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Author Showcase ~ War and Peach 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. . .


Release: January 2017
Series: Georgia Peach #3
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Penguin Random House

About the author
Susan writes the Georgia Peach Mysteries (Berkley Prime Crime) and also the Novel Idea Mysteries under the pen name Lucy Arlington. Watch for her new suspense series coming in 2018 from Kensington Books.

Giveaway: Leave a comment below for your chance to win a print copy of War and Peach. The giveaway will end February 13, 2017. Good luck everyone!

All comments are welcomed.

War and Peach is available at retail and online booksellers.

A Day in the Life of Moonshiner Joe Puckett by Susan Furlong

Rest In PeachI’m nothin’ but a moonshinin’ man. To some, that don’t count for much, but I once heard a minister say that a man’s got to make the most of the talents given to him. If that’s true, then the Big Man must be smilin’ down on me, because I’m known in these parts of Georgia for brewin’ the finest peach jack there ever was. ‘Course, it’s not exactly what most would call an honest livin’ being that bootleggin’ is against the law. But lucky for me, Sheriff Maudy Payne has her hands full with the murder of Mrs. Vivien Crenshaw. Poor woman. Stabbed in the neck with a pair of scissors, she was. I feel downright bad about the way she died. Most people in these parts do, but that hasn’t stopped them from speculatin’ on who might have killed her.

Yep, Mrs. Crenshaw’s murder is the talk of the town. Most people are sayin’ that Ginny down at the diner killed her in a fit of jealousy over a debutante dress of all things. Could be, I suppose. Ginny does have a mean temper. Others are sayin’ that maybe the reverend’s wife had somethin’ to do with it. I can’t quite imagine a church-goin’ lady doin’ something so terrible, but I do have my own ideas about who could’ve murdered Mrs. Crenshaw. Not that I should mention any names, but I’ve always been a bit suspicious of that new girl in town, the one from up North. She’s always lurkin’ about, up to no good. And she’s from a big city, too. Y’all know those people can’t be trusted.

Well, I’ve digressed. The point being’, the sheriff’s got a lot to figure out with this case. Trouble is, she’s ‘bout as sharp as a box of marbles. That’s why me, and most the folks I talk to, are hopin’ that Nola Mae Harper will step in and help out. Now there’s a girl who knows how to bring a killer to justice! Why you should have seen what she did last year to that varmint who killed . . . ahem . . . excuse me, I do tend to get off track. But it’s just like I was sayin’ earlier: Folks have got to use the talents givin’ to them. Take Nola Mae for example. Why, she’s got a mind for solvin’ crimes and a heart for helpin’ folks. She’s spent most of her adult life as a aid worker, traipsin’ off to foreign countries and servin’ folks in need. Now she’s back home here in Cays Mill, helpin’ out on her daddy’s peach farm. Tryin’ to make a go of a new shop that sells peach jams and such, too. Yes, that Nola Mae’s a real go-getter. I have no doubt that she’ll be able to ferret out this killer, too.

Peaches and ScreamI’d like to tell you more about her, but Ms. Dru Ann told me that I had to keep this short. But if you haven’t had a chance to meet Nola Mae yet, just hop on over to her post from last year: Nola Mae Harper. Y’all are just goin’ to love her! And if you’re curious about all the shenanigans goin’ on in these part, pick up a copy of Rest in Peach. It makes for some good readin’. And for all you thirsty folks, there’s even a recipe for Sparkling Peach Cotillion Punch in the back of the book. ‘Course, it’s not as potent as the stuff I brew . . .


Rest in Peach is the second book in the Georgia Peach mystery series, published by Berkley Prime Crime, April 2016.

In the refreshing new Georgia Peach Mystery from the author of Peaches and Scream, an upcoming debutante ball turns into the pits when a juicy murder scandalizes a small town.

The annual Peach Cotillion, Cays Mill, Georgia’s biggest event, is fast approaching and Nola Mae Harper is just as excited as the rest of the town—even though she’s busy juggling both the cotillion dinner and the grand opening of her new shop, Peachy Keen. But she never expected that plans for the cotillion would end up in the pits because of the cutthroat competition between local debutantes.

When Vivien Crenshaw, insufferable church organist and despised mother of the town’s spoiled-rotten Peach Queen, is stabbed to death, the police turn to Nola’s friend Ginny as prime suspect. Apparently the two had fought over a one-of-a-kind cotillion gown. As Nola steps in to prove Ginny’s innocence she soon finds herself picking through a bushel of suspects, twice as many motives, and at the mercy of a killer all too keen on killing again.

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About the author
Susan Furlong is the author of the Georgia Peach Mysteries, Peaches and Scream and Rest in Peach. She has lived throughout the United States, including in the South, but is now happily settled in the Midwest on a small hobby farm with her husband and four children. 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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Giveaway: Leave a comment below for your chance to win a print copy of Rest in Peach and Peaches and Scream. US and Canadian entries only, please. The giveaway will end April 25, 2016 at 12 AM EST. Good luck everyone!

All comments are welcomed.

My Musing ~ Peaches and Scream by Susan Furlong

Peaches And ScreamPeaches and Scream by Susan Furlong is the first book in the NEW “Georgia Peach” mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime, July 2015

In the first Georgia Peach Mystery, when murder threatens her family’s orchard, Nola Harper is ready to pick out the killer and preserve the farm’s reputation.

To help run the family peach farm during her parents’ absence, Nola Harper returns to her childhood home of Cays Mill, Georgia, and soon discovers that things back at the farm aren’t exactly peachy. A poor harvest and rising costs are threatening to ruin the Harpers’ livelihood, and small-town gossip is spreading like blight thanks to Nola’s juicy reputation as a wild teenager way back when. But Nola really finds herself in the pits when she stumbles upon a local businessman murdered among the peach trees.

With suspicions and family tensions heating up faster than a cobbler in the oven, this sweet Georgia peach will have to prune through a list of murder suspects—before she too becomes ripe for the killer’s picking.

I love it. This home-spun mystery blazes with southern charm throughout every scene from the quips at the beginning of each chapter to the dialogue that is downright friendly. Nola springs into action when her brother-in-law becomes the primary suspect when murder occurs on her family’s land. Believing in his innocence, Nola seeks someone among the townsfolk who had an ever stronger motive to kill.

This was a fun read that kept me engaged in all aspect of this enjoyable whodunit. The pacing was perfect and the ease in which the story was told felt so comfortable. The author did a great job in presenting this mystery with the perfect blend of suspense with a lovable cast of characters. I loved how the author set up the killer with a little bit of twist as the end, but all-in-all, it was a satisfactory solution. The writing was superb and the storyline had several subplots that catered to the overall telling of this drama that kept me glued to every nuance in this delightfully charming tale. Boasting a great ensemble led by Nola Mae Harper, who is surrounded by her family and BFF Hattie, I can see wonderful and exciting new adventures happening in Cays Mill, Georgia. This is a great addition to the cozy genre and I look forward to the next book in the series.

previously posted on the Cozy Chicks blog

The Day Nola Harper Came Home by Susan Furlong

Peaches And ScreamGossip in my hometown of Cays Mill, Georgia, runs so dang fast that half the town knows what you’ve done before you’ve done it. Which isn’t good news for me, since my misguided youth has given the local tongues a lot to wag about. In fact, I wasn’t back home but half a day before I heard someone whispering behind my back, “Dear, Lawd! Nola Mae Harper’s back in town!”

Yup, word’s out. The black sheep of the Harper clan is back in town. Not that I necessarily want to be back. I was perfectly happy doing my own thing working as a humanitarian aid worker for the past fifteen years—a career which just happened to keep me far from my hometown and the secrets I’d left behind. But my job situation has taken a downward swing, and now instead of traveling to the world’s remotest locales and lending a hand to those in need, I’ve been relegated to a desk job. A desk job! Well, that’s not going to work for this hands-on type of gal.

So, when Mama and Daddy called and asked if I wouldn’t mind coming home and watching the family peach farm for a few weeks while they took their dream trip . . . well, I quickly agreed. The extra time at home would give me some time to think through this bump in my career path. Besides, I love my family and I’d do about anything for them, including coming home and facing down the local gossip mongers. Little did I know, my current work dilemma and past indiscretions paled in comparison to what awaited me at our family peach farm—murder!

And the people in this town think I’ve got issues? Well, nothing I’ve ever done comes close to the things local lumber baron, Ben Wakefield, has done: from philandering, to dirty business dealings, to Heaven knows what else. It’s no wonder someone decided to put that man out of our misery. Only problem is, they did it with my sister’s scarf. Strangled the fellow and left him propped up right out in our peach orchard! To make matters worse, my brother-in-law, Hollis, has become the sheriff’s main suspect.

Now, Hollis is a whole other story, but there’s not enough time for me to go into all that right now. Just know, that I would never let a member of my family–no matter how crazy they are–take the rap for a murder they didn’t commit. No, for me, family is everything. That’s why I set my mind to proving Hollis’s innocence and bringing the real killer to justice. Not that it’s an easy feat. Especially since my own past keeps creeping up on me . . . not to mention problems with the farm, encounters with ex-boyfriends, and a whiskery old moonshiner who steals my heart. If you’d like to know more, don’t hesitate to pick up a copy of Peaches and Scream. The whole story is there, laid out all neat and pretty. There’s even a few peachy recipes in the back! I hope you’ll give it a try. Because one thing about small towns like Cays Mill, Georgia, there’s always plenty of interesting characters to go around . . . and enough juicy stories to keep you entertained for years to come.


You can read more about Nola in Peaches and Scream, the first book in the NEW “Georgia Peach” mystery series, published by Berkley Prime Crime.

About Peaches and Scream

In the first Georgia Peach Mystery, when murder threatens her family’s orchard, Nola Harper is ready to pick out the killer and preserve the farm’s reputation. . .

To help run the family peach farm during her parents’ absence, Nola Harper returns to her childhood home of Cays Mill, Georgia, and soon discovers that things back at the farm aren’t exactly peachy. A poor harvest and rising costs are threatening to ruin the Harpers’ livelihood, and small-town gossip is spreading like blight thanks to Nola’s juicy reputation as a wild teenager way back when. But Nola really finds herself in the pits when she stumbles upon a local businessman murdered among the peach trees.

With suspicions and family tensions heating up faster than a cobbler in the oven, this sweet Georgia peach will have to prune through a list of murder suspects—before she too becomes ripe for the killer’s picking. . .

GIVEAWAY: Leave a comment by 12 a.m. eastern on July 14 for the chance to win a print copy of Peaches and Scream. The giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. Winner will be notified within 48 hours after giveaway closes and you will have three days to respond after being contacted or another winner will be selected.

About the author
Susan Furlong has lived throughout the United States, including the South, but is now SusanFhappily settled in the Midwest on a small hobby farm with her husband and four children. Writing about peaches comes naturally to her as she grows several varieties of her own. Susan also writes the Novel Idea Mysteries under the pen name Lucy Arlington. You can learn more about Susan by visiting her website at www.susanfurlong.com.

Stressin’ with Maureen O’Brien by Susan Furlong Bolliger

Murder on ConsignmentHello, everyone! Maureen O’Brien here. The last time one of the O’Briens made an appearance on Dru’s blog was a year ago when my daughter stopped by to explain her new career choice to readers. I have to admit, as much as I love our daughter, that blog appearance was a little embarrassing. I mean, she went on and on about upcycling, recycling, and heaven forbid, she even mentioned her nasty little habit of dumpster diving. Why, ever since that blog posted, I’ve hardly been able to show my face in Chicago’s social circles.

Of course, this is all my husband’s fault. Things started going awry the day he named our baby daughter. You see, Phillip always wanted a namesake, but after four girls he gave up and dubbed our fifth daughter with a weird feminism of his own name—Phillipena. Right then and there I should have realized all hope for raising a normal child was lost.

Nonetheless, we trudged through her grade school years, tolerated her rebellious teen years, saw her through higher education and into adulthood. I know what you’re thinking. We’re good parents, we did our part, and we can stop worrying now, right? Well, pssh! All you mothers out there certainly understand how impossible that is–a mother never stops worrying. This is especially true when it comes to our daughter, Phillipena.

I’ll explain. First of all, she quit a perfectly good job managing stock portfolios to work as … oh, how shall I put it? A used merchandiser. That’s right. She takes other people’s castoffs–their junk actually–and upcycles it to sell on-line. Oh, I suppose she’s doing alright. She does seem happier now and rarely asks Phillip and me for loans anymore. Of course, we practically allow her to live rent free in the apartment above our garage. Still, our other four daughters are so … normal. They’ve married nice men, settled in respectable jobs and have even given us grandbabies. Why can’t Phillipena be more like them?

You think I’m being too harsh? Well, let me tell you something. It’s not just Phillipena’s unique choice of careers that has me worked into a tizzy. It’s this new issue she’s developed—solving crimes. I swear, I don’t know where I went wrong, but somewhere down the line, she’s come up with the idea that it’s okay to get involved in police business. Maybe it’s because she used to date a police detective. Or perhaps it’s from watching too much crime television. Who knows? Of course, she would argue that there’s good reason to get involved in these matters, but I know better. I always know better; I’m her mother.

Anyway, this time around she’s taken it upon herself to figure out who murdered a local consignment shop owner. To make matters worse, she’s using the most unconventional detecting methods. Just the other day, I was peeking over the privet hedge and saw her leave her apartment dressed in a hideous disguise. Egad! Her sleuthing antics almost make me wish she’d just stick to rummaging around in peoples’ garbage cans.

Sigh. I could go on and on, but if you want to see for yourself why I’ve been tearing out my hair with worry, just read about her latest misadventure in Murder on Consignment. Or, if you happened to miss her first folly as a wanna-be detective, check out Murder for Bid. Then you’ll see exactly what I’m talking about.

By the way, please don’t mention last year’s post to anyone. (I think it was called something like Chillin’ with Phillipena O’Brien). I’m trying to keep it under wraps.


You can read more about Maureen in Murder on Consignment, the second book in the “Pippi O’Brien” mystery series, published by Martin Sisters Publishing. The first book in the series is Murder for Bid. Books are available at retail and online booksellers.

GIVEAWAY
Comment on this post by 6 p.m. EST on May 2, and you will be entered for a chance to win a signed copy of both Murder for Bid and Murder on Consignment. One winner will be chosen at random. Open to everyone.

Meet the author
Susan lives in the Midwest with her husband and four children. All her kids are still in school, but she’s hoping one day, unlike her main character, they choose sensible careers and pick normal hobbies. For more information about Susan’s writing, visit her website at www.sfurlongbolliger.com.


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My Musing ~ Murder on Consignment by Susan Furlong Bolliger

Murder on ConsignmentMurder on Consignment by Susan Furlong Bolliger is the second book in the “Pippi O’Brien” mystery series. Publisher: Martin Sisters Publishing, December 2013

Anxious to acquire some killer deals for her on-line resale business, Pippi O’Brien enlists the help of her long-time shopping buddy, Shep Jones. However, they get more than they bargain for when the owner of a local consignment store, The Classy Closet, turns up murdered and Shep becomes the number one suspect. When Shep asks for Pippi’s help to clear his name, she is only too eager to take on the case. Before long, she’s searching for suspects with the same enthusiasm that she uses to scour clearance racks for good deals. Only, she quickly finds out that it’s difficult to maintain a booming resale business while playing detective.

Adding to the stress, Pippi is recruited as a stand-in maid of honor for her cousin’s pending nuptials and soon finds herself stretched tighter than her poor-fitting bridesmaid dress. To make matters worse, wedding bells are also chiming for ex-boyfriend, Detective Sean Panelli, and the uber-possessive Sarah Maloney. Will Pippi be able to keep her cool, nab a killer and perhaps even reclaim her man? Or, will she find herself next on the list of bargains to die for?

I love a book that slaps of slapstick. This fast-paced whodunit quickly became a page-turner and was very enjoyable. The tone is light and the non-stop action keeps you hopping from one scene to the next until it all comes out in the end, and what an ending it was. The author did a good job in keeping the mystery light while adding infusions of comedic antics. This was a fun read and I hope there are more adventures with Pippi and her friends in this engagingly entertaining series.

Chillin’ with Phillipena by Susan Furlong Bolliger

Murder for BidHi, I’m Phillipena O’Brien. I know what you’re thinking: what type of a name is Phillipena? Well, thanks to my father, I’ve spent my whole life answering that question. You see, I’m the youngest of five girls born to Maureen and Phillip O’Brien. Instead of going for number six, my Dad gave up trying for a namesake gave me a feminized form of his name. Sure, it’s slightly different; but then again, so am I.

If you doubt that last statement, let me explain to you what I do for a living. I’m a resale merchandiser, which is just a fancy term for someone that takes other people’s junk, fixes it up and resells it for profit. Actually, profit is something I know about. I used to be a stock broker. Yep, you heard correctly; I was a stock broker. I had a to-die-for condo downtown, drove a Lexus, and wore nothing but designer suits. The job was lucrative but I could hardly stand the long hours, the constant pressure, the competition … well, you get it. I was stressed to the hilt! So much so that one day I flipped out and did something radical. I left. Yes, that’s right. I walked right out of the office, got in my car and drove until I ended up somewhere in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Ever been there? Let me tell you, if you’ve need to get away, that’s the place to do it—nothing but trees for miles and miles. Anyway, after a week or so of complete solitude, I came up with a new life plan. I decided to simplify. I shed my suits for jeans and T-shirts; traded in the Lexus on a vintage Volvo station wagon and started my resale business. And, I’ve never been happier.

What exactly do I do, you wonder? Mostly, I raid the racks at local consignment shops, clean up at estate sales, or bargain the pants off the local garage sale divas. In essence, I buy low and sell high. It’s the same concept that I used to broker stocks except for the fact that now instead of buying and selling at the Chicago Stock Exchange, I sell on-line or at my regular 10X10 flea market booth. Plus, finding bargains is fun. Why, I’ll even rummage through a garbage dumpster if I see that ‘something special’ that could be fixed up and resold. And, that’s exactly what I was doing when this whole mess started. I saw a curbside garbage can overflowing with cast-offs and dug right in for resale treasures. How would I have known that the garbage can was located outside a soon-to-be murder scene of one of Chicago’s wealthiest socialites or that I would become a suspect in her death? And, with my description plastered all over the news, who could blame me for wanting to see the case closed quickly?

So, being the go-getter than I am, I jumped right into the investigation. That’s when the real trouble began, but I won’t go into all that now. You’ll just have to read all about it in Murder for Bid. Just don’t think less of me when you find out that I’m not as good at detective work as I am at the resale business. Or, that I fall easily for a sexy smile from a good-looking guy. Or that I … well, you’ll have to read the book. Oh, and by the way, if you get a kick out of repurposing old things and turning them into useful items, you’ll enjoy following along with my trash-to-treasure projects. Don’t worry though, my projects aren’t the main focus of the book and won’t distract from the story-line, which consists of one adventurous twist after another.

I think you’ll like it.


Susan is giving away one (1) autographed copy of MURDER FOR BID. Contest open to everyone and ends March 31. Leave a comment to be included in the giveaway. Book will be shipped directly from the author.


Meet the author
For the past eighteen years, her freelance work as a technical writer has allowed Susan to follow her real passion: staying home and spending time with her children. Now that all the kids are in school, she’s finding more time to pursue other writing goals. Her short stories have appeared both on-line and in publications such as Woman’s World. Murder for Bid is her first published novel. She lives in the Midwest with her husband and four children. Visit Susan at her www.sfurlongbolliger.com.

Books are available at retail and online booksellers.