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Prepare to attend the Pickle Fest in Serendipity, Oregon, along with Paige Turner and Adam Hayes. But first you must help them unravel the mystery of how the city manager wound up dead in a mound of mulch in the city park that Paige was hired to landscape. Can Adam’s knowledge of the law keep her out of jail and win her love?

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Overview

Prepare to attend the Pickle Fest in Serendipity, Oregon, along with Paige Turner and Adam Hayes. But first you must help them unravel the mystery of how the city manager wound up dead in a mound of mulch in the city park that Paige was hired to landscape. Can Adam’s knowledge of the law keep her out of jail and win her love?

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Editorial Reviews

Miss Lynn's Books & More - Lynn Fowlston
Nipped In The Bud is a quick afternoon read that will keep the reader guessing right to the end. The characters are so easy to become connected with and one feels as if they are right there among them helping to solve this mystery. If you are a reader of the cozy mystery genre and you are looking for one that will keep you laughing and trying to figure out her the killer is at the same time , then you need to grab a copy of Barbour’s Hometown Mystery book Nipped In The Bud by Susan Sleeman. You won’t go wrong.
Blissful Beth - Beth Gawlowicz
Throw in a giant pickle named Briny. A best friend with two daughters. And a much hated City Manager with a wife who seems to frighten everyone you and will see that author Susan Sleeman wrote a page-turner. The gardening tips and their comical misinterpretations literally made me laugh out loud. I look forward to reading more of her work
The Examiner - Gail Welborn
If you're looking for a light, cozy mystery that keeps the reader guessing until the last page is turned; Nipped in the Bud is for you. It has all the elements of a good mystery plus excellent dialogue, romance and satirical humor, without the hardened elements of blood, sex and gore. This author is a welcome addition to the cozy mystery genre!
Library of Lights - Elizabeth Toh
I can’t seems to get enough of the books from the ‘Hometown Mysteries’ series. This is the second book that I’ve read in the series. The first one I’ve read was ‘Missing Mabel’ by Nancy Melh.

I absolutely love Nipped In The Bud by Susan Sleeman. It’s intriguing, ironic as well as breathtaking. I love the romance that buds in the story. It did not overshadow the mystery in the story.

If I were to rate this book, I’d give it a 4. I recommend this book to those who loves a good mystery-romance kinda books.

The Suspense Zone - Susan Sleeman
If you’re looking for a light, cozy mystery that keeps the reader guessing until the last page is turned—Nipped in the Bud is for you. It has all the elements of a good mystery plus excellent dialogue, romance and satirical humor, without the hardened elements of blood, sex and gore. This author is a welcome addition to the cozy mystery genre!
Miss Lynn's Books & More

Nipped In The Bud is a quick afternoon read that will keep the reader guessing right to the end. The characters are so easy to become connected with and one feels as if they are right there among them helping to solve this mystery. If you are a reader of the cozy mystery genre and you are looking for one that will keep you laughing and trying to figure out her the killer is at the same time , then you need to grab a copy of Barbour’s Hometown Mystery book Nipped In The Bud by Susan Sleeman. You won’t go wrong.

— Lynn Fowlston

Blissful Beth

Throw in a giant pickle named Briny. A best friend with two daughters. And a much hated City Manager with a wife who seems to frighten everyone you and will see that author Susan Sleeman wrote a page-turner. The gardening tips and their comical misinterpretations literally made me laugh out loud. I look forward to reading more of her work

— Beth Gawlowicz

The Examiner

If you're looking for a light, cozy mystery that keeps the reader guessing until the last page is turned; Nipped in the Bud is for you. It has all the elements of a good mystery plus excellent dialogue, romance and satirical humor, without the hardened elements of blood, sex and gore. This author is a welcome addition to the cozy mystery genre!

— Gail Welborn

Library of Lights

I can’t seems to get enough of the books from the ‘Hometown Mysteries’ series. This is the second book that I’ve read in the series. The first one I’ve read was ‘Missing Mabel’ by Nancy Melh.

I absolutely love Nipped In The Bud by Susan Sleeman. It’s intriguing, ironic as well as breathtaking. I love the romance that buds in the story. It did not overshadow the mystery in the story.

If I were to rate this book, I’d give it a 4. I recommend this book to those who loves a good mystery-romance kinda books.

— Elizabeth Toh

The Suspense Zone

If you’re looking for a light, cozy mystery that keeps the reader guessing until the last page is turned—Nipped in the Bud is for you. It has all the elements of a good mystery plus excellent dialogue, romance and satirical humor, without the hardened elements of blood, sex and gore. This author is a welcome addition to the cozy mystery genre!

— Susan Sleeman

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781602605732
  • Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/2010
  • Series: Hometown Mysteries
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Sleeman grew up in Northern Wisconsin, has lived in nine different states, and now resides in Florida with her husband. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and is proud of her two beautiful daughters, a special son-in-law, and an adorable grandson. Susan is passionate about Christian suspense, both as a reader and a writer.
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  • Posted November 1, 2010

    A wonderful Christian fiction murder mystery with romance and humor sprinkled in!

    Here's the blurb from the back of the book:
    Paige Turner has secured her first landscaping contract, sprucing up the city park for the upcoming Pickle Fest. But the day after a confrontation with the city manager, she finds him dead in a mound of mulch. With no alibi for the time of death and, according to the police chief, with plenty of motive to carry out the murder, Paige must dig her way out of the mess by finding the real killer. Attorney Adam Hayes aids in her search as he works hard to keep her out of jail..and his heart.

    I loved this book! Susan has done such a great job of putting together suspense, humor, murder, and romance in one book! In addition to Paige having a landscaping company, she also has a morning radio program called, "Through the Garden Gate". She gets some real strange characters calling in to her program. At the beginning of each chapter you get a little clip from the radio show. I got a real chuckle from these!

    Susan's characters are so true to life and her descriptions of the scenes take you right "in there". I could picture every scene. I love books like this, where the writing is so good that the reader can be there, seeing everything just like the author wrote it! The suspense kept me wanting to read to see who killed Bud. It is not one of those books where the killer is obvious. I really loved that!

    Adam, Paige's attorney, is drawn to her but due to his professionalism wants to keep the relationship neutral. Paige is very "smitten" with Adam but hasn't had the best luck with relationships in the past. Susan did a great job of writing their relationship.

    I gave this book 5 stars! It might even deserve 6! I would highly recommend it if you're wanting a good suspense/murder with some romance and a little humor sprinkled in.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 13, 2010

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    Fun read

    Paige Turner is your every day, average gardner, landscaper, and radio talk show host in small-town Oregon. As the town prepares for the annual Pickle Fest, Paige is doing her part to help the city set up. Other than the lack of a love life and a caller to her radio show that she has nicknamed Weed Whacker, life is treating Paige well. Until she discovers the dead body of the City Manager and is deemed the number one suspect.

    Adam Hawes is a criminal attorney called in to defend Paige. Sparks fly when the two meet and Adam struggles to keep it professional. Especially when he learns the investigating detective has it out for Paige due to an old high school grudge.

    Throw in a giant pickle named Briny. A best friend with two daughters. And a much hated City Manager with a wife who seems to frighten everyone you and will see that author Susan Sleeman wrote a page-turner. The gardening tips and their comical misinterpretations literally made me laugh out loud. I look forward to reading more of her work.

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  • Posted November 29, 2010

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    Murder Mystery in the Midst of Quirky Humor

    Paige Turner returned to her hometown after receiving her degree in landscaping, and opened her own shop, The Garden Gate. She also hosts KALM's radio broadcast, Through the Garden Gate, with her producer friend, Lisa Winkle.

    Paige won her first landscaping job of sprucing up the city park in time for the Pickle Fest, fencing off the area. Returning to the site, she engages in an argument with the city manager, Bud Pickleman, about the lack of a proper security fence. She screamed at Bud in a menacing way about his interference at the site. The following day, Bud was found dead in a mound of mulch at Paige's landscaping site. Police Chief Mitch Lawson, an old classmate with a grudge, is out to handcuff and jail her for Bud's murder. She hires Attorney Adam Hayes to defend her, find the real killer, and keep her out of jail.

    Not only is this a good murder mystery, with a great plot and plenty of suspects, Susan throws in a quirky, humorous radio show at the beginning of each chapter to offset the seriousness of the murder investigation. The call-ins have a rare, slap-stick comedy. A unique way to downplay the tension.

    The suspicious behaviors, multiple arguments, and grudges will have you guessing who the murderer is. Almost everyone seems to be suspect in some way. The plot kept me interested through the whole book. The essence of romantic tension brings another element of delight while all the while trying to solve the murder. Definitely a fun read! Way to go, Susan!

    This book was provided by Susan Sleeman in exchange for my honest review.

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  • Posted October 9, 2010

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    Nipped in the Bud

    Nipped in the Bud
    Susan Sleeman
    2010
    Hometown Mysteries from Barbour
    Fiction/Mystery/Suspense

    Reviewed by Cindy Loven

    Nipped in the Bud is a fun novel that you will not want to put down, Susan Sleeman has captured a quirky character in Paige Turner, a landscaper, who seems to attract even more quirky listeners to her radio show. Each chapter begins with the transcript of a call from her radio show, which will have you in stitches laughing.
    Paige Turner, a local girl come home from the big city, is the owner of a landscaping business, and also the host of a radio program. Finally landing a big contract with the city, for the upcoming Picklefest, Paige is thwarted by the city manager Bud Picklemann, who seems determined to get her fired. Loosing her temper, and threatening him, Paige never dreams it will come back to haunt her within hours, when Bud is found dead in her work area. The local police chief seems to have it in for her, holding a grudge against her over something from their high school days. Paige has to find out who killed Bud, before she is sent to jail. Her handsome young lawyer seems to distract her with his good looks, but more than that, he is determined to hire a professional investigator, which angers Paige.
    An exciting book you will want to finish quickly you do not want to miss this book. Susan Sleeman has once again shown that she is a gifted author. 243 pages US $10.99 4 stars.
    Learn more about Susan Sleeman at her website. Also check out the contest she is hosting at The Suspense Zone.
    This book was provided for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review.

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