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Vangie Vale and the Murdered Macaron (The Matchbaker Mysteries) (Volume 1) Paperback – June 10, 2017
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"I loved Vangie Vale and the Murdered Macaron. Vangie's wry wit andpeople skills make her the ideal amateur sleuth. And then there are themacarons...yum! R.L. Syme is a fresh voice in the cozy mystery genre. Ican't wait to see what she and Vangie get up to next."
-Zara Keane, USA Today bestselling author of the Movie Club Mysteries
"An intricate web of lies and deceit, with so many twists and turns thatshe had me guessing until the very end. Usually, I can figure outwhodunit pretty dadgum quickly, so if Ms. Syme can keep me guessing,then it's definitely a well-written mystery!"
-Teresa Watson, mystery author of the Lizzie Crenshaw Mysteries
"A new to me author and a book that will keep you turning the pages as fast as you can to see what happens."
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"What I wouldn't give to be in this story. It was fun, imaginative and full of yummy treats."
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"I can't wait to discover more characters and more delicacies from Vangie!"
"It might have been the book cover that drew me in. But it was the storyand plot that kept me and lured me all the way to the end."
"Vangie Vale is not your typical character in a cozy book. She is one complexwoman in a small town in the beautiful setting of Montana."
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Interesting premise and location. For the most part well written but with one notable weakness. The author keep referring to an event in the main characters past but never really fleshed out the back story. This event was given as the motivation for many of her actions but without the backstory it weakened the plot. Additionally not enough character development on her friend Emma but again small bits of incomplete backstory devoted to this character as a motivation for actions of Vangie.
I would try another but think the author fell short of her potential on this one.
The overall mystery was well done. I was kept guessing and making my whodunit list while reading quickly to the end to find out the culprit. It was a great weekend read, one that I was drooling through and also smiling through. As this is the first experience with this author, I am eager to see what else she has in store for us readers. This should be a highly successful series in my mind and I home Vangie is ready for the next mystery.
As the reader delves into the book, the layers of complexity in both Vangie’s personal life and the plot are slowly revealed with intricate twists and turns that kept me turning pages. In addition to a suspenseful plot, I found the dialog and interaction between Vangie and the characters highly entertaining. Ms. Syme comes up with some delightful sentences that are spot on, such as “So much L.A. in one little package,” to describe an actress. And her perfectly delectable descriptions of the shop’s macarons are drool worthy and made me want to visit the town of St. Agnes, Montana for a taste testing!
The recipe at the back of the book, The Murdered Macaron Recipe is a Matcha green tea macaron with ginger buttercream filling. Yes, it is a unique flavor combination but I loved the earthy, delicate green tea flavor that melded with the spiciness of both fresh and crystallized ginger. Ms. Syme's detailed instructions were easy to follow and the results well worth the labor involved in making macaron cookies.
I received an advance copy with the hopes I would review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
The First Matchbaker Mystery
Vangie Vale has been relocated to Saint Agnes, Montana. A part time pastor and more time baker, Vangie is doing penance, biding her time, and creating delicious baked goods in her bakery. When a stuck up southern belle named Scarlet gives a parting dig to Vangie and her friend, Vangie decides to assist karma and gives the woman and her blond James Bond type partner incorrect directions. Yet by giving in to her baser instincts, Vangie unwittingly sets a disastrous chain of events in motion. A woman is found murdered with a box of Matchbaker cookies by her side and the misdirected couple is detained by the police. Now Vangie is going out of her way to put things right. But who's telling the truth?
There's a lot going on in VANGIE VALE AND THE MURDERED MACARON. Everybody lies. And most of those lies are accepted as truth. Readers too, are unaware and accept the lies as truths, just like Vangie. As the truth changes, everyone must revisit all they've learned and readjust. There are a lot of characters as well, each important, and each with his or her own issues and agendas. There's also a lot of important backstory of which readers and most characters are unaware. Important information is hinted at and will hopefully be slowly revealed in future books.
This first book in the Matchbaker Mystery series looks at human nature, and the motivations within us all. A complicated story, VANGIE VALE AND THE MURDERED MACARON, introduces us to a unique protagonist with a hidden background. Vangie Vale is an intriguing character. She's a pastor with issues. She makes mistakes, acts out in anger, and then does all she can to make peace and rectify what she's done.
FTC Disclosure – The publisher sent me a digital ARC in the hopes I would review it.
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