Susan Furlong (also writing as Lucy Arlington)
War and Peach (Book 3)
Nola Mae Harper is too busy restocking the jars of preserves and chutney flying off the shelves of her shop, Peachy Keen, to keep up with all the gossip about the upcoming mayoral election, but she does know the debate is sure to be a real barn burner.
Local farmer Clem Rogers claims he has a bombshell that could take small business owner Margie Price out of the running. But before Clem can reveal his juicy secret at the debate, his actual barn goes up in flames—with him inside of it. The town casts its vote against Margie, but Nola isn’t convinced the hardworking woman is capable of murder. Now to clear Margie's name Nola will have to work fast under pressure, before Margie gets taken in by the fuzz...
Released February, 2017
Georgia Peach Mysteries
Rest in Peach (Book 2)
In the next Georgia Peach Mystery an upcoming debutante ball turns into the pits when a juicy murder scandalizes a small town.
The annual Peach Cotillion, Cays Mill, Georgia’s biggest event, is fast approaching and Nola Mae Harper is just as excited as the rest of the town—even though she’s busy juggling both the cotillion dinner and the grand opening of her new shop, Peachy Keen. But she never expected that plans for the cotillion would end up in the pits because of the cutthroat competition between local debutantes.
When Vivien Crenshaw, insufferable church organist and despised mother of the town’s spoiled-rotten Peach Queen, is stabbed to death, the police turn to Nola’s friend Ginny as prime suspect. Apparently the two had fought over a one-of-a-kind cotillion gown. As Nola steps in to prove Ginny’s innocence she soon finds herself picking through a bushel of suspects, twice as many motives, and at the mercy of a killer all too keen on killing again.
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Hear what people are saying about Peaches and Scream.
“Cozy readers will savor every word of this peach of a mystery. Ms. Furlong’s turn-of-phrase is delightful, her characters are endearing, and the mystery will keep readers guessing until the very end. The Georgia Peach mysteries are loaded with Southern charm, sassy characters, and tantalizing recipes—a pure delight!”
—New York Times bestselling author Ellery Adams
"Georgia belles can handle anything--including murder--as Susan Furlong proves in this sweet and juicy series debut."
— New York Times bestselling author Sheila Connolly
"Susan Furlong is a gifted writer (many may not be aware she also writes under the name of Lucy Arlington) and this mystery was well crafted and the characters well fleshed out. I could almost hear their southern accents floating off the page! Definitely worth a look! Four Stars"
— Rocco LoTempio ~ Night Owl Reviews
"This series has everything a cozy mystery lover could want, loyal family, fantastic friends, wonderful juicy story line and a dog called Roscoe."
— Karen ~ A Cup Of Tea and A Cozy Mystery
"Furlong kicks off this series with a great mystery. The characters are introduced in a way that is relatable to the reader ... Looking forward to more in the series."
— RT Book Reviews
Cozy readers, you are in for a sweet peach of a treat with this first book in the new Georgia Peach Mystery series. PEACHES AND SCREAM is no doubt one of the top new cozies of 2015. Well done Ms. Furlong. Bravo!
— Lisa K’s Book Reviews
Released April, 2016
Peaches and Scream (Book 1)
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…
Welcome to Cays Mill, Georgia, where the peaches are as ripe and juicy as the local gossip. Stay a while, meet some of our town folk and stop by Harper’s Peach Farm to pick a bushel of our sweet Georgia gems. After you’ve worked up an appetite, be sure duck into Red’s Diner where you will find some of the best eatin’ south of the Mason-Dixon line. And if you need a place to stay, you’re sure to find true southern hospitality at Sunny Side Up Bed and Breakfast.
Yup, we’d just love to have y'all visit. Just be sure to watch your back though, because lately, trouble’s been running hotter than the scorching Georgia sun…