Special Guest – Author of Plum Deadly – Ellie Grant

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I was so thrilled to organize a Virtual Book Tour for Ellie Grant!!
I am even more thrilled to be stop on the tour for this fantastic book
and to have Ellie herself here!!!

I received an advance copy and
was unable to wait until today to share my thoughts with you.

Back on August 1 I posted my review. Below is just a bit of it.
You can read the whole thing here.

This story is an excellent debut to what I know is going to be a fabulous cozy series. They have filled this pie, I mean story, with sweet characters, a plum of a mystery, sifted in some smart dialogue, a pinch of romance and a heaping spoonful of humor.  You will devour the whole thing in one sitting!! Oh and did I mention, the book includes recipes!!!!! This book is worthy of a blue ribbon at any fair!

A History of Pie – and why we love it!

By Ellie Grant

j&j 2Since we started writing about pie for Plum Deadly, we’ve been curious. We’re both history buffs, and we were wondering when people started making pies.

We found that the word ‘pie’ was already in use as a word that relates to food by the year 1303 when it was recorded by the Oxford English Dictionary. Of course that was a broad term as even then a pie could be many different things. Sometimes they had top crusts. With some pies, the outer crust was simply a way to cook what was inside and then it was discarded.

The great thing about pie was that it was a way for poor people to have a treat that wasn’t expensive. A pie crust used less flour than a loaf of bread and you didn’t need an oven to bake it. While pies were originally filled with meat and cheese, they quickly became a popular sweet. Apples, plums—any fruit would do. A pie was sweet and good, even without a sweetener.

The English brought pie to America. Pies stretched their food supply through the hard winter. They could feed a few more hungry mouths, and they tasted divine. Crusts were often made of a combination of suet and coarse flour. They were cooked over an open fire or in a hearth. Early pie pans in America were made of heavy clay to try and preserve the crust as much as possible.

Our pie shop in the mystery, Pie in the Sky, makes dozens of different kinds of pie. Aunt Clara, who has run the business in Durham, North Carolina, likes to name them. There’s Bodacious Blueberry. Lotsa Lemon Meringue. Chocaholic Chocolate Cream. Amazing Apple. And don’t forget, Dangerously Damson.

Stop by sometime and Maggie Grady, Clara’s niece just back from New York, will pour you a cup of coffee and serve you a delicious hunk of pie. Right now, the two women are embroiled in a bit of a scandal as Maggie is a person of interest in the death of her old boss. But that’s bound to resolve itself.

In the meantime, the great taste of pie remains!


About This Author
Ellie Grant writes award-winning, bestselling mystery fiction as themselves, J.J. Cook and Joyce and Jim Lavene. They have written and published more than 60 novels for Harlequin, Berkley, Amazon and Gallery Books along with hundreds of non-fiction articles for national and regional publications. They live in rural North Carolina with their family.

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Thanks to the author I have 1 copy to give away!

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September 3 – Cozy Up With Kathy – Guest Post & Giveaway
September 4 – My Recent Favorite books – Review & Giveaway
September 5 – Kaisy Daisy’s Corner –Review & Giveaway
September 5 – Dru’s Book Musings – Guest Post & Giveaway
September 5 –Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – Guest Post
September 6 – StoreyBook Reviews  – Guest Post, Review & Giveaway
September 7 – Dr. Pepper Diva – Review & Giveaway
September 9 – rantin’ ravin’ and reading – Interview, Review & Giveaway
September 10 – readalot – Review & Giveaway
September 11 – Melissa’s Eclectic Bookshelf – Guest Post & Giveaway
September 12 – Mochas, Mysteries and More – Guest Post, Review & Giveaway
September 13 – A Blue Million Books  — Interview
September 14 – Brooke Blogs – Review
September 15 – Melina’s Book Blog – Review, Interview & Giveaway

27 thoughts on “Special Guest – Author of Plum Deadly – Ellie Grant

  1. Love the book and cover. Would love to win. Thank you for the opportunity to participate in the giveaway. Please enter my name in the giveaway. Thank you!!

  2. The author sent this to me pre-publication in exchange for a review, and I have to say that I really enjoyed this start of a new series. I am looing forward to the next adventure.

  3. The background on pies was very interesting. I prefer mine sweet. I’d love to read the book.

  4. I keep hearing about this book and frankly it’s making me want to have some pastry. I ask you, is that fair? Maybe not, but delicious. Thanks for the giveaway.

  5. Great, now I want pie. This series sounds great, you can’t beat pie and recipes too…sounds like a winner to me.

  6. I really want to read this book, it sounds great. Thanks for the review and the giveaway.

  7. Oh, Plum Deadly sounds delightfully dangerous! 🙂 I’ve been looking forward to this new series since I first read about it! Love, love, love Mysteries and Pie ~ from Mince Pie to Blueberry, Blackberry, Peach, Apple, Pumpkin and everything in between! And love that it’s set in North Carolina. Thank you for the chance to win a copy and the interesting snippet on the history of pie! Love your other Mysteries as well! Happy Reading and Writing ~ Cheers~ Elizabeth MacGregor

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