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The Pickled Piper

(The first book in the Pickled and Preserved Mystery series)
A novel by


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 life... or she may end up a pickled Piper herself.


Genre: Cozy Mystery
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Praise for this book

"A one-of-a-kind mystery with homemade food, small-town secrets, and winsome characters." - Ellery Adams

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Paperback Editions

May 2014 : USA Mass Market Paperback

Title: The Pickled Piper (Pickled and Preserved Mystery)
Author(s): Mary Ellen Hughes
ISBN: 0-425-26245-6 / 978-0-425-26245-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Berkley
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