By Livia J. Washburn

All yr around, retired schoolteacher Phyllis Newsom is as candy as peach pie-except through the Peach pageant, whose blue ribbon has slipped via Phyllis's arms greater than once...

Everyone's a bit shook up while the corpse of a no-good neighborhood turns up beneath a vehicle in an area storage. yet while Phyllis engages in a few novice sleuthing, she will not enable it distract her from out-baking her opponents and successful the impending Peach pageant contest.

She and the entire different contestants protect their mystery, unique recipes with their lives-and speak plenty of trash. along with her strange highly spiced Peach Cobbler, Phyllis hopes to knock 'em lifeless. yet that is simply an expression-never in her wildest desires did she imagine her cobbler would truly kill a pass judgement on. Now, she's suspected of murder-and she's received to bake this example large open.

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Phyllis managed to laugh as she wished the tension in the air would go away. " The tour didn't take long. As it was going on, Phyllis explained that there was one other boarder in the house who wasn't there at the moment. Sam didn't press her for the details, and she didn't supply them. If he moved in here, he would meet Mattie soon enough. They walked back into the living room a short time later. Phyllis began, "I imagine you'll want to think it over-" "Nope;" Sam said. "I've seen enough. This is a beautiful house, and you ladies seem like fine company.

As she had suspected, it was only half full. She parked the Lincoln there, and then she, Mattie, and Eve got out and walked along the side of the building toward the front, following a concrete walk that led past some hedges. building, Phyllis stopped short. A dark blue pickup had pulled up in the ' church's driveway and stopped behind the hearse. A tall, slender man got out from behind the wheel and slammed the door hard. A boy climbed out of the truck on the passenger side and closed his door more carefully.

Opening her home to her friends and fellow retired teachers was one of the best decisions she had ever made, Phyllis reflected. Carolyn was widowed, like her, and Eve was divorced ... or "between marriages," as she put it. She had been between marriages four times. Fair or not, it was somewhat scandalous even in this day and age for a schoolteacher to have been married and divorced four times. That was Eve, though. And no one had doubted her ability as a high school English teacher. She always had more students pass the advanced placement test than any of the other teachers did.

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