By Livia J. Washburn
All yr around, retired schoolteacher Phyllis Newsom is as candy as peach pie-except throughout the Peach pageant, whose blue ribbon has slipped via Phyllis's hands greater than once...
Everyone's a bit shook up while the corpse of a no-good neighborhood turns up beneath a automobile in an area storage. yet whilst Phyllis engages in a few beginner 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 defend their mystery, unique recipes with their lives-and speak lots of trash. along with her strange highly spiced Peach Cobbler, Phyllis hopes to knock 'em useless. yet that is simply an expression-never in her wildest goals did she imagine her cobbler would really kill a pass judgement on. Now, she's suspected of murder-and she's acquired to bake this example broad open.
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If there was any way to work peaches into a recipe, somebody was bound to try it. And at the climax of the festival, a winner would be named by a panel of judges. There was a blue ribbon, of course, just a little thing made by the local trophy shop that read BEST PEACH RECIPE PARKER COUNTY PEACH FESTIVAL, with the year printed on it. Phyllis wanted that ribbon. She told herself it wasn't because Carolyn Wilbarger had won it the past two years while Phyllis's recipes had finished fifth and second, respectively.
No, sir, I didn't:' Phyllis said, "Mike, do you think the man in the car ... you think he could have ... " "It's, possible;' he said. "You said he wasn't there long, but it wouldn't have taken but a few seconds to start that jack lowering. I tested it myself. Knock the lever down and give the jack handle a good push, and it would come down quick on its own after that. Mr. " Carolyn asked. "Start looking to see who had a grudge . against Mr. Bishop, I guess. I haven't been involved in all that many murder investigations, but they're usually pretty simple.
The church was almost full. Perhaps Newt Bishop hadn't had a lot of close friends, but he had been a man with plenty of acquaintances. He also hired a good number of immigrants to work in his orchard, and some of them were on hand. They sat together on the other side of the auditorium, dressed in clean, neatly pressed work clothes, holding their straw Stetsons in their hands as they talked quietly among themselves in Spanish. Phyllis felt someone sit down beside her, and looked over to see her son.