Breach of Crust (Charmed Pie Shoppe Series #5)

Breach of Crust (Charmed Pie Shoppe Series #5)

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by Ellery Adams
     
 

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Plate up another slice of Southern magic and mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of Lemon Pies and Little White Lies . . .
 
PIE SHELLS AND DEATH BELLES
 
Ella Mae LeFaye’s delicious pies are still drawing long lines—as well as the attention of Beatrice Burbank, president

Overview

Plate up another slice of Southern magic and mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of Lemon Pies and Little White Lies . . .
 
PIE SHELLS AND DEATH BELLES
 
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.

Editorial Reviews

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Praise for the New York Times Bestselling Charmed Pie Shoppe Mysteries
 
“Delicious, delightful and deadly! Full of enchanting characters in a small-town setting, this Charmed Pie Shoppe mystery will leave readers longing for seconds.”—Jenn McKinlay, New York Times bestselling author of the Cupcake Bakery Mysteries
 
“Enchanting! The Charmed Pie Shoppe has cast its spell on me! Ellery Adams brings the South to life with the LeFaye women of Havenwood.”—Krista Davis, New York Times bestselling author of the Domestic Diva Mysteries
 
“A magical and mystical mystery that will have non-believers believing.”—A Cozy Girl Reads
 
“An original, intriguing story line that celebrates women, family, friendship, and loyalty within an enchanted world, with a hint of romance, an engaging cast of characters, and the promise of a continued saga of magical good confronting evil.”—Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425276037
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/05/2016
Series:
Charmed Pie Shoppe Series , #5
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
39,917
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

ELLERY ADAMS is the New York Times bestselling author of the Books by the Bay Mysteries, featuring Writing All Wrongs and Lethal Letters; the Charmed Pie Shoppe Mysteries, featuring Lemon Pies and Little White Lies and Pecan Pies and Homicides; and the Book Retreat Mysteries, featuring Murder in the Mystery Suite and Murder in the Paperback Parlor. She has had a lifelong love affair with both stories and food. She writes and creates culinary delights from her home in central Virginia.

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Breach of Crust (Charmed Pie Shoppe Series #5) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The only thing I didn't like about this book was that the author (for some inexplicable reason) changed the name of a character from previous books in the series from Aiden to Calvin. It was quite confusing for the first couple of chapters..I actually thought I imagined it, so I went back through the previous books to double check...
Jani8 11 months ago
This is another good story from Ellery Adams. Since Ella Mae lost her magical powers in the last book, she has devoted herself to the Charmed Pie Shoppe. Now, her old enemy but now her new friend, Opal, is dying from cancer and wants to see her daughter, Loralyn, before she dies. Loralyn and Ella Mae have a history and it isn't good. Ella Mae agrees to search for her and that starts a series of events that lead to arson and murder. The story moves along at a fast pace. I enjoy this series of books by Adams very much.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This next addition to the Pie shop books was wonderful! I laughed and cried and can't wait for the next one! Ellery Adam's is a spectacular teller of tails!!
KimHeniadis More than 1 year ago
I read the first book in this series, Pies and Prejudice on a vacation in Massachusetts, so it will always hold a special place in my memories. I’ve enjoyed every book in The Charmed Pie Shoppe Mysteries, and book five is another wonderful addition to the series. This is a series that I think should be read from the beginning. Ellery Adams does give you enough information to be able to figure out references from past books, but there are so many character relationships, that you will get more out of them by starting with the first book. The way Adams describes the town makes me want to go visit. It’s such a friendly place, even if murders do occur. And each book has great character development. Picking up a new book is like visiting with a good friend that you haven’t seen in awhile. The magical community adds another interesting layer to this series. And I really like how the magic is progressing, and new story arcs are branching out from it. With some cozy series, I get bored with them after awhile. You have the main characters, with a few new ones thrown in, and it’s usually pretty easy to spot the killer. With this series, that isn’t the case. This book in particular had me guessing until the end. And you get so much more story in these books besides just trying to track down the killer. The Row for Dough boat race added a bit of fun, and also showed some small time charm. If you enjoy cozies, then this is a series you definitely need to start reading.
judiOH More than 1 year ago
mystery abounds in this magical story. this series is a well written one with plenty of mystery and yet there is love too. loving this one!!
NancyCR More than 1 year ago
This book has it all; quirky characters, family, friends and romance, humor and even recipes! All pluses, no minuses. There is a scene near the end that had my heart pounding and another that had it melting. You'll read about mother-daughter relationships, wonderful and horrible and even off-the-wall weird. Special kudos to Reba, who is the most fiercely loyal friend and protector, ever. She must buy red licorice sticks by the case. I strongly recommend this book and the whole series.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Breach of Crust by Ellery Adams is the fifth book in The Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery series. Ella Mae LeFaye is getting ready to close up The Charmed Pie Shoppe for the day, but they are waiting on a customer who has ordered every pie on the menu. However, she has only taken one bite from each piece. The customer asks to speak with Ella Mae. Her name is Bea Burbank. Mrs. Burbank is president of the Camellia Club in Sweetbriar, Georgia. She is organizing their annual retreat. They are asking three different dessert chefs to teach the members recipes they can use in their latest fundraising cookbook (for scholarships and to help a young woman who was burned with her surgeries). Ella Mae, of course, agrees to help. The retreat will be held Havenwood so it is no trouble for Ella Mae. Ella Mae is also working to help Opal Garner. Opal is dying of cancer and she wants to see her daughter, Loralyn before she dies. Loralyn fled town and no one has seen her (or heard from her). She also happens to be Ella Mae’s enemy. Ella Mae, though, cannot refuse to help a dying woman. To help extend Opal’s life (or heal her), Ella Mae and friends start looking for a magical object. Will she be able to find one in time? Ella Mae is on her dock late at night and notices someone in the water. She dives in and finds the body of Bea Burbank. It turns out that their research for a magical object leads them right back to the Camellia Club (and want to guess what else Ella Mae finds). Ella Mae can solve Bea’s murder, find a magical object, and help Opal at the same time! Breach of Crust was a delight to read. I enjoyed every moment of this book, and I really did not want it to end. In order to understand what is going on in Breach of Crust, you do need to read the other books in The Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery series (or you will be lost). Breach of Crust is well-written (as usual), has charming characters, romance (not just between Hugh and Ella Mae), humor, and some magic. Ellery Adams crafted an enchanting tale with Breach of Crust. I give Breach of Crust 5 out of 5 stars (which you know I rarely do). The ending in this novel will leave you smiling. I received a complimentary copy of Breach of Crust from NetGalley in exchange for an honest evaluation of the novel.
Meaganab More than 1 year ago
Breach of Crust is the 5th book in the Charmed Pie Shoppe series from Ellery Adams. Unlike the last book in the series, this book opens with the main character, Ella Mae LeFaye, finally getting time to live her life and be able to relax a little. She has reunited with her boyfriend, Hugh, and the two are finally getting some time to enjoy being a completely normal couple. Ella Mae is baking pies sans her magical infusion, expanding her business, all seems great. She is contacted by Beatrice Burbank, a president of a local ladies club, who is looking to hire Ella Mae to help teach baking techinques at weekend retreat. Ella Mae agrees and then a few days later finds Beatrice's body floating face down in Lake Havenwood. When Beatrice's death is ruled accidental, Ella Mae does not agree and begins to investigate on her own. The women's weekend retreat seems like the perfect time and place to find the answers that she seeks. Another dead body, the reappearance of an old foe, and time soon running out for Ella Mae to discover just who the killer is. I really like how the author makes Ella Mae such a believable and realistic character. Ella Mae is such a caring and selfless person that you really want her as a friend of your own. She is surrounded by a great group of secondary characters who will do anything for her and are very well developed at this point. With each book, it's great how the author checks in with the secondary characters and we see how their lives progess. They are more than just "filler" characters who don't really matter. The author also plunges you a world that is so vivid and descriptive, you can easily paint a picture of the characters, the events and the town. Unlike past books in this series, I felt the murders kind of played a secondary roll in the plot almost like a side story. Typically cozys have the main character sleuthing about, searching for clues, and landing themselves in hot water when the murderer is uncovered. Not having the murders first and foremost did not detract from my enjoyment because it was great to see the Ella Mae just get to kind of chill out and find herself a little more. Overall it was an excellent read and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a little magic and mystery in their lives.
Servedogmom More than 1 year ago
Breach of the Crust is the fifth book in the A Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery series penned by New York Times Bestselling author Ellery Adams. I typically have very ambivalent feelings related to cozy mysteries featuring magic or the paranormal as some have been superbly written and others have been anything but. In Breach of the Crust (and the earlier books in this series) Ellery Adams delivers each one on the superb end of the scale! Having read the preceding books in this series, I found myself looking forward to my next visit to Havenwood to hear what adventures Ms. Adams' wonderful characters are up to. I enjoy Ella Mae LeFaye’s adventures as she is learning how to live her life without her magical powers. Even without her enchantment, customers eagerly visit the Charmed Pie Shoppe for a taste of the daily offerings. Beatrice Burbank, President of the Camellia Club, a group of high-society Southern ladies from the charming town of Sweet Briar, Georgia, has contracted Ella Mae to teach the members the art of making a pie. Ella Mae eagerly embraced the opportunity. To Ella Mae’s dismay, she finds Beatrice, floating in Lake Havenwood. Ella Mae quickly discovers the secrets hidden deep within the prestigious Camellia Club. In short order, Ella Mae comes face to face with her nemesis, Loralyn Gaynor. All of the characters are well developed. The plot is tightly woven with intertwined subplots. This cozy mystery is unique and entertaining. In Breach of Crust, Ms. Adams skillfully explores a variety of topics: family relationships, trust, friendship, power struggles within an elite community, overcoming obstacles, romance and the world of “witch craft” or magical, powerful beings. The reader is drawn into the book early on and, it quickly becomes a can’t put the book down, page turner. I was delighted to learn how a number of the loose ends from the previous book were resolved! I adore the setting - a small mountain town in northwestern Georgia, but the interesting characters were what pulled me into the story. Ella Mae’s aunts were a hoot, Loralyn was so wicked, and even Ella Mae's dog "Chewy" has a huge presence. I also enjoyed the paranormal elements in this book which continue to change and develop. This is a fabulous addition to this cozy mystery series, and I'm looking forward to the next one. Any new release by Ellery Adams is cause for celebration in my book, and this Charmed Pie Shoppe mystery is a winner right out of the starting gate! The author, also, included several delicious recipes (which I’m eager to bake. This book may be the best of the series to date! I highly recommend this book to those who appreciate a superbly written cozy mystery with a touch of magic! You won’t be disappointed. Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was given to me by the author in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
NWBookLover More than 1 year ago
This is the fifth in the series. While it can be read out of order, I would encourage you to start at the beginning and really get to know this multi faceted world of magic Ellery Adams has created. I love cozies and I love magic...add strong family relationships, romance and deep friendships, this entry doesn't disappoint. It's magic. Thank you to the author for giving me an advance copy to read in exchange for my honest review.
jlschutts More than 1 year ago
Breach of Crust is the fifth book in the Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery series by Ellery Adams. It's another enjoyable installment in the LeFaye family saga. There are so many layers to the story. It feels like getting back together with a group of friends - Ella Mae, her mom, her aunts, Reba, Hugh, and others. This book had a very action packed ending that kept me from putting the book down. There's enough detail that you could read this without reading the other books and not be lost. I received this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Saramarg More than 1 year ago
Unless you’ve been following this series by author Ellery Adams, you might expect this Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery to be a lighthearted cozy with recipes. Yes, there are recipes, but this is hardly the typical cozy, and master baker Ella Mae LeFaye doesn’t spend a lot of time in her pie shop this time around. She’s too busy fighting evil with her magically-gifted family and friends, while adapting to a transition regarding her own powers. Ella Mae is approached by the president of the Camellia Club to teach pastry-making skills to the members of this highly selective and shadowy Southern club and quickly finds herself embroiled in a mysterious murder and a search for storied objects capable of powerful positive change . . . or catastrophe. Against her better judgment, she also agrees to hunt for her missing nemesis, dangerous Loralyn Gaynor, whose mother is near death. The themes are dark, but the book also includes one of the most breathtakingly romantic scenes I’ve ever read. If this sounds intriguing, what are you waiting for? Dive in now or, if you’re new to the series, start with the first of the five installments, Pies and Prejudice, and hold on to your hat. It’s going to be a bumpy ride, and well worth your time.
Michelle_Palmer More than 1 year ago
Probably the best cozy mystery that I have ever read. I loved the characters, I loved the setting, I loved the plot. Although this is the fifth book in the series, it is the first that I have read. I wasn't confused, the necessary information is recapped in the perfect fashion. There are paranormal aspects to this series so if you don't like that then this may not be for you. I absolutely loved the magic that is infused in the book. Short synopsis: Ella Mae LaFaye is the owner/operator of a pie shop. She is approached by a very exclusive southern women's club to teach their members the high points of pie baking at an upcoming retreat. The president of the club is murdered very shortly after their meeting and Ella Mae decides she needs to solve the crime before more people are killed. All in all, an absolutely wonderful cozy mystery. The characters are multi-dimensional. The settings feel realistic (even when there is a bit of magic involved.) The relationships work well. The plot is well paced. The mystery unfolds perfectly.
RobynKFLNJ More than 1 year ago
Ellery Adams is a wonderful author who writes phenomenal books. I love the way the characters interact and are always there to help each other. Ella Mae LeFaye, her family and friends are people I wish I knew in real life. This story had me on the edge of my seat and I couldn't put it down. If you love pies, mystery, magic and intrigue then this is the series for you and I highly recommend it! I received an arc of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Cozy_Cup More than 1 year ago
Ellery Adams never disappoints! This 5th installment of the Charmed Pie Shoppe series is at its most endearing. We learn there can be life, a good life, after magic. We follow our favorite quirky characters on an exciting adventure with never a dull moment. Adams' pacing is snappy, characters are smart, and plotting is incredibly fun!
chefdt More than 1 year ago
Breach Of Crush is the fifth book in the A Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery series. Another exciting tale from the excellent storyteller, Ellery Adams. Ella Mae may not be able to make her famous magic pies anymore, but she knows they are as delicious as ever. When Reba steps into the kitchen and tells Ella Mae that a Bea Burbank has tasted every pie in the store and would like to speak with her, she is more than happy to speak with another satisfied customer. Bea Burbank is the president of The Camellia Club from Sweet Briar, GA, a philanthropic organization of high society women and their daughters. Every ten years the club prints up a cookbook for their annual retreat. This year's retreat will he held shortly and will be held at the Lake Havenwood Resort. In addition, the group has two other chefs/bakers coming in to show off their skills. That evening, after sharing this news with her mother, Ella Mae and her dog, Chewy, go for a walk along the shore of Havenwood Lake where she finds the lifeless body of Burbank floating in the lake. Ella Mae, Reba and her aunts do some research on the club and are able to get information that might connect the group to some apples that have extremely powerful magic powers. In addition, Opal Gaynor, whose family had been feuding with Ella Mae's for years, have recently put their differences aside. All except for Ella Mae's nemesis and Opal's daughter, Loralyn. Opal informs Ella Mae that she has cancer and has a short time to live. She asks Ella Mae's to find her daughter before she dies, so they can reconcile. Ella Mae has mixed emotions with this request, but once she learns that Loarlyn has changed her name and joined The Camellia Club and might be involved wanting to get control of the magical apples, Ella Mae feels compelled to search for Loralyn and whoever might have killed Bea. Ellery Adams has provided the reader with another wonderfully told story with a great cast of believable characters. Delicious recipes are also included with the book. Definitely, will be watching for the next book in the series.
SewWrite More than 1 year ago
Breach of Crust is delectable! Ella Mae LaFaye is asked to teach members of an unusual, high – society group of women to make pies for their centennial cookbook. The happy feelings associated with the even change quickly when Ella Mae finds the body of the group’s president floating in Lake Havenwood. Once again she is propelled into finding the killer. If that is not enough to have on her plate, Ella Mae is also searching for her long-time nemesis Loralyn to bring her home as promised to Opal, Loralyn’s mother. When Loralyn is also at the retreat with the Camellia Club things heat up quickly. This book is past passed with a unique story woven with a dose of mythology. What an enchanting read.
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LisaKsBooksReviews More than 1 year ago
A Magically, phenomenal treat that is a delicious read from cover to cover! BREACH OF CRUST is by far the best installment of the Charmed Pie Shoppe Mysteries. Author Ellery Adams really pulled out all her tricks, and cast a spell on me with this wonderful story. Filled with magic, action, mystery, and more, BREACH OF CRUST captured me from chapter one. With every page I turned I was transfixed by this book. A perfect plot that moved quickly and fluidly, this story was everything I have come to expect from a tale by Adams. It really pulled at my heart, and by the conclusion I had run a full gambit of emotions until finishing on a happy high. More than a cozy mystery, more than a para-cozy, BREACH OF CRUST was adventurous, intriguing, thought provoking, and beautiful I would say this story is worthy of a screen adaption, although, I don’t feel it would do the book justice. Continue reading when the story is done for enchanting recipes, and an excerpt from MURDER IN THE SECRET GARDEN, the latest in the Book Retreat Mysteries also penned by Ellery Adams! Note: I’d like to thank Ellery Adams for her dedication to all who have been touched by cancer. This disease has taken more than one loved one from me, and even today is stealing another one away.
CozyMysteryLover1 More than 1 year ago
Ella Mae LeFaye is learning to live her life without magic. Her pies may not be charmed any longer but the people still line up to savor a slice of her delectable treats. Beatrice Burbank, president of the Camellia Club, a group of high-society Southern ladies from the charming town of Sweet Briar, Georgia, is hoping Ella Mae will teach some of the ladies a thing or two about baking at their annual retreat. Ella Mae is intrigued by the club and finds herself liking Bea, so she readily agrees to attend the retreat. Unfortunately, Ella Mae finds Beatrice, floating in Lake Havenwood and before long, the ugly truth about the prestigious Camellia Club is out and once again Ella Mae comes face to face with her nemesis, Loralyn Gaynor. I loved this book in the pie shoppe series. This one was full of twists and turns and I was left guessing until the very end. Ms. Adams is such a talented writer that I was drawn into the story from the very first page. The inner workings of a magical world, disastrous and cunning mother-daughter relationships and so much more made this book very hard to put down. This is a book that will keep any cozy mystery fan guessing until the very end. I cannot wait to read the next in this exciting series. I received and ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my fair and honest review.
Kuzlin More than 1 year ago
This is the 5th book in the Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery series. Ella Mae LeFaye is adapting to life without magic...happily this life finds her and Hugh madly in love with each other and her pie shoppe thriving with happy customers. In appreciation for the sacrifice she made as Clover Queen, the Elders have asked Ella Mae to serve as their ambassador in the quests for magical objects. She agrees if they will help her find her former nemesis, Loralyn Gaynor, to fulfill a promise made to Opal Gaynor. Meanwhile, her pie shoppe's reputation has brought her an offer to participate in the annual retreat for the Camellia Club. But shortly after meeting the club president, her dead body is found floating in the lake, the supposed victim of accidental drowning. Can Ella Mae find Loralyn or will her involvement with the Camellia's sidetrack her? And are the Camellia's involved with another magical artifact? Once again, Ella Mae finds herself in danger, but this time without her magic to protect her. I enjoyed this story, and love how the author intertwines mythology into the story. I enjoyed the continued development of the major characters in this story, including the interaction between the LeFaye's and the Gaynor's, as well as Ella's growing connection to Hugh. I look forward to the next book in this series. Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.