy, sad, worried, then happy again. But that just means it is a great book! And the pie descriptions! Wow, my mout If I had to describe this book in one word, it would be "Magical". I absolutely loved it! This is book four in the Charmed Pie Shoppe mysteries, and Ella Mae sure has a lot to worry about this time-Between her boyfriend Hugh, making sure her baking competition goes smoothly, and trying to keep her family safe from an impending storm. I went through a lot of emotions reading this, happy, sad, worried, then happy again. But that just means it is a great book! And the pie descriptions! Wow, my mouth was watering from page 1. I love that the recipes are in the back. Full of great characters, a great mystery, lots of magic, and an all around great story, do not miss this book! I cannot wait until the next one, I am very anxious to see what happens.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tari

    One of my online book clubs picked this book for our discussion a little later this month, so I wanted to make sure I was ready. Normally I wouldn't start in the middle of a series like this, but I had no problems catching up as to what was going on. As with all of the Ellery Adams books I've read, this one also stressed love of family and friends, doing good things for them and cherishing them. It's an ongoing theme and I think it's what endears readers to the characters in all her books. There One of my online book clubs picked this book for our discussion a little later this month, so I wanted to make sure I was ready. Normally I wouldn't start in the middle of a series like this, but I had no problems catching up as to what was going on. As with all of the Ellery Adams books I've read, this one also stressed love of family and friends, doing good things for them and cherishing them. It's an ongoing theme and I think it's what endears readers to the characters in all her books. There was a bad storm brewing in Scotland, but all the magical folks in Havenwood GA knew it would just be a matter of time before it reached them. And it wasn't just an average storm, it was being caused by a very vindictive and power-hungry magical woman named Nimue who believed she should be Clover Queen instead of Ella Mae. The storm couldn't have been coming at a worse time since there was going to be a huge bake-off in Havenwood sponsored by The Charmed Pie Shoppe. People from all over the country would be coming, many of them would be magical folks. There had been two murders in town as well. Nimue had to have minions working for them, but who were they? The showdown with Nimue was pretty awesome. Definitely an amazing retelling of the basic good vs evil. Ella had made a big sacrifice for those she loved, but she never regretted it for a moment. She knew she could still make everyone happy with her pies, and even moreso now that she had a new business partner. I really enjoyed this book and am definitely planning to start from the beginning and read the whole series.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Paige

    This is the fourth book in the Charmed Pie Shoppe Series and I can not find the words to praise it high enough. Ella Mae LeFaye owns the Charmed Pie Shop in Havenwood, Georgia, Her pies are not just charmed they are magical. Ella Mae is able to change peoples moods and feelings with her pies. She is also part of a magical community and that is so much fun. In this book Ella Mae is struggling with fighting the powers of evil that threaten her and her community. I have long loved the story of Nimu This is the fourth book in the Charmed Pie Shoppe Series and I can not find the words to praise it high enough. Ella Mae LeFaye owns the Charmed Pie Shop in Havenwood, Georgia, Her pies are not just charmed they are magical. Ella Mae is able to change peoples moods and feelings with her pies. She is also part of a magical community and that is so much fun. In this book Ella Mae is struggling with fighting the powers of evil that threaten her and her community. I have long loved the story of Nimue and Merlin from Arthurian legend and Ellery Adams takes it into the 21st century. Her modern version is fantastic. Ellery Adams gives great attention to detail without too much information. For those of you who are not into magical myths from the past there is lots more to love in this story. As in the first three book we have the colorful and off beat aunts of Ella Mae's. Their relationship defines family devotion. And for you foodies there are lots of food descriptions and receipts . It is also a love story - well let's say Ella Mae is in love with an absent lover. And best of all for you animal lovers- there are more cats and dogs in this book than I can count. But along with Ella Mae the star of the series is Chewey- Ella Mae's Jack Russell. Lots of excitement and mystery. And the ending...... well you will just have to read it yourself.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Robbins

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  5. 4 out of 5

    Fred

    Lemon Pies and Little White Lies is the fourth book in The Charmed Pie Shoppe series. I love all of Ellery Adams' books and this is another example of her excellent story telling. A very exciting story with a few surprises and a wonderful gathering of characters. Ella Mae's attention is not totally on the pie shoppe, but with her being the chairwoman of the Havenwood's Founder Day that's just around the corner, she needs to try put the fact that Hugh Dylan is off trying to regain his powers. A par Lemon Pies and Little White Lies is the fourth book in The Charmed Pie Shoppe series. I love all of Ellery Adams' books and this is another example of her excellent story telling. A very exciting story with a few surprises and a wonderful gathering of characters. Ella Mae's attention is not totally on the pie shoppe, but with her being the chairwoman of the Havenwood's Founder Day that's just around the corner, she needs to try put the fact that Hugh Dylan is off trying to regain his powers. A part of Havenwood Founders Day celebration, will the gathering of magical people to work together to break an age old curse. With being acknowledged as the Clover Queen, it will be Ella Mae's responsibility to make this happen. As the final touches are being done on the celebration, a powerful storm has developed over the Atlantic and is headed for Scotland, and Ella Mae and her mom and aunts notice that the radar of the storm show a cloud formation in the shape of cloverleaf, they fear that Nimue, another magic person that claims to be the Clover Queen and who is a water element, is responsible for this potentially devastating storm. Ella Mae decides to visit with Mrs. Drever, who daughter lives in Scotland, to see if she has heard from her daughter. But, arriving at Mrs. Drever home she and her best friend, Reba, find that she is not there and discover the body of Joyce Mercer in the bathtub, dead. In time they also find the drawing of cloverleaf and are sure that Nimue had a hand in her death. Soon Ella Mae's Aunt Dee is trapped in her barn that has been set afire by someone unknown. Fortunately Ella Mae was able to get to her aunt before the fire consumed both the barn and Aunt Dee. With the help of her mother and aunts, along with Reba, Suzy, Jenny and Aiden Upton they set out to find the killer of Joyce Mercer and gather support of the magic people who are in town, in hopes of bringing Nimue under control. Another wonderfully told story with a great group of characters and Chewy, too. Definitely looking forward to the next book in this exciting series.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Rumeur

    This book is the 4th in the Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery series & is considered in the cozy genre I'm not usually one to read books where there's magic and/or spells & supernatural powers involved but occasionally I do enjoy a bit of non-reality to take me away from reality Ella Mae is the head of the Elders council which consists of her friends & family which all have magical powers in one area or another. Ella Mae loves to put her emotions into her pies. The magical powers are for good, not bad a This book is the 4th in the Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery series & is considered in the cozy genre I'm not usually one to read books where there's magic and/or spells & supernatural powers involved but occasionally I do enjoy a bit of non-reality to take me away from reality Ella Mae is the head of the Elders council which consists of her friends & family which all have magical powers in one area or another. Ella Mae loves to put her emotions into her pies. The magical powers are for good, not bad as Ella Mae & her family & friends need to use them. There's a series of "problems" that begin occurring around what we would call St Patrick's Day. There's a big storm brewing in Scotland & the eye of the storm is shaped like a 4-leaf clover. This begins her magical journeys in this book. There's more adventures & even a murderer she must try to stop!! All the adventures leave behind a symbol which is personal to Ella Mae but she's determined to find who is doing these things & stopping them before tragedies strike!! This was my first book in this series to read & although the author doesn't give a quick synopsis of the usual important people & background like most others in the cozy genre, it was still relatively easy to figure out who the main character is & the town but that was about it. I like when I can pick up a cozy in whatever order & be refreshed as to the background of the series. However, this didn't stop me from enjoying the book!! It took me longer than usual to understand things ( esp. Since dealing with magic & supernatural) but was still a delightful read I recommend this book to all those out there who love cozy mysteries & if you enjoy something magical & mystical this is the series for you!!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Ks Book Reviews

    Author Ellery Adams casts a magical spell with this fourth installment of her Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery series! It’s always charming to spend time with Ella Mae and her family. You never know what’s going to happen next. That sure held true for what I believe to be the best book so far in this sensational series! Things really heated up in this sweet mystery and I’m not just talking pies! With more than just one unexplained death, LEMON PIES AND LITTLE WHITE LIES had my head spinning and my heart Author Ellery Adams casts a magical spell with this fourth installment of her Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery series! It’s always charming to spend time with Ella Mae and her family. You never know what’s going to happen next. That sure held true for what I believe to be the best book so far in this sensational series! Things really heated up in this sweet mystery and I’m not just talking pies! With more than just one unexplained death, LEMON PIES AND LITTLE WHITE LIES had my head spinning and my heart racing as I devoured this delectable story. Trust me when I tell you, this book will not leave a sour taste, but will delight all of your senses! And don’t forget to check out the amazing pie recipes that are included!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kim Reads (Read Your Writes Book Reviews)

    Reviewed for Read Your Writes Book Reviews by Kim I had several reasons for wanting to read Lemon Pies and Little White Lies. One reason was because I loved the cover. The second reason was because the word “pie” is in the title. I mean a cozy mystery about a pie baker, come on. Unfortunately, the story and I did not mix well together. But that is definitely NOT the story’s fault or Ellery Adams’ fault. The blame is squarely on me. Lemon Pies and Little White Lies is the fourth book in the Charmed Reviewed for Read Your Writes Book Reviews by Kim I had several reasons for wanting to read Lemon Pies and Little White Lies. One reason was because I loved the cover. The second reason was because the word “pie” is in the title. I mean a cozy mystery about a pie baker, come on. Unfortunately, the story and I did not mix well together. But that is definitely NOT the story’s fault or Ellery Adams’ fault. The blame is squarely on me. Lemon Pies and Little White Lies is the fourth book in the Charmed Pie Shoppe Series. However, this is the first book I’ve read in the series. The books aren’t standalones, at least not this one. Events from past books are mentioned and play a role in this story. For that, I was confused most of the time, trying to figure out what I missed previously. Setting aside my confusion, I can say that I enjoyed this story. It definitely wasn’t what I expected the story to be. I expected your typical cozy mystery, where a lady owns a bake shoppe and stumbles upon a murder and insists that she can solve the crime better than the police. Lemon Pies and Little White Lies is different because it mixes the cozy mystery I was expecting with fantasy that I wasn’t expecting. The protagonist, Ella Mae LeFaye and her family and friends are magical. They each have unique powers, which I assume were discussed in previous books. This installment of the series focuses on the magical part of Havenwood, Georgia; thus adding to my confusion. Havenwood gets rocked with unexpected deaths. And the killer is leaving a calling card. Added to that mystery are several storms of unprecedented size and strength, wreaking havoc on the homeland of Ella Mae’s ancestors. Before all is said and done, alliances will be formed and Havenwood and Ella Mae will never be the same. I truly believe readers of this series will love this latest installment. The characters are funny and interesting. Ellery Adams has written an intriguingly, wonderful story that shows what family, friendship, and leadership is all about. Even while suffering a broken heart, Ella Mae puts her feelings aside in order to do what she needs to do for those who put their loyalty and trust in her. I definitely recommend reading the previous three books (Pies and Prejudice, Peach Pies and Alibis, and Pecan Pies and Homicides) before reading Lemon Pies and Little White Lies. I have no doubt that I would have enjoyed the story more if I did that myself. **Received a copy from Penguin Berkley Prime Crime for an honest and unbiased opinion.**

  9. 4 out of 5

    LORI CASWELL

    Dollycas’s Thoughts I finished this book and just said WOW! These books are not just cozy mysteries about a pie baking sleuth, they are magical, fantasy, cozy mysteries featuring an amazing pie baking sleuth! Ella Mae faces her biggest task yet and so many people are counting on her to come through for them. At the same time she is terribly distracted dealing with her boyfriend’s absence. When people start dying and other crimes are all seem to link to Ella Mae she knows it is up to her to set thi Dollycas’s Thoughts I finished this book and just said WOW! These books are not just cozy mysteries about a pie baking sleuth, they are magical, fantasy, cozy mysteries featuring an amazing pie baking sleuth! Ella Mae faces her biggest task yet and so many people are counting on her to come through for them. At the same time she is terribly distracted dealing with her boyfriend’s absence. When people start dying and other crimes are all seem to link to Ella Mae she knows it is up to her to set things right and protect all the people she cares about. Ellery Adams takes on a journey that will leave you breathless. Drama ensues all the way from Georgia to Scotland and many places in between. Fantasy soars in this story and escaping into is happens so easily. There are many details to catch so slow down so you catch every slice. I have said this before, this series needs to be read in order to follow the progression of the characters to be fully enjoyed. Unlike some series stories you can pick up any of them and get caught up. That is not the case with this series. You need to read these books in order. Start with Pies and Prejudice, then Peach Pies and Alibis, then Pecan Pies and Homicides and the Lemon Pies and Little White Lies. Oh yes, don’t forget the pies, the recipes are in the back of the book and the descriptions in the story will have your tummy rumbling for pie, in fact pie has become the favorite dessert in our house and we all say “there is always room for pie”. I am so anxiously awaiting for the next story in this series. I can only imagine where the author will take us next!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Connie

    Absolutely loved this new series, new to me anyway. Ellery had me drooling from the very first page, as Ella Mae was baking up her CHARMED LEPRECHAUN PIE, mmmmmm. Following Ella Mae through her hometown of Havenwood attempting to solve mysterious murders is totally engrossing. Serving up mystical, magical desserts to friends, family and strangers alike are a dream come true for Ella Mae. Bonus recipes for several pies and treats in the end are so very yummy! Can't wait to try CHARMED SUNSHINE LE Absolutely loved this new series, new to me anyway. Ellery had me drooling from the very first page, as Ella Mae was baking up her CHARMED LEPRECHAUN PIE, mmmmmm. Following Ella Mae through her hometown of Havenwood attempting to solve mysterious murders is totally engrossing. Serving up mystical, magical desserts to friends, family and strangers alike are a dream come true for Ella Mae. Bonus recipes for several pies and treats in the end are so very yummy! Can't wait to try CHARMED SUNSHINE LEMON PIE!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    This is the fourth book in the charmed pie shoppe series. Ella Mae LeFaye runs the Charmed Pie Shoppe where she bakes her emotions into her pies. She is dealing with the absence of her boyfriend, Hugh, along with learning to be the coven leader of her magical community. The town begins to see mysterious deaths. And when Aunt Dee gets hurt, it becomes personal for Ella Mae. I liked this book a lot. I love the magical aspect of this series. Ella Mae is a great character. The mystery was just ok. I This is the fourth book in the charmed pie shoppe series. Ella Mae LeFaye runs the Charmed Pie Shoppe where she bakes her emotions into her pies. She is dealing with the absence of her boyfriend, Hugh, along with learning to be the coven leader of her magical community. The town begins to see mysterious deaths. And when Aunt Dee gets hurt, it becomes personal for Ella Mae. I liked this book a lot. I love the magical aspect of this series. Ella Mae is a great character. The mystery was just ok. I felt like this book wrapped up a lot of ongoing storylines but left others open. I am curious to read the next book to see what happens with Ella Mae and Hugh. I do wish that there had been more of Hugh in this book. It was still an enjoyable read.

  12. 5 out of 5

    OjoAusana

    bleh I really want to like this book more but I just didn't, the first book was really charming but now I just idk bleh I really want to like this book more but I just didn't, the first book was really charming but now I just idk

  13. 4 out of 5

    Book of Secrets

    Book five in the Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery series comes out in just a couple of weeks, so I needed to get caught up by reading book four. This sweet series is part culinary cozy mystery and part Urban Fantasy light. LEMON PIES AND LITTLE WHITE LIES was an enjoyable continuation of the series, with Ella Mae balancing her duties as leader of the magical community and owner of a popular pie shop. The world-building in this series is impressive, with all the magic practitioners and an ancient curse Book five in the Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery series comes out in just a couple of weeks, so I needed to get caught up by reading book four. This sweet series is part culinary cozy mystery and part Urban Fantasy light. LEMON PIES AND LITTLE WHITE LIES was an enjoyable continuation of the series, with Ella Mae balancing her duties as leader of the magical community and owner of a popular pie shop. The world-building in this series is impressive, with all the magic practitioners and an ancient curse going back to the time of Merlin. The baddie in this book was particularly evil, putting Ella Mae's powers to the test. I don't think the murder mystery in this book was as strong as the earlier ones, as it seemed to get lost in everything else that was going on, though the conclusion was very exciting. Also, I still haven't decided how I feel about her romance with Hugh. He wasn't my favorite in this book. This is a fun series, especially if you love magical themes like I do. Now, onto book five! (3.75 Stars)

  14. 5 out of 5

    Melodie

    This series is my favorite in the "supernatural foodie" category and this entry didn't disappoint. Ella Mae is missing Hugh, who has gone off to try and find a way to restore his powers. She comes up with a way to put her feelings on hold only to be hit with one calamity after another. She's also got a "bake-off" type event, mixed with some witchiness, coming to town. Some of the Arthurian legends are part of this story and they translate very well to modern day. The ending of this one really su This series is my favorite in the "supernatural foodie" category and this entry didn't disappoint. Ella Mae is missing Hugh, who has gone off to try and find a way to restore his powers. She comes up with a way to put her feelings on hold only to be hit with one calamity after another. She's also got a "bake-off" type event, mixed with some witchiness, coming to town. Some of the Arthurian legends are part of this story and they translate very well to modern day. The ending of this one really surprised me, so am very much looking forward to the next installment! If you haven't read the others in this series, you will be a bit lost if you just pick this one up. RECOMMEND!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sue Ross

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. This is one of my favorite series of all. Ellery Adams brings out more emotion in her writing than should be allowed. There are laughs, shouts of anger, tears of sadness and tears of happiness in her books. That in itself is the magic in them if you let yourself feel it. The recipes in the back of the book all sound so good, I want to rush to my kitchen and make them. Unfortunately, I’m not a baker so I won’t insult her writing with my sad attempt to re I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. This is one of my favorite series of all. Ellery Adams brings out more emotion in her writing than should be allowed. There are laughs, shouts of anger, tears of sadness and tears of happiness in her books. That in itself is the magic in them if you let yourself feel it. The recipes in the back of the book all sound so good, I want to rush to my kitchen and make them. Unfortunately, I’m not a baker so I won’t insult her writing with my sad attempt to remake her recipes. If it were possible, I would give each book in this series way more than 5 stars, but since that’s the max, that’s what I will do.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ana

    This book was heavy on the fantasy/lore and not so much on the murder mystery, which made it slow to read. I enjoy fantasy, but I want to follow the clues and solve the murder puzzle when I read a cozy mystery. Although I was surprised at who the killer was, the mystery itself was resolved without much to do. I do like Ellery Adams' other series, and this is the only one that takes me longer to read. I'm not sure if this is the last book, but if it's not, the next one will not be a high priority This book was heavy on the fantasy/lore and not so much on the murder mystery, which made it slow to read. I enjoy fantasy, but I want to follow the clues and solve the murder puzzle when I read a cozy mystery. Although I was surprised at who the killer was, the mystery itself was resolved without much to do. I do like Ellery Adams' other series, and this is the only one that takes me longer to read. I'm not sure if this is the last book, but if it's not, the next one will not be a high priority.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Heidi

    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 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. [email protected] Day Ramblings.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kellene

    I enjoyed my latest foray into the drama of Havenwood's magical community. The mythology that provides the backstory was fascinating, most of it already known to me but some of it was new. There is an element of fierceness in the books in this series that is rare in cozy mysteries and I enjoy it (especially when I thought Ella Mae was such a pushover in the beginning of the series). I think the thing that surprised me the most about this book is that there is another one that follows it. To me, I enjoyed my latest foray into the drama of Havenwood's magical community. The mythology that provides the backstory was fascinating, most of it already known to me but some of it was new. There is an element of fierceness in the books in this series that is rare in cozy mysteries and I enjoy it (especially when I thought Ella Mae was such a pushover in the beginning of the series). I think the thing that surprised me the most about this book is that there is another one that follows it. To me, it seems this book wrapped the series up nicely and could have been the end. But I look forward to the next book to see what new treats Adams has in store for the Charmed Pie Shoppe.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Nancy Reynolds

    I usually love books by Ellery Adams. I really love the Secret Book & Scone Society series. However, I didn't really take to this story. I realize it's the 4th in the series - and I hadn't read any of the earlier books ... but that usually wouldn't prevent me from enjoying the story. It just seemed to drag - for me. I don't want to go into details because it could be spoilers for others who haven't read the book. All that being said, I did read the entire book because I did want to find out how I usually love books by Ellery Adams. I really love the Secret Book & Scone Society series. However, I didn't really take to this story. I realize it's the 4th in the series - and I hadn't read any of the earlier books ... but that usually wouldn't prevent me from enjoying the story. It just seemed to drag - for me. I don't want to go into details because it could be spoilers for others who haven't read the book. All that being said, I did read the entire book because I did want to find out how it would develop - and because I did enjoy the pie shoppe aspect of the story. And, of course, it won't spoil my love of all the other books by this author.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Genevieve Bomes

    I love this series but I feel like this should have been the ending of it and I am not sure how this series will proceed. I love Ellie Mae and her family. This story was so great and kept me guessing till the end what would happen.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Marianne Jay

    Another adorable cozy mystery by Ellery Adams. I love this author and I love this series. This author epitomizes cozy. Food, amazing characters, mystery, and sweetness embody this series

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lea

    3.5 stars - A lot of magic, a storm, a false Queen and so much drama in this addition. It was a page turner for sure. A lot of things were cleaned up so I’m interested to see what happens in the next (last?) book.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    Step into Ella Mae LeFaye's world and your stepping into something magical. She is the proprietor of The Charmed Pie Shoppe. What is so magical about Ella Mae's world, you ask? She has these magical powers that let her bake her feelings into her pies therefore anyone that eats them will be captured with the pies emotional powers. She is the leader of this magical land in Havenwood where she and her family are from and all over the world. With the murder of a friend of a friend named Mrs. Mercer a Step into Ella Mae LeFaye's world and your stepping into something magical. She is the proprietor of The Charmed Pie Shoppe. What is so magical about Ella Mae's world, you ask? She has these magical powers that let her bake her feelings into her pies therefore anyone that eats them will be captured with the pies emotional powers. She is the leader of this magical land in Havenwood where she and her family are from and all over the world. With the murder of a friend of a friend named Mrs. Mercer and a looming powerful and life threatening storm in Scotland. More suspicions arise when the eye of the storm is in the shape of a four leaf clover the same shape as a burn on Ella Mae. Ella Mae and a new friend, the son of Joyce Mercer rush to save her aunts barn from fire and possibly her aunts life. Not far from her mind is Hugh Dylan, the love of her life who went off to find himself and his hidden powers. Ella Mae must put her feelings for Hugh on the back burner to try to figure out how to find a murderer an save her family and her people for for what it seems is certain destruction. "What kind of enchantment did you add to this divine dish?"-Aunt Verena Ella Mae's powers are certainly enchanting. If only all of us could bake our feelings into a pie or any other food we loved and freeze it would be something truly magical. That's one of the things I love about Ella Mae, that and her love for food, HGTV and The Food Network. Her aunt's powers of making sculptures of animals to help owners with their grief and her love story is tear worthy. In all honesty, I don't usually like to read books that contain magic or fantasy I have a hard time understanding these magical and fantasy worlds because I like to stick to a more realistic mystery but I do have to say that Ella Mae is the one character that changed that for me. Passionate and heartfelt amateur sleuth with a touch of romance. A magical and mystical mystery that will have non believers believing and wanting to step into a fantasy world of magical powers and the best of all there's baking, a pie shoppe and best of all there's delicious pie.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lesa

    Somehow, I missed Ellery Adams' latest Charmed Pie Shoppe mystery when it came out a few months ago. If any series of cozy mysteries has a cast of strong females, it's this one. Time and again, Ella Mae LaFaye, her mother and aunts must face the evil in the world. This time, it's a haunting figure from literature's past who threatens the safety of the world in Lemon Pies and Little White Lies. All Ella Mae really wants to do is bake pies that will bring a little magic into someone's life. But, no Somehow, I missed Ellery Adams' latest Charmed Pie Shoppe mystery when it came out a few months ago. If any series of cozy mysteries has a cast of strong females, it's this one. Time and again, Ella Mae LaFaye, her mother and aunts must face the evil in the world. This time, it's a haunting figure from literature's past who threatens the safety of the world in Lemon Pies and Little White Lies. All Ella Mae really wants to do is bake pies that will bring a little magic into someone's life. But, now that she's the most powerful woman in Havenwood, she feels an obligation to all the enchanted people who live there, and the ones who came for shelter when they lost their own homes. So, she offers to host the Founder's Day Event with a celebration of pie, its history and its recipes. But, she has to host the event with a smile although her heart is breaking. She hasn't heard from the love of her life, Hugh Dylan, who lost his powers and is traveling. There have been two tragic deaths in town, and at each scene there was a message intended for Ella Mae. And, a woman whose powers seem as strong as Ella Mae's is causing death and destruction throughout the world. Now, she and her supporters are heading toward Havenwood. It will take an unprecedented union of enchanted folk, led by Ella Mae LaFaye, to stop her. Ellery Adams uses the Charmed Pie Shoppe mysteries to build her own world filled with enchanted folk and based on Arthurian legend. These are dramatic, intense stories, filled with menace and foreboding, just as the legends themselves are. The books have light-hearted titles, such as Lemon Pies and Little White Lies, but there's nothing light-hearted about the death and violence in these books. The latest in the series is another powerful, slightly bittersweet story. Arthurian legend and cozy mysteries may seem a strange combination, but Adams succeeds brilliantly.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Barb

    The thing that makes Ellery Adams’ Charmed Pie Shop series so darn good is the ongoing character growth and development. LEMON PIES AND LITTLE WHITE LIES continues the ongoing love/not love relationship between Ella Mae and Hugh, both dealing with their magical powers, as well as the mostly acrimonious interactions between the Le Faye and Garner families, enemies due to an ancient curse. In this installment, a powerful and angry witch named Nimue is wreaking havoc in the form of terrible storms The thing that makes Ellery Adams’ Charmed Pie Shop series so darn good is the ongoing character growth and development. LEMON PIES AND LITTLE WHITE LIES continues the ongoing love/not love relationship between Ella Mae and Hugh, both dealing with their magical powers, as well as the mostly acrimonious interactions between the Le Faye and Garner families, enemies due to an ancient curse. In this installment, a powerful and angry witch named Nimue is wreaking havoc in the form of terrible storms in the British Isles as well as the Eastern American Coast. She’s also challenging Ella Mae as the rightful Clover Queen. The story is a tale of good versus evil painted in the mellow tones of its cozy genre. Why was an innocent woman murdered in her bathtub? Why was Ella’s Aunt Dee trapped inside her burning barn? Will Hugh come back to Ella? Will he regain his water elemental powers? Will anyone find and use King Arthur’s sword? Will Ella triumph over Nimue? What will be the consequences of all this magic? Those questions kept me reading at a frantic pace as this epic and dramatic adventure played out.

  26. 5 out of 5

    TheGeekyBlogger

    Read for Fun (Paperback) Overall Rating: 3.75 Story Rating: 3.50 Character Rating: 4.00 First Thought when Finished: Lemon Pies and Little White Lies by Ellery Adams was a really good read (just had a little problem with the end). Overall Thoughts: The Charmed Pie Shoppe Mysteries are probably one of my favorite cozy mystery series--PERIOD! I really love Ella, her family, and friends. I am not a fan of Hugh which is probably part of the reason this one isn't my favorite in the series. The mystery is Read for Fun (Paperback) Overall Rating: 3.75 Story Rating: 3.50 Character Rating: 4.00 First Thought when Finished: Lemon Pies and Little White Lies by Ellery Adams was a really good read (just had a little problem with the end). Overall Thoughts: The Charmed Pie Shoppe Mysteries are probably one of my favorite cozy mystery series--PERIOD! I really love Ella, her family, and friends. I am not a fan of Hugh which is probably part of the reason this one isn't my favorite in the series. The mystery is strong. The town is delightful as ever. Her love life and the end of the story was the only thing that kept me from rating it higher. However, this series is still way worth the read. It really does rock! Part of my Read It, Rate It, File It, DONE! Reviews

  27. 5 out of 5

    Teresa Kander

    This is the fourth book in The Charmed Pie Shoppe series, and it's my favorite of the series so far. Ella Mae seems stronger and more confident this time around. She and her family are always fun to read about, as the stories have humor and romance as well as the mystery. The storyline is fascinating, with lots of historical references. The scene at Mrs. Mercer's funeral was so emotional that it had me in tears. Ella Mae's connection with the butterflies is touching and sweet. I hope to try out s This is the fourth book in The Charmed Pie Shoppe series, and it's my favorite of the series so far. Ella Mae seems stronger and more confident this time around. She and her family are always fun to read about, as the stories have humor and romance as well as the mystery. The storyline is fascinating, with lots of historical references. The scene at Mrs. Mercer's funeral was so emotional that it had me in tears. Ella Mae's connection with the butterflies is touching and sweet. I hope to try out some of the recipes included at the end of the book--they all sound so delicious!!! **I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.**

  28. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    This is the fourth book in the Charmed Pie Shoppe Series. Once again Ellery Adams has written a wonderfully told story full of detail, emotion and surprises. Ella Mae has the Magic to change how people feel with her pies. She also has a colorful family when it comes to her aunts. A family full of love and that in itself is magic. Ella Mae is about to face a big challenge, thanks to her nemesis Nimue. Hugh is gone to search for a way to regain his powers. There is a new man in town, with Hugh gone This is the fourth book in the Charmed Pie Shoppe Series. Once again Ellery Adams has written a wonderfully told story full of detail, emotion and surprises. Ella Mae has the Magic to change how people feel with her pies. She also has a colorful family when it comes to her aunts. A family full of love and that in itself is magic. Ella Mae is about to face a big challenge, thanks to her nemesis Nimue. Hugh is gone to search for a way to regain his powers. There is a new man in town, with Hugh gone could Ella Mae find a new boyfriend. The story just keeps you guessing and you will laugh, cry, and feel the happiness if you let yourself. Great recipes to try in the back of the book.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    Did not like this entry as much as I have the others in the Charmed Pie Shop series. The focus has veered way off the path of "woman in enchanted town solves murders by using her magic power" and onto the path of "woman in enchanted town engages in all-out warfare with mythical beasts to defend her magic powers." The ending was so unsatisfying; Ella Mae lost her powers, didn't get the guy, and is now off on some hero quest? This isn't what I signed up for with this series. I'll read the next one Did not like this entry as much as I have the others in the Charmed Pie Shop series. The focus has veered way off the path of "woman in enchanted town solves murders by using her magic power" and onto the path of "woman in enchanted town engages in all-out warfare with mythical beasts to defend her magic powers." The ending was so unsatisfying; Ella Mae lost her powers, didn't get the guy, and is now off on some hero quest? This isn't what I signed up for with this series. I'll read the next one in the series just because I want to know if Ella Mae gets her happy ending, but man. If I wanted to read a middling fantasy series, that's what I would have chosen.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Robyn

    Ella Mae LeFaye, owner of the Charmed Pie Shoppe, bakes magical pies that have her customers coming back for more. She gets distracted by the fact that Hugh Dylan, the man that she loves, has gone away to find himself. After she gets herself back on track, two innocent people die and another is seriously injured. Ella Mae realizes that these horrible acts are personal and with the help of her family, friends and even strangers, she's able to right wrongs and restore people's faith in one another Ella Mae LeFaye, owner of the Charmed Pie Shoppe, bakes magical pies that have her customers coming back for more. She gets distracted by the fact that Hugh Dylan, the man that she loves, has gone away to find himself. After she gets herself back on track, two innocent people die and another is seriously injured. Ella Mae realizes that these horrible acts are personal and with the help of her family, friends and even strangers, she's able to right wrongs and restore people's faith in one another.

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