Peaches and Scream – Susan Furlong

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3/5 Peach Orchards

On The Back:

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…

My Thoughts:

A great start to a new series; in Peaches and Scream Nola returns home to look after her family’s peach orchard while her parents are on a cruise. But after a party one night a man is found strangled in Nola’s peach orchard. When her brother-in-law, Hollis becomes the chief suspect Nola knows she has to find who the killer is, before a family member is put in jail.

I really liked Nola, she was a tough MC who had more than her fair share of heartache in her life, but yet was willing to finally put it behind her. I also loved her sister Ida and her friends, Ginny and Hattie. However, her brother-in-law, Hollis, was an extreme jerk. For most of the story I was hoping he would be convicted of murder just to get him out of the next book.

The mystery was okay, not really surprising, but, then again, there was only like four suspects, so I don’t think any of them would have surprised me by the end.

Overall this was a very good book. With mostly great characters and an okay mystery this book gets 3/5 stars. I’ll look for the next one when it comes out.

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