Coffee, Pie, and Prizes with Ella Mae LeFaye by Ellery Adams

Peach Pies AlibisI have so much to do! I’ve been hired to cater a wedding. This is my first catering job and I really want to dazzle the bride and groom, as well as all of their guests.

Today, the couple came in for a tasting. I served them coffee and samples of apple caramel cream cheese tart, white chocolate tart with a garnish of raspberries, blueberries, and kiwi, a lemon mascarpone pie with a garnish of honey-glazed strawberries, an almond toffee tart, bourbon molasses pie, and a dark chocolate tart covered with chocolate curls. Guess what? They ordered all of them for their September wedding. Instead of cake, they’re going to have tiers of mini pies. Apparently, it’s all the rage at Southern weddings now and boy, am I glad about that!

When I watch this adorable young couple, I admit to a little jealousy. They have a connection that my soon-to-be ex-husband and I never had. I can magically inject food with my feelings. I can make people want to peel off their clothes or turn cartwheels in the street. I can influence them into telling me their deepest, darkest secrets or make them believe they’re carefree enough to play a game of hopscotch in the office parking lot, but I can’t find a way to be with the love of my life. I also fail to recognize an enemy when I see one.

I can’t say more on that topic or it’ll give away too much about peachpiethe terrible villain I face in Peach Pies and Alibis (release date 3/5). But I promise you that after a few hundred pages of poison, peril, and enchantment, you’ll be ready for a hot cup of coffee and a slice of my Charmed Georgia Peach Pie (recipe at the end of the book).


prizeUntil then, tell me what you love about mysteries and you could win a prize pack with a mini pie mold, cute striped apron, and a dishtowel with hearts. Contest open to US residents only and ends March 10.


You can read more about Ella Mae in Peach Pies and Alibis, the second book in the “Charmed Pie Shoppe” mystery series. The first book in the series is Pies and Prejudice.


Meet the Author:
Ellery Adams grew up on a beach near the Long Island Sound. Having spent her adult life in a series of landlocked towns, she cherishes her memories of open water, violent storms, and the smell of the sea. Ms. Adams has held many jobs including caterer, retail clerk, car salesperson, teacher, tutor, and tech writer, all the while penning poems, children’s books, and novels. She now writes full-time from her home in Virginia.

Visit Ellery at www.elleryadamsmysteries.com

Books are available at retail and online booksellers.

33 responses to “Coffee, Pie, and Prizes with Ella Mae LeFaye by Ellery Adams

  1. I’m anxiously awaiting the first and second books of this series to arrive on my doorstep. Now I’m dreaming of peach pie on a very snowy day.

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  2. I loved the first book, now will look for the 2nd. I love mysteries because of their quirks, their surprises and most of all because each is usually wrapped at the end. Dee

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  3. I like interesting characters in a mystery. If I don’t like the main character, I won’t finish the book. And, Ella Mae LeFaye is one of the best characters out there right now. Loved both books in this series.

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  4. I like mysteries because I like solving a puzzle. I especially enjoy cozy mysteries because of the characters.

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  5. A good mystery keeps me guessing and has great characters!

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  6. What I like in a mystery is when I can be drawn in and feel the same things the characters do. One that makes me mad, cry, laugh and yes even be scared. Peach Pies and Alibis did all of that and more.

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  7. Nancy Hill Bradford

    I like mysteries because I do try to figure out who did it and that make my brain work.

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  8. I like mysteries because I love to think a little while I’m reading. It isn’t all mindless pleasure. I love to figure out who did it and why. I also love cozy mysteries because of the settings and the characters. 🙂

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  9. I loved the first book very much, and I do collect aprons, so I’d love to be entered in the contest. Ellery’s writing draws the reader in, and makes them feel like they are right there watching things unfold.

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  10. Jennifer west

    I can see me staying up all night to read this just to get to the recipe:):)

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  11. I’m looking forward to reading this one….. Although there is always weight gain involved with these pie mysteries. I love mysteries because I like the mental challenge of trying to determine ‘who did it’.

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  12. I took a break from writing mysteries to do a humorous book which was fun to write, but I found myself structuring it like a mystery with plot twists and reveals. That’s what I like best about mysteries: they, well, they keep you guessing.

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  13. Erin parker

    I love this series.

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  14. Janet Morrissey

    I read mystery series for a chance to spend time with well-drawn characters and a hope to figure out “who done it” just before the reveal.

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  15. can’t wait to read peach pies& alibis . couldn’t put the first book down. i love the cover, makes me want to have a peach pie. i love cozy myseries. i love the suspense of figuring out who did it.

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  16. I love puzzles and trying to figure things out, that is why I love mysteries. I also enjoy the twists and turns that go along with the story. A really good mystery is when just when you think you have figured out who did it, the author spins it and has you guessing all over it.

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  17. Brenda Miller

    I love your series, because I love mysteries and the cleanness of your writing.

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  18. I’m not sure why I love mysteries so much. I like getting to know the characters, Sad to admit, but, I like when bad people die. I like the intrigue and the puzzle. I like to escape.

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  19. I have always loved mysteries. It all started as a child with Sherlock Holmes, to all of the good ol’ tv shows (hart to hart; mcmillian and wife, ellery queen, quincy, murder she wrote), to all agatha cristie books and on and on and on. I can’t wait to read this book, I got the postcard info about it last week! I really hope I win!!!

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  20. I like the suspense of mysteries. Thinking I know who has done the crime, then being proven wrong. I like putting the puzzle together and seeing the end resolved! I love mysteries!

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  21. I can’t wait to read this new book. I really have to get moving on my to be read list! I think I’m going to reread Pies and Prejudice before I read this one to make sure I really get to know the characters.

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  22. I love the cleverness of the detective.

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  23. I love a good mystery cause it makes you think. You fall for each character and then try to think of who had motive. Who hated Whom.

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  24. I think we grow up with mysteries if we hear or read fairytales at all. Life is a mystery and most of us want it all to turn out right. I like cozies especially because while they make my brain work, I’m also enveloped by the lives of average people (and sometimes celebrities of one kind or another) who get into more trouble than I do and survive. I generally get a life lesson in there somewhere as a refresher course. I’ve always loved words except those foul ones that distract me from my reading. I’m ready for that peach pie. Sign me up. Thanks.

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  25. I love to get totally immersed in a mystery, Almost like the characters are my friends and I want to help them. That makes me keep turning the pages and so sad when it ends.

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  26. A good mystery is a challenge and, for me, has a good resolution.

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  27. I’ve been reading a lot of cozy mysteries lately. I love the mystery, of course, but I love reading about the characters main interest or job or hobby like running a BnB or making soap or baking pies. I love that they include recipes or knitting patterns or book lists. They are usually quick, satisfying little reads that make me care about the characters and what happens to them next.

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  28. I love mysteries! My first mystery series was Nancy Drew and from then I was hooked. I love the twists and turns, the challenges of pretending I’m the detective and absorbing all the clues provided and that I’ll solve the mystery before all is revealed. I think I’m a private eye or detective in my dreams! 🙂

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  29. I love mysteries because they get me involved trying to figure out who did it—and the time just flies reading.
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  30. Cindy Hogue

    I love mysteries because I enjoy putting the pieces together to figure out whodonit….the main characters have to be interesting and likable and it never hurts to have a dog in there. There is no more enjoyable way to spend my spare time at home or in the car waiting for kids than reading a mystery and since I work in an elementary school library I always encourage our young readers to try out mysteries…never too young to get started!

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  31. I grew up reading Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys. Now I read many different kinds of books but I think it’s just my nature to be drawn to mysteries (of all kinds). Maybe it’s the variety of settings and time periods, or the multiple personalities involved, or the endless possibilities for plots. Whatever the reason, I love to try and figure out “who done it”.

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  32. I love to read mysteries and enjoy putting all the peices together to try and solve the puzzle.

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  33. Contest is closed, but comments are always welcome.

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