I’m nothin’ but a moonshinin’ man. To some, that don’t count for much, but I once heard a minister say that a man’s got to make the most of the talents given to him. If that’s true, then the Big Man must be smilin’ down on me, because I’m known in these parts of Georgia for brewin’ the finest peach jack there ever was. ‘Course, it’s not exactly what most would call an honest livin’ being that bootleggin’ is against the law. But lucky for me, Sheriff Maudy Payne has her hands full with the murder of Mrs. Vivien Crenshaw. Poor woman. Stabbed in the neck with a pair of scissors, she was. I feel downright bad about the way she died. Most people in these parts do, but that hasn’t stopped them from speculatin’ on who might have killed her.
Yep, Mrs. Crenshaw’s murder is the talk of the town. Most people are sayin’ that Ginny down at the diner killed her in a fit of jealousy over a debutante dress of all things. Could be, I suppose. Ginny does have a mean temper. Others are sayin’ that maybe the reverend’s wife had somethin’ to do with it. I can’t quite imagine a church-goin’ lady doin’ something so terrible, but I do have my own ideas about who could’ve murdered Mrs. Crenshaw. Not that I should mention any names, but I’ve always been a bit suspicious of that new girl in town, the one from up North. She’s always lurkin’ about, up to no good. And she’s from a big city, too. Y’all know those people can’t be trusted.
Well, I’ve digressed. The point being’, the sheriff’s got a lot to figure out with this case. Trouble is, she’s ‘bout as sharp as a box of marbles. That’s why me, and most the folks I talk to, are hopin’ that Nola Mae Harper will step in and help out. Now there’s a girl who knows how to bring a killer to justice! Why you should have seen what she did last year to that varmint who killed . . . ahem . . . excuse me, I do tend to get off track. But it’s just like I was sayin’ earlier: Folks have got to use the talents givin’ to them. Take Nola Mae for example. Why, she’s got a mind for solvin’ crimes and a heart for helpin’ folks. She’s spent most of her adult life as a aid worker, traipsin’ off to foreign countries and servin’ folks in need. Now she’s back home here in Cays Mill, helpin’ out on her daddy’s peach farm. Tryin’ to make a go of a new shop that sells peach jams and such, too. Yes, that Nola Mae’s a real go-getter. I have no doubt that she’ll be able to ferret out this killer, too.
I’d like to tell you more about her, but Ms. Dru Ann told me that I had to keep this short. But if you haven’t had a chance to meet Nola Mae yet, just hop on over to her post from last year: Nola Mae Harper. Y’all are just goin’ to love her! And if you’re curious about all the shenanigans goin’ on in these part, pick up a copy of Rest in Peach. It makes for some good readin’. And for all you thirsty folks, there’s even a recipe for Sparkling Peach Cotillion Punch in the back of the book. ‘Course, it’s not as potent as the stuff I brew . . .
Rest in Peach is the second book in the Georgia Peach mystery series, published by Berkley Prime Crime, April 2016.
In the refreshing new Georgia Peach Mystery from the author of Peaches and Scream, an upcoming debutante ball turns into the pits when a juicy murder scandalizes a small town.
The annual Peach Cotillion, Cays Mill, Georgia’s biggest event, is fast approaching and Nola Mae Harper is just as excited as the rest of the town—even though she’s busy juggling both the cotillion dinner and the grand opening of her new shop, Peachy Keen. But she never expected that plans for the cotillion would end up in the pits because of the cutthroat competition between local debutantes.
When Vivien Crenshaw, insufferable church organist and despised mother of the town’s spoiled-rotten Peach Queen, is stabbed to death, the police turn to Nola’s friend Ginny as prime suspect. Apparently the two had fought over a one-of-a-kind cotillion gown. As Nola steps in to prove Ginny’s innocence she soon finds herself picking through a bushel of suspects, twice as many motives, and at the mercy of a killer all too keen on killing again.
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About the author
Susan Furlong is the author of the Georgia Peach Mysteries, Peaches and Scream and Rest in Peach. She has lived throughout the United States, including in the South, but is now happily settled in the Midwest on a small hobby farm with her husband and four children. Writing about peaches comes naturally to her as she grows several varieties of her own. Susan also writes the New York Times bestselling Novel Idea Mysteries under the pen name Lucy Arlington.
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