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Friday, March 15, 2013

Two Great Cozy Mysteries - "Assaulted Pretzel" by Laura Bradford and "Peach Pies and Alibis" by Ellery Adams

Are you looking for something wonderful to read this weekend? I just finished two great cozy mysteries this past week, and wanted to share a little about them with you!

Both books are the second books in each author's series, and are absolutely fabulous!  I highly recommend you check out both!  I think you'll be glad you did!

Claire Weatherly found the simple life she always wanted when she opened a gift shop in Heavenly, Pennsylvania—a small town in the heart of Amish country. But when murder disrupts her Heavenly home, it’s up to Claire and Detective Jakob Fisher to find the not-so-simple truth. 

The quiet town of Heavenly is buzzing with excitement over the latest guests at the local inn, Sleep Heavenly. Toy manufacturer Rob Karble is in town to meet the members of the Amish community who will soon be crafting a new toy line for his company. But when word gets out that Karble intends to use the Amish designs without employing the Amish to make them, someone sends the interloper to his final reward.

 No one wants to believe anyone from the Amish community could commit such an act, but as Claire and Detective Fisher have learned, no one is above sin—or suspicion.

I always enjoy Laura Bradford's writing (she's one of my favorite writers!), and her new Amish Mystery series is excellent reading!  Laura's writing style is relaxed and enjoyable, and the story is full of intrigue with a bit of romance thrown in. I found the Amish setting to be unique and loved learning more about these gentle people in the course of the story. I look forward to more from this series!

Ella Mae LeFaye’s Charmed Pie Shoppe is wildly popular in Havenwood, Georgia—which is not surprising since Ella Mae can lace her baked goods with enchantments. The shop’s extraordinary success seems destined to continue when Ella Mae meets an engaged couple who hire her to handle the dessert buffet at their wedding.

But Ella Mae has a lot on her plate. She is also searching for the origin of her magical powers—and hoping to determine if the spark of attraction she feels for the handsome Hugh Dylan is authentic or just her new abilities gone awry.

Then Ella Mae discovers a high-standing member of the community dead, and a wedding guest becomes seriously ill at the event she’s catering. Now she’ll have to use all her sleuthing skills and culinary talents to prove her pies don’t contain a killer ingredient . . .

Mix a great mystery, toss in a sprinkle of the supernatural, and finish off with a dollop of romance, and you've got the great story that is found in Ellery Adam's latest in her "Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery" series.  I literally could not put this book down until I had finished it up - it's "enchanting" reading! I loved how Ellery adds in a bit of Arthurian legend to this mystery and look forward to learning more about Ella Mae and her fascinating family in future books!

My thanks to Berkley Prime Crime/Penguin Books for providing the review copies of these books. I was not compensated for my opinion.

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