Barker’s birthday goes horribly wrong

Birthday Cake and Bodies (Peridale Cafe Mystery #9)Birthday Cake and Bodies by Agatha Frost

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Julia’s at it again only this time things are much closer to home as Barker’s nephew Luke is strangled during the preparations for his surprise birthday party.

There’s all kinds of secrets coming to light and the twists and turns take the story off into some unexpected directions. As usual, I didn’t guess what had happened until almost at the big reveal and it was done with the usual Peridale flair.

These books are just straight up enjoyable, for all that they involve murders, and have a real lightness to them to stop all the death from becoming too oppressive.

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Another brilliant mystery from the pen of Agatha Frost

Fruit Cake and Fear (Peridale Cafe Mystery #8)Fruit Cake and Fear by Agatha Frost

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It’s another brilliant murder mystery from Agatha Frost and another unique premise with all the twists I’ve come to expect from this author.

Now, while I didn’t fully guess this one, I did have a bit of a clue about the baby aspect of it all but not in the way it all finally turned out. There’s also the usual family side plot with Julia and Barker, only this time Jessie gets herself a bit too involved in the mystery as well and it prompts a big decision which will have lasting changes to their dynamic.

One things for sure though, I’m glad I don’t live in Peridale!

#ARC received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review, which I’m a bit late in doing sorry Agatha!

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Another excellent mystery

Shortbread and Sorrow (Peridale Cafe Mystery #5)Shortbread and Sorrow by Agatha Frost

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Yet another excellent mystery from the pen of the delightful Agatha Frost.

This one has a slightly different feel to it as the setting in Scotland brings an air of brooding which is as oppressive as the ancient castle Julia finds herself in.

There’s the usual odd twist which I never saw coming and this one’s a clever mix which fools the reader into making an assumption about what’s going on.

All the Peridale Cafe mysteries have been an enjoyable romp and this one is no exception.

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