License to Dill by Mary Ellen Hughes is the second book in the “Pickled and Preserved” mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime, February 2015
Piper Lamb knows how to make fruits and vegetables keep for months. Unfortunately, it’s the people around her who are expiring too soon.
After her fiancé left her, Piper came to Cloverdale to rebuild her life and open up her shop, Piper’s Picklings, to sell pickles and preserves. When her ex decides to drop in for a visit—just as things are heating up between her and a local Christmas tree farmer—Piper finds herself in a jam.
But there are other visitors to worry about.
An Italian soccer team is set to play the Cloverdale All-Stars in an exhibition game. Their manager, Raffaele Conti, was a bitter rival of Piper’s dill supplier, local farmer Gerald Standley. After Conti is found dead in Standley’s field, Piper must work to clear Gerald’s name and find out who relished killing Raffaele before the town is soured by another death.
I enjoyed this story that was a delight to read with Piper taking on the role, once again, of an amateur sleuth to help a friend and she does this will help from an unexpected source. The action-filled drama kept my interest from beginning to end with a well-stocked storyline that was light and fresh and continue to build to that final moment with the killer’s identity was revealed. This was a good read with a lovable cast of characters and engaging dialogue. The way the book ended, I’m looking forward to the next book in this charming series.