Review: This is the first offering in a new series, and I found it fascinating. Our main character, Vangie, is a bit of a Jill of all trades--baker, pastor, and investigator. She has just recently arrived in Saint Agnes, Montana and opened her bakery, specializing in macarons, strudels, and cookies.Small towns and gossip go together like flaky crust and sweet pastry cream. Between the police scanners, social media, and the senior center, it's like a zombie apocalypse where the undead consume people's secrets instead of living flesh.But Vangie Vale wants nothing more than to stay under the radar...especially the police radar.So when her new bakery becomes linked to a murder investigation, nothing will stop the gossip mill from connecting her to the dead body. Can't have that.Forced into the role of investigator, this new-in-town bakery owner has to become the very thing she hates--a nosy, small-town gossip--in order to clear her good name, and keep her face off the front page. But when a dating debacle brings her face-to-face with the Sheriff, Vangie can't ignore the fact that one of her macarons was involved in a murder. She has to find the who-dun-it.Book One in a cozy culinary mystery series from USA Today Bestselling Author, R.L. Syme.
When a murder victim is found with a box of her macarons in hand, and she becomes a suspect, her investigative skills kick in. From there, she and the reader will discover lies, secrets, and blackmail, leading to a surprising reveal of the killer.
Vangie's past seems to be somewhat complicated, although we don't know everything about it yet. She appears to have had some trouble in North Carolina which resulted in the church sending her to Montana. Because of that, apparently, a member of the local church council has it out for her and reports every little thing she does to the bishop. He is not a very likable character, but he fits into the scheme of things very well.
The sheriff also doesn't seem to like Vangie very much, even though she helps him find the killer. Hopefully, we'll get a little more insight into that relationship as the series progresses.
As for the "matchbaker" in the series title....you'll just have to read the book to see what that's about! It adds another layer to the book, and to Vangie's personality, making her a most unique cozy heroine.
I'm already looking forward to Vangie Vale and the Strangled Strudel.
Rating: Four stars
About The Author
Rebecca Syme writes small town romance as Becca Boyd and cozy mystery as R.L. Syme. She is a long-time foodie and loves fancy cheese. Becca calls the mountains of Montana her home and draws inspiration from the beautiful vistas and heartwarming people. She is the USA Today bestselling author of the Line of Fire series of sweet romances and part of the Chick Tales series set in Somewhere, TX. You can find her on Twitter talking #fancycheese or #Chopped, and on Facebook with her fans in Becca Nation.
- Webpage http://rlsyme.com/
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- Amazon Author Page: http://amzn.to/2ptfwtp
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