War and Peach (Georgia Peach Series #3)

War and Peach (Georgia Peach Series #3)

by Susan Furlong

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The author of Rest in Peach serves up another bite of Southern charm in the latest Georgia Peach mystery.
Nola Mae Harper is too busy restocking the jars of preserves and chutney flying off the shelves of her shop, Peachy Keen, to keep up with all the gossip about the upcoming mayoral election, but she does know the debate is sure to be a real barn burner.
Local farmer Clem Rogers claims he has a bombshell that could take small business owner Margie Price out of the running. But before Clem can reveal his juicy secret at the debate, his actual barn goes up in flames—with him inside of it. The town casts its vote against Margie, but Nola isn’t convinced the hardworking woman is capable of murder. Now to clear Margie's name Nola will have to work fast under pressure, before Margie gets taken in by the fuzz...


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425278963
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/07/2017
Series: Georgia Peach Series , #3
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 277,367
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Susan Furlong is the author of the Georgia Peach Mysteries, including Rest in Peach and Peaches and Scream. Writing about peaches comes naturally to her, as she grows several varieties of her own. Susan also writes the New York Times bestselling Novel Idea Mysteries under the pen name Lucy Arlington.

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War and Peach 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nola is a neat heroine. A really good cozy mystery. Have read all 3 in the series. Ready for more.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts Politics can get heated but in Cays Mill, Georgia it gets burning hot when one of the mayoral candidates is killed when barn becomes an inferno. The deceased, Clem Rogers may have had some dirt on his opponent but Nola Mae has a hard time believing Margie Price would have killed him to shut him up. The sheriff has set her sights on the Harper family, of course, specifically Nola’s dad, which takes a toll on him. Nola sets her mind on some other suspects but finds herself in a bit of hot water as she gets close to solving the case. Full of Southern charm, I love jumping right into these stories. Southern Girl Secret #104 – Don’t be one of those women who follows her heart and forgets to take her brain with her. Nola’s ex is back in town investing the murder for Margie and the makes her current beau a little nervous, but every good cozy needs a little bit of romantic tension. Southern Girl Secret #057 – Strong Southern gals are made up of ninety percent good-heartedness and 10 perfect badass. Nola needs to break out that badass percentage near the end and it was AWESOME! All these characters are entertaining. When the Harper’s rally together with their friends no one can hold them back. They are all so real and genuine and want the best for each other and the town. The dialogue rings true and if they were real they would be people I would want in my daily life. The author has the recipe for another peachy keen mystery. Twists and turns and an ending I sure didn’t see coming at all. Being the 3rd book in a series I get nervous that this will be my last visit to Cays Mill. I hope not, I would love to see the series continue, these are wonderful characters, but the author has left us in a good place either way. All this reading about peaches has me craving them so I may be trying the recipes in the back of the book very soon. This was another perfectly peachy read from Ms. Furlong. I am delighted to recommend it to all cozy lovers.
Kuzlin More than 1 year ago
When a local farmer and mayoral candidate, Clem Rogers, is found dead in his burned down barn, it is tragic. But then the sheriff sets her sights on Nola Mae Harper's father as the murder suspect and it now becomes personal. Can Nola find the real killer before her father is arrested for a murder he did not commit? This case is proving hard to investigate as all involved seem to be keeping secrets...secrets that have been held confidential for years...including one that directly involves her mother and father. These accusations are not only hurting her family's reputation, but also her father's physical health. Nora must solve this case quickly! This the 3rd book in the Georgia Peach Mystery series. I really enjoy the slow pace of Nola's hometown, a pace that also comes with the inherent "judginess" of the long-time townfolk. As always, it is enjoyable to watch the relationship between Nola and her family and friends. And the twists and turns that the mystery took kept the reader on their toes! I look forward to the next book in this series. Disclosure: I am voluntarily reviewing a copy of this book received from the author.
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
Nola Mae Harper loves her family and will do everything in her power to protect them. When a neighboring peach farmer is murdered, her Daddy becomes the prime suspect. He argued with Clem Rogers right before he was killed. Nola Mae knows that he's innocent, but Sheriff Maudy Payne has a grudge against the Harpers and she's determined to arrest Daddy Harper. Can Nola Mae find the real killer before her father ends up in jail? I love Nola Mae. She's a strong woman who's smart and sassy. I enjoy her quick mind and determination as she tracks down clues. Her romance with Cade is sweet and adds a touch of spice to the story. Cays Mill is always a hotbed of gossip and intrigue, but even more so with the election happening. Was Clem killed because he was running for mayor or was there another reason that someone wanted him dead? The action is non-stop with so many suspects and unexpected twists. I couldn't stop reading until I knew that the murderer was caught. The characters are charming. Of course,there are a few exceptions. Frances Simms gives reporters a bad name. I love the Harper family. I cared what happened to them. Susan Furlong blew me away with the ending. I never saw it coming. I'm a fan of the Georgia Peach mystery series. The stories are suspenseful and the characters are quirky and endearing. An added bonus is the Southern Girl Secrets and the recipes.
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Clearing Her Father is a Bushel of Trouble With American politics being what it is right now, I wasn’t excited about picking up a book with any kind of local election element. On the other hand, I’ve completely enjoyed the first two Georgia Peach Mysteries from Susan Furlong, so I set my hesitation aside and picked up War and Peach, the third in the series. I’m glad I did because I completely loved it. For the first time in years, the job of mayor in the small town of Cays Mill, Georgia, is wide open since the current mayor has decided to retire. Two candidates are running – Clem Rogers, a lifelong local farmer who wants to help other farmers in the area, and Margie Price, a Yankee transplant who wants to help other small business owners like herself. Nola Mae Harper is caught in the middle since her family has owned a peach farm for years yet she has recently opened a small business in town. With a week to go before the election, Clem and Margie are about to face off in a debate. However, an hour before the debate starts, a fire breaks out in Clem’s old barn. Everyone’s worse fears are confirmed when Clem’s body is found in the ruins. Local gossip immediately points to Margie as the prime suspect; after all, Clem had something from her past he was going to spring at the debate. The sheriff still has a vendetta against the Harper family, however, and since Nola Mae’s father was the last person to see Clem, just a few minutes before the fire was started, the sheriff feels the need to look no further. Nola Mae’s problem is she doesn’t believe either of these suspects committed the murder. Can she figure out what really happened? While the local election does play a part in the plot, it is just one of several motives that Nola Mae uncovers as she goes along in her investigation. In fact, the book introduces some fun red herrings that kept me off the scent of the true killer and motive until Nola Mae figured it out at the end. Yet all the clues were there once we reached the very suspenseful climax. The characters in this series are a delight, and this book is no exception. There are a couple of returning characters who only get brief appearances, but even those scenes were wonderful. We are seen some growth in all the regulars, especially Nola Mae, and I enjoyed that. Naturally, we get some good suspects who help keep us guessing until the end. By the time you are done with this book, your mouth will definitely be watering for peaches. You’re in luck because the book includes three peach related recipes at the end, peach cake, peach cookies, and a peach hot sauce. I read to escape from reality, and War and Peach provided another great opportunity to do that. Pick up this delightful book and enjoy another mouthwatering mystery. NOTE: I received a copy of this book.
Rhondaz More than 1 year ago
War and Peach by Susan Furlong.....Wow, another amazing book in the A Georgia Peach Mystery series. I could not put this book down until the last word. I loved going back and visiting the fantastic characters in Cays Mills. The mystery of who did it keeps you guessing, as alway Susan Furlong is the best mystery storyteller. I highly recommend this fantastic book and series. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.
kayteerufus More than 1 year ago
There is something so special about Susan Furlong's "Georgia Peach Mystery" series. And the newest installment "War and Peach" is even more amazing. I don't know if it is the way her characters love their family or the way they fight for not only each other, but for what is right. Whatever it is, this book really touched me while at the same time was an amazing mystery read. I love this family, Nola Mae Harper is such a powerful protagonist. The writing and pacing is perfect. The story line draws the reader in and hold your attention and never lets go. With a fierce mayoral election coming up and a debate that will definitely be a barn burner, Nola Mae and her friends are going to be in for some fireworks. You do not have to be a southerner to enjoy this book and series. It does not push that southern spirit down your throat. Now if you are a southern woman, you may be able to chuckle a bit more since you lived through some of it. Sprinkled with pearls of wisdom from Nola Mae's mother in the form of Southern Girl Secrets - #089 The reason we Southern gals like diamonds is because they're a lot like us, beautiful, shiny and unbreakable; or #040 A Southern gal doesn't wish for it to happen; she makes it happen. And truly my favorite line in this book about the Harpers "Through the many happy times and the sometimes trying, desperate times, the one thing that always held true was our love and support of one another." That is the magic of this book. That is that special something it has that makes me crave more. Thank you Susan Furlong for this gift in the form of a fabulous mystery.
chefdt More than 1 year ago
War And Peach is the third book in the A Georgia Peach Mystery series. Another wonderful addition to this delicious series. Nola Mae Harper is enjoying success with her specialty shop Peachy Keen. Not only is the shop doing a good business, but the online business is also picking up. Nola Mae has hired a young lady, Carla Fini, to help in the store and with their website. Not only does she do well helping the customers, but is equally adept at updating the website. In addition, he has come up with some exciting new additions to the product base. The residents of Cays Mill are looking forward to the Mayor’s election, it pits Clem Rogers, a local peach farmer against Margie Price, owner of the Sunny Side Up B&B and a transplanted Northerner. Ray Harper, Nola’s father, has paid Clem Roger a visit to discuss his undercutting Ray deal with Snyder. Shortly after Ray returns home the family notices the sky filling with smoke from a fire. They realize that it must be coming from Clem’s farm and head over to see what’s on fire. Upon arriving they find that the farm’s barn is on fire, but no one knows where Clem is. Once the firemen are able to enter the barn they find the body of Clem dead, having been stabbed with a pitchfork. Suspicion immediately falls on Ray as they have had bad feelings that went back to when they were teenagers. When Maudy Payne, the local sheriff, comes to take Ray is for questioning, he is experiencing chest pains and she accuses him faking. Payne has had it out for the Harper’s since she was in high school and Nola’s sister beat her up. Nola needs to look for the murderer before her father is jailed. Clem had claimed he had information that would show Price was unfit to be mayor and would reveal the information at a debate had been scheduled for the night of his death. Another suspect is John Whitaker, a guest at Price’s B&B. Whitaker is not willing to share much information about himself and has been seen sneaking about the B&B and a shed in the backyard. Also on Nola’s radar is the boyfriend, Lucas, of Clem’s niece, Tessa. Lucas has supposedly been fired by Clem. With the help of Nola’s former boyfriend, Dane, a PI that had been hired by Price, set off to clear her father’s name. Most all of the regular characters are back once to provide whatever help they can for Nola Mae. The pesky reporter, Frances Simms, is back once again trying to get information to embellish on and publish. Every book needs a character that you love to hate! Included in this book are Southern Girl’s Secrets at the beginning of each chapter, a much-appreciated map of Cays Mill and also delicious recipes. Will be watching for the next book in this enjoyable series.
Mamam00ngrrlie More than 1 year ago
I have been a big fan of this series since the first book, and it just continues to improve. It is a lot of fun to get to know the residents of Cay's Mill and see how everyone has grown. Nola Mae is one of my favorite heroines. She is independent, fun, and both loves and is driven crazy by her family. Something we all understand too well. After a close neighbor and rival peach farmer is found dead, Nola is once again thrown into a situation where she needs to help her family avoid Sheriff Maudy Payne, who would be extremely happy to throw a member of the Harper family in jail. While running the family store, Nola tries to find out the real killer before her father ends up in prison. Well written, quick moving, and with very developed characters, this is a book you can't pass up. This was a great addition to a wonderful series. The bad part is I have to wait another year for the next installment. I would love to see many more books about the residents of Cay's Mill.
LisaKsBooksReviews More than 1 year ago
“Georgia, Georgia . . .” No one captures that sweet Georgia feeling, or writes a mystery like author Susan Furlong. WAR AND PEACH, the third book in the Georgia Peach Mysteries, was worth every day spent waiting for it to be released. I love that every chapter opens with a numbered Southern Girl Secret . . . Southern Girl Secret #045: A Southern gal never starts a fight, but she sure the heck knows how to finish one. That’s just one of the many witty sayings you’ll find. Fun! Ms. Furlong has cooked up a story that is intriguing, witty, intelligent, and all around captivating! From the opening line I was hanging on every word of WAR AND PEACH, and was left breathless by the time I reached the exciting end. This is definitely the best of the bushel in this wonderful mystery series so far! As with the first two books in the series, you’ll also find some delicious peach recipes. Hmmm….yum! Make sure to pick up your own copy of WAR AND PEACH. It will be one of the tastiest books you’ll read this year!
ekehlet More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the last book in this series, Rest in Peach, but I think War and Peach is even better. When local farmer and mayoral candidate Clem Rogers is found in the debris of his burned-down barn, everyone suspects his political rival Margie of having done away with her competition. Nola Mae is sure that the woman isn’t capable of murder, but the rest of her small town don’t seem to agree. Sure that an innocent woman is being railroaded, Nola steps in to investigate. I love the small town feel of this series, and the realistic, down-to-earth people. They could be your neighbors rather than characters in a story, and that might be what keeps drawing me back to Cays Mill. You can jump right in with this book even if you haven’t read the first 2 in the series, but you’ll probably want to go back and catch up if you do!
justindlambe77 More than 1 year ago
Bravo, Bravo! This is definitely another one of Susan Furlong’s creative masterpieces. If you have been reading the Georgia Peach Mystery series, you are really going to love this one. Susan has kept with the same characters, which I love and commend the author, and added some twists along the way. Nola Mae is busy at Peachy Keen, but when the rumor mill is in high production and her family is the topic, she must step in to save the Harper name. Also, Susan has excellent character development skills. The way she gives each its own personality is fantastic. As you read this book you will feel like you’re visiting Cays Mills, and helping Nola solve the murder. I can guarantee once you start reading this book, you won’t put it down till you are finished. I recommend stopping right now whatever you are doing, and order a copy, or walk, no I would run, to the bookstore and purchase one, you won’t be sorry. If you will excuse me, I need to go see Nola for some of her preserves and chutney!
Dude1993 More than 1 year ago
I started reading this book on Thursday evening and finished it on Saturday afternoon. Once I got started I didn't want to put it down. From the very beginning I was captivated by the storyline and the pace of the book. The heroine, Nola Mae, is once again drawn into a murder investigation and has to prove the innocence of a family member. The book has some very surprising twists and turns along the way and holds your interest throughout. Nola Mae is, unfortunately, again solving a murder mystery since the sheriff stops looking for anyone once she thinks she has the case solved. Another thing I loved about this book was the pace at which it moves. There are some very definite changes for Nola Mae coming in the future regarding her work and her personal life. I'm so looking forward to the next book in this series.