Saturday, April 9, 2016

Rest in Peach

Author:  Susan Furlong
Series:  A Georgia Peach Mystery #2
Genre:  Cozy Mystery
Publisher:  Berkley
Published:  April 5, 2016

Description:  The annual Peach Cotillion, Cays Mill, Georgia’s biggest event, is fast approaching and Nola Mae Harper is just as excited as the rest of the town—even though she’s busy juggling both the cotillion dinner and the grand opening of her new shop, Peachy Keen. But she never expected that plans for the cotillion would end up in the pits because of the cutthroat competition between local debutantes.

When Vivien Crenshaw, insufferable church organist and despised mother of the town’s spoiled-rotten Peach Queen, is stabbed to death, the police turn to Nola’s friend Ginny as prime suspect. Apparently the two had fought over a one-of-a-kind cotillion gown. As Nola steps in to prove Ginny’s innocence she soon finds herself picking through a bushel of suspects, twice as many motives, and at the mercy of a killer all too keen on killing again.

My Review

This is the second installment in this series and one I found to be very entertaining.  This author has a wonderful writing style.  I was engaged right from the start as the people and the place just jumped right off the page for me.  This book is full of wonderful southern charm and the author has captured the feel of the south vividly.  The characters in this story are delightful and I particularly enjoy the main character Nola.  I like that she has a past and is written with dimension and complexity.  To me, this makes her a much more likable and realistic character.  The relationships between Nola and her friends and family are also very well written, adding depth to this story.  This is an important element for me in a cozy series.  I want to relate to the characters and be drawn back book after book to check in and see what is happening in their lives.  Ms. Furlong has hit the mark with this book.  I definitely want to know more about these characters.

The mystery in this story was well plotted and strong.  There are plenty of suspects to chose from and each one is plausible.  The mystery takes twists and turns along the way with some red herrings thrown in for good measure by the author.  I had a few guesses as to the identity of the killer but did not really know for sure until the end.  I like when I have to work to figure out the identity of the killer and most of the time I am either wrong or don't guess at all.  This mystery kept me engaged and while I had guessed the right suspect at one point, this author did a great job with misdirection and I moved on to others who I thought were the killer, leaving me turning pages until the reveal.

This book has wonderful characters, a great story line and a well plotted mystery along with a setting that is so well described that it seems like a secondary character in the book.  I will definitely be back to see what this author has in store for Nola and company in future installments.

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.  This in now way influenced my review, and the thoughts expressed are my own.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for such an awesome review, Peggy. I'm glad you enjoyed the book.