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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Plum Deadly by Ellie Grant--Review, Interview and Giveaway


Book Details
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Published by: Gallery Books
Release Date: September 3, 2013
Number of Pages: 304
Unjustly accused of cooking the books, Maggie Grady is forced to retreat from her high-flying New York financial career to the town where she grew up. Her aunt Clara greets her with open arms and a job at the family-owned business that has baked the best pies in the South for over forty years. Unfortunately, while Maggie is determined to return to banking, her reputation there seems permanently in the pits. That is, until her old boss, Lou, visits with news that he’s found the real crook. Before he can reveal the details, though, Maggie finds his body right behind the pie shop.
With only her own word that Lou planned to exonerate her, Maggie is in the spotlight. The police seem to suspect that Aunt Clara’s damson pie may not be just dangerously delectable, but downright deadly. Maggie doesn’t just have her own name to clear; she has to make sure that her aunt’s beloved business isn’t harmed, either. Yummy local reporter Ryan Summerour appears eager to help, and Maggie can’t help hoping that it’s not just the police who find her a person of interest—but Ryan, as well. She’d thought it challenging to make the perfect pie crust that Aunt Clara demands, but that turns out to be nothing compared with finding a murderer. . . .
My Review:
Well, Jim and Joyce have done it again.  This was such a charming cozy mystery.  Maggie was a banking executive in New York till she was accused of embezzling from the bank.  She goes home to Durham, NC to help at her aunts Pie Shop.  Her boss from the bank comes to tell her he knows she is innocent and knows who the embezzler really is, but when Maggie goes to take the trash out that evening, she finds him dead on the back step.  This is the first cozy I have read that was about pies.  I am not a pie eater, but I will admit some of them sounded really good.  I also liked Maggie, she was a great character, as was her Aunt Clara.  Clara was a little absent minded about some things, but Maggie was there to straighten her out.  Maggie also meets Ryan, who writes and runs the local paper.  They work together to try to find the killer and the embezzler.  Some of there mishaps are pretty funny.  This book left me guessing as there are a couple of possible suspects, but who the killer was totally threw me for a loop.  Great job "Ellie".  Can't wait for the next book in this series, and there is a teaser to the next book at the very end.  Also, this book is filled with great pie recipes. 
I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review. 

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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Interview with Ellie Grant


1.      Where did you get the idea to write this book?


We went to a pie eating contest and it looked like so much fun! The next thing we knew, we were writing about a pie shop.


2.      This series is about a pie shop, what are your favorite pies?


 Our favorite is cherry but we also love blueberry and lemon meringue.


3.      How many books do you plan for this series?


We’ve written two so far. We’ll let you know when the publisher tells us!


4.      You write so many different series of books, how do you come up with all of your ideas, what are your inspirations?


Our inspirations are anything and everything. There are so many ideas that we don’t have time to write. We put them in a future pile and take them out to look at them from time to time. That’s the curse of being a writer – so many stories – not enough time.


5.      What is your favorite thing, besides a cozy mystery, to write about?


We also love to write science fiction and fantasy. We’ve written a few. Still practicing!


6.      What is your favorite setting for all of your series?


We don’t really have a favorite. There are so many great settings and characters. It would be impossible to have a favorite.


7.      Where is your favorite place to vacation?


The mountains. The beach is ok too but we really enjoy the mountains.


8.      Besides writing, what are your other interests, what do you like to do in your spare time?  


Joyce enjoys watercolor painting and gardening. Jim enjoys putting computers together to give away. We both love long rides on rural roads as well as spending time with our family and our pets.

GIVEAWAY:  Ellie Grant has graciously agreed to giveaway one print copy of Plum Deadly per blog.  Just leave a comment, with your email (if you don't leave your email, we can't contact you) and I will pick a winner on the 16th. Good luck!




  1. Thanks for hosting us on our blog tour, Melina!

  2. i just love this cover!! it is so delicious, as i'm sure the book is, as well!!!!

    thank you for the giveaway!!!

    cyn209 at juno dot com

  3. Looking forward to reading this one!

  4. I love food cozies, most of all love anything to do with pies so this would be a real treat to read. Thank you for hosting this giveaway.


  5. Very nice interview! I enjoyed reading it.

    brooke811 at

  6. would love to win this book!

  7. This book is special and lovely. Sounds perfect for fall. thanks for this wonderful giveaway. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  8. I like pies so much better that banking and finances so Maggie should be happy that she lost her high flying job. I would really like to read this book.

  9. This book was great, good luck to all!

  10. Thank you "Ellie" (Jim and Joyce) for stopping by today, Lori, as always a great tour!

  11. This book has many great reviews and sounds so interesting and intriguing. Enjoyed the interview. Thank you for sharing the opportunity to participate in a giveaway. Please enter my name in the giveaway.
    Barbara Thompson

  12. Great review, thank you.