I had a hard time getting into this one. The characters weren't well rounded and I couldn't feel any emotional attachment to them so I didn't really care what happened to them. I think the series has potential, but needs a bit of work.
1st in a new series! I really enjoyed it and I look forward to the next one coming out in the fall. The story is set in Weatherford, TX and mentions the Peach Festival. I live in TX and have heard of the festival but have never been. I just may have to go and check it out!
From the back of book:
All year round, retired schoolteacher Phyllis Newsom is as sweet as pie--peach pie, of course, made with Parker County peaches, the sweetest in the state of Texas. All year, except during the Peach Festival, whose blue ribbon has slipped through Phyllis's fingers more than once...
Everyone's a little shaken when the corpse of a no-good local turns up underneath a car in his own barn. But even as Phyllis engages in some amateur sleuthing, she won't let it distract her from outbaking her rivals and winning the uncoming Peach Festival contest.
She and all other contestants guard their secret original recipes with their lives--and talk a whole lot of trash. With her unusual spicy peach cobbler, Phyllis hopes to knock 'em dead. But that's just an expression--never in her wildest dreams does she think her cobbler will actually kill a judge. Now she's suspected of murder, and she's got to bake this case wide open...
"A Peach of a Murder" is the first book in the Fresh-Baked Mystery series. I enjoy the book especially the cooking contest aspect of it. I am hoping that the characters will continue to grow so I am looking forward to reading the 2nd book in the series "Murder by the Slice".
This started a little slow, but picked up quickly. It was well writen and had a well developed plot with many twists and turns. the characters were believeable and interesting people with a genuine humaness to them.
I have the next one in the series on its way to read.