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A Day in the Life of Jane Steward by Ellery Adams

Murder in the Mystery SuiteWelcome to Storyton Hall, my friends. Please, step into our magnificent lobby. I hope you enjoyed your journey from the train station. I find it very relaxing to sit in the back of a vintage Rolls Royce sedan and gaze out the windows at the beautiful vistas. Ah, the tree-covered hills and the endless blue sky. Isn’t it lovely to leave the cares of our busy lives behind us for a spell? And here comes Mr. Butterworth, Storyton’s butler, to offer you a glass of champagne. All of our guests are greeted in this way. This, my friends, is just the beginning of the delightful surprises you’ll discover here.

Allow me to introduce myself. I’m Jane Steward, the resort manager and single mother to twin boys, Fitzgerald and Hemingway (Fitz and Hem for short). It’s my honor to invite you to stay in this manor that was once the Steward’s ancestral home. I come from a long line of readers, which is why most of the rooms in this great, sprawling mansion are named after famous authors.

So after you’ve had a chance to get settled, I can take you on a tour. Perhaps you’d like to check out a book from the Henry James library and then make yourselves comfortable in the Jane Austen Parlor or the Daphne Du Maurier Sunroom. Or, you could stroll through Milton’s Gardens and have a bite of lunch at Kipling’s Café. But don’t overindulge, because we serve afternoon tea every day in the Agatha Christie Tea Room. And believe me, you don’t want to pass up Mrs. Hubbard’s Victoria sponge, scones with homemade jam and clotted cream, or her delicious tea sandwiches.

And make sure you have enough energy for this evening. We’re opening the Murder and Mayhem Week here at Storyton Hall with a costume ball. I hope you’re prepared to come dressed as your favorite detective. Of course, I won’t be able to tell who’s who tonight. With all the Miss Marples, Hercule Poirots, and Tommy and Tuppences, a guest could get away with murder and I’d never know it!


You can read more about Jane in Murder in the Mystery Suite, the first book in the new “Book Retreat” mystery series, published by Berkley Prime Crime. Books are available at retail and online booksellers.

How about you? Which detective would you dress up as and which detective would you Storyton Braceletlike to share a dance with? Post a comment by 6 p.m. eastern on August 8, and one lucky person will win a signed copy of MURDER IN THE MYSTERY SUITE as well as a Storyton Hall bracelet. (US entries only, please.)

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.

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Pecan Pies and Homicides by Ellery Adams

Pecan Pies and HomicidesPecan Pies and Homicides by Ellery Adams is the third book in the “Charmed Pie Shoppe” mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime, January 2014

Her Charmed Pie Shoppe is open for business, but baker Ella Mae LeFaye is about to discover solving a murder is not as easy as pie.

Owning the Charmed Pie Shoppe and serving enchanted treats in the magical town of Havenwood, Georgia, seemed like a little slice of heaven for Ella Mae LeFaye. But now her hopes for both a lasting romance with Hugh Dylan and business success are starting to seem like pie in the sky, and Ella’s left wondering: Where has the magic gone?

When an enchanted grove is set ablaze, Ella realizes she has more grave problems. With her magic waning, she’s going to have to sleuth from scratch to stop an arsonist who has no respect for sacred ground—or human life.

This was the best book ever, so far. OMG! Ellery just pulls you into the affairs of the people of Havenwood, Georgia that all you want to do is move into the nearest empty house. Ella Mae and her aunts are back and she is determined to bring her mother back and when she learns of a way possible, she heads to the home of her nemesis and that is where she meets the victim who will soon be discovered near the grove.

The action that takes place during the course of solving this case was so intense that I could not put the book down as I cheered her on in her pursuits. Ellery’s was very vivid in her description, especially that underwater scene which had me riveted to the pages. From familial strength, to self-discovery to love, this book keeps you engaged from beginning to an ending that keeps a smile on your face and warmth in your heart.

Poisoned Prose by Ellery Adams

Poisoned ProsePoisoned Prose by Ellery Adams is the fifth book in the “Books by the Bay” mystery series. Publisher: Berkly Prime Crime, October 2013

When Olivia Limoges and other Oyster Bay patrons of the arts sponsor a retreat for famous storytellers, one of them is going to have a very unhappy ending.

Olivia thought gathering some of the most renowned storytellers in one place would be a nice, simple way for herself and the Bayside Book Writers to appreciate their talents. But things take a dark turn when the most famous storyteller in the nation—the captivating performer Violetta Devereaux—announces onstage that she will meet her end in Oyster Bay.

When Violetta is discovered murdered after the show, everyone involved with the retreat becomes a suspect. There are rumors that Violetta, who grew up in extreme poverty in the Appalachian Mountains, possessed an invaluable treasure. Now Chief Rawlings and the Bayside Book Writers must work at a frenzied pace to solve the crime before someone closes the book on them.

Ellery has done it again. She has delivered a well-written page-turner that I could not put down and I didn’t want to see end. This was a good mystery that kept me in suspense with a few twists and turns that I didn’t see coming and WOW and OMG. The gang is all back doing what they do best, using their resources to apprehend a killer with some tense moments that kept me glued to the pages. Every word, every scene and every description is vividly portrayed in this finely tuned drama that touched all five senses in this terrific whodunit. With Olivia leading and surrounded by a superb cast of characters, this is the best book yet in this delightfully charming series and I look forward to the next book with my friends in Oyster Bay.

The Last Day Of Violetta Devereaux by Ellery Adams

Poisoned ProseMy name is Violetta Devereaux. You don’t know me yet, but you will. You haven’t heard my story yet, but once you have, you’ll never forget it. I can promise you that. You will never forget me.

I am a woman from the Appalachian Mountains in North Carolina. Some folks call us hill people. Some folks call us crueler things than that. But we’re just people. Families scratching a living from the land. Fighting. Loving. Learning. And leaving.

That’s what I did. I left that place in search of a better life. And do you know how I escaped? I told stories. Yes, stories. The ones you heard around campfires when you were small. The ones your grandparents whispered to you before you fell asleep on a cold, winter night. The ones that painted pictures in your mind and haunted your dreams.

That’s what I am about to become. A haunt. Where I come from, we’re called haints. And my story, the story in the pages of Poisoned Prose is a haint tale. I carried a secret with me to the storyteller’s retreat in Oyster Bay and that secret has been brought to life. The results will be devastating for some of the people you know there. Olivia, Chief Rawlings, and those other writers. I’m sorry to have brought sorrow into their midst, for they are storytellers too, but it is my destiny.

To be memorable sometimes means having to cause pain.

So I invite you to my performance. It will take place at night in the Oyster Bay Public Library. violettaThere will be a single spotlight, a trunk of props, and a dwarf named Lowell. I will tell you several stories. I will enchant and entrance you. And by the end of the evening, someone in the audience will vow that this will be the final event of my career.


You can read more about Violetta in Poisoned Prose, the fifth book in the “Books by the Bay” mystery series, published by Berkley Prime Crime. The first book in the series is A Killer Plot.


To be entered into the drawing for a signed copy of POISONED PROSE, leave a comment about a memorable person who told you stories. Contest ends October 16; U.S. entries only


From Dru: Congratulations to Ellery as “Poisoned Prose” is #16 on the NY Times Mass Market Bestsellers’ List (10/20/13).

More about Poisoned Prose: A Books By the Bay Mystery
When Olivia Limoges and other Oyster Bay patrons of the arts sponsor a retreat for famous storytellers, one of them is going to have a very unhappy ending…

Olivia thought gathering some of the most renowned storytellers in one place would be a nice, simple way for herself and the Bayside Book Writers to appreciate their talents. But things take a dark turn when the most famous storyteller in the nation—the captivating performer Violetta Devereaux—announces onstage that she will meet her end in Oyster Bay.

When Violetta is discovered murdered after the show, everyone involved with the retreat becomes a suspect. There are rumors that Violetta, who grew up in extreme poverty in the Appalachian Mountains, possessed an invaluable treasure. Now Chief Rawlings and the Bayside Book Writers must work at a frenzied pace to solve the crime before someone closes the book on them.

About 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.

If you want to know more about Ellery Adams and her books, you can find her here:

Twitter: @ElleryAdams
Website: www.elleryadamsmysteries.com
Blog: www.cozychicksblog.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ellery.adams

Books are available at retail and online booksellers.

Peach Pies and Alibis by Ellery Adams

Peach Pies AlibisPeach Pies and Alibis by Ellery Adams is the second book in the “Charmed Pie Shoppe” mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime, March 2013

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 . . .

I can’t even describe how this book captured my attention from the beginning to an ending that left us with possibilities. What a great book that I could not put down until the last page was turned. The mystery kept me guessing but it was the relationship between Ella Mae and her relatives in this character-driven whodunit that made me feel like I was right there as they sought out a killer with an unexpected result. This is an great read and I look forward to the next book in this fabulously terrific series.

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.

Written in Stone by Ellery Adams

Written in Stone by Ellery Adams is the fourth book in the “Books by the Bay” mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime, November 2012

When Munin Cooper, known as the Witch of Oyster Bay, warns Olivia Limoges that death is coming, neither of them realize that it is the older woman herself who will soon be found dead. And Olivia’s instincts tell her that something—or someone—more sinister than a mystical force is at play.

Olivia has a lot on her plate preparing for the Coastal Carolina Food Festival. When she hears the news of Munin’s untimely death, however, finding the murderer takes priority. The witch left behind a memory jug full of keepsakes that Olivia knows must point to the killer—but she’s got to figure out what they mean.

With handsome Police Chief Rawlings by her side, Olivia starts to identify some of the jug’s mysterious contents—and finds its secrets are much darker than she suspected. Now Olivia must enlist the help of the Bayside Book Writers to solve the puzzle behind the piece of pottery and put an end to a vengeful killer before any more damage can be done.

Any book that evokes all five senses is an awesome read. Ellery Adams takes us on a journey of self-discovering as the lead protagonist opens herself to love and feel love. Watching this journey had me quickly turning the pages in this mystery that I could not put down. Olivia is confronted with another murder and a past that was superbly written with plenty of twists and turns with an outcome that touched my heart. The camaraderie among this eclectic cast of characters brings you into their world and you never want to leave. Ellery had delivered yet another great adventure in Oyster Bay and I can’t wait for the next book in this wonderfully charming series.

Pies and Prejudice by Ellery Adams

Pies and Prejudice by Ellery Adams is the first book in the new “Charmed Pie Shoppe” mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime, July 2012

When the going gets tough, Ella Mae LaFaye bakes pies. So when she catches her husband cheating in New York, she heads back home to Havenwood, Georgia, where she can drown her sorrows in fresh fruit filling and flakey crust. But her pies aren’t just delicious. They’re having magical effects on the people who eat them–and the public is hungry for more.

Discovering her hidden talent for enchantment, Ella Mae makes her own wish come true by opening the Charmed Pie Shoppe. But with her old nemesis Loralyn Gaynor making trouble, and her old crush Hugh Dylan making nice, she has more than pie on her plate. and when Loralyn’s fiancé is found dead–killed with Ella Mae’s rolling pin–it’ll take all her sweet magic to clear her name.

In this new debut series, we are introduced to the women in the LeFaye family. This charming whodunit exudes southern hospitality in the face of murder, mystery, mayhem with a splash of magical delights. Add in deliciously appetizing pies and romance and you have the makings of a wonderfully enchanting story that I want to see continue for years to come.

When Ella Mae becomes the prime suspect in a homicide, exposing a killer becomes a top priority as her mother and aunts use their special talents in gathering clues to clear Ella Mae’s name. It was fun watching Ella Mae realize the powers that she bestows every time she bakes one of her savory pies. This character-driven story boasts a well-written plot, a great cast of characters and excellent dialogue. This is a bright beginning to a pleasantly appealing series and I look forward to more mystical adventures with the LeFaye women of Havenwood, Georgia.

The Last Word by Ellery Adams

The Last Word by Ellery Adams is the third book in the “Books by The Bay” mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime (Penguin), December 2011

Olivia Limoges and the Bayside Book Writers are excited about Oyster Bay’s newest resident: bestselling novelist Nick Plumley, who’s come to work on his next book, but finds himself caught in a deadly ending.

The arrival of Nick Plumley has sent shivers of excitement throughout Oyster Bay. Especially since rumors has it that the Booker Prize winner is thinking about putting down roots here. No one is more thrilled than Olivi and her fellow members when Plumley drops by the first writer’s group meeting at Harris’s new house. But why is Plumley more interested in poking around the lovely bungalow than in discussing the craft of fiction?

Not long after, Olivia stops by Plumley’s rental–and finds that he’s been strangled to death. Her instincts tell her that something from the past came back to haunt him, but she never expects that the investigation could spell doom for one of her dearest friends.

An author’s arrival in town leads to his murder and when Olivia and the team search for clues, they know they will have to uncover the past in order to find a killer. WOW! They say it’s the words that bring a story to life and in The Last Word that is just what the author achieved. So much emotion in each and every scene that when I neared the end, the tears shed, would not stop. This book boasts among other things, a great mystery, extraordinary friendships, an incredible cast of characters and a pleasant atmosphere that I look forward to on my yearly visits to Oyster Bay. This is the best book, thus far, in this wonderfully charismatic and mesmerizing series.