Monday, September 7, 2020

The Murderous Macaron


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Julie has her freedom, a dream job as a pastry chef, and a corpse growing cold on her floor...


Welcome to Beldoc, a small town in the heart of Provence, imbued with lavender and fresh baked bread! You can idle around, or you can puzzle out a murder mystery.


When a man dies on her watch in her pâtisserie, newly divorced chef Julie Cavallo is dismayed. It isn’t that she’s a suspect. The local gendarmerie captain signs off the death as a natural event. A heart attack. But for a reason she won’t discuss, Julie suspects Maurice Sauve was poisoned. What’s a girl to do? She’ll ignore the risk and seek justice for Maurice on her own!


Well, not quite on her own. Julie’s eccentric grandmother, her snarky sister and her geeky sous chef are keen to help. The team’s amateurism is a challenge. But there’s also the pesky matter of no evidence, no clues, and soon, no body. The murder—if it was a murder—was planned and executed flawlessly.


Can a small-town baker solve the perfect crime?


"The Murderous Macaron" is a twisty whodunnit mystery perfect for fans of Janet Evanovich, Alexander McCall Smith, Jana DeLeon and Lilian Jackson Braun.

My review...

This was a fun read and a little different flavor than other cozies. Excuse the pun :) Having a pastry chef that bakes gluten free products is obviously different. This bakery cozy is set in a small French village. Something new indeed.

I will say one thing about this plot. They sure got to the dead body part of this mystery quick. There’s nothing wrong with this I suppose but I felt a little lost until I read farther and figured out who was whom, so to speak.  I thought this slowed down a little but as I looked back, I realized it may have only seemed that way because the beginning seemed to run ahead a little. Maybe one pace affected the other.

Nonetheless this was a quick and fun read. Quirky fun characters galore. A gluten-free bakery amateur sleuth. Wonder what will happen next, don’t you?

read an excerpt...

My grandmother’s doga class—the only doga class in Beldoc and the surrounding area—is as inspiring as it is wacky. Probably more wacky than inspiring, at least to an uninitiated onlooker.

 A group of people in yoga outfits are scattered over the deck, facing Rose.

 Dressed in comfy yet formfitting yoga pants and a soft cotton top, my nimble grandma leads her troops across their mats to nirvana.

 Boy, I hope I look like her when I’m seventy-four!

 Pooches of various shapes, colors, and sizes roam from person to person and drool on the mats. Some take part in their parent’s poses. A tiny Yorkshire tries to perform a suspicious sequence involving his lower abdomen, a human shin, and some vigorous rubbing. A couple of lovebirds in the corner sniff each other’s posteriors while wagging their tails. An overweight French bulldog launches into an elaborate snore.

 Most of the humans are gray-haired women, well-groomed and refined, but definitely second division compared to Rose. There are a few men in the group. One of them is Rose’s notary, Maître Serge Guichard. A widower in his late sixties with a neat little beard, he handled the purchase of the pâtisserie for me at a reduced rate. Judging by the glances he steals at Rose, I think I know why.

 The group also includes a young couple in their late twenties. I had a chat with them last time I showed up before the class was over. Both adore dogs but their place is too small to adopt one. Thanks to Rose’s class, they can spend time with other people’s dogs twice a week.

 Under my grandma’s guidance, the yogis and yoginis do the sun salutation while the dogis and doginis do whatever they please.

About Ana T. Drew...

Ana T. Drew is the evil mastermind behind the recent series of murders in the fictional French town of Beldoc. When she is not writing cozy mysteries or doing mom-and-wife things, she can be found watching “The Rookie” to help her get over “Castle”. She lives in Paris but her

heart is in Provence.

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  1. Good morning! My question for you today is what are some of your favorite cozy mystery titles and do you enjoy stories from any other genres?

  2. Thanks for taking time to share your book with us and it's always a pleasure in our family to learn about a new one.

  3. I'm a Maddie Day fan. Her cooking and your cooking are not the same but...they are both good and both food!


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