Cozy Wednesday With Author Ellery Adams (Giveaway too!)

Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!

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. 

Hi Ellery!

Hi Everyone!

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 packed brown sugar

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)!

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Peach Pies and Alibis
(A Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery)

2nd In Series
Cozy Mystery
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
ISBN-13: 978-0425251997
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.

Dollycas’s Thoughts
Peach Pies and Alibis is a very unique story that will have you enthralled from the first page to the last.

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!!

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

101 thoughts on “Cozy Wednesday With Author Ellery Adams (Giveaway too!)

  1. I thoroughly enjoyed the first Pie Shoppe mystery and look forward to reading this one! My favorite pie is one my mom made when I was young-fresh strawberry pie. We’d go to a berry farm and pick our own strawberries and use those. It was magical!

  2. NO doubt: my favorite pie is the strawberry one!

    Thanks so much for these lovelies n the giveaway <3

    {So, me and my imaginary dragon friend called Misty, who sometimes eat half of my strawberry pies – if they are wild strawberry, he eats the entire pies!- thank for the giveaway and may the odds be ever in my/our favor! <333} lol

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  3. Can’t wait to try this pie, or to start reading this book, as both sound so good. An apple or a peach pie would have to be my favorite of all pies!

  4. I loved the first book in the series and would love to be able to place this one next to it on my bookshelves. My all time favorite pie is a NY classic. It’s a 3 fruit pie with blueberries, cherries, and pineapple.


  5. I loved the first Pie Shoppe Mystery book! I am not a huge pie eater, but the pies in her book sound delicious. I do love pies that have peanut butter in them…I know that sounds odd though! Thanks for the great books!!

  6. I love the first book, and can’t wait to get my hands on this one. Fresh peach pie will always be my favorite.

  7. My granny used to make a chocolate fudge brownie pie that has always been my absolute favorite 🙂 My second favorite would be Apple or Key Lime. Thanks for the giveaway!

  8. The family fav is apple pie, hands down. I will mess around now and again with others, but I always come back to apple as it’s requested so often. I am tempted by the recipe you posted as my husband adores all things ginger and I am a huge fan of crumbles. Perfect combination!

  9. Pecan pie is my special pie! My mother made it with the recipe on the Dark Karo Syrup bottle, but added about 1/2 tsp fresh lemon juice. We also covered the edges of the pie shell with aluminum foil so that it didn’t burn or get too brown.

    I got my copy of Peach Pies and Alibi’s yesterday AM on my Kindle and am almost through with it!

  10. I have loved her Books by the bay series and as someone who loves to bake, this series intrigues me. I love the apple pie I make using a family recipe for the crust. Thanks for the giveaway and I just signed up to get notifications of new posts to my email.

  11. Cute giveaway! Having read the first book in this series, I am looking forward to the sequel. I am also a fan of the Books by the Bay series! Thanks.

  12. Love this series! When I was growing up my mother used to make what we called the ” paper bag apple pie”. Best pie ever. When done preparing this crumb top pie you put it in a large brown grocery bag and cooked it in the oven. You could smell the bag but when it was done and you cut open the bag…oh dear, so good. I’ve lost the recipe and have been hunting for it forever.

  13. I love this series 🙂

    My favorite pie, hands down, is French Silk. If that’s not an option, I’ll usually go with a cherry pie 🙂

    Thank you for sharing what sounds like an awesome pie and book, and for the chance to win!

  14. I LOVE pie! In fact my sorority sisters and I formed a sub-group called Tri-Pie and visit local restaurants/diners to find the best pie in the area. I am partial to fruit pies but am not picky and will eat pie in any form and flavor!

  15. Cindi – I am a writer and a reader...a lover of words and sounds. The emotions that these tiny little characters can evoke in a person constantly amazes and awes me. I love books so I write book reviews. I am a foodie so I write food articles. I also craft but haven't yet started a crafting column, lol. I'm a Beta Reader with intuition and valuable insight into what you are really trying to say. In other words, I'm a Master Wordsmith;)
    Cindi Clubbs says:

    I’m not a big sweets person so my type of pie has to be filling. Pumpkin pie and pecan pie are my favorites. The pumpkin pie HAS to have whipped cream but the pecan should be plain. Yummmm!!

  16. My favorite pies would have to be the cream pies, my all time favorite is coconut cream pie. I recently fell in love with coconut. Also banana cream pie is great too !!!

  17. I wish I could have gotten this book before we got snowed in today. Reading about pie and murder would be fabulous today. I can’t wait to read this book and try the recipe listed above in the blog. The picture looks scrumptious (sp). Thank you for sharing in the blog today and for the fantastic giveaway.

    1. Oh, forgot to leave my favorite pie. It would have to be blackberry. Whenever I got to spend time with my Grandma, she would take me out to get fresh baked blackberry pie at the Blue Moon Restaurant. It is no longer there and she has been gone for 25 years, but I still remember those cherished times. Me with milk to drink and her with her coffee.

  18. Sherry – united states – Hi. I'm Sherry. My interests are books and photography. I'll be using my blog to tell you about books I love and would recommend and to show off some pretty awesome photos.
    Sherry says:

    Great giveaway and recipe.

  19. My favorite pie is pumpkin. I use an old standard recipe from Betty Crocker as a starting point but for the past few years I’ve used an oil crust (no rolling pin). And since I moved to SE Asia, I usually use coconut milk or coconut cream instead of milk – it’s inexpensive and delicious. My spices are usually fresh-ground here (I can buy a stick of cinnamon for about 10 cents) which makes all the flavors pop.

  20. I love all your books! My mom makes an awesome brown bag apple pie crumble. Its actually baked inside a brown paper grocery bag. That is our traditional pie for all family holidays.

  21. I love pecan pie. My brother introduced it to me when I was a teen and it tastes soooo good, although I believe it has the most calories of all.

  22. I love pie in general, but coconut cream is the best! There is a restaurant in a very small town near me where the owner makes the most fabulous coconut cream pie, and it is well worth the drive!

  23. I love summer berry pies with raspberries and blackberries. I also have a soft spot for Derby pie. How can you go wrong with basically a giant chocolate chip cookie in a pie shell?

  24. Well I love chocolate and peanut butter together so I would say my favorite is Peanut Butter Pie with a chocolate cookie crust and peach…so many pies – such a hard decision! I can’t wait to get book 1 and start reading your pie mystries!

  25. Looking forward to reading the book. Was ready to name my favorite pie, but it changed so many times as I read previous comments — where to begin? Can’t go wrong with lemon meringue or peach pies though.

  26. I love Ellery’s books…getting ready to start the new one as I type!!!! The recipes she adds are just a bonus to terrific story telling!!!! I look forward to hopefully many more books in this series :0) My favorite pie is Cherry!

    added by Dollycas for Sarah R Logue-Mooney who was having trouble leaving a comment.

  27. I loved the first book in this series. I have this one loaded on my Kindle and I hope to start it today. My favorite pie would be pumpkin. My mom made me one every year for my birthday. The first “event” that happened after she passed away was my birthday. I made a pumpkin pie for myself (with her recipe), but it didn’t have the same “magic” that mom’s did, so it’s easy to identify with the idea of Ella Mae making her charmed pies.

  28. Thanks for the giveaway! I can’t wait to read this book, it sounds delightful and I love a good mystery. My favorite pie would have to be a toss up between chocolate pie and pumpkin. The chocolate stands out because it was the first thing I remember cooking with my mom.

  29. Samantha – Rochester, NY – 10 Things about me 1. I am a child of God. 2. I'm a wife and mother. 3. I homeschool my child. 4. I carry a notebook everywhere to write down or draw my ideas. 5. I have too many hobbies. 6. Creating things fills me with purpose. 7. I start more projects than I finish. 8. I love fabric. 9. I love all things retro, vintage and kitchy. 10. I drink a cup of hot tea everyday.
    Samantha McKeown-Wurme says:

    I love pies and I’m looking forward to reading this book!

  30. My grandmother used to make a great green apple pie with cheddar cheese that I loved. She didn’t leave a recipe when she died and I haven’t yet been able to replicate it.

  31. These books are so charming and good; my mouth is watering for this next installment!

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  32. I love the concept of this series, and look forward to reading them. As for my favorite pie, while I love peach pie and Dutch apple pie, my favorite has to be my mother’s pumpkin pies, which she actually makes with squash instead of pumpkin. Perfectly flavored, perfectly textured, and with a melt-in-your-mouth buttery crust — mmmm! I’ve never been able to make them as well as she does.

  33. Just received Peach Pies & Alibies. Looking forward to start reading. Your books are great. Love the reciepies also. Please keep writing.

  34. This pie sounds like a good one. I enjoy this series and the titles make me smile. Thank you for the chance to win

  35. My favorite pie is actually French Apple like Tastykake made. Since it is hard to get I’ll order Pumpkin when I can or another kind of Apple Pie.

  36. My favorite pie is lemon icebox pie…the recipe was on the can of sweetened condensed milk back in the early 50s or maybe before that. It was my dad’s favorite too. My mom made it all of the time even though she never ate it.

    The book sounds terrific.

  37. My favorite pie is blueberry. There used to be wild patches all over Cape Cod when I was a kid. We’d pick our own blueberries and my Grandma would make pies.

  38. My favorite pie is my Granny’s Chocolate Meringue Pie. I sure miss it. Before she died she tried to teach me how to make it, but I could never get the crust right and my meringue never looks as majestic as hers.

  39. There isn’t any pie I don’t love, so it’s hard to pick 1 favorite! Some of my earliest memories from childhood include my Grandma’s Rhubarb Pie. The eggs & sugar in it formed a custard which was delicious combined with the rhubarb!

  40. My favorite pie was my Nanny’s lemon meringue pie. I don’t know how she did it, but she made the lightest, fluffiest meringue ever that none of my family has been able to duplicate.

  41. You say pie and the clouds clear in the sky with the sun shining through, so obviously the food of the gods 😉 Favorite – there can never be just one; pumpkin smooth and creamy, fresh berry tart and sweet, peach makes me sing, and we must never forget banberry – oh yes this confection has a bit of heaven baked right in starts with a tender sweet crust, then creamy custard, fresh sliced bananas, and then fresh sliced strawberries topped with a drizzle of strawberry glaze and whipped cream – heavy sigh sooooo goood 🙂

  42. My mother made a killer peach pie that she called peach cake. It was sort of a cross between the two. Sadly the recipe was in her head and she never wrote it down. I’ve tried to duplicate it, but with no success. Thank you for the recipe. It sounds great. I’ll have to try it. Thank you for the lovely giveaway.

  43. I like peach and most fruit pies but my absolute favorite is Cherry. Maybe because it’s a little tart. BTW has anyone else been blocked from facebook because they don’t know if you are a real person or not? I can’t log in for anything, can’t like something or share.

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