Book Review: A Peach Of A Murder

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A Peach Of A Murder by Livia J. Washburn
Genre: Culinary Mystery, Mystery
ISBN: 978-0451219749
Published: October 3, 2006
Publisher: Signet
Pages: 272


All year round, retired schoolteacher Phyllis Newsom is as sweet as peach pie-except during the Peach Festival, whose blue ribbon has slipped through Phyllis’s fingers more than once…

Everyone’s a little shook up when the corpse of a no-good local turns up underneath a car in a local garage. But even as Phyllis engages in some amateur sleuthing, she won’t let it distract her from out-baking her rivals and winning the upcoming Peach Festival contest.

She and all the other contestants guard their secret, original recipes with their lives-and talk a whole lot of trash. With her unusual Spicy Peach Cobbler, Phyllis hopes to knock ’em dead. But that’s just an expression-never in her wildest dreams did she think her cobbler would actually kill a judge. Now, she’s suspected of murder-and she’s got to bake this case wide open.

My Thoughts

I had been wanting to start this series for about over a year now, at least. I have to be honest, I was waiting for it to be released on the Kindle, my preference for reading of course. As with all “new” or “first” book in a series, it can start off kind of sloppy, all over the place and sometimes character developement takes forever or you have a hard time connecting with the characters. Not the case with this book.

I immediately fell in love with all of the ladies in this story. This story is about a group of ladies whom live together and two of them enter Peach pies into the local Peach Pie contest. When the girls are all set and the pie contest has begun, something happens to one of the judges that throws the town for a loop. It does not stop there, murder is abundent this peach season and Phyllis takes it upon herself to try and figure out just who is up to some no good in town.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys culinary mysteries or mysteries in general. It was light, fun and engaging. There are currently, as of this review; 6 books in the series. This is book #1 in the Fresh Baked Mystery Series. I believe you could just skip around in the series or read one singly although in a series it is best to start at the beginning and go from there.



2 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Corinne February 7, 2012 at 8:11 pm - Reply

    Sounds like a lot of fun 🙂

  2. Janaki Nagaraj February 7, 2012 at 11:15 pm - Reply

    🙂 Happy for you.

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