Piper Lamb has a booth at the
Cloverdale Fair. She can sell her delicious products and gain
some new customers for her shop called Piper’s Picklings.
You name it and she probably pickles it or will sell you the
spices to do it yourself. In addition, she also makes wonderful
preserves. Piper’s dill pickles sold so well the day
before - she is bringing another big batch with her. She gets
help carrying her supplies from Ben Curry who is an auxiliary
As they approach the booth, Piper sees something is not right
with her huge dill pickle barrel. The lid is not secure. Finally,
as the near the booth , Piper sees two legs and part of a
kilt sticking out of the barrel. Finding a dead guy in your
pickle barrel can’t be good for business. Piper had
better be careful solving this mystery, or she could very
well end up canned.
Things to ponder: Why wasn’t Tina Carson’s coffee
shop open on time? Why was Ben Schaeffer really at the fairgrounds
so early? Why did the police immediately question Nate Purdy’s
I love finding a new series by an author I have read before.
The Pickled Piper is the debut of the Pickled & Preserved
Mystery series. If the first book is any indication of the
direction this series will take, I say the author has a winner
on her hands. It is a well-plotted, page-turning mystery.
I liked the protagonist and the cast of supporting characters.
They made for a fun read. The author has also included some
recipes and pickling tips. So if you like your mystery spicy,
then you should be reading The Pickled Piper.