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Scene of the Brine (Pickled and Preserved Mystery #3)

Mary Ellen Hughes


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The national bestselling author of License to Dill returns with a dilly of a pickle.
Piper Lamb has to take a break from jarring her delicious pickles and preserves to blow the lid off a poisoner....
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…

Praise For Scene of the Brine (Pickled and Preserved Mystery #3)

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

Berkley, 9780425262474, 304pp.

Publication Date: February 2, 2016

About the Author

Mary Ellen Hughes is the national bestselling author of the Pickled & Preserved Mysteries, featuring License to Dill and The Pickled Piper; the Craft Corner Mysteries, including Wreath of Deception, String of Lies, and Paper-Thin Alibi; and the Maggie Olenski Mysteries. She lives in Maryland with her husband, Terry, who has long provided her with bounties of homegrown vegetables for preserving and pickling as well as unique inspirations for mysteries. Mary Ellen is a member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime.