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Rest in Peach
Georgia Peach Mystery #2
Susan Furlong

Berkley Prime Crime
April 5, 2016/ ISBN 9780425278567
Mystery / Cozy / Amateur Sleuth

Reviewed by Laura Hinds


Nola May Harper has her hands full as she prepares to open her new shop, Peachy Keen, where she will sell products made with the peaches grown on her family's farm, in Cays Mill, Georgia. Meanwhile, the small town is a buzz as the annual Peach Cotillion approaches and the mothers of the young debutantes are in a frenzy with competition for their daughters to have the very best cotillion ball gown.

Vivien Crenshaw, the mother of the young and spoiled Peach Queen is murdered, right in the dress shop where she had recently had a very public argument with Nola's best friend Ginny. Ginny is, naturally, considered the prime suspect in the killing.

Sheriff Maudy Payne is keen to find evidence against Ginny, but Nola knows her friend is innocent and sets out to find other suspects and motives. Between the new shop, the upcoming cotillion and a murder investigation, how is Nola ever going to find time to figure out if romance is possible with hunky Cade McKenna?

Once again author Susan Furlong has drawn this reader into the world of Cays Mill where the characters are interesting, the mystery is well plotted and the peaches are ripe. I really enjoyed Rest in Peach, and highly recommend it to cozy lovers everywhere. The novel hits all the points a cozy mystery should: a crime with plenty of possible motives, a plethora of feasible suspects, small-town gossip, long-term friendships, family loyalty and sweet new romances.

Reviews of other titles in this series

Peaches and Scream

Reviewer Note: Susan Furlong also writes the Novel Idea Mysteries under the pen name Lucy Arlington

Reviewed 2016