Series: Georgia Peach Mystery #1
Author: Susan Furlong
Publish Date: July 2015
About this Book:
In the first Georgia Peach Mystery, when murder threatens her family’s orchard, Nola Harper is ready to pick out the killer and preserve the farm’s reputation…
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…
This book introduces us to Cays Mill as Nola Mae Harper returns back home. Without a job, or at least one she’s liking, she comes home to take care of the family peach farm while her parents leave on a trip. The night after their celebration send-off, Nola discovers a dead body on the peach farm. Frustrated with the local sheriff making a quick assumption that her brother-in-law, Ray, is responsible for the crime, Nola begins to investigate.
During the investigation, Nola makes her rounds around town and meets up with the town folk who welcome her back. She meets up with an “old flame”, a former best friend, and her best friend. Throughout the process of investigating and learning her parents are struggling with the farm, she makes a major decision to affect her live and her family.
I enjoyed this book very much. The details of the small town and those who have stayed and created their own business, makes you want to visit Cay Mills for yourself. I’m excited to continue the series to see how she progresses with decisions made, as well as the romances that I felt had started in this first installment.