Scrappy Summer by Mollie Cox Bryan is the first novella in the “Cumberland Creek” mystery series. Publisher: Kensington, May 2014
Summer’s in full swing, and it’s time once again for the Cumberland Creek County Fair Pie Competition. DeeAnn Fields just knows this is her year to finally win with her brilliant apple green chili pie. But after the judges take one bite and spit it back out, ordering DeeAnn to leave at once, she’s baffled as to what went wrong. . .until she discovers someone sabotaged her pie.
Banding together to find out who hated DeeAnn enough to ruin her chances of winning, the ladies of the Cumberland Scrapbook Crop scrap their summer plans to get to the bottom of this mystery so that they can return to what they do best–cropping and crafting!
As always, it is fun to visit the scrapbooking women from Cumberland Creek and this time a mystery surrounds the pie that DeeAnn submitted for the pie-baking contest. Discovering what happened to her pie turns into a surprising twist of events, but the biggest surprise is when the winner is announced. This was very delightfully charming novella and a great interlude before the next book in the Cumberland Creek series which the author teases us with the first chapter.