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.

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