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Breach of Crust By Ellery Adams: Review/Giveaway


FROM THE 2016 Articles,
andCynthia Chow,
andFood Fun,
andMysteryrat's Maze

by Cynthia Chow

Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of Breach of Crust, along with a link to purchase it from an indie bookstore where a portion goes to support KRL, and a link to purchase it from Amazon.

Ella Mae LeFaye may have lost her magical gifts, but she still retains her extraordinary baking skills. In order to save the magical community of Havenwood, Georgia, Ella Mae was forced to sacrifice both her magic and her position as their Clover Queen. It’s a choice that she has never regretted making.

Ella Mae’s reputation as a baker for her Charmed Pie Shoppe has spread throughout the South, and that is what has led Beatrice Burbank to her door. The president of Sweet Briar’s exclusive Camellia Club has come to hire Ella Mae to be one of her three professional chefs teaching classes at their club’s centennial celebration retreat. With the proceeds of the cookbook they issue out of that event benefiting a cause close to Ella Mae’s heart, there’s no question of refusal.book

Ella Mae barely has a chance to agree before discovering the body of Bea, floating off of the dock of Lake Havenwood. While the local authorities declare it the result of an unfortunate accident, Bea’s daughter Liz Fisher angrily disagrees. Liz’s distress and loss over forever coming second to the Camellia Club naturally has Ella Mae’s sympathetic and willing to do anything to ease Liz’s pain. Liz contends that the power wielded by the president of the Camellia Club is worth killing for, and it’s an assertion that seems to bear out as candidates begin to fall one by one.

This extraordinary series definitely falls into the realm of fantasy, with an entire mythology built around the Havenwood community. Ella Mae is rebuilding her relationship with Hugh Dylan, who similarly lost his water powers and is coping with the aftereffects. Love is running rampant throughout the town, as a gifted “Book Nerd” professor brought in to help Ella Mae track down magical artifacts also enchants her mother Adelaide.

One of the most compelling aspects of this series has been the legendary war between the LeFaye and Gaynor families, whose enmity began with Morgan Le Fay and Guinevere and continues with their descendants Ella Mae and Loralyn Gaynor. Although her mother has settled for peace, Loralyn persists in her endeavors to torture and destroy Ella Mae.

This is book 5 in the series, and recipes and delicious culinary descriptions further enhance this enthralling blend of fantasy and mystery that will delight readers of both genres.

To enter to win a copy of Breach of Crust, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “crust,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen April 30, 2016. U.S. residents only. If entering via email please include your mailing address, and if via comment please include your email address.

Check out other mystery articles, reviews, book giveaways & mystery short stories in our mystery section.

You can use this link to purchase this book & a portion goes to help support KRL & the indie bookstore.


Cynthia Chow is the branch manager of Kaneohe Public Library on the island of Oahu. She balances a librarian lifestyle of cardigans and hair buns with a passion for motorcycle riding and regrettable tattoos (sorry, Mom).

{ 27 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Celia Fowler April 23, 2016 at 8:56am

I have not read any books by Ellery Adams yet, but would love to start! What a delightful title!


2 Dianne Casey April 23, 2016 at 2:59pm

This series gets great reviews, but I haven’t read them yet. Would enjoy reading “Breach of Crust”. Great giveaway, thanks.
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3 Merry Chapman
Twitter: @Merry C
April 23, 2016 at 3:08pm

Would love to win a copy of this book. It really looks like it must go on the must read list since I read the first 4 and was waiting patiently for this one to come out! A must read series, well done.


4 Jen S. April 24, 2016 at 2:33am

Breach of Crust sounds like a fun cozy mystery, and I enjoy a foodie one. Thank you for the giveaway.
myrifraf (at) gmail (dot) com


5 Valerie Hoynacki April 24, 2016 at 8:45am

I’d love as chance to read a book by this author!!!


6 Della Williamson
Twitter: @DellaWilliamso6
April 24, 2016 at 9:28am

Am looking forward to a new writer and series. With recipes, no less!! Love the cover. And it does look like a great read. So hoping. Thanks for this chance to get it sooner rather than later.


7 Linda Herold
Twitter: @Linda
April 24, 2016 at 10:14am

This is a new series to me and it sounds interesting! Thanks for the chance to win the book! lindaherold999@gmail.com


8 Annette Naish April 24, 2016 at 11:27am

Ms Adams writes a good book, and the recipes make the books even better. Thanks for a good review. annettena@yahoo.com


9 Kathleen Costa April 24, 2016 at 11:51am

This is exciting…Hatfield and McCoys with Morgan LeFey and Guinevere descendants? I’m in on that twist.


10 Jill Tool
Twitter: @jillybeans41
April 24, 2016 at 12:59pm

I enjoy this series, but I haven’t read this one yet. Thank you for the give away. jillybeans41 at gmail dot com


11 Becky Richardson April 24, 2016 at 2:01pm

Have added this to my TBR list. Can’t wait to read it. brichardson0056@yahoo.com


12 Lexie April 24, 2016 at 3:54pm

Great article on a favorite author of mine.


13 Sarah Hills April 24, 2016 at 7:48pm

I love this series! Thanks for the chance to win.


14 Doward Wilson April 25, 2016 at 2:51am

This is a wonderful and heart warming series. Thanks for an interesting review and chance to win.


15 Kathleen
Twitter: @Kathleen
April 25, 2016 at 7:21am

would love to try this series.


16 Candy Kennedy April 26, 2016 at 7:15am

I have enjoyed this series and would love to own the next one .


17 Marilyn April 26, 2016 at 8:39am

never read this series. Sounds like a good read. Thanks for a chance to enter the contest.


18 Nancy C April 26, 2016 at 9:25am

Would love to read


19 Joni April 26, 2016 at 10:33am

Cannot wait to read the newest entry in this series; love it!


20 Marilyn Watson
Twitter: @MarilynWatson18
April 26, 2016 at 11:27am

Sounds wonderful and it was recommended to me. I would love to read it. Thank you for the chance.
Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com


21 Malka Essock April 26, 2016 at 4:53pm

i LOVE this Series!


22 Susan Puckett April 26, 2016 at 7:33pm

Wow…this sounds awesome! I haven’t read this series yet! I need to buy the first 4 books and get busy catching up!! I’m sharing this review with a friend who loves both fantasy and mystery! She will love it!! I hope I win!! What fun!


23 Melody Gonser
Twitter: @Melody Gonser
April 26, 2016 at 11:22pm

Breach of Crust- I tried to email you at the e mail address for entering book giveaway. It was sent back. I checked 3 times your e mail address and no luck.
Is there anything I can do?


24 Lorie
Twitter: @mysteryrat
April 27, 2016 at 8:45am

Did you change [dot] to an actual dot? We post it that way because the other generates spam. Either way by posting here you are already entered 🙂
Lorie Ham, KRL Publisher


25 Judy Weaver April 27, 2016 at 3:35pm

I believe this is a must read!


26 Amanda Farone April 27, 2016 at 4:46pm

I haven’t read this series yet but this book sounds very interesting and makes me want to read them all. Thank you for the chance to win this book. My email is a.keller2001@hotmail(dot)com


27 Lorie
Twitter: @mysteryrat
May 9, 2016 at 1:22pm

We have a winner!


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