Mary Ellen Hughes

Scene of the Brine

Business is booming at Piper’s Picklings in Cloverdale, New York. But not all is sweet in the life of Piper’s number one customer and friend, local caterer Sugar Heywood. Sugar is dating wealthy realtor Jeremy Porter, but his family doesn’t approve. After their unscrupulous accountant finds some dirt on Sugar, the family quickly urges Jeremy to throw her out like rotten fruit.

 

Things are further spoiled after the accountant is found poisoned, and all evidence points to Sugar’s son, Zach. With the Porter family determined to avoid scandal, it won’t be easy for Piper to preserve Zach’s innocence. And after someone falls victim to a poisoned jar of some of her brandied cherries, Piper’s got a peck of trouble to deal with herself…

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Praise for the series

 “A one-of-a-kind mystery with homemade food, small-town secrets, and winsome characters.”—Ellery Adams, New York Times bestselling author

 “A charming new sleuth in a peck of pickles and murder.”—Connie Archer, national bestselling author of the Soup Lover’s Mysteries

 “Fans of Susan Wittig Albert’s China Bayles series should enjoy this plucky heroine.”—Library Journal

 “[Hughes is] a first-rate mysterian.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

Copyright 2017 Mary Ellen Hughes