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Peachy Scream: A Georgia B&B Mystery
by Anna Gerard
About Peachy Scream
2nd in Series
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books (July 7, 2020)
Hardcover: 320 Pages
Digital ASIN: B07XXBK3CX
To die, or not to die? Georgia B&B proprietor Nina Fleet turns amateur thespian to bring the curtain down on a Shakespearean actor’s killer.
It’s nothing short of inevitable that Cymbeline, GA, hosts an annual Shakespeare festival. But stage-struck Nina Fleet is about to learn that putting on an amateur theatrical production can be murder. Nina’s anticipating showbiz glamour and glitz when a community Shakespearean troupe arrives for a two-week stay at her B&B. But the lights dim when she learns the company’s director is her nemesis, struggling actor Harry Westcott–who still claims to be the rightful heir to Nina’s elegant Queen Anne home.
Meanwhile, the troupe members are not content to leave the drama upon the stage. Accusations of infidelity and financial malfeasance make a shambles of rehearsals. And then, two days into the troupe’s stay, the lead actor is found dead in Nina’s formal Shakespeare garden. Natural causes…or murder most foul?
Nina uncovers evidence that something is indeed rotten in the town of Cymbeline. Too bad Harry is the only one who believes that she’s not going completely off script. And exposing the truth isn’t easy when the remaining troupe members say the show must go on…particularly when all of them seemingly had a motive for wanting their fellow actor to permanently exit stage right. Determined to keep the killer from making a curtain call, Nina and her trusty Australian Shepherd, Matilda, join forces with Harry to sleuth out the murder plot. Will they succeed before someone else shuffles off this mortal coil? Find out in Anna Gerard’s delightful second Georgia B&B mystery.
Peachy Scream is book two in the Georgia B&B mystery series, and whilst I have not read book one I felt right at home reading this book. Nina (pronounced Nine-ah – which totally irked me) is preparing for the towns annual Shakespeare festival and she has manged to get her little B&B fully booked for two weeks by a Shakespearean troupe but what she wasn’t aware of that the company’s director is Harry Westcott – Harry and Nina have a back story from book one that is well covered in this book, and covered in such a way that it gave you everything you needed to know without distracting from the current story.
The guest get settled and Nina gets to be privy to the nuances of the troupe with their bickering and accusations during rehearsals, but whilst taking the guests on tour of her authentic Shakespearean Garden, they find the lead actor dead in the bushes! From all angles it looks like it may have been natural causes, but Nina knows at least a few of the others had motives for wanting him dead and soon realises it was in fact murder.
She finds a unlikely ally in Harry who agrees that something is afoot with the troupe and together they join forces to try and out the killer before they claim another victim. I really enjoyed this cozy mystery and loved how Nina and Harry put their differences aside and came together to help each other.
About Anna Gerard
DIANE A.S. STUCKART is the New York Times bestselling author of the Black Cat Bookshop Mystery series (writing as Ali Brandon). She’s also the author of the award-winning Leonardo da Vinci historical mysteries, as well as several historical romances and numerous mystery, fantasy, and romance short stories. The first book in her Tarot Cats Mystery series is FOOL’S MOON, available in trade, large print, and Kindle versions. Her Georgia B&B Mystery series from Crooked Lane Books launched July 2019 with PEACH CLOBBERED, written as Anna Gerard and available in hardcover, e-book, or audio CD. Book 2, PEACHY SCREAM will be on the shelves July 2020.
Diane is a member of Mystery Writers of America and served as the 2018 and 2019 Chapter President of the MWA Florida chapter, receiving the “Flamingo” Chapter Service award in 2019. She’s also a member of Sister in Crime. In addition to her mystery writing affiliations, she’s a member of the Cat Writers’ Association and belongs to the Palm Beach County Beekeepers Association. Diane is a native Texan with a degree in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma, but has been living in the West Palm Beach FL area since 2006. She shares her “almost in the Everglades” home with her husband, dogs, cats, and a few beehives. Learn more about her books at www.dianestuckart.com
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