Apr 12, 2021

Peaches and Schemes by Anna Gerard

Hello my cozy friends,

Today I am reviewing "Peaches and Schemes" the 3rd instalment in the "Georgia B&B Mystery" series by Anna Gerard.  I love visiting Cymbeline, Georgia and Nina Fleet’s B&B.

In Anna Gerard's third delightful Georgia B&B mystery, Nina Fleet learns that despite the satin, lace, and buttercream trappings, weddings often prove to be anything but sweet...

Nina Fleet might be new to the innkeeping business, but she's savvy enough to know that Cymbeline's tourists aren't enough to keep her fledgling bed and breakfast going. And so, Nina decides to tap into the destination wedding market by taking a booth at the Veils and Vanities Bridal Expo. The twice-yearly event is sponsored by the town's two wedding pros: Virgie Hamilton, the sixtysomething owner of Virgie's Formals, and Roxanna Quarry, a Gen X event planner and Nina's new friend. But everything goes wrong during the expo's fashion show, when Roxanna comes tumbling out of an oversized prop wedding cake, strangled to death by her own scarf. Virgie is arrested for the crime, thanks to Nina's statement to the police about having overheard the woman accusing her partner of embezzlement. Meanwhile, the situation grows tense with her sometimes nemesis and current tenant, the dashing out-of-work actor Harry Westcott. Harry is concentrating on plugging his most recent side hustle ...but he's not too busy to break the news to Nina that her ex-husband is engaged to be married again. Certain that Virgie's only offense is a bad temper, Nina decides to do her own investigating. First, however, she and Harry retrieve Roxanna's now ownerless dog, planning to foster him until a new home can be found. But local gossip soon convinces Nina that others beside Virgie might have had reason to murder Roxanna. As Nina gets close to the truth, she's putting her own life at danger. And when Virgie vanishes after being bailed out of jail by an unknown benefactor, Nina fears that if she can't find the dress shop owner in time, tying the knot will take on a whole new meaning for them both.

I always like a small southern town setting where almost everyone knows one another.  Makes for fun and often quirky characters.  This go around we start off at a Bridal Fair and Nina is trying to get wedding bookings for the B&B but it doesn’t go off without a hitch ...Murder 

The Protagonist Nina and her furbaby named Matilda, "Mattie", the Australian shepherd dog are super likeable.  I love Harry too and hope there might be romance in their future.  We get to meet a lovely guy named Gustover who I hope visits again.

The story was well paced,  I found I couldn’t put the book down as I wanted to know who the killer was. I’m looking forward to a book 4 in the future and find out where things go between Nina and Harry.

I requested and received an Advance Reader Copy of this book from Crooked Lane Books and NetGalley.  All thoughts and opinions are my OWN.

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