Monday 22 July 2019

Peach Clobbered: A Georgia B&B Mystery (Georgia B&B #1) by Anna Gerard

Peach Clobbered: A Georgia B&B Mystery
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.  (Summary via Goodreads)

Peach Clobbered is the first book in the Georgia B&B Mystery series by Anna Gerard and it is a GREAT start !!  You will instantly fall in love with the main character Nina Fleet, her house, her quaint little town and even her "enemy".

Nina went through a divorce to a popular golf pro and all she wants to do is settle down in her new big Victoria home and enjoy her gardens and her dog and get to know her neighbors and the town.  Unfortunately the great-nephew of the woman who owned Nina's house before her passed away has other ideas.  Harry feels that the house is rightfully his and he is making things uncomfortable for Nina.  However things take a crazy turn when Nina is rushed through turning her home into a bed and breakfast so that she can help out nuns from a local convert who are evicted.  Things get even crazier when the real estate developer who evicted the nuns is found dead in an alley and it is ruled murder !!!

Nina teams up with Harry, the most unexpected choice, to try to figure out who killed Gregory.....and the list of suspects is quite long including nuns ??  Everyone in town had reasons to dislike him but who would go as far as murder ????

Peach Clobbered is very captivating and Gerard knows how to keep the reader reading.....she has a way of ending a chapter that makes the reader want to read the next chapter.....before you know it you have finished reading Peach Clobbered......

Review by Missi M.

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