Southern Peach Pie and A Dead Guy

Poppy Peters Mysteries, #1

A. Gardner cooks up one fabulous mystery with this Southern suspense. Poppy Peters is a refreshing heroine who, even though I had absolutely nothing in common with I felt a deep connection to. Her determination to start over in such a different career made me root for her success. I loved that while she wanted nothing more than to become an accomplished pastry chef she still remained true to herself and didn't try to blend in and hide her differences. Poppy's classmates made for fantastic entertainment. Her two besties were so fantastically supportive while being so very different. I'm a sucker for romance and I liked that there was a romantic element to the story but that it didn't steal the stage from the suspense. The setting was so skillfully interwoven into the story that it felt like a character itself. As a complete disaster in the kitchen myself, I enjoyed learning some new things and the bonus recipes made me want to try my hand at baking. The mystery was engaging and clever and kept me hooked until the solution was revealed. I'm looking forward to Poppy's next adventure. If you like your mysteries on the sweet side then this one is a great choice.

Poppy Peters is now stranger to long hours and dedication to her profession and when an injury puts an end to her ballet career she decides to follow her heart and gets accepted into the Calle Pastry Academy. Her first day of class isn't quite what she wanted and then she is accused of stealing from the school. And if that isn't enough she soon becomes the prime suspect in a murder. It Life in small town Georgia is lot hotter than she ever imagined. Can she handle the heat and not become the next victim?

Book Blurb for Southern Peach Pie and A Dead Guy

After an injury derails Poppy Peters' ballet career, she gathers the courage to follow in her grandmother's footsteps and attend Calle Pastry Academy in a small-town Georgia. Poppy has her work cut out for her not only fitting in with her charming (and not-so-charming ) Southern classmates but also proving her worth to her teachers after her first publicly humiliating attempt a making the school's famous peach pie. But Poppy's pastry problems go from bad to worse when she's suddenly accused of stealing expensive black truffles, and her attempt to clear her name goes awry...resulting in her finding a dead body instead! If Poppy's going to survive this culinary experience, she'll need to find the missing truffles and track down a killer, all while honing her baking skills to compete in the school's dessert competition for a coveted pastry internship in Paris. Can Poppy prove she's one tough cookie? Or is her life about to crumble?

**Recipes Included**

Night Owl Reviews Oct, 2015 4.50