Mary Ellen Hughes has been a favorite of mine since I read the Craft Corner Mystery series she did from 2006 - 2008. She's been on my Facebook for what seems like forever, and on a personal level is a kind and considerate friend. I was extremely excited when I heard she had a new series coming out, because it had been way too long since I'd gotten to read a new story from her.
But what about the new book? Okay, okay, I'm getting there! Coming from a background where my mother and grandmother pickled, preserved, canned, and froze everything possible from large gardens, I was intrigued by the premise for this series before I ever got my hands on it. I would never have considered a shop devoted to pickling as a setting, but Mary Ellen sure made it work. Piper is a likable and engaging herione, and the small town setting is authentic and well done. Not that I expected anything less.
Now I'm not one who always tries to figure out "whodunnit" before the answer is revealed, usually preferring to remain surprised when the author gets there with the culprit in his or her own good time. So as usual, I never saw the ending for this one coming. The one thing I did manage to guess about one of the red herrings made me giggle, though. It's always fun when a character behaves the same way I would, in the same situation!