Saturday, February 27, 2016

Book Review/Giveaway: Scene of the Brine by Mary Ellen Hughes

 Title: Scene of the Brine
 Author: Mary Ellen Hughes
 Series: Book 3 A Pickled and Preserved Mystery
 Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
 Format: Paperback
 Source: Received for review from publisher
 Rating: 4 stars
 Reviewed by: Tina

 I relished the idea of reading the latest book in the A Pickled and Preserved mysteries, Scene of the Brine and it did not leave me with a sour taste in my mouth. Piper owns and runs "Piper's Picklings" a shop where she brine's and pickles fresh fruits and vegetables. Sugar Heywood is a friend of Pipers and a caterer set to cater Realtor and whom just happens to be dating Sugar, Jeremy Porter who with his mother and sister just moved in to the town of Cloverdale's business dinner.

 The dinner does not exactly go off without a hitch when Dirk an accountant and asscociate of Jeremy happens to humiliate Sugar at the dinner. He is not well liked around town and wants to influence everyone around him including Jeremy , his mother and sister and and warning everyone away from Piper's friend Stan who also happens to be a realtor and sold Piper's Picklings to her and Stan turned down Jeremy's buy out offer and derailing of a landscaping prospect for Marguerite who runs a greenhouse in Cloverdale.

 As a party is going on at Piper's Picklings for the installing of a custom made door for Piper's door, sirens are heard and soon the town knows of Dirk's poisoning and murder. There's a laundry list of suspects and soon Caterer Sugar's son,Zack becomes the number one suspect but Piper believes he is innocent and when some one tampers with Pipers "brandied cherries" by adding the poison to one of the jars putting one of her friends life in danger by eating them. With Pipers business now suffering she now can focus on helping the police find a killer before another person dies and and Piper's business hits a sour note.

 I questioned some of the characters true actions like Zack who was not truthful with his mother on certain things, having a teenager I can relate to that and that bothered me it aroused my suspicions if he could really be the killer because of it. Kind of hitting home for me. It's always a joy reading about Piper and her Picklings. Very endearing characters. Piper is a very likable and someone I would like to call friend. The killer turned out to sort of being a surprise but considering this persons attitude throughout the book it was the right choice from writer Mary Ellen Hughes even though it left me wondering why I couldn't really understand it. I eager to read and review the next book in this series.

 FTC Disclosure Thank you to the publisher and/or author for providing us with a copy of this book for review.This did not influence our thoughts in any way. All the opinions of the book and review
are honest and our own.
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45 comments:

  1. Sounds like a fun mystery. Thank you for the giveaway.
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  6. Scene of the Brine sounds like a fun mystery. Thank you for the chance to win a copy!
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  14. I own the first two books in the series and enjoyed them immensely. I'd love to add this one to my home library.

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  18. This would be a great book to add to my cozy challenge list. Thanks for a chance to win a copy. elainehroberson@gmail.com

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  19. I really like that the setting for the book is a pickling shop and the owner is named Piper. Can't wait to read this series. Definitely adding to my TBR list.
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  21. I haven't started this series yet, but it has long been on my TBR list. Thanks for the Giveaway.
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  22. Sounds like a good read. Book cover is neat. Love the dog.
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  26. Thank you for the contest. Looking forward to reading this new series. Hopefully there will be some pickling recipes. dbahn@iw.net

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  27. I read book one but I have forgotten this series until now. I'm eager to return. suefoster109@netzero.net

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  29. I love the theme...pickling and preserving? I'm in!
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  30. Looking forward to reading Scene of the Brine when I get an opportunity. Thank you for your review and comments. Doodlesink@hotmail.com

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  31. Haven't started this series yet, but it sounds really fun! I have the first two books already, would love to win this one. catlaw2@comcast.net

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  32. Love this series. I just finished the second book.

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  33. I would love to start reading this series with this book. It sounds really good!
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