Peridale Cafe 1-3 (Peridale Cafe Mystery #1-3)



When Julia finds one of her regulars murdered in her own cottage while visiting, she goes to the top of the suspect list. The new detective in town, Barker Brown, has his eye on her. Julia works to find the killer of the least popular woman in town before she pays the price.

Ugh, I’ve been having a lot of luck not getting books where the cop is a hardass at the beginning. Well, my luck ran out with this one. This is one trope in the cozy mystery genre that I hate. I’m sure as the series goes on he will become a much more likeable character as they all do. Julia was an interesting character, and I must say I do enjoy the 1940s aesthetic that she’s going for. She was developed nicely and allowed us to actually connect with her.

The story was the perfect one to introduce the history of the town, and introduce a large number of characters in one sitting. The English town slowly filled out throughout this book. Even as a Canadian, I was able to envision this little town in England. It also helps that I watch far too many British TV shows.

The mystery was a little interesting, there were a few twists and turns throughout the book. Julia actually took a lot of care while looking into the case, which is nice for a cozy mystery. I will say that though there was a curveball at the beginning, around the time that Julia figured out the crime so had I.

I really enjoyed this book and found it was a good beginning of the series… even if there was a nasty cop turn nice on it.


Out of the blue Julia is invited to her father’s estate for a big announcement. However, when his wife’s brother is murdered at the garden party things goes from bad to worst. Julia is now in the middle of another investigation even though she promised Barker that she wouldn’t investigate it. How can she not? After all her father’s in the middle of it.

Barker was more likeable in this book like I expected. He’s very human in this book and very cute with Julia on the date that they go on. We get to learn a bit more about Jessie, the homeless girl that Julia took in, however, she is still relatively closed throughout the book. Julia is pretty much the same this book to last. We found out a little about her past, which gave her some depth as a character this time.

The mystery was interesting, I didn’t figure out who the murderer was until the very end. I blame it on me being too focused on one character throughout the book. It was a complex mystery with a large number of people who would want the victim dead. Barker is a little more open with Julia about the investigation though I’m not sure he should be.

Overall I enjoyed the book.


Julia is faced with Jessie’s reality from before she came to live with her. Together they go to give some food and coffee to appease Jessie’s mind. However, when they find out that some of the homeless are being murdered they start looking into it. Julia and Jessie start looking into it when the police are noticeable ignoring all of the warning signs. It will put them in the middle of a very dangerous situation.

I actually really enjoyed this book. I do like how Julia is not very forward until the end but work on figuring out what is going on. Barker helps as much as he can, however, as it’s not his case, he can’t help out as much as normal. Julia and Jessie are relatively careful when they are looking into everything. Most of the information that they use comes from Jessie’s friends, and from the internet as well.

I did find out that the mystery was a little obvious to me, but I’m going to blame it on already seeing this type of murder style in a previous book. I still enjoyed finding out more information about the murderer, as well as their background. You get to understand why they started their murder spree which makes me view them as more human than most murderers in cozy mystery books.

I really enjoyed learning more about the town that the book is set in, though we all know that Jessie was homeless, as no other homeless people are mentioned it seemed a little odd. It helps build the world more, and we get to find out more about Jessie in this book.

I enjoyed the first 3 books of this series, so I’m excited to continue reading the next books.



Margot Durand Series



When Margot returns from picking up her friend at the airport, they are both surprised to find a man dead in the draft store. After a quick call to Adam, an investigation is started and a witness can place someone at the scene of the crime. Margot works with Adam to find out who really committed the crime.

This was a little harder to read than the first book. I still really enjoyed it, as well as the characters in the book. We found out a little more about Adam, and Julian. Adam is actually a really nice character and mirrors Margot really well in many ways.

Adam and Margot work really well together on the case, and though Margot is a little head strong, she is well aware that Adam has her best interest at heart. I will mention, that the chief character in this book, similar to most murder mystery books, was very blase about Adam sharing details with Margot.

Dex was also a nice addition to the series. He fits in perfectly with Margot and Rosie at the bakery. He also provides Adam with more of a back story so we get to see where he came from, and what made him the man he is today.

Overall this was a really fun little book.


A little vacation is just what Margot needs. However, when a murder happens on board, and it appears to be a simple overdose, Margot goes into investigation mode. She starts looking into it, even though no one else will.

Oh, I really liked this one. This series, though still early on, is really fun. Margot has never been a suspect of a murder investigation, unlike so many female leads in mystery books. Also, this series has also left the small town and Margot was able to look into a mystery away from home. Adam has become even cuter in the book series, and though he is hiding something, probably about Julian’s death, he still fits together with Margot.

The mystery was very well thought out, and made complete sense. It was obviously planned out and none of the clues seemed like it was spur of the moment. Though the connection between Gab and Adam doesn’t seem clear, and the reason that Adam managed to get to follow Margot is a little ify, it was still a really good book.

As you can tell, I really enjoyed this book.


While Bentley is out with a sore back, his old friends start passing away. It doesn’t make any sense until another old friend shows up. Margot finds it do until she finds out about the treasure hunt that they had a young adults. Adam and Margot work together to find out who is after the pair of old men.

Ok so I really love this book series. It’s hard to find a book series that grips me with the characters and not as a passing fancy. This series is on the small side of cozy mysteries but it is fantastic.

Margot and Adam’s relationship is very nice. They are open and honest, and though its not easy they are willing to work together to make their relationship work in the long run. It is nice seeing adults being just that,adults. Also, all of the characters are very well developed, making them very relatable.

This mystery was a little more complex in comparison to the previous books. I enjoyed that it also gave Bently more of a back story, as I really like the character. Though I had an idea who was behind it, it was still interesting watching the characters unravel the mystery. I hope that the new characters stick around in the next book because there is so much to explore in with them.

I really enjoyed this book and think that this series is worth the time