Review/Giveaway – The Pickled Piper by Mary Ellen Hughes

the pickled piperThe Pickled Piper
(Pickled and Preserved Mystery)

1st in Series
Cozy Mystery
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group (May 6, 2014)
Published by The Penguin Group
Cover Illustration by Chris O’Leary
Cover Design by Karen Oberrender
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425262450
E-Book File Size: 1645 KB


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.


Dollycas’s Thoughts

I am not much of a pickle eater but I remember going somewhere as a child that had a big pickle barrel at the end of the counter so I could easily picture Alan Rosemont stuck in Piper’s pickle barrel. What a way to die, just plain pickled. He wasn’t the most popular guy around town so Piper has her work cut out for her finding the real killer.

I really liked Piper. She is a strong woman that decided a change was definitely in order and had the guts to follow her dream.

Cloverdale seems like a wonderful small town and because of the fair the author was able to introduce readers to quite a few members of he community. I was really drawn to the friendship between Piper and Amy. Amy works part time for Piper and part time for a local restaurant. They worked on the canning and recipes together and were so in sync one could immediately pick up where the other left off.

I also enjoyed the relationship building between Piper and Will but I just know Scott, the former fiancee,  is going to throw a monkey wrench into it and put Piper into quite of a pickle.

Mary Ellen Hughes is off to a great start with her Pickled and Preserved Mysteries. I am excited for the next installment.

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 About This Author

Mary Ellen Hughes may live in Maryland today but she started out right here in Wisconsin!!! Find out more about Mary Ellen and her books here on her webpage.

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9 thoughts on “Review/Giveaway – The Pickled Piper by Mary Ellen Hughes

  1. I don’t like pickles either. But I do love all things Scottish! So I entered the contest. :O)

  2. A new cozy series! I love the cute title and that cover art is so whimsically fun. Thanks for anew author and the giveaway ya’ll!

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