I am thrilled to welcome Ellery here today. She is the fabulous author of the
Books by the Bay Mysteries and the Charmed Pie Shoppe Mysteries.
Winter is almost over, and in Havenwood, Georgia, things are definitely heating up. Ella Mae LeFaye’s Charmed Pie Shoppe is the most popular place in town and when she’s asked to provide the desserts for the town’s most anticipated wedding, it seems as though her new business is truly taking off.
Unfortunately, Ella Mae’s personal life isn’t as successful. She’s been in love with handsome firefighter Hugh Dylan since middle school, but she can’t act on her feelings until her divorce is finalized. And her husband isn’t willing to let her go. In fact, he’ll go through terrible lengths to keep her.
At least there’s a wedding to look forward to. Ella Mae infuses each of her miniature pies and tarts with sensations of love and joy and the evening promises to be pure magic. The bride and groom dance on the lawn beneath the glow of a million stars and hovering fireflies and Ella Mae hopes to take a turn over the soft grass with Hugh. But not long after the newlyweds gallop away on horseback, the mother of the bride succumbs to a mysterious illness and slips into a coma.
Ella Mae and her family must pool their gifts and talents in order to catch an enchanted killer. All the while, she must continue to dazzle her pie shop patrons with offerings like the one listed below.
This is one of Ella Mae’s magical wedding pies. Try it and enjoy!
And if you leave a comment telling us about your favorite pie, you could win this Charmed Pie Shoppe prize pack featuring a striped apron, heart dish towels, and a mini pie mold!
Charmed Apple Ginger Maple Crumble Pie
1 Piecrust (if you don’t want to make your dough from scratch, use a refrigerated Pillsbury crust)
6 cups of peeled and chopped apples (pick your favorites or substitute the apples for Bartlett pears)
1 ½ tablespoons of cornstarch
½ teaspoon of salt
¼ cup of pure Grade A maple syrup
1 tablespoon of lemon juice
1 teaspoon of lemon zest
½ teaspoon of ground ginger
Crumble Topping Ingredients
2/3 cup flour
½ cups old-fashioned oats
½ cup packed dark brown sugar
1/3 cup cold butter, cut into small pieces
1 Roll out pie dough and place in a 9 ½-inch deep-dish pie dish Put in the freezer to set.
2 Preheat the oven to 400 F. Place the chopped apples in a large bowl with the cornstarch, ginger, brown sugar, maple syrup, lemon juice, and lemon zest. Toss well using your fingers.
3 Place the apple mixture into the pie dish. Place the pie into the center oven rack and bake for 45 minutes.
4 While baking take all the Oatmeal Crumb Topping ingredients and place them in a bowl. Use your hands and mix the ingredients until large crumbs form. Refrigerate until use.
5 After the 45 minutes are up remove pie and reduce heat to 375F. Sprinkle the crumb topping evenly over the pie and bake for another 15 minutes. Cool on a wire rack for at least one hour. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
I can’t wait to try this recipe! Thank you Ellery for being my guest today!!
Check out this trailer to Ellery’s Peach Pies and Alibis (A Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery)
Peach Pies and Alibis
(A Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery)
2nd In Series
A Berkley Prime Mystery (March 5, 2013)
The Berkley Publishing Group
Published by The Penguin Group
Cover Illustration by Julia Green
Cover Design by Diana Kolsky
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
E-Book File Size: 550 KB
Ella Mae has a lot on her plate with running her very successful Charmed Pie Shoppe but has decided to add a little catering to the mix. Her first job is a dessert buffet at a wedding. Things are going well until right after the couple ride away on horseback the bride’s stepmother is rushed to the hospital where she slips into a coma. This on the tails of a prominent member of the community has died. Ella Mae is afraid these two things may be related.
Ella Mae is also trying to understand her enchanted gift and wants to know the origin of her magical powers. She also needs to know if the attraction she feels for Hugh is true. She needs to get her divorce finalized and then see if she can have a future with the guy she has loved since middle school.
Peach Pies and Alibis
In her search to understand her powers Ella Mae’s journey takes the reader on a magical ride. From her mother’s beautiful gardens to a very special place for those that are charmed. I felt like I was on Ella Mae’s shoulder with a bird’s eye view watching the entire story take place. Ellery Adams has the gift to suspend time as her readers almost descend right into the book for an amazing trip that takes us beyond Havenwood. I was most definitely captivating by her words. The way she weaves this mystery with the mystery of finding the killer is flawless.
The characters are wonderful including the lovable Jack Russell terrier, Charleston Chew (Chewy). Ella’s aunts and mother, each with their distinct charms, are extraordinary characters. Loralyn and her family are the Havenwood residents that must be endured by Ella Mae and her family but they add the strife every good cozy needs. Hugh Dylan brings the romantic tension and sparks actually fly. Mr. & Mrs. Caswell even make a cameo appearance. The Shepard’s pie was delicious!
This story get my highest recommendation! If I could I would award it much more than 5 starfish!! I know this is going to be on my 2013 favorites list!!
Thanks to the people at Penguin
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