Bidding War Break-In A Lily Sprayberry Realtor Cozy Mystery

Bidding War Break-In A Lily Sprayberry Realtor Cozy Mystery

IN A SMALL TOWN, EVERYONE IS IN YOUR BUSINESS

When Bramblett County Realtor Lily Sprayberry puts her deceased client’s townhome, the last in a sought after mixed-use development community, on the market, she winds up in the throes of a bidding war.

Knowing a portion of the money will go to a scholarship in her client’s name, Lily schedules a realtor only open house to raise the bids even higher. But on the day of the event, she discovers the home’s been vandalized, and every potential offer is taken off the table.

Someone is out to stop the sale, and ruin Lily in the process.

With her reputation hanging by a thread and the community up in arms, Lily sets out to fix things, and lands right in the middle of a hot mess of vandalism, lies, theft, and cheating. Lily soon discovers that some people don’t want their secrets known, and they’ll do whatever it takes to keep them under wraps.

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Pop a Squat with Millie from Millie’s Cafe!

Hold on there, sweetie, that’s an expensive skirt you got on, did you get that at Macy’s? I’ve been at the one down in Atlanta, at the Lenox Mall, but I don’t go there no more. I hear the traffic is terrible out there, and I don’t do city traffic anymore. Nope. Let me wipe the chair off before you pop a squat.

There, that’s better.

Okay, Lily and Belle, they’ll be here right quick, but Lily told me you’d be here before them. They’re finishing up with a client. She asked me to get you one of my secret recipe raspberry scones and a mocha latte. You’ll love ‘em. You want that scone warmed? It’s a bit chilly out there this morning. I can heat it for you.

I’m Millie. See that sign above the door? I own the place, that’s why it’s called Mille’s Café. Been in town here since the day I was born, but I won’t tell you how long that’s been. A lady never reveals her age.

You have any questions about anything in Bramblett County, you just come to me. Millie’s is the place, and I’m not talking just about breakfast and lunch or sweet tea and coffee. Millie’s is the town spot for information, too.

We don’t gossip here in Bramblett because that’s ugly, gossip. We might talk a bit about our folk and what we’ve got going on, but we don’t like to get ugly. Though I will say when those few murders happened, we did talk a bit about those. Now, don’t you worry your pretty little head about them murders. They weren’t that big of a deal. Well, I mean, murder is a big deal, but they weren’t Lily’s fault or anything. Just because she found the bodies doesn’t mean her job is cursed or that she is. I mean, they were her clients and all, but that was just bad luck on her part. It wasn’t because they were her clients.

You okay? Let me get you a glass of ice water. You sit and relax. Like I said, Lily and Belle will be here right quick.

Hello from Lily Sprayberry in Bramblett County, Georgia!

Hello from Lily Sprayberry in Bramblett County, Georgia!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hey y’all! My name is Lily Sprayberry. Some of you might know me, and you might know me as Lilybit. I prefer Lily, but you can call me Lilybit if you want. Most everyone here in Bramblett County does.

I hear you’re interested in buying a house here in Bramblett County. Well, I’m your girl. My business partner, and best friend, Belle Pyott and I own the number one realty in the area, Bramblett County Realty, so we can definitely help you out!

Let me just say, you’ve come to the right place, and you’re going to love it here! The northern part of Georgia is just beautiful, especially in the fall. The changing colors of the Blue Ridge Mountains are prettier than a rainbow. Really, you have to see it to believe it.

We do get some snow, but mostly if we’re trapped inside, it’s because of ice, and when that happens, we just sit back and make French toast. I say that because the stores run out of milk, bread, and eggs, and that’s the recipe for French toast, right? Of course, come the following fall, and the hospitals are filling up with new mommas delivering babies, so French toast isn’t the only thing we’re making during the Bramblett County winters!

My momma would wash my mouth out with soap for saying that, but it’s true.

I own the biggest real estate agency in the county along with my life-long friend, Belle Pyott. When I say biggest, I mean that in the loosest sense of the word because there really aren’t any other real estate agencies in town. Okay, there’s one or two, but they don’t really do much business, so we’re the biggest by default. Having grown up in the county makes it easy for us to get business from the locals, but we work hard to market our agency to the growing number of people coming from the Atlanta area, even though our residents aren’t thrilled about what they like to call the invasion of the city people.

Sometimes, I can’t help but agree with them.

Bramblett County is a special place, and when people come here, they don’t want to leave. We celebrate the holidays like we invented them, with Santa living right here in town, and have the most fabulous fall festival ever, and if you think your momma makes the best apple pie ever, well you just haven’t tried Millie’s pie yet, and honestly, you’re missing out.

So, why don’t you tell me a little about yourself? It’ll help me choose a few of the available properties to show you. We’ve got some great new builders in town, from townhomes to condos to some fancy new lofts—though, between us, the townspeople aren’t too thrilled with those. Either way, many of the older homes are on the market, also. People aren’t moving away from town, they’re building new homes on their land.

While you’re telling me about yourself, I’ll go ahead and order you a sweet tea and a raspberry scone from Millie. Trust me, you’re going to love them. Her secret recipe is to die for.

Oh, I better not say that. Unfortunately, I’ve had a few too many deaths linked to my real estate business lately.

But don’t you worry. I’m sure it’s not a thing or anything like that.

I hope.

Local Realtor Threatened by Community in Bramblett County, GA

Local Realtor Threatened by Community in Bramblett County, GA

Local Realtor Threatened by Community

Involvement in Recent Murders has Locals Questioning her Actions

By Rufus Fulton

EDITOR, Bramblett County Gazette

We all know Lily Sprayberry, or as she’s been called for years, Lilybit. Many of us have bought and sold properties with her successful realty business, Bramblett County Realty. She’s a local, and comes from good stock.

Sprayberry’s been involved with the recent rise in murders in town, but not in a bad way. She’s simply been at the wrong place at the right time, and people are talking. Some are concerned Lily’s cursed, while others fear she’s secretly involved. I met with Sprayberry to discuss and possibly dispel the rumors.

“Involved?” she asked. “Of course, I’m not involved, and I’m most certainly not cursed, though admittedly, the thought did cross my mind.”

When asked how she feels being the target of discourse in Bramblett, Sprayberry said it’s been tough on her emotionally.

“I’ve grown up in Bramblett. People know me, and they should know I’d never be involved in a purposeful death. In fact, my involvement is just to help find justice and do right by the people in my life.”

She said discovering Myrtle Redbecker’s body was shocking, but she doesn’t have a link to any of the murders in town. “Myrtle wasn’t the most liked resident in town, but nobody deserves to be murdered. And with a cast iron skillet? I can’t even imagine how tragic that must have been, but I’m innocent in what’s going on here.”

Sprayberry didn’t intend to start her own investigation into the old woman’s death, or cause trouble in the recent murder in town.

“It’s my own natural need for answers—my curiosity. That’s the reason I’ve attached myself to each of these tragedies.”

She said losing her lifelong friend a few short months later was shocking. “She was so young. Such a tragic way to end such a promising, young life.”

But why then, did Sprayberry get involved in the recent murder here in Bramblett?

“Because it was the right thing to do, for my client.”

Sprayberry goes on to state the victim, Carter Trammell, was attempting to do right by his students.

He wanted them to succeed academically. That was his priority, and it should be their parent’s priority, too.”

She said she’s been shocked by the behavior of certain parents associated with the school’s athletic program.“This insanity needs to stop. Sports aren’t everything, and neither are scholarships, but an education can last a lifetime. And no one, no one deserves to die, especially for wanting to help kids succeed.”

Some people don’t see Lily’s actions that way.

“She might could stop interfering in the lives of others,” one local who requested to remain anonymous, said.

“She’s hurting the community by sticking her nose where it don’t belong,” another commented.

But Sprayberry has a lot of support in Bramblett, too, and people don’t want to see her reputation damaged for being a faithful community member.

“I just don’t get it. Lilybit’s family to us, and we got to protect our own. Whoever killed that coach needs to come out of hiding and do what’s right,” Old Man Goodson said.

Locals Bonnie Bass and Henrietta Harvey agreed.

“She ain’t done nothing I wouldn’t have done,” Bass said.

“Me, too,” Harvey agreed. “And you can tell all of Bramblett I said so.”

County Sheriff Dylan Roberts is working on the case, but said things are moving along in the investigation, and they are satisfied with the suspect they’ve arrested.

“We’re confident this case will go to trial, and the killer will be held accountable for their crimes.”

Keep up with this case in follow up articles in the Gazette at carolynridderaspenson.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome to Bramblett County Georgia!

Hey y’all! My name is Lily Sprayberry. Some of you might know me, and you might know me as Lilybit. I prefer Lily, but you can call me Lilybit if you want. Most everyone here in Bramblett County does.

I hear you’re interested in buying a house here in Bramblett County. Let me just say, you’ve come to the right place, and you’re going to love it here! The northern part of Georgia is just beautiful, especially in the fall. The changing colors of the Blue Ridge Mountains is pretty than a rainbow. Really, you have to see it to believe it.

We do get some snow, but mostly if we’re trapped inside, it’s because of ice, and when that happens, we just sit back and make French toast. I say that because the stores run out of milk, bread and eggs, and that’s the recipe for French toast, right? Of course, come the following fall and the hospitals are filled up with new mommas delivering babies, so French toast isn’t the only thing we’re making during the Bramblett County winters!

My momma would wash my mouth out with soap for saying that, but it’s true.

Photo credit: https://blueridgerealtyga.com/north-ga-mountain-realty/

I own the biggest real estate agency in the county along with my life-long friend, Belle Pyott. When I say biggest, I mean that in the loosest sense of the word because there really aren’t any other real estate agencies in town. Okay, there’s one or two, but they don’t really do much business, so we’re the biggest by default. Having grown up in the county makes it easy for us to get business from the locals, but we work hard to market our agency to the growing number of people coming from the Atlanta area, even though our residents aren’t thrilled about what they like to call the invasion of the city people.

Sometimes, I can’t help but agree with them.

Photo credit: https://www.mountainoasiscabinrentals.com/vacation-rental-home.asp?PageDataID=114131

Bramblett County is a special place, and when people come here, they don’t want to leave. We celebrate the holidays like we invented them, with Santa living right here in town, and have the greatest fall festival ever, and if you think your momma makes the best apple pie ever, well you just haven’t tried Millie’s pie yet, and honestly, you’re missing out.

So, why don’t you tell me a little about yourself? It’ll help me choose a few of the available properties to show you. We’ve got some great new builders in town, from townhomes to condos to some fancy new lofts—though, between us, the townspeople aren’t too thrilled with those. Either way, many of the older homes are on the market, also. People aren’t moving away from town, they’re building new homes on their land.

While you’re telling me about yourself, I’ll go ahead and order you a sweet tea and a raspberry scone from Millie. Trust me, you’re going to love them. Her secret recipe is to die for.

Oh, I better not say that. Unfortunately, I’ve had a few too many deaths linked to my real estate business lately.

But don’t you worry about that. I’m sure it’s not a thing or anything.

I hope.