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.
Titles in the Georgia B & B Mystery series include — Peach Clobbered –
Title: Peach Clobbered
Series: Georgia B & B Mystery #1
Author: Anna Gerard
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Published: July 9, 2019
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
My Rating: 4 stars
PEACH CLOBBERED begins the Georgia B & B Mystery series with a fun, sometimes deadly look into the quirky residents of Cymbeline, Georgia – and the not so nice ones as well. Nina is the newest resident, and her newly purchased home (which she plans to turn into a B & B) seems right at the heart of all the action. Or it would be if she can get the Mayor to cut through the silly red tape, a great-nephew of the deceased former owner didn’t claim that the house was meant to be his or that a shady character isn’t stirring up mischief that brings an entire convent of nuns as her first unofficial guests of that not yet B & B. Yeah, welcome to Cymbeline, Georgia indeed. Oh, and then there is the dead guy – but was it meant to be him or someone else with the same penguin suit?
I had fun with PEACH CLOBBERED. And since it’s a Cozy Mystery, and I don’t give away spoilers willingly then there isn’t much I can say about the plot – but the characters were such fun. From the nuns and their enjoyment of being away from the halls of their convent to the oily nasty real estate developer, every single one was well defined and added to this story. Some I got angry at and others gave me some laugh out loud moments, but all entertained me and keep me turning pages as their story unfolded.
There is groundwork laid for the continuing series, but I didn’t find that overwhelming simply part of discovering this new world. Overall, I had a good time with this story and will definitely continue the series. If you love getting in on the beginning of a new Cozy Mystery series, then I’d not hesitate to recommend PEACH CLOBBERED.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
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