Southern Peach Pie & A Dead Guy

Southern Peach Pie & A Dead Guy

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by A. Gardner
     
 

From USA Today bestselling author A. Gardner comes a deliciously dangerous new series...

After an injury derails Poppy Peters' ballet career, she gathers the courage to follow in her grandmother's footsteps and attend Calle Pastry Academy in a small-town Georgia. Poppy has her work cut out for her not only fitting in with her charming (and not-so-charming )

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From USA Today bestselling author A. Gardner comes a deliciously dangerous new series...

After an injury derails Poppy Peters' ballet career, she gathers the courage to follow in her grandmother's footsteps and attend Calle Pastry Academy in a small-town Georgia. Poppy has her work cut out for her not only fitting in with her charming (and not-so-charming ) Southern classmates but also proving her worth to her teachers after her first publicly humiliating attempt a making the school's famous peach pie. But Poppy's pastry problems go from bad to worse when she's suddenly accused of stealing expensive black truffles, and her attempt to clear her name goes awry...resulting in her finding a dead body instead! If Poppy's going to survive this culinary experience, she'll need to find the missing truffles and track down a killer, all while honing her baking skills to compete in the school's dessert competition for a coveted pastry internship in Paris. Can Poppy prove she's one tough cookie? Or is her life about to crumble?

**Recipes Included**

Poppy Peters Mysteries:
Southern Peach Pie & A Dead Guy (book #1)
Chocolate Macaroons and a Dead Groom (book #2)
Ice Cream Bombes and Stolen Thongs (short story in the "Killer Beach Reads" collection)
Bananas Foster and a Dead Mobster (book #3)
Strawberry Tartlets and a Dead Starlet (book #4)

"A sweet and satisfying mystery that will leave you hungry for more! A. Gardner's Poppy Peters Mysteries have earned a place on my keeper shelf!"
~ Gemma Halliday, New York Times bestselling mystery author

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940046519402
Publisher:
Gemma Halliday
Publication date:
03/09/2015
Series:
Poppy Peters Mysteries , #1
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
17,583
File size:
660 KB

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Meet the Author

A. Gardner is a native westerner exploring the sweet bites of the south. After years of working in the healthcare industry, she moved across the country with her husband and adventurous baby boy. She is a mystery and romance writer with a serious cupcake obsession and a love of storytelling that began at an early age. When she is not writing, she is either chasing after her son, out for a swim, trying out a new recipe, or painting her nails bright blue.

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Southern Peach Pie & A Dead Guy 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
ReadingInMyFreeTime More than 1 year ago
It was refreshing to read a mystery without murder.  i really enjoyed this story, especially the combo of Poppy, Bree, and Cole.  Make sure to have some sweets on hand though because you will definitely have a craving 
bigbammbina More than 1 year ago
Wasn't sure what to expect but was pleasantly surprised! A. Gardner kept me turning the pages. Poppy & Cole NICE combination and can't forget Bree, and OH those mouth watering recipes YUM!
marlenacb More than 1 year ago
Do NOT read this on an empty stomach! Mystery and good eats rolled into a positively yummy read! 
julie_ss More than 1 year ago
A quick light and fun read. Poppy, Bree and Cole make a great team. I enjoyed the recipes too.
tonichelle-929 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this story and the characters, and let's not forget the recipes!  The author kept me interested throughout the whole book and has me ready to read about Poppy's next adventure.  
tinag379 More than 1 year ago
Southern Peach Pie and a Dead Guy was surprisingly good! Poppy and Cole make a good team and Bree was great too! I enjoyed the ending and was hoping it would turn out the way it did.
Anonymous 4 months ago
A mystery available free in the Killer Fun collection. After a 30 year old Oregon woman has a life changing injury as a New York ballerina, she changes her goals to a love for food - especially desserts. When she hits the culinary school during a hot Georgia summer, she doesn't realize what other 'hot' things she and her new friends will be finding in the kitchens. She develops lots of drama, culinary descriptions, pathos, and more drama. Several recipes also included at conclusion of book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fun cozy mystery!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nicely engaging
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Poppy and friends is funny, suspenseful and lovable. This is a great first in series murder mystery. Hope there will be more, more, more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great characters are involved in a great plot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book did enjoy it alot there were a few places where it got slow and to much instructions were givenbut i w will read the next book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found that I couldn't stop reading this book once I started it. The main character was very entertaining and the story kept me engaged. I will be reading other books written by this aurthur.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was a little disappointed in the fact the Poppy made such a mess with her first pie crust. She said she had learned to bake at her grandmother's knee and should have done better. She became interested in finding solution to all the odd things going on. She searches out a aged mystery and solves the old mystery.
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I really enjoyed the.sample and was excited to read a cozy that wasnt based in a bookstore or craft store. Boy was I disappointed. I have only read half rhe story and am really disappointed in the quality of the writing and the story itself. I have ready better stories that cost 99 cents.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars.
theresa13FM More than 1 year ago
J 6035710300611849832 5870  I really enjoyed this book and was hooked from the first page! This is the authors first book but you would never know. Because of the way the author writing, I felt like I knew the the characters and was really rooting for the main character,   culinary student Poppy Peters.  There was a nice mix of baking, humor and mystery. when you think you have to the mystery solved, the story takes a suprising turn.  Also, The recipes that were talked about throughout the book were all listed at the end, which was a nice bonus. I would absolutely recommend this book. I'll be looking foward to second book in this series
Kellyann02 More than 1 year ago
Absolutely loved this book! Southern Peach Pie and a Dead guy was a delightful find. I was a little skeptical with another culinary type mystery but was pleasantly surprised. A. Gardner did a fantastic job developing charming characters with a perfect amount of suspense and mystery in the plot. I will be keeping my eye out for the next one of Poppy's culinary adventures.
BikerLibrarianCyn More than 1 year ago
Although Poppy Peters has spent her life training to be a ballerina, a back injury forces her to reassess her life and sends her on a different path. Even when on a strict ballerina regimen Poppy was obsessed with food, and her happiest memories were cooking with her beloved grandmother as a child. As a result, Poppy has left New York to follow in her grandmother’s footsteps by enrolling in Georgia’s Calle Pastry Academy and pursuing a dream of being a pastry chef. Unfortunately, Poppy is woefully unprepared and her first attempts result in humiliation in front two cute students, brutal mocking by a resident Mean Girl/Martha Stewart wannabe, and disapproval by her instructor. Fortunately for Poppy, she is lucky enough to have a baking whiz of a roommate who stress-bakes, as well as a hunky bakery heir willing to provide tutoring. Poppy will need all of the support she can get when she nearly burns down the kitchen is accused of truffle theft, and her nemesis instructor meets his end at the end of a baking bowl. This is frothy and fun foodie mystery that revels in descriptions of delicious baked goods while making the most of its heroine’s humiliating exploits. One would have thought that Poppy should have done a little more research and practice before applying to a prestigious cooking school. Poppy tends to act irrationally and impulsively, so it’s the supporting characters who keep her on a straighter path. I do wish that Poppy’s mother didn’t fall into the trope of despairing that her not-yet-thirty daughter will die a childless spinster, and that the evil Georgina had been a little more developed as a character to explain her behavior. However, the pacing of the plot is swift and emphasizes the laughs and light-hearted moments. Recipes at the end will delight foodies and her advancing skills promise a future of delectable baking and escapades. - Cindy Chow
PoloMom5 More than 1 year ago
Southern Peach Pie & A Dead Guy was a quick read.  I couldn't stop reading it.  The plot of the story was great.  It was nice to read about a young person even after she has had a huge disappointment to move and remember the great things her Grandmother taught her.
snicknick More than 1 year ago
Loved it! Non-stop fun and excitement! I can't wait for the next book in this series! :)
MerllinCorn More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down! The first in what promises to be a great new cozy mystery series, this story takes us to a small town in Georgia where former ballerina Poppy Peters is studying to be a pastry chef. Learning to live with the Southern heat becomes trivial as Poppy finds herself challenged by a difficult classmate, an accusation that she stole costly black truffles, and the discovery of a dead body! And through all of this, Poppy is trying to win a Parisian pastry internship! Complete with recipes, this sweet mystery captivates and surprises the reader. I can’t wait for the next book in this series!