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Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Red Velvet and Revenge (Peridale Cafe Mystery #16) by Agatha Frost

Red Velvet and Revenge

Kindle Edition, 214 pages
Published February 28th 2019 by Pink Tree Publishing LTD

Goodreads synopsis: 
The 16th book in the BESTSELLING Peridale Cafe Cozy Mystery Series!
When Julia South-Brown is asked to judge the first Peridale Bake Off competition alongside local radio DJ, Tony Bridges, she expects it to be some light village fun while her new husband, Barker Brown, finishes work on his second novel. However, it ends up being anything but when Tony shows he is nothing like his charming radio personality. When someone takes advantage of his severe and well-publicised peanut allergy with a contaminated red velvet cake in the middle of the competition, Julia isn't surprised to find herself with another murder mystery to solve!

With Tony having mistreated everyone from his wife, ex-wife, assistant, and most people unlucky enough to have crossed his path, Julia isn't short of suspects. But, what should be a cut and dry investigation turns into something wholly more complicated thanks to Julia suddenly being responsible for her baby brother when her father and step-mother find themselves indefinitely stranded in Ibiza thanks to a banana boat and a broken leg.

While juggling a baby, a complicated case, and a slew of other personal dilemmas, Julia is forced to face tough decisions that will impact the rest of her life. Family proves more important than ever, but can Julia hold hers together? With her sleuthing putting her in increasingly more treacherous situations with each passing day, can Julia stay safe, or will this prove one case too far?


4.75 stars

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

Lots of twists and turns in this one. There was a point in the story where I was a little scared for Julia when she put herself in a dangerous situation. I think this took Frost’s storytelling to a whole new level.

The characters were deeper and the plot was so multi-layered that by the end you were shocked who the bad guy turned out to be. Definitely a must read book for this series!

Loved so much about it. If you like cozy mysteries, definitely check this one out. You won’t be disappointed.

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