The Murderous Macaron by Ana T. Drew

Julie Cavallo Investigates, Book 1

Synopsis: 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.

Usually, she can bake her way out of the blues. But not this time. It isn’t that she’s a suspect. The local gendarmerie captain signs off Maurice Sauve’s death as a natural event. A heart attack.

But for a reason she won’t discuss, Julie suspects Maurice 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?

Review: I’m always on the hunt for good cozy, so how can I resist this new French cozy?

Julie runs a gluten-free pastry shop in a small village. It’s not easy to be accepted while bringing in new ideas, but she’s doing her bit. But when someone dies on her shop, it doesn’t help her business. The police is determined that the death was the result of a heart attack, but Julie is convinced there is more to it and is determined to find out the truth. With the help of some of her relatives, she will find out what the village is hiding and hope that there is not another victim in the meantime, and especially that it is not her.

I had a good time with this novel, even if sometimes I found that it dragged on a bit and lacked action. I have the second volume, so I’m curious now to see what the author offers in this sequel. I can’t wait to see all the characters again!



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