I received this book for free from Tantor Audio in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Breach of Crust by Ellery Adams
Length: 9 hours and 30 minutes
Published by Berkley Pages: 278
Source: Tantor Audio
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Also by this author: Murder in the Mystery Suite, A Killer Plot, Murder in the Paperback Parlor, A Deadly Cliché (A Books by the Bay Mystery #2), Pies and Prejudice (A Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery #1), Peach Pies and Alibis (A Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery #2), A Killer Collection, The Path of the Crooked, The Last Word (A Books by the Bay Mystery #3), Pecan Pies and Homicides, A Fatal Appraisal, Lemon Pies and Little White Lies (A Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery #4), A Deadly Dealer, Murder in the Secret Garden, A Treacherous Trader
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.
What I thought of this book.
A lot of things happened in the last book that I won’t mention here but it’s left Ella Mae different, but she can still make a great pie. When she is asked by Bea to teach the ladies of her club how to bake pies it throws Ella Mae and Reba into a strange group of people whom one knows what the apples they hold can do.
Ella Mae’s nemesis Loralyn Gaynor who wants more power is after those apples and Ella Mae and Reba will have to do whatever she can to stop what is going on and find who has killed two of the club members. The more they investigate the more they find out about the apples and what they might be tied too.
Other things that are going on in this book is Ella Mae and Hugh having a big decision to make about their lives together.
This one has a lot of twist and turns and I wasn’t able to figure out the killer. I love all the characters and Reba has to be my favorite. She is so funny with her arsenal of weapons and I love how she is always ready to help Ella Mae and protect her.
On a sad note, Berkley has decided to purge this cozy series from list of cozies like they seem to have done with a bunch. I don’t know why they think cozies are not popular anymore because I know a lot of readers who love them. This was my favorite series by this author and so it’s a bummer that this is the end. It ended well though and didn’t really have any left over plots to wrap up so I am glad of that.
If you love cozies you will enjoy this series
C.S.E Cooney is one of my favorite narrators and she does a great job with this series.
Audio rating: 4 stars
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- Audiobook Challenge 2016
- Cloak and Dagger 2016
- Craving the Cozies 2016
- Cruzin' Thru the Cozies 2016