Monday, January 23, 2017

Every Monday I will spotlight a different series that I know you are going to love. 

This week my spotlight is on the
Mary Ellen Hughes

When I read the first book in the Pickled and Preserved Mysteries, I knew I had added a new series to my favorites. 

Sadly, this series ended after the third book. 
Far too soon.  

After her dreams of romance are crushed, Piper Lamb decides to pursue her dream of opening her own shop of pickles and preserves, called Piper’s Picklings, in the idyllic small town of Cloverdale. But she isn’t in town long before she encounters a barrelful of trouble…
The Cloverdale fair offers Piper a sweet opportunity to promote her business. With her new assistant, Amy, she sets up a booth centered around an eye-catching display of the ever-popular dills in an old-fashioned barrel of brine.
But things soon turn sour when fairgoers witness a fight between Amy’s boyfriend, Nate, and town council blowhard—and bagpipe player—Alan Rosemont. When Rosemont is found floating in Piper’s barrel, Nate becomes the prime murder suspect. With Amy’s boyfriend in a pretty pickle, there’s no time to dillydally. But as Piper searches for the real killer, she needs to be careful to preserve her own life…or she may end up a pickled Piper herself.


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 fiancΓ© 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.


Piper Lamb has to take a break from jarring her delicious pickles and preserves to blow the lid off a poisoner....
Business is booming at Piper’s Picklings in Cloverdale, New York. But not all is sweet in the life of Piper’s number one customer and friend, local caterer Sugar Heywood. Sugar is dating wealthy realtor Jeremy Porter, but his family doesn’t approve. After their unscrupulous accountant finds some dirt on Sugar, the family quickly urges Jeremy to throw her out like rotten fruit.
Things are further spoiled after the accountant is found poisoned, and all evidence points to Sugar’s son, Zach. With the Porter family determined to avoid scandal, it won’t be easy for Piper to preserve Zach’s innocence. And after someone falls victim to a poisoned jar of some of her brandied cherries, Piper’s got a peck of trouble to deal with herself…

The Pickled and Preserved Mysteries
are absolutely lovely books. 

You'll enjoy the characters, the setting, and the subject. 

Pick up all three titles now, and read them back to back!

For those readers who are already fans of Mary Ellen, she has a new series coming out through Midnight Ink Publishers called the 

I for one look forward to reading them!


About Mary Ellen

Mary Ellen Hughes is the author of the Craft Corner mystery series – WREATH OF DECEPTION, STRING OF LIES, and PAPER-THIN ALIBI - as well as the Maggie Olenski mysteries – RESORT TO MURDER and A TASTE OF DEATH.

She has also authored several short stories, including THE WOMAN ON THE TRAIN, and short mysteries included in the Chesapeake Crimes and Tales from the Backlist anthologies.

A transplanted Wisconsinite, Mary Ellen now lives in Maryland where she is excited to be working on her new Pickled and Preserved mystery series beginning with THE PICKLED PIPER.

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  1. I find the red highlighted areas hard to read in your emailed blog! Is there a reason you do this? Just curious.

    1. Hi Karen. I'm so sorry you find it hard to read. My entire background page is pink. When I copy and paste a book excerpt from Amazon, it comes with a white background that I have to make pink to match the rest of the blog. But for some reason, if it is read on a phone or tablet, the rest of the blog is white making the parts I added color to stand out with pink backgrounds. I did a survey last year about changing my background color to white. 1 person said yes, to do it, everyone else said to keep it pink. Again, I'm sorry it's hard for you to read. I still think of changing it to white, and I just may do it one day.

  2. Another series I have to check out. Thanks for your post, Lisa.

  3. Thanks, Lisa! Happy Monday, to you.

  4. Thank you so much, Lisa. For my series to be one of your favorites is high praise indeed.