A Peach of a Murder (Fresh-Baked Mystery Series #1)

A Peach of a Murder (Fresh-Baked Mystery Series #1)

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by Livia J. Washburn
     
 

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All year round, retired schoolteacher Phyllis Newsom is as sweet as peach pie-except during the Peach Festival, whose blue ribbon has slipped through Phyllis's fingers more than once...

Everyone's a little shook up when the corpse of a no-good local turns up underneath a car in a local garage. But even as Phyllis engages in some amateur sleuthing, she won't let it

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All year round, retired schoolteacher Phyllis Newsom is as sweet as peach pie-except during the Peach Festival, whose blue ribbon has slipped through Phyllis's fingers more than once...

Everyone's a little shook up when the corpse of a no-good local turns up underneath a car in a local garage. But even as Phyllis engages in some amateur sleuthing, she won't let it distract her from out-baking her rivals and winning the upcoming Peach Festival contest.

She and all the other contestants guard their secret, original recipes with their lives-and talk a whole lot of trash. With her unusual Spicy Peach Cobbler, Phyllis hopes to knock 'em dead. But that's just an expression-never in her wildest dreams did she think her cobbler would actually kill a judge. Now, she's suspected of murder-and she's got to bake this case wide open.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451219749
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/03/2006
Series:
Fresh-Baked Mystery Series, #1
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
327,970
Product dimensions:
4.25(w) x 6.85(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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TheBookResort More than 1 year ago
A Peach of a Murder kicks off Livia J. Washburn's mouthwatering Fresh-Baked Mystery series. Yummy! Let me tell you straight away, you will definitely be on the hunt for a Peach Festival & some heavenly peach-pie piping hot from the oven. Oh, go ahead, toss on a few scoops of ice cream. I'm not Paula Deen so homemade is not necessary for this foodie. Good 'ole Turkey Hill or Blue Bunny does the trick. Crazy good! I read A Peach of a Murder w/ my faux Texas accent which is actually quite good... thank you JR Ewing! Livia's description about life in Weatherford, Texas is unbelievable. I wanted to go visit the gritty, broiling Texas climate in search of a Peach Festival. Which is a plus whenever I'm reading any book, but especially a cozy! If the author pulls me off the island & plunks me down into their fictional town it is definitely a winner. Washburn has an uncommon way w/ words & knows how to create a stirring tale. A Peach of a Murder is a delectable debut. Washburn doesn't toss nonsense into a baking pan & expect it to taste good. It is good because all the ingredients to prepare a well written & interesting story is included in this pungent cozy. What I thought was impressive was the way Washburn weaved the mystery, showcased the ladies various degrees of friendship, introduced a man in their enclave & touched on a very delicate matter. A Peach of a Murder isn't your standard whodunit, Washburn seasoned it w/ layers of twist & turns. Washburn showcased her writing chops by encompassing different story lines & crocheting it all together in a delightful bow. A Peach of a Murder has a terrific cast of characters. Phyllis isn't the only witty character to grace the pages of Washburn's baking debut. I'm not a fan of the Golden Girls... the theme song is torture enough. I just can't get into those biddies, yet I picture Rue McClanahan as Eve. 'Nuff said! A Peach of a Murder is a zesty start to an engaging series. Phyllis made me ache for my grandma who passed away when I was 8. For me, 23 years is too long to be w/o a grandma & while reading this baked delight she wasn't too far away. So, what 'cha waiting for? The Peach Festival to pass ya by? Grab a copy of A Peach of a Murder. After all, Weatherford is the Peach Capital of Texas. I also love the cover. I just wanted to jump in & voilà end up picking peaches @ Newt Bishop's Orchard. Psst... I'm a cover tart!
L_I_E_Rodgers More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. I was peachy after reading it. Excuse my pun. I really thought this book was fantastic and you should buy it. Really worth the time. The author had a very original concept and I fell in love with it. Now I want some peach cheesecake!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Having grown up in Weatherford, TX, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, and I don't normally read fiction. Washburn vividly portrays the townfolk to a T. Worth the read, especially if you are from or know the area. Well done!
Ruth54 More than 1 year ago
this really kept my interest.. its down to earth and easy to read and kept my interest alot.. i also love that they had recipes in them too, just makes the book really really interesting... will be looking for more of her books, she doesnt make it hard to keep track of whats going on and the characters are alot like people I know in real life.. I like reading books that arent jumping all over the place trying to figure things out.. keep the books coming, I love reading them...
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. Having been to the Weatherford Peach Festival in Person Made it even better. I can't wait for the next book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Keeps you guessing! One really becomes attached to Phyllis and her friends. As a person that knows the area the book really comes alive for me. Can't wait to read the next book.
Debra1957 More than 1 year ago
I enjoy reading this series by Livia Washburn. I like the character that solves the murder being a retired school teacher. It is a great mystery series and I had a hard time putting the book down once I started.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I started reading this book on the actual day of the 2013 Weatherford Peach Festival . I love the characters , the recipes and that it is in Texas . I was so shocked to find out the who the killer was . I am ready for the next book in this series .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read four of the books in this series, and I find them very entertaining. I like how the author writes her stories, especially her characters. I find myself wanting to know what they will get themselves into next. The recipes at the back of the stories sound yummy, and I'm planning to try some of them soon.
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Penguin39 More than 1 year ago
I actually started with this author with book #6 in this series of Fresh- Baked Mysteries and after reading that one just had to go back and get the first 5 in the series. In some respects, her heroine brought back to mind the Nancy Drew ones I grew up with--and by the way, still enjoy reading, only the main character now is more my age and I can just see the wheels turning in her head as she thinks things through.
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I started reading this series by reading the most current book. I was so taken I purchased the earlier books in the series. I think the characters are well developed, and I like the way that their story lines are developing as well. I will continue to purchase books in this series.
Bucky62AL More than 1 year ago
Cute with a twist - added bonus is the recipes included. Would buy her books again
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This juicy peach of a mystery was great. I loved that the amateur detective is a retired school teacher. On my Barnes and Noble wish list I added the other books in this series.