A Georgia B&B Mystery
by Anna Gerard
About the Book
Peach Clobbered: A Georgia B&B Mystery
1st in Series
Crooked Lane Books (July 9, 2019)
Digital ASIN: B07JMK2JRD
What I Thought:
What’s black and white and dead all over? Georgia bed and breakfast proprietor Nina Fleet finds out when she comes across a corpse in a penguin costume.
Nina Fleet’s life ought to be as sweet as a Georgia peach. Awarded a tidy sum in her divorce, Nina retired at 41 to a historic Queen Anne house in quaint Cymbeline, GA. But Nina’s barely settled into her new B&B-to-be when a penguin shows up on her porch. Or, at least, a man wearing a penguin suit.
Harry Westcott is making ends meet as an ice cream shop’s mascot and has a letter from his great-aunt, pledging to leave him the house. Too bad that’s not what her will says. Meanwhile, the Sisters of Perpetual Poverty have lost their lease. Real estate developer Gregory Bainbridge intends to turn the convent into a golfing community, so Cymbeline’s mayor persuades Nina to take in the elderly nuns. And then Nina finds the “penguin” again, this time lying in an alley with a kitchen knife in his chest.
A peek under the beak tells Nina it’s not Harry inside the costume, but
Bainbridge. What was he doing in Harry’s penguin suit? Was the developer really the intended victim, or did the culprit mean to kill Harry? Whoever is out to stop Harry from contesting the sale of his great-aunt’s house may also be after Nina, so she teams up with him to cage the killer before someone clips her wings in Peach Clobbered, Anna Gerard’s charming first Georgia B&B mystery.
I enjoyed this book from the time I picked it up till I finished it. I liked the setting of the book and I also liked the characters, especially Nina. In this one, Nina has moved to Cymbeline, GA after visiting there from Atlanta and falling in love with a beautiful Victorian home. She is visited one day by a man in a penguin suit, who turns out to be Harry Westcott, the former owner of the homes nephew. He claims his aunt wanted him to have the house. That same day, the mayor visits Nina asking telling her she is reconsidering her bid to turn the home into a bed and breakfast because a local developer has not renewed the lease for the local convent and is evicting the nuns there. They need a place to stay, so the mayor wants Nina to let them stay. The nuns stage a silent protest of the developer and on a break from the protest, the developer is found stabbed in Harry Westcott's penguin costume. Harry and Nina team up to figure out who the killer is also to trap the woman who is stalking Harry. This was a very well written story with a great plot. It was fast-paced and kept me flipping pages. Nina was a very caring protagonist and she was even very caring when the killer is finally revealed. There were any twists and turns in this story that kept me guessing as to who the killer was and as to what the true mothive for the murder really was. There were a couple mysteries in this book, as Harry and Nina make startling discovery in the old Victorian. I look forward to more in this series.
I received a complimentary copy of this book.
About the Author
DIANE A.S. STUCKART is the New York Times bestselling author of the Black Cat Bookshop Mystery series (writing as Ali Brandon). She’s also the author of the award-winning Leonardo da Vinci historical mysteries, as well as several historical romances and numerous mystery, fantasy, and romance short stories. The first book in her Tarot Cats Mystery series is FOOL’S MOON, available in trade, large print, and Kindle versions. Her Georgia B&B Mystery series from Crooked Lane Books launched July 2019 with PEACH CLOBBERED, written as Anna Gerard.
Diane is a member of Mystery Writers of America and has served as the 2018 and 2019 Chapter President of the MWA Florida chapter. In addition to her mystery writing affiliations, she’s a member of the Cat Writers’ Association and belongs to the Palm Beach County Beekeepers Association. She’s a native Texan with a degree in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma, but has been living in the West Palm Beach FL area since 2006. She shares her “almost in the Everglades” home with her husband, dogs, cats, and a few beehives. Learn more about her books at www.dianestuckart.com
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