Friday, June 26, 2015

Cozy Food Friday!

That means it's time to share a recipe from 
another great cozy mystery!

Today I'm featuring a recipe from the cozy mystery 
Book 1 in the Georgia Peach Mystery series
Susan Furlong

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…


Available now for pre-order and releases 
Tuesday, July 7!

Susan is so excited about her new series starting, she wanted to share one of the recipes from 
two whole weeks before her book releases!

Today's recipe is 

Scrumptious Peach Cobbler


8-10 fresh peaches
1 lemon— juiced
¼ cup white sugar
¼ cup brown sugar
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
2 teaspoons cornstarch

Cobbler Topping

2 cups all-purpose flour
½ cup white sugar
½ cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 ½ sticks cold unsalted butter
½ cup hot water
2 tablespoons white sugar for sprinkling

Photo from Google Images

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 

Peach Mixture: 

Peel and slice peaches (removing the pits) into thin wedges and place inside a large bowl. Add the juice of one lemon and toss to coat evenly.

In a separate bowl, combine ¼ cup white sugar, ¼ brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and cornstarch. Add this mixture to the peaches and stir gently until peaches are coated. 

Place peach mixture into a 2 quart dish and bake for 10 minutes.

Photo from Google Images


In a large bowl, combine flour, sugars, baking powder and salt. Cut cold butter into small pieces and mix into dry ingredients until slightly blended. The mixture should be crumbly.

Add hot water, a little at a time, until a dough forms. Do not exceed ½ cup of hot water. Remove peaches from the oven and drop spoonfuls of cobbler on top until the peaches are covered. 

Photo from Google Images

Sprinkle the entire cobbler with extra sugar. Place the dish on a baking sheet in case it bubbles over while baking. 

Bake for 30-40 minutes or until the crust is golden brown.

All photos property of Susan Furlong unless otherwise marked

Can anyone else smell this cobbler baking or 
hear my stomach growing? 

Thank you so much, Susan!


Cozy readers, you are in for a sweet peach of a treat with this first book in the new Georgia Peach Mystery series. Author Susan Furlong has created a wonderful series with colorful characters, and a mystery that will keep you entranced until the very last page.

Protagonist Nola Mae Harper is a perfectly imperfect character which makes her so relatable. Poor Nola, she’s back home after traveling the world and before she can even adjust, she finds a body. While of course Nola takes part in the investigation (what good cozy heroine wouldn’t?), Ms. Furlong didn’t write Nola being a know it all. She stumbled with finding the truth like anyone inexperienced would.

The cast of supporting characters is like a bushel of peaches…some sweet, some bitter, and some hiding behind too much fuzz. ;-) Buy all are juicy to read and make for a perfect blend.

The writing in this story is crisp and clear. The words flow as surely as the author’s pen must have over the paper she wrote one (or her fingers on the keyboard). J It will be so hard for you to not read PEACHES AND SCREAM in one sitting. Yeah, it’s that hard to put down.

Oh, and each chapter starts with a delightful Georgia Belle fact. I wanted to go through the book and read them all at once!

PEACHES AND SCREAM is no doubt one of the top new cozies of 2015. Well done Ms. Furlong. Brava!

Make sure to check out the back of the book for mouthwatering peach recipes, and a sneak peek of Georgia Peach book 2, REST IN PEACH! 

Please keep reading and check out my 
installments of 
Book Beginnings on Fridays
The Friday 56


My Book Beginnings and Friday 56
 for this week are from 
Book 1 in the Georgia Peach Mystery series
by Susan Furlong

Book Beginnings on Fridays is a meme hosted by Rose City Reader
Share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading

My Book Beginnings...

Georgia Belle Fact #027:
In the South, we greet one another with bits of juicy gossip, not some ol' boring Yankee-like salutation. 

I was idling on the corner of Blossom Street and Orchard, when the words came sailing through my open car window. "My word! Is that Nola Mae Harper I see?"
I snapped my head and squinted to the sidewalk where I spied the Crawford sisters sauntering along. I hadn't heard my full name, let alone that drawl I'd taken for granted in childhood, for a long time. I shot them a quick smile and waggled my fingers before moving down the road. . .

The Friday 56 is a meme hosted by Freda's Voice
Rules: *Grab a book, any book. *Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader (If you have to improvise, that's okay.) *Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it) that grab you. *Post it.

My Friday 56...

". . . Our family is going through tough financial times." 

He stood up, kicked at a few pebbles with the worn toe of his boot, and hitching his thumbs in his suspenders. "Aren't we all?" 

Available July 7! 

About the author
Susan Furlong has lived throughout the United States, including 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 Novel Idea Mysteries under the pen name Lucy Arlington.

You can learn more about Susan by visiting her website at

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  1. I'm planning to start this book over the weekend. I'm looking forward to it even more after reading all of this.

  2. The Peach Cobbler looks so yummy! Thank you for your review of Peaches and Scream. It sounds like an awesome book.

  3. Great review, Lisa of Peaches and Scream. Sounds like a good mystery. Love peach cobbler.

  4. Interesting quote for your Friday 56. I guess most of us can relate.
    Love the review. Here is my Friday 56

  5. Peasches and Scream. What a fun title! And now I'm craving some peaches. Looks yummy and the story should be another fun cozy!

    My 56 -

  6. This sounds delicious! And I loved loved loved this book! I'm already looking forward to the second one. :-)

  7. What a fun and delightful (not to mention delicious) post! I love peach cobbler, and the book looks like one I'd enjoy. Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

  8. Peach cobbler is the best, especially in the summer!! Looking forward to this new series too!

  9. Sounds wonderful. The recipe looks easy - which is just the kind I like. You can see my posts at #27 and #28 on Freda's linky. Happy reading!

  10. Thanks, Lisa! Perfect time of the year for peach cobbler...yum...while reading the book would be even better!

  11. Peaches and Scream sounds like a great culinary cozy! Can you believe I've not had Peach Cobbler before?! It's true! I bet it's good though, thanks for sharing the recipe. My gut says it needs to try some soon! :-)
    Great review and 56! Happy weekend!

  12. This one sounds delicious and also the book sound like such a treat (pun intended!). Hope you enjoy!

  13. Sounds like a delightful story! And the peach cobbler recipe is scrumptious. I'll try both the book and the cobbler.
    My Friday post features The Runaway Quilt.

  14. Oh yum! The book and dessert sound delicious! Thanks Lisa!

  15. I LOVE peach cobbler or peach pie but we usually have to wait until August to find the ripe fruit from the east side of the state. Thanks for sharing the yummy recipe and for visiting my blog.

  16. I'm going to agree with Patricia peach cobbler, pie, sliced fresh peaches etc.
    A very good review!

    Kathleen Bylsma

  17. That recipe looks to die for! Great little snippet for the 56, sounds like a good rea.

    My Friday 56:

    Have a great weekend.

  18. Thank you for taking time to read and review my book, Lisa. Also, a huge thank you for having me on your blog. And thanks to everyone who stopped by to leave a comment. I really appreciate it!