Vangie Vale has relocated, somewhat reluctantly, from the East Coast to the small town of Saint Agnes, Montana. She’s the part-time vicar of the community church, but her full-time job is as the Matchbaker.She can tell you what you want to eat or drink just by looking at you. It’s not something she’s proud of, but money is money.
That is until a woman is found murdered in nearby Rolo, with one of Vangie’s bakery boxes in her hand. Given Vangie’s jaded past, the promise she made to the bishop to stay out of trouble, this is one situation she’d rather have nothing to do with. But unfortunately, she’s caught the attention of the man who becomes the prime suspect, and that puts her on the sheriff’s radar. He already hates her. Not good.
As Vangie starts to ask questions, she unburies a secret that some people in town would rather remain buried. The victim’s husband starts to follow her, the main suspect’s agent is harassing her, and the man at her church who is responsible for keeping her out of trouble is threatening to get her fired. As the number of suspects grows, Vangie soon realizes she’s in over her head. Can she figure out what is going on before she bakes her last macaron…forever?
I greatly enjoyed this book. Ms. Syme is a writer after my own heart: an intricate web of lies and deceit, with so many twists and turns that she had me guessing until the very end. Usually, I can figure out whodunit pretty dadgum quickly, so if Ms. Syme can keep me guessing, then it’s definitely a well-written mystery! I’m looking forward to her next book, Vangie Vale and the Corpseless Custard, coming out on September 15th!
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