Peach Clobbered by Anna Gerard

August 20, 2019     Elle     , ,

Peach Clobbered by Anna GerardPeach Clobbered by Anna Gerard
Publication Date: July 9, 2019
Series: A Georgia B&B Mystery #1
Published by Crooked Lane Books Genres: Cozy Mystery
Pages: 262
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher

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My Rating : three-half-stars

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.

Peach Clobbered is the first book in the Georgia B&B mystery series. My first impressions after reading this one is that it is a cute book but not enough sleuthing going on. For me, the sleuthing aspect is an integral part of a cozy mystery and this one fell very flat in this area. I actually felt it was almost non-existent which was a major problem for me. However, I did really like the characters, especially Nina’s first group of guests that stayed at her B&B. They really saved the story for me! 

While this wasn’t a favorite cozy I enjoyed it enough to want the read the second book. It will be interesting to see what Nina get’s up to next and whether or not she will find love. Maybe even with a certain penguin?! He seems too good a character for him to disappear completely!

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