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Our reason for creating WWK originated as an outlet for our love of reading and writing mystery fiction. We hope you love it, too, and will enjoy our holiday gifts to our readers with original short stories to celebrate the season. Starting on 11/16 stories by Warren Bull, Margaret S. Hamilton, Paula Gail Benson, Linda Rodriguez, KM Rockwood, Gloria Alden, and E. B. Davis will appear every Thursday into the New Year.


Our November Author Interviews: 11/8--Ellen Byron, and 11/15--Sujata Massey. Please join us in welcoming these authors to WWK.


November Saturday Bloggers: 11/4 Margaret S. Hamilton and 11/11 Cheryl Hollon.


Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Shari Randall's "Pets" will be included in Chesapeake Crimes: Fur, Feathers, and Felonies anthology, which will be published in 2018. In the same anthology "Rasputin," KM Rockwood's short story, will also be published. Her short story "Goldie" will be published in the Busted anthology, which will be released by Level Best Books on April 25th.


In addition, our prolific KM will have the following shorts published as well: "Making Tracks" in Passport to Murder, Bouchercon anthology, October 2017 and "Turkey Underfoot," just published, will appear in the anthology The Killer Wore Cranberry: a Fifth Course of Chaos.


James M. Jackson's 4th book in the Seamus McCree series, Doubtful Relations, is now available. His novella "Low Tide at Tybee" appears February 7 as part of Lowcountry Crimes: Four Novellas, which is available for order.

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Monday, February 18, 2013

Ellery Adams's Pies and Prejudice

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I thought it appropriate to review Pies and Prejudice by Ellery Adams on what we used to celebrate as George Washington’s birthday and now call Presidents Day. George Washington was fabled to have cut down a cherry tree and fessed up to his deed, and what better use for all those cherries than to make pie. But Ms. Adam’s main character, Ella Mae, dishes up more than organic ingredients when she bakes. 

Pies and Prejudice is the first novel in the Charmed Pie Shoppe series, which I assumed was a cozy mystery because of the other traditional series I’ve read by Ellery Adams and those she has written as Jennifer Stanley and J.B. Stanley, and in part it is a traditional cozy. But I also found an element of mysticism reminiscent of those early novels by Alice Hoffman that I hold dear.

Ella Mae finds her husband in flagrante delicto with two redheads in their NYC apartment house elevator a week before she would have graduated from culinary school. Accompanied by her Jack Russell terrier, she returns to her hometown in Georgia, where her mother’s three sisters, their housekeeper and her mother, with whom she has an uneasy relationship, live. Going home is fraught with past relationship problems, the reason she ran away to marry. She finds her mother unfathomable. Loralyn, her childhood nemesis, continues to bash her at every opportunity. Hugh Dylan, an unrequited childhood crush, interests her when she least needs another man in her life, one who may not be worthy of her. With her family’s help, she opens a pie shop.
 
But the opening is marred by a man’s murder. The victim was found holding a rolling pin identified as Ella Mae’s by her fingerprints.  Ella Mae must solve the murder to absolve herself, discover her magic, and neutralize Loralyn’s power over her.

Pies and Prejudice is not a book for those who need a romantic male lead with whom the heroine absconds with in a HEA ending. It is a book for survivors who would still like to think that life and magic are not mutually exclusive or dependent on the big “L.” I’m looking forward to reading the next in the series, Peach Pies and Alibis. This series is for grown ups who have taken their knocks, clenched their teeth and still say yes.

4 comments:

Gloria Alden said...

It sounds like an excellent series, and one I'd like to read. Who among us who are a little older haven't experienced life's knocks, and most of us have sucked it all in and gone on.

E. B. Davis said...

That's true, Gloria. Even at younger ages, heartbreaks occur.

Not only did I like this series, but over the weekend I read another first in series by Ellery Adams, Every Trick In The Book, a Novel Idea Mystery. I liked that series too. How do the authors have time to write up to three series at once?

Kara Cerise said...

It sounds like Ellery Adams wrote a strong but sympathetic main character that readers will care about.

I've often wondered how authors write more than one series at a time. Three must be a juggling act.

E. B. Davis said...

I'm not sure how they do it either, Kara. But most of these writers have been writing for so long and at last have the opportunity, I think they just go for it and make it work. But they must write for at least 8 hours every day. If you are getting paid, I guess it is the same as other jobs.