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- File size : 2661 KB
- Publication date : December 12, 2017
- Print length : 268 pages
- Publisher : Pink Tree Publishing LTD; 1st edition (December 12, 2017)
- ASIN : B076F884QY
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #54,392 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I think I'll stop complaining now!
Peridale. Julia South runs the Peridale
Cafe plus acts as a part time amateur
sleuth. She is busy make gingerbread
treats for the upcoming Christmas play.
Plus there is Christmas shopping to be
done and getting ready for the social
service workers visit to see about her
officially adopting the young woman who
has been living and working for her.
Julia’s grandmother, Dot has gotten a role
in the Christmas play and is very excited
as this had always been her childhood dream.
On the first night of the play, the gun in the
scene where Dot shoots her husband backfires
when a real loaded gun takes the place of
the prop gun. Dot is taken to prison as the man
In the play she shot have a past history. Now
Julia needs to fights ghosts of the past to
free her grandmother. Meanwhile Julia’s sister
is due to delivery twins any second.
This story will keep the reader on their toes with
mystery, drama and suspense.
Combine some quirky, colorful, vivid characters
who all seem to be keeping secrets with a
small town village atmosphere of Christmas
with the taste of gingerbread treats for a good
For openers, the social worker, Kim, who is reviewing our protagonist Julia’s petition to adopt 17 year old Jessie is a looney toon and although I will be the first to admit that A FEW “government employees” are one brick short of a load…..how this woman has managed to stayed employed for 20 years is beyond comprehension. Perhaps we are to forgive her because this 40 something year old case worker has just returned from maternity leave and I suppose we are to view her actions and responses, particularly toward Julia’s beau Detective Barker Brown and her vindictiveness toward Jessie as some sort of aberration.
Added to the mix are a slew of residents who interface with Julia: There is her sister who is pregnant with twins, her friend Shilpa whose son Jayesh is part of the mixed bag of folks involved in this year’s local play, and of course 83 year old grandma Dot who gets hauled off to a country club sort of jail for killing someone with a prop gun while performing in this year’s production. Looks like Julia’s plate is full, to say the least.
The rest of the story is standard cozy material………we all know the drill. Although Julie has a boyfriend who is a detective, it is she…not he who takes control by overcoming several obstacles, putting all the pieces together and solving the crime.
I won’t continue with my litany of observations about this book lest I ruin it (even more) for potential readers. Suffice to say this book is not the worst book in this genre that I have ever read but somehow I wish I had spent my afternoon more productively. 2 1/2 stars
Top reviews from other countries
A murder occurs in spectacular fashion and one of the family ends up in prison. It's up to Julia to get then it in time for Christmas and find who really did it.
The story harks back to something which happened 40 odd years ago, something which Julia didn't know anything about.
This has all the usual fun and mayhem all the Peridale mysteries have, set at a snowy Christmas time.
Looking forward to the next instalment now. Definitely worth a read. I've read all the books so far in this series and reviewed each one, each one as good as the last.
I'm old fashioned in that I like the paperback format as I like to have the book physically in my hands.
To feel it & smell it, I know that I sounds daft and I promise that I don't go round smelling books as hobby or on a daily basis but just to convey my pleasure in reading an actual book.
This book & like the previous 9 in the Peridale Cafe Mystery series are always a brilliant page turner & are great to read in summer sunshine or in winter when snuggled up in a thick warm blanket with a hot chocolate. I recommend that you buy this & any other of the titles in this series as I'm sure you'll like them. I suggest that if your like me then starting with book 1 is a good place to start.