Friday, July 12, 2019

Peach Clobbered by Anna Gerard: Review & Giveaway!

Peach Clobbered

A Georgia B&B Mystery
by Anna Gerard

About the Book 

Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Crooked Lane Books (July 9, 2019)
ISBN-10: 1643850067
ISBN-13: 978-1643850061
Digital ASIN: B07JMK2JRD

What’s black and white and dead all over? Georgia bed and breakfast proprietor Nina Fleet finds out when she comes across a corpse in a penguin costume.

Nina Fleet’s life ought to be as sweet as a Georgia peach. Awarded a tidy sum in her divorce, Nina retired at 41 to a historic Queen Anne house in quaint Cymbeline, GA. But Nina’s barely settled into her new B&B-to-be when a penguin shows up on her porch. Or, at least, a man wearing a penguin suit.

Harry Westcott is making ends meet as an ice cream shop’s mascot and has a letter from his great-aunt, pledging to leave him the house. Too bad that’s not what her will says. Meanwhile, the Sisters of Perpetual Poverty have lost their lease. Real estate developer Gregory Bainbridge intends to turn the convent into a golfing community, so Cymbeline’s mayor persuades Nina to take in the elderly nuns. And then Nina finds the “penguin” again, this time lying in an alley with a kitchen knife in his chest.

A peek under the beak tells Nina it’s not Harry inside the costume, but Bainbridge. What was he doing in Harry’s penguin suit? Was the developer really the intended victim, or did the culprit mean to kill Harry? Whoever is out to stop Harry from contesting the sale of his great-aunt’s house may also be after Nina, so she teams up with him to cage the killer before someone clips her wings in Peach Clobbered, Anna Gerard’s charming first Georgia B&B mystery.

About the Author

DIANE A.S. STUCKART is the New York Times bestselling author of the Black Cat Bookshop Mystery series (writing as Ali Brandon). She’s also the author of the award-winning Leonardo da Vinci historical mysteries, as well as several historical romances and numerous mystery, fantasy, and romance short stories. The first book in her Tarot Cats Mystery series is FOOL’S MOON, available in trade, large print, and Kindle versions. Her Georgia B&B Mystery series from Crooked Lane Books launched July 2019 with PEACH CLOBBERED, written as Anna Gerard.

Diane is a member of Mystery Writers of America and has served as the 2018 and 2019 Chapter President of the MWA Florida chapter. In addition to her mystery writing affiliations, she’s a member of the Cat Writers’ Association and belongs to the Palm Beach County Beekeepers Association. She’s a native Texan with a degree in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma, but has been living in the West Palm Beach FL area since 2006. She shares her “almost in the Everglades” home with her husband, dogs, cats, and a few beehives. Learn more about her books at
A quintessential Queen Anne

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My Thoughts

Peach Clobbered was an entertaining cozy mystery.  Nina (pronounced Nine-ah) was charmed with the Queen Anne Victorian she stumbled across while looking for antiques in the small town of Cymbeline.  She wanted a new start after her divorce from pro-golfer, Cameron Fleet.  Nina thought about using the large home for a bed-and-breakfast until Mayor Green turned down her rezoning request.  But then Mayor Green finds herself with six nuns and no vacancies in town.  Nina gets her home rezoned and immediately has six divine residents.  The one fly in the ointment is Harry Westcott who believes the home should be his since his great-aunt, Daisy Lathrop wrote him that she is leaving the turn-of-century home to him.  Then greedy developer, Gregory Bainbridge is murdered in the Taste-Tee-freeze Creamery penguin costume which Harry had been wearing earlier in the day.  There is plenty of action in the cute story.  I liked Nina, but we are not given her complete history.  I hope we learn more about her in the next book.  The nuns were just delightful.  They got to enjoy new experiences and food while staying with Nina plus there was the protest.  Harry is an amusing character who I believe we will be seeing more of in future books.  He is an actor who travels around in a converted bus.  I enjoyed the humor and wit which had me chuckling frequently while reading Peach Clobbered.  I thought the story was well-written and it progressed at a nice clip which made it easy to read.  I enjoyed the descriptions of Nina’s new home and the quaint town.  I can understand why Nina was drawn to Cymbeline and her Queen Anne.  The mystery had several suspects, a red herring and subtle clues.  The take down was an enjoyable and amusing scene.  I was sorry for Peach Clobbered to end.  Peach Clobbered is a diverting cozy mystery with Harry the theatrical thespian, a rapacious real estate developer, six saintly sisters, several suspicious suspects, and one inquisitive B&B owner.
“On the feast of the Transfiguration, August 6, 2015, eight of our sisters professed their perpetual vows to Almighty God of poverty, chastity, obedience and to protect and enhance the sacredness of human life. The Basilica of St. John the Evangelist in Stamford, CT was filled to overflowing with family, friends, Co-Workers of life, priests, religious and lay faithful. We were pleased to have with us, His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan and Archbishop Vigano, the Apostolic Nuncio to the United S
Peach Clobbered is available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  There is a giveaway for a signed print copy of Peach Clobbered.  You can click here to enter the contest or use the Rafflecopter form below.  Good Luck!  I hope you take the time to visit the others stops on the tour (schedule below) for author interviews, guest posts, characters interviews, and character guest post.  Thank you for joining me today.  I will share my thoughts on Pulse by Linore Burkhard tomorrow.  I hope you have a beautiful day.  Take care and Happy Reading!

The Avid Reader 

Tour Participants

July 8 – The Book Decoder – REVIEW

July 8 – 4covert2overt A Place In The Spotlight - AUTHOR INTERVIEW

July 9 – Baroness' Book Trove – REVIEW

July 9 – Socrates Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

July 10 – Author Teresa Watson – REVIEW, CHARACTER INTERVIEW

July 10 – Island Confidential – GUEST POST

July 10 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – REVIEW, AUTHOR INTERVIEW

July 11 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW

July 11 – A Wytch's Book Review Blog - REVIEW, CHARACTER INTERVIEW

July 11 – Reading Reality – REVIEW

July 12 – The Avid Reader – REVIEW

July 12 – The Book's the Thing - REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST


July 13 – The Power of Words – REVIEW

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July 14 – Eskimo Princess Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

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July 16 – Reading Is My SuperPower – REVIEW

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July 19 – Melina's Book Blog – REVIEW

July 19 – Cozy Up With Kathy – REVIEW, AUTHOR INTERVIEW
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  1. Kris, thanks for the great review. So glad you enjoyed CLOBBERED. And, don't worry, Harry will be back in PEACHY SCREAM, book 2 out next year. Love your nun pics! ~Diane/Anna

  2. I like the fun cover, thanks for the chance!

  3. Thank you for your review on "Peach Clobbered" by Anna Gerard and for being part of the book tour.

    Love the cover and title. Can't wait for the opportunity to read this wonderful sounding book.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net