Peach Clobbered: A Georgia B&B Mystery

Peach Clobbered: A Georgia B&B Mystery

by Anna Gerard


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781643850061
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Publication date: 07/09/2019
Sales rank: 165,212
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Anna Gerard is a member of Mystery Writers of America and was the 2018 Chapter President of the Florida chapter of MWA. She also belongs to the Cat Writers’ Association and the Palm Beach County Beekeepers Association. She has a BA in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma. A native Texan, she now lives in the West Palm Beach area with her husband, dogs, cats, and a few beehives.

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Peach Clobbered: A Georgia B&B Mystery 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Anonymous 9 days ago
Great read. Looking forward to the next installment.
neptune75 4 days ago
This was the first in a new series. It took place near Savannah, Georgia. I grew up in Georgia so I can say that some of the statements made about the weather were not an exaggeration. Nina and her dog, Mattie have just bought an old house in Georgia. She makes it into a B&B as her first guests are a group of nuns that were kicked out of their convent. Unsurprisingly, the guy who kicked them out turns up dead. He is also on the hit list of a number of others in town. Nina ends up involved by chance not by a nosy nature. The book is well written and solid. The characters are well developed and interesting. I felt drawn in and actually cared what happened to the nuns in their dilemma. I had not seen any other books under this author but this one doesn't seem like a first timer which when I got to the end, it turns out it is written by an author that writes under another name. I have read and enjoyed the other series, so it makes sense to have brought some skill to bringing this story alive. I will be including this author on my list to watch.
jodysallaboutbooks 15 days ago
I love Nina's personality for sure, she is headstrong and speaks her mind, no holes barred with her. Oh and the Nun's were the best, they became a big part of Nina and her B&B, so I would love to see them involved in future books in the series too. Harry, he is a whole story in himself, he seems to have many different irons in the fire, literally. I believe Ms. Gerard has got herself a fabulous new series, and Peach Clobbered has been a funny and wonderful new beginning to Nina's life in Cymbeline Georgia. I look forward to reading what is in store at the new B&B in Cymbeline next.
Vhardman318 21 days ago
Peach Clobbered was a great read. Wonderful cozy mystery set in a Bed & Breakfast run by Nina Fleet. With a wonderful cast of characters, a murder, a skull and plenty of twists and turns. Who do you trust? Anna Gerard has created a wonderful start to a new series. I can’t wait for the next installment on this one. If you’re looking for a really good cozy mystery, this is definitely a good one. I highly recommend this book.
Vhardman318 21 days ago
Peach Clobbered was a great read. Wonderful cozy mystery set in a Bed & Breakfast run by Nina Fleet. With a wonderful cast of characters, a murder, a skull and plenty of twists and turns. Who do you trust? Anna Gerard has created a wonderful start to a new series. I can’t wait for the next installment on this one. If you’re looking for a really good cozy mystery, this is definitely a good one. I highly recommend this book.
Anonymous 22 days ago
I guess I was expecting more from this book than I received. First, the title is disappointing. You'd think Peach Clobbered would mean something like someone dying by having a truckload of peaches fall on them. In fact, the only peaches mentioned in the book is peach cobbler, and trust me, no one dies from eating it. I got tired of her telling everyone her name was Nine-ah, not Neen-ah. So why didn't her parents name her Nyna? Then she wouldn't have to keep correcting anyone. It got annoying after awhile. I also thought it was pretty stupid to open a B&B if you can't cook. Wouldn't catering in breakfast eat into your profits? Plus, eating quiche every day of the week? Half the fun is the different choices for breakfast each day. Cereal? Seriously? When no children were staying there? Who goes to a B&B and eats cereal? Coffee and tea but not milk nor juice? My suggestion is that she learns to cook so she can actually make money, not spend it. Details, people. I also couldn't stand Harry. He's a taker - he's not a likable person; he wants things given to him but isn't willing to do anything just because it's the right thing to do. He's not willing to see that she bought the house fair and square; he wants her to give it to him merely because he thinks he deserves it. I saw nowhere where he told her he spoke with either his father or the attorney who wrote the will before confronting Nina. He derides her and even blackmails her if she doesn't do what he wants. Harry's the worst society has to offer and I'd be happy never to see or hear from him again. Sorry, but as long as there's a chance Harry might be in this series again, I think I'll skip this one.
jjthor 22 days ago
A really great cozy mystery. This is the first in a new series by Anna Gerard nice and fast to read and funny.Loved the characters in this . Nina Fleet is a divorcee that bought some property with a old house that she turned into a Bed and Breakfast. Some of her new guests are quite colorful. Harry works at an icecream shop as its mascott, a penguin. when Nina finds a corpse dressed in his suit, she teams up with Harry to find out why he was killed and by whom before the killer gets it right and gets him! Very good storyline and reads very smoothly. so looking forward to more of this series great to loose myself in for a while.
maggietoussaint 24 days ago
An engaging read with vibrant characters. Anna Gerard’s Peach Clobbered is chock full of fun, including eccentric Southerners defending hearth and home, a stalker, an unusual relic, an overheated penguin, and a gaggle of nuns. While trying to hang onto her new B&B, Nina Fleet (that’s Nine-ah to those who haven’t met her yet) investigates the death of an unpopular real estate developer. Gutsy and determined, Nina and her beloved Aussie pooch Maddy charm both friend and foe. I’d love to stay at Nina’s B&B and enjoy her hospitality. I didn’t want the book to end.
ekehlet 29 days ago
A quaint setting, unusual circumstances, and fun characters made this a very enjoyable cozy read for me. There’s just enough humor, and I felt like I got to know Nina throughout the course of the story. This is book #1 in what I think is a very promising new series.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Nina has purchased a large Victorian home in picturesque Cymbeline, GA, hoping to escape the fallout of her messy divorce in Atlanta. She's not there long before a man in a penguin suit comes to the door and declares that the house rightfully belongs to him. More surprising events ensue, such as 6 kindly nuns staying at the house after being evicted from their convent by an evil developer, a murder, and finding a hidden tower room with a secret. I enjoyed this cozy mystery, and hope to read more by this author
K_Kendler 3 months ago
I was intrigued by the cover and the description. I thought I had not read any books from this author but was mistaken when I realized she is also Diane Stuckart of Tarot Cats Mystery series. Nina Fleet heads to Cymbaline, GA for a fresh start after her divorce from a philandering golf pro. She’s 41 and has her heart set on running a Bed and Breakfast. Zoning issues have thrown a wrench into that project until some nuns need temporary housing. The zoning commission then approves her request. The nuns’, The Sisters of Perpetual Poverty, convent and business, cheese making, are threatened by a not so nice in town real estate developer. He has also recently cheated another set of community home owners. The real estate dude is not well liked in the community due to his shady practices. As it turns out, he winds up dead. See how this turns out and will Nina be able to keep the house she purchased from the estate of the previous owner? The nephew of the previous owner shows up with a letter of intent from his uncle stating he was going to leave the house to him. I thought this was a great start to a new series. It’s a great summer read. I could put it down and pick it up without losing track of the characters and story. I look forward to the next installment. Thank-you Netgalley and Crooked Lane Books for providing me an e-copy of this book. I am not required to leave a positive review.
CozyUpWithKathy 3 months ago
a charming, witty, and engaging mystery PEACH CLOBBERED by Anna Gerard The First Georgia B&B Mystery Nina Fleet lives in Georgia, not the Antarctic, yet penguins start to play a major part of her life. First a penguin appears at her front door trying to sue her. OK, it's actually a man dressed in a penguin suit, but he's the one trying to take the gorgeous old house she bought away from her, claiming his aunt actually left it to him. Then she's surrounded by a group of penguins. OK, they're actually nuns in traditional habits, but they're moving in with her. The town bad guy has kicked the sisters out of their home so the mayor sped through Nina's bed and breakfast paperwork and made her an offer she couldn't refuse. As Nina accompanies the nuns on their protest of the developer she's led by a screaming woman to a penguin who has been stabbed. OK, not a real penguin, it's the same costume as Harry wore, but it's not Harry's the dastardly developer. Almost everyone in the small town of Cymbeline wanted to kill him, but who actually did? Or was Harry the real target? I really like this new series! Nina (pronounced like the number, not Nee-nah) is a smart capable woman thrust into a most unusual situation. In fact, the book is filled with smart capable women, from the sheriff to the mayor to the Sisters of Perpetual Poverty. I'm impressed with the manner in which the nuns are represented along with the hard truths they are forced to face from their own archbishop. I'm especially fond of Sr. Mary Thomas as her love of animals shines through the pages. Mattie is a sweet dog and the town of Cymbeline is utterly charming with its nod to all things Shakespeare. The relationship between Nina and Harry is quite unique. Harry vacillates from being a villain out to take away Nina's dream, a victim of pathos, and a possible romantic interest. Lots of interesting character inhabit the pages making for a compelling read. PEACH CLOBBERED is a charming, witty, and engaging mystery that pulled me in from the start. I'll miss some of the characters I met here, but am looking forward to meeting Nina's next guests! FTC Disclosure – The publisher sent me a digital ARC provided through NetGalley, in the hopes I would review it.
StoreyBookReviews 3 months ago
I loved this book - from the witty dialogue, quirky characters, and southern setting.  It is a winning combination. This is a new series you will want to read and should you read this book (and you should!) you might be surprised at the turn of events and who the killer turns out to be in the end.  I love a good mystery that keeps me guessing and surprises me in the end.   Nina (Nine-ah) has left the big city of Atlanta and has found her new home in Cymbeline after a disastrous marriage.  As with all small towns, there are politics and it is all in who you know to get things done.  The historic home that she has purchased is now a B&B at the behest of the Mayor (hence the fast tracking of certain things) to house a motley group of nuns.  While this may not be her plans for her home, she falls into the groove pretty quickly and it helps that the nuns aren't your typical guests.  She does have a thorn in her side, Harry.  He is a nephew of the previous owner and is contesting her purchasing the house.  This causes for some sticky situations peppered throughout the book, but it adds another twist in the tale. I thought that the cast of characters was just right - not too many and not too few.  I felt like the characters were well developed for a first book and expect that to continue with future books.  I do think there could have been a little bit more about how Nina came to Cymbeline and why she left Atlanta.  There are a few mentions but not enough for my liking but hopefully, there will be a further exploration into her past life. I am curious to see how this situation with Harry will play itself out.  He is an actor and has done various roles, so will he want to continue contesting the sale of the house or will he move on if his career takes off?  Only future books will tell. This peach of a book is entertaining and we give it 5 paws up.
diane92345 3 months ago
Peach Clobbered is a great start to Nina’s life after divorce and to the reader’s (hopefully) long journey through the Georgia B&B cozy mystery series. I’m already looking forward to the next one! Nina decides to start over after her divorce. She impulse buys a Queen Anne house in small but touristy Cymbeline, Georgia in the hopes of opening a Bed & Breakfast. Unfortunately, to get a license to operate a business in her home, she has to “volunteer” to take in six homeless nuns and a Mother Superior until they get relocated by their diocese. In the meantime, the nuns are picketing the land owner, who is intent on developing their convent into golf club estates. When the developer ends up dead while dressed in a penguin costume, Nina decides to investigate. The characters are the best part of Peach Clobbered. Nina is new to town so we get to meet all the local people as a stranger initially, which is great fun. Who will be Nina’s love interest? Who will be her best friend? The mystery was good too. However, I will read the next in the Georgia B&B mystery series because of the agreeable and funny characters especially her Australian Shepherd, Mattie. This entry is recommended for cozy mystery readers looking for a new series that contains humor, mystery, and a bunch of nuns fighting to save their home. 4 stars! Thanks to Crooked Lane Books and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.
MeezCarrie 3 months ago
“If the incidents of the past few weeks are ever turned into one of those Hallmark Channel murder mysteries, I’ll suggest the producers call it Summer of the Penguins.” Considering that the main character Nina (pronounced Nine-ah) lives in small town Georgia where the temps are never arctic, especially not in the summer, that first line from Peach Clobbered should pique your interest right from the start. It only gets more engaging from there, as poor Nina must juggle a penguin-costumed actor who insists he has legal claim to her newly purchased home, a gaggle of suddenly-displaced nuns with nowhere else to go, and a murder victim that any number of people wanted dead. I really enjoyed ‘meeting’ Nina and the rest of the residents of Cymbeline, Georgia. In typical cozy mystery fashion, the quaint town houses a healthy dose of quirky characters as well as a heaping helping of loyal friends and a host of potential suspects. The nuns were particularly endearing, with several chuckles as well as sweet moments, and I hope we might encounter them again at some point. I’m also curious about Harry and the role he’ll play in future books – and Nina’s life. And of course Nina’s faithful companion and sweet dog Mattie totally had my heart. The mystery is well-plotted and full of twists and turns, including a surprise find or two. Local law enforcement seems competent, and Nina did at least try to play by the rules. I mean, it’s not her fault that she’s housing two of the potential suspects in her impromptu B&B – it’s only logical that she would try to prove their innocence. But she’s (mostly) smart about it which I always appreciate in a cozy mystery heroine. Bottom Line: Delightfully written with plenty of characters to love (and suspect), Peach Clobbered is a great start to a new cozy series! The author portrays small town southern life with wit, authenticity and fondness, and while I figured out whodunit the journey to get to the why was truly enjoyable. I’m looking forward to finding out what Nina and Mattie are up to next, as well as what role (if any) some of the characters we met in this story will play in future books. (I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book)
Karen-Hollins 3 months ago
IPeace Clobbered" is the first book in the new "Georgia B&B Mystery" series by Anna Gerard. It is a great beginning to a new series. I really enjoyed this book and the setting of Cymbeline, GA . I always like a small town setting where almost everyone knows one another. Makes for fun and often quirky characters The Protagonist Nina and her furbaby named Matilda, "Mattie", the Australian shepherd dog are likeable. Add a Penguin and some Nuns and whats not to like. The story was well paced, I found I couldn’t put the book down as I wanted to know who the killer was. The description of the setting, the Queen Anne house and the shops drew me in. The ending was unexpected although I had sort of figured out whodunit around the same time as Nina. Highly recommended. A wonderful first book from an author I will definitely follow in the future. I requested and received an Advance Reader Copy of this book from Crooked Lane Books and NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my OWN.
Dollycas 3 months ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts Welcome to Cymbeline Georgia. A place Nina Fleet and her Australian Sheepdog, Mattie now call home. She bought a historic Queen Anne house therwat the spur of the moment following her divorce and loves it. Harry Wescott the great nephew of the previous owner believes the house should be his and shows up at her door to tell her so, dressed in a penguin suit. Seems he is working as a mascot for the local ice cream shop to make ends meet. Nina had big hopes of opening it as a B&B but zoning regulations have held up her plans. That is until the Sisters of Perpetual Poverty were evicted from their convent when the landlord refused to renew their lease. The mayor came to Nina personally promising to cut through all the government’s red tape if she allows the sisters to stay with her until their new orders come through. After the nuns are all settled they tell Nina of their plan to protest their former landlord’s business. Nina goes along hoping to keep the nuns out of trouble, but during a lunch break, she hears a scream. She rushes into an alley to find a man in a penguin suit has been stabbed. But it isn’t Harry Wescott in the suit this time, it is the sister’s landlord, Gregory Bainbridge! Could one of the nuns have done the deed or did the killer think it was Harry in the suit? Nina finds herself right in the middle of The Murder of the Man in the Penguin Suit! What a way to start her new life. ______________ Penguins, Nuns, and Murder, Oh My! What a great start for this series! I loved Nina (Nine-ah) immediately. She is smart and savvy, ready to live life on her own terms. The nuns were fantastic, feisty, mostly elderly women who have been together for over 50 years. They become fast friends with Nina and enjoy checking out all the take-out meal options now available to them. Nina does her best to keep these vital and active women busy as they await to see what the future hold for them. Harry is a conundrum, an out of work actor who wants to take her house away who is not the most likable person. Nina’s dog Maddie is precious. She is empathetic when needed and a wonderful watch dog too. Ms. Gerard has twisted together a terrific mystery plotline with very interesting subplots as we get to know our protagonist and the residents of Cymbeline. The pacing was perfect and each chapter drew me right into the next. I was engaged by the characters completely and was anxious to see how everything in this novel panned out. She brought in a surprise item that turned my thinking totally around but I was still taken aback by the big reveal. The setting of the story was just peachy. A Georgia B&B is absolutely ripe for many more mysteries too. I am excited to see who checks in next! This was a marvelous mystery and I highly recommend it for all cozy mystery fans!
Norin 3 months ago
This cozy-mystery turned out NOT what I was expecting in all aspect in a very positive way; I was expecting a typical story line & plot from this book but I was pleasantly surprised to know I was proved to have been in the wrong, which is all well and nice. First, the writing. I really enjoyed and adored the crisp, brisk, and strong writing peppered with humor. Sometimes flat-out hysterical, sometimes it's packed with sobering tension... the engaging writing definitely supports the overall story, making it engrossing and addictive, I could hardly put it down once I started reading it. Next up, the plot. Again, This book betrayed my anticipation in a lot of ways. The plot didn't go the way that I was expecting, it felt more like I was reading a feel-good novel with a bit of mystery twist. As you might expect, I was ready for a plot where an owner of a B&B stumbles upon a murder (or a dead body) and decide to solve the mystery, but no , the mystery proceeds at a rather slower pace than you might be used to. It actually feels like taking a back seat to other elements in this book - friendship and camaraderie among Nina and her unexpected guests, even with her foe, Harry Westcott, the supposed rightful inheritor of the house which Nina turned into a B&B. As this Harry is portrayed as a handsome, nicely-tanned actor, I was also expecting the typical "hate to love" trope but... well, I'll leave it to readers to find out. Let's just say this also came as a surprise for me. As for the mystery, it's slow. The good thing is, it doesn't bother me at all. Rather, it was refreshing. The murder does happen in the early part of the book but Nina's investigation doesn't start up until 63%, well into the latter part of the book. The huge chunk of the book was spent depicting her days as a fledgling B&B owner and her temporary truce with Harry, and this side plot where she forges a strong bond with the nuns are so adorable and heart-warming. Another box this book ticked for me. Among many thing, what struck me the most about the plot is how it's structured and executed. This plot doesn't follow your typical cozy-mystery plot line. It's more like red-herrings (abound in this book) amalgamate and evolve into the crucial clue that leads to the culprit. There are a lot of suspects appearing in this book. Quite frankly, most of the characters mentioned in this book seem SUSPICIOUS, as though they have some secrets that need to be kept hidden. So much so, along with Nina, I was directed to suspect this character and then this character only to be slapped in the face and proved to have been wrong. It was also sobering to be reminded, like, "you cannot trust this person just yet, he/she could be a suspect!" after getting warmed up to him/her. I don't normally play detective but unbeknownst even to myself, I seemed to have been thrown into the thick of the mystery and I quite enjoyed the experience! All in all, Peach Clobbered is a well-written, complex, hilarious, and delightful cozy-mystery imbued with nice-little cozy town feels spread across the book. This book is billed as the first book in A Georgia B&B Mystery series and I cannot wait to read the sequel already! With that hope and all the joy that I had from reading this book, 4 stars go to this book!
Tangen 3 months ago
situational-humor, verbal-humor, bed-and-breakfast, small-town, cozy-mystery, murder-investigation Not too far into the book it's easy to see who the murder victim should be, but there's also a lot of other things going on. There's the rather obnoxious actor in a penguin costume (In summertime. In Georgia) who thinks he should own Nina's lovely Victorian, the sudden appearance of the mayor with a car full of displaced nuns and the paperwork to authorize the house as a Bed and Breakfast, and a visit by the most despised man in town. Lots of real characters, laughs, plot twists and red herrings add up to a book that I really enjoyed! I requested and received a free ebook copy from Crooked Lane Books via NetGalley. Thank you!
AMGiacomasso 3 months ago
A very good start for a new series! It's well written, full of humour and engrossing. I loved the likable and fleshed out cast of characters, the lovely setting and the entertaining and fund to read plot. The mystery was good, no plot hole, and it kept me guessing till the end. I look forward to reading the next installment in this series. Highly recommended! Many thanks to Crooked Lane and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
Marshathereader 4 months ago
I loved this book. Peach Clobbered by Anna Gerard is a great start to a new cozy series and a new author to me. . We meet Nina who has recently moved to Cymbeline, Georgia to open a Bed and Breakfast in her recently purchased historic Queen Ann mansion. Nina finds out fast the quaint, charming town has plenty of secrets. She ends up being rushed to open the B&B by the mayor when a group of nuns have lost their lease and are being forced to leave the convent. On top of that a penguin (Harry Westcott) shows up on her porch claiming he owns the Queen Ann she has fallen in love with. Harry is the nephew of the deceased previous owner. Before you can say peach cobbler, the penguin is found murdered in an alley by Nina. But it's not Harry! Was Harry the intended victim (He has been being stalked) or was it the victim, Gregory Bainbridge, a real estate developer, who is not well liked in town. He has cheated quite a few of the residents. Nina and Harry team up to found out who did it and who was really meant to be in that costume. There are plenty of twists and turns that have you guessing until the end, humor, the closeness of a small town, and even a hidden staircase that opens a whole new door! The ending did cause a jaw drop moment for me which I will not give away. But I will warn you. you may have a craving for peach cobbler. I am so ready to return to Cymbeline and see what's next for Nina as Gerard has set the perfect stage. I was given an ARC by Crooked Lane Books and NetGalley for an honest review.
MKF 4 months ago
Nina's remaking her life in Cymbeline but circumstances are not making it easy! First there's Harry, who shows up on her doorstep dressed as a penguin (his costume for an ice cream shop) claiming that he is the rightful owner of her B&B, then there are the nuns who she's persuaded to take in, and then (because this is a cozy), there's the murder! You know Gregory Bainbridge, the real estate guy who has pushed the nuns out of their home, is a bad guy but how did he end up in the penguin costume. Seriously! This is the first book in a series so there's some character building. Will Harry become a love interest? What's going to happen to the nuns (who are a hoot)? Who killed Bainbridge? Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. Not too twisty, it's a good start.
KrisAnderson_TAR 4 months ago
Peach Clobbered was an entertaining cozy mystery. Nina (pronounced Nine-ah) was charmed with the Queen Anne Victorian she stumbled across while looking for antiques in the small town of Cymbeline. She wanted a new start after her divorce from pro-golfer, Cameron Fleet. Nina thought about using the large home for a bed-and-breakfast until Mayor Green turned down her rezoning request. But then Mayor Green finds herself with six nuns and no vacancies in town. Nina gets her home rezoned and immediately has six divine residents. The one fly in the ointment is Harry Westcott who believes the home should be his since his great-aunt, Daisy Lathrop wrote him that she is leaving the turn-of-century home to him. Then greedy developer, Gregory Bainbridge is murdered in the Taste-Tee-freeze Creamery penguin costume which Harry had been wearing earlier in the day. There is plenty of action in the cute story. I liked Nina, but we are not given her complete history. I hope we learn more about her in the next book. The nuns were just delightful. They got to enjoy new experiences and food while staying with Nina plus there was the protest. Harry is an amusing character who I believe we will be seeing more of in future books. He is an actor who travels around in a converted bus. I enjoyed the humor and wit which had me chuckling frequently while reading Peach Clobbered. I thought the story was well-written and it progressed at a nice clip which made it easy to read. I enjoyed the descriptions of Nina’s new home and the quaint town. I can understand why Nina was drawn to Cymbeline and her Queen Anne. The mystery had several suspects, a red herring and subtle clues. The take down was an enjoyable and amusing scene. I was sorry for Peach Clobbered to end. Peach Clobbered is a diverting cozy mystery with Harry the theatrical thespian, a rapacious real estate developer, six saintly sisters, several suspicious suspects, and one inquisitive B&B owner.
ArizonaJo 4 months ago
Peach Clobbered by Anna Gerard was an intriguing cozy mystery that captured my attention from the first chapter. I really liked Nina Fleet. She is a smart and feisty woman is has to live life her own way since her divorce from her philandering ex-husband. The plot was quickly paced and filled with red herrings, twists and plenty of suspects as she decides to solve the mystery of the murder of the most hated man in her new home town. I'm still undecided about Harry Westcott as I sympathize with his situation but he can often be unlikable. The Sisters of Perpetual Poverty are all wonderful characters that I enjoyed getting to know while they stayed with Nina. I hope that this is the beginning of a long running cozy series. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from Crooked Lane Books via NetGalley. All of the above opinions are my own.
CozyOnUp 4 months ago
In this brand new series we meet Nina fleet, divorce and ex-wife of a pro golfer who cheated on her. Nina has bought a beautiful old Queen Anne home in historic Cymbeline, GA and has opened a B&B and is busting her first guests, a group of nuns who have been evicted from their convent. When the owner of the convent who evicted the sisters is found stabbed to death, there are quite a few people with means, motive and opportunity in the small, quiet town and they all disliked the dead man, While Nina has purchased the home from the former owner’s estate, the woman’s grand nephew wants the house and is threatening legal action to get the house that was promised to him in a recent letter from his great aunt. While Nina has no intention. Of selling back the house she bought fair and square, she does take sympathy on the man and helps him out when a stalker is after the handsome actor who is also arrested for the businessman’s murder. This is a good start to a new series and I am certain the next entry in the series will be even better.