Thursday, July 16, 2015
Book Review/Giveaway: Peaches & Scream by Susan Furlong
From the publisher: In the first Georgia Peach Mystery, when murder threatens her family’s orchard, Nola Harper is ready to pick out the killer and preserve the farm’s reputation…
To help run the family peach farm during her parents’ absence, Nola Harper returns to her childhood home of Cays Mill, Georgia, and soon discovers that things back at the farm aren’t exactly peachy. A poor harvest and rising costs are threatening to ruin the Harpers’ livelihood, and small-town gossip is spreading like blight thanks to Nola’s juicy reputation as a wild teenager way back when. But Nola really finds herself in the pits when she stumbles upon a local businessman murdered among the peach trees.
With suspicions and family tensions heating up faster than a cobbler in the oven, this sweet Georgia peach will have to prune through a list of murder suspects—before she too becomes ripe for the killer’s picking…
What could be more delectable than sinking your teeth into the flesh of a juicy peach? Sicking your teeth into a juicy mystery featuring the yummiest of summer fruits.
Peaches & Scream introduces us to Nola Mae Harper who has returned home to Cays Mill, Georgia, to help run the family peach orchard while her parents are on an anniversary trip. The next morning while cleaning up she stumbles upon the body of a lumber mill owner, and her brother in law, who recently had a bad business deal with the victim, is the main suspect.
Nola Mae is a very complex and instantly likeable protagonist. Working for a humanitarian organization, she soon realizes that while she's been helping people in faraway lands, her very own family has been suffering - the peach farm is in trouble. She's also hiding a heartbreaking secret from her teenage years that drove her away years ago and she's spent the entire time trying to atone for.
A cast of sassy Southern characters, a charming small town, and a basset hound named Roscoe make for a mouth-watering debut. I can't wait to watch Nola Mae make a success of her new business!
Giveaway: Leave a comment by noon eastern on Wednesday, July 22nd for your chance to win a paperback copy of Peaches & Scream. (US entries only, please.)
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