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Thursday, July 9, 2020

Blueberry Muffins and Misfortune (Peridale Cafe Mystery #12) by Agatha Frost

Blueberry Muffins and Misfortune

Kindle Edition, 280 pages
Published May 8th 2018 by Pink Tree Publishing LTD

Goodreads synopsis: 
The 12th book in the BESTSELLING Peridale Cafe cozy mystery series!
When Barker's book launch is ruined by the sudden appearance of a decade-old skeleton, Julia finds herself with another cold case on her hands. It quickly becomes evident that the skeleton belongs to Mabel Crump, the former manager of the library, but with Mabel supposedly having fled Peridale for a new life in Spain ten years previously, how did she end up there, and more importantly, why?

With Mabel's family gathered in Peridale for the ninetieth birthday of her husband, Julia soon realises the Crump family are not all they seem. Did one of the Crumps kill Mabel, or did someone in Julia's family murder the former librarian? Between the skeleton, Barker's sudden rise to author fame, and an unexpected love rival, Julia must juggle the different sides of her life to piece together her most challenging case yet. With secrets and lies spanning back ten long years, can Julia crack the case before everything crumbles around her?


4.5 stars

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

Barker is having a book signing at the local library and before Julia can bake her blueberry muffins, her oven goes out. She is over a hour late to the signing and Jessie decides to buy muffins from another shop and pass them off as Julia’s at the event. She is flabbergasted. But there is nothing she can do when he oven won’t work. The town loves the new recipe much to Julia’s chagrin. Then while at the event, a dead body falls from the ceiling and it turns out to be a good friend of Dot’s!

Lots going on in this book. I like how the author has incorporated both Billy and Alphie into the cast very smoothly. It is nice to have more recurring characters around.

The mystery is pretty complex which makes figuring it out a challenge. But the mystery doesn’t over take everything here. You get a real sense of community and you learn a lot about other characters that had barely had walk-on roles in other books.

Definitely a series I am loving right now.

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

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