Sunday, June 14, 2020

Murderous Macaron

This was a cozy by Ana T. Drew that I received as an Advance reader copy which means I received it complimentary in exchange for providing an unbiased review. 

I enjoyed the book that is the first in a series set in Provence.  Julie  has recently returned to her hometown of her youth to open a Gluten Free Bakery.  Unfortunately her opening didn't go quite as planned when a class participant dies of a heart attack.  Julie is suspicious and presses the genardame to look into it as more than just a natural death.  The story has a bit of a slow start but once it got going ti was a fun and enjoyable read.  The characters are all enjoyable and there is a diverse cast from family to friends and coworkers.  Her grandmother, Rose, is a quirky charming woman. 

All in all the story was well written with a bit of a surprise in who was the guilty party but not so outlandish that you couldn't have figured it out if you picked up on all the clues.   There are currently 2 more books in the series and I plan to continue reading the series. 

The Murderous Macaron (Julie Cavallo Investigates Book 1)The Murderous Macaron by Ana T. Drew
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this book quite a bit. The reason I didn't give it more stars is the beginning of the story was a bit choppy and it didn't really seem to flow smoothly. Once the story got going it flowed much better. I suspect the rough flow has to do with setting the background for the characters and the setting. I never wanted to quit reading just wished it would hurry up and get into the action and mystery.

I found the characters likeable and multi- dimensional. The family dynamics were relatable and added an interesting layer to the story. The plot was interesting and believable. I thought there was a decent twist to the story and it wasn't too obvious who the guilty party was although the clues were there in retrospect like they should be.

All in all I enjoyed the book and look forward to reading more in the series.
I did receive an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Challenge Prompts

The Challenge Prompts I will use this for are:
  1. Cravings for a Cozy and Cloak and  Dagger #CloakDaggerChal : Book  #45
  2. Cruising through cozies -  Paranormal
  3. Medical Examiner-  2 Toe Tag 
  4. Mystery Bingo
    • Weapons card :  Animal Attack/Bite
    • Clues:  Disguise; empty poison bottle
  5. Wizarding World Tour  
    • Beauxbatons: set in Spain or France

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