The Pickled Piper Pickled Preserved Mystery 1 eBook Ã

FIRST IN A NEW SERIES After her dreams of romance are crushed Piper Lamb decides to pursue her dream of opening her own shop of pickles and preserves called Piper’s Picklings in the idyllic small town of Cloverdale But she isn’t in town long before she encounters a barrelful of trouble The Cloverdale fair offers Piper a sweet opportunity to promote her business With her new assistant Amy she sets up a booth centered around an eye catching display of the ever popular dills in an old fashioned barrel of brine But things soon turn sour when fairgoers witness a fight between Amy’s boyfriend Nate and town council blowhard—and bagpipe player—Alan Rosemont When Rosemont is found floating in Piper’s barrel Nate becomes the prime murder suspect With Amy’s boyfriend in a pretty pickle there’s no time to dillydally But as Piper searches for the real killer she needs to be careful to preserve her own lifeor she may end up a pickled Piper herselfINCLUDES RECIPES 


10 thoughts on “The Pickled Piper Pickled Preserved Mystery 1

  1. says:

    Piper Lamb has moves back to the place she's called home after calling it quits in a dead end relationship Opening a pickling and preserves shop called Piper’s Picklings things are looking good until a local man is found in her picking barrel and her assistant Amy's boyfriend is being accused In order to prove his innocent Piper puts away her preserves and puts on her sleuth hat She better be careful because the killer has her in their sight and she may get burned This had everything I enjoy in a cozy Small town feel good cast of characters and a great sleuth in Piper Piper lead with her head and didn't go running into danger without second thought something cozy sleuths can be guilty of from time to time Piper slowly gather motives and clues and does she have alot to swim through The murder victim Alan Rosemont was a jerk and made many people of the town very angry Piper has many suspects but the clues and motives can be a tad hazy There were plenty of motives but clues were few and far between This is of my own preference as I love putting the puzzle pieces to figure out whodunit and see if I was right grins Another trouble I had was the hint of a Love Triangle in the next book Between Will the cutie Christmas tree framer and Piper's clueless ex is coming back on the scene I'm hoping it's all smoke and no fire and this triangle is tossed out early and a positive growing relationship is able to bloom between Piper and Will A sweetly wonderful start to this new series and as a person who does some pickling herself some great ideas and recipes to check out looking forward to book two


  2. says:

    4 Stars Piper is an expert at pickling with spices and she opens a shop Pipers Picklings Her Aunt Judy and Uncle Frank run an organic farm which provides fresh ingredients for her recipes Set up at a local fair Pipers booth is popular and her goods are selling well Early the next morning she's horrified to discover a body stuffed head first in her huge pickle barrelThe dead man was disliked by many townspeople but a young musician Nate Purdy is the number one suspect because of an argument he had with the deceased a few hours before his murder The Sheriff's daughter Amy dates Nate Piper and her family and friends believe Nate is innocent and have a long list of possible suspects to rule out Once Piper begins sleuthing a series of malicious crimes occur to her shop her car and the final straw arson at her apartment Piper's in a pickle unless someone can figure out who the killer is fastPlenty of red herrings action pickling facts and tips and a great cast of characters make The Pickled Piper a fast paced entertaining read


  3. says:

    This is a typical cozy mystery and as such it is fairly formulaic Small insular towns amateur sleuths toned down violence and sex Think Miss Marple and Angela Lansbury and you'll get a pretty good idea of the subgenre The characters and the story are somewhat cliche but simultaneously comforting for the same reason Judging it as a cozy I found this to be fun and well written Though a little heavy on motive and light on clues this pickling adventure still offers enough small town drama dead bodies and gossip to keep it interestingObviously this type of bookmystery won't appeal to everyone nor should it have to though I suspect it will deliver to its target audience those who enjoy cozies and all that they encompass


  4. says:

    I'm a big fan so when I saw the book cover of this book I knew I had to check it out Piper Lamb loves to pickle food and after being dumped by her fiancee she returns to her hometown She opens her own pickling shop and as she's trying to make ends meet a murder takes place She must help the police solve it before it's too late A delightful cozy mystery in a brand new series I thoroughly enjoyed it and I look forward to reading My Rating 4 stars


  5. says:

    I have to start by saying this is one of the best new books I have read this year I couldn't put it down THE PICKLED PIPER hooked me on page one and just kept pulling me inPiper Lamb has opened her dream store Piper's Picklings in the small town of Cloverdale where she sells not only the multitude of delightful items that she has pickled and preserved herself but also pickling spices supplies and cookbooks And she can't think of a better way to promote her business than setting up her wares at the Cloverdale fair Well it was a great idea until Alan Rosemont a local town councilman is found head first and dead inside her old fashioned pickle barrel with Piper's assistant's boyfriend the prime suspectRight away I felt Piper her Aunt Judy and Uncle Frank her assistant Amy and the rest of the cast of characters were close friends Like I had always spent my days in Piper's shop Author Mary Ellen Hughes writes with a simple flair that makes reading a real joy Her characters are very likeable and fun the setting enjoyable and the mystery first class I thought I knew who did it but I was wrong Then I suspected someone of something elseI was wrong When the reveal of the killer came it all made prefect sense Another sweet and spicy surprise was how interesting I found the process of pickling It's not something I've ever had an interest in but as I read this treat of a book I found myself wishing I had paid attention to my mother when she made and canned her pickle relish Congratulations to Ms Hughes on this wonderful first book of what is sure to be a hit series My appetite has certainly been wetted for Lisa Ks Book Reviews


  6. says:

    The idea behind this pickled mystery is very cute I longed for a pickle while reading the whole thing but I can't have them any I am curious to see where this series is going to go Also it was nice not to be able to guess the killer until closer to the end I normally can figure it out but I didn't until chapter 28 Great job


  7. says:

    The Pickled Piper is the first book in the A Pickled Preserved Mystery seriesAfter breaking up with her boyfriend Scott Piper Lamb moves to Cloverdale NY to be near her Aunt Judy and Uncle Frank She has opened a shop Piper's Pickling catering to pickling and canning people As Piper and her part time employee Amy are getting the P P booth set for the opening of The Cloverdale Fair they witness a heated argument between Alan Rosemont and Nate Purdy that almost comes to blows The next morning Ben an auxiliary cop and Piper find the body of Rosemont in Piper's pickle barrel at her booth Based on the confrontation the night before Nate becomes the prime suspect but Amy who has been dating Nate is sure of innocence Piper and some of her friends begin their own investigation Ben has the sheriff ear and appears that the police are looking at any one elseIt is soon learned that between his abrasive personality and his bagpipe playing the are quite a few suspects that the police should be looking into The local librarian Lyella Pfiefle and her overprotective husband Rosemont had the library repainted a bright pink which Lyella was quite upset about Rosemont didn't have the best of business ethics and cheated Dorothy Taylor out of some items that she had in her attic Her son Robby was in town the evening that Rosemont was killed And the plumber Ralph Farber who lived next door to Rosemont and had to endure Rosemont's bagpipe playing all the time And there is also Charlotte Horsch who owns Charlotte's Chocolate and Confections who goes out of her way to drop hints that Nate is the killer maybe she is covering her tracksPiper has the front of her shop defaced with white paint the air let out of her car's tires and somebody has started a fire at the back of her store so she needs to get busy and find the murderer before she is the next victimI'm really looking forward to reading of this series The book has a wonderful cast of characters who one would love to have as their friends And for those who love to have a character to hate there is of course Charlotte Plus there is Will Burchett the attractive owner of a Christmas Tree farm who might be able to bring Piper out of her doldrums from her last relationship


  8. says:

    I received this book free from the author This is my honest reviewIn this exciting book in the new series Picked Preserved Mysteries Peter Piper did not pick a peck of pickled peppers but the new girl in Cloverdale Piper Lamb picks fresh organic produce from her Aunt Judy's farm to make her many various pickled and preserved specialities for her new shop Piper's Pickelings She's hoping to get a fresh start in life after her boyfriend has left her to travel around the world With her cute new assistant Amy Piper has a great opportunity to get her products seen by everyone at the local fair Unfortunately when she came for the second day at the fair her expensive new pickle barrel was filled with than pickles Unloveable councilman Alan Rosemont is dead and head down in the barrel To add to her dismay Amy's boyfriend Nate seems to be the sheriffs main suspect and the sheriff is Amy's father Piper takes on the challenge of helping Amy prove Nate innocent by checking out everyone that might have wanted to see Rosemont dead This is not an easy task as there are any number folks who might be glad to have Rosemont gone This cozy mystery was especially interesting to me because pickling was involved with great information and yummy recipes that I've never seen in any other cozies The characters were endearing and particularly well fleshed out Of corse there is also the terrific sour pickle of a woman who never seems to sweeten up while running her candy store The mystery kept me guessing right up until the surprise ending Definitely a series I want to read of with Piper her romances and her preserved organic treats


  9. says:

    After Piper Lamb breaks off with her fiancé she packs up and moves to the small town of Cloverdale where her aunt and uncle live Piper opens her own store Piper’s Picklings where she creates and sells her own pickles and preserves Things are looking great as she even opens a booth at the Cloverdale Fair with her assistant AmyThen Amy’s boyfriend Nate gets into a shouting match with Alan Rosemont a member of the town council and a man hated by most of the small town and things begin to go downhill fast When Rosemont’s dead body is stuffed into Piper’s pickle barrel Nate is arrested for the crime Amy is devastated and Piper promises to help Neither of them believe a sweet musician like Nate is capable of murderAs Piper investigates she discovers that there’s a long list of people with a reason to want to see Rosemont dead It doesn’t take long when Piper’s snooping leads to some really dangerous situations of her own She’s determined to find the real killer before someone else turns up deadThis book grabbed me right from the start It combines mystery a small town and romance into one delightful cozy package It’s fast paced with characters that are well written and realistic Piper seems like a neighbor we would all want to live near There’s a possible romance with one of the locals and I’m looking forward to seeing where the next book takes usIt’s the first book I’ve read by Mary Ellen Hughes but won’t be my lastFTC Disclosure The publisher provided me with a copy of this book to review for this blog tour This did not influence my thoughts and opinions in any way All opinions expressed are my own


  10. says:

    A fun compulsively readable story about the owner of a pickling shop who becomes an amateur sleuth to help out a friend The characters are enjoyably realistic and well delineated Okay so the librarian could have been realistic but maybe flattery will help sell copies of this book to libraries And yes I came across a pun on the main character's shop in reference to one of the suspects Spoiler alert yes this is a cozy mystery but the murders are just as deadly as any found in a hard boiled whodunit I'm a huge fan of Chandler and Hammett and this was as much of a page turning I really only need four hours of sleep a night maybe I can nap at work page turner as any of their novels This is also a great book for foodies who love mysteries reading it gave me so much of a craving for pickled food that I bought a jar of pickled asparagus and a jar of piccalilli at the Madison farmers' market while halfway through the book