2012, Berkley Publishing Group
Series: Book 1 of Charmed Pie Shoppe
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.
The Good: This was a sweet little mystery. Some good inter-family issues, a heroine stronger than she thinks she is, some magical abilities, lots of baking and a hint of romance all mix well with the murder mystery at the core of the novel. I loved Ella Mae's baking and her obvious love and excitement over her new business. I hated Loralyn and crushed on Hugh right with along with her.
The Bad: How could Ella Mae not know? Maybe not knowing about her own abilities, but the rest of her entire families abilities? It was just so far-fetched and any time she began to question anything (many, many years after she should have) it would disappear from her mind almost immediately.