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Friday, December 13, 2019

Macarons and Mayhem (Peridale Cafe Mystery #7) by Agatha Frost



Macarons and Mayhem

Kindle Edition, 181 pages
Published July 30th 2017 by Pink Tree Publishing LTD



Goodreads synopsis:
Excitement blossoms through Peridale when a prestigious gardening magazine picks the village as the spotlight for their next issue, but that joy quickly turns to dread when members of the local gardening society, The Peridale Green Fingers, start dying one by one after their obituaries are sent to The Peridale Post the day before their murders.

Julia is asked to bake macarons for the magazine's unveiling of 'The Best Garden in Peridale' party, but with death striking the village, she has more important things to worry about. Is somebody killing The Green Fingers’ to better their chances of winning the title as well as the cash prize, or is there something more sinister happening? With her old friend and newspaper reporter, Johnny, by her side, Julia must uncover the truth before every member of the club is crushed like an unwanted weed.

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4.5 Stars

This is the seventh book in the Peridale Cafe mystery series by Agatha Frost.

Nothing is ever what it seems in Peridale. When a gardening magazine comes to town to judge the best garden to put into the pages of their magazine, all the gardeners go crazy trying to make the grade. Behind the scenes, someone is sabotaging competitor’s gardens. Julia’s reporter friend Johnny uncovers a plot to kill off some of the original members of the Green Fingers club by causing what looks like accidents but are instead murder!

The author was able to pack a lot of story into fewer pages than her last book. That always amazes me. I liked getting to know Johnny. Having him by her side made it a lot easier to investigate. Whenever DI Brown is with her, she has to go by the book and that doesn’t always work out well for Julia.

This was another mystery that I needed Julia to show me whodunit. I had no clue. The only thing that would have made this better for me was if Julia had won that contest after she confessed someone else had fixed up her flower boxes. LOL!

Jessie is becoming a better and better cook as the books fly by. In no time she may have her own franchise of Julia’s cafe. Great mix of everyday life paired with the whodunit mystery.


If you love a good cozy mystery, check this one out and decide for yourself.

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