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Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Birthday Cake and Bodies (Peridale Cafe Mystery #9) by Agatha Frost

Birthday Cake and Bodies

Kindle Edition, 136 pages
Published October 17th 2017 by Pink Tree Publishing LTD

Goodreads synopsis: 
The 9th book in the BESTSELLING Peridale Cafe Cozy Mystery series!

When Julia gathered Barker's family at Peridale Manor for his surprise birthday party, she did not expect it to result in murder! Minutes before the celebration is scheduled to begin, Barker's nephew, Luke, is found strangled in his bed, putting an end to Julia's dream of a quiet family get together. Only one of Barker's family could have murdered the young man, but which one?

Thanks to a botched burglary in the village, the police station is clogged up, forcing Barker to go rogue with Julia. He shuts down the manor, vowing to solve the murder before sunrise, but will he be able to pin the murder on one of his brothers or their wives? Julia quickly discovers that each member of his family has a secret, but which one led to Luke's death? In a race against the clock, Julia must dig up the past, but can she uncover the truth without tearing Barker's family apart forever?


4.5 stars

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

Julia brings in all of Barker’s family to surprise him for his birthday. Then one of the younger relatives is killed right off the bat and you don’t know whodunit since so many people are new to all us readers.

This is one of my favorite books so far. Definitely loved the family dynamic and getting to see who Barker is compared to his family. The murder is pretty complex and it draws out a secret from the past that is revealed as well by the end of the book.

The people of Peridale always intrigue me. Loved this.

If you love a good cozy mystery, check this one out. What a fun read!

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